Having diabetes doesn’t mean you need to deny yourself all the foods you love, but you do want to make healthier food choices. One good choice is to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, which are heavy in nutrition but light in calories.
Some fruits and vegetables are better for managing your diabetes than others. Look for produce that’s low on the glycemic index, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar. Low-glycemic fruits and vegetables include:
t’s also important to get plenty of calcium- and vitamin D-rich dairy foods to fortify your bones. Good sources are low-fat milk and Greek yogurt.
These foods are essential to any diabetes diet, yet you don’t need to eat them with a fork or even a spoon. You can pack a lot of nutrition into one smoothie and get a delicious treat. As long as you stick with healthy ingredients and don’t add extra sweeteners, you can enjoy these treats on a regular basis.
Here are 10 diabetes-friendly smoothie ideas to get you started.
1. Superfood Smoothie
This smoothie has it all — antioxidant-rich berries, healthy fat from the avocado, greens, and protein. Just be careful when buying berry yogurt that you choose a brand that’s low in sugar, such as Siggi, or sugar-free.
2. Lower-Carb Strawberry Smoothie Recipe
This smoothie’s author has diabetes and discovered this recipe after some careful experimentation. Not only does it taste great, but also it won’t wreak havoc on your blood sugar. The soymilk and Greek yogurt make it smooth and creamy without adding much extra sugar.
3. Peach Smoothie
This peach smoothie makes for the perfect afternoon refresher. It’s simple to make with only five ingredients. Plus it’s loaded with calcium and is light enough that it won’t weigh you down. Add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and keep the peel on the peach for more fiber. More fiber is helpful in this smoothie since this recipe calls for 4 ounces of sweetened yogurt, which has the potential to raise your blood sugar.
4. Snickers Smoothie
Are you craving the chocolate-peanut taste of your favorite candy bar, but don’t want to send your blood sugar soaring? Get the same flavors without the spike by whipping up this candy-inspired smoothie. For less artificial sweetener, swap the 1 tablespoon of sugar-free caramel syrup for 1 teaspoon of caramel extract. This smoothie is high in protein and calcium.
5. Diabetic Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
What better way to start your day than with some hearty, fiber-dense whole grains, plus potassium and vitamin C? This breakfast smoothie packs a lot of nutrition into one glass. Here are a few tips to make this smoothie work better for your blood sugar:
- Choose smaller bananas and don’t forget to add those carbs to your daily count so you don’t go over your allotment.
- Turn this recipe into four servings rather than two.
- Use unsweetened almond or soymilk instead of skim milk to further reduce the carbs.