Diabetes And SmoothiesAugust 8 2017
Living with diabetes may sometimes make you feel like you are missing out on all the goodness certain foods have to offer, with recipes usually containing bland, tasteless ingredients. This does not have to be the case! What is important is eating a healthy, balanced diet that will maintain a steady blood sugar level. Well, guess what, Smoothies can definitely be part of your diet!
Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, it is important to work with a doctor or nutritionist to come up with a proper diet. Dealing with diabetes is about managing what, when and how much you eat, as these all contribute to your blood sugar.
Healthy Smoothie Options
- Superfoods for diabetics are those that have a low-glycemic index rating and contain important nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium, fiber and vitamins A, C, and E.
- Berries – Any type of berries, including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries are a great addition to a diabetic diet as they have a low glycemic index. They are also packed with other beneficial nutrients and fiber.
- Citrus – Fruits such as oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and limes are great sources of citrus and vitamins. Whole fruits are a better choice, rather than juices so as to get the benefits of their high fiber content.
- Green, leafy vegetables – The darker the color, the better. Spinach and Kale are great options for your smoothie as they add a mild flavor that you can mask with other ingredients. They are super foods for everyone, diabetic or not.
- Nuts and natural nut butters – Nuts such as almonds, peanuts, and other whole, raw nuts are a great source of fiber, magnesium, and healthy fats. They are also a good source of protein and keep you fuller for longer, thus reducing cravings for unhealthy snacks.
- Dairy – Plain yogurt and milk are good choices for your smoothie base. They are a great source of protein, vitamin D, and calcium.
- Whole grains – These have a low glycemic index and are packed with minerals, fiber, protein,and vitamins. These add a smooth texture to your smoothie with very little extra flavor. Whole, rolled oats are a good option.
These are just some of the awesome super foods you should definitely consider. Others, such as beans, are not quite favorites in smoothies. Try adding some cacao or coconut milk for that extra flavor.