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Low Carb Smoothies for Diabetics

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These diabetic-friendly smoothies will help you live a healthier life.

These diabetic-friendly smoothies will help you live a healthier life.

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My important message to all diabetics: Don't suffer through your sweet craving anymore. You can satiate your sweet tooth without throwing your blood sugar off balance. I know it can be boring to eat just fruits. They are sweet and low in calories, but sometimes our hard-to-please taste buds might want something a bit more fancy. These low-carb smoothies might be the healthy answer for you.

Plus Points of These Diabetic-Friendly Smoothies

  1. They contain no refined sugar.
  2. Having fresh or frozen fruits as the main ingredients, they are packed with complex carbs and dietary fiber.
  3. Some of these smoothie recipes contain green tea powder and ground flaxseed, two diabetes superfoods that can keep a sugar spike at bay.
  4. Being low-carb and low-calorie, they are great diet smoothies for both diabetics and non-diabetic individuals to enjoy.
Diabetic-Friendly Pina Colada Smoothie

Diabetic-Friendly Pina Colada Smoothie

Pina Colada Smoothie

Smoothie Ingredients (for 1 serving)

  • 1 cup light plain yogurt
  • 1 cup fresh or canned pineapple (cut into small chunks)
  • 1 tsp. non-alcoholic coconut extract or coconut flavor
  • 1 cup crushed ice

To prepare this diet smoothie, put all the ingredients in a blender, then process on high speed until the ice is liquefied and the mixture is smooth. I prefer using fresh pineapple, as it has lower sugar content and no preservatives. If you don't want to be bothered with the slicing and cleaning process, however, canned pineapple will come in handy.

Drink it the classy way: Garnish your pina colada smoothie with a pineapple slice or cocktail umbrella. To add a tropical air to it, you could serve this scrumptious drink in a hollowed-out pineapple. Enjoy it while sitting by a sparkling pool and leave all your worries behind.

Diabetic-Friendly Strawberry Smoothie

Diabetic-Friendly Strawberry Smoothie

Diabetic-Friendly Strawberry Smoothie

Smoothie Ingredients (for 1 serving)

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen whole strawberries (thaw first if frozen)
  • 1 banana (cut into small chunks)
  • 1 cup light and sugar-free strawberry yogurt
  • 1 cup crushed ice
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Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. If you use frozen strawberries, make sure they contain no added sugar. This diet smoothie is just so simple and healthy. Strawberries are a great source of antioxidants, dietary fiber and vitamin C. I'm planning to make this refreshing drink on the upcoming 100-degree days this summer.

What if strawberries are not your favorite?

That's fine. You may use blueberries or raspberries instead, and the results will still be excellent!

Low-Carb Green Tea Smoothie

Low-Carb Green Tea Smoothie

Low-Carb Green Tea Smoothie

Smoothie Ingredients (for 1 serving)

  • 2 tsps. Matcha green tea powder
  • 3 tbsps. hot water
  • 1 banana (cut into small chunks)
  • 1 pkg. sugar substitute
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 1 tsp. mint extract (optional)

Mix green tea powder with hot water and stir until it forms a paste. Add the green tea paste and the other ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. If you prepare this drink without the banana, you'll get a "green tea frappe," which is very delicious as well. The mint extract is not required, though I like to add it to my smoothie just to make it a little more refreshing.

Green tea and diabetes: Green tea is believed to help stabilize blood-sugar levels and lower cholesterol. For diabetics, this tea is thus highly beneficial. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, daily supplementation of the diet with green tea might be able to lower the hemoglobin A1c level in people with borderline diabetes.

Diabetes Breakfast Smoothie

Diabetes Breakfast Smoothie

Diabetes Breakfast Smoothie

Smoothie Ingredients (for 1 serving)

  • 1/2 cup uncooked oats
  • 1 frozen banana (cut into small chunks first)
  • 1 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 pkg. sugar substitute
  • 1 tsp. coffee extract or coffee flavor (optional)

In a food processor, blend oats until they become powder. Add the other ingredients and blend until smooth. This diabetes breakfast smoothie is great for those of you who have too tiny an appetite to eat ham and eggs in the morning.

But is it really filling?

Yes. It won't make you crave early lunch. Like I said, people who opt for a breakfast smoothie instead of real breakfast usually don't have a big appetite in the early hours anyway. Besides, oats and flaxseed are both high in dietary fiber, which will help you feel full longer and allow the body to absorb sugar into the bloodstream at a slower pace.

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