If you’ve looked around our site, you’ll be aware that with a little research and patience it’s not difficult to find healthy, great tasting foods for a person with diabetes. While most foods can be on the menu for a PWD, some foods are better than others. Not long after M. was diagnosed, we attended a JDRF conference at Emory University called the Sugar Show, where one of the panels was about diet and nutrition. Again and again, the idea of fruit smoothies was suggested as a great healthy treat for our daughter. Not only is a smoothie a healthy eating option as part of your diet, but it’s also easy and quick to make, making it an ideal snack or meal if you’re short of time.
Most smoothy drink recipes are adaptable and carb friendly. Simply add in whatever fruits and superfoods you have at home. Don’t be afraid to try something new. One of the best things about smoothies is that you can use your own ideas to create healthy recipes. Here’s a few tasty & healthy ingredients to try:
Of course you’ll want to keep in mind the conditions in which you might add honey and jam, versus a strictly fruit smoothie. For example, if you child is coming from a strenuous physical activity you’ll want to provide more carbs if her blood sugar is low. For a great summer treat, try freshly picked strawberries with yogurt – it brings out that glorious summer flavor and is refreshing too. One of our most recent new smoothies was one created by adding the remaining tropical fruit tabbouleh to a pot of yogurt, liquidising it created a great tasting, vitamin-rich, smoothie. So, do try creating your own, if you’re feeling adventurous. The key is to experiment and not worry too much about the odd cooking failure in the kitchen. Most what you create will have amazing flavors. If you can involve your child, all the better!
Smoothies are not “free” so you do have to remember to count your carbs, but there is evidence that when made with yogurt, a smoothie is a good healthy snack for diabetics. One reason is that enzymes in the yogurt may help to slow the digestion of carbohydrates and likewise slow the rise in blood glucose following the meal. Try this smoothie made from plain yogurt, frozen mixed berries, and orange juice.
Serve this as a low fat breakfast starter, or as a mid-morning snack.
This is full of natural health boosting foods, yum!
This is a quick store cupboard idea to throw together in a hurry. Don’t worry too much about counting calories, this gives a slow release of energy through the day.
Add all ingredients to food processor and blend until smooth. Serve in a glass with ice cubes, to cool. Enjoy!
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