The first thing that diabetics and pre-diabetics are told is that they need to control their blood sugar levels. 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. It’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.
• 1 cup uncooked oats (ground in spice or coffee grinder or food processor)
• 2 frozen banana (cut into small chunks first)
• 3 cup skim milk
• 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed
• sugar substitute
• 2 tsp. coffee extract (optional)
How to do
Combine all ingredients and blend with blender, immersion blender or processor.
Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Chai banana smoothie
4 large bananas, peeled and sliced
1 cup 1% low-fat milk
1 regular-size chai tea bag
1/3 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
3/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
How to do
Place bananas in the freezer for about 30 minutes or until frozen.
Pour milk into a microwave-safe measuring cup; microwave on HIGH for 1 minute or just until milk boils; add chai tea bag and let steep for 20 minutes, pressing bag gently with a spoon to release chai flavor. Remove and discard tea bag; chill chai flavored milk for 10 minutes.
Combine frozen bananas, Granulated Sweetener, yogurt, and chai flavored milk in a blender. Process mixture until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.
Low carb strawberry smoothie
How to do
Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into a glass and garnish with strawberries.