When you want something cold and refreshing, nothing tastes better than a fruit smoothie or icy blended drink. For a diabetes-friendly breakfast or snack, break out the blender and try some of these yogurt or nondairy diabetic smoothies packed with berries, veggies, and more.
Carrot-Mango-Green Tea Smoothies
Not one, not two, but three power foods--carrots, green tea, and chia seeds--kick up the health value of this nondairy smoothie. Mango and ginger add fresh tropical flavor to the 69-calorie drink.
3 cups water
1 cup sliced carrots or packaged peeled baby carrots
1 inchfresh ginger, thinly sliced
4 green tea bags
2 cups frozen mango chunks
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
Super Berry Smoothies
True to its name, this smoothie contains three antioxidant-rich berries. Sneak in baby spinach leaves, pomegranate juice, and protein powder for a super-charged nondairy smoothie that’s low-fat and low-carb.
2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries
1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
1 cup fresh blackberries or blueberries
1 cup fresh baby spinach leaves
1 cup pomegranate juice
3 tablespoons RAW PROTEINpowder!
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"Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything."Genesis 9:3
The best foods for diabetes are most often whole foods that are not processed, such as fruits and vegetables. Including these extra-healthy power foods in your diet will help you meet your nutritional needs as well as lower your risk of diabetes complications such as heart disease.
Of course, the foods on this list shouldn't be the only foods you eat, but incorporating some or all into your diabetes meal plan will help improve your overall health.If you already follow a healthful meal plan filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein, congratulations! You're on your way to a long, healthy life and are taking a major step in controlling your weight and blood sugar levels. Plus, you're probably already eating a bunch of the foods on this list.
For those who are taking the baby-steps approach to eating better, this list is even more helpful. Not only are these power foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, they're also familiar and easy to find. That means you don't have to hunt down any exotic ingredients or shop at specialty grocery stores to find foods that will help you get on track with a healthful meal plan.