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10 Delicious Diabetic-friendly Smoothies

10 Delicious Diabetic-friendly Smoothies

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. Some fruits and vegetables are better for managing your diabetes than others. Look for produce that’s low on the glycemic index and load, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar. Low-glycemic fruits and vegetables include: It’s also important to get plenty of calcium- and probiotic-rich dairy foods to fortify your bones and provide good gut bacteria. Good sources are low-fat milk, kefir, 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. Just remember when you do blend fruit into your smoothies to count them as part of your daily fruit allowance so you don’t overdo it on carbohydrates. Even natural sugar can drive up your blood sugar if you eat too much of it. Here are 10 diabetes-friendly smoothie ideas to get you started. 1. Superfood Smoothie This smoothie has it all — antioxidant-rich berries, healthy fat from the avocado, greens, and protein. Just be careful when buying berry yogurt that you choose a brand that’s low in sugar, such as Siggi, or stevia-sweetened. Or opt for unsweetened yogurt. This recipe has 404 calories, so use it as a meal replacement instead of a snack. View the recipe. 2. Lower-Carb Strawberry Smoothie Recipe This smoothie’s creator has diabetes and discovered this recipe after some careful experimentation. Not only does Continue reading >>

13 Hot Diabetic Drinks To Enjoy All Year Round

13 Hot Diabetic Drinks To Enjoy All Year Round

If you're trying to control blood sugar levels it may seem as though there are limited diabetic drinks available. But in truth there are a wide range of safe options you can thoroughly enjoy. Recently we covered 11+ cold diabetic drink options. And today we're delving into some warming drinks that are low in sugar, and some that are rich in healthy fats and proteins to help stabilize your blood sugar levels. #1: Coffee There's something about the rich aroma of freshly made coffee that you either love or you don't. But if you do, you'll be pleased to learn that you can still enjoy your favorite blend. But just be aware that some people can be more sensitive to coffee, whereby their glucose levels increase. If that's you, then coffee is obviously not the best choice for you. I love drinking my coffee strong and black. But if you want a coffee creamer, use cream, milk, coconut milk or unsweetened almond or soy milk. #2: Coconutty Mocha If you are a coffee lover, adding a twist of coconutty chocolate for a deliciously warming mocha, may be just what you need on a fresh, crispy morning. Ingredients: Half a cup of brewed coffee 2/3 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk 2 teaspoons cacao or cocoa powder (unsweetened) 1 tablespoon coconut butter or 1/8 teaspoon coconut extract Your choice of sweetener (sweeten to taste) Combine all the ingredients in a pan and heat over medium heat until you reach your desired temperature. Serve in mugs and sip away! Just be wary not to let it boil rapidly or you'll ruin your mix. #3: Classic Hot Chocolate I don't know about you but the thought of hot chocolate always brings back childhood memories – it's a warming drink that's sweet, creamy, and oh-so-satisfying! This simple recipe proves that you don’t have to ditch all your favorite dri Continue reading >>

5 Best Smoothies For Diabetics

5 Best Smoothies For Diabetics

Author Notes: Daily smoothies are a sure way to clean-up the diet from processed foods and artificial junk. Instead of a drive-through breakfast when crunched for time, a h (…more) —Ammy Serves 2 This smoothie is a delicious balance of protein, carbs and fats. With essential omega-3 fatty acids that boost heart health and reduce inflammation, this Chocolate Spinach Smoothie is a chocolate treat that you can enjoy in the morning without any guilt! Notes – Be sure to check the sugar content of the protein powder before using it. For complete recipe please visit - . Continue reading >>

The Best And Worst Drinks For Diabetics

The Best And Worst Drinks For Diabetics

Drinks for Diabetics iStock When you have diabetes, choosing the right drink isn’t always simple. And recent studies may only add to the confusion. Is coffee helpful or harmful to insulin resistance? Does zero-calorie diet soda cause weight gain? We reviewed the research and then asked three top registered dietitians, who are also certified diabetes educators, what they tell their clients about seven everyday drinks. Here’s what to know before you sip. Drink More: Water iStock Could a few refreshing glasses of water assist with blood sugar control? A recent study in the journal Diabetes Care suggests so: The researchers found that people who drank 16 ounces or less of water a day (two cups’ worth) were 30 percent more likely to have high blood sugar than those who drank more than that daily. The connection seems to be a hormone called vasopressin, which helps the body regulate hydration. Vasopressin levels increase when a person is dehydrated, which prompts the liver to produce more blood sugar. How much: Experts recommend six to nine 8-ounce glasses of water per day for women and slightly more for men. You’ll get some of this precious fluid from fruit and vegetables and other fluids, but not all of it. “If you’re not in the water habit, have a glass before each meal,” recommends Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and author of The African American Guide to Living Well with Diabetes. “After a few weeks, add a glass at meals too.” Drink More: Milk iStock Moo juice isn’t just a kids’ drink. It provides the calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin D your body needs for many essential functions. Plus, research shows it may also boost weight loss. In one study of 322 people trying to sl Continue reading >>

Fruit Punch Recipe | Taste Of Home

Fruit Punch Recipe | Taste Of Home

Fruit Punch Recipe photo by Taste of Home Read Reviews Be the first to add a review "We had a diabetic child in our church youth group a few years ago and tried to fix snacks that would be within his restrictions but enjoyable for the other kids as well," explains Ruth Tacoma of Falmouth, Michigan. "This punch really fills the bill-you'd never know it's a diabetic drink." 1 envelope sugar-free tropical punch soft drink mix 1 can (12 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed In a large pitcher, combine soft drink mix and water. Add orange juice concentrate; mix well. Just before serving, pour mixture into a punch bowl; stir in the soda. Yield: 20 servings. Originally published as Fruit Punch in Taste of HomeAugust/September 1993, p18 1 cup: 38 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 fruit. 1 envelope sugar-free tropical punch soft drink mix 1 can (12 ounces) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed In a large pitcher, combine soft drink mix and water. Add orange juice concentrate; mix well. Just before serving, pour mixture into a punch bowl; stir in the soda. Yield: 20 servings. Originally published as Fruit Punch in Taste of HomeAugust/September 1993, p18 Continue reading >>

Peach Smoothie

Peach Smoothie

Ingredients Directions Place the peach, milk, yogurt, and ice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Turn off machine and scrape down the sides of the blender with a rubber spatula. Blend again. Pour the mixture into 2 glasses and sprinkle each with a little cinnamon. Serve at once. (You can garnish with strawberries, if you want to be fancy with this refreshing drink.) Nutrition Information Per serving: 101 calories (0% calories from fat), 22 g carbohydrates, 5 g protein, 0 total fat (0 saturated fat), 1 g dietary fiber, 3 mg cholesterol, 65 mg sodium Diabetic exchanges: 1 1/2 carbohydrate (1/2 fruit, 1 skim milk) Welcome to the Type 2 Diabetes Center! This is your launching pad for living better with type 2 diabetes. We’ve gathered all the latest type 2 diabetes information, research updates, and advances in devices and medications. And because diabetes impacts every facet of your life, you’ll also find practical advice from leading experts and other people living with type 2 diabetes featured here. That includes mouth-watering, healthy recipes; money-saving tips; advice to help navigate social, professional, and relationship issues; and inspiring personal stories from people just like you. Explore the resources here and be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be alerted to new additions. Continue reading >>

Diabetes-friendly Party Drink Recipes

Diabetes-friendly Party Drink Recipes

Festive drinks are a necessity when hosting a party, and now you can quench your thirst without relying on high-calorie cocktails. Whether you're looking for alcoholic mixed drinks or nonalcoholic mocktails, our collection of favorite healthy party drink recipes serve at least six people. Festive drinks are a necessity when hosting a party, and now you can quench your thirst without relying on high-calorie cocktails. Whether you're looking for alcoholic mixed drinks or nonalcoholic mocktails, our collection of favorite healthy party drink recipes serve at least six people. Festive drinks are a necessity when hosting a party, and now you can quench your thirst without relying on high-calorie cocktails. Whether you're looking for alcoholic mixed drinks or nonalcoholic mocktails, our collection of favorite healthy party drink recipes serve at least six people. Festive drinks are a necessity when hosting a party, and now you can quench your thirst without relying on high-calorie cocktails. Whether you're looking for alcoholic mixed drinks or nonalcoholic mocktails, our collection of favorite healthy party drink recipes serve at least six people. Festive drinks are a necessity when hosting a party, and now you can quench your thirst without relying on high-calorie cocktails. Whether you're looking for alcoholic mixed drinks or nonalcoholic mocktails, our collection of favorite healthy party drink recipes serve at least six people. Continue reading >>

Green Smoothie Recipes For Type 2 Diabetes

Green Smoothie Recipes For Type 2 Diabetes

One of THE biggest questions I get is about whether or not diabetics should consume green smoothies. I will attempt to answer this question in this post. First, you should know that I am not a doctor, and that absolutely nothing in this post should be taken as medical advice. Always work with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes when you have a medical condition, such as diabetes. Keep in mind that your results may vary from somebody else’s. Okay, now with that out of the way… The biggest concern that diabetics have about green smoothies is their sugar content. It is true that fruit contains glucose (and fructose). People with metabolic disorders such as diabetes should strictly monitor their carbohydrate intake – including the amount of sugar that they get from each meal. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t have any fruit, or that green smoothies are not for you. Fresh, whole fruits, as well as blended green smoothies not only provide a healthy way for diabetics to get more fruits and vegetables in their diet, green smoothies also may help reverse some of the diet and lifestyle problems that exacerbate diabetes, or contributes to its progression. How Green Smoothies Have Helped My Readers With Diabetes I have collected countless testimonies from readers who have told me about how green smoothies have benefited their diabetic condition. I have heard from people who no longer need anti-diabetes medication, and who have brought their high blood sugar into the normal range! One of the most striking green smoothie success stories I received was from a reader named Charles from Michigan. He shared his amazing story with me: “I lost a total of 35 pounds in 11 weeks. My doctor has discontinued ALL of my medications for high blood pressure, an Continue reading >>

The Best 10 Delicious Diabetic Smoothie Recipes

The Best 10 Delicious Diabetic Smoothie Recipes

For a long time, people living with diabetes didn’t get to enjoy many delicious options due to diet restrictions. But not anymore. Today, I’m giving you my best 10 smoothie recipes especially crafted for diabetics. They are ideal for you, whether you are a type 1 or type 2 diabetic. My parents are diabetic and most of my extended family has diabetes too. We had to learn to live with it, and we've found smoothies to be a great solution - provided we chose the right ingredients, as I'll show you here. Fighting Diabetes Type 2 ? I've gotten several enthusiastic recommendations from followers who tried the "Reverse Diabetes Today" program. Note: it's now on a special 50% off promo, so grab it while the promo is still up. It’s important that through my experience, you’ll have a helpful new tool to live a wholesome life. You can now develop a meal plan with diabetic smoothies being a part of your everyday diet. ​My mother used to complain that her meals were boring. She would skip meals everyday, which caused her agony, as her blood sugar levels would decrease so rapidly. And now, with these smoothies, she’s always looking forward to her meal times. Her sugar levels are stable and she’s never been happier.​ Want to lose weight with smoothies? How smoothies can be good for Diabetes You may have thought that smoothies are laden with sugar. It’s true for many store-bought options, but at home you’re in perfect control. This is what prompted me to look up recipes to make low sugar, diabetic friendly smoothies. The best part?​ These are more than delicious treats. They are low calorie recipes for healthy smoothies to help you lose weight. You’ll appreciate how quick they are to make, especially on those days you’re too busy to cook or too lazy. Other days Continue reading >>

What Fruit Juice Can People With Diabetes Drink?

What Fruit Juice Can People With Diabetes Drink?

Tweet Fruit juice has, until recently, been considered a great way to get your five a day. people with diabetes need to moderate their fruit juice intake as larger glasses of juice can substantially raise blood sugar levels. The key is to In addition, more recently, regular consumption of fruit juice has been linked with an increase in type 2 diabetes risk. What's in fruit juice? Aside from vitamin C and calcium, fruit juice contains: Calories - 250ml glass of unsweetened orange juice typically contains around 100 calories, compared to the 60 calories in an actual orange Fructose (a form of sugar) - half a pint of fruit juice contains more sugar than the World Health Organisation recommends ideally having in a day (30g of sugar for men, 24g for women) A lack of fibre - juice always contains less fibre than whole fruit and highly processed juices may not contain any fibre How does this affect my diabetes? Badly, is the short answer. Sugar levels in fruit juice can cause a significant spike in blood sugar levels, increasing the risk of hyperglycemia. The glycemic index, which is used to reflect the impact on blood sugar levels of individual foods, places orange juice between 66 and 76 on a scale of 100. Compared to whole fruits and vegetables, juice doesn't offer much fibre. (it's stripped away in the juicing process). Fibre is a kind of carbohydrate that, because the body doesn't break it down, is calorie-free, so it doesn't affect your blood sugar, making it important for people with diabetes. Soluble fibre can help lower your cholesterol levels and improve blood glucose control if eaten in large amounts. Apples, oranges, and pears all contain soluble fibre, but not when juiced. Is fruit juice all bad for people with diabetes? Fruit juice has some benefits for people wi Continue reading >>

Sugar-free Lemonade Recipe | Homemade Lemonade | Whole New Mom

Sugar-free Lemonade Recipe | Homemade Lemonade | Whole New Mom

Looking for a refreshing summer drink that is easy on your wallet? Well, do I have a versatile sugar-free lemonade recipe for you! It's a homemade lemonade recipe with a low-carb twist. If you've been around my website a bit, you know that I don't like purchasing ready-made things when I can easily make them myself. Here is another case in point and one of the easiest yet. One of my readers recently asked if I had a healthy drink she could treat her kids to by offering them something besides water. I completely understand. I don't let my kids drink any sodas or bottled juice drinks. One reason is due to the problems that they pose for health and the other is the cost. My kids aren't always happy with me about this decision, but well, I wasn't put here to be their best buddy or to get the Most Fun Mom of the Year Award (though I admit that wouldn't be a bad thing). My job is to help them to live a vibrant, healthy life, and part of that is encouraging them to have a healthy diet. And sugar, artificial colors, and artificial flavors aren't much of a help in that arena. Have you seen the plethora of negative information coming out about high fructose corn syrup and sugar alone? There has been mercury detected in high-fructose corn syrup due to the means of processing, and sugar is now being linked to all sorts of health issues . If you make this homemade lemonade instead of buying store bought drinks, you can avoid much of your exposure to these not-so-great ingredients. Take a look at your grocery bill and see how much you are spending on drinks: sodas, juices, etc. And those healthy waters? Don't get me started. Anyhow, here is a way that you can treat your whole family to a wonderful summery drink without breaking the bank. And you can sweeten this homemade lemonade ho Continue reading >>

8 Drinks That Help Fight Diabetes

8 Drinks That Help Fight Diabetes

So one great addition to a healthier lifestyle for people who are living with diabetes is to include more water in your diet. The problem here? Plain water every day can taste kind of boring, and people with diabetes may already feel that their diets are restricted. So what are some good ways to up your water intake while not completely boring your palate? One simple solution is to incorporate spa water into your diet. With a name like that, it sounds indulgent, and fortunately, it can taste that way, too, while still being very good for you. Spa water is a delicious combination of fresh fruits, and sometimes herbs, that you can infuse into cold water. It's great to keep a pitcher in your fridge running, and you can mix up a variety of different combinations with whatever ingredients you like so that you don't get tired of the same tastes every day. We recommend a combination of diabetes-fighting lemon and lime wheels with some anti-oxidant-packed fresh berries. You can slice up just one or two strawberries and they'll infuse a whole pitcher of water with their bright, berry sweetness. Peppermint, which is thought to potentially help both nerve and digestive disorders associated with diabetes, can be added to spa water as well, for a fresh, invigorating, and healthful taste. Eating and drinking well is something everyone should enjoy, and having diabetes should never prevent you from doing that. But learning how to make healthy (and tasty) drink choices when you have diabetes may take some getting used to. Take a look at our suggestions to find out more about healthful drink options you should feel great about enjoying. Chamomile Tea No calories, big flavor, and a boatload of antioxidants have made chamomile tea trendy for health reasons, especially for diabetics. Resea Continue reading >>

3 Juicing Recipes For Diabetics That Will Actually Lower Your Blood Glucose Level

3 Juicing Recipes For Diabetics That Will Actually Lower Your Blood Glucose Level

It seems like everybody knows someone who has diabetes. It could be a friend, relative or even an acquaintance. That isn’t surprising because diabetes is an epidemic. In this article, I’ll briefly talk about diabetes, the causes and how you can potentially reverse this through juicing and the right diet. If my father who is in his early seventies was able to do it you can too. Disclaimer: These recipes (particularly the first one) are so potent (when combined with medication) that it can excessively lower down blood sugar level to dangerously low levels. Please do your due diligence and have a regular blood test to monitor blood glucose level. These recipes will work best with type-2 diabetes. If you check out the statistics in Diabetes.org close to 30 million Americans have diabetes and that number is rising with around 1.7 million new cases per year. As of 2014, over 347 million people worldwide have diabetes, if that number doesn’t scream epidemic I don’t know what will. This is close to my heart because my father, brother and uncle have diabetes and if I’m not careful I might get it too. If you want jump straight to the recipes, click here. What is diabetes? Diabetes is a condition where our bodies have elevated blood sugar levels because of two things – (1) the body does not produce insulin or (2) it does not respond well to insulin. The first form of diabetes I described is type-1 diabetes, the 2nd which I’ll be talking about here is type-2 diabetes which accounts for 90 to 95% of diabetes cases. We have to take this condition seriously because once you have it your whole life changes. Depending on the type of diabetes you have, you may either have to have oral medication, insulin shots or both. Diabetes left undiagnosed is a silent killer because th Continue reading >>

How To Make Your Beverages Diabetes-friendly

How To Make Your Beverages Diabetes-friendly

Everyday Solutions are created by Everyday Health on behalf of our partners. More Information Content in this special section was created or selected by the Everyday Health editorial team and is funded by an advertising sponsor. The content is subject to Everyday Healths editorial standards for accuracy, objectivity, and balance. The sponsor does not edit or influence the content but may suggest the general topic area. How to Make Your Beverages Diabetes-Friendly For a healthy type 2 diabetes diet, you need to count carbs and calories, and that includes beverages as well as foods. Get tips on choosing healthy drinks. One of the biggest pitfalls for a type 2 diabetes diet is washing down healthy foods with not-so-healthy beverages. With type 2 diabetes, you know you need to count your carbs and calories. But just one sugary drink can sink your best diet intentions faster than a fast-food feast. Good beverages for diabetes can still be flavorful and satisfying without the extra carbs and calories, but you need to know how to avoid unhealthy drink choices. The link between sugary beverages and diabetes is strong. In fact, for those who dont yet have type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests that eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages can lower the risk of developing diabetes significantly. The study, published in the journal Diabetologica in 2013, collected data from approximately 27,000 people in Europe and found that just one 12-ounce, sugar-sweetened beverage a day can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes by about 20 percent. Most people with diabetes know that regular soda should be avoided, but other beverages, even those marketed as healthy choices, may not be any better for blood sugar control , says Lanah J. Brennan, RD, CDE, a nutrition consultant at Reactive Nutriti Continue reading >>

3 Diabetes-friendly Breakfasts Anyone Can Enjoy

3 Diabetes-friendly Breakfasts Anyone Can Enjoy

Contrary to popular belief, people with diabetes aren’t restricted to special diabetic foods, and they don’t have to follow any specific meal plan. Just like anyone else, those living with diabetes should consume meals that include lean protein, non-starchy vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and fruit, and should maintain diets low in saturated and trans fat, and moderate in salt and sugar. But there are some additional things to consider at meal-time. For instance, according to a study published in 2015 in The Journal of Nutrition, for people with diabetes, eating more protein at breakfast can help stabilize blood glucose levels after both breakfast and lunch. Check out these three protein-powered breakfasts that are a tasty and nutritious way to pump up your morning protein intake. Healthy hint: If you’re on Nutrisystem, count these morning must-haves as one breakfast or, if you’d rather enjoy them as snacks, one PowerFuel and one SmartCarb each ( as pretty much the perfect flex meals). Vegged-Out Omelet Prepare a small omelet using a half cup of egg whites and any of your favorite non-starchy veggies (think peppers, onions, tomatoes or spinach), then pair it with a slice of whole wheat toast. Breakfast bonus: Make sure your raw veggie add-ins amount to one cup, and you can cross off one of your veggie servings for the day! Berry Good Breakfast Mix one half cup of low-fat, reduced sodium cottage cheese with one cup of fresh berries (like raspberries, blueberries and strawberries), then top with a sprinkle of cinnamon and fresh mint. PB&C Breakfast Sandwich Toast one, 100% whole wheat English muffin, then spread one tablespoon of peanut butter across both halves. Then sprinkle with desired amount of cinnamon. Continue reading >>

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