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Low Carb Diabetic Breakfast Smoothie

Low Carb Diabetic Breakfast Smoothie

I was over having a conversation on Facebook the other day and it came to my attention that many people struggle with eating breakfast. If you have diabetes it's not ideal to skip breakfast because even if you don't eat blood sugar will rise. So the very act of eating breakfast can actually help regulate blood sugar. So the perfect alternative to actually eating something is to whip up a low carb diabetic breakfast smoothie. A balanced smoothie with protein, healthy fats, and a little carbs from mixed berries, will keep you full, regulate your blood sugar, and help you get through the morning. So here is a simple breakfast smoothie recipe, with a few alternatives and options to try, so you can give it a different twist every time you have it. Do you have a favorite way you like to have breakfast smoothies? 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Meals-on-the-go: 4 Smoothie Recipes To Try

Meals-on-the-go: 4 Smoothie Recipes To Try

Meals-on-the-Go: 4 Smoothie Recipes to Try Healthy smoothies are great option for busy medical professionals who are always on the go. Green smoothie recipes as well as other smoothie options work as a meal replacement because they are packed with nutritious ingredients and are minimally processed - which is ultimately better for you than even an energy bar or other highly processed healthy food. Since you're making your own smoothies - whether they're kale smoothies or other recipes - you can control how much fiber, sugars and fats go into each one. Of course, not all smoothies are healthy. Some pre-made and store-bought versions include lots of preservatives to enhance shelf life, while others include large amounts of sugars and fats to improve taste. However, by making your own smoothie recipes at home, you can have a quick and easy meal you can even drink on shift. Just blend the ingredients, and you're ready to pop your creation into a to-go cup You can find a lot of smoothie recipes online, but we've compiled four fantastic smoothie recipes for you to try. Each one contains healthy fats and proteins as well as nutrition-packed ingredients to help your keep energy high all day. Each one takes only minutes to prepare and keeps you full for longer, thanks to the protein and the fats. Who doesn't love chocolate and banana - especially when they're good for you? To make this smoothie, you will need: Two bananas that have been peeled, cut up and frozen overnight in the freezer One heaping tablespoon of peanut butter (crunchy or smooth - your choice) One heaping teaspoon all-natural and unsweetened cocoa powder Place all ingredients in a blender and blitz until the consistency is smooth. Taste and add an extra date if you need more sweetness. If you like, you can also m Continue reading >>

Meal Replacement

Meal Replacement

In today’s hectic world, trying to eat healthy can often be overwhelming and poor food choices and skipping meals can inhibit efforts to control diabetes and manage weight. Meal replacements can be a helpful option for many individuals as part of their diabetes management plan because they are convenient, easy to carry and nutritionally complete. Meal replacements provide a known calorie amounts with specific macro- and micro-nutrient levels to help take some of the guesswork out of complex meal planning—no need for measuring, weighing or counting calories and nutrients. Glucerna shakes meal replacements are designed specifically for people with diabetes to help manage blood sugar response, and can be used as meal replacements. Below are some commonly asked questions related to meal replacement. what is a meal replacement? Meal replacements are foods that you can eat or drink as an alternative to or as part of your meals. They are a quick and easy way to get the nutrition you need. Other examples of meal replacements include: prepackages meals, such as frozen entrees, and ready-to-mix powders. are meal replacements effective for weight management? According to the American Diabetes Association, use of meal replacements once or twice daily to replace a usual meal can result in significant weight loss.1 can meal replacements help me manage my blood sugar, too? The right meal replacement can help you manage your weight and help manage blood sugar response, while providing complete nutrition. Read nutrition labels. Meal replacements for people with diabetes should contain the right types of carbohydrates for people with diabetes, including low glycemic carbohydrates. how should i use meal replacements? They can be used in place of 1 or 2 meals, or as part of a meal. You Continue reading >>

Low Carb Smoothies For Diabetics

Low Carb Smoothies For Diabetics

© All rights reserved 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 They contain no refined sugar. Having fresh or frozen fruits as the main ingredients, they are packed with complex carbs and dietary fiber. Some of these smoothie recipes contain green tea powder and ground flaxseed, two diabetes superfoods that can keep a sugar spike at bay. Being low-carb and low-calorie, they are great diet smoothies for both diabetics and non-diabetic individuals to enjoy. ***Although low in sugar, these smoothies are NOT sugar-free. Thus, keep in mind that you still have to exercise portion control.*** 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. E 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 >>

Best Smoothies For People With Diabetes

Best Smoothies For People With Diabetes

Smoothies may seem like a healthful option, but they can be a very bad choice for people who have diabetes. Many people with diabetes are well-informed about what they can and cannot eat. They know also that choosing premade meals, snacks, and drinks can be challenging. People with diabetes have to be very careful when ordering smoothies in restaurants, as these often contain far too much sugar and not enough protein and fat. With some modifications, however, smoothies can be enjoyed either at home or at a restaurant. Things to consider when making a smoothie People with diabetes must pay careful attention to their carbohydrate intake. Avoiding low quality carbohydrates, such as sugar or white flour, and using dietary fiber as their guide in choosing carbohydrates, are the best dietary options for them. A person with diabetes should consider some of the following: Extra fat can be a good thing The debate can be very confusing between good and bad fat, what is good and bad cholesterol, and the ever-changing guidelines on what offers the best balance between them. However, in short, some fats are very beneficial to people with diabetes, as they help slow down the speed at which sugar enters the blood. Some sources of fat that can be added to a morning smoothie include: almond or peanut butter chia seeds avocado raw pecans raw walnuts Include extra protein Similarly to fat, protein offers many health benefits that are particularly important to people with diabetes. For example, high-protein content slows the absorption of food, which reduces the speed at which sugar enters the bloodstream. Protein does not always need to come from an animal or animal byproduct. Many foods contain high amounts of protein, and adding them to a smoothie in the morning will offer great benefit Continue reading >>

8 Best Smoothies For People With Diabetes

8 Best Smoothies For People With Diabetes

Are smoothies good for diabetes? That depends. If it’s the 32 ounce variety from a smoothie chain with a drive-through, probably not. If you make it at home in your blender, is it then good for diabetes? That depends also. The ingredients that you put in it, specifically the amount of sugar and balance of protein and “good” fats, and the portion size matter. For diabetes, you should be counting your carbohydrates. You should know what a good size smoothie is for you. If you wonder what kinds of things you should put in it to make it healthier and delicious, you have come to the right place. We will help you to make nutritional sense of it all. I enjoy collecting healthy recipes for my patients with diabetes, and for my family. I have compiled a list of the best and healthiest smoothie recipes that I can find on the internet. It is almost fall, and time for Halloween! Autumn is one of my favorite seasons, and the first two smoothies on my list are made to gather the spices of fall into one. If your friends are heading out for a Pumpkin Pie Latte, why not make your own healthier smoothie and invite them to try it? First, let’s see what Brenda’s been drinking. What kind of smoothie did Brenda have? Brenda came into clinic. She was proud of herself because she was drinking smoothies. She had heard they were healthy. Her A1C was still a 9. Her fasting blood sugar was 197 mg/dl. “What kind of things do you put in your smoothie, Brenda,” I said. “Well I put a banana in, and a half cup of blueberries since they’re in season,” she said. “I have to put a few spoons of sugar in cause the blueberries are a little tart, a little early. You know, I put in some honey from the bee keeper down the road. “Oh, ok,” I said, thinking. “Is your glass this big? (I Continue reading >>

Meal Replacement Green Smoothie Boosters

Meal Replacement Green Smoothie Boosters

A meal replacement green smoothie is a great way to load up on nutrients to fuel you through the day or your next adventure.This is a simple, tasty recipe that will help you make the healthiest fast food out there! We believe that any time is a great time for a green smoothie. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snack, post workout fuel, late night munchies, etc you name it! Our bodies crave (and need) vitamins and minerals all day long. Leafy greens and fresh fruit in a blendedsmoothie always makes for a great option. Yet at certain times of day, our bodyneeds different things to thrive. Let's takeactual meals, like breakfast, lunch and dinner. These meals are super important and can be easily swapped for a green smoothie. You just have to know the right way to do it, which we talk about below. Yep, we drink meal replacement green smoothies all the time. Sometimes it's because we're in a hurry and just want to down something asap. Other times it's because we're trying to slim down (usually after the wintersmorgasbord). Swapping a meal witha green smoothie can benefit you in these ways: you'll be moreenergized thanks to all the fresh, raw ingredients less bloating than usual when eating a meal The MOSTimportant thing when blending green smoothies as a meal replacement is to include healthy fats AND proteins. This combo will keep youfeeling full and give you the energy you need to cruise right through til your next meal or snack.You can learn more aboutmeal replacement boosters (with measurements) in this article , or try one out yourself with this delicious recipe below. Continue reading >>

The Best Meal Replacement Shakes For Diabetics

The Best Meal Replacement Shakes For Diabetics

Diabetes is a chronic condition managed primarily through diet. Diabetics who are most successful in the management of their condition adhere a to a strict schedule of meals and snacks with equal amounts of carbohydrate in each. This consistency allows for greater control of blood sugar levels, which can help reduce the risk for diabetic complications. Weight loss will also improve diabetes management. Some individuals consider meal replacement shakes a convenient method for weight loss and blood sugar control. Video of the Day When choosing a meal replacement shake, it is important to first examine the nutrition facts label and the ingredient list. The number of different shakes on the market vary in protein, carbohydrate and calorie content; some shakes even contain fiber. A shake that is high in protein can help promote satiety, or the feeling of fullness. It can also prevent blood sugar spikes by slowing the release of sugar into the blood, thus promoting a slow and steady rise in blood sugar. Fiber acts similarly to protein in this respect. Portion Control and Calorie Control Meal replacement shakes are portion controlled and therefore may be a very important tool for diabetics who aim to lose weight. Energy balance is also a key factor in weight loss. The average meal replacement shake provides around 200 calories of energy; it is not considered a low-calorie food item unless it is used as it should be, as a meal replacement. If the energy provided in one shake is not enough to sustain you, consume something solid, like fruits and vegetables, to promote satiety. Glycemic control refers to the maintenance of blood sugar levels as close as possible to the normal range -- which is less than 110 mg/dl -- with minimal fluctuation. A study published in the September/Oct Continue reading >>

Diabetic Friendly Smoothies

Diabetic Friendly Smoothies

Living with diabetes is all about managing your blood sugar levels. This is a chronic illness, but you can live well with it if you manage it. A huge part of that management is diet. Several lifestyle factors can affect your well-being as a diabetic and your blood sugar levels, but what you eat on a daily basis is one of the most important. Eating healthful, balanced meals can help maintain a steady blood sugar level and smoothies can be a part of this balance. There are even some recommended superfoods that are particularly good for controlling blood sugar and they all work well in smoothies. Of course, it is important that you discuss any lifestyle changes, such as your diet, with your doctor. Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases characterized by high blood sugar, or glucose. Most common are type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is sometimes called juvenile diabetes because it is usually first diagnosed during childhood. If you have type 1 diabetes, your pancreas doesn’t make insulin, the hormone that regulates glucose. In a healthy person, the pancreas releases insulin when blood sugar levels get too high. The insulin goes to work lowering the amount of glucose in the blood. Type 1 diabetics need to inject insulin regularly to maintain a normal blood sugar level. In type 2 diabetes, the pancreas still makes insulin, but your body has developed a resistance to it and it no longer adequately lowers blood glucose levels. Type 2 diabetes is sometimes called adult-onset, as it is rare to develop in children. In adults type 2 is the most common kind of diabetes, accounting for around 90 percent of all cases. It develops in stages and can be prevented or even reversed with proper lifestyle changes, including diet, weight loss, and exe Continue reading >>

7 Easy Breakfast Ideas For Type 2 Diabetes

7 Easy Breakfast Ideas For Type 2 Diabetes

Cooking with less fat by using nonstick pans and cooking sprays and avoiding fat- and sugar-laden coffee drinks will help ensure that you're eating a healthy breakfast. For many people, breakfast is the most neglected meal of the day. But if you have type 2 diabetes, breakfast is a must, and it can have real benefits. “The body really needs the nutrients that breakfast provides to literally ‘break the fast’ that results during sleeping hours,” says Kelly Kennedy, MS, RD, an Everyday Health dietitian. “Having a source of healthy carbohydrates along with protein and fiber is the perfect way to start the morning.” Eating foods at breakfast that have a low glycemic index may help prevent a spike in blood sugar all morning long — and even after lunch. Eating peanut butter or almond butter at breakfast, for example, will keep you feeling full, thanks to the combination of protein and fat, according to the American Diabetes Association. And a good breakfast helps kick-start your morning metabolism and keeps your energy up throughout the day. Pressed for time? You don't have to create an elaborate spread. Here are seven diabetes-friendly breakfast ideas to help you stay healthy and get on with your day. 1. Breakfast Shake For a meal in a minute, blend one cup of fat-free milk or plain nonfat yogurt with one-half cup of fruit, such as strawberries, bananas, or blueberries. Add one teaspoon of wheat germ, a teaspoon of nuts, and ice and blend for a tasty, filling, and healthy breakfast. Time saver: Measure everything out the night before. 2. Muffin Parfait Halve a whole grain or other high-fiber muffin (aim for one with 30 grams of carbohydrates and at least 3 grams of fiber), cover with berries, and top with a dollop of low- or nonfat yogurt for a fast and easy bre Continue reading >>

The Skinny On Shakes For People With Diabetes

The Skinny On Shakes For People With Diabetes

1 / 6 Learn All About the Best Weight Loss Shakes for Diabetes Diabetes is an increasingly common condition that causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. There are several types of diabetes, but type 2 diabetes is the most common form. Type 2 diabetes is often linked to being overweight or obese and must be medically managed to prevent serious diabetes complications. Along with making lifestyle changes and taking medication, people with diabetes must keep a watchful eye on their blood glucose levels and the foods they eat throughout each day. Whether you’re watching your weight or looking for a quick diabetes-friendly meal on the go, a meal replacement shake may be a good — or not so good — option for those with diabetes. Of course, a healthy diet of whole foods is always best, but shakes can provide a nice “safety net” for when a healthy meal is not an option. While meal replacement shakes may fill you up, even the best weight loss shakes don’t provide complete dietary nutrition. If you rely on weight loss or meal replacement shakes regularly, you will still need a healthy balance of real food each day, including: Fat-free or low-fat dairy Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially nonstarchy vegetables Lean protein Legumes, like beans and peas Nuts Seafood Soy Whole grains Also, not all meal replacement shakes are created equal; even the best weight loss shakes designed for people with diabetes may fall short when it comes to complete nutrition. For example, the Glucerna Rich Chocolate Shake is gluten-free and great for people who are lactose intolerant. But the Glucerna Shake is only enough to replace a moderate snack or part of a meal — not an entire meal. You will need to read the label and find out what’s missing when it comes to fat, pro Continue reading >>

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