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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 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 >>

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 >>

6 Protein-packed Diabetic-friendly Smoothies To Get You Ready For Spring

6 Protein-packed Diabetic-friendly Smoothies To Get You Ready For Spring

Smoothies have a fabulous way of tasting like a decadent treat, yet it’s easy to pack a multitude of vitamins, minerals, and protein into each one. And surprise! For those living with diabetes or prediabetes, these recipes offer a luscious taste with no added sugar. Talk about guilt-free snacking! The result of blending these healthy ingredients? A sweet, delicious taste with no added sugar and plenty of cancer-fighting, immune-boosting, hearty and healthy options. Don’t be fooled by its name or fiery color! Not only does dragon fruit taste delicious, it is a known cancer-fighting food that is relatively low in carbohydrates, but filled with vitamin C and antioxidant phytochemicals. Paired with blackberries (which offer fiber and antioxidants), unsweetened coconut milk and vanilla whey powder, this Dragon Fruit and Blackberry Smoothie will be a recipe you go back to again and again for breakfast or a filling snack. Beyond the delicious creamy, sweet taste, the whey powder will help your body absorb nutrients as well. Total carbs per serving: 14g This simple protein smoothie is perfect for a delicious and quick breakfast! Kale is an excellent source of so many good vitamins and minerals including beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, folate, calcium, iron, and potassium! Blueberries add just a touch of sweetness to this smoothie, and collagen helps keep you feeling full so you’re not tempted by a mid-morning snack. Total carbs per serving: 29g This will be a game changer for you! It’s one of the most nutrient dense smoothies you can have. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and fiber. Heavy on the veg with a bit of natural sweetness from orange and carrot, this super green smoothie has a much lower sugar content than most. And you know it’s super he 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 >>

Banana-berry Smoothie Recipe For Diabetics

Banana-berry Smoothie Recipe For Diabetics

Preparation time: 5 minutes. Ingredients 1 cup ice cubes 1 medium banana (approximately 6 inches long), sliced and frozen 1/2 cup frozen blueberries (not thawed) 1 container (8 ounces) nonfat, artificially sweetened vanilla yogurt 1/4 cup skim milk Directions Place ice cubes at the bottom of the blender and add banana slices, blueberries, yogurt, and milk. Cover and blend in pulses until smooth, stopping frequently to stir down the ice. Serve right away. Freeze leftovers in an airtight, microwave-safe container and thaw in the microwave until slushy. Yield: 2 1/2 servings. Serving size: 1 cup. Nutrition Facts Per Serving: Calories: 138 calories, Carbohydrates: 28 g, Protein: 6 g, Fat: <1 g, Sodium: 80 mg, Fiber: 3 g Exchanges per serving: 1/2 skim milk, 1 1/2 fruit. Carbohydrate choices: 2. This recipe was developed by Tami Ross, a Diabetes Nutrition Specialist and Certified Diabetes Educator in Lexington, Kentucky. Disclaimer Statements: Statements and opinions expressed on this Web site are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the publishers or advertisers. The information provided on this Web site should not be construed as medical instruction. Consult appropriate health-care professionals before taking action based on this information. Continue reading >>

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 >>

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 >>

Diabetes-friendly Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Diabetes-friendly Chocolate Chia Smoothie

Diabetes-Friendly Chocolate Chia Smoothie *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice. Satisfy a chocolate craving with this rich and creamy chocolate chia smoothie, perfect for breakfast, snack, or even a healthy dessert! Cinnamon flecked chia pudding is layered with a thick peanut butter and chocolate smoothie thats naturally sweetened with bananas. Although it feels like a rich and decadent treat, its packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients that also help lower blood sugar, like chia seeds, cinnamon , and cocoa powder. 1 medium frozen bananas, cut into chunks In a medium bowl, whisk together almond milk, chia seeds, and cinnamon. Let sit for at least 10 minutes for the chia seeds to swell and absorb the liquid. Combine the banana, almond milk, cocoa powder, and peanut butter powder in a blender. Puree until well combined. Divide the chia pudding between two glasses. Top with smoothie and serve immediately. The small seeds, usually associated with gag gifts from the 80s, are a completely edibleand super nutritious food. Theyre packed with omega-3 fats , fiber, calcium, and phosphorus . Chia seeds swell to about 10 times their dry size in liquids, so they may help keep you fuller longer. If youve never tried chia seeds, the texture is pretty similar to tapioca pudding. If you dont think youll like it, blend the chia seeds, cinnamon, and additional almond milk into the smoothie, which helps give it an extra creamy texture. Chia seeds are widely available, but if youre having a hard time locating them, check the bulk aisle of the grocery store or order online. Extra chia seeds will last 2 to 3 years stored in a waterproof package, like a glass mason jar. T Continue reading >>

Fruit Juices And Smoothies

Fruit Juices And Smoothies

Many of you have contacted us confused about fruit, fruit juices and smoothies and whether they are something you can have if you have diabetes. So we’ve set out to answer your questions and explain the difference between drinking fruit juice and smoothies and eating whole fruit and how this can affect your diabetes management and overall health. • What is fructose? • What is added sugar? • Why do I need to watch fruit juices and smoothies but not whole fruit? • Do I need to avoid fruit juices and smoothies? • Should I avoid sugar completely? All fruit, fruit juices and smoothies contain a naturally occurring sugar called fructose. Fructose from whole fruit doesn’t add to your intake of free (or added) sugar, but in fruit juice or a smoothie it does. Free (added) sugar includes the sugars added to foods by manufacturers, eg in cakes, chocolates, jam, some pasta sauces, fizzy drinks and breakfast cereals. It also includes the sugar found in fruit juices, smoothies and honey. A recent report by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), stated that we need to reduce our intake of free (added) sugars by half. The report recommends that we should consume no more than 5 per cent of our energy from free sugar. This means the maximum daily intake of free (added) sugar should be: 19g, equal to 5 cubes or 5 tsp of sugar, for children (aged 4 to 7) 24g, equal to 6 cubes or 6 tsp of sugar, for children aged (7 to 10) 30g, equal to 7 cubes or 7 tsp of sugar, for children (over 11) and adults Eating too much free (added) sugar contributes towards obesity, tooth decay and also puts people at risk of Type 2 diabetes. The report clearly states that we do not need to cut down our intake of whole fruit and, in fact, recommends that we eat more. The best thing yo 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

7 Healthy Smoothie Recipes For People With Diabetes

7 Healthy Smoothie Recipes For People With Diabetes

Juice-bar smoothies are big calorie and carbohydrate bombs, which can be a problem for people with diabetes. That's why we asked Jackie Mills, MS, RD, author of 1,000 Diabetes Recipes, The Big Book of Diabetic Desserts, and other cookbooks, to develop these seven smoothie recipes. "The portion sizes of these drinks are smaller than you'll get at your… Combine all ingredients in a blender. Purée until smooth. Serves 2. 1-1/2 cups fresh blueberries 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt 1/4 cup slivered almonds 2 tablespoons wheat germ 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk or skim milk 2 teaspoons honey 1 cup ice cubes Combine all ingredients in a blender. Purée until smooth. Serves 2. 1-1/2 cups fresh strawberries, trimmed (8 ounces) 1/2 medium banana, sliced 1/2 cup soft tofu (about 4 ounces) 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 2 tablespoons skim milk 2 teaspoons honey 1 cup ice cubes Combine all except ice cubes in a blender; purée. Add ice cubes; purée. Serves 2. 1 small apple, cored and chopped 2 packed cups baby spinach (2 ounces) 1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt 1/3 cup unsweetened apple juice or orange juice 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds 1 teaspoon maple syrup 1 cup … Combine all ingredients in a blender. Purée until smooth. Serves 2. 1 (6-ounce) container fresh raspberries (about 1-1/2 cups) 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese 2 pitted dates 2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats 1 teaspoon honey Pinch ground cinnamon 1 cup ice cubes Combine all except ice cubes in a blender; purée. Add ice cubes; purée. Serves 2. 1-1/2 cups fresh strawberries, trimmed (8 ounces) 6 large fresh curly kale leaves, stems removed 1/2 cup cold water 3 tablespoons lime juice 2 teaspoons grated fresh peeled ginger 2 teaspoons honey 1 cup ice cubes more from this guide You know tha Continue reading >>

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