We don’t need to tell you about the benefits of vegetables and fruits. They saturate the body with vitamins. But what about people, who need a special diet? After all, not everyone can eat too sweet fruit without negative consequences. In this case, smoothies for diabetics will be an excellent option. The main thing is to remember to use the right products and avoid sugar, contained in many fruits.
Those, who suffer from type I diabetes, don’t have to limit the intake of protein, as it doesn’t increase the sugar level in the blood. But those, who have type II diabetes, should stay away from the mix of proteins and fats, especially animal ones. Vegetable and fruit smoothies prepared from properly selected foods will allow you to diversify the diet with unusual combinations of products and supply the body with much-needed vitamins, microelements, and fiber. Here are some excellent shake recipes for diabetics.
Radish smoothie with broccoli and green onions
Thoroughly wash3-4 medium-sized radishes with the sponge and cut them into quarters. Add 1 chopped, shredded cucumber, a sprig of green onions, and 2 small broccoli shrubs. Freeze the broccoli first – when it thaws out, its structure will become soft, and it will be easier to chop it.
Put all ingredients in a blender, pour 150 ml of low-fat yogurt or kefir, and shake. The taste of your cocktail should be spring-ish – juicy and bright. This recipe suits best for the Jenny Craig weight loss program.
Grate 100 grams of fresh pumpkin and fresh squash, and put them in the blender together with half of the pear and shake. If you want, you can dilute the cocktail with water or fat-free yogurt.
A drink made from fresh pumpkin is very beneficial and contains fiber and vitamins, but if you have problems with the digestive tract, it’s better to boil the pumpkin in a double boiler and dilute the smoothie with the water left after boiling.
Grate a ginger root (one teaspoon should be enough), peel 1 green apple, and cut it finely. Add 4-5 tablespoons of fresh pomegranate juice (it contains the greatest amount of minerals and trace elements). Shake all the ingredients in the blender, and if the drink isn’t liquid enough, dilute it with boiled water or juice.
Such a shake contains a lot of vitamins and can help you restore after illness or get on your feet if you catch a cold.
Kiwi and grapefruit smoothie
Do diabetics have to forget about sweet smoothies for dessert? Not at all! Just remember the balance of sweet and unsweetened vegetables and fruits in a cocktail.
Take 1 ripe kiwi fruit, 1/3 of medium pear as a sweetener, and 100g of zucchini. Its pulp leaves almost no aftertaste, and the fiber and juiciness will dilute the excessive sweetness of the fruit. Shake all the ingredients. Bring the consistency to the desired level, adding water or fat-free yogurt to the cocktail.
Apple strudel smoothie
Thanks to cinnamon, this drink tastes exactly like the famous pie. Bake 1 ripe apple in an oven or microwave without sweeteners and butter. When its skin begins to burst, remove the apple from the oven. Peel it, remove the seeds, and put the apple in the blender. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon and pour 200ml of low-fat yogurt. Shake the ingredients.
You can also add ice if you want. In this case, you need to reduce the amount of yogurt in the drink, so as not to spoil the apple-cinnamon taste. The same recipe works with fresh apples, too. Just peel one chop it as usual.
Don’t forget that all the products must be peeled and cut into cubes or grated (if it’s a raw pumpkin, for example). This way it will be easier to shake them in the blender.