Diabetes Instant Breakfast Smoothies Recipes

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These diabetes-friendly instant breakfast smoothie recipes are quick to make because they start with a mix. Look for a no-sugar-added version of a powdered instant breakfast mix. These packets add extra vitamins and minerals to help round out these super-quick on-the-go breakfast meals for busy people.

It is important to note that these are not sugar-free smoothies because they do contain the natural fruit sugars found in bananas, strawberries, peaches and dairy.

But they are low in sugar and have refined sugar or honey is added to the smoothie.

Chocolate-Banana Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1 packet chocolate no-sugar-added instant breakfast powder
  • 6 ounces vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 1 small, 4-ounce banana
  • 4 to 5 ice cubes

Very Strawberry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1 packet strawberry no-sugar-added instant breakfast powder
  • 6 ounces strawberry low-fat yogurt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole rinsed and hulled strawberries (if strawberries are very large, cut them in half)
  • 4 to 5 ice cubes

Peaches & Cream Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1 packet vanilla no-sugar-added instant breakfast powder
  • 6 ounces peach low-fat yogurt
  • 1 fresh washed, pitted and halved peach or 1/2 cup canned peaches in natural juice
  • 4 to 5 ice cubes

Directions for All Three Recipes

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition Facts for All Three Recipes

445 calories, 54 grams carbohydrate, 12% calories from fat

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How do fruits affect blood sugar?

Carbohydrates are found in foods such as fruit, milk/yogurt, starches, starchy vegetables, snack foods, and sweets.

 

Carbohydrates are the nutrient that impact blood sugars the most because, when eaten, carbohydrates get metabolized and turn into glucose, or sugar. Glucose is your bodies’ primary source of energy. However, people with diabetes need to reduce their carbohydrate intake because they're unable to utilize carbohydrates the same way as someone without diabetes. Reducing carbohydrate intake can help to regulate blood sugars and aid in weight loss.

Having diabetes doesn’t mean that you are forbidden to eat carbohydrates, but it does mean that you need to monitor your portions of carbohydrates and choose healthier sources.

Generally, most women should eat about 30-45 grams of carbohydrates per meal and men about 45-60 grams per meal. 

Source: Know Your Carbohydrates

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