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7 Days – Weekly Delicious Diabetic – Friendly Smoothies For Breakfast

Diabetes!! It’s a real pain for everyone in the family if one person is diabetic. Though I am not a blogger, I would like to share some personal experiences about the consequences I had to face with this so called ‘Sugar Problem’ or ‘Diabetes’. As well as I would like to share how I included Diabetic Smoothies Breakfast for my Dad.

My Dad, an ardent food lover was fond of sweet snacks more than salty ones. As kids, I and my younger sister really had a wonderful time with our father as we use to explore new places where sweets were unique and the best. He was a very handsome person and had a nick-name which had the meaning ‘a handsome man’. He was known as a pleasant, cheerful and handsome man in the neighborhood as well as at his working place.

What to say. Good times are not forever. I think somebody had put a bad eye on my father and his craziness. At the age of 38 he was diagnosed with the starting stages of diabetes. I was 8 years old and my younger sister was 4 years then. I could not imagine how he accepted it. My memories are only about Dad’s decreased energy levels and the sudden decrease of sugary food stuffs at home. I still remember how fussy I was when our outings had stopped drastically. I think it was at this stage my Mom took control of his taste as well as his illness.

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Being kids we just had to obey our parents, but it was really they who had suffered in many ways. Dad used to feel tired very quickly and use to feel thirsty very often. Dad had to control his food intake and mainly the sweet stuffs. Mom had to prepare food separately for him as it was difficult for us to give up sugary food stuffs.

My Mom explored and came up with a light breakfast menu for Dad which had a delicious smoothie in it. Her first thought was what would be the best sugar-free, delicious and stomach-filling food for Dad. She finally came up with delicious diabetic-friendly smoothies. Every day she prepared different breakfast smoothies and thus made his breakfast a delicious one.

Sunday Diabetic Smoothies Breakfast Recipe – Banana, Cherry, Blueberry Smoothie

For diabetic people nothing tastes better than a cold and refreshing fruit smoothie for their breakfast. It will have an added benefit of healthcare along with suppressing your hunger.

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Let’s look at the ingredients for 1 serving

  • ½ cup of frozen unsweetened pitted dark sweet or sour cherries
  • ½ cup of unsweetened vanilla-flavored almond milk
  • ¼ cup of fresh or frozen unsweetened blue berries
  • ½ cup of carton blueberry-flavored Greek nonfat yogurt
  • ½ banana peeled

Directions to make

  • Put banana, cherries, blueberries, yogurt and milk in a blender
  • Cover the juicer and blend until smooth
  • Pour into a glass to serve for Sunday breakfast

Monday diabetic-friendly breakfast smoothie recipe – Green Tea Smoothie

Monday is the day when everyone will start going to office after a relaxing weekend and hence you need a very refreshing healthy smoothie especially for diabetic people.

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • 1 decaffeinated green tea bag
  • ¼ piece of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup mango sliced
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1 cup of crushed ice

Directions to prepare

  • Heat water and brew tea. Keep it for cooling
  • Place cooled tea, mango, lime juice and crushed ice in a blender
  • Cover and blend until we get a thick smoothie
  • Pour it in a glass to serve

Tuesday diabetic-friendly smoothie recipe – Green Veggie Smoothie

My Mom not only wanted my Dad to control his sugar levels but wanted to maintain a stable sugar level without medication. This thought had made her go for bitter gourd juice once or twice in a week. Tuesday she prepares Green veggie smoothie with bitter gourd, ice, water melon and orange.

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • ½ bitter gourd sliced
  • ½ cup of water melon sliced
  • ¼ cup of orange peeled
  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1 cup of crushed ice

Directions to prepare

  • Put sliced bitter gourd, water melon, orange and crushed ice in a blender
  • Cover and blend until we get a thick veggie smoothie
  • Pour it into a glass and serve

Wednesday diabetic-friendly smoothie recipe – Strawberry-Banana-Flax Seed Smoothie

Flax seeds are known to be very good for diabetic people as it helps in controlling sugar levels. Thus Wednesdays are the days when Mom prepares Strawberry-Banana-Flax Seed Smoothie for Dad’s breakfast. Flax Seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and is good for general health too.

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Ingredients for 1 serving

  • 1 cup of crushed ice
  • ½ cup of fresh strawberries trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon of ground flax seeds
  • ½ medium banana sliced
  • 1 tablespoon of skin milk
  • ¼ cup of soft tofu
  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Directions to make

  • Put all the ingredients specified above in a blender
  • Cover and blend until we get a thick smoothie
  • Pour it into a glass to serve the delicious smoothie

Thursday diabetic-friendly smoothie recipe – Carrot Smoothie

What calories does each serving of a smoothie provides is one of the factor which helps in deciding the perfect smoothie for a diabetic person. This Carrot Smoothie is with blended with orange juice and shredded carrots and is packed with vitamins A and C. One serving of this smoothie contains 55 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates.

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • ½ cup of sliced carrots
  • ¼ teaspoon of finely shredded orange peel (optional)
  • ¼ cup of orange juice
  • 1 cup of crushed ice

Directions to prepare

  • Cook carrots in a small amount of boiling water for 15 minutes or until it becomes tender. Drain well and cool
  • Place the cooked carrots in a blender. Add orange juice, finely shredded orange peel and crushed ice
  • Cover and blend until we get a thick smoothie
  • Pour it into a glass. This smoothie can be garnished with thin orange peel curls and served

Friday diabetic-friendly smoothie recipe – Blueberry Gooseberry Yogurt Smoothie

Indian Gooseberries are well-known for its natural medicinal values and it does play a major role in controlling diabetes. An Indian Gooseberry or Amla with its rich Vitamin-C content is too good for health in its own way. But it can be made really delicious with the following recipe. It is another delicious diabetic-friendly smoothie for sugar control.

Ingredients for 1 serving

¼ cup each of

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  • frozen or fresh gooseberries
  • banana peeled
  • fresh or frozen blueberries
  • nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • low fat milk
  • ½ cup of crushed ice

Instructions to make

  • Put all the above specified ingredients in a blender
  • Cover the blender and blend till smooth
  • Pour into a glass and enjoy the marvelous taste of Gooseberry Smoothie

Saturday diabetic-friendly smoothie recipe – Tropical Fruit Smoothie

My Dad loved mangoes a lot and being diabetic the ripe mangoes were allowed in his diet. Mom thought of including mango in his diet at least once in a week with this banana mango smoothie – tropical fruit smoothie.

Ingredients for 1 serving

  • ¼ cup of sliced fresh banana
  • ¼ cup of refrigerated mango slices or fresh mango slices
  • ½ cup of crushed ice
  • ¼ cup of low fat milk or fat-free milk
  • ½ cup of carton apricot-mango nonfat or fat-free yogurt with artificial sweetener

Instructions to prepare

  • Combine milk, yogurt, banana and mango in a blender
  • Cover the blender and blend till smooth
  • Add crushed ice, cover and blend until smooth
  • Pour into a glass and garnish with additional mango slices or pineapple or lime wedges

 

These diabetic-friendly smoothies compliment my dad’s light breakfast and made him happier and healthier. There can be controversy on whether bananas and mangoes are good for diabetes. Now this depends on the sugar levels and the patient’s sugar control mechanism. My dad used to go for 6 km morning walk daily and that was sufficient for him to control his sugar levels. He also stopped all other sweet food stuffs and hence these diabetic-friendly smoothies were the best for him.

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Try these 7 Days –Weekly Delicious Diabetic-Friendly Smoothies for Breakfast and make life happier.

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