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Green Smoothies For Diabetics: Control Your Blood Sugar

Audrey Herndon | Aug 6 2020 | Tags: Health & Wellness

According to a 2020 CDC report, "34.2 million Americans—just over 1 in 10—have diabetes and 88 million American adults—approximately 1 in 3—have prediabetes." If you're living with and learning how to manage diabetes, you are not alone.

A low carb, low sugar, and high fiber diet is key in managing blood sugar. That means a diet rich in whole vegetables, leafy greens, whole fruit, and healthy proteins such as nuts and seeds.

It sounds like a lot of salads right? That's where smoothies help! The best diabetic smoothies allow you to blend together an endless combination of fruits, veg, seeds, and nuts for a delicious, filling meal with a vast variety of flavor.

SmoothieBox Super Smoothies taste amazing, they are made with whole, organic, leafy greens, fruits, and seeds that can help you control your blood sugar. 


Blood Sugar Benefits of Leafy Greens

Eating foods with low carbs, low sugar, and high fiber are all necessary when working to keep your blood sugar levels consistent. Leafy greens provide all these necessities. Spinach is the best green to start adding to your diet because it has a high amount of fiber and a low glycemic index. It also has a high concentration of polyphenols and vitamin C, which have antioxidant properties that play a successful role in keeping blood sugar levels regulated. Kale is another leafy green that provides similar benefits. Due to kale's high amount of fiber it is not metabolized quickly, and takes incredibly long to digest, which is another way to prevent spikes. Other leafy greens to consider are bok choy, cabbage, and collard greens, all of which provide similar characteristics.

SmoothieBox Super Smoothies with leafy greens:

Diabetes-Friendly Fruits

Citrus fruits and berries have both been found to have anti-diabetic effects. Citrus fruits provide antioxidants, vitamin C, and potassium while having a low amount of carbohydrates. Berries contain a high level of antioxidants and fiber, which makes them a nutritious and sweet smoothie ingredient while remaining healthy.

SmoothieBox fruits are considered low glycemic fruits (under 56), especially when consumed with high-fiber vegetables:

Super Seeds & Diabetic Diet

Seeds are another high fiber, low carb food that can help control blood sugar levels for diabetics. For example, both flaxseeds and chia seeds have viscous fiber, which lowers blood sugar levels by slowing down the process of food absorption in the gut.

SmoothieBox Super Smoothies & Seeds:

Healthy Diabetic Diet Decisions Begin With Breakfast

What about a tasty diabetic breakfast smoothie? An easy way to incorporate these foods into your diet is by adding them to a smoothie. Smoothies can make it easier to consume more fruits and vegetables. SmoothieBox smoothies are made with organic, whole fruits and vegetables with no added sugar. SmoothieBox smoothies are designed to be the perfect morning meal or snack to keep your blood sugar in check and provide steady energy throughout your day. Learn More »


Controlling your blood sugar is a lot easier when you know what foods you need to keep you feeling your best.

References

Diabetes Management: 3 Leafy Green Vegetables You Must Include In Your Diabetes Diet. (2018, August 9). NDTV Food. 

National Diabetes Statistics Report, 2020 (2020, February 11). cdc.gov

Spritzler, Franziska. (2017, June 3). The 16 Best Foods to Control Diabetes. Healthline.com 

Sissons, Beth. (2010, February 12). 10 Best Foods for Diabetes: What to Eat and Avoid.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International. 

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Audrey is a summer intern for SmoothieBox working in the marketing and social media department. She is a rising junior at Elon University with a marketing major and strong passion for health, wellness and fitness! In her free time you can find her going for a run or at the beach with friends.

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