Diabetics have special dietary needs, but that doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying all of the delicious benefits of smoothies. Making a few simple ingredient choices can help you make smoothies that are good to you and good for you. Grab your blender and try these tips and recipes that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth!

1. Use the right fruits

Most fruits are safe for the diabetic diet, but some should be avoided because they score high on the glycemic index and can spike sugar levels. Fruits like berries, pears, apples, kiwi and mangoes are great because they naturally contain fructose, which doesn’t increase your body’s insulin dependence.  Avoid adding oranges, pineapples and melon to your smoothies.

Try: Berry Blast Smoothie

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 1/2 cups of berries
  • 1 cup of water

2. Skip the dairy milk

Whole dairy milk adds saturated fats, which can increase the “bad” cholesterol and also your risk of diabetes-related heart disease. Instead, try almond or soy milk as your smoothie base. These add protein and calcium and put the “smooth” in smoothie!

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