I get asked all the time for low-carb smoothie recipes. I’ve got ’em! Browse this variety of smoothies for diabetics: all less than 20 grams of natural sugar with fiber, healthy fats and protein. These breakfast smoothies for diabetics deliver flavor and nutrition without a blood sugar spike.
I love finding the perfect smoothie recipe for everyone. We all have needs and wants and preferences in our smoothies, so I’ve put together an epic collection of smoothies for diabetics. Even if you don’t struggle with blood sugar spikes, you’ll find these low-carb smoothies are the perfect way to start your day.
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Smoothies for Diabetics
Who said watching your blood sugar means no fruit? While I understand that all bodies work differently, I also know that whole food should be consumed by everyone. This includes fruits, vegetables and leafy greens. You can consume fruits in a way that doesn’t cause a glucose spike but instead fuels you for the day ahead.
Click on any of the gorgeous recipes below to blend breakfast smoothies for diabetics that will launch your day the right way.
As you can see, these recipes have all kinds of fruit and veggies in them from spinach to kale, a variety of berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and more. They use a variety of liquid bases, too!
No need to make the same old boring smoothie every day. Switch it up and have fun!
Low-Carb Smoothie Popsicles
Bonus! Smoothies are wonderful, but sometimes you just want a treat. That’s where my smoothie popsicle recipes come in. Take smoothies for diabetics and turn them into frozen treats that are low in sugar, high in flavor and oh so fun!
You can easily customize these recipes to work for you in more than 1 way. Toss in some fresh herbs and spices like turmeric or ginger for their anti-inflammatory properties. Use a high-powered blender for the best creamy texture.
How to Build Breakfast Smoothies
There are three components your low sugar, low carb smoothie should have: fiber, protein and healthy fat. Make sure any smoothie you make has a good amount of these three components and get ready for a deliciously satisfying beverage that keeps your blood sugar levels steady.
Here’s how I like to build mine:
Fiber is underrated and often not fully present in the standard American diet. Since most of us could use more fiber, let’s talk about easy ways to add it to your next smoothie.
- Pith + skin on whole fruit: fruit naturally contains fiber yet did you know that there’s also a lot of fiber in the skin of fruit? Leave the skin on fruits like apples, peaches and pears. Leave the white pith on citrus fruits as well.
- Leafy greens: Green vegetables are loaded with fiber. That’s why my smoothies typically contain leafy greens. If you’re new to drinking your greens, then start small! Add 1/2 cup or less until you get used to the flavor and texture then work your way up to large handfuls.
- Nuts/seeds: Try adding two tablespoons of raw almonds, cashews, flaxseed, hemp hearts or chia seeds to your next blend for a fiber boost.
Carbs need fat to digest, so it makes sense to add healthy fats to all your smoothies to break down the fruit carbs you’re consuming. Toss in avocado, coconut oil or nut/seed butter to the blender for a delightful dose of healthy fat. This key ingredient will also help you feel full longer!
You can also get in healthy fat through the liquid base you use. Try an unsweetened coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk or hemp milk for a little extra boost.
If your body can handle dairy well, then greek yogurt is a great option as well. Just look for one that is full-fat and no added sugar to add to these diabetic smoothies. Feel free to swap for vegan yogurt as well.
Protein is a great way to add some depth to your smoothie to gain energy. Leafy greens are a great source of protein, yet if you want a quick way to boost your smoothie then I suggest using a plant-based protein powder. Find one with no sugar and a boost of fiber and healthy fat to get all the goodness in just one mix.
It’s hard to find a protein powder without a bunch of weird ingredients, so I opted to make my own. My homemade protein powder works with any of the above diabetic smoothie recipes.
Smoothies for Diabetics FAQs
Focus on a smoothie that is low in natural sugar, made with 100% real ingredients and contains leafy greens as well as healthy fats. Often times adding a plant-based protein powder without sugar can also your body process the natural sugars in fruits.
They can be! Look for one with protein, healthy fat and leafy greens to ensure your body gets what it needs to process the natural sugar from fruit in smoothies.
Stick to low-sugar fruits like berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) to add natural sweetness, green apples and more while making sure to eat them alongside fiber-filled vegetables like spinach and kale. Healthy fats also help your body process these fruits easily.
If you loved these recipes are are looking for some more great options to help manage your blood sugar through whole food then check out my free Diabetic Meal Plan. It’s got 7 days of plant-powered recipes with a menu and shopping list.
I have two jars of homemade protein powder that has an expiry date of 07/2022.
Is it still good?
Expiration dates that are provided on food products should definitely be acknowledged and taken seriously, but those dates are more of an estimate of the shelf-life. So, the good news is you may be safe to consume if you’re a little beyond the expiration date!
We suggest doing a few “tests” before making that call:
1. The sniff test – the name really gives it away. Open your container and give it a smell. If the smell is off or not what you remember, get rid of it! However, if the smell is what you remember, it passes the test.
2. Look it over – Shake it around, too. If there are any colors in there that you wouldn’t expect, like blues, greens or greys, totally throw it away. That’s mold – YUCK!
Also, are there clumps? if so, that would indicate that moisture has gotten into your container. This would also qualify your homemade protein powder for a quick trip to the garbage!
If your homemade protein powder is clump-free and there are no unexpected colors, that’s good news!
3. Taste test – I would only recommend this test if your homemade protein powder has passed the other two tests. Add a pinch to a small glass of water. Not that I think this would be the ideal way to bring out the delicious flavors of homemade protein powder, as I think it’s best taste is in a smoothie, but the other smoothie flavors could mask a truly expired powder.
The last consideration would be potency – if your homemade protein powder is beyond the expiration date, there may be a slight decrease in the amount of protein per serving.
These are great! Since I’m pregnant, I find a super sweet breakfast leaves me nauseous. I’ll definitely give these lower sugar smoothies a try.