By nckhan Latest Reply 2017-08-13 21:38:37 -0500
Started 2017-04-18 07:35:58 -0500

I was told by my diabetic dietitian that making, and drinking fruit smoothies especially with any type of fruit juice is off limits. One should I stick with this advice and never drink smoothies again because it will raise my BG to high, or is an occasional smoothie okay to have. Any suggestion is appreciated.

25 replies

cmr55 2017-08-10 17:42:18 -0500 Report

I can juice with spinach, lettuce, celery red peppers, tomatoes an apple 1 fresh lemon. It does not raise my BS it might be because I also eat two hard boiled eggs with it. My Endo is fine with it. Every ones body is different just need to test to see how your body reacts.

Type1Lou 2017-07-14 08:10:26 -0500 Report

If you calculate the carbohydrate grams of your smoothie ingredients and go with a lower carb smoothie, you should be able to indulge. Everyone of us is different and becoming "carbohydrate aware" has been a key factor for me in my BG control. Carbs cause elevations in BG…the lower the carbs the less the effect on BG.

MaxieFo 2017-05-27 13:26:00 -0500 Report

I drink smoothies all of the time during the Spring and Summer. Try doing them with unsweetened Almond milk, Avocado, Yogurt and throw in some vegetables. Also, try using only fresh fruits. You can always freeze them yourself and put a mixture of them in individual ziplock bags. Freezing the fruit yourself cuts down on the amount of ice you have to use and you do not have to worry about added sugar. If you are using store bought frozen fruit most of that has added sugar, so you do not want to use that.

Gmakell 2017-05-19 11:23:58 -0500 Report

Nutrionist just told me to use almond milk with no sugar added carnation instant breakfast in a half a cup of frozen fruit for a smoothie

Gmakell 2017-05-19 11:21:11 -0500 Report

Patrician just told me to use almond milk with no sugar added carnation instant breakfast in a half a cup of fruit for a smoothie

2017-05-15 23:24:39 -0500 Report

For summer, sometimes I'll run ice through a Blendtec with diet Crystal light for a snow cone. Add water for a slushie. Can't exactly argue it is healthy, but it isn't the worst treat either…

suecsdy 2017-05-14 19:12:20 -0500 Report

With my Dr's approval, I use protein powder when I have a smoothie. I like to put frozen fruit in them to make them nice and cold. If I'm not using fruit then I use some ice cubes. I also throw in some flax or chia seeds for fiber and use almond milk instead of cows milk to help cut carbs. They do have a bit of a funky taste, but not unpalatable and the fruit helps the flavor. I also figured out that I can add one of my flavored drink mixes for a little different taste; Orange with vanilla, cherry with chocolate. I also downloaded a free book on weight loss smoothies that uses natural ingredients and not fruit juice. Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth. Take care.

haoleboy 2017-05-16 12:02:35 -0500 Report

my summertime "first meal is a "protein smoothie"
12 oz whole milk
5 g creatine
50 g whey protein
2 Tbls. chia seeds
1/2 cup of berries or 1Tbls. cocoa
no carb sweetener as needed.
provides about 1/2 my daily carbs and protein

❤ eat as if your life depends on it

2017-05-14 18:12:14 -0500 Report

One of the hardest things about diabetes for me is accepting the fact that foods I had always been taught were "healthy" were not healthy for me. Rice, fruit, juices, breads. Best wishes :0)!!

Mallacai 2017-06-14 07:14:02 -0500 Report

Hi Corrie Jo, same here. I used to eat copious amounts of Kellogs cereals and other "healthy " stuff thinking it was good for me. You know the marketing ploys 100% whole grain, fiber etc. Hogwash. Wish someone can come up with a bread that does not spike BG. Bread is my weakness.

Katzgar 2017-05-06 11:52:09 -0500 Report

It's all about the testing your testing will tell you how much fruit you can tolerate but keep remembering sugar is bad sugar is bad sugar is bad

EvahLinear 2017-04-27 16:51:49 -0500 Report

I think an occasional smoothie is okay. Everything is in moderation. I like to eat a fruit that is cold, I am off limit to smoothies too. What I currently do now, is just freeze a fruit (one or two kinds of fruit/sliced) then Ill munch it throughout the day. Work well with me ;-)

MrsCDogg 2017-04-22 21:49:41 -0500 Report

For me, smoothies raise my blood sugar quite a bit. Everyone is different though. I generally stay away from them.

WASHED OUT 2017-04-18 17:34:16 -0500 Report

I once made a fruit punch in our juicing machine, carrots, apples, grapes, and banana, It tasted great but wasn't good on my glucose. Trying to remember how much it raised my glucose but it was way up there like 200 something, won't do that again, to much natural sugar. Thinking about trying it with tomatoes and carrots, celery sort of like my own homemade V8 just vegetables. Never got into smoothies much.

Mallacai 2017-04-25 15:52:07 -0500 Report

Juicing is a horrible idea. as the name implies all you get after removing one of the most important component fiber is the unadulterated juice which will cause a spike esp in us diabetics. Eat the fruit instead.

WASHED OUT 2017-04-25 17:37:45 -0500 Report

I learned that long ago, I was just responding to the popic. Not all fruits are friendly to diabetics. In fact most of them will give spikes.

Mallacai 2017-04-27 11:13:32 -0500 Report

Hi Washed Out i figured you would as you are one of the go to persons here, mentioned it as others can draw from it.

GabbyPA 2017-04-18 10:16:47 -0500 Report

Smoothies with fruit juice is off limits for me. But a smoothie with coconut milk, heavy cream, protein powder or plain greek yogurt is fine with some frozen fruits and veggies. I don't make them often, but if I do I use berries. No bananas or pineapple. Those raise my levels too much. Add in some veggie powders and make it more nutrient dense. I also use stevia if I need to sweeten it. Make sure your powders are not sweetened with sugar too. Just read your labels and you should be fine.

KarmannGhiaChristy 2017-04-18 09:06:32 -0500 Report

I say smoothies are totally acceptable - you just have to be extra creative on what you put in it. The fruit juice is too high in sugar, but heavy cream, almond milk, water and ice are good substitutes. Kroeger/Food 4 Less grocery stores make a 4 carb yogurt called CarbMaster, and it's great in a smoothie. Throw in a handful of frozen berries and some whey protein - makes a pretty good smoothie to me!