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Home Made Diabetic Meal Replacement Drink Recipe

Want a less expensive way to get lots of nutrition in a diabetic smoothie?  Now you don't have to pay for a drink from a restaurant or store and...this version is healthier!

Here are the basic ingredients for a diabetic meal replacement drink with some options (can you think of more variations?).

Basic Diabetic Smoothie

Put the following ingredients in your blender:

- 8 ounces (1 cup) non-fat milk, non fat unsweetened yogurt, soymilk, almond milk or other low glycemic milk alternative (use a low or non-fat milk alternative)

- 1 scoop plain unsweetened whey protein (or 2 heaping tablespoons)

- 1/2 cup any berries including blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries (berries can be fresh or frozen)

- 1 tbsp. flax oil (buy at health food store)

- 2 or 3 ice cubes (optional)

- No-cal or low-cal sweetener (stevia or xylitol recommended), to taste

Blend on high speed in your blender until smooth.

Variations on the
diabetic meal replacement beverage

There are several things you can add or change to create various flavors for your diabetic drink.  Here are some ideas.

If you omit the berries you could add 1 or 2 tbsps of almond, peanut or cashew butter or 1 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened) or more to taste, vanilla extract or other flavorings.

You could also add some additional fiber if you wanted such as a teaspoon of psyllium powder or 1/2 tsp of pectin.  Another good fiber choice is ground flax seed (1 teaspoon or more).  Extra fiber is good for diabetics because it helps to lower the amount of glucose reaching the blood all at once.

Play around with these ideas to see what you like best or just to get some variety in your meals. There is some scientific evidence that whey protein may help to moderate blood glucose levels.

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