Are you looking for a refreshing drink to help cool you down on these hot summer days? I’ve got a great one for you, that won’t give you a sugar overdose!
Whether you love the dog days of summer or not, there are lots of foods out there that can help you cool down and fuel up.
So how do you keep yourself and your kids cool in the summer heat, while still being able to enjoy the outdoors? For me, I try to keep frozen treats on hand. Because my boys love fruit, many of those treats contain fruit.
My kids love smoothies, but because many smoothies are made with fruit juice and are packed with sugar, I have to be a bit careful with them.
Just as I’ve learned to do with many foods, I found alternatives to what you would find in your standard smoothie and learned ways in which to make them more diabetic-friendly.
One way I do this is by making our smoothies with a yogurt & milk base instead of fruit juice. I’ll weigh and calculate my fresh fruit and instead of using fruit juice, I use low-fat yogurt and milk. By doing so, I cut the carbohydrates in half. This option also makes smoothies protein-rich. It has been said that foods that are protein-rich can help stabilize blood sugars, because it takes the body longer to digest. If you really prefer a juice-based smoothie then my suggestion is look for the reduced sugar juice cocktails.
If you’re just after a super low-carbohydrate option…make this slushy. My son’s favorite flavor combination is strawberry-banana. To make it, all I use is bananas, fresh strawberries, soda (carbonated) water, and some ice. I toss it all in my blender and in seconds my son has a cool, refreshing, summer treat that won’t make his blood sugar soar.
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 6oz soda (carbonated) water + juice of 1 lime OR 1/2 can Diet 7-Up
- 1 cup ice
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
For 1 serving, each contains 19.1 g of carbs and 2.7 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS are 16.4 g.