My kids absolutely love smoothies. And I love making them, because it’s a great way to sneak in more good-for-you fruit, not to mention some veggies that the kids maybe wouldn’t typically elect to consume on their own.
My son with type 1 diabetes especially loves smoothies, but they can be one of the harder foods to fit into his diet because of the high carb load. It can be pretty challenging to even count the carbohydrates if you’re purchasing a smoothie on the go or trying to put one together quickly at home.
The solution I’ve come up with is to make my own smoothie packs. I pre-weigh my fruit (to get those carb counts ahead of time), freeze my yogurt into little cubes (using an ice cube tray), and put it all in one zipper bag and into the freezer. Then, on busy mornings, it’s ready to be emptied into a blender and mixed with my liquid of choice. I make several bags at a time, and it dramatically cuts down on the time it would take to make an individual smoothie.
Fresh fruit naturally has sugar, but when you make your own smoothies, you can cut way down on the added sugar that many restaurants and chains dump into their blended drinks. Here are three of my favorite blood-sugar-friendly smoothie-pack recipes for summer breakfasts on the go.
With fresh berries only in season for a short time in most places, recipes that use frozen berries really help prolong the deliciousness. They’re also great for our kiddos with type 1: Berries have a low glycemic index and are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. Plus, the protein that the Greek yogurt provides should help keep them feeling fuller longer and their blood sugar steadier. Coconut water lends yummy flavor without all the sugar of fruit juice.
Green smoothies seems to be all the rage these days. And honestly, what’s not to love? You get to give your kids the treat of a fruit smoothie and sneak some veggies into them without them even knowing it. This one’s full of nutrient-dense ingredients like avocado and spinach paired with juicy pineapple and mango.
This rich dessert smoothie is like drinking a peanut butter cup! But with just four ingredients packed with protein and healthy fats, you might as well have dessert first.
Disclaimer: The experiences and suggestions recounted in these articles are not intended as medical advice, and they are not necessarily the "typical" experiences of families with a child who has type 1 diabetes. These situations are unique to the families depicted. Families should check with their healthcare professionals regarding the treatment of type 1 diabetes and the frequency of blood glucose monitoring.