Extreme Diabetes Management: Cucumber-Parsley-Whey Protein Smoothie
Still Life of a Smoothie
Welcome to my Extreme Diabetes Management recipe series! The recipes in this series were created during a very strict detox food challenge recommended by my chiropractor as a way to potentially reverse my Type II Diabetes. My change in eating habits required that I stop eating all processed foods, sugars, dairy (except for butter and heavy whipping cream), fruits (except for avocado), starches, legumes, grains, sauces and alcohol. As a result, I reduced my A1c from 7.0 to 6.4. This has encouraged me to keep the eating habits I've developed as a result of this food challenge.
Cucumber-Parsley-Whey Protein Smoothie
The cucumber-parsley-whey protein smoothie featured in this article makes a perfect on-the-go breakfast drink or snack. It contains all of the ingredients in the food challenge recommended by my chiropractor and tastes delicious. Make a batch ahead to sip when you need a quick pick-me-up.
EDM Series Introductory Article
- Extreme Diabetes Management: Healing My Body with Food and Exercise
Introduction to a series of recipes and food preparation articles about my journey through a month of detoxification. Eating from a list of limited foods brought my glucose numbers down, and from it I have emerged feeling so wonderful...
Cook Time = Ninja Time
- 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
- 2 - 3 cups parsley leaves, chopped finely
- 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
- 1 pinch sea salt
- 1 lime, juiced
- 3 cups coconut milk, enough to cover all solid ingredients
- 1/4 cup whey protein powder
Mix the following in your food processor:
- First assemble all of the solids in the food processor: cucumbers, parsley, whey protein powder, pinch of salt.
- Then add all of the liquids: lime juice with zest, coconut milk
- Run the food processor until the ingredients are transformed into a delicious breakfast or snack drink.
Nutritional Benefits of 1 Cup of This Smoothie:
|Serving size: 1|
|Calories from Fat||81|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 9 g||14%|
|Saturated fat 3 g||15%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 9 g||3%|
|Sugar 3 g|
|Fiber 4 g||16%|
|Protein 5 g||10%|
|Cholesterol 0 mg|
|Sodium 31 mg||1%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
Nutrition Research Notes
The nutrition analysis chart above includes much of the information sought for in calculating the calories in the food you eat. Yet it doesn't tell the whole story. This food is rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and C, calcium, potassium, and iron. Adding the avocado boosts the drink's nutritional and satisfaction value because published research indicates that it increases feelings of fullness while packing a health punch that fights cancer and cardiovascular risks. It also helps lower blood sugar levels, as indicated by blood glucose numbers taken after meals that included avocado.
This is a summary of the information I have found while researching the nutritional picture of the smoothie I've created and presented to you. The numbers are averages, but most of the ingredients contain very few carbohydrates, lots of protein and fiber. I leave to you the task of poking further into the wonderland of nutritional facts on the internet.
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