Extreme Diabetes Management: Cucumber-Parsley-Whey Protein Smoothie

Updated on May 21, 2018
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Seafarer Mama (Karen) loves to lose herself in the culinary arts by mixing her story-telling with sharing recipes.

Introduction

Welcome back to my Extreme Diabetes Management Recipe Series. 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.

Still Life of a Smoothie

A glass full of this refreshing green smoothie, accompanied by some of the ingredients and the Ninja used to make it.
A glass full of this refreshing green smoothie, accompanied by some of the ingredients and the Ninja used to make it. | Source

Cook Time = Ninja Time

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 1 min
Ready in: 26 min
Yields: Four (4) cups of smoothie

Ingredients

  • 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:

  1. All of the solids: cucumbers, parsley, pinch of salt, whey protein powder
  2. Add all of the liquids: lime juice, coconut milk
  3. Run the food processor until the ingredients are transformed into a delicious liquid snack.

Breakdown of the Nutrition in 1 cup of This Smoothie:

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 90
Calories from Fat81
% Daily Value *
Fat 9 g14%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 9 g3%
Sugar 3 g
Fiber 4 g16%
Protein 5 g10%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 31 mg1%
* 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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        Karen A Szklany 3 days ago from New England

        Thank you, Linda. Hope you enjoy it.

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        Linda Crampton 3 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is an interesting recipe. I like the sound of the ingredients. I'm looking forward to trying this smoothie in the near future.

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        Karen A Szklany 4 days ago from New England

        Thank you, Peggy. Hope you have a chance to make a batch for yourself soon.

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        Peggy Woods 4 days ago from Houston, Texas

        This sounds tasty and would certainly be easy to whip up for a breakfast or a snack.

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