Extreme Diabetes Management: Cucumber-Parsley-Whey Protein Smoothie
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
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:
- All of the solids: cucumbers, parsley, pinch of salt, whey protein powder
- Add all of the liquids: lime juice, coconut milk
- Run the food processor until the ingredients are transformed into a delicious liquid snack.
Breakdown of the Nutrition in 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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