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Extreme Diabetes Management: Cucumber-Parsley-Whey Protein Smoothie

Seafarer Mama (Karen) loves to lose herself in the culinary arts by mixing her storytelling with sharing recipes.

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.

Introduction

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.

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Cook Time = Ninja Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

25 min

1 min

26 min

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. First assemble all of the solids in the food processor: cucumbers, parsley, whey protein powder, pinch of salt.
  2. Then add all of the liquids: lime juice with zest, coconut milk
  3. Run the food processor until the ingredients are transformed into a delicious breakfast or snack drink.

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.

Transforming Fresh Ingredients Into a Refreshing Protein Smoothie With My Ninja

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2018 Karen A Szklany

Comments

Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on May 18, 2018:

Thank you, Linda. Hope you enjoy it.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 17, 2018:

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

Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on May 17, 2018:

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

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 17, 2018:

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

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