Very Berry Smoothie Recipe: Easy and Delicious
This delicious, 4-ingredient fruit smoothie uses 2 foods linked with less risk of diabetes. And it’s delicious.
Let’s hear it for easy, fast, delicious and nutritious. There are plenty of days when I really need this in a recipe!
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- Looking to fight prediabetes or something that fits with a diabetes meal plan? Check and check!
I’ve been whipping up this berry smoothie recipe for years. It’s so simple and comes out perfectly with any favorite berry. During the summer, I use fresh berries that I’ve frozen. When berries aren’t in season, I grab a bag of frozen mixed berries or mixed berries with cherries at the supermarket. Both yogurt and berries, by the way, are linked to less incidence of type 2 diabetes. That’s why I always recommend both foods to my clients with prediabetes. And they’re probably good for diabetes, as well. In fact, I first published this recipe in my bestselling book Diabetes Weight Loss – Week by Week.
Foods for prediabetes
Researchers in Finland found that berries were associated with less risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Men who consumed the most berries were 35% less likely to develop the disease.
Actually, even with their higher sugar content, it’s smart to eat a variety of fruits and a couple servings each day. In general, fruits are associated with less chronic disease. Which is the best fruit, you ask? Well they each have a unique array of nutrients and phytonutrients, so go for a really big variety. Phytonutrients (aka phytochemicals) are health-boosting plant compounds. They may act as antioxidants, insulin sensitizers, anti-inflammatory compounds, anti-microbials, and more.
Researchers aren’t sure why yogurt is associated with less type 2 diabetes, but it might be because of the probiotics. Or maybe it’s because people who grab a cup of yogurt for a snack aren’t digging into a bag of cookies.
Yes, this fruit smoothie is nutritious, delicious, and a very pretty pink, but my favorite reason for making it is that my daughter loves it. I always get to share it with her. 🥰Healthy eating is one way to prevent type 2 diabetes. Get your free prediabetes checklist to keep track of 4 important health domains.
Mixed Berry Smoothie
- 1 cup plain nonfat strained yogurt (Greek or Icelandic)
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries or frozen mixed berries with cherries
- 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice
- 2 tablespoons nonfat milk or any tart juice (cranberry, pomegranate, cherry)
- Place all ingredients in a blender or a container for an immersion blender. Process until smooth.
Cheers to finding something you love to eat that checks all the health boxes (and even get to share it with your daughter)!
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I'm Jill, and I believe simple changes in your mindset and health habits can bring life-changing rewards. And I don't believe in willpower. It's waaaay overrated. As a food-loving registered dietitian nutritionist, certified diabetes care and education specialist and certified health and wellness coach, I've helped thousands of people solve their food and nutrition problems. If you're looking for a better way to master this whole healthy eating/healthy living thing or if you're trying to prevent or manage diabetes or heart problems, you'll find plenty of resources right here.
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Hi there! I'm Jill, a nutrition & diabetes expert and the author of 4 books.
I believe simple changes in health habits can bring you life-changing rewards.
And I believe willpower is way overrated.
Right here is where you can discover the mindset and habits to stick with healthy lifestyle choices most of the time - and drop the guilt when you don't.