As anyone with diabetes knows, maintaining your blood glucose levels is a crucial step in managing your illness, preserving your well-being and protecting your foot health. But, as anyone with a sweet tooth knows, eating well and keeping your levels in check can often be a challenge.
Especially on a day like today, which, if you didn’t know, is National Chocolate Milk Shake day. Now, as my regular readers know, I like to share healthier versions of popular recipes from time to time and, in searching for a chocolate milkshake offering to post for you guys, I stumbled upon a neat website called Diabetes Shakes.
The purpose of the site is to give daily and weekly shake recipes that not only taste good, but are also specifically crafted for blood glucose management. Each of the recipes posted to the site can be used as meal supplements or replacements.
Here’s their version of a chocolate milk shake, called the Choco-Monkey Protein Shake:
1 cup water, plain soymilk, or fat-free milk
1 small banana or 1/2 of a medium banana, frozen if desired
1 scoop (2 tablespoons) chocolate protein powder (whey, egg white, or soy)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed or flax oil
Combine water, banana, flaxseed and protein powder in blender. Cover and blend until smooth. For a thicker shake, use less liquid. For an icier shake, add ice. Makes 1 serving.
Maintaining a healthy diet is an important part of managing your diabetic health, but it is also crucial that individuals with diabetes develop a close, long-term relationship with a podiatrist. In my Houston podiatry practice, I work with diabetic patients to protect my patients from developing some of the foot complications associated with the illness. If you are diabetic and living in Houston, schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider to begin taking proactive steps to protect your foot health.