Super smoothies

I’ve always had an unhealthy obsession with freshly squeezed orange juice, the real kind, not the tropicana you can buy in supermarkets. The 100% freshly squeezed orange juice. It never made me popular with my dentist though, who informed me that the natural sugars in the orange juice were eroding my teeth and, sadly, he limited me to one glass a day.

I didn’t listen.

It probably is, in part, one of the reasons I’m diabetic today.

But not all fruit has to cause decaying teeth. Fruit is naturally high in sugar and, when I was diagnosed as being diabetic, I was unsure as to how I could manage to have my five-a-day without being able to eat fruit.

It may seem like a simple concept, but provided you’re not drinking 2 litres of freshly squeezed orange juice a day, you can still have fruit.

So here you have it. A recipe for fruit smoothies from “Quick cooking for diabetics” available here.

Super smoothies (serves 4)

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Ingredients (strawberry) pictured above

1 banana, chopped

500g strawberries, hulled

900ml ice-cold semi-skimmed milk

Ingredients (peach melba)

1 banana, chopped

2 peaches, stones

250g strawberries, hulled

900ml ice-cold semi-skimmed milk

Ingredients (tropical)

500g frozen tropical fruits, almost defrosted

600ml ice-cold unsweetened pineapple juice

Method

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve in tall glasses.

Per serving

Strawberry – 158 calories; 9g protein; 25g carbohydrate; 3g fat; Medium GI

Peach Melba – 159 calories; 9g protein; 25g carbohydrate; 3g fat; Medium GI

Tropical – 105 calories; 1g protein; 27g carbohydrate; 0g fat; Medium GI

I’ve always used skimmed milk in my recipes as, I believe, skimmed lacto-free milk (yes, I am lactose intolerant) tastes just like regular semi-skimmed so why not try it?

Happy blending!

Henrietta x