A smoothie is a smart way to start your day, especially when it includes a healthy combination of foods for better blood sugar.
- 2 tablespoons whole flaxseeds
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup unsweetened frozen mixed berries or blueberries
- 1 small banana, sliced
Flaxseeds may seem like an unusual addition, but they blend in seamlessly and make this breakfast drink an excellent source of fiber.
Place the flaxseeds in dry blender, cover, and blend until ground into a fine powder. Add the orange juice, yogurt, mixed berries (or blueberries), and banana. Cover and blend until smooth and creamy.
This breakfast option is less than 200 calories per smoothie and contains zero grams of saturated, 5 grams of essential fats, is low sodium, contains only fibrous (good) carbohydrates and has 5% protein.
(You can add a heaped tablespoon of vegetable protein to increase protein to 30 grams if desired.)