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10 Best Protein Shakes for Diabetics

How to Make the Best Protein Shakes for Diabetics

Although there are many ways to enjoy our Swee2ooth Super Blends, one of our favorites are protein shakes.

Due to the premium blend of proteins, healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals in every serving, Swee2ooth can serve as a meal replacement or a snack. Mix it up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Enjoy a shake between meals, to break an intermittent fast, or as an after-dinner snack to satisfy your late night cravings. Many people also love drinking a protein shake for a pre-workout boost or post-workout recovery. The bottom line is that there are a variety of ways to incorporate protein shakes into your diet!

If you don’t know where to begin, don’t worry! In this blog, we’re teaching you how to make the best protein shakes for diabetics. Plus, we’re giving you 10 diabetic-friendly recipes that are just as healthy as they are delicious. Get ready to shake things up!  

Diabetic-Friendly Protein Shakes 101

Step 1: Choose Your Favorite Liquid

At its most basic level, a protein shake consists of protein powder and liquid. If you want to keep things as simple as possible, you can stick with water. We take pride in the fact that our Swee2ooth Super Blends mix well with water alone — but if you’re looking to shake things up, we recommend using your favorite milk as a base. Whether you choose dairy, almond, soy, or oat milk is completely up to you. The most important thing is choosing a liquid that’s unsweetened and low in carbs.

Step 2: Add Fruits and Veggies

Now that you’ve chosen your favorite liquid as a base for your smoothie, it’s time to add your fruits and veggies! Although no specific fruit or vegetable is off limits, some are better for managing your diabetes than others. Look for produce that’s low on the glycemic index to make sure it won’t spike your blood sugar. Other than that, play around with different combinations and don’t be afraid to try something new! 

Step 3: Include Fiber and Healthy Fats

Incorporating fiber and healthy fats into your smoothies is a great way to promote digestion. These ingredients have been shown to help reduce triglycerides, as well as lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Some of our favorite fiber and healthy fats are flaxseeds, chia seeds, flax, and MCT oil — which can all be found in our Swee2ooth Super Blend formula

Step 4: Limit Sugar and Carbs

If you’re living with Type 2 diabetes, it should come as no surprise that you need to limit the amount of sugar and carbs in your diet. Therefore, it is important to be mindful of each and every ingredient you add to your protein shake. When adding fruit to your smoothies, be sure to count those ingredients toward your daily carb count, too. Even natural sugar can spike your blood sugar if you eat too much! 

10 Diabetic-Friendly Protein Shakes to Satisfy Your Cravings

The following recipes may not be right for every person on their journey with Type 2. Always consult with a doctor or nutritionist to determine the carb, sugar and calorie count that is healthiest for you!

1. Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so start your morning strong with this fast and filling oatmeal smoothie. Oats are shown to have many health benefits, which include weight loss and lowering blood sugar — making this a perfect addition to your diabetic-friendly shake!

NUTRITIONAL INFO

Calories: 300
Fat: 16g
Protein: 27g
Carbohydrates: 13g
Sugar: 3g

INGREDIENTS

2. Key Lime Pie Shake

We created a rich, creamy protein shake that tastes just like a key lime pie with none of the guilt. In fact, this shake is so good, you might forget it’s a healthy alternative to the classic dessert.

NUTRITIONAL INFO

Calories: 260
Fat: 9g
Protein: 34g
Carbohydrates: 10g 
Sugar: 5g

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Thrilla Super Blend
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp. lime juice
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • ½ cup spinach
  • Handful of ice cubes

3. Strawberry Cheesecake Shake

They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too — but we disagree! For the days when you’re craving a strawberry cheesecake, this is the perfect shake to satisfy your sweet tooth.

NUTRITIONAL INFO

Calories: 377
Fat: 19g
Protein: 36g
Carbohydrates: 15g
Sugar: 10g

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Thrilla Super Blend
  • ½ cup cottage cheese 
  • 1 oz. cream cheese
  • ½ cup chilled or frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • Handful of ice cubes

4. Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

We love cinnamon for its blood sugar control, blood pressure improvement, and brain support — and there’s something extra sweet about cinnamon and apples together. With flavors inspired by the fall, this smoothie is as sweet as apple pie!  

NUTRITIONAL INFO

Calories: 207
Fat: 6g
Protein: 22g
Carbohydrates: 17g 
Sugar: 11g

INGREDIENTS

5. Matcha Green Goddess Smoothie

Getting your daily dose of greens in can be hard, so why not drink your veggies instead? With ingredients like spinach, kale, celery, and cucumber, this smoothie is packed full of all the good stuff your body needs. Plus, the matcha will help boost your energy and metabolism!    

NUTRITIONAL INFO

Calories: 202
Fat: 6g
Protein: 23g
Carbohydrates: 14g
Sugar: 6g

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Thrilla Super Blend
  • ¼ cup kale
  • ¼ cup spinach
  • 1 stick celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup cucumber, peeled
  • ¼ cup green apple 
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tsp. matcha powder
  • Handful of ice cubes

6. PB&J Shake

Putting a diabetic-friendly twist on a classic combo is kind of our jam. This yummy shake tastes just like the classic schoolyard snack you know and love — with none of the added sugar. 

NUTRITIONAL INFO

Calories: 319
Fat: 14g
Protein: 26g
Carbohydrates: 24g 
Sugar: 13g

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 scoop Vanilla Thrilla Super Blend
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • 1 tsp. reduced sugar strawberry jam
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. peanut butter
  • Handful of ice cubes

7. Turmeric Latte Smoothie

Turmeric is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, while cinnamon and ginger have been shown to help lower blood sugar. Combining all three makes one of the best protein shakes for diabetics! 

NUTRITIONAL INFO

Calories: 173
Fat: 6g
Protein: 22g
Carbohydrates: 7g
Sugar: 2g

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 scoop Cinnamon Rollin’ Super Blend
  • 1 tsp. fresh turmeric root (or 2 tsp. ground turmeric)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger root
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk of choice
  • Pinch black pepper
  • Handful of ice cubes

8. Walnut Brownie Shake

Craving something sweet? Go nuts and indulge your cravings by mixing up this yummy walnut brownie shake! 

NUTRITIONAL INFO

Calories: 445
Fat: 33g
Protein: 30g
Carbohydrates: 15g
Sugar: 3g

INGREDIENTS

9. Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie

Strawberries and kiwi are a match made in heaven! This smoothie is the perfect pick-me-up when you want something light and refreshing to sip on. 

NUTRITIONAL INFO

Calories: 229
Fat: 6g
Protein: 23g
Carbohydrates: 21g
Sugar: 11g

INGREDIENTS

10. Red Velvet Shake

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this delicious red velvet shake! The beetroot not only gives this shake its infamous red color, but it has been shown to lower glucose levels, too. 

NUTRITIONAL INFO

Calories: 342
Fat: 18g
Protein: 26g
Carbohydrates: 23g
Sugar: 6g

INGREDIENTS

If you’re craving even more recipes, here are 14 additional diabetic-friendly smoothies to enjoy! 

The Sweet Benefits of Protein Shakes for Diabetics

Lower Blood Sugar

Research has shown that adding whey protein to your daily routine can help stabilize and lower blood sugar. Specifically, whey protein has been shown to stimulate insulin secretion and control blood sugar levels. Our Super Blend formula features a powerful blend of fast and slow release proteins to help keep your glucose levels in check. 

Curb Cravings

Cravings are inevitable, and there’s nothing wrong with indulging them! However, the next time you’re craving a sweet treat, try choosing a healthier alternative instead. One of the most effective ways to curb your cravings is by adding more protein to your diet — and making a protein shake is a quick and easy way to do this. Every protein shake featured in this blog offers a healthy and convenient way to satisfy your cravings.

Related: How to Beat Cravings With Protein Powder

Manage Weight Loss

In addition to lowering blood sugar and curbing cravings, another benefit of protein shakes for diabetics is managing weight loss. The slow digesting casein protein found in our Super Blends is known to reduce hunger. Because this protein takes longer to digest, you’ll be able to feel full and satisfied for much longer. Adding protein to your shake or smoothie is the perfect way to make a treat that is equally delicious and filling! 

Shake Things Up With Swee2ooth

If you’re looking for the best protein shakes for diabetics, then Swee2ooth is the way to go! Our Swee2ooth Super Blends were formulated specifically for Type 2 diabetes to help lower blood sugar and curb cravings. 

Every Super Blend is packed with fast and slow releasing proteins, healthy fiber and fats, nutritious superfoods, and proven ingredients needed for diabetes management. And with three delicious flavors to choose from, you’ll be able to mix up plenty of delicious protein shakes for diabetics. 

Ready to start shaking things up? If you’re not already stocked up on our Swee2ooth Super Blends, click the button below to start your order. We hope that every sip, swirl, and shake reminds you that you can take control of Type 2 diabetes — and you don’t have to fight it alone.  

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