Stay Cool with Diabetes Friendly Smoothies

Categories: Diabetes Center
Clean Breeze Smoothie
Yield: 3 9oz serving

  • 1 small cucumber, chopped
  • 2 ripe kiwis, peeled
  • 1 cup ginger-flavored kombucha (see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • 6 ice cubes
Combine cucumber, kiwis, kombucha, yogurt, cilantro and ice cubes in blender; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Look for kombucha tea near other refrigerated teas in natural foods stores and well-stocked supermarkets. Kombucha is available in many different flavors—for this smoothie we like the taste of ginger kombucha the best.

Calories: 77
Fat: 1.3g
Carbohydrate: 14g
Protein: 4g
Sugar: 0.7g
Fiber: 2g
Chol: 2.7mg
Potassium: 282.7mg

Hawaiian Smoothie
Yield: 2 8oz serving

  • 1 cup chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped peeled papaya
  • 1/4 cup guava nectar, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1/2 cup ice

Place ingredients in the order listed in a blender. Pulse three times to chop the fruit, then blend until smooth. Serve immediately.


  • Grenadine is a red syrup (originally flavored with pomegranate juice) used to color and flavor drinks. Look for it in the bar-mix section of your supermarket.
  • Guava nectar is available in most markets, with the juices or in the Latin American section.

Calories: 81
Fat: 0.0g
Carbohydrate: 21g
Protein: 1g
Fiber: 2g
Chol: 0.0mg
Sodium: 5.0g
Potassium: 201mg

Banana Spice Smoothie
Yield: 4 8oz servings


  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups vanilla kefir (see Tip)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 12 ice cubes

Combine kefir, bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ice cubes in a blender; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Kefir is a drinkable yogurt found in the dairy section of most supermarkets, it supplies a healthy amount of protein and calcium and good-for-you probiotics.

Calories: 71
Fat: 2.5g
Carbohydrate: 28g
Sugar: 7.5g
Protein: 5g
Fiber: 3g
Chol: 0.0mg
Sodium: 49g
Potassium: 213.5mg