It’s hard to believe, right?
The thing is, I’ve been eating a vegan diet for seven years and a raw vegan diet for four of those years. Needless to say, I know a thing or two about green smoothies.
So, can I let you in on a secret?
Everyone is faking it. If anyone tells you that a smoothie packed with broccoli and cabbage (and whatever else is green) is delicious, then they are faking it. Their trick? They pack their neon color leafy smoothies with fruit and add green powders so that they can stomach all that green without sacrificing the taste.
And you know what? You can do the same!
I’m going to share my own secret ingredient with you. This single ingredient transforms green smoothies into a delicious treat instead of a horrible curse.
What is it? Frozen bananas.
The best part about this smoothie is that my favorite plant of all time, moringa, is the most powerful green to help combat diabetes.
Here are a few ways how moringa fights diabetes:
- lowers blood glucose with daily use (reportedly more effective than traditional diabetic medicines Tolbutamide and Glipizide)
- lowers bad cholesterol
- its rich fiber content slows down the intake of glucose
- moringa prevents oxidative stress in the pancreas and the entire body
Though this drink is super simple, it is also very powerful. Don’t be afraid of the banana, either. I’ve already written a post about why eating more fruit is better for you, and when combined with the moringa, you are less likely to have a quick uptake of glucose.
That means stable glucose and a steady flow of nutrients.
Diabetes-Friendly Green Smoothie That Doesn’t Suck
- 1 frozen banana, broken into pieces
- 1 tablespoon of moringa powder
- 1/4″ fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1/2 cup fresh water (coconut milk optional)
- Place everything into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
I like to make my smoothies with coconut milk to lap up all the delicious fats. But if you want to keep it simple and quick, fresh water will do just fine!
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