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So many good things have happened you guys! I’ll get to this yummy smoothie in just a moment:
First off, my dearest husband is back!! He spent the summer in Arizona for his 2L internship, so I was here in Boston by my onesies just like last summer. This time around being on my own wasn’t nearly so bad, except for that my wireless router broke and I’ve been shackled to an ethernet cable ever since–which was indeed terrible, because how am I supposed to stream Netflix AND blog at the same time with one ethernet cable?? When The Mr. got home, however, he liberated me from the Dark Ages and I have wifi once again!! Which means more blogging :) (I’m also excited to have my husband home, wifi and blogging aside)
Second, it has now been over a month since I turned over a new leaf and got back on the healthy lifestyle wagon. And let me tell you, I feel SO good! My energy is up like never before, and I find myself craving healthy foods, while my old favorites–like buttery movie theater popcorn–aren’t nearly as appetizing as they were before. On Saturday The Mr. and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy (it was okay), and I was both disappointed and pleasantly surprised to find the ensuing popcorn coma significantly less comfortable than in the past. Oh! And I started working out in the mornings, which I’ve never before had the willpower to do and has been a goal of mine for the last seven months, so that’s cool too.
And lastly, the best part of all this is my A1c. What is that, you ask? Your hemoglobin A1c measures your average blood sugar over the last three months. This number is a BFD to diabetics everywhere, because it basically tells you how “good” a job you’re doing being your own pancreas. My current A1c, *drumroll* 6.1%, is the best it’s been since before I became diabetic!! It took a lot of veggies, sweat, and Jillian Michaels yelling at me every morning at the butt crack of dawn, but it feels amazing and it’s been SO so worth it.
So what does this have to do with a blueberry banana smoothie, you ask? A reasonable inquiry, dear reader!
Today I’m going to share with you one of my go-to workout recovery smoothies. It’s super simple, super tasty, and super good for you, especially post-workout (or just ‘cuz!). I recommend making it in a Nutri Bullet, because they are, in a word, awesome, but it’s up to you.
• 1 banana
• 1 large handful blueberries
• 1/2 cup almond milk or milk
Optional (For an even bigger Health Boost!)
• 1 large handful spinach
• 1 small handful slivered almonds
• 1 Tbsp Chia seeds or ground flax seeds
First off, let’s talk fruit. I had no idea blueberries were so good for you until I did a little research. I found that they have the highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh fruit, boost your immune system, help dissolve ‘bad’ cholesterol (<–heart healthy), and aid in reducing belly fat (yes, please). Bananas too are fantastic post-workout. High in potassium, bananas help play an important role in muscle function, and the carbohydrates in a banana will help replenish your body’s energy stores.
To make your smoothie, place all your ingredients in a blender or your nutribullet cup, starting with your spinach (if you decided to go that route) and finishing off with your milk. Pulse it a few times, add a couple ice cubes, and enjoy!
Bananas and blueberries are deliciously sweet without any added sugar, but they still contain natural sugars/carbs that can make your blood sugar spike (this isn’t at all a problem for those without diabetes–your pancreas has got you covered, so you enjoy that fruit!). I would recommend using a food scale to count the carbs in your smoothie if you happen to be a diabetic like me. This nutritional scale is the bomb and makes carb counting a breeze!
Additionally, I almost always add spinach, almonds and chia or ground flax seeds to my drink. The extra nutrients and fiber are great for you and help slow the release of sugar into the blood stream (which, again, is not an issue for most people). But I didn’t add these ingredients here, but only because they turn the smoothie a brownish color that doesn’t look great in photos ;) Still tastes amazing though!
- 1 small banana
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1 Tbsp Chia or ground flax seeds
Combine all 6 ingredients in a blender and mix well.
All sugar in this smoothie is natural sugar, mostly from the banana and blueberries.
Some of you dear readers are diabetic or have diabetic loved ones you care for, so I thought I would share one last tid bit of information I’ve learned along my healthy living journey so far: Exercise can make your blood sugar go up.
(That was my reaction). You heard me right. I had been, in the past, used to exercising at a moderate intensity in the late afternoon, and I would always see my blood sugar drop significantly during exercise–which isn’t uncommon, especially for Type 1s.
But since I started doing high-intensity exercise in the morning, I’ve noticed that my blood sugar will go up–sometimes dramatically–instead of down! High-intensity exercise, or any kind of exercise producing stress hormones like adrenaline, will do this. And since I started to work out in the early mornings when another stress hormone, cortisol, is at work to wake me up, I’ve been getting a double whammy of blood sugar raising hormones in the a.m. If you find yourself in the same boat, be sure to give yourself a good dose of pre-workout insulin so you can enjoy this smoothie after exercise without making your blood sugar go over the top!
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