You know the ones I’m talking about… those neon bright frozen drinks whose ice crystals dance around in the dispensing machines at most quick food joints and gas stations… My favorite was blue raspberry. Something about the bright blue color, the sweet
coolness mixed with the texture of the tiny round ice particles, and the way it would turn my mouth blue. A sugar addict’s dream. Pure marketing genius!
How to give it up without feeling deprived, bitter, or angry? Swap it out for a fruit smoothie.
Strawberry Banana Mango Smoothie
1 cup milk (12 carbs)
1 cup plain greek yogurt (Oikos brand – 9 carbs)
190 g Frozen Strawberries (17 carbs)
150 g fresh Banana (34 carbs)
1 Good Belly Mango Flavor (13 carbs)
Drop all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.
Total carb count : 85
This is one of the few times that using frozen fruit is preferable to fresh for the strawberries. It saves having to add ice cubes that would water it down a bit. It’s so cold, you still have to sip it to
avoid getting a brain freeze, and since we’re using the whole fruits, the benefit of the fiber comes in as well as the vitamin & probiotic boost from the Good Belly flavor shot. Good Belly’s also come in Blueberry Acai, Strawberry, and Pomegranate Blackberry.
The sipping means that it’s not all hitting the system at once, but I still make sure my type 1er dials it in a couple minutes before I start preparing to give him a good 10 minutes before the slurping commences. You will need a REALLY big cup to hold it all
(think big gulp size).
My type 1er’s favorite flavor is strawberry banana, but really, you can use whatever fruit is your favorite, just make sure to adjust the carb count.
Going to Grandma’s house - variations
Grandma likes to use ice cream in hers, but with that, you need to use ice cubes, and are having some kind of sugar or sugar substitute. The Good Belly adds a tiny bit of cane juice, but omit that and you
have a completely natural, whole unprocessed food treat (total is then 72 carbs).
What kind of cow does your milk come from?
You mean there are different kinds? And it makes a difference? Sheesh!
One more thing to learn about. Now I know the name of the farmer who produces our milk, and we know it comes from Jersey cows. She sent me an email yesterday to apologize that she wouldn’t be able to sell me my
gallon this week because one of the cows had decided to put in colostrum early and the other cow hadn’t “freshened” yet. I had to laugh… how dare she? It’s sweet to be connected to the food chain this way. Should have asked her the cow’s name since we enjoy
her milk every week!
This week we had one of my type 1er’s friends staying with us due to a family emergency. He is a great kid and super taste tester, and proof that cooking healthier really does taste better! Last night we had grilled salmon cooked
super fast in my NuWave Oven over a bed of veggies (corn, peas, green beans) mixed with brown rice, with a drizzle of stir fry sauce and squeeze of lime juice. He came back for a double helping!