My wife and I have been experimenting with breakfast smoothies. She's worked out a recipe that includes spinach, blueberries, walnuts, flax and cocoa powder. Nutritious, delicious, and low-glycemic.
Thanks, Khurt. I will check it out.
I have to caution you that when you juice or liquify foods, you markedly increase the glycemic index. This is perhaps not a big deal with making a smoothie, but it can be big deal with many vegan/vegetarian diets. Many of these diets are focused on nutrient sparse foods and being able to get enough nutrients requires techniques like juicing. The juicing improves the digestibility of the foods, increasing the availability and absorption rates of nutrients. This is good and bad. It is good to get the nutrients from the food, but it is bad because it can markedly increase the amount of carbs you get and the rate at which you absorb these carbs. Juicing can easily turn low glycemic veggie into high glycemic drink.
I have taken to making my own yogurt. It is very low carb, I start with 1/2 whole milk and 1/2 full cream and I ferment it out. This makes a rich and creamy "greek style" yogurt which contains just a few grams of carbs in a cup of yogurt.
Personally, I've found breakfast to be a disaster meal. I have terrible morning Darn Phenomenon and am veyr insulin resistant in the morning. It isn't even about glycemic index, it is about keeping the carbs low. I do very well on eggs and sausage. I find that this breakfast is very nutritious and satisfying and the healthy amount of protein keeps me from getting hungry before lunch (and I get up at 5am and eat lunch at noon).
I bought Dr. Bernstein's ebook, "Beating Diabetes," and am in he process of reading it. Over the weekend, I got to the part where he explained exactly what bsc said. I have a friend that uses Dr. Furhman's diet for her Rheumatoid Arthritis and raves about the success. I have painful arthritis of autoimmune origin, but never attempted to use Dr. Furhman's recipes just because of things like blueberries and other fruit. I was really shocked to find out how bad it is for diabetics to juice, at least, this diabetic. Wow! Healthy doesn't always mean low carb.
I've taken to eating one flaxmeal muffin in the car as I drive my kids to campus. I will bring to cheesesticks along for the day that I have to wait two and a half hours for pickup at noon.
Italian sausage works. I eat whole Fat FAGE yogurt with sunflower seeds and some Truvia for lunch. I try go light on the breakfast carbs.
If knew anything at all about Dr. Furhman you would know that these recipes are designed with people with diabetes in mind. Please provide some evidence to back up your juicing claim and that show that these smoothie recipes will do some harm.
NOTE: I generally ignore the advice of people who hide behind cartoon character avatars and post without using a real name.