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10 Best Juicing Recipes for Diabetics

Juicing has become increasingly popular but especially so for diabetics. Contrary to what some people believe, the natural sugar from fruits is not bad for diabetics. Juice from fresh vegetables, for instance, has antioxidants and phytochemicals that can help normalize blood sugar as well as contribute significantly as part of a weight loss regimen. You just have to know which vegetables and fruits can provide you with the essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins you need while keeping your blood sugar levels under control. Here are 10 of the best juicing recipes for diabetics.

Juicing Recipes for Diabetics

Bitter Gourd Diabetes Juice

The bitter gourd is ubiquitous in several countries and known to help control Type I and Type II diabetes because of its properties to lower blood glucose. This vegetable is capable of influencing glucose metabolism throughout the body instead of just a particular tissue or organ. Bitter gourd increases the secretion of insulin in the pancreas and helps prevent insulin resistance.

bitter goard juice for diabetics

How to make bitter ground diabetes juice: remove the seeds from two bitter gourds and, with the use of a juicer, extract their juices. Add some water and drink it on an empty stomach upon waking in the morning. Do this for at least a couple of months and watch your blood sugar levels become normal. You can also include a dish made with bitter gourd in your meals daily.

Bitter gourd is also known by another name, Karela. Here’s a good variation to pure karela juice, in case you want to try something a bit different.

Karela juice for diabetics: cut a medium-sized karela in half, lengthwise, after peeling its skin and scooping out the seeds and soak it in water with a dash of salt and turmeric for 10 to 15 minutes. Chop it into slices and put in a juicer with around 100ml of water.

Carrot Juice for Diabetic Patients

juicing carrots for diabetic patients

Diabetics need to pay attention to what is known as the glycemic index of the vegetables and fruits they consume because some of these have sugars, albeit naturally derived, more than others. Carrots are a rich source of vitamins C, A, and B as well as potassium and calcium. They have the same glycemic index as sugar, however, its only difference being the speed at which sugar levels increase. Carrots take longer to raise sugar levels than sugar does so the spike is not as sudden.

Diabetics, however, should consume carrots moderately and take them mixed with other vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and string beans since these two contain insulin in natural form that helps pancreatic function.Carrot juice for diabetic patients may consist of one peeled carrot, the juice of a lemon, one blanched tomato, two sprigs of celery, half a peeled beetroot, one small peeled cucumber, and sprinkle a pinch of Himalayan salt. Drink this every other day.

Cranberry Juice for Diabetics

Cranberry juice has been proven helpful in treating urinary tract infection (UTI) and stomach ulcers and is also known for its high antioxidant content and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of its high glycemic index, however, diabetics should consume this fruit in moderation.

Cranberry juice for diabetics should not be the main beverage because it can raise the post-meal levels of blood sugar. Consumption of unsweetened and low-calorie cranberry juice by diabetics in moderation may, in fact, help lower blood sugar levels for as long as you make your own cranberry juice.

Juice fresh kale and mix with a cup of water. Add a cup of cranberries, two bananas, two peeled oranges and some ice cubes. You can opt to have the cranberries in frozen form to decrease the water content from the ice cubes and maximize their antioxidant content.

Beet Juice for Diabetics

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The glycemic index of beetroot is 64, well within the medium range, and will not cause any sudden surges in your glucose levels. The betaine content in beets helps mitigate fatty deposits in the body and prevents the development of type II diabetes with regular consumption.

Beets are best consumed boiled or grated into salads but you can have them in juice form as well. Beet juice for diabetics is perfect at breakfast because it helps decrease the absorption rate of glucose into your bloodstream. Have beet juice before or after meals.

Cut one medium sized beet into cubes and put in your juicer. Add one sliced and cored apple, two chopped celery stalks, half a cup each of spinach and the juice of one small lemon. It’s best to have the beet frozen to maintain the coldness of the juice without having to add any water or ice.

Orange Juice for Diabetics

orange Juicing recipes for diabetics

Like most fruits, oranges have natural sugars which could be disastrous if consumed excessively by diabetics.More and more clinical studies, however, have shown that a four ounce serving is not harmful for diabetics and will not cause dangerous spikes in glucose levels. If you fit orange juice into your diet, watch its serving size and pay attention to the other food sources that may contain sugar in a particular meal.

Orange juice contains a high amount of vitamin C to help improve blood vessel functions. The antioxidant content of orange juice helps protect your tissues and cells from oxidative damage by free radicals, an activity which complicates diabetes further. Orange juice for diabetics is usually taken plain, but if you want something different, try this for a change:

Put 2½ cups of fresh grapefruit juice, 1½ cups of fresh squeezed orange juice, a cup of water, four medium-sized frozen bananas cut up into several pieces, and 12 pieces of unsweetened frozen strawberries into your juicer and process until smooth and serve immediately. This recipe makes four servings so you can share it with both diabetic and non-diabetic people alike.

Pomegranate Juice for Diabetics

pomegranate juice recipes for diabetics

It comes as a surprise that pomegranate juice can provide health benefits to diabetics but a joint study by the Rappaport Family Institute for Research in the Medical Science and the Rambam Medical Center in the Israeli city of Haifa showed pomegranate juice sugars, unlike similar natural sugars in fruits, do not influence any parameters of diabetes.

The sugars in pomegranate juice are attached to antioxidants that make them protective agents against certain diseases such as atherosclerosis. The study concluded that consumption of pomegranate juice by diabetics do not exacerbate diabetic conditions or worsen established diabetic parameters. The effect of pomegranate juice, in fact, resulted in powerful anti-oxidative protection against macrophages and serum that contribute to the development of atherosclerosis.

To make pomegranate juice for diabetics a little bit more delicious, you can juice pomegranate, apples, carrots and baby spinach. Pour in a glass and add ice cubes.

Raw Potato Juice for Diabetics

diabetic juicing recipes with raw potate

Like most people, you associate potatoes with boiling, baking, roasting, and frying. Thinking of potato as juice might have never crossed your mind until now. Potato juice may taste starchy and too vegetal with hardly a sweetness to it, but it is rich in nutrients like thiamin or vitamin B1, potassium, niacin or vitamin B3, and vitamin C.

Prepare raw potato juice for diabetics by washing and cutting away green or brown spots on fresh potatoes. Leave on the skins when you put them in the juicer. That’s basically what the recipe calls for except that you can mix the raw potato juice with apples, bananas, peaches, and carrots if you prefer your drink to have more flavor. You can also add a teaspoon of honey to sweeten it a little.

Jamba Juice for Diabetics

You can have Jamba juice at any of their 750 locations in the U.S. with their sugar-free options but you can also make your own juice similar to theirs. Juice one slice of banana and a few frozen strawberries. Pour in a glass and add a few ice cubes. If you like pomegranate, you can juice strawberries, blueberries, and pomegranate. Add sugar free raspberry sherbet, pour in a glass and add ice cubes.

Lemon Juice Diet For Diabetics

Lemon Juice Diet For Diabetics

Lemons are included in the list of “must consume” foods by the American Diabetes Association so that tells you a lot about how it can be beneficial to diabetics. Because of their low glycemic index, lemons contain very little carbohydrates and therefore don’t have the capacity to spike a diabetic’s blood sugar levels.

Fresh lemon juice may be too tart or tangy for everybody’s taste. What you can do is add them to other fruits of similar low glycemic indices when juicing. Incorporating lemons into your diet can improve your liver’s function in producing bile which aids digestion. A lemon juice diet for diabetics need not be boring if you know how to use the fruit to your advantage.

The soluble fiber content in lemons helps stabilize blood sugar levels by slowing down your body’s absorption of sugars, decreasing the likelihood of having glucose spikes. The anti-bacterial properties of lemon also prevent UTI by killing the bacteria that cause it; as a diuretic, lemon juice also cleanses your bladder by letting your urinate frequently so toxins are eliminated from the body.

Green Juice for Diabetics

Raw vegetables and smoothies are popular among diabetics. But you can also prepare green juice for diabetics, especially if you don’t really have time to prepare all the ingredients to make smoothies. With a juicer, you just put some greens inside your machine and voila, you’ve got a healthy juice drink that will help prevent spikes in blood sugar and even enable you to lose weight.

To make green juice that’s friendly for diabetics, you can choose one or a combination of these: asparagus, bitter melon, broccoli, celery, spinach and green apple. Just cut them into small pieces and place inside your juicer. Pour in a glass, and add some ice cubes.

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  • Rahana December 31, 2014, 3:17 pm

    Thanks for all this diabetic juice recipe iam type 2 diabetic I want do the juicing programme do I need to juice all the time no food like bread veggie patato etc

    • Dave January 4, 2015, 2:53 pm

      Rahana Hi,
      This post offers juice recipes to compliment your diabetic diet , not to substitute it. Juicing the right fruits and vegetables can help in reducing blood sugar levels. You still need to eat other things besides juices. You need to stick with a diabetic recommended diet. It usually includes high vegetables consumption, staying away from empty carbs and replacing them with healthier ones like whole wheat bread, brown rice, buckwheat , quinoa and legumes like lentils and peas. It is very important to stay hydrated while dealing with diabetes. Make sure you drink lots of water. Juicing t can also help with this task. Hope the recipes will help you in getting control over your blood sugar levels.

      • Rahana January 8, 2015, 1:12 pm

        Thanks Dave I eat whole flour chappati and 50/50 bread is this good sometimes we have white bread I toast itt before we eat
        Just need a guide list how to eat drink juices thanx again have a good day

        • Dave January 13, 2015, 10:10 am

          I would try to stick with 100% whole wheat bread. It is way healthier and it is very important for diabetics. I will try to come up with a post soon that combines juicing and healthy diabetic menu.

  • Judy August 8, 2016, 6:47 am

    Hi Dave. I love fruit but I’m so afraid of sugar hikes, some fruit I love are peaches, bananas, nectarines, grapefruit can you tell me which I should definitely stay away from. I’ve decided to start juicing because my Dr. has given me 3 months to get my A1C back to 6 (it’s 7.5 now) or I’ll have to go on insulin.

    • Julia August 19, 2016, 9:19 pm

      Hey, Judy!

      I’m so glad you asked this question.

      Yes, fruit does contain sugars. Some are higher than others, like bananas. One of the reasons we enjoy fruit so much is that the sugars are a sign that the fruit is also packed with nutrients that we need and help our body.

      As a diabetic, you’ll need to watch your carb count very close. Any fruit or vegetable can be part of a well-rounded lower carb diet, even bananas. This is easy to achieve.

      So, our recommendation is to count your carbs and plan your meals. Then, plan what smoothies will fit in between your meals. That way, you know your carb count, you’ll lower your A1C, and you’ll be able to enjoy your favorites without problems.

      For example, I had a client who completely cut out all fruits, yet they still ate over 300 carbs per day. Cutting out the fruit did nothing for their A1C or blood glucose. It was only when we cut the carbs and ate a healthy diet, could they add in bananas, peaches, apples, and cantaloupes.

  • Darko-Mensah Richard August 28, 2016, 3:47 pm

    Your article is very educative for treating diabetes naturally.

    • Julia September 14, 2016, 12:18 pm

      Thank you for the compliment! We appreciate your thoughts and we strive to help people as much as possible.

  • Jeanette November 30, 2016, 10:09 pm

    Thank you very much!!!!

    • Dave December 3, 2016, 12:11 pm

      You’re welcome, Jeanette!

  • Jerrylin Albright Stewart December 29, 2016, 9:15 am

    Thank you this really helped a lot. I am type 2 diabetic and Guide lines on how to eat healthier would be truly beneficial for me.

    • Julia January 3, 2017, 2:52 pm

      Hey Jerrylin!

      I’m glad we could help.

      As with anything else you consume, you want to make sure that each of the recipes you try work for you.

      It is possible that you could react to one vegetable more than another person, and you should avoid that particular juice.

      It is also true that you may not react to certain vegetables that have a higher glycemic load and you can expand your palate more than the normal diabetic.

      Be sure to keep track of what you drink and what it does to your sugar level so you know how to plan for your future.

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