Blasting on a Low Carb Diet

Blasting on a Low Carb Diet

Are you trying to Blast on a low-carb diet? It can be tough to do - all plant-based foods contain carbohydrates, so it's a bit difficult to make a NutriBlast that is extremely low or void of carbohydrates. If you think about it, even the higher protein foods like beans, quinoa, nuts, and seeds all contain carbs as well. So how might one on a low carbohydrate diet plan build a NutriBlast?

First, focus on veggies!

Vegetables contain fewer simple carbs than fruits and grains, so building a Blast with mostly vegetables is a great start. Nuts and seeds have the smallest percentage of calories from carbohydrates, so those are great choices for boosts. A pure plant-based protein powder could also help lessen the percentage of calories from carbs.

However, don't be afraid of fruit – while its sugar content is higher (hence the higher amount of carbs), there are some lower glycemic options that shouldn't derail your weight loss efforts and can help keep your blood sugar stable while sweetening up your NutriBlast! In addition, the fiber, protein and fat found in some of your ingredients can help blunt the rapid influx of sugar to the blood stream.

Check out these articles for more information about sugars found in fruit and how to balance your blood sugar levels.

Will Too Much Fruit Make Me Fat?

How Much Fruit is Too Much Fruit?

Blasting for Blood Sugar Control

A few ingredient options lending to a lower carb NutriBlast are listed in the table below. Notice that those ingredients with a high percentage of calories from carbs are not calorically dense. These don’t contain too many total carbohydrates per serving, so they may still be good choices in building your Blast.

Remember that 15g of carbohydrate count as one carb serving and those diagnosed with diabetes may need to regulate their intake of carbs for medical reasons. Luckily, these suggestions also work for those following a regular low-carb diet. Keep min mind, however, that your body needs carbohydrates for energy and brain function. You can still ingest a low amount of carbs while aiding your weight loss efforts. By focusing on whole food ingredients like those listed here, your body will obtain the nutrients it needs to thrive!

*For protein powder comparisons, click here.

Low Carb NutriBlast Recipes

These NutriBlasts contain about 15g of carbohydrate, which equals one carbohydrate serving according to the American Diabetes Association.

Blueberry Bliss

1 cup spinach

¼ cup organic blueberries

1 Tbsp raw walnuts

1 Tbsp hemp seeds

4oz coconut water

Water to the max line

Total Carbohydrate: 12.75g

Veggie Carb Steady

1 cup spinach

5 cherry tomatoes

1/4 cup broccoli florets

2 small carrots

Water to the max line

Total Carbohydrate: 14.5g

Sippin’ Sweet Low Carb Treat

½ cup kale

1 Tbsp raw almond butter

½ cup frozen strawberries

2 tsp raw cacao powder

1 cup Unsweetened vanilla almond milk

Total Carbohydrate: 15

Registered Dietitian

Comment by rondom
July 06, 2015
I need to keep my glucose down but also want to take smoothies for inflammation (arthritis) and at age 81 my exercise is limited to walking. Can the ingredients serve my need for both inflammation and control sugar?
i buy these boxes of coconut water that say there's no added sugar, but it tastes sweet. i had diabetes but got rid of it and I'm no longer on meds or considered diabetic, but I'm scared to get it again, so I never add sugar to anything but are these coconut waters like adding sugar?
Comment by caspecht
April 26, 2015
Hi banana, what do you put in your blasts?
Are these recipes for the large cup or the small one?
Comment by Steve48
January 18, 2015
Hello, my name Steve I'm a newcomer. I have type 1 diabetes and I want to lose weight. I also have a big problem with foot pain, I work on my feet 12hrs a day. An my Ac1 is 10.5 which is very high. I hope these shakes will be good start. Thank You.
My daughter gave me a nutribullet for mother's day. I am also a type 1 diabetic and this is very helpful for me. I take insulin shots several times a day and have to watch my intake of carbs. I am hopeful these recipes will help get my sugars under control. I do love my blasts!!!!
Comment by banana
August 01, 2013
There is always controversy on putting fruit and vegetables together in a green smoothie. Well I can tell you for sure that putting those two together in a green smoothie LOWERS you blood sugar and does not raise it at all. How do I know this? I am a diabetic and I started testing more often. I have a Nutri-Blast for breakfast every morning and that is all I have. I am not concerned with carbs at all when making my green smoothie. Two hours after drinking my green smoothie I test it and my blood sugar drops 20 to 30 points. This happens EVERY time I test after drinking a Nutri-Blast. I think these results speak for themselves. I like to mention that I am not on a diabetic drugs at all. It makes me so feel good. I like being in control of my own health when making green smoothies and trying to avoid taking drugs with horrible side effects especially for me.
Reply by lauracueva
August 13, 2013
Banana, that's so good to hear! I'm type 1, and Blasts definitely raise my blood sugar a little if I don't take insulin, especially when I add more fruit, but the alternative is eating nothing at all for breakfast (so I'm cranky and tired until lunch) or grabbing some terrible processed junk that raises my blood even more - with those options, I'll take a Blast any day. :)
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