Many of my patients are diabetic, have kidney failure, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, etc. These different diseases plus advanced age can lead to a variety of nutritional issues. Common issues that I personally deal with often are patients with unwanted weight loss, wounds, patients with a feeding tube, etc.
When a patient is eating poorly, has abnormal labs, has weight loss and for many other reasons, I am consulted. I assess the patient fully to try to figure out what may be going on. My first tool is to turn to food. If someone has a good appetite and has wounds and still needs more protein or something, I will add more food.
The issue is that many of my patients do not have a good appetite and sending them a ton of food is not going to work because they will not eat ginormous portions. Therefore, I end up turning to supplements to provide extra calories, protein or whatever they need.
One supplement that we use is called Glucerna. It is made specifically for diabetics and is a lower carbohydrate and lower sugar beverage. Some people like drinking the supplement as is but many do not like the taste of different supplements.
I got to thinking how I could make these supplements taste better while still providing these nutrients to my patients. Something to note about these type of supplements: I rarely ever order them for a patient with a meal. I prefer for them to eat their regular food with a meal and then to have supplements between meals for additional calories then.
I find that providing them with 3 meals, 1 snack and 1-2 supplements per day often works best for our goals for that patient.
I figured out that a smoothie would be a great way to change up their typical supplements, give them a different taste and provide a fun in-between meal. You can use any type of fruit for this recipe. I used peaches and mangoes because I found some awesome ones at my grocery store.
If you know someone who may not eat very well or who needs additional calories, you may consider trying a nutritional supplement such as this.
Peach Mango Smoothie with Glucerna
1/2 cup mango
1 8 oz can Glucerna
Handful of ice
Directions: Blend all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately.
Buy Glucerna here.
Glucerna is a great supplement choice for diabetics which you can find at your local Walmart. It can help to manage blood sugar spikes. It is a slow-digesting formula that is available in bar and shake form. The products are CARBSTEADY® to help manage blood sugar response.
Get $1 off any Glucerna product here. Check out this Steady Ahead video for more info and this link for meal plan ideas.
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