Add lime juice and most of zest (reserve some for sprinkling on top), ice cubes and tinned coconut milk to a blender (ensuring to use the cream from the top of the coconut milk tin. This is the BEST bit, so make sure you get it!)
Blitz the ingredients until they are smooth and then try the smoothie. Depending on your taste, this may be sweet enough. If it is not sweet enough add your sweetener of choice 1tsp at a time, blitzing in between each spoonful until you reach the desired sweetness
I advise having this as a snack instead of just drinking alongside food due to the carbs in the smoothie.
You could also add double cream and/or nuts/seeds and avocado.
Avoid using higher sugar fruits such as banana, mango, pineapple, passionfruit etc as higher GI fruits will not be tolerated as well.
I do not advocate using protein powders as part of the GD diet. Try to stick to REAL FOOD. The research around the use of protein supplements in pregnancy suggests that they can cause lower birth weights in babies and whilst many may think this ideal with gestational diabetes, it is not. Many women with gestational diabetes see a complication of slowed growth, small for gestational age and IUGR babies and so this is not something we would want to risk. The diet I advocate is high in protein from natural protein sources and so I do not advocate adding additional protein supplements such as protein powders.
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