Refreshing, Diabetes-Friendly Coolers For The Summer Season
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We’re taking your summer treats a notch higher. As the heat seems to be getting better, we are constantly looking for refreshments to quench our thirst or satiate our hunger. So what can be better than beating the heat with some diabetes-friendly and delicious icy treats? These are made so that the ingredients do not lead to a spike in your sugar levels. Even while having these treats, you should remember that moderation is the key. Low glycemic foods can be harmful if eaten in surplus. Check out these healthy and icy treats that Chef Mirvaan Vinayak (BeatO Food Lab) has curated.

Citrus Basil Limoncello

Any summer season would be incomplete without your favourite lemon drink. It refreshes you as nothing else does. Lemon is also suitable for people with diabetes as it has a low glycemic index. It can help in lowering both your sugar levels and insulin levels. Lemon also helps in better metabolic control. Check out this recipe.


  1. Orange segments - ½ cup 
  2. Basil - ¼ cup
  3. 1 lemon juice
  4. Ice
  5. Stevia - ¼ tsp


  1. Mix all the ingredients until it becomes slush in the blender.
  2. Serve it in a glass garnished with basil and orange rind.
  • Benefits: Low glycemic index fruit with high fibre, Vitamin C, folic acid and potassium would serve as an ideal drink for people with diabetes.
  • Serving size: 1 serving glass (250 ml)

Fresh Fruit Popsicles

Remember how you relish orange-flavoured popsicles in the summer season as a kid? Now, you can enjoy a fruit popsicle in a diabetes-friendly manner. Check out the recipe below.


  1. Choice of berries (Indian/exotic berries) - ½ cup
  2. Orange segment - 1
  3. 1 lemon juice
  4. Stevia - ½ tsp
  5. Water - 100 ml
  6. Black salt
  7. Chia seeds


  1. Mix black salt, lemon juice and stevia in water.
  2. In a popsicle mould, place the fruits and berries.
  3. Add water and freeze.
  4. Serve chilled.
  • Alternatives: You can also use Indian berries or low-cost options like jamun, kiwi or lemon wedges.
  • Benefits: These popsicles are rich in antioxidants and protein. It is an excellent alternative to ice creams.
  • Recommended serving size: 1 popsicle stick

Apple Cider Sprinkler

What could be better than relishing your favourite summer drink and knowing it is diabetes-friendly? It is proven that apple cider vinegar helps lower your blood sugar levels. It also promotes weight loss. So have a look at this healthy and drool-worthy sprinkler recipe.


  1. Apple Juice - ½ cup (can be replaced with mashed berries/gooseberry/amla extracts)
  2. Juice of half lemon
  3. Ginger juice - 1 tbsp
  4. Apple cider vinegar - 1 tbsp
  5. Soda to top it up


  1. In a tall glass, add ice, and add in the rest of the ingredients (except soda).
  2. Add in some ginger and lemon slices.
  3. Serve immediately while topping up it with soda.
  • Benefits: It is a refreshing drink for people with diabetes filled with antioxidants. It also has the goodness of Vitamin C.
  • Recommended serving size: 1 serving glass (250ml)

This summer, beat the heat with these fresh fruit mocktails and dessert. If you have any doubts about whether you can consume a particular food item or ingredient, do not hesitate to consult your health coach. In addition, you must keep your sugar levels under control while relishing your summer delights.

You must keep yourself hydrated during the summer season. Also, consume the proper diet, have a regular workout regime and keep a careful tab on your sugar levels. If you follow all of these steps in the prescribed manner, you will ensure proper management of your diabetic condition.