You’d fill your diet with all kinds of healthy fruits and vegetables, if only you had the time to cook – right? But what if you could just dump a bunch of nutritious ingredients into a blender and run out the door? Smoothies are a great way to pack lots of nutrition into your day, since they take very little time to prepare. Plus, they’re just plain delicious, feeling more like a treat than a healthy meal or snack. These 15 recipes range from creamy chocolate smoothies that will satisfy a sweet tooth to green smoothies with a whopping serving of vegetables balanced by fruit and natural sweeteners.
Sweet Avocado Smoothie with Banana
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Avocados are brimming with healthy fats that will make you feel satiated and whip up a smoothie texture that is unbelievably creamy. Blending avocado with freshly-squeezed orange juice, bananas, yogurt, ginger and lime, it’s full of complex flavors inspired by a similar drink the recipe author experienced in Morocco. Get the recipe from Marcus Samuelsson.
Berry Antioxidant Smoothie
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All it takes to infuse your body with healing, anti-aging antioxidants are the berries of your choice and some pomegranate juice. This smoothie would be perfect for a low-calorie snack, as it doesn’t contain any added sugar or dairy. Get the recipe at Whole Living.
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Looking to pack in as many good-for-you ingredients as you can into a single smoothie? This might be the recipe for you, as it will help you get in nearly a full day’s worth of fruits and veggies in one sitting. The Superfood Smoothie contains spinach, kale, orange juice, baby carrots, banana, yogurt and berries. Get the recipe at A Sweet Simple Life.
Avocado Smoothie with Basil and Lime
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A surprisingly delicious blend of savory and sweet, this avocado smoothie achieves a pale green color and ultra-smooth texture thanks to a whole ripe avocado, lime juice, basil and just a little bit of sugar. Try substituting a healthier milk, like skim milk or soymilk, and using agave nectar or stevia in place of the sugar. Get the recipe at Bon Appetit.
Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie
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This refreshing dairy-free smoothie is perfect for a hot summer day. It’s packed with fresh strawberries and ice, with freshly-squeezed lemon juice to give it a bit of tartness and stevia as a sweetener. Get the recipe at The Girl Who Ate Everything.