Ah smoothies: the ultimate way for your salad to taste like dessert.
Easy to make, easy to take, easy when you wake, smoothies are a great way to get in your recommended fruits and veg allowance, not to mention keep your energy levels high and build muscle to improve athletic performance. Great as a snack or as a meal replacement, smoothies are a lifesaver. Below, we share our favorite fruit smoothie recipes. Bottoms up!
1. Almond, Kale and Banana Smoothie
This recipe is as delicious as it is nutritious! One good tip: as your bananas turn the cusp of getting overly ripe, peel the skins and pop them in the freezer for future use. You won’t need as much ice if using frozen bananas. Double score!
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Get The Recipe: Almond Kale and Banana Smoothie
2. Coconut Water Smoothie with Mango, Banana and Strawberries
Just top it off with a tiny cocktail umbrella and let this ultra hydrating hint-of-honey refreshment transport you to a tropical island far, far away.
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Get The Recipe: Coconut Water Smoothie with Mango Banana and Strawberries
3. Blood Orange Green Smoothie
As die-hard fans of The Minimalist Baker (remember her amazing veggie bowl?), we were psyched to try this tarty yet creamy green smoothie. Packed with nothing but healthy ingredients, the lime juice is the real zinger that truly made this concoction stand out.
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Get The Recipe: Blood Orange Green Smoothie
4. Creamy Sesame and Orange Smoothie
We were so intrigued by this unusual sesame, orange and vanilla combo, brought to you by the insanely talented husband and wife team of Green Kitchen Stories. This recipe also taught us a thing or two about the highs and lows of sesame seeds and its nutritional values. It’s definitely worth a try!
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Get The Recipe: Creamy Sesame and Orange Smoothie
5. Berry Beet Velvet Smoothie
We are huge beet fans here at Green Queen, so we were thrilled to find this vegan and gluten-free smoothie over at The First Mess. This deliciously vibrant colored smoothie went perfectly with their recommendation of coconut butter shavings!
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6. Banana Coconut Cacao
In one of our favorite non-veggie smoothies, Julia Gartland of Sassy Kitchen makes sure to up the brain power ante in this gluten- and dairy-free delight by adding coconut milk, banana and hempseed booster to keep your tummy feeling fuller longer.
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Get The Recipe: Banana Coconut Cacao Smoothie with Hempseeds
7. Green Rehydration Smoothie
This adaptation of Sprouted Kitchen with avocados added (hello, healthy fats!) is a smart way to stave off hunger. This recipe is also just the ticket for those of us who aren’t into super sweet smoothies!
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8. Vanilla Fruit Smoothie
Former New York Times‘ lead food columnist and vegan ’til 6PM Mark Bittman offers a convenient, nutritious and easy smoothie recipe as a savory breakfast option for those short on time in the morning.
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9. Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie
Rich in antioxidants and blended with flaxseeds for omega-3s, this delicious drink has the vitamins, nutrients, and minerals your body needs to combat cold and flu season. As an added bonus, this recipe also includes a video tutorial for all you visual learners, featuring Martha Stewart Living’s food editor, Shira Bocar.
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Get The Recipe: Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie