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5 Sweet Smoothies with Hidden Greens

You get it: You should eat more leafy greens. They’re overflowing with vitamins and minerals, benefit every single cell in your body, scare off diseases from even thinking about infecting you, can make you look younger, and are super low-calorie.

But a girl can only eat so many salads and sautéed greens, and homemade kale chips can be hard to perfect. So sneak some leaves into your recipes and make a delicious kale smoothie or the like.

Really—the secret is to use baby greens, which have all the nutrients of their adult counterparts but with milder textures and flavors. Since they also pulverize exceptionally well, these recipes work with any combination of baby greens, so experiment and have fun. You’ll get a half to one full serving of veggies in each smoothie—without even tasting them!

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Honeydew, Mint, and Baby Bok Choy Smoothie

The strong flavor of mint obscures the flavor of the bok choy, resulting in a sweet, refreshing melon smoothie with a cool mint aftertaste.

Serves: 1

Ingredients:
2 cups frozen cubed honeydew
6 mint leaves
1 packed cup baby bok choy
1 to 1 1/2 cups cold filtered water (start with 1 cup and add more if you prefer a thinner smoothie)
1 tablespoon hemp protein powder (optional)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition score per serving: 162 calories, 1.5g fat (0g saturated), 35g carbs, 6g protein, 6g fiber, 116mg sodium

Pear, Berry, and Baby Swiss
Chard Smoothie

If you don’t like bananas or avocado, pears can make for surprisingly thick smoothies, and the additional chia seeds (which become gelatinous in liquid) here make the texture even more satiating.

Serves: 2

Ingredients:
1 large or 2 small ripe pears, cored and chopped
1 tightly packed cup baby Swiss chard
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup frozen berries (such as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon hemp powder (optional)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition score per serving: 127 calories, 3g fat (0g saturated), 24g carbs, 3.5g protein, 7g fiber, 130mg sodium

Baby Kale Piña Colada Smoothie

This bright green kale smoothie tastes just like the tropical drink but is a lot better for your body thanks to added nutrients and nothing-but-natural sugars for fewer calories. If it’s after 5 p.m., go ahead and add a shot of rum if you like.

Serves: 2

Ingredients:
2 cups baby kale
2 1/2 cups chopped unsweetened frozen pineapple
2 tablespoons chia seeds
3 cups unsweetened coconut milk (such as So Delicious) or coconut water (coconut milk will make a thicker smoothie)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut chips or flakes (optional)

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Nutrition score per serving (made with coconut milk): 293 calories, 11g fat (6.5g saturated), 50g carbs, 5g protein, 9g fiber, 55mg sodium

Ultimate Breakfast Smoothie

Perfect for mornings when you need an extra boost, this thick, berry-banana drink boasts vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats from all the produce.

Serves: 2

Ingredients:
1 banana
1 avocado
1 cup unsweetened frozen blueberries, plus more for garnish (optional)
1/2 peeled cucumber
1 tablespoon hemp powder (optional)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 dash cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups packed baby spinach

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with additional frozen blueberries, if desired.

Nutrition score per serving: 306 calories, 17g fat (2g saturated), 37g carbs, 6g protein, 13.5g fiber, 137mg sodium

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Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie

Here’s a delicious and healthy substitute for mint chocolate chip ice cream lovers. Rich and thick thanks to avocado, the vibrant color of baby collard greens only makes it seem all the more minty, and the cacao nibs—chocolate in its purest form—provide that crunch you crave.

Serves: 2

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons hemp powder (optional)
2 cups baby collard greens
10 to 12 mint leaves
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups unsweetened almond or soy milk
2 tablespoons raw honey
1/2 avocado
2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs

Directions:
Combine first seven ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add cacao nibs and blend for another 10 to 15 seconds until they are in tiny pieces.

Nutrition score per serving: 338 calories, 18g fat (4.5g saturated), 34g carbs, 11g protein, 12g fiber, 192mg sodium