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5 Low-Sugar Veggie Smoothies to Boost Your Energy and Up Your Produce Intake

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When you want to go hard on health, blended veggies will never let you down. Hints of sweetness and a creamy texture make them extra indulgent—but still wicked good for you.

Shake up your usual smoothie routine by relegating fruit to the background and bumping vegetables into the starring role. "They add natural sweetness and tons of vitamins and minerals without skyrocketing your blood sugar the way fruit-only options do," says Shaun Acosta, the executive chef of the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. Acosta created these five unique and delicious recipes, each delivering a specific health perk. So pick your body goal and give one a whirl.

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The Energy-Boosting Smoothie

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Battle the midday slump without caffeine by ditching your afternoon latte in favor of a beet smoothie. (It'll boost your workout too; athletes swear by beet juice for its endurance-boosting properties.)

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The Always-Hungry Smoothie

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Downing a smoothie probably isn't your first thought when you're extremely hungry (burgers, anyone?), but this drink is full of fiber-rich ingredients that will keep hunger at bay. (Next up: How to Keep Your Post-Workout Hanger In Check.)

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Tension Tamer

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A tension-easing elixir might sound too good to be true, but this smoothie is loaded with vitamin C, which has stress-relieving benefits.

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The Immune-Boosting Smoothie

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Sip on this smoothie when there's a cold going around. Rhubarb and pomegranate are both high in antioxidants, which can help boost your immune system. (For even more immunity ammo, add these 12 immune-boosting foods too.)

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The Strength-Building Smoothie

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Maximize your results at the gym by adding greens and yogurt, which can strengthen your bones and improve muscle function. (It pairs perfectly with this total-body strength workout from Emily Skye.)

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