Just because St. Patrick's Day is usually celebrated with boozing doesn't mean there's no other way to partake. Pick up a green smoothie and toast to the holiday the healthy way
Almond Chai Green Tea Smoothie
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Chai lattes are amazing, but they're also chock-full of calories—there are 240 calories in a grande cup from Starbucks. This Almond Chia Green Smoothie recipe gives you a way to enjoy that same flavor, but in a much more satisfying way. It's also rich in spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger—all of which have a slew of disease-fighting, antioxidant-powered health benefits.
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Peanut Butter and Banana Green Smoothie
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Bananas + peanut butter = maybe the best snack ever. But thanks to the addition of two handfuls of antioxidant-rich kale and the prowess of a blender, this sippable Peanut Butter and Banana Green Smoothie becomes meal-worthy.
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Green Breakfast Smoothie
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Sometimes simple is best, as shown by this easy but tasty Green Breakfast Smoothie. The recipe uses bananas, peanut butter, spinach, ice, and a touch of a honey for extra sweetness.
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Alkaline Green Smoothie
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Limeade tastes like summer, don't you think? This Alkaline Green Smoothie will get you in the mood for warmer weather and balance your pH levels, which, when off-kilter, can affect your body's ability to ward off sickness.
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Beginner Green Tea Smoothie
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You can be a smoothie newbie or a total pro and you'll still love this Green Tea Green Smoothie recipe, which uses green tea for its metabolism-boosting properties, spinach for its high dose of vitamin K, and green grapes for their natural sweetness and texture. Tip: Freeze the grapes before you use 'em and you won't need to add ice to the equation. (Looking for more ideas to ease into your green smoothie routine? Try these 10 Green Smoothies Anyone Will Love.)
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Spinach Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
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Trick your favorite ice cream fan into trying (then loving) this better-than-a-Shamrock-shake Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie, which has heart-protecting, flavinoid-rich dark chocolate too. Despite its green color, even the pickiest of eaters won't notice the healthy helping of greens in this mix. Peppermint extract kicks up the flavor a notch while healthy base ingredients like potassium-rich bananas and full-fat coconut milk make this recipe better than a milkshake.
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Tropical Mango Kale Smoothie
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You'd never guess that this Tropical Mago Kale Smoothie has two full cups of kale, yet none of the bitter flavor. Frozen mango and a large kiwi add just the right amount of fruity flavor; sprinkle flax or chia seeds on top for an extra hit of omega-3 fatty acids and a crunch. (For more island flavor, try this Gut-Healing Tropical Smoothie.)
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Happy Digestion Green Smoothie
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Tame any tummy issues with this Happy Digestion Smoothie. (We can't guarantee it'll work for a St. Patty's Day hangover, unfortunately). Frozen pineapple chunks have anti-inflammatory properties while ginger is a commonly used ingredient to ease digestion and treat nausea. And parsley acts as a diuretic (make sure to pick up the flat-leaf variety, not curly), helping to reduce bloat.
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Creamy Green Smoothie
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When something's described as creamy, you know it's gotta be good. And this Creamy Green Smoothie does not disappoint: Not only is the texture luscious, but its health benefits are off the charts thanks to ingredients including coconut oil, chia seeds, whey protein, and almond milk.
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Green Adrenal Tonic Smoothie
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Ignore the medicinal-sounding name; this Green Adrenal Tonic Smoothie is quite refreshing. Apples add crisp flavor and fiber, and orange pump up your daily dose of vitamin C. Plus, you also get some plant-based powers with the addition of maca and spirulina for a drink that will leave you feeling ready to take on the day.
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Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie
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Did someone say snickerdoodle? In a healthy smoothie? Yes! All you need is vanilla almond milk, vanilla protein powder, and cinnamon. Add these to the veggies of your choice and this Snickerdoodle Green Smoothie recipe will taste pretty darn close to the cookie you know so well. Make it extra creamy (and get some extra monounsaturated fats) by tossing in some avocado. (Add dessert into your healthy diet with these 10 Healthy Cookies to Eat for Breakfast.)
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Citrus Flax Green Smoothie
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This simple Citrus Flax Green Smoothie may be the only green smoothie you'll ever need—it hits all the nutrition marks and it's easy to make. Fresh spinach and nutrient-dense flax seeds are sweetened up with citrusy orange and creamy bananas. Try this blend to refresh and recharge after a tough workout.
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Banana, Kiwi and Kale Green Smoothie
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Pineapple Avocado Green Smoothie
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Not only is pineapple high in water content and fiber (both will keep you full longer), it also has a slew of anti-inflammatory properties. Avocado blends with the fruit seamlessly in this Pineapple Avocado Green Smoothie recipe, so it tastes like the tropics, not turf.
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Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie
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The unique flavor combo makes this Vanilla Mint Green Smoothie a light and refreshing sip perfect for any time of the day. Mint helps with digestion, nausea, and headaches. Creamy vanilla provides a high dose of protein thanks to the flavored whey powder, and coconut milk contributes to the smooth texture.
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Green Detox Smoothie
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Party a little too hard this St. Patrick's Day? This Green Detox Smoothie is for you. Pineapple, celery, ginger, and lime each contribute to digestion, helping to flush your system—exactly what you need if you had one too many glasses of green beer the night before.
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Kale Pear Green Smoothie
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Pears aren't often seen in smoothies, but the fruit has a ton of health benefits, including high amounts of fiber, vitamins B and C, copper, and pectin, a type of soluble fiber. Added to a powerhouse mix of kale, bananas, and almond milk, this Kale Pear Green Smoothie might become a new favorite.
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