On average, Americans eat less than two servings of vegetables day, according to a recent CDC report. Simple solution: These easy vegetable smoothie recipes that help you boost your daily dose of green. Bottoms up!
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When you want to go hard on health, blended veggies (in easy recipes like vegetable smoothies) 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 morning drink 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, who developed some of these very good vegetable smoothies—along with some creative bloggers. Give one (or all) a whirl.
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Green Vegetable Smoothie
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This vegetable smoothie from is chock-full of cucumber, carrot, celery, spinach, and avocado. Make it your own by mixing in melon, berries, cocoa powder, protein powder, and/or pineapple.
Get the recipe: Green Vegetable Smoothie
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Berry Beet Ginger Smoothie
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The gorgeous color of this vegetable smoothie comes from a blend of vibrant ruby-red fruits (sweet berries) and veggies (earthy beets). Amp up the fiber content by adding chia and hemp seeds. (Related: These Freezer Smoothies Make Mornings a Breeze)
Get the recipe: Berry Beet Ginger Smoothie
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With its savory blend of spinach and cucumber along with jalapeño, cilantro, and mint, this vegetable smoothie is like a meal in a glass. Coconut water makes this sip even more hydrating.
Get the recipe: Spinach Smoothie
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Green Superfood Smoothie
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Holly from Happy Food, Healthy Life says, "You drink a smoothie like this and just feel the vitamins radiating through your body." When you try this blend of fresh fruits and vegetables—all green, of course—you'll see what she means.
Get the recipe: Green Superfood Smoothie
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Strength-Stoking Green Smoothie
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Maple Kabocha Smoothie
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Carrot and kabocha squash mix with maple syrup for a sweet and savory smoothie sure to please your taste buds. A handful of cashews cranks up the protein factor.
Get the recipe: Maple Kabocha Smoothie
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Immune-Boosting Rhubarb-Beet Smoothie
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Morning Green Smoothie
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This vegetable smoothie packs a serious antioxidant punch with spinach, kale, and coconut water. Avocado (yes, we know that one’s a fruit!) makes this blend filling enough to satisfy until lunch.
Get the recipe: Morning Green Smoothie
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Spicy Vegetable Smoothie
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The cayenne pepper added to this green vegetable smoothie has just the right amount of kick to get your morning started. It almost tastes like a virgin bloody mary! (Related: Craving Even More Energy? These Coffee Smoothies Deliver a Jolt of Caffeine Too)
Get the recipe: Spicy Vegetable Smoothie
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Tension-Taming Kale Smoothie
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A tension-easing elixir might sound too good to be true. Not so! This vegetable smoothie is loaded with vitamin C by way of fennel, kale, and celery. C has been proven to have stress-relieving benefits.
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Superfood Green Smoothie
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Spinach, cucumber, and kale are the rock stars of this vegetable smoothie recipe. Blend in apple for some sweetness and you might even forget you're drinking kale.
Get the recipe: Superfood Green Smoothie
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Hunger-Busting Carrot-Ginger Smoothie
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Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie
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It may look—and taste—decadent, but there's an entire vegetable serving hidden in this rich smoothie. Cacao powder and dates make this creamy concoction perfect for dessert or whenever your chocolate cravings hit.
Get the recipe: Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie
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Energizing Beet Smoothie
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