You probably don't get enough veggies. Vegetable smoothies are your simple fix.
Because Vegetable Smoothies Are Better
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On average, Americans eat less than two servings of veg a day, according to the CDC. Blending your veggies (in easy recipes like these vegetable smoothies) makes it way easier to hit your produce goal. (Make your smoothie prep easier with one of these best blenders for every budget.)
Shake up your usual morning drink routine by relegating fruit to the background and bumping vegetables into the starring role. Hints of sweetness and a creamy texture make them extra indulgent—but still wicked good for you.
"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 insanely healthy 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 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 Monster Vegetable Smoothie
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Marjorie of A Pinch of Healthy (and the blogger behind this vegetable smoothie recipe) says her young kids request this almost every day—so you know it has to be good. When you try this blend of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, you'll see why.
Get the recipe: Green Monster 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 healthy fat and protein factors.
Get the recipe: Maple Kabocha Smoothie
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Immune-Boosting Rhubarb-Beet Smoothie
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Sip on this vegetable smoothie when there's a cold going around. Rhubarb and pomegranate are both high in antioxidants, which can help boost your immune system. (Add these 12 immune-boosting foods to your menu for even more protection from germs.)
Get the recipe: Immune-Boosting Vegetable 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 vegetable smoothie has just the right amount of kick to get your morning started. Packed with tomatoes, carrots, avocado, and cucumber, it almost tastes like a virgin bloody mary! (Related: Craving 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.
Get the recipe: Kale Fennel Vegetable Smoothie
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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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Downing a vegetable 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)
Get the recipe: Carrot-Ginger Smoothie
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Zucchini Bread Smoothie
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It may look—and taste—decadent, but there's an entire zucchini hidden in this vegetable smoothie. Maple syrup, almond milk, and walnuts make this creamy concoction perfect for dessert or whenever your sweetness cravings hit.
Get the recipe: Zucchini Bread Smoothie
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Energizing Beet Smoothie
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