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46(!) Healthy Smoothie Recipes
By Leta Shy for with additional reporting by Lizzie Fuhr, Michele Foley, and Jenny Sugar
A smoothie is a convenient meal or snack option anytime—just throw your ingredients in a blender, pour into a glass, and enjoy! Even better: The ingredient possibilities for shakes and smoothies are endless. We should know; we're always in the kitchen creating and re-creating our favorite healthy smoothie recipes. Keep reading to see which healthy smoothies we've been blending up all year long!
1. Cinnamon Honey Green Tea Smoothie
Not only will the caffeine in the green tea give you much-needed energy, but cinnamon and green tea also have been shown to have metabolism-boosting properties. In addition, research has shown that honey may help regulate blood-sugar levels, meaning you won't feel groggy after this afternoon snack. The next time you're feeling like you could use a frosty sweet caffeinated beverage, forgo the Frappuccino for this instead.
2. Flat-Belly Smoothie
All the ingredients in this , such as Greek yogurt and blueberries, are great for busting bloat. If that's not enough, you also get the sweetness of pineapple, which contains an enzyme that helps ease digestion.
3. Cherry Berry Sore-Muscle Smoothie
Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) can cause discomfort after a workout, so reach for this recovery drink after you hit the gym. This contains antioxidant-rich strawberries and kale, both of which are full of pain-easing vitamin C, as well as wheat germ, an excellent source of vitamin E, which can help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage. The omega-3s in the walnuts can help reduce inflammation, as well.
4. Mango Kiwi Smoothie
Made from hair-healthy ingredients like Greek yogurt, blueberries, and kidney beans, this will help moisturize the scalp and encourage growth. The beans also offer biotin, which is great not only for your hair, but also for your skin.
5. Papaya Ginger Mint Smoothie
If you're feeling bloated, sluggish, or otherwise low-energy, it's time to whip up this . Almost every ingredient in this recipe is good for your gut: Papaya helps you debloat and relieves constipation, Greek yogurt offers healthy probiotics for your system, and ginger and mint help calm upset stomachs. It even has a splash of lemon juice to help flush out toxins.
6. Blueberry Green Monster Smoothie
This simple is full of nutrients like protein. It's also easy when you're on the move.
7. Sweet Spinach Smoothie
Spinach is the star in this from celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, and for good reason—with just one 16-ounce serving, you'll be getting your entire Recommended Dietary Allowance of vitamin A (great for healthy skin, hair, and eyes) and bone-building vitamin K, as well as an impressive amount of essential nutrients like manganese, potassium, and vitamin C.
8. Metabolism-Boosting Smoothie
In this , you'll find calcium-rich Greek yogurt, almonds, and broccoli, which have been shown to help the body break down fat. The almonds, cannellini beans, and yogurt also add a great deal of protein, and what's more, the zinc in the yogurt may increase the production of the hormone leptin, shown to improve metabolism and suppress appetite. Other metabolism boosters in this smoothie include vitamin C, green tea, and cinnamon.
If sipping a mojito on the beach isn't in the cards anytime soon, then serve up this refreshing that tastes just like the boozy tropical treat. This riff on a green machine does more than offer a full serving of fruit and veggies—it helps alleviate hangover pains! Instead of leaving you with a nasty headache, this virgin mojito is high in potassium, manganese, and B vitamins.
10. Vegan Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie
Made with only four ingredients, this tastes more like a luscious vanilla milkshake—and it's vegan. The secret? Soft tofu.
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