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Blend Ambition: 10 Smoothie Recipes

  • BY ROMULO YANES

    Break Out the Blender

    Our nutritious, incredibly delicious smoothies make a perfect breakfast or snack -- even a quick meal.

    For all these recipes, put ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Use frozen fruit for a thick, icy texture (we even freeze our bananas!) or add water if you like your smoothies thinner. Each serves two.

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    Tropical Vacation Smoothie

    Close your eyes and imagine you're sitting on a beach in the Caribbean. Bliss!

    1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen mango
    3/4 cup coconut yogurt
    1 orange, peeled
    1/2 cup orange juice
    1 1/2 cups ice
    Per 12-oz. serving: 195 cal, 0 fat, 42mg sodium, 47g carb, 1mg chol, 4g protein, 1g fiber

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    Hide the Veggies

    Sweet beets are a surprising (and mega-healthy!) addition to this morning shake.

    1/2 cup drained canned beets
    1/2 orange, peeled
    3/4 cup fresh or frozen pitted cherries
    3/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
    1 tbsp chia seeds, soaked in water for 20 minutes
    1/2 cup carrot juice
    1 cup ice

    Per 12-oz. serving: 140 cal, 3g fat (0.5g sat), 125mg sodium, 29g carb, 0 chol, 3g protein, 7g fiber

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    Almond Banana Spice

    Have a protein-packed shake in the a.m. and feel satisfied till lunch.

    2 bananas
    1/2 cup silken tofu
    1/2 cup 1% milk
    2 tbsp almond butter
    3/4 tsp cinnamon
    2 tbsp hemp seeds
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 tbsp honey
    1 cup ice

    Per 12-oz. serving: 405 cal, 16g fat (1.5g sat), 86mg sodium, 56g carb, 3mg chol, 15g protein, 6g fiber

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    Almost Dessert Smoothie

    Skip the afternoon coffee run -- this delicious fiber-rich treat gives you the boost you're craving.

    1/2 banana
    1/2 cup brewed coffee
    11/2 tbsp chia seeds, soaked in water for 20 minutes
    1/4 cup chocolate spread, such as Nutella
    1/2 cup 1% milk
    2 cups ice

    Per 12-oz. serving: 305 cal, 15g fat (4.5g sat), 49mg sodium, 36g carb, 3mg chol, 7g protein, 6g fiber

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    Meal in a Glass

    Fills you up on those days when you're too busy to sit down for a real lunch.

    1 cup packed spinach
    3/4 cup mango juice
    1 tbsp hemp seeds
    2 tbsp cashew butter
    6 dates
    1/2 cup silken tofu
    1 orange, peeled
    1/3 cup baby carrots

    Per 12-oz. serving: 315 cal, 12g fat (2g sat), 146mg sodium, 47g carb, 0 chol, 10g protein, 5g fiber

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    Cool Cucumber

    Chill out with this spa-inspired drink when you feel stressed.

    1/2 avocado
    3/4 cup chopped English cucumber
    2 tbsp honey
    2/3 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
    1/2 cup soy milk
    1 tbsp lemon juice
    1 1/2 cups ice

    Per 12-oz. serving: 230 cal, 7.5g fat (1.5g sat), 92mg sodium, 37g carb, 4mg chol, 7g protein, 3g fiber

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    Red, White, and Blueberry

    We spiced up an antioxidant-rich smoothie by adding a little grated ginger.

    2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
    1 1/2 tsp fresh grated ginger
    3/4 cup pomegranate juice
    3/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
    1 tbsp honey

    Per 12-oz. serving: 245 cal, 2g fat (1g sat), 71mg sodium, 55g carb, 5mg chol, 6g protein, 4g fiber

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    Peach Creamsicle

    A citrusy blend of fruit and sherbet gives you almost double your daily value of vitamin C.

    1 cup fresh or frozen peaches
    1/2 tsp orange zest
    1 orange, peeled
    1 cup orange sherbet
    1 cup orange juice

    Per 12-oz. serving: 230 cal, 2g fat (1g sat), 35mg sodium, 53g carb, 1mg chol, 3g protein, 5g fiber

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    Kids' Choice

    Passion fruit sorbet adds big flavor -- and by the way, adults love this one, too!

    1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
    1 cup fresh or frozen peaches
    1/2 cup passion fruit sorbet
    1 1/2 cups mango juice

    Per 12-oz. serving: 240 cal, 0 fat, 8mg sodium, 61g carb, 0 chol, 1g protein, 3g fiber

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    Green Goddess

    Don't let the spinach freak you out: This smoothie has a superfruity taste -- and it's packed with vitamins A and C (and fiber as well).

    2 cups packed spinach
    3/4 cup fresh or frozen mango
    3/4 cup fresh pineapple
    3/4 cup grapes
    1/2 cup orange juice
    2 tbsp flax seeds
    3/4 cup water

    Per 12-oz. serving: 185 cal, 3.5g fat (0.5g sat), 51mg sodium, 38g carb, 0 chol, 4g protein, 6g fiber