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73 Smoothie Recipes With Bananas

One of the most popular fruits in the world, bananas are botanically considered a berry, and were first cultivated in Southeast Asia. They came to America by way of Portuguese sailors in the 16th century, and have been famous here ever since.

There are two distinct species of banana you may come across in your local grocery store: The typical banana that most of us grew up eating, and the plantain. Plantains contain more starch, less sugar, and are not usually consumed raw. Plantains are most popular in West African and Caribbean cultures.

Health Benefits of Bananas

Bananas are a fantastic source of potassium (which aids in brain function, the health of muscles and blood pressure), vitamin C, vitamin B6 (helpful to the brain and to serotonin production), fiber and healthy carbs.

An interesting aspect to bananas that many people don’t know is that as a banana ripens, its starch and fiber content breaks down into natural sugar. The less ripe a banana is (at a bright yellow or even slightly green stage), the more pectin (a type of fiber) it contains. So if you’re looking to lower the amount of sugar and increase the amount of fiber you’re eating, consider using a slightly underripe banana in your recipes or smoothies.

Slightly underripe bananas also contain a high amount of prebiotics, which help keep gut bacteria healthy.

Smoothie Recipes With Bananas

Banana Pancakes

Spinach in pancakes? Trust us. The most classic of the super greens blends perfectly into this breakfast (or anytime!) treat. Spinach has so many vitamins and minerals, that it’s an easy way to supplement your diet. Walnuts provide omega-3 and vitamin E, both critical to healing the skin. Lucuma powder has anti-inflammatory powers and a caramel flavor that complements the oats. Strawberries finish it off with a summery sweetness.

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Coconut Almond Macaroon

Coconut is a superfood that everyone’s been talking about. It can help lower cholesterol and fight off viruses and infections. Cacao is an excellent source of magnesium, which aids in muscle and nerve function. The nibs contain dietary fiber and iron, and can help improve mood by releasing neurotransmitters that trigger happy feelings. Banana, pear, and almond milk blend together to make this smoothie extra creamy. We’ve even snuck in some greens.

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Cashew Butter Chocolate Pretzel

Cacao powder is our favorite way to deliver decadent chocolatey goodness with none of the extra sugar or fat. Cashews are so versatile! The butter is a tasty alternative to almond or peanut butter, and contains more iron, copper, and phosphorus. Gluten free oats give this concoction it’s baked good appeal, and Swiss chard provides 13 different polyphenol antioxidants. Get sweetness, fiber, potassium, and pectin from banana and pear!

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Green Coffee Kiwi Wake-Up

Good morning! Or good afternoon-slump-reviver. Coffee and kiwis? Trust us. Green coffee is the unroasted version of the coffee beans we use for our morning joe. The beans are rich in chlorogenic acid, which can aid in weight loss, and may help fight heart disease and diabetes. Tiny kiwis pack more vitamin C than oranges! Of all cruciferous vegetables, collard greens are best at helping to lower cholesterol, and pair beautifully with banana and walnuts to smooth everything out.

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Berry Apple Cheesecake

Tartness of a green apple cuts through this creamy, bright purple, superfood-filled smoothie. Banana and cashews are a guaranteed way to make any blend feel like a decadent dessert. Maqui powder originates in South America and may help support the cardiovascular system. The powder of the antioxidant-rich berries also has antiviral properties. Lucuma powder is also from South America, and has anti-inflammatory benefits that help with skin aging and healing. Cheers!

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Apple Cider Basil

Apple cider vinegar is a health tonic that millions swear by. Many people take a tablespoon in the morning mixed into water. It’s an excellent way to detox, cleanse, and get a shot of energy. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acids, and may have an alkalizing effect on the body. Strawberries and basil mix together for a refreshing summery taste, and banana and hemp seed combine to mask the acidity of the vinegar and make this smoothie extra filling.

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Mint Chocolate Chip

This classic combo will wow your tastebuds. Fresh mint and cacao nibs give this smoothie its comfort-food flavor. Banana and apple add fiber and stomach-settling properties. Sneak your greens in with our fresh collards. Did you know that walnuts can help reduce stress? Studies show that walnuts lower both resting blood pressure and blood pressure responses to stress. Nothing wrong with that!

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Mesquite Cacao

Mesquite--it’s not just for barbecue! The seasoning adds a nutty flavor that makes this smoothie taste like a chocolate milkshake. Did you know that cacao is among the best dietary sources of magnesium, which helps improve muscle and nerve function? Add a date for sweetness and Swiss chard for some essential vitamins and minerals. Banana and avocado make it creamy! (Save the other half of the avocado for the next smoothie on this menu...)

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate-dipped strawberries are irresistible, and this smoothie is a healthful way to enjoy the sweet treats. Fresh strawberries are one of the most delicious ways to get your vitamin C. Spinach and banana blend beautifully and provide a boost of nutrients. Besides being the guiltless way to enjoy the flavor of chocolate, cocoa powder is high in fiber, iron, magnesium, antioxidants, and may have antidepressant effects!

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Creamy Coconut Peach

This smoothie takes you from the beaches of Georgia to the shores of Thailand with a mixture of milky coconut and sassy southern peach. Baby kale adds fiber and vitamin K (with a subtler taste than fully grown kale), and banana provides potassium and even more fiber. Flaxseeds add additional fiber and omega-3s to boost your immune system and help convert fat to energy, and almond milk provides a bit of protein to help make this the perfect meal replacement, or after-gym energy boost.

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Strawberry Lime Cooler

This fresh, light, sweet, and hydrating drink embodies the taste of summer. Few foods symbolize summer more than lycopene-rich watermelon, and strawberries aren’t far behind. Add some tart lime to bring out the flavors and add a bit of tropical zest. (And ward off scurvy, in case you’re concerned about that.) Coconut water adds electrolyte-rich hydration, and baobab powder provides calcium, B vitamins, and more vitamin C than a serving of oranges! Combine the fat-burning potential of high doses of vitamin C (from the strawberries, lime and baobab), with the high fiber and omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed, and you’ve got a light smoothie that can make a big dent in your daily weight loss journey.

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Chocolate Cherry Sundae

Cherries reduce inflammation, have been shown to support brain function, and may even reduce soreness after a long workout at the gym. Add some cacao powder, which fights cardiovascular disease; walnuts, which are full of healthy fats; banana, which delivers the potassium your body craves; collard greens, which replace much needed iron, calcium, magnesium, and a little bit of protein, and you’ve got an amazing (and amazingly tasty) pre or post workout snack.

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Blueberry Bananza Protein Pick-Me-Up

Blueberries are one of the healthiest berries you can eat. Not only do these low sugar berries help ward off UTI infections, they have more antioxidants per serving than almost any other fruit. Studies have even found that they may help block the growth of tumor cells. Combining them with bananas, squash and oats makes a powerhouse smoothie that will keep you full for hours, especially because pea protein is involved. Easily digestible and naturally fat free, pea protein is a great alternative for people with sensitive stomachs or who have issues with dairy products.

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Pumpkin Spiced Latte

This is the week Starbucks unleashes its pumpkin spice latte on the world, and even though they’ve improved their recipe by adding real pumpkin, we’re doing it better! Start your day with Green Blender’s version of the PSL, and get all the benefits of a cup of fresh pumpkin, which is very low in calories but high in vitamin A and fiber. Green coffee powder is high in antioxidants, and may even help with weight loss. Add in a banana for potassium, and walnuts, which have been shown to fight both cancer and heart disease, and you’ve got a pumpkin spice-flavored smoothie that won’t just satisfy a craving, it’ll actually make you healthier after you drink it!

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Hibiscus Peach

What is Broccoleaf? It looks like a leafy green but tastes like a sugar snap pea, has a full day’s serving of vitamin C, and is a great source of vitamins A and D. Basically, it’s the newest superfood no one has heard of yet. Another super healthy food you might not know too much about, Hibiscus has been used for its anti-inflammatory properties for centuries. Besides their floral, calming taste, hibiscus flowers have been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and aid in digestion. Mix these two powerhouses with peach, banana and coconut water, and you’ve got a tropical smoothie that’s so cool, even the cool kids don’t know about it yet! Pro tip: soak the hibiscus flowers in the coconut water for a few minutes to help the flavors diffuse.

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Snickers

Who doesn’t love a Snickers? The great thing about this smoothie is that even though it bears an amazing taste resemblance to the candy bar, it’s full of the kind of stuff your body actually loves, like protein (from the vegan pea protein powder), healthy fat (from the coconut milk and raw peanuts) and nutrients (vitamin K and vitamin A from the spinach, and potassium from the bananas). Even though carob is frequently used a cocoa substitute, it actually comes from a completely different plant. In addition to being a natural antioxidant, carob also has polyphenols, which have been linked to lowered blood cholesterol levels.

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Mint Chocolate Chip “Nice” Cream

This drink does it all! First it cools you with the mint, then it adds pep to your step with chlorella and cacao. Your immune system will also get a kick of vitamin C from both the spinach and the orange. To get an ice cream consistency, peel and freeze the banana prior to blending. Want a little extra crunch? Add the cacao nibs after everything is blended and blend for about 10-30 seconds.

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Minty Grapefruit with Lime

For all their sweetness, grapefruits are quite low in calories. They’re another high vitamin C food, and also have good doses of vitamin A and beta carotene. Maqui powder, made from a ground up fruit native to Chile and Argentina, has more antioxidant power than almost any other food. Give yourself even more vitamin C with a half a lime, nourishing potassium from banana, and the breezy, stomach-easing power of fresh mint, and you’ve got a breakfast smoothie that will make your skin and energy as bright as the leaves that are just beginning to fall.

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Spinach Pineapple Bananza

Spirulina is an algae that grows in salty, subtropical waters. It has a very high concentration of protein, calcium, magnesium and iron per serving, is loaded with antioxidants, and has even been shown to help with muscle fatigue (because of its specific antioxidant compounds). Hemp seeds are a clean source of both protein and fat, bananas are great sources of potassium, and pineapples have more vitamin C than most other fruits. After drinking this smoothie, every little part of you should feel just a little bit healthier!

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Blueberry Walnut Cobbler

Full of fiber, potassium and folate, regular consumption of blueberries have recently been connected to a healthier brain. Full of omega-3 fatty acids, copper and manganese, walnuts may help protect against breast and prostate cancer. Combine these two superfoods with vitamin C-infused oranges, heart healthy oats and anti-inflammatory cinnamon, and you’ve got a all the flavor of an amazing fruit cobbler without any of the white sugar, butter or flour!

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Chocolate Cinnamon Protein

If you’re looking for a refreshing pre or post-workout snack, this smoothie is it. Cacao is bursting with antioxidants, and also contains magnesium, calcium and zinc. It provides a deep chocolate flavor without any additional sugar, and when combined with anti-inflammatory rich cinnamon, makes for a satisfyingly sweet taste. Bananas are a great natural source of carbohydrates and potassium, two things our bodies need after working out, and kale is high in fiber and vitamin K, which is essential for strong bones.

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Orange Rice Creamsicle

A “perfect protein” that contains all nine essential amino acids (which our bodies can’t produce on their own), hemp seed also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which promote cardiovascular and hormonal health. This little seed is the perfect secret weapon against a diet that’s recently been less than stellar. Combine it with noni fruit, which boosts immune response and lowers inflammation, vitamin C from orange, potassium and magnesium from banana, and vitamins A and K from spinach, and you’ve got a sweet treat that will help balance your body and mind.

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Green Cinnamon Maca Madness

In addition to being full of vitamins minerals that are vital to healthy skin (vitamins C, E and essential fatty acids), maca root is also considered an “adaptogen,” which means that it works with our bodies to help us feel cool, calm and collected during stressful situations. Cinnamon and cacao are great anti-inflammatories, and since inflammation in the body is one of the biggest reasons for breakouts and blemishes, getting a daily dose of anti-inflammatory foods is the perfect natural way to create a clear complexion. The healthy fat from half an avocado, magnesium from a banana, and vitamin K from swiss chard don’t hurt either!

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Green Mango Mint

Mangos are full of beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is crucial for cell growth and repair, which in turn is crucial for bright, younger looking skin. When taken internally, mint is a gentle stomach soother and digestion aid, but it’s also been known to help soothe skin irritations. When you add in a banana for healthy carbs, vegan pea protein, and healthy fat in the form of cashews, you have a meal replacement smoothie that will have you positively glowing.

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Reese's Peanut Butter Cup

This smoothie may taste like candy, but it’s actually a perfectly balanced pre or post-workout drink. Bananas provide the potassium and good carbohydrates to give you a burst of energy before hitting the gym, or to help rehydrate and keep muscle cramps at bay afterward. Peanut butter is a great source of fat and protein, two things your body craves after working hard, and cacao has magnesium, which helps with muscle fatigue and healing. Spinach rounds everything out with a dose of vitamin K, essential to bone health, and more hydrating potassium.

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Iced Horchata

A traditional Latin American drink, horchata is usually made with nuts, water and sugar. In the Green Blender version, we’ve amped up the health factor by using natural sugar from dates, and a creamy, potassium-rich base from bananas and rice milk. The protein factor has also been increased with GMO-free, organic tofu, a virtually tasteless vegan protein source made from soybeans. To top it off, there’s a dash of cinnamon, a potent anti-inflammatory that aids in everything from lowering blood sugar to treating the common cold to easing an upset stomach.

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Sweet Mulberry

In traditional Chinese medicine, mulberries are sometimes used to treat swelling and redness. Because mulberries contain iron (which isn’t a common mineral in fruit), they can help increase the body’s production of red blood cells, and therefore improve circulation. Mulberries are also quite high in vitamin C. Cinnamon, bananas, pecans and almond milk combine to create a creamy, protein-infused, anti-inflammatory base, and sweet potatoes are one of the best sources of natural, sustained energy. If you’re looking for a sweet treat before or after a good workout, toast to your hard work with this smoothie.

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Persimmon Pineapple Protein

Originally native to China, persimmons are now grown all over the world. Known as “nature’s candy,” persimmons have a sweet, almost honey-like flavor, and are full of vitamin C (one little fruit has almost 80 percent of your recommended daily allowance). Flax is one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world, and flaxseeds are a rich source of Omega-3s. Pea protein rounds out this sweet, immune-boosting smoothie, blending seamlessly while providing plant-based protein that our bodies need to keep going from morning till night.

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Protein Cinnamon Bun

Compared to most other nuts, cashews are relatively low fat, and most of that fat is the healthy monounsaturated kind. This means that cashew butter is better for you than regular peanut butter, and also comes with a dose of protein and magnesium. Tofu is a great vegan protein source (just make sure you’re buying an organic and GMO-free kind), and its soft, creamy texture makes it a perfect smoothie base. Gluten free oats provide a nice dose of fiber, and banana has a kick of potassium and natural sugar for energy. If you need a little extra oomph this week, pour yourself a liquid cinnamon bun and confidently challenge the hoards at your local mall.

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Creamy Blueberry

Hello blueberry season! Full of iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K and zinc, blueberries also contain a wealth of antioxidants. Relatively low in sugar and high in fiber, studies have linked regular consumption of blueberries to a reduced risk of cognitive decline as well as better short-term memory. Acai berries are also low in sugar, but extremely high in antioxidants, and have been studied as possibly helping to lower insulin levels. This blueberry pie-in-a-glass comes complete with a “crust” in the form of cashews (healthy fats and protein) and banana (potassium and fiber), and is topped off with a pear (satisfying fiber).

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake

Who doesn’t like to indulge a little on vacation? The good thing about this smoothie is that it tastes like an indulgence -- but it’s actually healthy! Most people don’t realize this, but jicama is full of vitamin C. It’s also full of fiber, which means that it makes a satisfying, blendable base. Avocados help lower cholesterol and provide a good dose of vitamin K, which increases bone health by aiding in calcium absorption. Cacao is high in antioxidants and magnesium, a key osteoporosis-fighting nutrient. Add in some banana for a little island flair and potassium, and you’ve got the perfect sweet treat for any time of day. Pro tip: Save half of the avocado for the spicy mango smoothie.

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Protein Powerhouse

Hemp protein — made from ground-up hemp seeds — is a complete protein, which means it contains all essential amino acids. Hemp protein also contains essential fatty acids. Because our bodies can’t produce these amino and fatty acids on their own, it’s important that we replenish them via a healthy diet. Both hemp protein and gluten-free oats contain heart-healthy fiber, and almond butter rounds out this smoothie with healthy unsaturated fat and more protein. Add a dose of vitamins and minerals from an apple (vitamin C), a banana (potassium), and spinach (vitamin K, folate and zinc), and you’ve got a complete meal in a glass.

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Peppermint Stick

Peppermint “bark” might be having a moment, but if you’re trying to go lighter on the sugar, try this chocolatey, pepperminty smoothie. Banana, coconut milk and cacao powder (which is chocolate in its rawest form) combine to make a rich base, with a few mint sprigs added in for the freshest dose of mint you’ve ever had. Cacao is full of iron and polyphenols (cancer-fighting micronutrients), and mint has been used for centuries to help ease digestion. This smoothie is so good (and so healthy), Santa might even request it instead of his usual cookies and milk.

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Raspberry Orange

Cara cara oranges look like a regular orange on the outside, but when you open them up, they have a distinctly pink hue, almost like a grapefruit. They’re also sweeter than traditional oranges, with a hint of berry flavor, and have no seeds. Like traditional oranges, cara cara oranges are full of vitamin C, folate and potassium. With more antioxidants per serving than other commonly eaten berries, acai berries are low in sugar, but high in iron, fiber and calcium. They’ve got anti-inflammatory properties as well. Add in some raspberries for more vitamin C and anti-inflammatory power, a banana for energy, and cashews for healthy fat and protein, and you have a deliciously fruity drink that will keep you going all day long.

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Classic Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry rhubarb pie is a traditional summer dessert, but if you don’t have the patience to bake a pie this week, or simply want to keep your diet light and healthy, this pie-in-a-glass should do it! Rhubarb, which is actually a vegetable but often used in sweet dishes, is very nutrient-dense, packed with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A and magnesium. It’s also very low in calories. Strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C too, as well as a helpful serving of iodine. Add in some lucuma, which is a natural sweetener (with more fiber!), cashews (full of healthy fat and protein), and a banana (potassium, fiber and vitamin A), and you’ve got yourself the perfect way to satisfy those dessert cravings.

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Tangerine Dream

Bursting with antioxidants and more vitamin C per serving than any other food, camu camu is the perfect immune-boosting superfood. With their high fiber and antioxidant count (not to mention their studied connection to improved moods), goji berries aren’t too shabby either. Combine these two superfoods with potassium and magnesium from banana, vitamin C from a tangerine, iron and vitamin K from spinach, and healthy fats from coconut cream, and you have the perfect treat for relaxing after a long day.

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Creamy Chamomile Chai

Loaded with antioxidants, chamomile tea is an alternative medicine staple, and is often used to treat everything from stomach cramps, to irritated skin, to an anxious nervous system. Many people drink chamomile tea before bed as a non-medical sleep aid. Almonds are full of B2 and E, vitamins that give your immune system a boost during times of stress, so almond milk is a great drink to soothe your mind and body. Combine these two calming wonders with comforting chai spice (which does not include caffeine), creamy banana and squash, and super healthy spinach, and you’ve got the smoothie equivalent of a warm pair of slippers.

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Butter Pecan

With a soft taste that resembles caramel, lucuma powder comes from a fruit native to Peru. It’s been shown to help balance blood sugar as well as digestion, and has even been used topically to heal blemishes and wounds. Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins, including vitamin A, E, calcium, magnesium, folic acid and zinc. They’re also full of heart-healthy unsaturated fat, which helps combat high cholesterol. With a lush base of almond milk (iron and calcium), banana (potassium), and butternut squash (vitamin C, magnesium and fiber), you’ll hardly be able to believe this snack is good for you -- but it sure is!

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Cinnamon Swirl

A fantastic source of calcium, tahini (which is made from ground up sesame seeds) has 20 percent complete protein, making it a better source of protein than most nuts. It’s also very easy to digest and full of iron. Quinoa flakes are just the pressed version of regular quinoa, and contain all the benefits of the grain, including high protein and fiber, B vitamins and phosphorus. Not only do bananas and squash create a smooth base, they also provide beta-carotene, folate and fiber. Dates provide a natural sweetness and additional fiber, and cinnamon is a perfect anti-inflammatory agent. Snack on this smoothie to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your stomach full for hours.

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Sweet Almond Pie

If you’re looking for a complex carb that will give you energy without adding fat or calories, sweet potatoes are it. They’re also an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Almond butter has you covered in the good fat and protein department, grapes are full of cancer-fighting polyphenols, banana makes a smooth and creamy base that’s also rich in fiber, and mesquite adds a touch of caramel sweetness without any added sugar. The next time you need an emergency snack, treat yourself -- and your immune system -- to this dessert in a glass.

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Coconut Carrot Cake

Every healthy diet needs a little bit of a treat — and luckily, this treat is good for you! A popular spring vegetable, carrots bring a dose of sweetness to smoothies, as well as beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber. Bananas are also full of fiber, as well as potassium, and cinnamon is natural anti-inflammatory. Imagine walnuts as the “cake” part of this smoothie, providing a dose of nutty sweetness and Omega-3s, as well as potent cancer-fighting compounds. Round this healthy dessert out with some unsweetened coconut flakes, and get your dessert fix without any of those pesky refined sugars.

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Chocolate Raspberry Milkshake

One way that we as humans comfort ourselves is by so-called “comfort foods,” and what wears that label better than a milkshake? Luckily, this sweet treat is really good for you, with mood-elevating, antioxidant-rich cacao, mulberries (one of the only fruits with iron, which can improve circulation), heart-helping oats, potassium-rich avocado and banana, and anti-inflammatory raspberries (which have also been studied as a natural weight loss food). Pro tip: This smoothie is very thick, if you like your smoothies on the thinner side, use only ¼ of an avocado or add 1 ½ cups of water.

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Key Lime Pie

Native to Southeast Asia, key limes are smaller and have a stronger aroma than the typical grocery store lime. Full of collagen-producing vitamin C, key limes add a boost of vitality to both the immune system and the skin. Rich in fiber, key limes are also helpful in regulating blood sugar spikes and easing digestion. Mulberries are full of antioxidants, iron and even a little bit of protein, and spirulina is rich in B vitamins, vitamin D, and copper. Add in some bananas and heart-healthy cashews, and you’ve got a creamy pie-in-a-glass that’s just as healthy as it is refreshing.

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Creamy Coconut Peach

This smoothie takes you from the beaches of Georgia to the shores of Thailand with a mixture of milky coconut and sassy southern peach. Baby kale adds fiber and vitamin K (with a subtler taste than fully grown kale), and banana provides potassium and even more fiber. Flaxseeds add additional fiber and omega-3s to boost your immune system and help convert fat to energy, and almond milk provides a bit of protein to help make this the perfect meal replacement, or after-gym energy boost.

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Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate-dipped strawberries are irresistible, and this smoothie is a healthful way to enjoy the sweet treats. Fresh strawberries are one of the most delicious ways to get your vitamin C. Spinach and banana blend beautifully and provide a boost of nutrients. Besides being the guiltless way to enjoy the flavor of chocolate, cocoa powder is high in fiber, iron, magnesium, antioxidants, and may have antidepressant effects!

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Blueberry Banana Oatmeal

It’s still a bit too hot to send the kids off to school (or yourself off to work) with a bowl of healthy oatmeal, so we’ve created the next best thing -- a nutrient-dense smoothie with all the cholesterol-lowering benefits of rolled oats, the healthy brain and skin benefits of blueberries, the potassium and magnesium of banana, the good fats and vitamin E of walnuts, the fiber of lucuma (a natural sweetener), and the vitamins A and C of collard greens. Not only will this drink keep you satisfied like oatmeal, you’ll get a few servings of fruit and vegetables to boot!

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Almond Banana Bread

Out of all the foods, herbs and spices across the world, cinnamon ranks 7th in the amount of antioxidants for per serving, making it a powerful superfood for lowering inflammation and fighting off chronic issues. Walnuts have potent antioxidant power too, as well as essential Omega-3 fatty acids. Oats and bananas amp up the fiber in this smoothie, making it the perfect meal or snack for staying full for hours, and spinach rounds everything out with copious amounts of vitamins A, K, C iron and calcium. Treat your body, mind and complexion to a little TLC with this drink!

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Banana Hibiscus

A South American tuber (that resembles a sweet potato), yacon root has been shown to regulate blood sugar while still providing a bit of natural, molasses-like sweetness, and hibiscus has been studied as having anti-inflammatory properties. Combine these two superfoods with the calming flavors of banana (potassium, magnesium) and peach (fiber and vitamin C), as well as the iron and vitamin K of kale, and you have a sweet, tropical drink designed to calm your body and your mind.

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Mango Tango

Both mangos and cherry tomatoes are full of vitamins C and A, essential vitamins for collagen production and a bright, smooth complexion. In addition to having Omega-3 fatty acids (which can help reduce skin irritation), flaxseed also contains lignans, which are “fiber-related polyphenols” (antioxidants) that have been shown in studies to help fight against cancer. Top this bright smoothie off with healthy fat, fiber and protein from almonds, potassium from a banana, and iron from swiss chard, and you have an energizing snack that will get you glowing!

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Strawberry Banana Bread

Okay, this is a seriously delectable dessert! Sneak your greens into this tasty treat. Bananas help put the “smooth” in smoothie, and combine in a classic way with sweet strawberries. The summertime berries are chock-full of vitamin C, a surefire way to brighten skin. Eat fruits with vitamin C to help smooth skin and combat signs of aging. Oats are anti-inflammation superstars, and almond milk and walnuts provide the skin-plumping good fats!

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Orange Kiwi Cream

One serving of this low calorie smoothie has more than 100 percent of your daily recommended value of vitamin C and vitamin A, which means that it’s not just fantastic for your immune system, but your complexion as well. You’ll also get about seven percent of the daily amount of recommended calcium. Cashews add a dose of creaminess, as well as healthy protein and fat, making this the perfect snack for chasing away a sugar craving, and for helping your skin glow.

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Chocolate Strawberry Protein

A post-gym or healthy afternoon snack that tastes like chocolate covered strawberries? Sign us up! Full of vitamin C, folate, antioxidants and ample anti-inflammatory properties, strawberries are the perfect fruit for feeling young. And thanks to a huge dose of additional antioxidants in cacao (not to mention its ability to help raise serotonin levels), as well as potassium in bananas, your skin may just look a little younger after sipping this smoothie!

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Spiced Zucchini

Low in calories but high in vitamin C, zucchini is a great smoothie filler because it amps up the nutrients without amping up the sugar or fat. A hearty green, lacinato kale provides ample amounts of vitamins A, K and iron, and when combined with cinnamon, works to lower inflammation. If you want your skin to look as fresh as a spring morning, this smoothie will help make that happen, especially because of its hefty serving of vitamin E, courtesy of walnuts. Add in some sweetness, along with fiber, potassium and iron from banana and dates, and you have sweet treat that works to improve everything from your complexion to your digestion.

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Maple Carrot Cake

One of the most iconic spring desserts, carrot cake isn’t typically considered a healthy breakfast, but with this smoothie, you’ll get all the flavors without any of the processed sugar or dairy! Pea protein, half an avocado and a banana provide lots of fiber, healthy fats and plant-based protein, carrots give a boost of vitamins C and A, and maple syrup sweetens things up while also adding calcium, magnesium and potassium. Get into the spring spirit with this dessert in a glass!

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Pina Banana

If warmer days have you pining for a beach vacation, this smoothie may help take you to a tropical paradise (at least when you close your eyes). Pineapple, banana and shredded coconut bring typical island flavors (as well as potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and healthy fats), while lucuma helps to sweeten everything up without adding additional sugar. Mild collard greens round everything out with a a serving of vitamins K and A, making this smoothie a healthy version of everyone’s favorite tropical drink, the pina colada.

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Mint Chocolate Shake

Thanks to banana, avocado and dates, this St. Patrick’s day themed smoothie is high in fiber, and thanks to the cacao powder (which is chocolate in its rawest form), this sweet treat is relatively low in sugar. The addition of stomach-soothing mint adds a pop of flavor, while swiss chard provides a healthy serving of vitamins A, K and C, as well as magnesium and potassium. If you’re craving something fresh and hydrating at the end of the day (or even first thing in the morning), this is the perfect way to give your body want it wants -- and needs!

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Sweet Potato Renew

With a large amount of beta-carotene (which helps our bodies produce vitamin A, an extremely important vitamin for a healthy complexion) per serving, sweet potatoes make the perfect smoothie base. A potent anti-inflammatory, cinnamon is great for clearing blemishes from the inside out. Pecans are full of antioxidants, and bananas and dates are high in potassium, fiber and magnesium. This smoothie will help your skin, and your digestive system, feel revived and renewed.

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Chocolate Covered Coconut

It wouldn’t be a proper Valentine’s Day celebration without a little chocolate, would it? Cacao, which is chocolate in its rawest form, is full of antioxidants, but no sugar, making it the perfect treat. Bananas and dates sweeten things up naturally, and provide potassium, magnesium, and iron. Half an avocado adds creaminess and healthy fat, and swiss chard supplies vitamins K, A and C.

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Maple Almond Glow

While many people think of mesquite as a savory ingredient connected to BBQ, it’s actually quite sweet, and has been used for centuries as a natural sweetener. Native to South America, mesquite has a caramel-like taste, and includes a good amount of fiber and protein per serving, which keeps blood sugar from spiking and inflammation low. Add in some almond butter for healthy fats, a banana for potassium, and collard greens for more fiber and vitamin A, and you’ve got a high fiber smoothie that will keep you satisfied and energized all day long.

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Pecan Protein Oatmeal

The anti-inflammatory power of oats comes from their ample amount of fiber, which helps to reduce blood sugar spikes (which can lead to inflammation). A diet high in whole grains like oats may also help protect against heart disease and high cholesterol. Pecans are bursting with antioxidants (which help defend against chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s and cancer), and banana and spinach provide ample amounts of potassium, magnesium, iron and vitamin C. Power through your day with this energizing, high protein snack.

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Creamy Butternut Chai Matcha

If you’re looking for an energizing snack with all the flavors of the holiday season, this is it! Thanks to the amino acid L-Theanine, matcha tea (which is made from ground green tea leaves) is the perfect way to stay focused and calm. Butternut squash provides beta carotene and fiber, as well as a delicately sweet smoothie base, and the combination of a banana, almond milk, and chai spices creates the perfect chai latte effect. Top it off with a dash of vitamins A, C, E and K from spinach, and you have all the flavor of a delicious milkshake with a nice nutritional punch.

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Green Horchata

In addition to being full of vitamin K and A, one cup of cooked swiss chard actually contains about 50% of our daily vitamin C needs. Bananas also have a nice dose of vitamin C, as well as fiber, potassium and magnesium. Add in some cinnamon for a burst of anti-inflammatory goodness, as well as a tablespoon of low fat vegan pea protein, and you have the perfect meal replacement for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

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Almond Oat Elixir

Banana, yellow squash and coconut cream are all rich in magnesium, an essential mineral that helps support melatonin and serotonin, two chemicals responsible for a healthy sleep cycle. Magnesium may also help soothe muscle soreness, as well as occasional constipation. Lucuma is a natural sweetener that’s full of fiber, cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory powerhouse, and oats provide cholesterol-lowering properties as well as additional fiber. If you want to feel full and satisfied for hours, this is the snack for you!

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Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

If you’re looking for a sweet, creamy base for a smoothie, look no further than raw pumpkin, which packs a ton of vitamin A and fiber, but not a lot of calories. The “crust” for this pie comes in the form of cashews and banana (protein, good fat and potassium), and there’s a hint of additional sweetness from lucuma, a Peruvian superfruit that’s full of beta carotene. Add a dash of anti-inflammatory power from pumpkin pie spice, and you have a pie-in-a-glass that will curb even the toughest cravings.

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Protein Peanut Butter Cup

If you have a sweet tooth, you’re going to love this protein-packed drink. In addition to vegan pea protein (a very low-fat protein powder), we’re also including cacao, which is packed with antioxidants and has been known to boost serotonin. Two bananas provide enough potassium, fiber and manganese to replenish your body after a long workout (or just a real long work day), and peanut butter is full of healthy fat and protein. Top this smoothie off with vitamin K, zinc and iron from spinach, and you have a sweet treat that will keep you powered up all day long.

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Chai Green Coffee

As the weather becomes chilly, many of us reach for cup of spicy chai to warm us up. This smoothie not only incorporates the warming spiciness of black pepper, cardamom, clove, ginger and cinnamon (in the chai spice blend), it also has a dash of green coffee, which will give you a burst of energy, and may even boost your metabolism! Add in some walnuts for healthy fat, banana and pear for potassium and fiber, and baby spinach for vitamin K and iron, and you’ve got a delightfully fall drink that will help you feel energized all day long.

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Cinnamon Apple Carrot Cake

In addition to being high in fiber and antioxidants, carrots are full of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which are both incredibly helpful for skin. Walnuts are also great for a dewy complexion, thanks to their high vitamin E content (not to mention their healthy fats). A banana, full of magnesium and potassium, rounds out this naturally sweet apple pie / carrot cake smoothie combination, making it the perfect drink for a busy morning, post workout, or whenever you feel like your complexion could use a little extra love.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Pecan

Who doesn’t love pecan pie? This smoothie version has all the flavor, but none of the refined sugar. Pecans have the highest antioxidant capacity of any nut, and 90 percent of the fat in pecans is the healthy unsaturated kind. Butternut squash is full of fiber and beta-carotene (which your skin loves), cacao gives your mood a nice boost, and dates and banana provide a natural sweetness (as well as potassium and magnesium). Curb your sugar cravings one sip at a time!

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Lucuma Banana Creamsicle

Lucuma is a Peruvian fruit with ample amounts of beta carotene, iron, and zinc per serving that is often used as a low glycemic sweetener. Cashews and banana help to create a creamy base while orange and lucuma keep things citrusy and sweet. Add in some curly kale for lots of additional vitamins and minerals (iron, vitamin K and antioxidants, to name a few) and you have a healthy treat that is perfect for blending up and then pouring into popsicle molds for a green smoothie pop on a warm day.

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Chocolate Cherry Sundae

Cherries reduce inflammation, have been shown to support brain function, and may even reduce soreness after a long workout at the gym. Add some cacao powder, which fights cardiovascular disease; walnuts, which are full of healthy fats; banana, which delivers the potassium your body craves; collard greens, which replace much needed iron, calcium, magnesium, and a little bit of protein, and you’ve got an amazing (and amazingly tasty) pre or post workout snack.

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Persimmon Protein

Hemp seeds are a “perfect protein,” which means they not only contain 20 different amino acids, but nine of the essential amino acids our bodies don’t produce on their own, and that we need for healthy muscles and metabolism. Pea protein is also rich in amino acids, is generally low fat, and may even help control blood sugar spikes. Combine those superfoods with vitamins K, A and C from spinach, potassium and magnesium from banana, and vitamin A plus fiber from a persimmon, and you have a rich, creamy smoothie that’s still low in calories, sugar and fat.

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Banana Orange Refresh

Banana and orange are two of the most familiar smoothie elements, and for good reason! Bananas blend beautifully into nearly any recipe, and provide a sweetness and creaminess that compliments the savory flavor of greens. Plus, they’re full of potassium, which wards against cramps and helps lower blood pressure. Along with a nice tart zing, oranges add fiber and vitamin C, and collard greens add a bit of protein as well as vitamin A and more vitamin C. Even though you won’t taste them, chia seeds are really the star of this smoothie. With very few calories per serving, but a high amount of protein, healthy fat, fiber and magnesium, these little guys not only help to keep you full, but get your metabolism revved up and ready to go all day long.

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Banana Swiss

With more vitamin C per serving than any other food, camu camu is the perfect way to boost your energy and complexion without adding unnecessary calories. Both pear and banana are high in fiber (as well as potassium, magnesium, folate and more vitamin C), and great ingredients for “thicker” smoothies, which means this one drinks like a meal while staying under 150 calories per serving. Add in some flaxseed for additional fiber and protein, and swiss chard for vitamins K and A, and you’ll be ready to power through your day while maintaining a light, healthy diet.

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