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The Yummiest Smoothie Recipes You Won't Believe Are Full of Greens

The 10 freshest, fastest and tastiest ways to get your daily dose of veggies
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We're willing to bet the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a refreshing, delicious summertime smoothie isn't a glass of murky, green liquid. How'd we know? A recent poll found that just nine percent of Americans are on board with green-colored juices, while 28 percent of us actually fear it. So, how do you embrace the going-green trend without plugging your nose to gulp it down?

We did some digging to find the most flavorful green smoothie recipes out there that provide all the health benefits of a salad -- without tasting like it. From gateway green smoothies packed with fresh, fruity berries to full-on emerald green drinks with loads of nutrient-dense plants, these smoothie recipes will have you sipping your way to indulging in veggies on a daily basis -- no nose wrinkling required.

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Sweet Escape
Good for: Green smoothie dabblers

Tastes like: A creamy, slightly sweet fruit smoothie with just a hint of nut

Benefits: "This smoothie is screaming with potassium provided by the banana and the coconut water," says nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN, owner of Better Than Dieting. "The nuts add fiber, protein and healthy fat to help keep you satisfied. Berries are low in calories and so tasty, and leafy greens supply iron and folic acid."

Create your own:
2-3 cups leafy greens, like kale, collard greens, chard or romaine
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 banana
1/2 teaspoon citrus zest
Squeeze of citrus juice
2 tablespoons raw almonds or walnuts
1 cup coconut water
1 tablespoon raw honey

Toss all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes one serving.

Recipe by Elizabeth Rider

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Morning Fuel
Good for: Green newbies. The spinach is barely detectable.

Tastes like: A milkshake -- sweet, rich and thick

Benefits: "Oats are rich in fiber, the soluble kind that helps to lower cholesterol," says Taub-Dix. "The potassium in bananas and almond milk is also heart-healthy."

Create your own:
2 cups vanilla almond, coconut or soy milk
1/2 cup whole oats
1 1/4 cups fresh, frozen or canned peaches
1 cup ice cubes
1 cup baby spinach
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 bananas

Toss all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes four servings.

Recipe by Food Network c/o Melissa d'Arabian

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Green Machine
Good for: Dabblers -- even though it has broccoli, the pineapple juice and grapes offset the taste of greens

Tastes like: A surprisingly sweet medley of the tastiest green superfoods in a smooth, rich texture

Benefits: "Avocado is a creamy, smooth, delicious fruit that adds heart-healthy, satiating fat," says Taub-Dix. "Broccoli is a good source of vitamin C, which helps to absorb the iron in the spinach."

Create your own:
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1 3/4 cups green grapes
1/4 pear
1/2 avocado
1/4 cup broccoli
1/2 cup spinach
1-4 ice cubes

Toss all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes 3 1/4 cups.

Recipe by Vitamix

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Very Berry
Good for: Newbies

Tastes like: A scrumptious explosion of sweet berries and tropical banana

Benefits: "This has good sources of potassium coming from the milk and banana, and the oats add bulk and soluble fiber," says Taub-Dix.

Create your own:
1 cup spinach leaves
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons old fashioned oats
1 tablespoon sugar, or more, to taste

Toss all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Makes two servings.

Recipe by Chung-Ah

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