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3 Easy & Delicious Smoothies to Kick-Start Your Day

3 Easy & Delicious Smoothies to Kick-Start Your Day
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We admit it: We can’t help but feel the “new year, new you” zeitgeist. After all that holiday overindulging and imbibing we’re craving brighter flavors and lighter meals to wake us up with a clearer perspective and start the day right in 2016. Our antidote: the smoothie. Although we used our current obsession, the Vitamix, to test-drive these recipes, rest assured you can create all three with any powerful blender (just make sure to add the liquids and leafy items first). Here’s to your health!

Ultimate Eye-Opener Smoothie

Pomegranate juice promotes cell regeneration, while carrots supply antioxidants and vitamin A for healthy eyesight. The pink grapefruit curbs hunger, so this zesty smoothie will keep you going until your next meal.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 cup of pink grapefruit juice or 2 cups of pink grapefruit segments
1 cup of pomegranate juice
1 1/2 cups of carrots, sliced into 1-inch rounds
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 handful of ice (optional)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to blender container, in order listed, and blend until smooth. If you are not using ice and the results are too thick, pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer.

 

Serious Hydration Smoothie

It’s no secret cucumbers are full of water, but so are cult-favorite kale leaves. Add in chia seeds, which for centuries have been used to prolong hydration, and say good-bye to the drying effects of winter.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 cup of fresh-squeezed orange juice
1 cup of chopped kale, ribs and stems removed
1 cup of fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 of a cucumber, chopped
2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to blender container, in order listed, and blend until smooth. If you prefer the consistency of juice, pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer.

Sweet Satisfaction Smoothie

Lycopene-rich watermelon is sweet and refreshing, while even-sweeter dates give you energy without spiking blood sugar. Raw almonds and banana fill you up, making this a true meal unto itself.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of coconut or almond milk
1 1/2 cups of cubed watermelon
1 banana
1/4 cup of raw almonds
3 large dates, pitted
1 handful of ice (optional)

Directions:

Add all ingredients to blender container, in order listed, and blend until smooth.

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