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Whether you’re sticking to a healthy eating New Year’s resolution (and if so, keep up the good work!) or just looking for ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies in your daily diet, the smoothie can provide an easy and convenient option.

But—despite what Pinterest might try to convince you—not all smoothies are created equal, and sometimes the prettiest looking versions are the ugliest tasting.

So, for this edition, we’re including a handful of smoothie recipes that we’ve personally tested…and loved! No weird textures, no strange tastes, just delicious doses of daily vitamins you can enjoy drinking.

Protein-Packed Smoothie
From BHG.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain fat-free yogurt
  • 2 ripe medium bananas
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries or frozen unsweetened strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • Whole fresh strawberries (optional)

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine yogurt, bananas, sliced strawberries, honey, and peanut butter. Cover and blend until nearly smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of container as necessary. Divide among four glasses. If desired, garnish with whole strawberries.

Gloomy Day Smoothie
From Allrecipes.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango (peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks)
  • 1 banana (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla non-fat yogurt

Directions

  1. Place mango, banana, orange juice, and yogurt in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in clear glasses (for a little sunshine on a gloomy day!).

Green Ginger-Peach Smoothie
From MarthaStewart.com

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 2 cups frozen sliced peaches
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 ¼ cups water

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth. Cook’s notes: Top with ¼ cup chopped nuts, such as almonds or walnuts, for a more filling smoothie.
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