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37 Green smoothies and juice blends you'll actually want to drink

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

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Green drinks that taste great

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Green drinks that taste great

With the new year comes promises of healthier eating, detoxing and all the other buzzwords we incorporate for the first two weeks of January before falling off the wagon and hitting up the drive-thru. 

But healthy diets don't have to be boring or unappealing. Take green drinks, for instance. With these new recipes and flavor combinations, healthy juice blends and smoothies have never tasted so good. Really.

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Almond butter-spinach smoothie

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Almond butter-spinach smoothie

Adding almonds to your smoothie adds tons of protein, keeping you fuller longer.

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Spicy green juice

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Spicy green juice

Throw in a serrano or jalapeño pepper, and spice up your morning routine with this spicy green juice.

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Green Orange Julius smoothie

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Green Orange Julius smoothie

If you're a fan of Orange Julius, then this green smoothie version is a healthier solution to your sugar cravings.

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Green juice (without a juicer!)

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Green juice (without a juicer!)

If you don't have an expensive juicer, then this recipe for green juice is just what you need.

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Banana, chia and spinach smoothie

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Banana, chia and spinach smoothie

This banana, chia and spinach smoothie is packed with chia seeds, and they add fiber and texture to your drinks.

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Mango-cucumber juice

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Mango-cucumber juice

A simple two-ingredient blend is easy to make and very refreshing, like this mango-cucumber juice.

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Green energy smoothie

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Green energy smoothie

Smoothies pack natural energy, and we're loving this green energy smoothie.

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Watermelon and aloe vera juice

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Watermelon and aloe vera juice

It might be red, but watermelon juice with aloe vera packs plenty of green power.

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Cucumber, pear and kale juice

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Cucumber, pear and kale juice

Putting kale into everything is our thing, so this cucumber, pear and kale restore juice is right up our alley.

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Minty green detox juice

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Minty green detox juice

We love the addition of flavorful herbs to juices, like in this minty green detox juice.

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Green smoothie with peanut butter and banana

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Green smoothie with peanut butter and banana

This green smoothie with peanut butter and banana has enough protein to keep you full until lunch.

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Super-green juice

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Super-green juice

When you need a quick boost of energy, this super-green juice is the one to drink.

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Lean, green, nutrient machine

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Lean, green, nutrient machine

We're loving the idea of adding bell peppers and cilantro to this green juice.

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Pear, mango and spinach juice

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Pear, mango and spinach juice

This juice is great when you're feeling hungry, since the fiber in the spinach and mango will fill you up.

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Rainbow chard-banana smoothie

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Rainbow chard-banana smoothie

It's not all about kale and spinach. Try using rainbow chard next time to make this greens-banana smoothie.

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Kale-pineapple smoothie

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Kale-pineapple smoothie

The hearty kale combined with pineapple in this smoothie offers great nutritional benefits and natural sweetness.

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Green goddess juice

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Green goddess juice

Green goddess juice, a favorite of many and one of the healthiest versions around.

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Persimmon and medjool date smoothie

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Persimmon and medjool date smoothie

Favorite winter fruits make this persimmon and date smoothie a gorgeous take on a classic green drink.

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Green apple energizer

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Green apple energizer

A great balance of flavors is achieved in this green apple energizer thanks to the cucumber and tart green apples.

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Pineapple, orange and banana green smoothie

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Pineapple, orange and banana green smoothie

Bananas add great texture to your smoothie, like in this pineapple, orange and banana green drink.

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Homemade V8 juice

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Homemade V8 juice

Another not-green drink, but homemade V8 juice is packed with green power and plenty of veggies.

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Green monster smoothie

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Green monster smoothie

A classic, this green monster smoothie is a must for your healthy-recipe box.

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Tropical green smoothie

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Tropical green smoothie

Forget the snow and travel (at least in your mind), and head to the tropics with this tropical green smoothie.

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Low-carb avocado-green tea smoothie

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Low-carb avocado-green tea smoothie

Avocado fans, you'll love the idea of making an avocado-green tea smoothie

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Cold buster green smoothie

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Cold buster green smoothie

Give your immune system a boost with this cold buster green smoothie.

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Berry green smoothie

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Berry green smoothie

There's a cup of spinach hiding in this berry green smoothie.

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Green go-to juice

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Green go-to juice

Everyone needs a quick recipe for green go-to juice, and this one fits the bill of health.

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Detox smoothie

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Detox smoothie

Clean out your system of all those holiday toxins with this detox smoothie.

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Almond-coffee green smoothie

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Almond-coffee green smoothie

Add a boost of caffeine with this almond-coffee green smoothie.

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Cancun green juice

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Cancun green juice

The addition of nopals (cactus leaves) and parsley gives this Cancun green juice added hydration and flavor.

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Just peachy green smoothie

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Just peachy green smoothie

Can't find fresh peaches to make this peachy green smoothie? Use canned or frozen.

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Cactus smoothie

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Cactus smoothie

How unique does this cactus smoothie look?

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Gluten-free green juice

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Gluten-free green juice

Wondering why the need for a gluten-free green juice? Some store-bought juices contain gluten-laden additives.

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Mango-banana green smoothie

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Mango-banana green smoothie

We love that this mango-banana green smoothie has the addition of hempseeds.

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Apple-ginger green smoothie

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Apple-ginger green smoothie

Grab all those apples from the market to make this apple-ginger green smoothie a success.

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Post-holiday smoothie

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Post-holiday smoothie

After all that indulging, this smoothie packed with kale, cilantro, avocado and apple is a must.

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