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5 To-die-for smoothie recipes

Naomi de la Torre is freelance writer and stay-at-home-mom with two delightful boys, ages three and six. Naomi has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona, is a self-proclaimed salsa diva, and can make a killer octopus ...

Smoothie heaven

Looking for a scrumptious treat that won’t wreak havoc on your healthy diet? Don’t go drooling through the dessert aisle just yet. How about sipping on one of these fabulous to-die-for smoothies?

Smoothie heavenHealth benefits of smoothies

Every day, more people are discovering the innumerable benefits of fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies. Did you know that smoothies are one of the healthiest drinks around, even preferable to juice? While juicing is also a great way to get in all your daily fruit and veggie servings, smoothies retain even more nutrition because they don't eliminate the essential dietary fiber. Smoothies are abundant in vitamins, minerals and the enzymes responsible for the digestion and absorption of food into the body. When you blend fresh fruits and vegetables together, the plant cells break down and improve the body's ability to absorb these vital nutrients.

Taste the rainbow

Don't be afraid to experiment. The wonderful thing about smoothies is that you can toss in just about any combination of fruits and veggies and the end result is almost always delicious. Just make sure to include a liquid such as soy milk, coconut milk, coconut water or almond milk as your base. Add fresh or frozen fruits and veggies, protein powder or other nutritional powerhouse ingredients, a handful of ice and voila! You're in smoothie heaven.

Stealth health

Another great thing about smoothies is that you can sneak in lots of nutrient-dense superfoods like flax seed, wheat germ, fish oil, cod liver oil and aloe vera juice, as well as lots of veggies you might not even consider eating otherwise.

Read on and learn how to prepare some of the healthiest and tastiest smoothies around. In each of the following recipes, mix ingredients in your home blender until smooth. Enjoy!

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