Beverage

Do This Before Adding Sturdier Fruits and Veggies to Smoothies — Tips from The Kitchn

Firm and sturdy fruits and vegetables, like carrots and beets, are one of the simplest ways to give your morning smoothie a colorful reboot — especially in the winter when they're readily available and filled with sweet, earthy aromas that make your smoothie feel cheery.

But instead of popping them straight into the blender, you'll want to take a minute or two to tackle their texture.

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Recipe: Black and Blue Power Smoothie — Recipes from The Kitchn

Bananas and berries are a classic smoothie combination for a reason: they taste great together, both are super accessible in either fresh or frozen form, and they provide lots of energy and nutritional benefits.

This smoothie builds on that reliable pairing with some high-functioning superfoods and a particularly pretty marbled effect.

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Recipe: Lemony Yogurt Smoothie — Recipes from The Kitchn

Sometimes a tart and fresh smoothie is just what you need to get going in the morning. The tang of yogurt and essence of lemon alone make this blend so energizing. While this one seems mellow and mild-mannered on the surface, the heat of ginger creeps in slowly, and some hidden vegetables kick in to help you power through your day.

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Recipe: Chocolate Coconut Avocado Smoothie — Recipes from The Kitchn

Have you ever tried Kitchn's smooth and creamy chocolate pudding made with avocados as the base? It's rich and sweet, but nourishing at the same time because of the wholesome ingredients. This smoothie goes in the same direction as that pudding, but with an added mocha-like twist and a more sippable texture.

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A Layering Guide to a Better Smoothie — Tips from The Kitchn

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Making a really good smoothie is more than just piling ingredients into your blender. The way the ingredients are layered has a big impact on the way the drink is processed and on the final texture. To whip up a creamy smoothie, you have to know when to add ingredients to the blender.

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Recipe: Creamy Orange Date Smoothie — Recipes from The Kitchn

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This sweet, citrusy, bright orange and vanilla-flecked smoothie calls to mind a certain classic ice pop confection. It's definitely creamy and mellow, and it almost tastes like dessert, but this blend packs a huge nutritional punch to keep you energized and full all the way to lunchtime.

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