7 Power Smoothies for a Healthy Start

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Do you own a really good blender? I mean top-of-the-line, Vitamix quality? Then it’s time you consider adding a power smoothie to your daily routine. Power smoothies are not your average banana-strawberry concoctions. Instead, the emphasis is on combining ingredients high in specific nutrients so you can sip your way to more energy and sneak in vegetables, protein, or whatever else your diet needs that day. Check out these seven recipes to get your started on your power-smoothie routine.

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1. Green smoothie

According to the National Institutes of Health, most Americans do not get enough calcium. Adults should get 1,000 milligrams of calcium every day, and this green smoothie will bring you a little closer to that goal. Two cups of kale are about 20 percent of your daily needs, and the milk adds about 7 percent.


  • 1 banana, thickly sliced, frozen
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed meal (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ⅓ cup orange juice

Directions: Place the banana, kale, flax seed meal, and coconut oil into a blender; pour in the milk and orange juice. Cover and puree until smooth; serve.

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