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Plant Power: 20 Vegan-Friendly Smoothie Recipes

Jun 4 2014 - 3:19pm

Even if you're not a strict vegan, replacing the yogurt or skim milk in your smoothie with a plant-based product can slash calories and may even prevent belly bloat [1]. From good-morning starts to sweet, decadent treats, prepare to be inspired by these 10 smoothie recipes — all 100 percent plant-powered.

Additional reporting by Macy Williams

Morning Protein Smoothie

A high-protein, low-calorie smoothie [2] from pro surfer Erica Hosseini is a quick recipe that provides a healthy start to the day.

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Chia Berry Smoothie

For an easy source of protein and anti-inflammatory omega-3s, look no further than the powerful chia seed! If you find the seeds' crunchy texture a little off-putting on their own, then try tossing them into this refreshing chia berry smoothie [3], perfect for a healthy snack or light breakfast.

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Spinach Mojito

This riff on a green machine does more than offer a full serving of fruit and veggies — the mojito smoothie [4] helps alleviate hangover pains! Instead of leaving you with a nasty headache, this virgin mojito is high in potassium, manganese, and B vitamins — nutrients that get you back on your feet after a big night out.

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Carrot-Orange Smoothie

For a refreshing morning start, look to this carrot-orange smoothie [5] that adds ginger and spinach for extra plant power! The recipe requires carrot juice, so if you don't have a juicer, then be sure to buy prepared carrot juice in advance.

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Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

Trick your taste buds into thinking they're getting a treat with this detoxing strawberry lemonade smoothie [6]. Lemon helps the body cleanse, while strawberries provide a big boost of vitamin C.

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Chocolate Shake

For a healthy alternative to a traditional chocolate shake, try The Brazier [7]. The addition of avocado to the recipe gives it a thicker, heavier texture like a traditional chocolate treat.

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Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

Cinnamon buns are tempting, but one large roll from the mall weighs in at 800 calories [8]! If you're craving those classic flavors, then blend up this fiber- and fruit-filled cinnamon bun smoothie [9] that's less than a quarter of the bun's calories.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Shake

Cacao nibs and fresh mint leaves combine with nondairy vanilla ice cream for a vegan twist on a mint chocolate chip shake [10]. Blend in a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder to make a great recovery snack after working out!

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Chocolate Coconut Water Smoothie

Who needs dessert when you can sip a chocolate coconut water smoothie [11]? Just add raw hemp seeds for those much-needed B vitamins and omega-3s.

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Dr. Oz's Green Drink

Want to know how Dr. Oz gets his daily dose of fiber? This green juice drink [12] is hydrating, belly-fat fighting, and high in antioxidants because it's filled with all kinds of nutritious ingredients like cucumber and fresh mint.

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Pear Berry Weight-Loss Smoothie

Rich ingredients like raspberries and avocado will help you stay full throughout the day when it comes to this pear berry weight-loss smoothie [13].

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Eggnog Smoothie

Feeling nostalgic for a glass of holiday cheer? Get a similar taste at a fraction of the calories by whipping up this healthy eggnogg smoothie [14]. It's a guilt-free treat made without dairy, and it's very high in potassium.

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Piña Colada Smoothie

The perfect Summer drink is no doubt a piña colada, but it's full of sugar and calories. Our Piña Colada Smoothie [15] cuts out nearly half the calories and sugar content and still tastes like a tropical vacation.

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Chocolate Milkshake Smoothie

Get your chocolate fix while still staying healthy with this vegan chocolate "milk"-shake smoothie [16]. It only has 350 calories while still providing 22 grams of protein and 10 grams of fiber.

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Vanilla Milkshake Smoothie

Sometimes you just have to keep it simple. This vanilla milkshake smoothie [17] only needs four vegan-friendly ingredients and offers more than 17 grams of protein.

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Blackberry Breakfast Smoothie

To sip on Karlie Kloss's favorite blackberry breakfast smoothie [18], all you need is four ingredients — unsweetened almond milk, bananas, chocolate protein powder, and blackberries.

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High-Protein Carrot Cake Smoothie

Having cake never seemed so healthy. This carrot cake smoothie [19] doesn't require an oven, and even better, it's rich in protein and fiber. Get those carrots out, and start peeling.

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The Clear Skin Smoothie

Nobody likes an unexpected breakout, but there are ways to prevent those pesky pimples. One of our favorite options is the clear skin smoothie [20] containing vitamin E-rich spinach and avocado, as well as grapes that contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants.

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Avocado Aloe Spinach Smoothie

Get a little energy boost with this green power smoothie [21] that's full of toxin-flushing lemon juice and fiber to help keep your digestive system in check. The aloe vera juice and coconut water are hydrating as well.

Photo: Leta Shy

Cherry Berry Ginger Smoothie

The aches and pains after a long workout can be tough. Ease your sore muscles with this cherry berry ginger smoothie [22] that has vitamin C to help ease the pain.

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