Healthful smoothies (clockwise from left) are Icy Carrot Cooler, It’s Easy Bein’ Green, Mixed Berry and Beet, and Green ‘n Lean. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)

ICY CARROT COOLER

Yield: 2 servings

1 carrot, sliced

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tomatoes, quartered

1 teaspoon minced ginger

4 ice cubes

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Per serving: 65 calories; no fat; no saturated fat; no cholesterol; 2 g protein; 15 g carbohydrate; 10 g sugar; 2 g fiber; 28 mg sodium; 30 mg calcium

Recipe from smoothieninja.com

MIXED BERRY AND BEET SMOOTHIE

Yield: 1 serving

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

1 cup mixed frozen berries or blueberries

2 tablespoons granola

1/2 cup diced beet, either raw or roasted

1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt or low-fat coconut milk

1 teaspoon honey or agave syrup

6 to 8 ice cubes

Pour all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 full minute. If the mixture is too thick to blend, add more orange juice or water.

Per serving: 315 calories; 6 g fat; 2 g saturated fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 9 g protein; 61 g carbohydrate; 41 g sugar; 12 g fiber; 104 mg sodium; 187 mg calcium

Recipe adapted from the New York Times

IT’S EASY BEIN’ GREEN

Yield: 2 servings

3 cups baby spinach

2 cups frozen mango

2 bananas

Juice of 2 lemons

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Per serving: 225 calories; 1 g fat; no saturated fat; no cholesterol; 4 g protein; 57 g carbohydrate; 38 g sugar; 7 g fiber; 39 mg sodium; 71 mg calcium

Adapted from a recipe by delish.com

GREEN ‘N LEAN SMOOTHIE

Yield: 2 servings

1½ cups honeydew, chilled and chopped

1/2 cup white grape juice

1/2 cup cucumber, seeded and chopped

3/4 cup frozen green grapes, see note

Note: To make frozen green grapes, place green grapes in a freezer.

In a blender, combine honeydew, grape juice and cucumber, and briefly blend. Add frozen grapes and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Per serving: 127 calories; no fat; no saturated fat; no cholesterol; 2 g protein; 32 g carbohydrate; 29 g sugar; 2 g fiber; 28 mg sodium; 25 mg calcium

Recipe from smoothieninja.com

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