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What is that beautiful, lusciously green drink you see in the picture? That is health - in a cup! Gone are the days of not getting enough vitamins, greens or fiber in your diet. All you have to do is throw a bunch of healthy, delicious ingredients into a blender and join the smoothie revolution!

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Have you noticed that so many people seem to be talking about ‘juicing’? There really does seem to be a smoothie revolution going on, and if you haven’t already given it a try, do so, and feel the amazing benefits. Smoothies packed with greens and fruits boost energy, help maintain focus, and help regulate metabolism.

A huge part of natural beauty comes from what we put in our bodies. And getting the right amount of nutrients and healthy food can really help one achieve great skin, healthy hair and a better metabolism (which, of course, helps with maintaining a healthy body weight). More importantly, we want to keep our bodies beautiful on the inside, preventing diseases as best as we can, and hopefully promoting longer, healthier lives because of long-term healthy eating habits.

The smoothie pictured to the left was achieved by combining 2 cups of kale, 1 cup of spinach, 2 cups of green grapes, 1 or 2 cups of frozen pineapple chunks (depending on preference), 1 large peeled orange, 1 banana, a 1/2 cup of yogurt (for some added protein), a table spoon of peanut butter (for all those benefits of a handful of nuts per day), a 3/4 cup of water, and 3 large ice cubes. Throw all of those yummy ingredients into a blender (Vitamix is my preferred brand) and process for about a minute. This combination makes about 2 large servings.

Smoothie making can be a fun, creative process too; adding blueberries, strawberries and carrots can really create new and awesome flavors – and really awesome colors too! I always thought drinking a neon green smoothie was pretty darn cool! And yes, you can also serve them in wine glasses, as pictured!

So if you are someone who cannot eat fresh salad without covering it in salad dressing that contains an inordinate amount of sugars and preservatives (which arguably negate all the healthiness of eating the salad in the first place), then why not try getting your greens – kale and spinach – via a scrumptious green smoothie that will be deliciously sweetened without processed sugars – but with fruit? Think of all those nutrients and health benefits you'll get from something that you can substitute as a desert because it’s THAT good! Who could ask for more? Drink up!

For some other great smoothie recipe ideas, click here: http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-recipes/20-super-healthy-smoothie...

Or here: http://allrecipes.com/recipes/drinks/smoothies/

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