43 Delicious Smoothie Recipes (+ Smoothie Tips!)

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Assortment of vegan smoothies and smoothie bowls

Smoothies are the perfect breakfast, snack, or treat whenever you’re craving something easy, fruit- and veggie-packed, are running low on fresh ingredients, or aren’t in the mood to cook. To help you make smoothies like a pro, we’ve compiled our favorite smoothie (and smoothie bowl!) recipes, plus tips for success. They’re all plant-based and SUPER delicious!

How to Make the Best Smoothies

Have you ever ordered a smoothie and wondered how they get it so thick, creamy, and balanced? It’s all about:

  1. Having a high-speed blender (see our unbiased blender review here!)
  2. Starting with less liquid and adding more as needed
  3. Finding your favorite flavor combinations (recipes below!)
Vitamix 5200 series blender

How to Freeze Bananas For Smoothies

Frozen bananas are a smoothie’s best friend. They add a nearly unmatchable creaminess and natural sweetness and make your smoothie perfectly chilled without the need to dilute the flavor with ice.

To freeze bananas for smoothies, it’s best to use ones that are ripe (yellow) with some brown spots, but not overripe or mushy. We like to slice them in 1-inch pieces, transfer to a silicone- or parchment-lined baking sheet or plate, and freeze until firm. This prevents them from sticking together, and the smaller pieces are easier on your blender’s motor. Once frozen, transfer them to a sealed bag where they’ll keep for about 1 month.

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How to Freeze Spinach For Smoothies

Friends, whatever you do, don’t buy frozen (blanched) spinach and put it into your smoothies. The flavor will be ruined — you’ve been warned. BUT, if you want to make sure you always have spinach in the freezer and handy for smoothies, there is another way.

Get fresh baby spinach from the produce section and then transfer the container it comes in (or another sealed container) into the freezer. It will keep for about 1 month and is as easy as grabbing a handful whenever you’re making a smoothie. As long as you don’t use too much, you’ll add lots of nutrients without impacting the flavor. This technique also works for kale, chard, and mixed greens, but it’s best to avoid using bitter or strongly flavored greens.

Smoothie Recipes

Glasses of our Cold Brew Smoothie recipe beside ingredients used to make it
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Creamy Cold Brew Coffee Smoothie
Creamy cold brew coffee smoothie made with 5 simple ingredients! Naturally sweetened, creamy, chocolaty, customizable, and decaf-optional!
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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Shake topped with coconut whipped cream
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Peanut Butter Banana Chickpea Shake (5 Ingredients!)
Creamy Peanut Butter Banana Chickpea Shake with just 5 ingredients, 5 minutes, and 1 blender required. A satisfying, plant-based treat with plenty of fiber and protein!
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Glass of our plant-based Chocolate Protein Shake topped with fresh raspberries and hemp seeds
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Chocolate Protein Shake (Protein Powder-Free!)
Simple 7-ingredient, plant-based shake made with protein-rich whole food ingredients and NO protein powder. Creamy, chocolaty, naturally sweetened, and just 1 blender and 5 minutes to prepare.
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Straws in a small ad large glass of our Banana Adaptogenic Shake
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Nourishing Chocolate Banana Adaptogenic Shake
Incredibly creamy and nourishing chocolate banana shake infused with adaptogens like reishi mushrooms, ashwagandha, and maca powder! Naturally sweetened with dates and rich chocolate flavor. The perfect pick-me-up!
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PB&J Smoothies topped with homemade strawberry compote
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Next-Level PB&J Smoothie
Creamy PB&J smoothie with ALL the flavor of a classic PB&J. DIY strawberry-chia jam takes the flavor to the next level. Just 7 whole food ingredients required!
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Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie in a liquid measuring cup
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Blueberry Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie
A delicious peanut butter protein smoothie packed with antioxidant-rich berries and greens. Just 5 ingredients, 5 minutes, and 1 blender required!
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Glass of our vegan carrot cake smoothie topped with shredded carrot and coconut
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Creamy Carrot Cake Smoothie
A dreamy, creamy smoothie infused with the flavors of carrot cake! Just 7 wholesome ingredients required, including banana, carrot, plant milk, and spices.
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Dusting a glass of our red velvet cake smoothie with cacao powder
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Red Velvet Cake Smoothie
Incredibly rich, creamy smoothie infused with the flavors of red velvet cake. Bananas, beets, and cacao powder combine to create this secretly wholesome yet indulgent treat. Just 6 simple ingredients required.
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Close up shot of our Detoxifying Beetroot smoothie recipe
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Detoxifying Beet & Berry Smoothie
A vibrant, nutrient-packed smoothie made with detoxifying beetroot and fresh fruit. Subtly sweet, perfectly tart, and ready with just 1 blender, 3 ingredients, and 5 minutes.
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SUPER HEALTHY Zucchini Berry Smoothie! 8 nutrient-packed ingredients, 1 blender, 5 minutes, SO CREAMY! #vegan #glutenfree #raw #zucchini #smoothie #plantbased #recipe #minimalistbaker
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Creamy Zucchini Blueberry Smoothie
Creamy, nutritious zucchini smoothie with bananas, blueberries, greens, and hemp seeds! Loaded with 8 whole ingredients, plus 1 blender and 10 minutes required! Entirely vegan, gluten-free, and loaded with health benefits.
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Holding a glass jar filled with our green lemonade smoothie recipe
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Superfoods Green Lemonade Smoothie
A refreshing, potassium-rich, plant-based smoothie with banana, pineapple, ginger, greens, and superfoods. Just 1 blender, 10 minutes, and 10 ingredients required.
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Glasses and a jar of our Avocado Green Smoothie alongside ingredients used to make it
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Creamy Avocado Banana Green Smoothie
Creamy, nutritious, 5-ingredient Avocado Banana Green Smoothie loaded with greens, healthy fats, and protein. The perfect plant-based way to start your day.
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Overflowing jar of our vegan Super Green Spirulina Smoothie
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Super Green Spirulina Smoothie (5 Ingredients!)
A nutritious and vibrant green smoothie with 5 ingredients: banana, cucumber, coconut milk, spirulina, and spinach! The perfect plant-based breakfast or snack.
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Glass serving jar with a swirl of coconut milk and our Mango Berry Smoothie recipe
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Gingery Mango & Berry Smoothie
A wholesome (banana-free!) smoothie of mangoes, berries, lime, ginger, and coconut, with a hint of spice from cayenne. Satisfying, delicious, and packed with vitamins and nutrients!
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Glasses filled with our Papaya Detox Smoothie recipe made with coconut milk and lime
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Coconut Papaya Smoothie
Creamy papaya smoothie infused with lime, ginger, carrot, and coconut milk! Just 6 ingredients in this nutrient-rich, naturally sweetened smoothie — perfect for breakfast or a snack.
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Vegan piña coladas topped with coconut whipped cream, pineapple, mint, and cherries
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2-Ingredient Piña Colada Smoothie
The flavors of your favorite beach cocktail simplified into a 2-ingredient smoothie. This refreshing smoothie requires just 5 minutes and 1 blender to make. Plus, easy ways to enjoy as a protein smoothie or blended cocktail.
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Gold spoon leaning against a glass of our Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie recipe
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Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie
A 7-ingredient smoothie with carrot juice, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, and banana! An anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting smoothie that’s perfect for breakfast or a snack.
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Measuring glass and drinking glass filled with our Ginger Colada Green Smoothie
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Ginger Colada Green Smoothie
A creamy green smoothie infused with pineapple, banana, coconut milk, ginger, lime, and greens! Healthy, refreshing, perfectly tart-sweet.
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Two short glasses of our Strawberry Watermelon Smoothie recipe beside ingredients used to make it
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Strawberry Chia Watermelon Smoothie
Simple, 6-ingredient smoothie with fresh watermelon, frozen strawberries, lime, and chia seeds! Refreshing, hydrating, and the perfect summer breakfast or snack!
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Tall glass of our 5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie
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5-Ingredient Detox Smoothie
Vegan, 5-ingredient detox smoothie with lots of fiber, antioxidants, and immune-boosting nutrients for optimum health. Perfect for breakfast or a snack.
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Two glasses of our Healthy Cucumber Smoothie topped with sliced cucumber and lime
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Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie
A creamy, 6-ingredient cucumber smoothie with coconut, lime, pineapple, and greens! A nutrient-rich, refreshing smoothie that will beautify you from the inside out!
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Mango chunks, shredded coconut, and lime slices on a glass of our vegan Mango Lassi
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Creamy Vegan Mango Lassi
Our inspired take on a classic mango lassi with frozen ripe mango, tangy coconut yogurt, and lime juice! Just 5 ingredients and 5 minutes required for this sweet, creamy smoothie.
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Two glasses of our Cherry Limeade Smoothie recipe beside fruit used to make it
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Cherry Limeade Smoothie
A simple, 5-minute smoothie that tastes just like a creamy cherry limeade! 5 ingredients, perfectly tart and sweet, and perfect as a healthy breakfast or snack on the go!
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Two glasses of our Coconut Clementine Smoothie recipe beside ingredients to make it
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Coconut Clementine Green Smoothie
Refreshing 5-ingredient green smoothie infused with clementines, coconut milk, greens, and frozen banana. Healthy, simple, satisfying.
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Top down shot of two glasses of Summer in a Cup Smoothie with fresh raspberries and orange slices
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Summer in a Cup Smoothie
Simple 5-ingredient smoothie that tastes like summer in a cup! Raspberries, frozen banana, 2 pure fruit juices, and creamy almond milk make the healthiest tart-sweet smoothie ever.
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Overflowing glass of our Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie recipe
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Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie
An insanely creamy, nutritious, 6-ingredient smoothie with wild blueberries, banana, almond butter, flaxseed, and chia seed. A delicious, plant-based breakfast or snack!
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Three glasses of our Grapefruit Green Smoothie surrounded by ingredients used to make it
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Grapefruit Green Smoothie
A simple, tart-sweet smoothie with detoxifying benefits from grapefruit, vitamins and minerals from spinach, and natural sweetness from apple and banana.
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Geometric glasses of our Warming Winter Green Smoothie
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Warming Winter Smoothie
An Ayurvedic-inspired warming smoothie for the colder months. Veggies, fruit, and warming spices nourish the body without cooling it down. A delicious afternoon snack, workout recovery drink, or morning breakfast.
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Pumpkins on a wood plank beside a measuring glass of our Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie recipe
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Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie
Creamy, pumpkiny green smoothie made with just 6 simple ingredients in 5 minutes. The perfect fall breakfast or snack.
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Our Vegan Golden Milk Smoothie served in two glasses with straws
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Creamy Golden Milk Smoothie
All of the delicious taste and health perks of golden milk in smoothie form! Just 7 ingredients, 1 blender, and 5 minutes required. Creamy, naturally sweet, subtly spiced, and packed with turmeric!
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Tall mug of our Banana Split Smoothie topped with coconut whip, cacao nibs, and a cherry
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Banana Split Smoothie
Decadent but healthy 9-ingredient banana split smoothie with frozen banana, cacao powder, and almond butter! Creamy, rich, so satisfying.
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Two jars filled with our Stoplight Mango Green Smoothie recipe with flag straws in them
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Stoplight Mango Green Smoothie
A layered multi-colored smoothie with frozen mango, strawberry, and spinach! The perfect healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert.
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Top down shot of two glasses filled with our Peach Oat Smoothie recipe
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Peach Oat Smoothie
Vegan smoothie with peaches, rolled oats, chia seeds, and a touch of sweetness from OJ and banana. Creamy, nutritious, and lovely for breakfast or a snack.
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Tall glass of our Hide Your Kale Pomegranate Smoothie recipe beside fresh berries and kale
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Hide Your Kale Smoothie
A nutrient-packed berry smoothie that’s sweet and creamy and hides the taste and texture of kale! The perfect healthy breakfast, post-workout meal, or afternoon snack.
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Glass of our Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie recipe beside dates and a spoonful of nut butter
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Date Smoothie
A creamy PB&J-inspired smoothie with berries, peanut butter, bananas, and almond milk! Just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes required.
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Top down shot of a straw in a jar filled with My Favorite Green Smoothie recipe
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My Favorite Green Smoothie
A creamy, sweet vegan green smoothie with banana, peanut butter, spinach, flaxseed, berries, and almond milk. The perfect healthy breakfast or afternoon snack.
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Top down shot of a straw in a glass of our Creamy Chocolate Breakfast Shake
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Creamy Chocolate Breakfast Shake
A creamy vegan chocolate shake with tons of fruit, protein, and rich chocolate flavor. Makes the perfect breakfast, snack, or late-night dessert.
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Smoothie Bowls

Go-To Vegan Smoothie Bowl topped with shredded coconut, chia seeds, and fresh strawberries
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My Go-To Smoothie Bowl (5 minutes!)
My go-to 5-minute smoothie bowl with just 3 ingredients! Satisfying, nutrient-rich, and naturally sweet! A healthy, plant-based breakfast or snack.
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Using a spoon to scoop up a bite of a delicious Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl topped with fresh fruit
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Creamy Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
Creamy dragon fruit smoothie bowl ready in 5 minutes with 5 ingredients! Wholesome, creamy, nutrient-packed, and the perfect healthy breakfast or snack!
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Bowls of our PB Banana Smoothie Bowl for a healthy breakfast
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Peanut Butter Banana Green Smoothie Bowl
A 5-minute creamy green smoothie bowl infused with banana and peanut butter! Packed with vitamin- and nutrient-rich ingredients. The perfect marriage of savory and sweet in a healthy breakfast or snack.
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Vibrant Green Smoothie Bowl topped with shredded coconut, sunflower seeds, berries, chia seeds, and hemp seeds
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Super Green Smoothie Bowl
Simple SUPER green smoothie bowls packed with tons of greens and customizable toppings! The healthiest and easiest way to turn a smoothie into a meal.
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PBJ Açaí Bowl topped with sliced banana, berries, coconut, and nut butter
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Peanut Butter & Jelly Açaí Bowls
Creamy, nutritious açaí bowls with banana, peanut butter, coconut milk, and spinach! A 4-ingredient healthy breakfast or snack that tastes like a milkshake!
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Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl topped with coconut flakes, slivered almonds, and fresh raspberries
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Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl
Quick, 4-ingredient green smoothie bowl infused with matcha green tea powder! Creamy, naturally sweet, and just as healthy as it is delicious!
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If you give any of these recipes a try or find these tips helpful, let us know! Leave a comment, or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

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  1. Sara says

    Love your Protein Smoothies! Do you have a general recipe or guide for creating ones own Protein Smoothie (without Protein powder).

    For example: Use veg of choice, Fruit of choice, seeds to add, liquids to add, sweetner options

    I’m wanting to mix up the flavors but want that boost of protein and am not that into experimenting due to costs.
    Thanks for your help!

  2. sunnysusan says

    Fantastic recipes! I avoid bananas, which most recipes include. Could you please share more options for banana-free food in the near future?

  3. MJ says

    Thanks for these wonderful recipes!!!! is there a way to print ALL at the same time as opposed to individually? I cant wait to try the peanut butter chickpea one!!

    MJ

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi MJ, Unfortunately we don’t have a way to do that at this time. We’ll add it to our ideas list for the future. Hope you love the chickpea shake!

  4. Amanda says

    Amazing recipes! Most recipes have banana in them which I have an aversion to. Any suggestions for banana substitutions or perhaps can you share more banana-free options in the future?

  5. Katie says

    Spinach not kale? Curious about that (I succeed and in growing kale all summer as spinach evades my horticultural skills).

  6. Becky says

    This is a great compilation. I made the traffic light smoothie with my 4 year old this morning – it’s the biggest smoothie serving he has ever devoured because he wanted to finish each colour! I loved it too – having a mixture of flavours to enjoy in one smoothie was really nice. Have printed off 7 or 8 recipes to keep close to the blender to vary up our daily smoothies. Thanks!

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