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13 Smoothie Recipes That Are Delicious, Refreshing, And Perfect For Spring

Now that the weather is warmer, it's time to work a few springtime ingredients into your usual rotation — and the easiest way to do that is with a few spring-ready smoothie recipes. I could go on and on and on and on about how relieved I am it's finally spring. No more blaming my sluggishness on the weather (but I will miss the ready-made excuse); no more canceling plans because of snow; no more spending Friday nights in because the windchill dips lower than my alcohol tolerance (who am I kidding, I'll probably still do this). Goodbye to all that, because it's finally going to warm up. And since we're thinking spring, it's probably time I started thinking about giving my sluggish, sheepish, lazy body the spring-forward reset it so desperately needs and deserves.

Without dreaming up some unattainable fitness routine (that I'll likely press snooze on and miss, anyway), or planning some impossible-to-stick-to elimination diet (let's just not, OK?), I figured the easiest way to get my body thinking "spring" and "warmth" and "oh my god I can feel my toes again!" was to pump it full of fruits and veggies. Not only would my body and mind get an added boost from all the antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, but I'd get to slurp on something creamy and delicious without ever feeling like I'd sacrificed a thing. A win-win, if you ask me.

So behold, dear friends and eager spring wanters: the smoothie reset to end all smoothie resets; the 13 most promising, most satisfying, most oh-my-god-I-need-another smoothies to break your mind, your body, and your mental health free of its winter chains.

Want to feel ready to kick spring's ass? Drink these, and you totally will.

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Buttermilk Peach Smoothie

Farm fresh peaches, sweet maple syrup, and crisp, cold buttermilk… I actually can’t think of a trifecta I like more. This Five and Spice slammer proves you don’t have to wait for late summer for a satisfying peach recipe.

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Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

The smoothie of all smoothies has just graced the world with its presence. And it may be the most Basic of them all — chocolate and avocado, come on! — but when you’ve got a combo that tastes this good together, you don’t mess with perfection. Best kept secret: Jelly Toast blog added shredded coconut, too.

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Raspberry-Rhubarb Bellini Smoothie with Blueberries

Smoothies with alcohol! Because who said a smoothie needs to play by the rules? (Not us.) (And definitely not Half Baked Harvest.)

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Bleeding Heart Smoothie

I’ve actually never even heard of a “bleeding heart smoothie,” but after reading this loaded-with-benefits recipe on Leaf Parade, I desperately want to change that. Beets and berries combine for pure heart-happy delight, and there’s a little green in the mix, too.

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Tart Cherry Smoothie

Jelly Toast blog uses apples, oranges, bananas, and tart cherry juice to pack this sweet-and-sour refresher with tons of feel-good fuel to keep you kickin’ until it’s officially warm again.

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Green Smoothie with Strawberries and Basil

If you’re more of an eat-your-calories type of person than you are a drink-your-calories girl, let me introduce you to Leaf Parade’s answer to your problems.

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Blueberry Almond Smoothie

I want to press “reset” on the weekend just so I can start my Saturday off with this refreshing smoothie. Jelly Toast blog caps this creamy concoction off with raspberries, banana, spinach, and ground flax seeds.

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The Mean Green Smoothie

I love this post-holiday detox kickstarter recipe from Half Baked Harvest because it applies year-round for me. There’s nothing like a good reset to get your body ready for the season ahead, and this recipe is overflowing with flavor.

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Piña Colada Smoothie

If you like Piña Coladas… no, seriously, if you do, you should try this recipe from Munchin with Munchkin. You’ll feel ~flirty~ and ~frisky~ and ready for some fun in the sun without ever cheating on your diet. (Or, if we’re being honest, without raising an eyebrow at the office at 9 a.m. about your drinking habits.)

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Mango-Banana Breakfast Smoothie

Looking for a little something to get you thinking clearly this morning? Offbeat + Inspired’s clean-eating mango-banana breakfast smoothie will clear your head of all the junk so you can think stress-free at the office.

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Green Smoothie

If you didn’t have this bright-and-cheery smoothie pegged as a “green smoothie,” you aren’t alone (I didn’t have a clue either). But after taking a peek at Against All Grain’s ingredient list, it’s easy to see how this fruit-and-veggie-loaded drink will get you thinking spring.

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Green Tea and Ginger Smoothie

Green tea is typically my afternoon go-to; it keeps me calm, gives me the jolt of caffeine I need, and it’s a quick way to soak up all the antioxidants I’m missing — plus, it’s just good for your skin. But adding it to my morning routine was something I didn’t really think of until What’s Cooking Good Looking came along.

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Creamy Pink Smoothie

If you’re feeling really adventurous, follow My Darling Lemon Thyme’s homemade recipe for almond milk. It’ll make this creamy pink smoothie otherworldly.

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