Healthy, invigorating smoothie recipes to begin the day

Smoothies are nutrient-packed treats, but it's easy to fall into a rut with the same ingredients. Expert advice emphasizes variety and mindful ingredient selection. 

To maximize nutrition, incorporate diverse fruits, veggies, nuts, and greens into your smoothies. 

Registered dietitian Frances Largeman-Roth stresses the importance of considering each ingredient's nutritional value and its impact on satiety and blood sugar levels. 

Largeman-Roth offers tips for optimal smoothie making, including leaving space in the blender, adding liquids first, and using a mix of fresh and frozen produce. 

Recipes like the "Green Machine" blend kale, spinach, banana, date, chia seeds, flaxseeds, and coconut for energy and nutrition. 

Blue algae powder adds color and iron to smoothies without altering taste, according to Catherine McCord. 

Strawberry-mint smoothies are kid-friendly and a clever way to mask spinach flavor, notes Brittany Williams. 

Avocado adds creaminess to smoothies while providing nutrients, as seen in various recipes. 

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