Homemade smoothies are the perfect way to boost your vitamin and nutrient intake during the warmer months – but rely too heavily on juicing or blending your fruit, and you could end up missing out on essential fibre throughout the day.

Vegetable-based smoothies, on the other hand, are packed with a high number of nutrients, are low in calories and help control cravings.

Here’s our round up of the best thirst-quenching veggie smoothies that are not only easy to make, but look and taste great too.

1. Ruby red beetroot smoothie

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Detox and hydrate with this bright beetroot smoothie, which is rich in antioxidants, and vitamin A and C. You’ll need ½ beetroot, ½ a cucumber and 5 carrots. Chop all ingredients and blend until smooth. (Recipe via Easy Detox).

2. Green immunity smoothie

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Self-confessed smoothie addict, Chris from Tales of a Kitchen, uses a combination of spices, aromatics and green veggies to create the ultimate immune-boosting drink. Get the recipe here.

3. Super cucumber and ginger smoothie

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Make this zesty green smoothie featuring cucumber and spinach for an easy way to boost your leafy green intake throughout the week. Add apple and honey for a touch of sweetness or try it with your low calorie sugar substitute of choice. Get the recipe here

4. Morning harmony juice

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The addition of mint, ginger, turmeric powder and cayenne pepper are what make this classic carrot-based recipe really pop! And here’s a tip: first make the carrot juice by mixing with water on a high speed blender until completely smooth, then use as needed. Get the recipe here.

5. Creamy green smoothie

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With avocado, baby spinach, celery and cucumber, this green smoothie certainly lives up to its name. And unlike some other green smoothies laden with fruit, you only need ½ a banana and ½ cup of milk (or milk alternative) to balance the taste. Get the recipe here. 

6. Broccoli and pineapple smoothie

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Tired of steamed broccoli for dinner? This smoothie recipe from The Root Cause promises a refreshing summer drink without the broccoli taste! Get the recipe here. 

Do you have a favourite healthy smoothie recipe? Share you tips in our comments section below.

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