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5 of the best smoothie recipes to kick-start the New Year

These fruit and veg-packed smoothies make the perfect breakfast, snack or pre-gym treat

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5 of the best smoothie recipes to kick-start the New Year

If you're not a breakfast person, a quick smoothie will fill a little spot until lunchtime. If you're planning on hitting the gym after work but find your energy levels flagging, a blitz of banana, nut milk and oats should give you a boost. And adding a handful of veg to your smoothie is a nifty way to up your 5-a-day count, while keeping those sugar levels down. Feel like a fruity fix? Check out our favourite smoothie recipes...

Blackberry, pear and coconut smoothie in a bowl

You can blitz up this wintry mix of blackberries, pear, banana and apple juice in a bowl, with a stick blender. Topped with coconut, honey and pumpkin seeds, this is one tasty (not to mention good looking) brekkie.

Ginger carrot smoothie

This carrot smoothie packs a nutritional punch – cashews add a little creaminess, turmeric and root ginger bring heat and colour and lemon provides a touch of acidity. There is only a little sugar in this smoothie, as coconut water is used in place of juice. Serve over ice as a zingy mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Green apple and kale smoothie

If you've ever had apple slices with peanut butter, you'll know that they're a match made in heaven. Sour Granny Smith apples and curly kale are sweetened with banana in this green smoothie recipe, which includes a big dollop of crunchy peanut butter for creaminess. 

Pineapple and watercress smoothie 

If pure refreshment is what you're after, try this smoothie, which combines ultra-ripe pineapple with ginger, lime, coconut water and watercress. Serve frosty-cold, over ice, when you're after a good thirst-quencher.

Fancy getting out the blender and having a go at one of these smoothies? Find all ingredients online or in store, now.