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How to make "smarter" smoothies

Smoothies can be the wonder food for you and your family, especially if you need to get some greens into your diet. They're an affordable and easy way to fill you up. But making smoothies the "right" way is the key to getting proper nutrients. 

"We all know the importance of having a good breakfast, but sometimes we're time-crunched and we need something quick, portable and not too high in calories. That's why I love smoothies," says Devin. 

Smoothies are a great way to get veggies in your diet early in the day. They'll fill you up, and help curb cravings. If you start with sugar early in the morning, you're likely to crave sugar all day.  

"Take your veggies, really whatever you have, broccoli can work, I love spinach and parsley and celery," says Devin. "I love adding celery. It's a really good source of fiber. Just chop it into pieces and throw that in your blender. Cucumbers are [also] great because they have potassium and magnesium, which help lower blood pressure. Just about a quarter of a cucumber is great here. Chop that up and add that in, and then we want about a handful of parsley."

Believe it or not, parsley has more vitamin C than an orange. Top it off with a couple of handfuls of spinach, which is great for iron. 

"Then I'm just going to pour in a little bit of juice, about ¾ of a cup total. So push it down a bit, and blend it up," says Devin. "And just like that – it's so easy."

If you want to make this for your children, you can throw bananas and mangoes in there, and that will make it nice and rich and creamy, almost like a milk shake. And the best part is, it's much less expensive than the muffin and coffee you might have been having -- and much better for you!

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