07/18/2012 08:17 am ET

Smoothie Recipes: 5 Secret Smoothie Ingredients

By Melinda Johnson for U.S. News Health

Behold, the smoothie: Done right, smoothies can be a great meal or a snack in a glass, since they're packed with fiber and vitamins. Done poorly, they can add to your waistline -- fast. Some smoothies, especially those you purchase rather than make, contain 500 to 800 calories, making them a hefty meal. But when you control the ingredients, smoothies are a fantastic way to get a no-cook, nutritious meal or snack that you can take on the run.

Consider these five interesting ingredients to shake up the typical "fruit, yogurt, ice" smoothie recipe.

Secret Smoothie Ingredients

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