10 Healthy Drinks to Start Your Day Slideshow

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Almond Milk
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This popular, low-calorie cow's milk alternative is a good source of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin E. Although commercial varieties are widely available on the market today (stick to the unsweetened original flavor if you're buying pre-made), it's surprisingly easy to make at home — and better for you too. Plus, you can choose to embellish the milk's nutty, slightly sweet flavor with ingredients like vanilla, cinnamon, and honey.

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Sara Remington

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Tea-Licious Smoothie
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Tea-Licious Smoothie
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This refreshing combination of peppermint tea and citrus from the fresh orange and grapefruit is the perfect low-calorie and low-fat pick-me-up.

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Amy Neunsinger

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Banana Pear Lassi
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Banana Pear Lassi
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This delicious take on the popular Indian yogurt drink adds in potassium-rich bananas and fresh pear, which is great for a quick energy boost (just what you need for your morning commute). Keep the whole process super efficient with one of these handy single-serve blenders that doubles as a to-go cup.

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Nina Dreyer Hensley, Jim Hensley, Paul Lowe

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Rose Hip Tea
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Rose Hip Tea
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Orange juice is the obvious morning drink choice when you're looking for a dose of vitamin C, but this herbal tea is also a great source of the vitamin — plus you get the caffeine boost. (And for the very on-the-go types, there's even a thermos that let's you steep mid-travel.)

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Watermelon, Lime, & Lemongrass Juice
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Why spend the money on store-bought juice when making it at home is so easy? This refreshing drink is made with three cups of potassium-rich watermelon. Plus, it includes fresh ginger which is a good source for serveral minerals and is known for being a natural antibiotic for the whole body.

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Nina Dreyer Hensley, Jim Hensley, Paul Lowe

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Banana Cinnamon Smoothie
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Banana Cinnamon Smoothie
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This tasty smoothie is full of good-for-you ingredients: bananas, non-fat Greek yogurt, and almond milk. The addition of cinnamon makes it taste like a Mexican horchata, and the spice's health benefits are wide-ranging, including everything from boosting memory to curing a cold.

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Valaer Murray

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Ginger Berry Smoothie
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You can't go wrong with this health-conscious combo: Ginger is great for digestion, while berries are super high in antioxidants. There's a good amount of protein in the almond milk and Greek yogurt, but if you need it to be more filling, add a scoop of whey protein (best in vanilla flavor). Using frozen berries is cost-efficient and helpful when berries are out of season.

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Valaer Murray

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Apple à la Mode Smoothie
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Apple à la Mode Smoothie
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Make the most of upcoming apple season with this rich, delicious smoothie which features non-fat frozen yogurt, unsweetened homemade applesauce, and apple juice. The favorite fall fruit is packed with pectin, a soluble fiber that helps reduce cholesterol.

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Amy Neunsinger

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Strawberry Lemonade
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Strawberry Lemonade
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While commercial lemonades are often full of sugar, this version doesn't contain any at all, yet manages to still stay sweet by mixing in fresh strawberries.

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Arthur Bovino

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Apricot Zinger
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Although originally conceived as a "mocktail," this aromatic drink works just as well as an a.m. beverage. At only 130 calories per serving, it keeps things healthy by using agave syrup as a sweetener and fresh apricot juice.

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