5 Green Smoothie Tips


Hey there rawkstar! We’ve got a few important green smoothie tips to help you get started with the green smoothie lifestyle. This is the good stuff. The stuff we wish we knew about when we first starting blending and drinking our greens.


5 Green Smoothie Tips to Get You Started


number 1Follow the 60/40 formula. When you’re making your first few green smoothies, don’t just throw things in the blender. Chances are, it’ll taste nasty if you wing it right out of the gate. To save you a few smoothie-fails, bust out those cute lil’ measuring cups learn how to make your own green smoothie.


SGS_numbers_2Blend in stages to avoid leafy chunks. Chewing your green smoothie is no fun! To get a “smooth” green smoothie experience, blend up your leafy greens and liquid-base first. Then add your remaining fruits and blend again.


SGS_numbers_3Ditch the ice and freeze some fruits. Want your green smoothie to be extra chilly? Freeze your favorite fruits like ripe bananas, grapes, pineapple or berries. This is also a great way to not waste ripe fruits (like those brown bananas on your counter). You can also freeze your leafy greens in a freezer-safe bag. Just make sure to add your frozen greens straight to the blender (don’t defrost these fragile lil’ guys).


SGS_numbers_4Use raw natural sweeteners. Add naturally sweet fruits to any smoothie that tastes bitter or a bit too “green.” By sticking with naturally sweet fruits like bananas, mango, apples, pears or pitted date, we avoid artificial sweeteners and processed sugars.


SGS_numbers_5Make smoothies ahead for the perfect fast food. We know life can get crazy busy— especially in the morning. That’s why we think green smoothies are the healthiest fast food for people who are constantly on the go. You can prep your green smoothies and blend the night before and store it in your fridge (up to 2 days). Use an airtight lid to limit oxidation and keep it as fresh as possible. When ready to drink, give it a good shake before you open.


If you follow these five green smoothie tips, we pinky promise your green smoothies will be love at first sip!

Looking for more tips and resources to help you become a green smoothie rawkstar? Check out this resource page!


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Join us for our always free 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. Get access to new green smoothie recipes, weekly shopping lists, and a rawkin’ community of over 500,000 people cheering you on for 30 days –> sign-up here.

213 Responses to “5 Green Smoothie Tips”

  1. Terese 6.9.2016 at 1:42 am #

    Hi. After you have completed blending, do you strain your smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.9.2016 at 7:49 pm #

      Hi Terese!

      My high-speed blender is pretty great for making my smoothie super-smooth, so I personally don’t strain my smoothies :). If you find you still have chunks after blendin’, however, you can totally strain your smoothie! Another idea to help eliminate chunks is to blend your leafy greens + liquid base first until you get a juice-like consistency, then add your fruit and blend again.

  2. Mirela 5.3.2016 at 11:21 am #

    Anyway we can make the smoothies for more than 2 days at a time? I have a busy schedule and I just cant commit to making it every 2 days. I’ve been doing up to 7 days in a Mason Jar and it seems okay, just wondering if storing longer than 2 days is safe and does it alter the taste?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.3.2016 at 11:32 am #

      Hi Mirela,

      Great question! We suggest keeping your blended green smoothies in the refrigerator for up to two days. Want to be able to blend a large batch for the week? Try freezing your blended green smoothie, then thaw in the refrigerator the night before you’re ready to enjoy. Just a quick FYI, because our recipes are free of any yucky additives or stabilizers, separation is completely natural, so give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying.

      Another way to make blending even easier is prepping your green smoothie’s ahead of time. Check out our prep tips here…


  3. Cindi 2.22.2016 at 3:44 am #

    Hi, I’ve purchased the book (due today) and signed up for the challenge 3 days ago but as of yet have not received any emails regarding the challenge.



    • SGS Rawkstar 2.22.2016 at 6:41 am #

      Hi Cindi,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + all of your support! We host 4 FREE 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenges a year, our next challenge kicks off on April 1st! You’ll receive a challenge email one week before our kick-off with the first week’s recipes + shopping list to get you started. Can’t wait that long? Check out our 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge E-Guide and take part in your own 30-Day Challenge on your schedule!


  4. RR 2.6.2016 at 9:10 am #

    I joined the 30 day challenge and also got the 1st day cleansing routine.
    i wanted to check for a few ingredients which are not available in India very easily. please suggest some alternates from them

    1) blueberries. ( we get strawberries)
    2) Hemp
    3) almond milk
    4) Cayenne pepper
    5) Djon mustard
    6) Kale

    Really looking forward to your April quarter challenge.

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.7.2016 at 6:24 pm #

      Hi RR,

      Thanks for reaching out! We definitely try to make our recipes accessible to everyone around the world, but understand that certain ingredients can be hard to find. That’s why we definitely suggest swapping in local ingredients! Here are a few of our suggestions for the ingredients you listed…

      1. Blueberries: Swap in another berry you have on hand, strawberries is a great option!

      2. Hemp: We love hemp for it’s major protein boost. Check out our other favorite plant-based protein options here… http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

      3. Almond milk: Do you have access to raw almonds? If so, we love making our own almond milk. Learn how here…http://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/diy-almond-milk Or swap in another liquid base you enjoy more. Here are a few of our favorites… http://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

      4. Cayenne pepper: Swap in another spice you enjoy! The heat of cayenne pepper helps boost your metabolism.

      5. Dijon mustard: Are other mustards available where you are? Any will make a great substitute!

      6. Kale: Can’t find kale? No worries! Swap in another leafy green you enjoy. Check out some of our favorites here… http://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

      Hope this helps! :)

  5. Kristina 1.1.2016 at 2:24 pm #

    So glad I stumbled across your Website and joined the 30-day challenge. Day 1 and I’m already loving it! I’m diabetic, so I flipped the formula and did 60% leafy greens and 40% fruit. I do my grocery shopping on Sunday and my hubby was kind enough to cut up and freeze some leftover pineapple, cantaloupe and strawberries, so I made my own recipe with spinach, unsweetened almond milk, and fruit. Also added some protein powder. Mmmm! I love the recipe cards and can’t wait to shop on Sunday and prep everything in Mason jars for next week!

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.1.2016 at 4:24 pm #

      Hi Kristina,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us and love that you flipped our Simple Green Smoothie Formula on it’s head to lower your natural sugar intake. We hope you continue to love our 30-Day Challenge, and we hope to hear from you throughout the next 29 days (and beyond)!!

      Cheers :)

  6. Skye Fox 12.1.2015 at 8:48 pm #

    What a great list of healthy weight loss smoothies! I love smoothies and I think they are a great way to achieve weight loss goals!

  7. Katie 9.18.2015 at 12:43 pm #

    Hi! I love carrots, but I cannot get passed their texture when I blend. I don’t necessarily want to cook them and risk losing nutrients- do you have any suggestions to get them really smooth?

    PS- I’m working with a Ninja blender

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.21.2015 at 4:58 pm #

      Hi Katie,

      We usually suggest steaming or roasting carrots for a smooth texture. We have heard from our SGS Tribe that freezing shredded carrots can help them break down when blendin’. Hope that helps!


    • Gary 12.30.2015 at 6:34 pm #

      The problem is your blender. Get a Blendtec or Vitamix. The extra $ is well worth it if you are serious about making green smoothies a regular part of your diet.

  8. Vivian 9.15.2015 at 8:38 pm #

    Hi! I’m wondering what the best smoothies are to help or cure the common cold/cough? thanks! xx

  9. nicole 8.24.2015 at 8:53 am #

    HI – what would you suggest for a good breakfast smoothie? Thanks.

  10. megan 7.30.2015 at 3:07 pm #

    I am new, looking for recepies that are good for diabetics.
    Anyone have any they wanna share.

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.31.2015 at 8:28 pm #

      Hi Megan,

      Yay! We’re so excited to have you join us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies and the natural sugars are okay for their eating plan. Here is a link to our favorite low sugar fruits.


      Hope this helps!

  11. Sarah 7.17.2015 at 6:14 pm #

    I had gotten into a smoothie habit because they’re yummy and quick. I am now just getting into green smoothies.
    mine turned out great! I put in ingredients I had on hand:

    2 c spinach (lots of goodness in there)
    1 c strawberry banana yogurt (has sugar but also fantastic probiotics)
    1 ripe banana
    1/4 to 1/2 cup oats (the oats really help satisfy my appetite and gives it texture)
    2 T coconut oil (since spinach has oil soluble vitamins)


    • SGS Rawkstar 7.17.2015 at 8:09 pm #

      Hi Sarah,

      Cheers to getting into the green smoothie habit! Rawk on!

    • Ashley 7.30.2015 at 12:06 am #

      What kind of oats do you use?

      • SGS Rawkstar 7.30.2015 at 7:36 am #

        Hi Ashley,

        We love reaching for rolled oats! :)

  12. Ariana Hakim 7.3.2015 at 1:06 pm #


    First off, I am absolutely in love with this website and all of the recipes! I have tried a fair amount and i loved every single one of them. Just one question; When I blend Kale i usually cannot get rid of the leafy pieces in my smoothie. It doesn’t really blend as well as spinach. I always blend the leafy greens and liquid first, as instructed, but with kale, I always end up with the leafy pieces. Any suggestions? Thank you so much:)

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.3.2015 at 7:43 pm #

      Hi Ariana,

      Great question! Before blendin’ kale we suggest removing any thick stems, which can be tough on your blender. We also suggest blendin’ your leafy greens + liquid base first, and then adding your remaining ingredients. Another great tip is to use at least one frozen fruit, to help breakdown the kale, and ensure your smoothie is chilled to perfection!

      Hope these help!

      • Marie 8.17.2015 at 11:17 am #

        Try frozen kale from frozen vegetable section in supermarket.

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.17.2015 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi Marie,

      Thanks for the tip! We prefer to freeze our own – learn how here!!


    • Angel 8.17.2015 at 1:39 pm #

      I use the baby kale that is triple washed and in the salad section of the supermarket. It blends up great!

      • SGS Rawkstar 8.18.2015 at 12:49 pm #

        Hi Angel,

        Yum! We love blendin’ with baby kale! It’s mild flavor is perfect for green smoothies! Thanks for the suggestion!

  13. Brenda Mandel 6.30.2015 at 10:19 am #

    Hello, what do you think about blending leafy greens with some water (so that the blender can blend it) and then freezing them into ice cubes to be added into smoothies later. Would this affect the nutrition of the greens? How long would they last in the freezer this way? Please let me know!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.30.2015 at 7:23 pm #

      Hi Brenda,

      Great question! While we prefer to freeze our leafy greens prior to blendin’ (http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/freeze-leafy-greens), a large number of our community members have had great success in freezing blended greens! Greens stay good in the freezer for a couple of months instead of a week in the fridge.

      Cheers :)

  14. Tarnya 6.3.2015 at 7:22 pm #

    Hi, I have just made my first green smoothie using the Green Smoothie formula, but not green, instead a nasty brown colour. i used 2 cups kale, 2 cups coconut water and 1 cup each of pineapple, mango and raspberries with Chia added, the taste wasnt fantastic either, what did I do wrong?

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.4.2015 at 5:25 am #

      Hi Tarnya,

      This is usually because of the dark fruits that are being used in the smoothie. If you’re new to green smoothies, and looking for a bright green + delicious recipe, try Beginner’s Luck! It’s still my favorite!


  15. Lisa 5.14.2015 at 8:14 pm #

    Asking about how to get the fresh start diet as I have paid and can’t get into the recipes and diet. Only can read the 50 some pages

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.15.2015 at 6:31 am #

      Hi Lisa,

      I’m so sorry to hear you’re having issues accessing the cleanse! We’re green smoothie lovin’ rawkstars alright, but technology is not always on our side. Send a quick message to our team at the link below, and they’ll get you set up ASAP!


  16. Kate C. 5.4.2015 at 4:08 pm #

    Hi, this is my first go around with green smoothies. I’ve tried the raw diet in the past but my hectic lifestyle threw that out the window. I have 3 kids and want to try to get them involved with having a smoothie for a snack. I don’t do processed foods in my house. But being a busy mom we may find the fast food every once in a while since we are out so often. My question is if its okay to replace my kids meals with a smoothie as well, or should i just use them as a snack? Also, I made my first smoothie for lunch, I used 1 cup kale, 1 cup spinach, 2 cups coconut milk, and 3 cups apples and after all blended up i drank a full 16 oz glass and still had another full 16 oz glass left. Can i freeze my leftovers? Or just refrigerate for up to 2 days? I would like to switch it up everyday, so tomorrow i dont want to drink the same thing.:-) Thanks so much!

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.4.2015 at 5:28 pm #

      Hi Kate,

      For little ones we suggest using green smoothies as a snack! Here are some of our tips for sharing green smoothies with little rawkstars…


      Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to two days in an airtight container. We suggest adding a little bit of lemon to help preserve all of the delicious fruits + leafy greens. You can freeze any leftovers too, and just thaw them in the fridge overnight. With both methods, some separation is natural, so just give it a quick shake before enjoying!

      Cheers :)

  17. Becky 5.1.2015 at 5:01 am #


    Is it possible to use tinned peaches/pineapple etc. in the smoothies? I love to make smoothies but unfortunately have a tight budget, and tinned fruit is obviously cheaper if you think it would work :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.1.2015 at 6:57 am #

      Hi Becky,

      We prefer to use fresh or frozen fruit, but understand that’s not always possible for everyone! If using tinned fruit, be aware that they usually contain extra sugar, even those stored in natural juice.


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