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5 Green Smoothie Tips

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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 and blend your green smoothie 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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79 Responses to “5 Green Smoothie Tips”

  1. deana 4.15.2014 at 8:22 am #

    Okay, this may be a stupid question but please bear with me! I’m not a fan of oranges normally, but i bought some for the smoothies. Blended them as directed, but my smoothie has an awful texture, tastes great though. Do i need to blend it differently, am i not peeling them correctly? is this normal? lol, please help! thanks guys! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.16.2014 at 9:17 am #

      Hi Deana,
      If you have a standard blender then they may end up a bit pulpy. Try blending the orange and liquid together first and see if that helps!

  2. Janet 3.18.2014 at 8:25 am #

    Have you ever made smoothies and frozen in balls jars? I am so not a morning person and need to eat breakfast and green smoothies seem to be a great idea if I could make a weeks worth and freeze.

  3. phil ferrante 3.17.2014 at 12:13 pm #

    I love this site. I think I’ve come up with THE HEALTHIEST GREEN SMOOTHIE EVER MADE – EVER..

    Check the link out for some tips on making it as well as more detailed info: http://goo.gl/99V5vy

    Spinach – Two BIG handfuls
    Kale – One BIG handful
    Chia seeds – tablespoon
    Lime – 1/2
    Mixed Berries – Rasberry/Blueberry/Strawberry – Frozen
    Cod Liver Oil (I like Lemon flavored) – teaspoon
    Coconut Oil (Cold expeller pressed) – 1 tablespoon
    Whey Protein – 1 heaping scoop

  4. Jim 3.14.2014 at 8:29 am #

    Hi Ladies, I love your site and have shared it with many friends. My question is, Am I overdoing it with my smoothies? My base ingredients are:
    1 1/2 cups Kale
    1 Banana
    6-8 Frozen strawberries
    15 Raw almonds
    1-2 inches Raw ginger
    1 tsp Spirulina
    3 tbsp Hemp hearts
    1/2 tsp cayenne
    1/2 tsp cinnamon
    6 oz water or fruit juice
    I often add carrots or celery or cucumbers, tomatoes, grapes, melon or whatever fresh fruit or veggies we have available. It makes about 32 ounces which I drink at once. Is it too much?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.14.2014 at 8:53 am #

      Hi Jim!
      That certainly is a lot of ingredients! That’s not always a bad thing, but we do suggest staying around 16-20 ounces per serving. One reason we use fewer ingredients is because it’s simpler to make. Maybe you can alternate back and forth between spirulina and hemp hearts instead of including them both in one recipe?

  5. Lini Widyastuti 3.12.2014 at 2:29 am #

    Hi ladies.. it’s my fifth days to drink green smoothies, at first i was looking around from my country local blogger who already in to it. I keep looking for the best experience in doing green smoothies, than i find this web..
    already register to join the 30 days challenge!! cannot hardly wait, now i have lose 1 kg after 5 days, hope could get much more.. all the recipes looks very yummy

    thank you for sharing through this website

  6. Angela 3.7.2014 at 10:14 pm #

    Hi, Was wondering if you have any ideas on what kind of smoothies I can make for Gestational Diabetes? Having my third baby and just got this information told to me. I love smoothies and make them for my two girls almost 5 times a week. I need to find some good was to make them that dont have a lot sugar and not a lot of fruit. Any advice would be great!! Thanks

  7. Jazzmyn 1.21.2014 at 3:07 pm #

    Love this website and your IG I am 3 days into the 30 day challenge and whilst I haven’t tried any of the actual recipes yet the basic 2cps of liquid 2cps of greens and 3cps of fruit has been working out great for me and my family! I have my 8yr old downing them after school everyday and even he’s noticed a change in his energy levels! Thanks ladies!

    • Jadah and Jen 1.22.2014 at 8:38 am #

      That formula is so helpful… It really helps us when coming up with new recipes! Glad you’re enjoying the challenge :-)

  8. Jill 1.7.2014 at 7:25 pm #

    How many calories are in these drinks? Calorie count is never listed on the juice or smoothie recipes.

    • Jadah and Jen 1.8.2014 at 8:00 am #

      Hi Jill,
      We don’t currently have nutritional info on our recipes at this time. We recommend using “My Fitness Pal” or “Lose It” to track that info—they are both websites and phone apps :-)

  9. Stacia 1.6.2014 at 7:57 am #

    I tried my very first smoothie this morning and I loved it. My 19 month old daughter tried it as well and she loved it too. I am excited to do the 30 challenge. I was surprised by how well the spinach was liquefied. I’m using the Ninja blender.

  10. Anitra 1.1.2014 at 6:25 am #

    when making smoothies how much water is to be added?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.1.2014 at 9:37 am #

      We use about 2 cups of liquid for a two serving smoothie :-)

  11. Kris B. 12.27.2013 at 6:31 am #

    Love your website! I bought my first Vitamixer in 1998 and have been making smoothies now for a long time. I typically get carried away with adding maca powder, ground flax and a protein mix such as In the Raw or K-Pak. I like to put more veggies than fruit in my drink so do two to three cups of veggies and 1 cup of fruit. I agree though it is best to start out with more fruit until you get used to the smoothies. Over the holidays I have been a little bad so am ready to start the New Year’s challenge and get back on track!

  12. Helen Luczak 12.5.2013 at 11:23 am #

    When I first began blending and teaching green smoothie making using a commercial blender, I was using 2 cups of water in a large recipe but then I realized the best way to go is to begin with 1 cup of water and use ice cubes as you go along. It depends what recipe you are making and whether you have frozen fruit which will have added water in them. I begin with an apple or pear and a cup of greens (Swiss chard, collard greens or kale the heavier texture ones) and then add my frozen berries. As other ingredients get added like lighter texture baby spinach and fresh mango or pineapple, only a few ice cubes is required. If I’m going to make a large batch then in the end I’m adding 3 cups which is 3 handfuls if you scrunched the greens up and the equivalent of about 1 1/2 cup water, no more. Unless you have fresh or frozen strawberries which were grown locally and are sweet and delicious (not clamshell imported tasteless ones from California which are noticeably white in the middle when you cut them open — avoid these!) and good peaches (taste your frozen peach product to see if they are sweet), this drink isn’t going to come out the way you’d like it. I find that having the bosc or anjou pear and a fresh gala or honey crisp apple provides the needed bulk to make for a better blend when using berries and a fleshy fruit. Yes, agree with Jen that sometimes too many fruit can cause digestive problems. For some people, it’s because they aren’t meant to have banana or kiwi (couple of examples) for a few reasons. Blood Type being one of them. Type As should avoid banana and Type O avoid kiwi but also because one (the banana) can overpower the taste of the drink and all you taste is banana and kiwi won’t deliver any flavour. Just a few tips which I hope will be helpful. Oh, regarding frozen greens, if you purchase special tupperware which has the seals you open part way or keep closed, etc. your greens will stay preserved for a good week. The trick is buying fresh kale or swiss chard which is not wet!! If it’s dry and firm, as soon as you get home, cut off any long stems and separate the leaves by laying them out in layers and you will be good to go!

  13. Nick S 12.5.2013 at 10:46 am #

    Hi, just found this site the other day and have already started the 30-day challenge.

    I bought two bags of the Hemp Hearts from your Amazon store page (as well as a few other products, surprisingly those mason jars were $10 cheaper than what Amazon advertises on their main storefront). I’m just wondering what measurement you’d recommend using in most of your 2-serving recipes?

    For instance, if I make the 2-serving recipe and have 1 serving for breakfast and 1 for lunch (meal replacements), and have no other protein-rich items in the smoothie other than what the almond milk provides, how many tablespoons (or cups) would you say to include of the hemp hearts?

    Thanks.

    • Jadah and Jen 12.6.2013 at 12:49 pm #

      You can do 1-2 tablespoons for each individual serving :-) So glad you got hemp hearts!

      • Nick S 12.6.2013 at 1:05 pm #

        Great, thanks. I was actually putting 4tbsp in so looks like I found the sweet spot.

        Your recommendation of hemp protein made me want the hemp hearts, but now I read the chia seeds post earlier today and am wondering if I should just go with them instead. The extra fiber and better balance of omega fats sounds better than the protein boost!

  14. Roberta C. 11.13.2013 at 8:12 am #

    Hi there. Love your sight byt the way! Am doing the 30 day challenge. Quick question. When should you add the banana to the smoothie? Today, I made the apple smoothie from Week 1 in my Vitamix and I think the banana (it was frozen) made it a little thick. I didn’t like the consistency. I thought I blended it long enough, but it just seemed really thick. Any ideas? Thank you!

    • Jadah and Jen 11.15.2013 at 1:01 pm #

      Bananas will thicken your smoothie. If you don’t like it as thick then only use half or so :-) Just use your judgement and experiment!

  15. Jenn 11.12.2013 at 11:16 am #

    Hi, I’m disabled due to being rear ended in a car accident when I was 23 years old. I had to undergo Posterior Lumbar Spinal Fusion which ended up failing. Then, I had to fight for my life for several years after given too many steroids and developed Pseudo Exogenous Cushing’s Syndrome. So, now, I have 30 chronic conditions and it makes everything in life difficult. I’ll be, ::sighs:: 29 tomorrow haha. But, I’m new at smoothies and I need to lose weight. A few of thing my doctor wants me on for Costochondritis, I’m also Vitamin D deficient and I need Ascorbic Acid to absorb Vitamin D otherwise it’s useless… anyway they are all here on my list of what I call my “extras”. Here is my list:

    2 Tbs Coconut Oil
    1/8 tsp Pure Evening Primrose Oil
    1 Scoop Neocell Super Powder Collagen, Type 1 and 3
    1/2 tsp Vitamin C Crystals Ascorbic Acid 100% Pure Powder
    2 Tbs SCS Wellesse Joint Movement Glucosamine Liquid (2000mg Glucosamine, 1200mg Chondroitin, 500mg MSM)
    10 drops of White Willow Bark Extract
    5 full droppers of Liquid Vitamin D-3
    1 Tbs Vega – Antioxidant Omega Oil Blend *THIS STUFF IS AWESOME!!!*
    1sp Healthforce Vitamineral Green V5.2, Powder – Bio-Nuitritive SuperFood Complex For the Entire Body. This Has EVERYTHING!!!!!!
    315mg Green Tea Extract – 2 Tablets 2x’s daily (I open the capsuels and pour them in)
    800mcg Chromium – 1 tablet per day
    1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
    1 Tablespoon Flaxseed Oil

    Ok… I get that’s a lot… and the Healthforce definitely changes the taste and all of this takes up room. How do you go about adjusting for all the extra powders, minerals, vitamins, and oils with the fruit and make them taste palatable? I’ve been doing a lot of experimentation and it’s a lot of work. It took 2 hours to prep and prepare 3 smoothies yesterday. That can’t be right, right? (I have Ninja blender)

    Thank you so much for any insight.

    I love your website! I can’t wait to start using some of your recipes :)!

    • Jadah and Jen 11.13.2013 at 7:20 am #

      Hi Jenn!
      Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us! I’m not quite sure if you are saying you have to have all of those “extras” every day, or just some of them. If you don’t have to have all of them everyday, then I would try to stick to two or three extras per smoothie. There really isn’t a trick to mask the flavor of the extras unless you consume a huge smoothie, which we don’t suggest overeating :-) If you do need them everyday, then maybe try having these extras with other food or drink items instead of cramming them all in a smoothie. Hope this helps a bit!

  16. Steph 11.11.2013 at 8:23 am #

    Good Morning! I’ve been making green smoothies in the mornings and the last two times I’ve noticed a very strange pungent aftertaste that develops when I’m about 2/3 finsihed with my smoothie. I’ve been using a Kale Blend (I love Kale by Organic Girl) , Banana, Strawberry, Apple, Pear, and Chia seeds. This morning I also threw in some pineapple and rasperries. I’m not sure if I’m mixing in two things that are making this terrible taste, or I’m not drinking quick enough. Any tips?

    • Jadah and Jen 11.11.2013 at 8:48 am #

      Hmm… It could be anything, Steph. Personally, we like to keep our smoothies to three fruits or less… A lot of fruit in one smoothie makes all the flavors kind of mush together. Not sure if this is the problem or not….

  17. Dominique 10.22.2013 at 4:54 pm #

    Hi!! I just got my first Vitamix and I’m so excited to try your yummy recipes!!!
    I bought a big bag of kale but want to keep it fresh, so can I freeze it?
    I read we have to cook it for 2-3 minutes before? Is it true??
    Thanks!!

    • Jadah and Jen 10.23.2013 at 9:53 am #

      Hi Dominique!
      Not sure where you read that, but we just make sure ours is washed, stick the kale in freezer bags, and freeze it :-)

  18. Hannah 10.13.2013 at 4:35 am #

    I love how everyone is like asking you permission to give or take some ingredients in there own smoothies haha. Cool sight! I love green smoothies. Did you know your site is on stumble upon? means it must be good!

  19. Candace Trent 9.25.2013 at 9:17 am #

    Hi! Just came across your site. I am a proud owner of a vitamix that I have had for about 6 months now and I make smoothies daily; however, I struggle with balancing the liquid base with the fruit. I’ve gotten good at making one smoothie recipe but when I start to switch it up with different fruit and liquid bases, I find that my smoothies are too bland and watery even when I think I am adding a ton of fruit. I look forward to making some of your recipes so I can become a pro at it. One random question – where do you get the smoothie straws in the picture? I have plastic ones that I dont particularly like and want some disposable ones.

    • Candace Trent 9.25.2013 at 9:29 am #

      After reading some of the comments below, I see you recommend non-frozen fruit. I typically always use frozen bags of fruit that I buy in bulk..maybe this is why why smoothies are not as strong and come out watery.

  20. Tamika 9.9.2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Do you ever use frozen spinach in your smoothies? If so what is the measurement?

    • Jadah and Jen 9.10.2013 at 10:06 am #

      We use it when we have bought it fresh and froze it ourselves. It is a little tougher to measure two cups when its frozen, so we just kind of eyeball it :-)

  21. Laurie 9.8.2013 at 9:09 pm #

    Are all the measurements for greens tightly packed?

    • Jadah and Jen 9.9.2013 at 8:38 am #

      You can do tightly packed, loosely packed, any way you would like :-)

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  23. Stacey 7.23.2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Thank you. I think that I may try the strawberry and peach recipe then.

    Thank you,

  24. Stacey 7.23.2013 at 8:12 am #

    I am interested in trying your starter recipe but I can not eat bananas or pineapples. I love both of these fruits but since having my two oldest children (now 21 and 15), my body has developed an intolerance for them. They cause cramping in my belly/digestive tract. Also, the acid from pineapples causes me to breakout in a rash around my mouth.

    Question: would blending these fruits, along with a vegetable, help my belly/digestive tract tolerate these fruits? or are there other fruits that I can use as a substitute to the bananas and pineapples?

    • Jadah and Jen 7.23.2013 at 9:10 am #

      I think it would be best to stay away from this recipe if you are intolerant, unfortunately. I think instead of trying to replace so many fruits, you should try to find another recipe that sounds good and that works for you :-) You can find them on this page:
      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes

  25. Jill Parker 7.17.2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Just made my first smoothie today. I was amazed that it was so good and that the spinach was so pulverized, you really couldn’t tell it was there. Next stop, Kale!

  26. Misty 7.3.2013 at 6:19 pm #

    I just wanted to say that I LOVE this web site!!!! I am very new to the idea of green smoothies but have really enjoyed all of the ones I have tried from the recipes you have provided. I have also made up a few of my own :) Originally I thought it would be a good way to help with weight loss but didn’t think about how it would make me feel. I have to say that I feel great and am actually down seven pounds in two weeks!!!!! (I have also been walking and doing some light weight training) I am hoping to continue drinking my green smoothies for breakfast every day and look forward to a healthier, much smaller version of myself. Thank you for everything!!!

    • Jadah and Jen 7.5.2013 at 6:40 am #

      Thanks for sharing, Misty :-) So happy for you! Keep on rawkin’!

  27. Chris 6.26.2013 at 12:43 pm #

    Just made my first smoothie (berry protein bash)! It was delicious but I wish it were more cold. Any tips? I used cold almond milk and cold blueberries. Maybe I blended it too long…just got my vitamix, not used to the power!

  28. Mike 6.7.2013 at 8:45 am #

    Thanks for responding….the other question I have is since I’m going shopping today and starting tomorrow ahead of the 30-day challenge that starts in July, where can I get a complete shopping list that covers me for 1 or 2 weeks at a time? Also are there more recipes that what show on the site under “recipes”?

    Thanks!

  29. Mike 6.7.2013 at 6:58 am #

    Getting ready to start juicing this weekend…..quick question – When I throw fruit/veggies in there do I put the whole peel and all……..even on those items I usually would peel like kiwi etc.??

    Thanks!

    • Jadah and Jen 6.7.2013 at 7:34 am #

      Hi Mike!
      We focus more on blending on this site, but there are lots of people who juice from our recipes and tips, too! As far as blending goes, it all depends on which fruit/veggie you use whether or not you keep the peel. We like to keep it on some things that we might not normally keep when we at them. Some of it is personal preference, and other times it is healthy to NOT eat the skin.

      • Helen Luczak 7.6.2013 at 10:30 pm #

        The rule of thumb regarding including peels on fruits is that if it’s organic, it’s usually acceptable, eg. mango or kiwi peels (says Victoria Boutenko). Pineapple peels are never used but don’t worry about the brown spots and the core is bromelain, a digestive enzyme, which is highly desirable. Peaches, plums, apricots, would have to be well scrubbed if not organic or else peeled. Peaches, as one example, is one of the highly sprayed fruits. Some people soak their fruit in food-grade hydrogen peroxide for cleaning. Others change the energy with dowsing techniques or magnets — might be unfamiliar techniques for some people — do the research. The pears and apples should be used in their entirety, peel, cores and seeds and only the stem removed. Avocado pits are highly recommended as a valuable soluble fiber; however, your drink will be bitter if you use too much. The pits all vary in size so when they say half of a bit maximum, what size are we talking? You’ll have to experiment! Of course using a hi-speed commercial blender with at least 3 HP will deliver phytochemicals which are cancer fighting and heart healthy. Research Dr. Tom Wu and Green Smoothies on the internet.

  30. Afifah Halwan 5.13.2013 at 8:24 pm #

    Hi Jadah & Jen, I really interested in your statement that you usually use frozen fruits or leafy greens. What confuse me is how did you freeze them?
    One more stupid question, i live in Indonesia (remote side province) which is some of the fruits and greens is so difficult to find here. Can i just substituted it with any fruits and greens that easier to find here? Thank you.

    • Jadah and Jen 5.14.2013 at 6:58 am #

      Hello Afifah! I hope you are doing well in Indonesia! I have heard it is a beautiful place :-)
      Ok, now to your question about freezing. We freeze the fruits and veggies usually by cutting them into small pieces, placing them in airtight bags, and putting them in the freezer. Cutting them into smaller pieces will help them to freeze better and lock in nutrients and fresh taste.

      To your question on substituting… Yes! Please feel free to substitute all you want :-) Our recipes are merely a source of inspiration, which means you can use them to guide you to making the best smoothie for you. If you don’t like something, then switch it out. If you don’t have something, then replace it. Maybe you will even find a unique smoothie to your country! That would be neat!

  31. Chiara Contardi 5.8.2013 at 10:56 am #

    Hi, I’ve just made my 1st green smoothie!
    I was wondering… is it possible to add some fat free greek yoghurt from time to time?

    • Jadah and Jen 5.8.2013 at 2:01 pm #

      It is definitely possible! We like to stay way from dairy because of intolerances and our attempts to eat a bit cleaner, but many people enjoy greek yogurt in their smoothies :-)

  32. jodi 5.3.2013 at 11:30 am #

    I just bought a Vita-mix and I’m worried about getting started.

    I always disassembled my old blender to give it a good wash, and there are only directions about washing the inside of the blender jar.

    I tried e-mailing Vitamix to ask if you can immerse the whole blender jar to wash it, BUT they don’t answer me.

    If you have a Vitamix and know how to clean the OUTSIDE of the jar, tell me!

    By the way, how DO you get thick ingredients (like homemade peanut butter) out of the blender if you can’t disassemble easily? ? ?

    Thanks!

    • Jadah and Jen 5.3.2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Jodi!
      I (Jen) clean my Vitamix by using soapy water and a sponge. I just put the whole pitcher in the sink (not the base!) and scrub all over–inside and out. By doing this you should be able to get the thick ingredients out. Sometimes for a quick clean I put Method dish soap (available at Target) in the blender with some water and turn it on (Method dish soap is safe to use). Once I feel like it cleaned it enough I rinse it out, and am ready to rawk the next day.
      Hope this helps!

      • Helen Luczak 7.6.2013 at 10:35 pm #

        I use a 3.5 HP Waring hi-speed commercial blender. It specifically recommends sterilizing after use (for restaurants only, I thought); however, it turns out that the blades will be protected and longer lasting and no risk of damage to the seal if it’s completely dried. Check your warranty booklet and read it from cover to cover. I discovered Melaleuca’s Diamond Brite which is a non-suds soap for cleaning it which for the Waring requires adding a spoonful to about 4 cups of hot water and running it for about a minute. Then Sol-U-Mel is used as the equivalent for bleach to sterilize it. At the end, the blender is turned on for just 2 seconds with nothing in it to push out any drops of water. I’m explaining all of this as it applies to the Waring because I wasn’t paying attention to the care of the machine and had to replace my carafe. Now all is good!

  33. Frieda 4.14.2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Do the smoothies have the same affect without the superfoods?

    • Jadah and Jen 4.15.2013 at 5:23 am #

      Smoothies will still have lots of valuable nutrients without superfoods, Frienda :-) The only difference will be that you aren’t getting the nutrients that the superfoods have to offer. It is totally up to you!

  34. Frieda 4.14.2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Do you the smoothies have the same affect without the superfoods?

  35. Frieda 4.14.2013 at 6:41 pm #

    Do the smoothies work the same without the superfood? I tried the smoothie with the super foods and it taste horrible.

  36. JR 4.10.2013 at 4:01 pm #

    Hey folks! I was recently introduced to this marvelous site. I find it uber helpful- Thank you!

    As to the liquid bases, I have been using Naked brand juices occasionally. Specifically Green Monster, Blue something and the Mango. They have no added sugars, and from the ingredients list, nothing I do not like.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Thoughtful and insightful input is appreciated.

    • Jadah and Jen 4.10.2013 at 8:02 pm #

      Hi JR! Those juices are similar to what we try to encourage people to do here, but they don’t always include the whole fruit like we do in our smoothies. The fleshy parts of the fruits have lots to offer when it comes to nutrition, which is just one reason we prefer smoothies. Hope this helps!

  37. Monica 4.7.2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Hello, I have loved week 1 and look forward to green smoothies even after the 30 days. One thing I noticed with the week 2 shopping lists and recipes is they seem to be aimed at making it the day of with nothing frozen. For week 1 we bagged up 7 days of recipes and put in the freezer, it was so much easier. Can I still do this with week 2 and going forward? Is there any nutritional difference in blending up frozen ingredients vs fresh?
    Thanks!

    • Jen H 4.8.2013 at 7:19 pm #

      Hi Monica— you can totally prep your green smoothies for the week! Just cut up, measure and store in the baggies and you will be good to go! We just stressed it early in the challenge, but it applies to the whole thing. If prepping for the week helps you out go for it! The nutritional value is so simliar if you freeze ripe produce, so don’t worry about that. My only issue with using frozen fruit is that they sweetness and flavor isn’t as strong. I sometimes defrost them first to help sweeten it up a little.

  38. Julie 4.5.2013 at 4:05 pm #

    The Almond milk I use has more calcium than milk. Just an FYI. And since I rarely drink milk, the added calcium is a benefit to me. The greens serve to further enhance that. I think anything we can do to improve our eating habits is a plus.

  39. Anise 3.23.2013 at 1:52 am #

    Wow after reading the reviews, this will be a healthy experience.

  40. Raederle 3.19.2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Great tips. One note of inaccuracy however: the bone-building calcium in green smoothies comes from greens. To say the nut-milks or coconut-milk is bone-building is completely inaccurate. Nuts and coconut are high in phosphorus and other components that are actually depleting for your calcium reserves (your bones). This isn’t a problem if we’re talking about half a cup of almond milk in a green smoothie. However, it is a problem when people eat a cup of almond milk over a grain-based or nut-based granola and think they’re building their bones when they are actually depleting them. Very few seeds actually have a mineral balance that is good for bones. I have more information about this on my website if you’re interested. ~ Raederle

    • Helen Luczak 7.6.2013 at 10:40 pm #

      I agree with you Raederle. The calcium and a host of other vitamins and minerals and even protein are in the greens. I follow Victoria Boutenko’s recommendation regarding using only water with fruits and non-starchy vegetables (primarly leafy greens but celery is an example of a non-starch vegetable which can be used). This is to ensure that there is complete digestion and assimilation. Some people may notice that the fiber in their green smoothies is a bit too much for them. It’s a good idea to start off with simple recipes not mixing too many fruits in one drink, for example. Having said that, I tend to make more complicated recipes with an assortment of greens and fruit which for most people reaps a lot of compliments. But I am mindful that occasionally it’s simply “too much” for people who haven’t dealt with their candida or replenished intestinal flora.

  41. Mallory 2.26.2013 at 1:54 pm #

    Hey! First I want to say I love your website :)
    For the 2 weeks before my vacation to Florida I am doing a fast where I only eat green smoothies. My family thinks I am crazy, but I am very excited. I want to do this because I think it is important to practise self control. Also, spiritually, it is an important skill to be able to force yourself to do something you might not particularily enjoy. Anyway, I want to be safe, so are there any tips/pointers/encouragements that I should remember while doing this fast?

  42. Jon 2.21.2013 at 8:40 am #

    What would be a good smoothie that includes spinach, frozen mixed berries and some other type of fruit? How much of each as well would be helpful.

    Possible to throw some type of protein in as well?

    • Jen H 2.22.2013 at 10:42 am #

      Hey Jon. The Berry Protein Bash would be a good one or even this one. You can use frozen or fresh fruit in smoothies— but I like to defrost my frozen fruit a little before I blend it to give it a stronger taste and not so chilly.

  43. Jodi 2.20.2013 at 7:49 am #

    Hi Ladies,

    I stumbled across your lovely website just this morning. I have started the long journey of 100+ lb weight loss, and have been looking for as much help as I can get. I have been having some issues with getting in enough veggies, and have been considering making green smoothies. Your beginner recipe looks to be right up my ally :) Anyway, I have a Kitchenaid immersion blender (This one http://www.kitchenaid.com/content.jsp?pageName=Handblender, with all the fun attachments ) and I just want to make sure that this will suffice before I go an buy all the ingredients!

    Thanks

    • Jen H 2.25.2013 at 12:34 pm #

      Hey Jodi— I just saw this message. I’m sorry! You can definitely use an immersion blender! Yet you will have to tweak things in recipes to compensate. Like probably no raw nuts (you could try soaking them overnight and see if that works) and you will probably want to defrost your frozen fruit before blending it up. I personally do this with my Vitamix too because I like my smoothies not super chilly and to have more flavor. Hope you give it a shot and congrats on taking a positive step towards a healthy you. Please share with us your journey— we would love to be a part of it Jodi.

  44. ansa 2.18.2013 at 6:16 am #

    hello,
    i want to loose my weight.can i use these smoothies for this purpose and how much in a day i will use it.please reply,i want to have 30 days challenge.can i use frozen spinach .please reply meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    • Jen H 2.18.2013 at 3:20 pm #

      Hi Ansa. My friend Jadah used green smoothies as a meal replacement (breakfast and sometimes lunch) and lost over 20 pounds. What tends to happen when you drink green smoothies is that you crave fresh, raw ingredients (You don’t desire fast food or processed food anymore). By truly nourishing your body with fresh fruits and vegetables, you will be less hungry and tend to lose unwanted pounds. You might want to count calories still if you think you might have a problem watching what you eat, but green smoothies are a great way to begin your new lifestyle. Hope this helps you out. Glad to have you here!

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