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 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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175 Responses to “5 Green Smoothie Tips”

  1. 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!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/beginners-luck

  2. 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!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/contact

  3. 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…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothies-for-kids/10-green-smoothie-tips-for-kids

      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 :)

  4. Becky 5.1.2015 at 5:01 am #

    Hi,

    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.

  5. sheena 4.30.2015 at 6:25 am #

    Hi, do you know of any websites you can purchase wholesale frozen fruit from? I am on week 2 of the greensmoothies and it is very costly.
    Any ideas or suggestions? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.30.2015 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Sheena,

      If you are new to eating a lot of fruits and veggies, your grocery bill may be a little shocking with the extra fresh and frozen produce purchases. Overtime, you will eliminate a lot of processed food items which will in turn bring your grocery bill back to normal. But here are a few quick tips to saving money on produce.

      -Make a shopping list: Making a weekly meal planning list that covers what you will eat on a daily basis will help you only buy what you need. Make sure to include snacks in your meal plan and shopping list, too.

      -Buy seasonal fruit and veggies: Purchasing produce is in season and is typically cheaper. And if you see a good deal on fresh fruits and veggies, purchase in bulk and freeze for future smoothies.

      -Buy out of season fruits frozen: Costco and Sam’s Club sell large bags of organic frozen fruit at good prices. If your freezer can accommodate bags in bulk, take advantage of making these purchases.

      -Buy from local fruit stands, farmer’s markets and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture): For the tastiest and most fresh organic produce, buy locally. Not only has the produce been grown and harvested close to home, but buying locally also helps our environment by eliminating the time and resources needed to deliver. Visit, http://www.LocalHarvest.org to find your local farm, farmers markets, and other local food sources.

      -Follow the EWG’s Dirty Dozen: This list will help you know what is worth getting organic and what you can buy conventional.

      Hope this helps! :)

  6. misty 4.29.2015 at 9:39 am #

    Hi i just want to say I am excited to have found this site I am starting this for health reason but weightloss will be a perk I have frozen collar greens and frozen mango’s would they be ok in a green smoothy
    thanks again I can not wait to use my new magic bullet and get to making smoothy s

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.29.2015 at 3:51 pm #

      Hi Misty,

      We’re so glad you’re joining us in the green smoothie lifestyle! Our co-founder Jadah lost over 25 pounds in three months by replacing one meal with a green smoothie!

      We love blendin’ with collard greens! Like their other cruciferous family members, collard greens are great cancer fighters. They are also pretty good at helping your body digest foods properly with all the fiber inside.

      We also love frozen fruit, especially mango!

      Happy blendin! And let us know if you have any questions along the way!

      Cheers :)

  7. Jennifer 4.8.2015 at 10:10 am #

    I just signed up for the 30 day challenge, and VERY excited. I am hoping to shed some weight (about 30 lbs eventually) and also have recently kicked my daily white wine habit (which helped with the 30 lbs!). I am looking forward to trying new recipes. I also have bad allergies and intolerance to many foods, I am hoping this helps there, also with my skin. Any tips for an addition that will curb the mid morning hunger? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.8.2015 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Jennifer,

      We are so excited to have you blendin’ with us and wish you all the best as you begin your weight loss journey! Our co-founder Jadah, lost over 25 pounds in 3 months by replacing one meal with a green smoothie! We like to add protein to our smoothies to help with the mid-morning cravings and help get us through the day feeling satisfied. Here are some of our favorite ways to add protein to our smoothies:

      http://www.simplegreensmoothies.com/protein

      Cheers :)

  8. Fabian 4.5.2015 at 2:49 am #

    Thank you so much for this site; it has truly brought me into the fold. I love the taste of a good smoothie, but I have one remaining aesthetic problem: my shiny green smoothies turn more into a dark green, brownish substance a couple of hours into its existence. That doesn’t affect the taste, but if there is any advice on how to preserve the wonderful colour we start with, I would really appreciate it. Cheers!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2015 at 7:55 pm #

      Hi Fabian,

      Try adding a little bit of lemon juice to your smoothies to help preserve that beautiful bright green color! :)

      • Fabian 4.11.2015 at 3:00 am #

        That’s very helpful, thanks a lot! So far, it works much, much better :-)

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.11.2015 at 6:34 am #

      Cheers :)

  9. Amy 4.1.2015 at 11:29 am #

    Why isn’t the 60/40 formula actually explained in the above post? What is it??

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.1.2015 at 6:48 pm #

      Hi Amy,

      The 60/40 formula is that each smoothie will be made up of 60% fruits and 40% leafy greens. As long as you follow the 60/40 formula, you should not be able to taste the green veggies in your smoothies. The fruits naturally mask the taste–and bananas are the perfect natural sweetener for any green smoothie packed with spinach, kale, or other leafy green.

  10. Rol + con 3.16.2015 at 6:33 pm #

    Just signed up for the april challenge. A little nervous if I Can get it done. Been overwhelmed over the last year with birth of twin babies (one with special needs) and in addition to 2 other kids, thereby letting myself go and gaining a lot of post-baby weight.
    I really hope it wouldn’t be too complicate but I am excited to start.

    Thanks

    Rol and Cons

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.17.2015 at 5:09 am #

      Hey Rol + Con.

      Thanks for reaching out. :) We are so happy to have you. A week before the challenge we will send you the shopping list and recipe. Our inbox is always open if you have any questions along the way. :) http://simplegreensmoothies.com/contact

  11. Misty 2.26.2015 at 5:20 pm #

    I absolutely love this site! I have been making smoothies for about 3 days now as I treated myself to the new vitamix s30. My daughter also LOVES the smoothies, and I love that she is getting the extra green in her diet. Someone mentioned not having enough veggie to fruit ratio in the smoothies. I actually added 2 more cups of kale in my smoothie today. I just made sure they were extra liquefied before I added everything else and it was still perfect. More veggies…yaaaay! Thanks ladies, for your labor of love!!! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.1.2015 at 6:49 pm #

      KALE yeah!!

  12. Phil 2.26.2015 at 2:44 am #

    Hi ladies

    Love your website. Don’t you think your smoothies should contain more veggies/have a higher percentage of veggies than fruit? Too much fruit means too much sugar and one digests veggies better than one does fruit…

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.26.2015 at 8:08 am #

      Hi Phil.

      Thanks for the message. So glad you are joining us for the 30-Day Challenge! :) Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz). Jadah drinks at least 2 cups (16 oz) everyday in the morning as a breakfast meal replacement. Jen drinks hers for lunch or sometimes as a mid morning snack Since green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us both full for a while. Each smoothie has 3 cups of fruit in it, and it is recommended that an adult has 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit a day. When you drink 16oz of our green smoothie recipe you will be meeting, or just under your daily intake for fruit. If you feel like that is too much fruit, feel free to do 2 cups of fruit in each smoothie with 3 cups of leafy greens. Hope that helps. :)

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/fruit-and-vegetable-nutrition

      Hope that helps.

      • Kim 4.1.2015 at 7:26 am #

        That fruit recommendation is for the average healthy adult, if you’re prediabetic and trying to watch your sugar (even natural sugar) intake, its recommended that prediabetics reduce their fruit intake and increase the veggie intake. I’m having a difficult time finding recipes for my partner with reduced natural sugars but energy boosting and good flavor.

    • Kim 4.1.2015 at 7:27 am #

      I agree with you, see my post below theirs. If you’re trying to reduce your natural sugar intake because of other health concerns, you’re right, you can’t have that many servings of fruit in a day. Its difficult to find recipes that aren’t overloaded with excess fruit.

      • SGS Rawkstar 4.1.2015 at 6:52 pm #

        Hi Kim,

        Thank for reaching out to 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.

        http://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

        Hope that helps.

  13. Leah 2.17.2015 at 7:32 am #

    Does anyone ever do raw eggs into their smoothie for extra protein, my husband seems to think that is a good idea??
    Sounds gross to me…but maybe it is a body building thing.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.17.2015 at 9:27 am #

      Hi Leah.

      We haven’t tried that. But check out this 115 year old that accounts her long life to raw eggs: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/15/world/raw-eggs-and-no-husband-since-38-keep-her-young-at-115.html?_r=0

    • Miranda 2.20.2015 at 7:52 pm #

      From what I’ve seen, it may depend on where you live. If you are in the US and have a reliable egg source, it shouldn’t be a problem. However, it is my understanding that European countries are required to vaccinate their chickens for salmonella and therefore, don’t refrigerate them. If you purchase your eggs at a regular US grocery store, I would be leery about trying it. I could be wrong. If you are serious about trying it, I would find out for sure.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.23.2015 at 2:13 pm #

        Great point, Miranda. :)

  14. Gmom 2.14.2015 at 4:18 pm #

    Can you use frozen vegetables? Had some frozen spinach, also brought a strawberry, kale, blueberry,cherrie frozen mix, has anyone ever used this, and do I measure the mix together , or pick out the kale. Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.16.2015 at 8:30 am #

      Hi Gmom.

      Thanks for your comment. Are you frozen veggies a combinations of different veggies? We do have rawkstars that use frozen leafy greens, but not mixed vegetables. :) Let us know and we can better help. :)

  15. Sheena 2.10.2015 at 5:59 am #

    I can honestly say that this is going to be a big step in the right direction for me….after starting a job at a desk I still eat like a construction worker…well that adds up fast! I pre packed, and froze, smoothie mixes last night that will make 26 of those bad boys! I am however allergic to raw bananas so in their place I use frozen cubes of lowfat banana yogurt. I used all kinds of fresh fruits and started with spinach, kale and cilantro for the greens. Mixed up my first this morning and it is amazing, I’m not to fond of the seeds from the raspberries and blackberries that are in this one but I’m surviving 😉 I added this recipe to My Fitness Pal account and I’m just blown away by the amount of nutrition that is packed into this little miracle smoothie, and lack of calories :-) It’s also a huge step away from all the sugary drinks that I am used to but to my surprise still tastes amazing! I plan to replace my two meals at work with them so I picked up Six Star Pro Nutrition Mixed Berry Instant Protein from Wal-Mart, it’s a plant based vegan protein powder. Thanks again for all the great tips, they helped a lot on my grocery shopping last night!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.10.2015 at 9:55 am #

      Hey Sheena!

      Sounds like you are going in a great direction! Cheers to you and your health! Keep in touch + happy blending!

  16. Amber 2.8.2015 at 1:26 pm #

    Hello! I am new to smoothies too! Just been trying to eat healthier and usually don’t eat a lot of fruits and vegetables cause of the textures of most. So I thought that smoothies would be a great way to get more of those. My question is… How much is too much of smoothies in a day?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.9.2015 at 2:18 pm #

      Hey Amber.

      Welcome! This is not a fast or a restrictive diet, so you can eat regular meals during this challenge. We are making healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime! Our goal for you is to drink at least one 2-cup serving green smoothie a day in addition to your regular diet. If you would like, you can replace 1 or 2 meals with green smoothies. If you drink green smoothies as meal replacements, make sure to add a protein boost (plant-based protein powder, nut milk, nut butter), or snack on some nuts or a hard-boiled egg 30-60 minutes after you drink your green smoothie.

  17. purplepixiewingz 1.27.2015 at 5:44 pm #

    I make big batches of smoothies on Sunday night and pour them into small Blender Ball bottles I bought at Sprouts and freeze them. They freeze great (just leave the pop top open)and the night before I put one in the fridge to thaw over night. Then I take it to go for lunch at work, shake it up, and pour over ice. The Blender Ball is awesome for redistributing the fiber and juice and I don’t see much difference in texture between fresh and thawed. The flavor is perfect and not affected by the freezer. Just don’t freeze anything with dairy, protein powders, or chia seed as they tend to thicken up in the longer they set. Freezing the smoothies has been a great time saver and keeps me on track!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.28.2015 at 7:08 am #

      Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Deb Webb 1.11.2015 at 1:29 am #

    I recently got a juicer, getting more ingredients tomorrow. I’ll grab some coconut milk as well, thanks for that idea. Of course I would have to change up your method a bit since it is a juicer and not a blender. I am fairly new to puréeing my food but so far so good. :)
    Problems with my pancreas over two years ago led me to better nutrition out of necessity. Now I better appreciate the significance of what I put into my body and how it affects every part of life.

  19. Lita 1.10.2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Thanks for the tips! I’ve had green smoothies every day this past week and had leafy chunks one day. It was not cool! I’m glad to know that it’s best to mix the liquid and greens first

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.2.2015 at 2:07 pm #

      :)

  20. evie 1.7.2015 at 3:32 pm #

    oh this is just great! starting the year totally green! what a great way to use my nutri bullet. :) looking forward to my first smoothie this evening.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.2.2015 at 2:08 pm #

      Cheers to your first smoothie!

  21. valentina 1.6.2015 at 8:08 pm #

    im in :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.2.2015 at 2:08 pm #

      Wonderful!

  22. valentina 1.6.2015 at 8:07 pm #

    I want to join!

  23. Jodi 1.6.2015 at 4:07 am #

    Hi!

    I’ve been doing the 30 Green Smoothie Challenge and started yesterday! Measured out all my fruit and vegetables and put them in the freezer, but when I tried to blend the frozen fruit this morning the smoothie was extra icy and thick! Is it okay to take the fruit/vegetables out of the freezer and put them in the fridge overnight to make blending easier, or will they totally defrost in the fridge? I like the smoothies to be nice and cold and icy, but my blender couldn’t take it this morning!

    Thank you for your help! I’m loving the recipes so far! :)

    Jodi xxx

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.6.2015 at 2:26 pm #

      Go for it, Jodi. I’ve done that with frozen mango before and I absolutely loved it!

  24. Tara 1.4.2015 at 7:20 am #

    hey there,

    I’ve just signed up, I have NEVER had a green smoothie before and am super excited about starting. I’m still breastfeeding, is there anything I should pay extra attention to?
    Thanks
    T.x

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.5.2015 at 11:01 pm #

      Hi Tara! I’m actually breastfeeding, too, so just be sure to drink small amounts, and pay attention to your little ones reactions from the green smoothies. My little guy didn’t like them at all so I just had to sip on one throughout the day otherwise he’d get an upset tummy. :) Pretty soon your little one will be gulpin’ just like mama.

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