Our story. Our mission.

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With every journey, there’s a beginning…

Ours began on a playground in Studio City, California. We were first-time moms in the same play group and loved having the support of other mamas. Over the years, our lives got busier and we moved across country from each other. We had more kids, our days got shorter and more chaotic, and our meals got quicker and less healthy. It got to a place where we both felt like all the energy had been sucked out of our bodies, yet we still had to get up, get dressed, take care of our kids and survive the long day. Even worse, we didn’t have that community to rely on any more.

We needed a lot more energy than our bodies seemed capable of—we were experiencing the effects of the Standard American Diet (SAD). And then we discovered green smoothies, loved the taste and were instantly hooked. It was seriously love at first sip!

That’s when we went from being exhausted and defeated—to being energized and empowered. It blew our minds that one simple change could make such an impact in our lives.

Transformation from the inside out

The more we drank green smoothies, the more fruits and veggies our bodies craved. It was like, “yes, give me more of that please.” We are two busy moms who became obsessed with green smoothies. We’d blend a daily batch of fruit smoothies packed with fresh leafy greens for our entire families. We realized that this was not another diet (we’ve both tried many). This green smoothie obsession was the kickstart to a healthier lifestyle. We both started feeling better about our bodies and about what we were putting in our kids’ bodies too.

WITH THE RESULTS WE WERE GETTING,
WE JUST COULDN’T KEEP THIS TO OURSELVES.

We were super excited to share this healthy habit with everyone we could! So we decided to put it out there to the world and host a quarterly free 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge.

We’ve seen people balance their blood sugar, get off their blood pressure medications, become healthier and closer with their families, lose weight without trying, have more energy, and feel better in their bodies.

IT ALL STARTS WITH A SIMPLE GREEN SMOOTHIE.

 
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MEET THE RAWKSTAR TEAM

We’re dreamers. We’re doers. We’re lovers. We’re world changers. We’re the Simple Green Smoothies Rawkstar Team that is on a mission to fuel your passion.

 

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Jadah Sellner

Co-Founder & Community Builder

Jen Hansard

Co-Founder & Creative Director

 


 

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Dan Mottayaw

Director of Community Experience

Jessie Provience

Director of Brand Partnerships

 


 

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Lindsey Johnson

Rawkstar Photographer

Trish Dubes

Rawkstar Designer

 


 

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Amanda Frisbie

Community Happiness Specialist

Dani Stewart

Rawkstar Writer

392 Responses to “Our story. Our mission.”

  1. Paul Chastain 8.12.2016 at 8:02 pm #

    Please tell me how to get your book, “The Simple Green Smoothie Solution.” A million thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.15.2016 at 7:46 am #

      Hi Paul,

      Thank you for your interest in our book. You can pick up a copy of Simple Green Smoothies at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Costco, + this week….at TARGET!

      Learn more about our book here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/book

  2. Kris 7.1.2016 at 4:12 pm #

    Hi. Just found your website and looks intriguing. I did have a question however on your recipes. I have read it is not advisable to combine certain fruits with veggies (and other fruits). What are your thoughts on this? Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.15.2016 at 7:44 am #

      Hi Kris,

      We are not professional nutritionists, but all the research we have done suggests that blending fruits and veggies together is no different than eating fruits and veggies together–like a salad!

      Hope this helps!

  3. 888 6.26.2016 at 10:16 pm #

    Hi,
    I normally drink the whole two servings of each of your recipe throughout the day. Is that too much fructose a day? I have high triglyceride and read that one shouldn’t have more than 2 servings of fruits a day. With your typical recipes which mainly consist of 2 cups of berries of some sort and 2 bananas – is that way too much fructose?

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.27.2016 at 11:35 am #

      Hi!

      Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we recommend speaking to your health care provider to determine if green smoothies/what quantity of green smoothies would be best for you at this time. Everybody is so different :).

      Take care!

  4. Saira 6.3.2016 at 12:34 pm #

    Hello, your website is great! i’m concerned re fruit i picked for smoothies turn into sugar – example what i put in
    1 pear
    4 strawberries
    1 hand of blueberries
    1 cup of rude coconut milk
    Some water to thin
    Hand of Kale
    Squash lime
    1tbs chia seeds

    Ramadan due on Tuesday which mean fast for 30 days, not eat when sunshine time. I wonder if you have receipts i can try to keep up my energy? Thank you

  5. Carol Preiss 5.29.2016 at 8:08 am #

    Hi Jadah and Jen, I just joined up for the 21 Day Cleanse and downloaded FreshStart21 Cleanse Guide also the One day kit,
    I cannot see the download for the 40 recipes, just an invite to join the 21 day cleanse….!!?? Looking forward to your advice
    Carol

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.30.2016 at 6:25 pm #

      Hi Carol,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + letting us know. Please send a quick message to our team at the link below and we’ll make sure you have all of the download links to get started!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/contact

      Cheers!

  6. Miranda 5.12.2016 at 7:48 am #

    Just want to say I love this site and these recipes. I’m a mom to a soon to be 2 year old (OMG!) and realized that I was no longer trying to lose *baby weight*. I was so unhealthy, no energy, and just felt bad. One step at a time I started to change things and adding a smoothie each morning (or evening) to my day has been amazing! I’ve also fallen in love with Bikram yoga and having a small restoring smoothie after class is not only delicious, but super helpful! As of today I have lost 17lbs. What started as a mission to get thin has turned into so much more, biggest goal is being healthy and having more energy and a better example to my daughter.

    So keep up the amazing work, and love you guys! <3

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.12.2016 at 5:06 pm #

      Hi Miranda,

      You’re a total rawkstar!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your green smoothie story. You and Jadah sound like two peas in a pod fueling your body and soul with yoga + green smoothies!

      Cheers to health, happiness + leafy greens!

  7. Leslie 4.22.2016 at 11:41 am #

    Hi
    My name is Leslie. I have a question don’t know if this is the place to post. I’m currently struggling with high blood pressure what smoothies or herbs do you recommend. I don’t see anything specific for this condition on the website.
    Thank you
    L

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.26.2016 at 7:21 am #

      Hi Leslie,

      Thank you so much for reaching out. Because everyone is different, it’s hard for us to suggest specific recipes or ingredients when a community member is faced with a specific medical concern. We suggest reaching out to your doctor to find the best ingredients to include in your green smoothie recipes. Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

  8. Lisa 4.12.2016 at 7:32 pm #

    Hey guys,
    Love love love your site – curious about collaboration. Am a newbie blogger but have shared mission and aesthetic and would love to join in and spread the word about healthy eating and living. Let me know your thoughts – 🙂
    Lisa

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.13.2016 at 8:29 am #

      Hi Lisa,

      Interested in partnering with Simple Green Smoothies? Thank you so much for your interest! Please reach out to our team at the link below…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/contact

  9. Dwayne Ross 3.25.2016 at 3:41 pm #

    Hi Jadah… I am listening to your pod cast interview with Pat Flynn and truly love the authentic voice you have about what you and Jen are doing… I am also impressed with the cleanliness of your web site and your story. I have no idea how to turn what I am doing into a passive income generator yet and that’s why I was listening to Pat. I provide training to parents of children with Autism who are moving into adult hood through High School Transition and Empower Youth through YES Summits where we share success principles for education, employment, entrepreneurship and engagement in positive ways in their community. I guess that makes me part of a Tribe of World Changers as you so eloquently stated… I want to create a better website. Can you please give me some guidance on that? to make the branding look high end versus what I am doing now. What type of camera is taking these awesome clear pictures and the lay out of the site…. just very attractive. Thanks in advance for what you can share.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.28.2016 at 12:14 pm #

      Hi Dwayne,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! I’m Amanda, I work with Jen + Jadah here at Simple Green Smoothies! I absolutely love what you’re doing! I worked with adults with developmental disabilities for the past ten years before finding my home here at Simple Green Smoothies! So I am sending you a million virtual high fives!! We would absolutely love to share some of our favorite resources that helped us get Simple Green Smoothies off the ground! Please send us a quick message at the link below + we’ll get back to you ASAP!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/contact

      Cheers!

  10. Veronica Mendez 3.17.2016 at 10:09 am #

    I want to make the veggie green but my reflux won’t tolerate tomatoes. Is there something else I can use?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.18.2016 at 7:25 am #

      Hi Veronica,

      Tomato too tough on your stomach. No worries! Try substituting tomato with radish, red pepper, or watermelon. You will need to add a liquid base like water to this recipe, as you’ll be missing the liquid previously provided by the tomatoes.

  11. Julie 1.19.2016 at 5:46 am #

    Hi ladies, I have a different sort of question for you. I’ve been following along for a while now, and even have my 11 and 15 yr old boys on board. We haven’t jumped in with both feet because we recently moved to a small town in ND and have a very limited supply of fresh produce. Bagged greens and frozen fruit, that is very expensive. Next year I will have a big garden, and have planted 35 fruit trees. But for now, I’m kinda stuck. Got any ideas?

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.19.2016 at 8:05 am #

      Hi Julie,

      Thanks for reaching out! We hope you’re enjoying your new hometown. You will definitely need to keep us updated as you reap the benefits of your garden, it sounds amazing! In the meantime, here are our tips for enjoying green smoothies while keeping your wallet happy…

      -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! 🙂

  12. Ruth 1.11.2016 at 10:26 am #

    Update: I started mixing half the recipe at a time and adding a little bit more liquid and everything is perfect! Today was day 6 of the 10-day smoothie challenge and I loved it =] I’ve also started doing the Fresh 20 meal plan (3 weeks in) and between that and a green smoothie everyday I have been feeling wonderful! I even had a bad night with processed foods last night and woke up feeling gross with a migraine! I’ve never had a bad reaction to eating processed foods before because my body has been so used to eating junk. This was surprisingly a happy moment for me because I saw some change in my body from this whole process! I treated the migraine with a lot of water and my green smoothie and within an hour my migraine was gone. I’m so excited to have purchased your book!

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.11.2016 at 5:00 pm #

      Hi Ruth,

      YAY!! We’re so excited to hear our tips have you blendin’ like a rawkstar! Isn’t it amazing how your body changes when you’re fueling it with healthy, whole foods! Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens! 🙂

  13. Ruth 1.7.2016 at 6:01 am #

    So, I’m on day two of the 10 day challenge from the book. I’m having so many issues. I’m using the Nutribullet Pro (900 Series). Today was supposed to be the Pink Flamingo. My smoothie came out brown and tasted DISGUSTING. Are the recipes supposed to make 16oz of smoothie? My husband and I both drink them. I couldn’t get past two sips of the smoothie today it just tasted bad. I’m not sure what’s wrong. Yesterday, it was a little sweeter but not really. It was still brown and no flavor. It basically just tasted like spinach and water. What am I doing wrong? I’m usually a juicer but smoothies are faster and fit into out routine better. Please help!

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.7.2016 at 6:42 am #

      Hi Ruth,

      Oh no, thanks for reaching out! Here’s our tips for blendin’ with NutriBullet and we hope it solves your blending problems. We suggest halving our recipes when blending with a NutriBullet blender, so you will make one (16oz) serving at a time. We also suggest adding a little additional liquid base to ensure everything blends smoothly.

      And lastly, the color of your green smoothies will vary depending on the ingredients and the darkness of your berries. When using dark fruit your smoothie may range from red, pink, purple, + brown, but don’t worry all of that green goodness is still there!

      Please let us know how these tips work for you! Continue to reach out with any questions!

      Cheers 🙂

  14. Erica 1.3.2016 at 2:01 pm #

    Hi and Happy New Year ( and hopefully new me!) I just found your site today and am so thankful that I have. I’m a mom of three boys ages 18,12 and 11. I’ve had high blood pressure and been on medication since 2007. I also produce kidney stones. I absolutely hate it. I don’t necessarily feel better just because I take the medicine either. I would love to be off of it this year. I want to get in shape and eat better and my family is very supportive of me doing it. Could you please give me advice on how I can do this? Can the green smoothies really help with high blood pressure? Please help me. My family and I would be thankful to you.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.3.2016 at 2:57 pm #

      Hi Erica,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! Before we truly dive into your journey towards health + wellness, we suggest that any member of our community with health concerns reach out to their doctor to ensure that green smoothies are the right choice for them + their body.

      Looking to get started? Our goal for you is to add one (16oz) green smoothie to your day in addition to your normal diet. You’ll notice increased energy, glowing skin, and your body with begin to crave clean whole foods, over unhealthy processed options.

      Our go-to recipe to get started is Beginner’s Luck. Check it out here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/beginners-luck-green-smoothie

      Another great place to start is our FREE 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. We just kicked off on January 1st, so it’s not too late to join us. Sign up here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/30-day-challenge

      Lastly, looking to lower your blood pressure? Peaches, bananas, kiwi, kale, sweet potato, + avocado are all great for blending and for helping lower your blood pressure naturally!

      Reach out with any questions!

  15. Laura 1.1.2016 at 9:15 pm #

    Do I have to do the 21 day cleanse, before the 30 day challenge? I’m trying to loose 30 lbs.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.2.2016 at 7:32 am #

      Hi Laura,

      Of course not! Our 30-Day Challenge and Fresh Start 21 are all about fueling your body with the right choices + changing the way you look at health + wellness! While everyone’s body is different, we and our community have experienced weight loss from both! I personally lost those last 10 stubborn pounds after completing our cleanse.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/cleanse

      Did you know that our co-founder Jadah lost over 25 lbs in three months by replacing one meal with a green smoothie? Learn more about her story here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/meet-jadah

      Interested in using our recipes as a meal replacement? We suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Check out our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

      Hope this helps! Reach out with any questions!

  16. Jasmine 12.29.2015 at 10:06 am #

    Forgot to ask in my previous message do us UK followers who buy your book on amazon.UK also get the goodies that you are giving away to your American followers? Please say yes because I would hate it to be the Oprah syndrome where only American followers can access her stuff so unfair.

  17. Jasmine 12.29.2015 at 9:59 am #

    Hi Jen & Jadah
    I’ve been following you guys & doing the 30 challenges for the last year now. I live in London, UK. I visited my big sis who lives in upstate NY in Jul/Aug ’15. I got her & my niece into your green smoothies. She then took your website details to her job & got several of her work mates hooked & following you guys. I found it really funny that a London girl converts some of your fellow Americans to your green smoothies LOL. I’m awaiting my copy of your book which was published later in the UK then in the states. Seriously thinking about your 21 day cleanse but I’m a bit chicken. I have a question I have recently stopped my green smoothies as the hospital dietitian was concerned that I was not having any protein or fibre in my green smoothies. I was having Green smoothies throughout the day followed by an evening meal. I want to start Green smoothing again. Properly i.e in a really healthy way, not having any protein not a wise decision on my part but not something that I realised at the time. What can I put in my green smoothies that contains protein & will give me the energy etc I need to get from protein. I have several health issues and energy is something I struggle with. I think you guys are great and thank you for doing what you do.
    Hope you guys & your families have a wonderful new year filled with health, abundance, love and all your goals being achieved.

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.30.2015 at 10:18 am #

      Hi Jasmine,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + sharing the green smoothie love! We love hearing how your helping share green smoothies on both sides of the pond! You’re nutritionist is right! When using green smoothies as a meal replacement we suggest adding plant-based protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re getting a complete meal. Check out our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

      Looking for an energy boost? Check out our top energy boosting ingredients here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/energy-boost

      Cheers 🙂

  18. Jeri 12.22.2015 at 9:19 am #

    I have entered two emails to this and have not received any kind of response. Can you please explain? Sincerely, jeri

    • SGS Rawkstar 12.27.2015 at 12:11 pm #

      Hi Jeri,

      We’re so sorry for any delay in getting back to you! Our office was closed for the holiday from December 19th and will be officially re-opened tomorrow on the 28th. I’m just jumping on our website to answer a few questions before traveling home from visiting family.

      You should hear back from our team ASAP!

      Feel free to reach out with any questions here, on Facebook, or through Instagram.

      Cheers 🙂

  19. Elizabeth Shank 11.19.2015 at 3:39 pm #

    I have a nutribullet….can I make these smoothies in this? Not a large one.

    • SGS Rawkstar 11.20.2015 at 8:35 am #

      Hi Elizabeth,

      We love personal blenders, and NutriBullet is a great option! When blending with a personal blender we suggest halving our recipes and adding a little extra liquid base to ensure everything blends smoothly!

      Cheers + happy blending!

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