Our story. Our mission.

 

With every journey, there’s always 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.

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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 knew we couldn’t keep our recipes to ourselves.

We were super excited to share this healthy habit with our family and friends. So we decided to put it out there to the world. Instagram is where Simple Green Smoothies was born (follow @simplegreensmoothies) and word began spreading fast about our delicious recipes and beautiful photos. From there, we started a free 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge and have had over 1 million people join us for it (click here to join our next one!).

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.

And it all starts with Simple Green Smoothies.



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Are you ready for a change?

Are you tired of eating foods that make you tired?

Do you want to eat better but just can’t stick with it?

Are you curious about a healthy lifestyle, but don’t know where to start?

We’ve been where you are, and we’re so excited because we can help you! We make it super simple, easy and fun for you. No more guesswork. Just start with blending one green smoothie a day. That’s it! Just by adding this one insanely healthy habit into your daily life (and it only takes a few minutes a day!) you can really change you and your family’s life.


Join the Simple Green Smoothies lifestyle!

1. Sign up for our next LIVE 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge: We will send you a weekly shopping list and 5 recipes a week to help you make green smoothies a part of your lifestyle.

2. Get out your blender or buy a new one with the help of our Blender Guide.

3. Try our Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie recipe. It’s still one of our favorites.



343 Responses to “Our story. Our mission.”

  1. Bahbi Stanton 7.13.2015 at 8:18 am #

    I love your smoothies, and I mostly love your website. But could you add a search bar on the home page. I found some info yesterday about “Power to the leafy greens an low sugar fruits”, but I can’t seem to find it today, and I thought a search function for the website would really help. (I’ve been using smoothies for 5 months, now, but I haven’t lost any weight, so I’m really interested in the “reverse” recipes (60% Veg; 40% Fruit). I took quite some time yesterday to collect several recipes from here and other places together on my computer—but apparently I didn’t SAVE the collected recipe document, cause I can’t find ’em now–so I was looking for the info here again today, and now I can’t find it.

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.13.2015 at 10:15 pm #

      Hi Bahbi,

      Thank you so much for reaching out. We’re so sorry if our website recently prevented you from finding our recipes + blog posts. We’re currently chatting with our tech team about the possibility of adding a search feature to our website. In the meantime, here is our blog post on leafy greens + low sugar fruits…

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

  2. Stephanie 7.9.2015 at 1:53 pm #

    Hi SGS crew,
    Just thought I’d check in and confess: I just ate a whole box of thin mint cookies…
    Okay, I drank a blender full of minty green smoothie, and it was great on a hot, busy day. Next time, I’ll freeze the avocado first to make it a bit frostier. I had to commit mass mintacide by Vita-mix, ’cause the monster plants were trying to eat my deck. Bwahahahahaha!

  3. Jane Hallam 7.8.2015 at 10:10 pm #

    Hi,
    I’ve just downloaded Julys recipes but I really don’t like coconut milk…. To be honest I don’t like any flavoured milk apart from standard milk…. What could I use instead?
    Jane

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.9.2015 at 6:58 am #

      Hi Jane,

      Not a fan of plant or nut based milks, no problem! Swap out coconut milk for another liquid base you enjoy more. You might notice your smoothie isn’t as creamy, but all of the taste + nutrition will still be there. Here are a few of our favorites…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  4. Kristy 7.8.2015 at 5:22 am #

    I began this two days ago, a few days shy of July 1 with then intent of doing 30 days. I feel awful. Both days I have kept it simple using strawberries and blueberries with added black chia seeds, one day with water, the second with almond milk. Both days as the day went on I had increased bloating, poor digestion and constipation to the point of pain. I’m sorry I won’t continue this. I couldn’t even enjoy time with my daughter duebto the sluggish nature I acquired.

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.8.2015 at 1:30 pm #

      Hi Kristy,

      We’re so sorry you weren’t feeling well during the challenge! Your health is most important to us! Stomachaches + bloating are common symptoms if your body is not used to drinking or eating lots of fiber. Green smoothies are high in fiber which is great for digestion, but for newbies, the high fiber can shock your body. If you decide to try green smoothies again in the future, make sure you drink lots of water to help flush things out. And if you’re new to green smoothies one serving a day is enough, which is 2 cups (16 ounces).

  5. Tara 7.3.2015 at 6:55 am #

    Hi there
    I just signed up for the 30 day challenge. I have a question, it may be a dumb one but I’m gonna ask anyway lol. I printed the first weeks grocery list but it only has smoothies for 5 days what do I do for the only 2 days?
    Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.3.2015 at 7:39 pm #

      Hi Tara,

      Great question! We use our weekend’s as free days to blend any remaining ingredients or re-blend your favorite recipes! Thanks for joining our 30-Day Challenge!

      Cheers :)

  6. eliezra 6.30.2015 at 6:39 am #

    Hi:
    I love your work! I´ve just signed up for the challenge and want to ask you where can I read more about the effect of green smoothies on lowering blood pressure? my husband could really use that…
    thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.30.2015 at 7:13 pm #

      Hi Eliezra,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! We’re so excited to have you joining us for our July 30-Day Challenge. Green smoothies are a healthy alternative to food and drink options, but they can help lower the risk of some of the biggest health issues that men deal with—one of the biggest being high blood pressure. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is one the top ways to lower blood pressure, and we’ve heard countless stories from people in our community who have seen their numbers go way down after a period of drinking green smoothies.

      Read our blog post on 6 Heart Healthy Foods for Green Smoothies (watermelon, bananas + blueberries are great for lowering blood pressure)…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/6-heart-healthy-foods-for-green-smoothies

      Your husband may be interested in reading our post on Why Men Should Drink Green Smoothies…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/guys-drink-green-smoothies

  7. Karen 6.30.2015 at 2:32 am #

    Hi Jada,

    I am from India and I just signed up for the 30 day challenge. We don’t have Kale here. Can I substitute spinach in all the kale smoothie recipes? Let me know.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.30.2015 at 5:23 am #

      Hi Karen,

      Thanks for joining our 30-Day Challenge! Spinach is actually the perfect substitute for kale, they are both known for their wide variety of nutrients, mild taste, and availability in your local markets. Also, feel free to blend with other leafy greens that are local to you!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

  8. Raquel 6.26.2015 at 3:09 pm #

    Hi Jen & Jadah!
    I recently started drinking green smoothies and I came across your website while looking for recipes. I love love love what you guys are doing! I’m so excited about green smoothies and I’m getting ready to start the next 30-day challenge! I have a concern before I get stated though about coconut oil and coconut milk and was hoping you guys might have an answer? My concern is saturated fat. We all know that saturated fat is supposed to be the “bad” fat so why is coconut oil marketed to be so good for you if it’s full of unhealthy saturated fat? Any insight you have would be appreciated. I love the taste in my smoothies but I’m concerned it’s not the healthy fat we’re hoping it is. Thanks! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.26.2015 at 6:32 pm #

      Hi Raquel,

      Great question! The saturated fat in coconut oil is naturally occurring, therefore the fatty acids in this superfood fight body fat by converting into energy that boosts metabolism as opposed to animal derived saturated fats that add body fat. Learn more about why we love coconut oil here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/coconut-oil

  9. Sarah 6.25.2015 at 10:54 pm #

    Hello! I’m about to start the July 1st 30 day challenge and have kind of a silly question… The servings are for two; do we consume 2 servings throughout the day, or if we’re doing it alone, are we just supposed to do one? I’m planning on drinking mine for breakfast and was just wondering, thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.26.2015 at 6:26 pm #

      Hi Sarah,

      Not a silly question at all, and it’s definitely a personal decision. Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz-40oz). Jadah drinks at least 2 cups (16oz) 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. If either of us needs afternoon pick-me-ups, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage.

  10. Ty 6.23.2015 at 3:08 pm #

    Just found your site and am about to sign up for the challenge.

    Background: Had a Vitamix for 8 years and I go through phases when I use it for a few weeks, then get bored and stop. Big part is I never varied on my recipe. It was green, but I got tired of it. So I am liking the idea of varying it.

    Quick question: I have been adding dry steel cut oatmeal to my smoothies. (read somewhere years ago that it was a good idea) Basically a normal serving that would make a small cup of oatmeal. I also add flax seed along with plant protein, kale/spinach, banana and frozen berry mix from Costco.

    Is the oatmeal a good idea, or should I leave it out?

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.24.2015 at 12:21 pm #

      Hi Ty,

      We’re so excited you found our site, and we’re especially pumped to have you join us for our July 30-Day Challenge! We love adding oats to our smoothies…they’re naturally high in fiber, act like a magnet to bad cholesterol, help maintain stable blood sugar, + help you stay fuller longer!

      We usually recommend adding 2 tbs dry oats, or 1/4 cup cooked oats to any green smoothie recipe.

      Cheers :)

  11. Sharee 6.18.2015 at 4:45 pm #

    This is going to sound crazy, but I’m so scared to try a new lifestyle. I really need this and want to feel energized,healthy and of course a little lighter. I think I’m more afraid I won’t keep it up. I’m a single mom of 3 and it’s real expensive trying to eat healthy. My oldest pretty much made up her mind she’s fine ( she’s 21 her choice) but my little ones love smoothies. Praying!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.19.2015 at 9:10 am #

      Hi Sharee,

      We can totally relate. We understand that trying a new lifestyle can be intimidating, and that’s why we’re here to support you! Just remember, it’s not about perfection, and all the small changes you make every day add up over time. Have you thought about joining our 30-day challenge? It could be great for you, as our goal during the challenge is to get you to drink one green smoothie (16oz) a day. What’s awesome, is that you’ll have the support of all the other challengers and Rawkstar community, as well!

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

      We also know what it’s like to try to feed our family healthy, delicious food on a budget. Initially, your grocery bill may be a little higher with the extra fresh and frozen produce purchases, but overtime you’ll eliminate a lot of processed food items that will bring your grocery bill back to normal. We’ve found that buying fruits and veggies that are in season, buying out-of-season fruits frozen (Costco and Sam’s Club have good prices on large bags of Organic fruit), and buying from local fruit stands, farmer’s markets, and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) help us keep our food budget in check.

      Never hesitate to reach out when you’re in need of support or encouragement. We’re here for you! :)

  12. Stephanie 6.17.2015 at 9:27 am #

    Thanks for the link, ladies. Tricky? No; silly, yes. I have the best hubby on the planet (almost 29 years, now) but I have to be careful in what I voice an interest. If I said pearl farming intrigued me, he’d come home the next day with a backyard pond kit and a bunch of live oysters (but it’s a good thing).

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.17.2015 at 11:25 am #

      Hi Stephanie,

      Definitely sounds like you found a good one, and that he keeps you on your toes! So glad you two are embarking on this green smoothie journey together :).

  13. sheryl 6.16.2015 at 6:07 pm #

    hi,

    i am interested in joining the 30 day green smoothie challenge. My one question is this. I have a couple of fruits and nuts allergies. Will this challenge be difficult for me? or you will have a list of fruit substitute?

    can’t wait to hear for your comment..

    -s

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.17.2015 at 10:35 am #

      Hi Sheryl,

      Thanks for reaching out! We want to make this challenge accessible to everyone, and can definitely work around any food allergies you have.

      If you have an allergy to a fruit in a recipe, feel free to swap it out with a fruit that you love and adore. Or double up on another ingredient in the smoothie recipe that you can eat. The same goes for nuts. If a recipe calls for a nut butter or nut milk that you’re allergic to, simply swap it out for an ingredient you can have.

      The best part is playing mini-chef with your blender. Not one smoothie will please everybody, but we promise over the course of 30 days you will find a recipe that is your go-to smoothie. So explore, experiment, and smile!

      Once the challenge is underway, feel free to reach out if there is a specific recipe you need help tweaking. We’re always here to support you! :)

  14. Susan 6.16.2015 at 3:56 pm #

    I’ve been a fan of green smoothies long before they were popular. But honestly, they can get kind of boring and I find myself always buying the same ingredients. But I’ve been wanting to get back into my good green smoothie habits…I eat pretty good already…I just miss that delicious green-ness. :-) What’s prompting me to sign up? The shopping list and 5 recipes each week. Perfect to help me change things up a bit. Yay! And since you two are moms, I have a hunch your shopping lists & recipes have “little waste” (ha! or is that “waist”) built right in. Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.17.2015 at 10:15 am #

      Hi Susan,

      We’re so excited to have you be a part of the challenge! We definitely believe variety is the spice of life, and nothing should ever be boring–especially green smoothies! :)

      Can’t wait to hear what you think of the shopping lists and recipes, and hope you find some new favorites to incorporate into your daily routine after the challenge is over. And yes–we are all about making this challenge as fun, affordable, and simple as possible! We know the life of a mom is a busy one, and who has time to “waist”? 😉

      If you want to get back to blendin’ before the challenge starts, here are some great recipes to try:

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes

      Cheers!

  15. Stephanie 6.12.2015 at 12:02 pm #

    Hubby and I have been enjoying creamy, frothy smoothies for years (he dubbed me “Smoothie Queen” long ago) but all too often they were laden with fat and sugar and never had a green component. We both have weight issues and have been sedentary for a decade; he’s an office spud and I’ve spent three of the last five years in a wheelchair after several major surgeries. We know what it’s like to be in good shape (between us we have 33 years in the military), so we know the onus is, well, on us. I’m walking now (mostly) and hubby’s tired of being out of shape, so we were thrilled to itty bitty (okay, fairly large) pieces to find your site. We’re just at the beginning of our journey, but our goal is to be stronger and healthier for my birthday trip to Disney this fall. Thanks for leading the way–I’ll keep y’all posted.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.15.2015 at 7:22 am #

      Hi Stephanie,

      First, thank you so much to you + your husband for your service! Second, we are so excited that you found Simple Green Smoothies and to have you two blendin’ with us! Being a “Smoothie Queen” have you tried green smoothies before?

      • Stephanie 6.15.2015 at 3:09 pm #

        Nope. Never. I had mentioned I’d like to try it sometime and, being the hubby that he is, he came home with a bunch of green stuff and said “let’s do this.” We’re having a great time with it; I haven’t been too adventurous yet, but that’s coming. I showed him the recipe for the tropical skin care smoothie and (again, being the hubby that he is) his comment was “Why would you want to put a smoothie on your face?” Sigh.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 6.16.2015 at 3:41 pm #

        Hi Stephanie,

        Totally understand, husbands can be tricky. :) Here are some tips that work for the men in our life…http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/guys-drink-green-smoothies

  16. Michelle 6.5.2015 at 11:23 am #

    Can u use any veggies and fruits as long as u follow the guidelines for the correct amount of veggies and fruits?

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.5.2015 at 11:47 am #

      Hi Michelle,

      Yes! While we think our recipes are mighty tasty, they’re here to inspire you! Try your own recipes! Just make sure and share with us! We want to hear what you enjoy blendin’!

  17. Jennifer Meyers 6.3.2015 at 5:03 pm #

    Hey J + J!

    My name is Jenny and I’m a rising junior at Penn State! First of all THANK YOU this website and 30 day challenge completely changed my life. This year I knew I wanted to get healthier and this was the first website I stumbled upon during my research. I’ve lost over 20 pounds, I now have my own healthy food Instagram : healthy_fit_delicious and I live everyday eating raw and healthy foods!! ( and lots of green smoothies). I am a communications major at PSU and I love web journalism and I was wondering if you guys offered any internship opportunities! This website is amazing and soemthing I truly want to be a part of. Even if there is something small that I can do to help, I love to learn and make a difference. This website changed me and I want to help other people change and grow too!! Thank you for everything you do! I look forward to speaking with you both. Have a wonderful night :)

    – Jenny Meyers

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.4.2015 at 5:17 am #

      Hi Jenny,

      Thank you so much for reaching out, and sharing your interest + excitement for Simple Green Smoothies! Your Instagram is amazing, I want to eat everything! Send us a message at the link below, and we can chat more!!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/contact

      Cheers!

  18. Marie 5.26.2015 at 2:49 am #

    Hi

    I’ve been drinking spinach based smoothies for nearly a week now, I have one for my breakfast, I put in banana, berries and almond milk as the liquid. I have homemade vegetable soup for lunch and a normal evening meal. I’m a 45 year old mom and suffer badly with ibs and migraines, should I be having more than one smoothie a day and what other greens should I be using, this site looks great too.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.26.2015 at 8:56 am #

      Hi Marie,

      Thanks for reaching out! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! If you’re new to green smoothies, we suggest enjoying one 16oz serving a day to start! We love all of the fiber in our Simple Green Smoothies, but it can be a shock to your system if you’re new to the green smoothie lifestyle! So make sure you’re getting plenty of water as well! Once your body is accustomed to your new diet, you can replace up to two meals with a green smoothie! Check out our blog post on using green smoothies as a meal replacement here…

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

      And we love switching up our leafy greens! Here are some of our favorites…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens/

  19. Unspeakable Joy 5.25.2015 at 7:00 am #

    I just found out about The Green Smoothie Challenge at 4 am from my sister, Cher. I AM so excited!!! Was outta shape, overweight, work 7 days a week and lived in zombie land. Not anymore!!! Thank you for giving me a challenge to get my life back in order!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.25.2015 at 3:08 pm #

      We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! And look forward to you joining us for the July challenge! :)

  20. Pat Edgar 5.22.2015 at 11:07 am #

    Hi just wanted to say that I think the simple green smoothies are the most awesome thing I have tried to date. I have never been able to eat greens but using them like this I am getting my nutrients without even knowing it.
    I have just one question. I am from the UK and not sure when you say I CUP of greens, milk etc what size cup you are talking about. Could you please help me out on this one.
    Many thanks and I love that I joined this site.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.22.2015 at 2:14 pm #

      Hi Pat,

      Great question! Here are our suggested conversions…

      Spices | Proteins | Superfoods:

      ½ tsp = 2mL
      1 tsp = 5mL
      2 tsp = 10mL
      1 TBSP = 15mL
      2 TBSP = 30mL

      Fruits:

      Mango | Pineapple | Strawberries | Beets | Carrots | Blueberries | Raspberries | Leafy Greens

      1 cup = 250mL
      1 ½ cups = 375mL
      2 cups = 500mL

      Liquids:

      Water | Coconut Water | Coconut Milk | Almond Milk | Fresh Squeezed Juice | Rice Milk

      ½ cup = 125mL
      1 cup = 250mL
      1 ½ cups = 375mL
      2 cups = 500mL

      Grams:

      1 cup of leafy greens = 30g
      2 cups of leafy greens = 60g

      Hope this helps! :)

  21. Audri 5.21.2015 at 2:29 pm #

    Hi Jadah,
    Happy Birthday! You look amazing from the pics on FB :-) 30-Day Challenge has long become a daily feature in my diet (plus a new Vitamix). Fresh Start 21 starts next.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.22.2015 at 2:12 pm #

      Hi Audri,

      Thank you so much for the birthday wishes, + thanks for blendin’ with us!

      Cheers :)

  22. Olga Menang 5.12.2015 at 8:21 am #

    Hi,

    Just got connected. I am looking forward to the weekly recipes. In the meantime, I have ordered some super foods via the links provided. Question. How many daily meals should I substitute with a smoothie?

    Thanks,

    Olga

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.12.2015 at 6:15 pm #

      Hi Olga,

      We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! We suggest replacing up to two meals with a Simple Green Smoothie. If you decide to use green smoothies as a meal replacement we suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re getting a complete meal. Here are some of our favorite meal replacement boosters…

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

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