Our story. Our mission.


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.


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.





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.



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





Lindsey Johnson

Rawkstar Photographer

Trish Dubes

Rawkstar Designer





Amanda Frisbie

Community Happiness Specialist

Dani Stewart

Rawkstar Writer

382 Responses to “Our story. Our mission.”

  1. 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!

  2. Leslie 4.22.2016 at 11:41 am #

    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

    • 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!

  3. 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 – :)

    • 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…


  4. 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!



  5. 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.

  6. 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! :)

  7. 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! :)

  8. 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 :)

  9. 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…


      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…


      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!

  10. 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.


      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…


      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…


      Hope this helps! Reach out with any questions!


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