Our mission. Our story.

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Hi there! We’re Jadah Sellner (left) and Jen Hansard (right), the founders of Simple Green Smoothies.

We’ve spent the past few years testing and creating hundreds of green smoothie recipes that are just pure deliciousness, if we do say so ourselves. We’re both moms to young children and know how exhausting and busy that can make you!. We had enough and embarked on a green smoothie journey in 2011 with our families (Jadah lives in California and Jen lives in Florida).

 

Together, we’ve lost weight, gained energy and nourished our children without a fuss.

 

And it all starts with a simple green smoothie! These plant-powered green drinks are packed full of leafy greens, fresh fruits and hydrating liquids that keep you nourished and keep your cravings at bay for hours. By introducing more leafy greens into your diet, you will reap the benefits of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals.

 

In other words— green smoothies will rock your body.

 

 

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 clean-eating 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.

 

 

Take the first step today

To get started, try our Beginner’s Luck recipe (it’s still one of our favorites). We also really want you to join our next free 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. Cheers to your health!

 

If you are still curious about who the heck we are, check out the Simple Green Smoothies Rawkstar Team by clicking on the image below.

 

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228 Responses to “Our mission. Our story.”

  1. shai 10.25.2014 at 8:44 am #

    hello. My name is Shai. I want to do this but I am scared, because I’ve tried everything. I’m 28 and I’ve gained 23 pounds in 3 months. I want to shed them and get back to my original weight. How can I get more info on this. Please let me know thanks.

  2. Catharine 10.24.2014 at 2:28 pm #

    Hi there,

    I’ve just started Slimming World, who severely discourage the consumption of smoothies and juices as they say it hinders weight loss. I don’t buy everything they say (like swapping natural sugar for artificial sweetener) and am after a healthy way of eating and a lifestyle change, not just a quick fix in line with what is currently popular. So my question is: will participating in the next 30 day challenge make me gain weight? I’m confused as to why there are so many differing opinions on the subject as I can’t see why packing your body full of goodness can be bad?

    I’d appreciate any information on this!

    Many thanks in advance :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.24.2014 at 6:42 pm #

      Hey Catharine.

      Thanks for reaching out to us. We do not believe in steering people away from eating earth’s natural fruit and leafy greens. Rather we are all about whole food living. Just by drinking green smoothies daily without even changing your regular diet, you are moving in the right direction towards healthy eating. We suggest you eat real food that’s free of processed sugar and avoid ingredients that you can’t pronounce. My personal meal plan during the green smoothie diet will be paleo-inspired with lots of veggies and some seafood (we’re both pescatarians).

      If you want to take your health to the next level, we recommend checking out our Fresh Start 21 Cleanse. This is a step-by-step meal plan, with daily green smoothie recipes and whole food meal recipes created by a holistic nutritionist.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/early-bird-cleanse

      Hope that helps. :)

  3. Barb 10.22.2014 at 11:19 am #

    I found your wonderful website while looking for green smoothie recipes. I have tried several from other sources and can barely gag them down. Yours seem appealing but my challenge is that I’m trying to prevent a recurrence of cancer and that much fruit is discouraged (some is encouraged but veggies reign). I would like to do 2 cups of greens and maybe 1 cup of fruit (compared to your 40/60) but was wondering if that will be palatable or if I could add a sweetener to offset all that fruit – or perhaps some fruits are stronger than others and will work better with a lower ratio of fruit to greens.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.22.2014 at 7:51 pm #

      Hey Barb.

      Thanks for the comment. 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. Hope that helps. :)

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

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

  4. Lina 10.20.2014 at 1:49 am #

    Jadah & Jen,
    Sure glad I stumbled on this site…thanks for all the infos/recipes. Know what? I’ve read from another site, someone claiming to be a guru in juicing raw veggies & fruits, he said not to include carrot tops as well as beet greens, also to remove apple seeds, in juicing as they are toxic..am confused…need your input on this. Thanks… lina

  5. Susan 10.12.2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Hi, please don’t publish my last comment if you receive it. It got cut off before I was finished and doesn’t make sense! Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.15.2014 at 10:58 am #

      I don’t believe it was published. Was in on this page?

  6. Barbara 10.8.2014 at 5:32 am #

    I love this site! And I love all the green smothies without Banana and Orange – just back from a month in Australia, where it is easy to have you every day smoothie straight around the corner…

    Sadly in Switzerland you don’t get the ingredients so easily..especially Kale is very hard to find (or impossible).

    Keep working and I’ll keep coming back for new recipes!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.15.2014 at 10:59 am #

      Thanks for joining us, Barbara. :) Australia and Switzerland are both beautiful places! Keep blending those leafy greens!

  7. Juju 10.6.2014 at 9:45 am #

    So I didn’t see who won the recipe book, can I purchase it?

  8. Carolyn 10.5.2014 at 11:12 pm #

    are the recipes for the other 30 day challenge’s the same as this one. If not can I purchase them also ?

  9. Donna 10.1.2014 at 10:11 am #

    What is your opinion concerning including the seeds of produce in the smoothie? Is it safe? Should I remove seeds such as apple, orange,etc., before blending? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.2.2014 at 10:24 am #

      Hey Donna.

      Great question. We do not put the whole apple in our blender, we like to leave the core out. When it comes to oranges, we peel the outside and depended on your blenders power, should pulverize any seeds. :) You can deseed the orange is your would like. :)

  10. stephanie 9.27.2014 at 9:55 am #

    How much leafy greens should a person have in one day? The daily intake I mean?
    I was wondering… if I make it in the morning for breakfast otw to work, should I just add the 2 cups of greens even though im only making enough for one smoothie, not two?

  11. Larry 9.24.2014 at 10:27 am #

    I have signed up for the 30 day challenge beginning October 1st. In the mean time, how do I see more recipes? I can’t see most of them on the website, just comments. Must I buy the printable recipes?

    Thanks.

    Larry

  12. Eliana 9.23.2014 at 10:58 am #

    Hi, sorry i just get back to you, life is always raw-cking =)
    I love all , this morning I tried this one again… I did replace the peaches for mango and added a bit of chia seeds. I did not have raspberries only , but add the mix of berries I had and was delicious… one gotta improvise with what there is… Love it as always. I have to send you a picture of my 2 year old rawcking the green smoothies.

    thank you for all you do.

    love you to heart!

    thanks for the awesome recipes and ideas
    RAZZY PEACH MELBA

    2 cups fresh spinach
    2 cups almond milk, unsweetened
    2 peaches, pitted*
    1 cup raspberries
    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

    happy healthy Tuesday

    Eliana & Kareli (my 2-year old daughter since she loves them so much too)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.23.2014 at 1:27 pm #

      Hey Eliana!

      Sounds like a great recipe!! We love hearing from our community and how their little ones loving green smoothies too! :) Keep blending those leafy greens! :)

  13. stephanie 9.19.2014 at 1:09 pm #

    Do I substitute a smoothie for a meal or do I just use this as a snack!?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.19.2014 at 6:27 pm #

      Either way works, Stephanie. It is up to you. We suggest 16oz+ protein of your choice (nuts, seeds, coconut oil) for a meal replacement or 8oz as a snack. :)

      • stephanie 9.19.2014 at 6:34 pm #

        Can I add the protein to the shake or eat something on the side that has protein? Or does that really matter how I do it, as long as it gets done?! :D

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.23.2014 at 1:27 pm #

        Hey Stephanie.

        Either way works. :)

  14. Eliana 9.18.2014 at 8:46 pm #

    I love your website and all the recipes, philosophy and all behind your site. I keep sharing with friends, my students (I’m a personal trainer) , family and all I get to meet about your challenges, so just reporting: mission accomplished … and I’ll continue to do so. With my students we do a physical challenge and a nutritional challenge and they LOVED the smoothie challenge, who wouldn’t? having delicious smoothies every day … is not a challenge is really a reward! so they loved it!

    More recently I sent it to my husband’s family, mine live in Colombia, and they loved it. Kathy actually did the cleansing after the 30 day challenge smoothie and she with her husband loved it! For now I just wanted to thank you, you girls inspire me, and I love how real you are… two amazing moms with a life like all of us with big commitment to spread the word on healthy habits.

    thank you for all you do. it is a fun website and I will surely continue drinking my smoothies. I haven’t stopped having smoothies since last April. Love it!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.19.2014 at 6:33 am #

      Hey Eliana!

      Thanks so much for the email and message! You are a true RAWkstar! Which green smoothie have you enjoyed most since April?

  15. Merce 9.17.2014 at 8:30 am #

    Hey guys, I’m very glad that I stumbled upon this right now! I live in the UK and I’m off to Uni for 3 years. I want to start a healthy lifestyle and maintain that whilst I am studying. I don’t know where to start or what type of juicer/blender to buy. Also I am not too keen on dairy products especially when it comes to MILK!! (urgh lol). Anyways just felt to leave a reply and hopefully you guys can shed some light. Thank you!! xx

    ps. Great website, I will definitely be constantly on this site for updates or challeneges!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.18.2014 at 6:28 am #

      Hey Merce.

      Welcome to Simple Green smoothies! I hope you enjoy our recipes and they help fuel you during Uni! :) Here is a link to our favorite budget blenders: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/product-reviews/cheap-blender Some of those might not be available in the UK. I recently just moved from London, England back to the USA and I love my blender I bought at Robert Dyas, it was 19 pounds and was by the brand: Russell Hobbs. Hope that helps. :)

      *All of our recipes are dairy free. :)

  16. Juju 9.17.2014 at 7:39 am #

    Hi ladies, just a few questions. I’ve been consuming 32 or more oz’s a day, throughout the day, but I read somewhere here that that was 2 servings. Am I drinking too much? I’m trying to lose weight as well as getting healthier. I know to stay away from pears & grapes because they are high in sugar, what other fruits & veg should I avoid. I read somewhere carrots & bananas are not advised for those trying to lose weight. If avocado is good fat why always a quarter & not a half? I look forward to your reply & the October 30 day challenge!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.18.2014 at 6:21 am #

      Hey Juju.

      Thanks for the comment. 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. 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.

      Here is a link to the nutritional values of what we put into our smoothies.
      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/fruit-and-vegetable-nutrition

      Healthy Fats:
      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/healthy-fats

      Hope those links will help. :)

  17. Jason 9.13.2014 at 11:11 am #

    I know this is all about smoothies, so I’m curious, would juicing produce the same results or am I defeating the purpose some how? Just got a juicer last week and I’ve read that taking out the pulp gives your digestive track a bit of a break and the body still gains the nutrients it needs in liquid form, which would be easier to absorb. Your thoughts? Thanks again for the great website…

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.15.2014 at 6:16 am #

      Hey Jason.

      Great Question! Let me first start by saying this… There are LOTS of different opinions within the health community on the blending VS. juicing debate. There are health nutritionists that fall on both sides that claim their way is best, which makes it even more confusing!

      Now, here is what we think… Both blending and juicing are great ways to give your body incredible nutrients—each way is just different. Juicing will give you a more concentrated serving of nutrients, which can be a good and bad thing. This means that if a fruit has vitamin C in it, you will get much more vitamin C by extracting the juice because you need to use much more fruit to get a full glass. The downside, is that you aren’t getting the WHOLE fruit. You will be missing out on the fiber and all the other nutrients housed in the fleshy parts of fruits.

      Blending gives you the whole fruit. You will have a normal dose of nutrients, and you will be receiving ALL the nutrients housed in the fruit. We also think that blending is less complicated than using a juicer, which is the primary reason we choose blending—We are, in fact, Simple Green Smoothies :-)

      I believe that Dr. Mercola says that people shouldn’t blend because all the nutrients are lost within 15 seconds, or something like that. We do believe that nutrients begin to “go away” and oxalate, but we don’t believe this happens in 15 seconds. Our stance is that green smoothies stay good for you for up to two days, as long as they are in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

      The final reason we believe that green smoothies are good for your body? There is an old saying that goes, “The proof is in the pudding.” We have testimony upon testimony from people that green smoothies have improved their health, and have helped them begin their journey toward healthy eating. That is why we exist—we want to help people start on healthy eating journey to make their bodies and lives better.

  18. Kendyl Taylor 9.4.2014 at 11:15 am #

    My biggest struggle is meal planning and prep! I get very overwhelmed by all the recipes I see online that I have a hard time planning (not to mention I get tired of the same food quickly ;-) ). Then I psych myself out when it comes to prepping- it’s not that hard but I always think I don’t have enough time. It is definitely a setback I need to overcome.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.5.2014 at 5:34 am #

      You can do it, Kendyl. :)

  19. Jessica 9.4.2014 at 9:43 am #

    Hi, I love your recipes and bought the cards after doing the 30 day challenge (Started in July and haven’t missed a day yet!)
    I have limited storage space in my fridge and also have a hard time getting through greens before they start going bad (with 2 kids under 2, I try to go to the grocery as little as possible, so I tend to stock up when I’m there!)

    I’m wondering if you think it would work to blend just the green base (spinach &/or kale with almond milk) and freeze it into ice cubes for freezer storage and then blend the frozen cubes with some water (or more almond milk or coconut water-?) to kind of reconstitute a smoothie base…any suggestions would be great (like, how many cubes would you recommend using to get enough greens without overloading?)
    Thanks so much!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.10.2014 at 6:54 am #

      Good morning Jessica.

      Thanks for the comment. So glad you are enjoying your 30-Day recipe cards. I have not experimented with blending the liquid and leafy greens into ice cubes before, but if you think it would work better for you and your limited fridge storage, then go for it! :) Anything to make life a little easier. :) You could almost wash and freeze 2 cups of leafy greens into a freezer safe bag and pull out one bag at a time. :)

  20. Marie 8.28.2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Hi Team! i absolutely love your site! very helpful for me especially, since i am actually new at this :) I am just wondering how often should i drink these smoothies? i am not really trying to loose weight or anything, just wanted to be healthier, that’s all :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.29.2014 at 6:49 am #

      Hey Marie! :)

      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. 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. If you don’t want to loose weight, try adding a healthy fat to your recipe. :) Hope that helps.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/healthy-fats

  21. Ruth 8.27.2014 at 10:48 pm #

    Do you guys make any smoothies with broccoli?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.28.2014 at 10:21 am #

      Hey Ruth.

      At this time we do not have any recipes with broccoli in our smoothies, but in our Fresh Start 21-Day Cleanse, we use broccoli in a meal. :)

  22. Debs 8.25.2014 at 5:51 am #

    Hi :-)
    I joined about a month ago. . Unfortunately I was unable to share my views on your site due to my toddler being unwell. He had pneumonia which involved many sleepless nights and the many trips to and from the doctors and hospital….Now that my little one is back on track and to cut a long story short. This is what I think of your site…
    Love it!!!!!!!!! Love it !!!!!!! Love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I stumbled across it after much searching (a month before I found your site) and trialling of others which did not appeal to me.
    I joined and signed up for the 30 day challenge..not sure if I still qualify for that…nevertheless I’m just doing it. The recipes are amazing. Great variety and extremely delicious. The day I joined I went straight to the grocery store to get my ingredients. I finally found what I was looking for. …I was 71kgs when I started. I am now 65kgs. In such a short time I have noticed much improvement in my health, my skin, just everything. Others have noticed also. In saying that, I have referred them to your site…including staff members who work for a health service who promote healthy living, healthy families. They are ready to join. Keep up the great work :-)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.25.2014 at 6:34 am #

      Hey Debs!

      Glad to hear your little one is feeling better! :)

      Thanks for sharing and I am so happy we found each other. :) Next 30-Day Challenge will be October 1st. Thanks for your wonderful feedback! :)

  23. MICHELLE 8.14.2014 at 9:51 am #

    Hi! My 20 month old daughter was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and the only way to make her better is to change her diet and having her detox her system with smoothies,.She is real picky since she is so little. If its not to much to ask since I am desperate to begin my babies healing if you can tell me what kind of detox smoothie’s I can give her that will taste good (sweet) but still have all the greens and fruits she needs to be healthy and detox her system. thank you!!

  24. Coko 8.9.2014 at 6:05 pm #

    Hello! I have been a vegan for two months and got recently introduced to raw veganism then, to green smoothie…I was a super healthy person and have been eating super clean but as I age, began to experience some minor health issues here and there. I dislike taking medications unless it is absolutely necessary. I believe our body has its healing power as long as it gets proper nutrition. So here I am, I am joining your awesome community!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.11.2014 at 7:01 am #

      Wonderful to hear you will be joining us, Coko! :) Welcome, let us know if we can help with anything…

  25. Eileen Hines 8.9.2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Hi, Just came across your site today. I’m not new to green smoothies, but I wondered about protein. I noticed you don’t have protein powder etc.. in your smoothies.. I haven’t looked at all the recipes. I am working on losing weight.. I’ve lost 15 lbs so far, and have 50 to go. What is your take on getting enough protein in these smoothies for a meal replacement? Right now I use a protein powder as I felt weak before. Thanks in advance!

  26. Autumn J. 7.23.2014 at 12:50 pm #

    Hi! I’m new to following you guys. I stumbled upon you when I was trying to do some research for a new blender. I’m excited to say I will be turning 30 soon and a nice new blender is the only thing I want! I am a stay at home mom of three and I love it, but I have a few questions! 1. Would your 30 day challenge be ok for a nursing mother? 2. Is frozen fruits and veggies allowed? I would love to do all fresh all the time, but with a single income I’m not sure it’s always possible.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.23.2014 at 9:05 pm #

      Hey Autumn!

      In most cases it is a good thing to eat healthy foods while breast feeding (i.e. leafy greens, fruits, veggies), but we’re wondering if the fiber in a lot of these foods could be slowing the digestive process. Fiber is not always meant to speed up the digestive process, but more so just regulate it. This means that the fiber may actually be slowing the digestive process in your circumstance. Again… We can’t really be sure. Our opinion is to trust your doctor since he has a personal relationship with you and knows the situation a little better.

      Fresh is best, but frozen is a close second! No problem if you use frozen, do what is best for you and your family.

      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.

  27. Kyoko 7.16.2014 at 5:26 pm #

    I am currently doing the green smoothie challenge and I love the variety of recipes and the health benefits. (To be honest I started making green smoothies as soon as I discovered this website about a month before the current challenge) I am experimenting with adding different super foods to different recipes to see which ones I like but I add Chia seeds to all of my smoothies. They are super good for your eye health!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.23.2014 at 9:00 pm #

      Hey Kyoko!

      I LOVE chia seeds too! My son and I were snacking on them last night! :) Let us know if we can help with anything!

  28. Melissa 7.2.2014 at 2:53 pm #

    Wow, Jen and Jadah I owe you two a huge and healthy thank you! A self-proclaimed snacker who rarely ate vegetables, I never thought I could turn things around by drinking green smoothies (no matter how simple). Nearly a month has passed and I’m happy to say that I’m drinking nearly all-veggie smoothies daily (with just a bit of fruit for sweetness), getting regular exercise and my once-high blood pressure is a healthy 116/75!!! If I can do it anyone can…and I’m still using a hand-me-down Oster blender which works fine :-)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.23.2014 at 8:59 pm #

      Hey Melissa!

      Thanks so much for sharing a part of your story with us! Way to go, we are so glad you have joined us for a healthier life. All the best to you!

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