Essentials : Simple Green Smoothies must-haves



Some may call it an obsession, others may call it an addiction. 

Either way, we truly love green smoothies and have spent lots of time testing and trying various products to share with you. We always get excited when we find something that helps make life a little easier— like the double walled to-go cups or paper straws that are eco-friendly AND adorable! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite products that rock our green smoothie world! Click any of the links below to be taken directly to Amazon or the seller directly (we get a small commission if you decide to make a purchase).


topblenders2

VitaBlend_Product5b

Vitamix Blender


Get ready for the creamiest green smoothie ever! Our entire team has a Vitamix blender and you can DIY pretty much anything with this high-powered machine (green smoothies, hummus, nut milks, oh my!). Plus, easy clean up and an awesome 5+year warranty.

$280+ | Buy it here

Products_Blentec

Blendtec


This is the perfect high-powered blender for green smoothies and Jadah’s favorite blender. Simply put your leafy greens, fruits/veggies, and liquid into the pitcher, press the “smoothie” button, and finish making the kids lunches for school as this machine does all the work for you!

$280+ | Buy it here

Products_NutriBull

Nutri Bullet


Need a more affordable blender option? The NutriBullet is power-packed, compact, and easy to clean. This machine is especially great if you’re looking to make individual green smoothies, instead of feeding the masses. It’s also a great choice for traveling since it’s light-weight.

$100 | Buy it here 

 

Products_Ninja

Ninja


Ninja’s design is similar to Blendtec and Vitamix with it’s wide base and large pitcher. It is less powerful, but has extra blades to help make your green smoothies creamy at an affordable price.

$130 | Buy it here

Products_VitaPersonal

Vitamix Single Serve


5-year warranty. Looking for a high-powered, single-serving blender? THIS is the one! It’s everything you love about Vitamix blenders made compact (5-year warranty, powerful motor, variable speed, quality).

$400 | Buy it here

Products_OS

Oster Counterforms


This blender is super affordable and reliable. It does a good job blending green smoothies, and shouldn’t burn out as quick as other blenders in this price range. The glass pitcher is a nice touch, too!

$60 | Buy it here





accesories

Products_Daisy

Daisy Lids


These lids add some instant pizazz to your green smoothie lifestyle! Note: These lids are more for looks than their ability to prevent spills.

$8 | Buy it here

Products_Cuppow

Cuppow Lids


These reusable BPA and phthalate-free lids come in wide mouth and regular sizes. The opening is similar to “to-go” coffee cups, yet fits a straw.

$17 | Buy it here

Products_MasonBar

Mason Bar Company Lids


The Mason Bar Company has a great mission with great products. They specialize in colorful reusable lids for mason jars.

$8 | Buy it here 

 

Products_EcoJarz

EcoJarz Lids


This reusable, stainless-steel lid gives you a hole for your straw and fits any standard-mouth canning jar.

$12 | Buy it here

MasonBallWide_Product6

Mason Jar | Pint-sized


We are in love with mason jars! They are strong, reusable, multi-functional, and super cute. Our favorites for green smoothies are Ball pint size wide-mouth jars. The wide mouth makes them super easy to clean.

$22 | Buy it here

Mason_Half_Products

Mason Jar | Half Pint-sized


Perfect size for small hands. Our kids love these! Great way to store your pre-made green smoothie in the fridge for a quick grab and go snack. Find regular-mouth pint-size here.

$17 | Buy it here

Products_Wood

Wood Cutting Board


With the green smoothie lifestyle, daily fruit chopping is essential. We love using bamboo wood as an eco-friendly option. Super easy to keep clean, too.  

$18 | Buy it here

 Mason_Products

Mason Jar Storage Caps


We love to use these BPA-free lids to keep our green smoothies fresh in the fridge. It helps prevent oxidation, and makes it super easy to give your overnight smoothie a good shake. 

$8 | Buy it here

 

Water_Products

Berkey Water Filter


This counter-top water purifier creates some amazing water from not-so-amazing tap water. Bonus: there’s a fluoride filter attachment that’s easy to install..

$289 | Buy it here

Products_PaperStraws

Paper Straws


When you’re taking your green smoothie to-go or having a large get-together, we recommend using paper straws. They are cute (definitely photo-worthy) and can be thrown in the compost bin once slurped down.

$5 | Buy it here

StainlessSteelStraws_Product7

Metal Straws


Save the planet and skip the plastic. These are a perfect earth-friendly way to sip on your daily green smoothies and any drink, really.

$7 | Buy it here

 Products_strawbrush

Straw Brush


Trust us… you’ll want a straw brush if you end up buying reusable straws.

$7 | Buy it here







superfoods

ChiaSeeds_Product9

Chia Seeds


Chia seeds are one of our top superfoods. We use them every day thanks to their amazing health benefits. You can even use these bad boys as an egg replacement when cooking. Amazing!

$12 | Buy it here

Products_Flax

Flax Seeds


Flax seeds are a great source of omega fatty acids and fiber. They have a nutty flavor which is a nice addition to green smoothies.

$13 | Buy it here

Products_Coconut

Coconut Oil


Coconut oil rawks our world! We love using it in our green smoothie recipes to add a nice burst of energy and healthy fats. We also use it for cooking, baking, in Jen’s homemade deodorant, toothpaste and as a lotion.

$9 | Buy it here

Products_Hemp

Hemp Hearts


A powerhouse of protein and fiber, we love adding this superfood to our green smoothies. It adds a lovely nutty flavor and crunch.

$13 | Buy it here

HempProtien_Product15

Hemp Protein Powder


We like to add this plant-based protein powder to our green smoothies, especially when we’re working out more often or feel like our bodies need that extra kick of protein.

$30 | Buy it here 

Products_Cocoa

Cacao Powder


When we’re looking for a sweet treat, we like to add a little cacao boost for a yummy source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron and fiber. 

$8 | Buy it here 





316 Responses to “Essentials : Simple Green Smoothies must-haves”

  1. anne 10.26.2014 at 1:05 pm #

    Hey I came across one of your recipes at the start of the challenge and I made some to freeze and they where delish but I can’t find the recipe now. I believe it was very berry punch??? Can you help me

  2. Saundra 10.26.2014 at 9:16 am #

    It’s too late to start the October 30 day challenge. Will you do a November 30 day challenge?

  3. Nina 10.18.2014 at 9:36 am #

    I’ve notice you use blenders for all your recipes. What is the difference between a blender and a juicer and can one use a juicer instead of a blender to make smoothies? I have a juicer but not a blender available.

    Thanks!

  4. Josefina 10.8.2014 at 2:16 pm #

    Me encanta lo que estan haciendo que es ayudando a cambiar el estilo alimenticio, pero en mi caso no quiero rebajar de peso, ya que mi alimentacion no contiene sal ni azucar, como hago con los batidos.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.9.2014 at 6:43 am #

      ¡Hola Josefina!

      Gracias por acompañarnos ! :) Si no quieres perder peso, asegúrese de añadir grasas o proteínas saludables para sus batidos verdes . También se podría añadir un batido verde 8 oz como merienda . Aquí están los nuevos enlaces que usted puede disfrutar . * He utilizado el traductor de google para que me ayude . *

  5. LE 10.5.2014 at 6:46 am #

    Can green smoothies be immediately frozen? Will they lose nutrients in the freezing or thawing processs?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.6.2014 at 6:07 am #

      Hey LE.

      Some people say you have to drink it “right away” to get the optimal nutrients from each blend. But if left in the fridge over-night for one to three days, the taste and satisfaction is still there. You also may add a small amount of lemon juice to preserve and keep the smoothie blend as fresh as possible. Your body is still reaping the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables even if it is not consumed right away.

  6. Meagan Freeland 10.4.2014 at 5:14 pm #

    Do you recommend flax seeds or flax meal? I know flax meal is just the seeds ground up, but was wondering which form was best?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.6.2014 at 6:14 am #

      Hey Meagan. :) Either one works. :) We enjoy both. :)

  7. Carol 10.4.2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Is there a specific brand or style of thermos that you would recommend for taking my smoothie to work. I am concerned about breakage with the Mason jar. Thanks for your advice.

    • Kat 10.12.2014 at 5:18 pm #

      I have crocheted covers that keep the smoothie cool, and somewhat insulated and also stop the glass from shattering.. fall proof ( have tested) You should try it

  8. Cassandra Griffo 10.1.2014 at 11:11 am #

    Hi

    I just started his October 30 day smoothie challenge, and Im super excited, incorporating it with my daily workout. Do I need to give up coffee? I drink maybe a cup a day, mostly tea though.
    PS I love your website!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.2.2014 at 10:25 am #

      Hey!

      No need to give up coffee for the 30-Day Challenge. :) 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).

  9. lea 10.1.2014 at 7:31 am #

    will def start…a week behind. this weekend is my shopping trip. love the recipes and thanks for the links for the stainless steel straws. will def purchase the recipe cards. is this monthly (the recipe purchase)?

  10. Jessi 9.30.2014 at 3:21 pm #

    Hello all! This is my first green smoothie challenge, went out and bought a personal blender and have already begun trying these recipes! My question to everyone is are there alternatives to mason jars? At this time, I can’t afford a mason jar for the excess, so does anyone have any tips for other types of jars or at home jars to use? I think I read somewhere on the website that old spaghetti jars or peanut butter jars? Does anyone have any experience using at home jars instead? I’m very excited about starting this new smoothie lifestyle and hope it works well for me! Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.30.2014 at 6:45 pm #

      Hey Jessi.

      I love using old coconut oil jars! No need for fancy jars when you are just starting, all green smoothies taste great no matter what jar, cup, glass, to go cup you are drinking out of! :)

  11. Monique 9.26.2014 at 12:26 pm #

    Hi, is there no specific way to modify the recipes for weight loss? I realize the goal is a healthy lifestyle, but doesn’t an increase in fruits and veggies along with a decrease in processed foods lead to weight loss?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.30.2014 at 2:32 pm #

      Hey Monique.

      Every body is different, if you want to burn fat, you want to include plant-based smoothie ingredients that have the following weight loss effects:

      jump start your digestion
      burn excess fat
      reduce and expel bad cholesterol
      provide energy for your cardiovascular system
      detox and hydrate your body
      promote healthy bowel movement
      decrease your appetite for processed foods and sugars

      The Kiwi Berry Punch is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense smoothie recipe that combine the best fruits and veggies for an optimal approach to healthy weight loss.

      The best part about a green smoothie– you can use a smoothie as a low-calorie meal replacement because they are full of fiber which keeps your body feeling fuller longer. Just make sure you include protein to sustain you throughout the day.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/kiwi-berry-punch

  12. Pam - PamFabulous 9.26.2014 at 9:30 am #

    Hi – so ready for this.
    Some of your clickable links are in the wrong spot. Instead of on the “click here” it’s the picture that links you to the website. Just thought you’d like to know.
    AND I’m so glad I found you. I love the PDF with the cards and shopping list! I’ve already been shopping and will start a few days early and then rotate the couple first days to the end… and start again!

    Be Green!
    Pam

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.30.2014 at 2:31 pm #

      Hey Pam!

      Thanks for catching that for us. I will let our Rawkstar team know of the change for the Click Here. :) Thanks for the support and happy to hear you are enjoying your PDFs.

  13. Joanne 9.24.2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Can you freeze all fruits ie: kiwi , lemon lime

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.24.2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Hey Joanne.

      I think almost anything will freeze will in a freezer safe mason jar or freezer safe baggie. Personally, I have not tried to freeze kiwi or lemons or limes, but go for it. :)

    • Mary 9.26.2014 at 3:25 pm #

      I’ve frozen kiwi before, it works!

  14. Miekepiekz 9.22.2014 at 6:02 am #

    Hello

    I have a magimix XL with a “centrifuge” for fruit and hard vegetables. What are your thoughts about that? What is the difference with a blender? Practically, nutrition-wise? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.22.2014 at 11:10 am #

      Hey Miekepiekz.

      I am unfamiliar with a magimix XL. 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.

  15. Constance 9.19.2014 at 9:25 am #

    I hope I can last 30 days. I am looking foals to the challenge. We’re can I get different recipes.

  16. madeline 9.7.2014 at 12:42 pm #

    Hi!

    I was just wondering where I can buy the hemp hearts.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.8.2014 at 6:30 am #

      Hey Madeline.

      Thanks for reaching out to Simple Green Smoothies, you can buy them off this link http://simplegreensmoothies.com/essentials or at a health food store near you, such as Whole Foods. :)

  17. Nadia 9.5.2014 at 10:32 pm #

    If I am feeling very hungry would it hurt to drink the whole smoothie(all 2 servings) in one sitting for extra energy?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.10.2014 at 6:35 am #

      Good morning Nadia!

      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. You can always try adding some healthy fats or proteins to your smoothie to make you fuller longer. :)

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

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

  18. Natalie 8.29.2014 at 11:09 am #

    Can you use the Hemp Protein Powder when pregnant?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.29.2014 at 11:24 am #

      Hey Natalie.

      That is a good question. I am not sure the answer to that question. I suggest you ask your doctor or mid-wife the next time you see them for their best answer. :)

  19. Tomeka 8.14.2014 at 12:28 pm #

    What size jar do you use when freezing? I would think it is the pint. When blended does it make one serving or 2?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.15.2014 at 7:45 am #

      We use pint size, which is 16 oz. 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.

  20. Diana 8.10.2014 at 6:43 am #

    Hi!

    Do you sell a starter pk of all the super supplements to add to the fresh veg and fruits. This way i can try for a week, to see if this is for me!

    Thank you !

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.11.2014 at 6:57 am #

      Hi Diana.

      We do not sale starter packages. Have you tried going to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s and trying a little bit of the Super Foods in the bulk section? You can just buy just enough to give them each a try. :)

      • Mary 8.11.2014 at 3:55 pm #

        Give nuts.com a try, great website and offers sample sizes of the superfood mentioned and then some

  21. Nicole 8.8.2014 at 1:17 pm #

    I have to go out of town for work (3 weeks) in September, and I don’t want to be without my green smoothie in the mornings. Do you have a single serve travel blender you have tried and can recommend?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.11.2014 at 6:55 am #

      Hey Nicole!

      We have tried the Vitamix Single Serving and Nutri-Bullet, both are great for traveling. :)

  22. Judith 8.2.2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Ok.. so here is the question.. I am nursing.. Green Smoothies means detoxing.. ?? What is recommended?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.4.2014 at 7:29 am #

      Hey Judith,

      Fresh leafy greens and fruits should be great addition to your nutritional intake while nursing. I would just suggest staying aways from our Detoxing Herbs. http://simplegreensmoothies.com/detox-with-herbs.

      Other than that you should be good to go. :)

  23. Elaine 7.27.2014 at 12:00 pm #

    I am just starting and my reason is to lose weight. Is there anything I need to change for this result?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.27.2014 at 9:18 pm #

      Hey Elaine!

      Check out our Kiwi Berry Punch! Berries are naturally sweet immunity boosters, low-calorie, and full of antioxidants. Kiwi is packed with vitamin C and an amazing fat-burning citrus fruit. We always keep several bags of frozen berries in the freezer— which is perfect for this recipe.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/kiwi-berry-punch

  24. Hannah 7.15.2014 at 2:14 pm #

    This blog post really helped me, thank you so much! I had no idea what I needed before reading it, the nutribullet is a definite must for me!! I’ve written a blog post on green smoothies, if you would like to check it out that’d be amazing xx
    http://thoughtfulgirl.blog.com/2014/07/15/going-green/

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.16.2014 at 5:40 am #

      Wonderful Hannah!

  25. Renae 7.13.2014 at 1:03 pm #

    For anyone looking for or wondering what’s the best/right blender to use, and can’t/don’t want to spend a lot, try a submersible blender “stick.” I have a great blender, and have used a Nutri-Bullet (first generation), and my submersible is the best! Also no problems with ice or frozen fruits (as long as some liquid is in the container).

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.14.2014 at 6:59 am #

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Renae! :)

  26. Holly John 7.8.2014 at 10:59 pm #

    Thanks for your reply on my previous comment. :) I was actually looking for the “Certified Reconditioned Two Speed Vitamix” but I can’t find it here?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.9.2014 at 5:13 am #

      Hi Holly John! I am trying to find out last convo. Where are you trying to find a Certified Reconditioned Two Speed Vitamix?

  27. Anonymous 6.27.2014 at 3:48 pm #

    I saw in the comments above you said that one smoothie a day can help you gain weight but does it also help you lose weight because thats really what im looking for

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 6.27.2014 at 4:50 pm #

      Yes you can usually lose a bit of weight if you use green smoothies as a meal replacement. It happens for many people but not everyone – it’s just a nice side effect of drinking green smoothies. Check it out and see how you do! :)

  28. Viki 6.24.2014 at 6:55 pm #

    I have the nutri ninja not the blender….Will this make a significant difference?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 6.25.2014 at 12:10 pm #

      Hi Viki! The Ninja blender has more power. Both are great options for making your leafy green smoothies. Enjoy!

    • Christel 7.1.2014 at 7:18 am #

      I have a NutriNinJa pro and love it! Makes great smothies!

      • starpilot 7.5.2014 at 4:38 pm #

        I just was given the Ninja Ultimate by my kids for B-Day- Made almond milk then my first green smoothie! Works in progress!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.7.2014 at 8:16 am #

        Let us know how it turns outs. :)

  29. Theresa Carroll 6.16.2014 at 12:59 pm #

    Dear Jadah and Jen,
    I am hoping to gain weight. Can greensmoothies help me with that? How?

Leave a Reply