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).



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



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


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 




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


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


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



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


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


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 



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


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 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


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 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



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


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


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


Straw Brush

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

$7 | Buy it here



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


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


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


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


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 


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 

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

  1. Rosario Ayala 3.30.2015 at 2:33 pm #

    Question: When you talk about smoothie servings, you say that each recipe makes 2 servings. How many ounces, more or less, are in each serving? I’ve been drinking smoothies, off and on, for about a year now but have stuck to mostly 2 or 3 recipes. I’m looking forward to committing to new challenges and new tastes! Also, I usually add a scoop of whey vanilla protein powder to my smoothies. Do I need to remove some ingredients of these recipes before adding protein powder?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.30.2015 at 5:19 pm #

      Hi Rosario,

      Each serving of Simple Green Smoothies is 16 oz. We prefer to avoid soy and animal products, but that’s just our personal preference; if you enjoy whey vanilla protein powder, feel free to use them in your green smoothie creations!! We’ve already added proteins to some of our smoothie recipes, so in those cases you would just switch them out for the protein powder, otherwise just add away!!

      Here are some of our favorite ways to add protein to our smoothies:

  2. India 3.30.2015 at 9:12 am #

    I discovered your website a little over a year ago and have been in love with green smoothies ever since. The 30 day challenges are so much fun especially because they are a total refresh on recipe ideas. I just wanted to thank you guys so much for what you do here.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.30.2015 at 1:24 pm #

      Hi India!

      Thank you so much for your sweet note! We are so excited to have you blendin’ with us, and for the April 30-day Challenge to only be a few days away! Cheers :)

  3. Marianne 3.29.2015 at 2:27 pm #

    Really looking forward to doing the 30 Day Challenge in April. My diet has been less than stellar and I’m hoping this will help me get back on track. I have tried your Beginner Smoothie and it is delicious. Can’t wait to try all the different recipes.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.30.2015 at 7:47 am #

      Hi Marianne,

      We’re so excited to have you join us for the April 30-Day Challenge! You’ll find after only a few days of Simple Green Smoothies, you’ll start to lose your appetite for processed + high sugar foods, and crave the flavor of leafy greens, vegetables, + fruits! Please let us know if you have any questions along the way! Cheers :)

  4. Rhonda 3.26.2015 at 10:58 pm #

    I have been wanting to do one of these challenges, but haven’t wanted to put out the expense of the mixer. Would I be able to use my cuisinart 11 cup capicty food processor? Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.27.2015 at 4:40 am #

      Hi Rhonda,

      You don’t need a fancy blender to make our smoothies–any blender or food processor will do. We want green smoothies to be available to everyone no matter what their budget is, so please don’t feel like you need an expensive blender to join the challenge.

  5. marsha 3.26.2015 at 8:45 pm #

    I must say am with the green smoothie family for a while now, and am thankful I did join , it’s amazing..thank Jen and jadah and to all the green smoothie family..big up..greet job.i already tell lots of people about it, and they love it..send me more and more recipe. .

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.27.2015 at 4:41 am #

      Hi Marsha,

      We are so happy to have you blendin’ with us! Cheers to health + happiness! :)

  6. lori 3.26.2015 at 6:01 pm #

    I tell people I am doing the 30 day smoothie challenge and all I get is negativity. I am told smoothies just raise ur blood sugar and all that sugar in the fresh fruit isn’t as good as we think

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.26.2015 at 7:51 pm #

      Hi Lori,

      Thanks for the message. 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 with 3 cups of leafy greens. Hope that helps. :)

  7. Eleonora 3.21.2015 at 7:44 am #

    Hi. My old blender burn, i must buy a new one any direction to purchase here in Europe? Thanks you for tips. :-)

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.26.2015 at 7:54 pm #

      Hi Eleonora,

      We’re happy to help! :) What country are you in?

  8. Leslie 3.16.2015 at 10:43 pm #

    I’m really excited about being here and starting the 30 day challenge!

    I’m gathering supplies, customizing my smoothie bar area, and mentally preparing for total health!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.17.2015 at 5:11 am #

      Cheers to health + happiness!

  9. Shannon 3.15.2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Love this site, we have been drinking a lot of green smoothies this week and my kids and I are loving it! Just wondering how much chia seeds do you add to a smoothie? Thanks!

  10. Emily 3.15.2015 at 3:13 pm #

    Hi, I am really excited to start drinking green smoothies. I just wondered if it would be possible to use a scoop of Super Eleven in my smoothie? Thanks :-)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.15.2015 at 5:38 pm #

      Hey Emily,

      Thanks for the question. What are the ingredients in Super Eleven?

  11. Kelly 2.24.2015 at 7:50 am #

    I was wondering what the texture of ground chia seeds is? I’ve signed up for the 30-day challenge and am going shopping, but he has a thing about certain grainy textures–so much so he won’t even touch fresh strawberries because of all the seeds on the outside. I’m hoping to use these as breakfast supplements and would love the extra protein (I’m also hoping to get my nut-and-dairy allergic son to eat more. He’s super picky, which is complicated by the fact his diet is limited, but he’ll *drink* just about anything), but I’m worried about investing in them if the hubby won’t eat them (since I’m planning to split your recipes between us).

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.24.2015 at 8:22 am #

      Hi Kelly.

      Thanks for reaching out. I have not had ground chia seeds. Just plain chia seeds. I would suggest soaking your chia seeks for at least 20 minutes before blending, and then you will never taste for feel the texture, they will blend right in. :) Hope that helps.

    • Marijana 2.24.2015 at 6:54 pm #

      If I may add to the mix here, chia seeds ground to a fine powder, and other than thickening fluids somewhat, you shouldn’t be able to taste them at all! I used to grind them in a coffee/spice grinder for my sister, and toss into smoothies and you couldn’t even tell they were there; for myself, I just toss them with the ingredients and blend away, they would get (mostly) ground up in the process!
      If you find your smoothies get too thick with ground up chia seeds (this will happen if you let them sit awhile), just add more fluid, until the consistency is to your liking!
      I hope this helps!

  12. Jessica 2.20.2015 at 6:14 pm #

    I came across this blog looking for a way to get extra greens into my diet. I was happy to find your recommendation for the Nutri Bullet. I’ve had that thing in my cupboard forever!! Really excited to try some of your recipes :)

    And I don’t know if you’ve seen them, but there are some cute videos on the Nutri Bullet on Youtube if you ever need a chuckle :P

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.25.2015 at 6:41 am #

      :) Welcome Jessica! We are so happy that you are blending with us!

  13. latoya 2.5.2015 at 10:32 am #

    Hey I just join and I want to get some recipe n things to get from the store

  14. Pam 1.19.2015 at 5:44 am #

    I have joined the program and have received weeks 3 and 4 – can you send me weeks 1 and 2? Thank you!

  15. joanne 1.18.2015 at 12:39 pm #

    Cant tell you how happy I am to have found this site! I just signed up :) Have my new Nutri-Ninja blender ready to go. My goal is to shed belly fat, gain back lost energy and sleep better! Please tell me what to start blending.

  16. Bonni 1.17.2015 at 5:57 pm #

    I just joined and received the email for starting up on week #4. Is there any way I can please be emailed week #1, 2, & 3? I’m so excited to have found this website and group! Thank you!

  17. Christie 1.16.2015 at 7:34 am #

    I am new to this site… and to joining the challenge…
    Sunday will be my day 1… :-)
    I have tried green smoothies before just as a drink and all, but this time i am definately motivated to begin this challenge as well as adding in exercise…
    Definately need to shed a few pounds before my bday in June…
    That is my goal and I am claiming it already that it will happen…
    reading everyone’s comments/posts on this site is great motivation too!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.19.2015 at 9:11 pm #

      Woohoo! Welcome, Christie! So excited to have you here!! We are definitely rawkin’ out with you for the 30 days so be sure to let us know when you cross the finish line so we can celebrate with you!! :)

  18. BigBrian 1.14.2015 at 2:54 pm #

    i got some chia and acia powder and coconut oil and im starting this juice thing lol im 6’5″ and 360 lbs yup big guy gotta lose half of me i hope this will help

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.14.2015 at 7:26 pm #

      Welcome & thanks for blendin’ with us! We are cheering you on!

  19. BigBrian 1.14.2015 at 2:51 pm #

    ok so i just got a juicer big mouth Hamilton beach so i just started this today can i have week 1and2 shop list thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.14.2015 at 7:26 pm #

      Hi Brian.

      Thanks for letting us know. I have resent Week 1 + 2 to your inbox.

  20. Kenya Lewis 1.9.2015 at 1:56 pm #

    Is there alternatives for mango, cocnut water and almond milk?

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.9.2015 at 8:29 pm #

      Totally, Kenya!

      Pineapple, plain water or rice/oat milk. But any of these can be subbed with what you can have/what you like. :) Hope that helps!!

  21. Beth 1.7.2015 at 11:36 am #

    I am SO excited about the FreshStart21 I just ordered and downloaded!! I love how the meal plan is all ready for me and the shopping lists by week for a single person so I am not buying more than I need. Can’t wait to go shopping this weekend and start Monday! Thanks so much.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.8.2015 at 6:01 pm #

      Awe! Thanks so much! Glad you are loving your FRESH START GUIDE! Cheers to you!

  22. Gail 1.5.2015 at 5:28 pm #

    Hi Fit Ladies,

    I am new to this group and I am looking forward to the green smoothie recipes. Healthy eating plan for the New Year.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.8.2015 at 6:00 pm #


  23. Bertha 1.2.2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Just wondering if the 30 day challenge using all the ingreditents are ok for individuals with diabetes. Wondering if not too much sugar.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.2.2015 at 8:01 pm #

      Hi Bertha.

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health questions to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies are best.

  24. Catherine 12.29.2014 at 2:30 pm #

    Do you guys have any opinion on the Optimum 9400?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.29.2014 at 6:53 pm #

      We don’t have the Optimum 9400 in the USA. So, personally I haven’t blended with it before. I have heard a lot of people in our community talk about it, but I can’t speak to how well it does. Sorry. :) Are you located in the USA?

    • Sheena 1.2.2015 at 3:26 am #

      I have an Optimum 9400. I live in Melbourne , Australia. It is a very powerful blender, I think it would be on a par with the Vitamix. But it is an AUSSIE machine!! I recommend it, I love mine.

      Sheena in Melbourne

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.2.2015 at 9:24 am #

        Love it! Thanks, Sheena!

  25. Sabrina 12.11.2014 at 9:30 am #

    Hello Fit Ladies!
    I am very concerned about my weight and I have high blood pressure at the young age of 27. Needless to say, I wanted to try a different approach to get a firm handle on my health. I have never been a fan of eating greens, so I thought why not try a different approach and drink my greens! Which is why I decided to join this simple green smoothie journey. Love the different recipes you display on your website but I am a picky eater so I’ve only tried one recipe so far which is beginner’s luck, LOVE IT. However I am looking to replace a meal with my smoothies, any suggestions? So far, the smoothies I make are not fulling. Also, I’ve been drinking green smoothies for only two days and I am constantly doing the #2, is that common? Does these green smoothies act like a cleanse? Because it surely feels that way.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.12.2014 at 7:08 am #

      Hi Sabrina.

      Thanks for the comment. What’s great about green smoothies is they are packed with leafy greens and fruits, which means they’re high in fiber and will help move things a long in your body. You have to also watch what you’re putting in your body too. Drink lots of water, avoid processed and fried foods, and always check with your doctor if you need medical advice. Everybody is so different. If you want to replace a meal, don’t forget to add protein to your green smoothies. Here is a link to our favorites.

  26. Carly 11.25.2014 at 8:38 am #

    hello ladies!
    i love all your stuff! have you ever wanted to add a great tasting plant based: organic, raw, vegan, no soy, no gluten, no whey, no sugar protein powder to your drinks and products??!! i would love to send you a sample and see what you think. i’m sure you have heard of the ‘greensmoothiegirl’ she is a lot like you two! she has recently created her own line of products for smoothies and they are the most pure out there! even her flax seed is sprouted to keep it retain all its nutrients. i would love to send you more info. please let me know if you are interested.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.25.2014 at 5:43 pm #

      Hi Carly.

      Thanks for reaching out to Simple Green Smoothies + for sharing the product information with us. Personally, we prefer to stay away from Maca products, due to their natural side affect. We like products that we personally used for a long time and feel confident in sharing with our community.

      Best wishes.

  27. Jabulisiwe 11.25.2014 at 1:43 am #

    Today is my second day of drinking green smoothy. It started in avery funny way i bought brocoli and it was standing in the fridge because my daughter does not like to cook vegies. I decided to take it with me to work. I cutt it into fine piecies cucumber apple and a pear it so divine. My coleuges want it each time i make it as my breakfast and i am feeling great. That is the reason why i google to have more information. I am so excited. My aim is to shed away weight. Thank you so much.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.25.2014 at 7:15 am #

      Thanks for joining us, Jabulisiwe!

  28. Lidianys rodriguez 11.12.2014 at 5:32 pm #

    I have a omega juicer. Can I use it to make the smoothies.

  29. Emma 11.12.2014 at 12:02 pm #

    Hi there! I was just wondering if you NEED to have a nutribullet, or vitamix. I have a regular stick blender that I’ve tried, and not too bad. Still a few little chunks, but I was wondering if this will suffice.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.13.2014 at 5:04 am #

      Hey Emma.

      Thanks for the question. You are more than welcome to blend with a stick blender. Jen: For the past few years I have been using a Warner blender that I got for my wedding 8 years ago. It was a $70 blender that worked okay. It turned my produce into a smoothie, yet it left chunks of spinach and was very loud. It finally died and I immediately went online and bought a refurbished Vitamix 5200 for $259. It came within a week and blends like a beast — no spinach leaf is left unblended when this bad boy is done. It’s insane.

      Jadah: I first started with my Magic Bullet (until I burned the motor out). Then I borrowed my in-laws Thermomix until I could get my hands on a high-speed blender. The Blendtec blender is my baby now. I just love the Blendtec’s sleek design, and the 94oz BPA-free jug is awesome when you are making big batches for your family or prepping for a detox cleanse.

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