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).

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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  

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

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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 

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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 

 

The Recipe Book


Trust us… you’ll want this book to help you make a variety of tasty green smoothies, learn our smoothie hacks and how we make the habit really stick.

$17 | Buy it here 

 

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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 

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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

 


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

  1. Peterann 2.11.2016 at 7:34 am #

    I am so excited! I did the 30 day green smoothie challenge while I was out of the country. I started the 21 day cleanse. Feeling great!! Going on a trip the end of the month and just tried my $15 Hamilton beach personal blender to make a smoothie using your tip of blending the greens first and it worked. I’m excited to pack this lite weight blender so I can continue my smoothie habit while gone. Your tips in your smoothie book have taught me so much the book was well worth my investment. Keep up the super job.
    Greenie Love,
    Peterann

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.11.2016 at 8:38 am #

      Hi Peterann,

      YAY! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us and love hearing that you’re getting ready to blend on the go! Have you check out our blog post on traveling with you green smoothies?

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/travel-tips

      Cheers :)

  2. Jon Rundquist 2.8.2016 at 2:57 pm #

    Coconut oil melts at 74 degrees or warmer so it doesn’t take much heat or very long to turn it from a solid to a liquid.

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.9.2016 at 4:25 am #

      Hi Jon,

      Agreed! Mine usually changes with the seasons. For blending we suggest melting your coconut oil, not hot, just melted. Then once your entire smoothie is blended, set your blender on it’s slowest speed and slowly pour in your coconut oil. This will help the oil fully incorporate into your green smoothie!

      Cheers :)

  3. Jon Rundquist 2.8.2016 at 2:53 pm #

    ALL Flax seeds must be ground into ‘flax meal’ first before you add them to any recipe. Otherwise, they will pass right through your system without you receiving ANY of the benefit.

    So ALWAYS grind your flax seeds BEFORE you add them to any recipe.

    • Glenn 2.8.2016 at 9:05 pm #

      Won’t a Vitamix pulverize flax seeds when added with the rest of the ingredients in a smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.9.2016 at 4:23 am #

      Great tip Jon! We definitely suggest reaching for ground or liquid flaxseed oil so your body receives the maximum health benefits!

  4. Jon Rundquist 2.8.2016 at 2:51 pm #

    Crisco has their own version of Coconut oil at your local grocery store that is organic and priced below most of the other brands you will find, including the one above. Same high quality oil, with a much lower price, on your local grocery store shelf.

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.9.2016 at 4:22 am #

      Thanks for sharing, Jon!

  5. Jon Rundquist 2.8.2016 at 2:49 pm #

    You can buy a four pack of stainless steel straws with a cleaning brush included for $9.99 plus tax at Bed Bath & Beyond. If you are willing to shop for them yourself I bet you can save money on a lot of the items shown here because convenience is expensive.

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.9.2016 at 4:22 am #

      Hi Jon,

      Thanks for sharing! Our goal is to make healthy living easy, affordable + accessible to everyone! We especially love finding a good deal!

      Cheers :)

  6. Kim 2.8.2016 at 6:13 am #

    When adding coconut oil to the green smoothie, do you liquify it first. I find that I have little chunks that give me a very unappealing texture. But I want the benefits! Do I just have to get used to it?

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.8.2016 at 7:38 am #

      Hi Kim,

      Looking to blend your coconut oil with no unappealing texture or little pieces left behind? We’ve got you covered! We suggest melting your coconut oil, not hot, just melted. Then once you’ve blended your entire smoothie, set your blender to its slowest speed, and slowly pour in the coconut oil. This will allow the coconut oil to fully incorporate into your chilly green smoothie.

      Hope this helps! :)

  7. Melissa Papke 1.27.2016 at 10:50 am #

    I have food allergies and I’d like to download the 1-day cleanse to see how the program lays out before I opt in for paying for the whole program, but I can’t find it on the website. Can you please provide me with a link? Thanks!

  8. katie 1.25.2016 at 11:45 pm #

    This is great- I just received your smoothie recipe book for christmas from a secret sister exchange. Now to make my life complete would be to win a vitamix- It would make my life complete and my time in the kitchen so much more efficient. my hand mixer and wand blender both broke, my food pro is on the fritz and my blender is doing the trick in batches (i make lots of soups etc that i love to be smooth and creamy- had to let that one go!)
    Challenges are a great way to be accountable for yourself and health.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.27.2016 at 2:41 pm #

      Hi Katie,

      We’re so excited to hear you received a copy of our book this Christmas. Thank you for entering our giveaway, we wish we could have given a blender to everyone, because we love our community that much. It sounds like you might be in the market for a new blender. Check out our favorites here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/blenders/options

  9. Pam 1.25.2016 at 7:23 pm #

    Do you have any calorie information on any of the recipes?

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.27.2016 at 2:40 pm #

      Hi Pam,

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

  10. Nancy 1.15.2016 at 10:10 am #

    Hi ladies, your recipes look amazing and so appetizing! I have two questions. To your knowledge would a juicer work, such as a Breville, to pulverize the greens? My second question is the fruit contained in the green smoothie the only fruit you consume each day? I understand each smoothie is 2 servings, however I am concerned with consuming too much natural sugar (weight gain). I do workout at a high intensity (HIIT cardio & weights) 6 days/week but am over 50. Thanks very much in advance for any insight you can provide.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.15.2016 at 11:34 am #

      Hi Nancy,

      Thank you for reaching out! Looking to pulverize your greens, no juicer needed! Simply blend your leafy greens + liquid base together first until it resembles a juice consistency, then add your remaining ingredients. Adding at least one frozen fruit will ensure a cold, leafy piece free green smoothie!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/blend-without-chunks

      Worried about the natural sugars in our green smoothies? 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. :)

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

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

      • Nancy 1.15.2016 at 4:57 pm #

        Wow thanks so much for such an informative and quick response! I really appreciate all of the great information you all have put together and made available to all of us :)

      • SGS Rawkstar 1.18.2016 at 8:00 am #

        You’re so welcome, Nancy!

  11. jennifer 1.14.2016 at 6:03 am #

    Hi I must say thanks for sending me info about your green smoothies I have started trying green smoothies because I was diagnose that a cyst is on my liver but I’m enjoying it. What are the best types of fruits you will suggest should be taken.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.14.2016 at 6:59 am #

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thanks for reaching out! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! We’re green smoothie lovin’ rawkstars all right, but we’re not doctors or nutritionists. We suggest you talk with your doctor about any health concerns—if you’re doctor can suggest specific foods or ingredients to add to your diet to assist in your current diagnosis we would love to help point you in the correct direction and find some perfect recipes for you!

      Cheers :)

  12. Kate 1.10.2016 at 7:48 am #

    Hello! Planning on doing a 30 day juice fast (as seen on Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead). I tried this once before and found myself hungry at bedtime! Cannot sleep on empty stomach! My goal is fast weight loss! I wondered if taking a green smoothy an hour before bed, would this slow up the weight loss?

    Great challenge and web site! Well Done! K

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.11.2016 at 5:29 pm #

      Hi Kate,

      Thanks for reaching out! Here are Simple Green Smoothies we’re not a quick fix, we’re all about fueling your body with the right fruits + leafy greens to make lifestyle + health changes that will last a lifetime!

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