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Essentials : Simple Green Smoothies must-haves


Some may call it an obsession, others may call it an addiction. Either way, we love green smoothies and have spent lots of time testing and trying various products to share with you (visit our Amazon store for the whole she-bang).

We always get excited when we find something that helps make life a little easier— like these double walled to-go cups or paper straws that are eco-friendly AND adorable! We have compiled a list of our favorite products that rock our green smoothie obsession.


A blender is the most essential tool for making green smoothies. Blendtec and Vitamix are the most coveted blenders (and for good reasons— their warranty and performance are incredible).

Right now you can get these blenders refurbished and save over $150 on each— it’s a great deal.

Refurbished Vitamix: $329 + free shipping. Enter code: 06-007771
Refurbished Blendtec: $384 + free shipping. Just enter your zip code at check out and it will automatically apply free shipping.

Yet not everyone can afford a $300+ blender, and you don’t have to— seriously!!! Runners up are the versatile Nutribullet and Ninja and they are amazing (especially for the price).



We are in love with mason jars. They are strong, reusable, multi-functional, and super cute. We definitely recommend getting the Ball pint size wide-mouth jars (easier to clean) and the half-pint size for the kids. (You can also reuse Classico spaghetti jars for smoothies, which is Jen’s signature move.) And Jadah always has regular mouth mason jars too: pint size for drinking and quart size for storing green smoothie leftovers in the fridge.


Green smoothies and straws go so well together. We always have a few kinds around the house to be ready for any situation. For use around the house, we recommend stainless steel straws and this brush to clean them well. When you are taking your green smoothie to-go or having a large get-together, we recommend using paper straws. They are cute (definitely Pinterest worthy) and can be thrown away once slurped down.


Storing green smoothies is easy with mason jars. You can use the rubber seal or upgrade to these convenient plastic lids to prevent oxidation and keep your smoothie fresh and yummy when it’s time to drink. And these are some of our favorite mason jar lids from EcoJarz on Amazon.


Mason jars are great for on the road, yet are known to sweat and get a little slippery. Another great option are these double-walled BPA-free plastic tumblers. The 3-pack is great so you always have one clean and ready to take with you on the road.



Five green smoothie add-ons are: chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut oil and hemp hearts or hemp protein powder. You can get these at your local health foods store (Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and online through Amazon).

For more green smoothie goodies, check out our Amazon store. 

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Jump on the green smoothie bandwagon!

Join us for our always free 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. Get access to new green smoothie recipes, weekly shopping lists, and a rawkin’ community cheering you on for 30 days –> sign-up here.

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

  1. Brenda 4.6.2014 at 8:02 am #

    Will a margaritaville do a good job?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.6.2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Not sure, Brenda… Never used one!

  2. Alan 4.4.2014 at 4:18 am #

    Why are the Blendtec and Vitamix so expensive? Even the refurbs are expensive.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.4.2014 at 8:16 am #

      They are powerful machines that seem to last forever. Both have great warranties, too (mine was a 7 year warranty when I purchased). This means that if anything happens to it in 7 years, I get it replaced. Hope this helps!

  3. Deyan 4.2.2014 at 11:28 am #


    I just made my first smoothie joining a bit late – on 3rd of April.

    I have a question, is it healthy to have a green smoothie in the afternoon after 7pm since it’s best for me to prepare it after work.
    I’m not sure whether fruits at night are good for my diet.


    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.2.2014 at 1:20 pm #

      Hi Deyan!
      Green smoothies are good any time of day, though we prefer them for breakfast or lunch. They can be a bit energizing making it a little more difficult to sleep, but it’s worth a shot!

  4. Nakia Morgan 3.3.2014 at 11:31 am #

    I made my first green smoothie today and it was great. It contained spinach, frozen mango chunks, grapes, raspberries and soy milk (I will try almond). When added up it equaled to my correct diabetic exchange. I would like to feel a little fuller. I read Chia Seeds will help. I see you recommend Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Chia Seeds…however costumers are now complaining about rodent feces being found in it (Amazon)….do you have another suggestion? Is all Chia seed basically the same? What is hemp and their benefits? Thank You so much for your recipes!

  5. Nakia Morgan 3.3.2014 at 8:57 am #

    Hello, I want to try one of your smoothies… and your recipes are a great start. However I have a few questions. We just got a Magic Bullet and that is all we can afford right now…will that work? The largest cup is 18oz so I was going to split the recipe…will that work? And are the smoothies suppose to be a meal substitute? (I am diabetic)

    • Jadah and Jen 3.3.2014 at 9:33 am #

      Welcome, Nakia! Yes, just cut our recipes in half to fit into your blender. You can use green smoothies as a meal replacement, or snack, whichever you prefer. :)

  6. adrianna 3.2.2014 at 9:25 pm #

    How many times a days do you drink the green smoothies?

  7. Anna 2.28.2014 at 8:38 am #

    Hi again – of course she can! Now that I know it works from the US I will ask her to do it!! Thanks for your quick reply!

  8. Reno 2.27.2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Hi! I just signed up for your 30-day smoothie challenge and was thinking of trying one of your recipes, the vitamin c immunity booster. My question is, when blending carrots do you steam them first to make them tender or do you just throw them into the blender as is? Thanks!

  9. Anna 2.27.2014 at 2:36 pm #

    Hi Jadah & Jen,
    First – thanks for your inspiration! It really helped me get started on the green smoothies! :-)
    I tried to click on the link by the Blenders (Vitamix) because I would really like to buy a Vitamix at the amazing price of USD 329 + free shipping. But I can not get it to work … I just end up at Vitamix start page, where I must choose country. I am currently in Sweden but my daughter is in San Fransisco so I want to order it there … but I can not find USA in the list of countries … Is there an optional link to help me order?? A million thanks in advance,
    Anna from Sweden

    • Jadah and Jen 2.28.2014 at 7:53 am #

      Hi Anna,
      Unfortunately, the link only works if you are using the web from the US. Maybe your daughter could do the purchasing from San Francisco? I know it’s inconvenient, but we don’t have another option at this time…

  10. Danny 2.25.2014 at 1:02 pm #

    Is there any reason not to use other protein products that I am already using in these smoothies?

    I use mostly Whey protein, but use Soy at times.


  11. Lisa 2.25.2014 at 7:36 am #

    I’m sure this has been asked, but I’ve been buying unsweetened fruit in the freezer section. Should I start buying fresh and freezing myself or is that ok? Thanks to finding you on InstaGram I’ve been obsessed with green smoothies!

    • Jadah and Jen 2.25.2014 at 7:54 am #

      Hi Lisa!
      You can buy unsweetened fruit from the freezer section, or you can buy fresh and freeze :-) Up to you!

  12. Gisselle 2.17.2014 at 1:17 pm #

    I signed up for the 30 day challenge. If i want to subsitute the smoothie for a meal, can i add a spirulina and coconut oil in the smoothie? I read that you could and that you can also make it with almond milk instead of water. Can you help me with that?

  13. Vonetta 2.17.2014 at 9:31 am #

    I recommend using glass straws to reduce waste from throwing away paper straws (or plastic, like I was using at work). Also, when I used paper straws, they got soggy. Plus, glass is easier to clean than stainless steel (you can see through it and make sure you get any leftover gunk out). I bought mine from a company called Glass Dharma and love them. I leave one at work and one at home.

  14. Amillia 2.16.2014 at 3:06 am #

    hi Jane / Jadah,

    I love your website so much…… may I ask your opinion about the blender? I can’t afford to buy those suggested blender… i browse around at find Ninja master prep blender … is this good to make a smoothies from your recipe?


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