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 

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Straw Brush


Trust us… you’ll want a straw brush if you end up buying reusable straws. Think of it like a pipe cleaner (remember those from first grade?). Just run them a few times through the straw, rinse, and you’re good to go.

$7 | 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

 

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

  1. Steph 8.30.2015 at 5:42 am #

    Hi, just wondering what I could use as a calcium supplement or ‘booster’ in these smoothies? Just joined and it sounds exactly what I need as I’m currently studying and find myself lacking energy throughout the day! Thanks :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.31.2015 at 7:26 am #

      Hi Steph,

      Great question! Looking to boost calcium in your green smoothies?? A healthy dose of dandelion greens will give you near the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk will, but it will also fill you with other nutrients that milk doesn’t. When using them don’t forget this saying, “A banana in the blender kisses the bitter good-bye!”

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

      Other great sources of calcium are cherries, spirulina powder, rice milk, + chia seeds.

      Plus, looking for more energy to get you through your studies? Reach for one of our favorite energy boosters here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/energy-boost

      Cheers :)

  2. Tabitha 8.27.2015 at 11:27 am #

    Good Afternoon,

    I’ve gotten my husband on the green smoothie kick with me but he is hungry within about 2 hours after drinking the smoothie. I typically put Kale, Berries, apple, bananas and pineapple or oranges in the smoothie with water. What do you recommend adding to give him some substance or fill fuller longer?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.27.2015 at 12:36 pm #

      Hi Tabitha,

      YAY for getting your husband in on the green smoothie love! It took some convincing, but now my husband is blendin’ every morning! If your husband is finding himself hungry soon after his green smoothie, try adding protein to keep hunger at bay! We love reaching for plant-based protein options like chia seeds, almond butter, + plant-based protein powders. Learn more about our favorite protein options here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

      Cheers!

  3. Jess 8.26.2015 at 10:29 pm #

    Hello sunshines!

    I am curious about the Berkey filter because I am in the market to purchase one. I want the Big Berkey but I was unaware that there are two companies, http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com/ and http://www.berkeyfilters.com/

    I would really appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction as to which is the best! :) Thank you and lots of love to you.

  4. Karen 8.20.2015 at 8:51 am #

    Mina Jai, my kids also got interested in the foods I was eating when I went thru the 21 day challenge, especially since I regularly raved about how delicious my meals were every day! If you want to keep them interested & improve their diet, here’s some of what I’ve been trying with some success….

    I’ve made an extra effort to search out in-season super ripe fresh fruit. Smoothies made with all the fruit frozen turn into frozen treats like ice cream that kids love to top with nuts, shredded coconut or more fruit. Get them to help you prep & make meals & they’ll be much more invested in eating them, or at least tasting them if it’s sone thing new and/or unfamiliar. Soups are great way to get a lot of good stuff in at one time & for some reason most kids think soup is really cool. Let them taste everything you make that you can interest them in tasting, especially the dishes on the challenge. There will likely be spices & flavors that are new & strange to them but you’d be surprised what kids are open to, & they are in the most adaptable period of their lives.

    Mostly, I’d suggest to stick to the freshest foods you can to make their meals while you prepare yours, to minimize having to buy 2 sets of food & make 2 sets of meals! I remember when I was a kid we ate what my mom cooked; it didn’t occur to us to expect something different because we didn’t like what was made – how would we know? We were kids & hadn’t eaten most of anything yet! They’ll soon take it for granted that this is the way they’re supposed to eat & find their favorites among the healthy options you provide.

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.20.2015 at 11:24 am #

      Hi Karen,

      Thank you so much for all of your tips on healthy eating with your little ones! We love hearing from our community + so greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your experience – we especially love hearing that they became interested in food during your FreshStart21! Rawk on!

      Have you seen our latest post on healthy school lunches?

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/healthy-school-lunches

      Cheers :)

  5. Gretchen 8.13.2015 at 1:03 pm #

    Just started making green smoothies and they are great. Please give me ideas on how to lower my IBM. Thank you so far for a great new healthy start in my life.

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.13.2015 at 8:05 pm #

      Hi Gretchen,

      We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us, and would love to help you along your health + wellness journey. Just a quick question, what does IBM stand for?

      • Reena 8.18.2015 at 8:23 am #

        Not too sure but it’s possible it could be BMI? …..

  6. Mina Jai 7.30.2015 at 1:12 pm #

    Hey Ladies! I just finished up our 30 day challange and watched a few movies about have a whole foods diet which the 21-day challenge is all about.

    So, my question before I purchase the program is… I am a single mom of three and I want us ALL to start eating better, feeling more energized and better sleep too! Would I be able to do this?? Kid friendly at all??

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.31.2015 at 8:21 pm #

      Hi Mina,

      Great question! Because the recipes of our cleanse are detoxing, we don’t suggest sharing every recipe with little rawkstars. Feel free to share one or two recipes from our FreshStart21 Cleanse a week in addition to their regular meals!

      Cheers :)

  7. Christine 7.22.2015 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi there — a few questions — can you freeze pre-made smoothies? And, I would really like to do the 30 day challenge, but know the next one starts in October…I don’t want to wait, so is there a link to a previous challenge?

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.23.2015 at 8:25 am #

      Hi Christine,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! We’re so excited to hear you’re interested in joining our 30-Day Challenge. All of our challenges are live, so we can’t share previous challenges. Want to take the challenge on before October, check out our 30-Day Challenge E-Guide…

      https://shop.simplegreensmoothies.com/product/30-day-challenge-eguide/

      And of course you can freeze pre-made smoothies! Add a small amount of lemon juice beforehand to preserve all of that green goodness, and thaw in your fridge overnight! Separation is natural, so give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying. Interested in other ways to help save time when prepping your smoothies, check out our prepping tips here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/make-ahead-smoothie-prep

  8. Kirsty 7.19.2015 at 8:26 am #

    If I use a bag of mixed salad leaves will I get the same results?
    Just got my bullet yesterday!
    Kirsty

  9. Jennifer 7.6.2015 at 12:39 am #

    Hello,
    Thank you so much for sharing this knowledge. However some of these ingredients may not be easy to find at my local market here in Nigeria. Is there a natural ingredient that can replace the chia seeds, coconut oil, flax seeds, cacao powder, etc?

  10. Sherry B. 6.27.2015 at 6:14 pm #

    Smoothies vs Juicing?

  11. Nancy A. 6.25.2015 at 3:49 pm #

    These sound like great drinks! Can’t wait for the challenge to start, you ladies rawk!!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.25.2015 at 7:02 pm #

      Hi Nancy,

      We can’t wait either! We hope you’re as excited about the first week’s recipes as we are!

      Cheers :)

  12. sharalynbarry 6.21.2015 at 3:56 pm #

    Hi I need to have more veg in my diet weekly, so this will be really good and more healthier for me. Most of all I need to lose weight, I am on the boarder line to becoming diabetic, which I Dont want to never let it happen. Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.22.2015 at 7:41 pm #

      Hi Sharalyn,

      Thank you so much for reaching out!

      Did you know our co-founder Jadah lost 25lbs in 3 months by replacing one meal with a Simple Green Smoothies?

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/meet-jadah

      We’re making healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime! Our goal for your is to drink at least one 2-cup serving green smoothie a day in addition to your regular diet. If you would like, you can replace 1 or 2 meals with green smoothies. If you drink green smoothies as meal replacements, make sure to add a protein boost (plant-based protein powder, nut milk, nut butter), or snack on some nuts or a hard-boiled egg 30-60 minutes after you drink your green smoothie.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

      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.

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

      If you’re interested in cleansing your system + adding healthy options to your diet, check out our 21-Day Cleanse…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/cleanse

      Hope this helps to get your started towards your weight loss goals! Keep us updated on your progress, and please let us know if you have any questions, we’re always here!

  13. Tara F 6.18.2015 at 10:54 pm #

    Hi I am using the nutribullet for my smoothies and I was wondering about the measurements for the amount of ingredients you put in it. Sometimes I think I put too much but I use the rest for later or the next day. Your website has become one of my daily projects when I am online. It is awesome and thank you so much. I enjoy the smoothies I have made. The best part about it is I got my 16 year son drinking and making them for us as well. I can come home from work and he has already has one ready. He doesnt like to eat vegetables but he will drink them.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.19.2015 at 8:10 am #

      Hi Tara!

      Thanks for reaching out. We love our NutriBullets, too! We recommend drinking at least 2 cups (16oz) of green smoothie a day. Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz). Feel free to cut the recipes in half to fit in your Nutribullet and still get your 2 cups in for the day. If you do have any extra, just pop it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to the three days.

      We’re so glad you’re enjoying the website, and that your family is loving the smoothies, as well! We’re always happy to hear when green smoothies start to become a family favorite. We know how tricky it is to get kids to eat their veggies, and green smoothies do the trick for us, too! :)

      Cheers!

  14. Sandra 6.7.2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Buenisimos……los tomo todos los dias

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.9.2015 at 6:43 am #

      Bueno, Sandra! :)

  15. Pauline Horsley 5.31.2015 at 3:11 am #

    Hi I’ve just ordered the Nutri Ninja which is a more powerful model to the NutriBullet. Has a slightly larger capacity. I’m in the UK so price not relevant.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.1.2015 at 6:41 am #

      Hi Pauline,

      We hope you enjoy your new blender! The Nutri Ninja is a great option!

  16. Erika 5.28.2015 at 2:08 pm #

    Hi, I was looking in buying something like the nutribullet but I’m not sure which brands or types work best. I would like something that is quick and easy to use where you can blend and go! Help please?

  17. Brenda coker 5.21.2015 at 5:19 pm #

    Hello, I am trying to help my husband lose weight which smoothie should I make for him. I am going to drink them with him just so I can encourage him to continue.

    Thanks
    Brenda

  18. Rosa 5.10.2015 at 12:25 pm #

    I just love your website. I’ve been with you guys for over a year and I just love making green smoothies. Thank you for all those wonderful recipes. Keep it up.
    Sandycheei

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.11.2015 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi Rosa,

      Thank you so much for blendin’ with us! Cheers to health + happiness! :)

  19. delilah 5.7.2015 at 12:02 pm #

    hi do the lids (daisy lids) fit the pint sized wide mouth mason jars? just want to make sure before i purchase. thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.7.2015 at 6:19 pm #

      Hi Delilah,

      Sorry, the Daisy Lids do not fit wide mouth mason jars. The Mason Bar Company makes lids for both regular + wide mouth mason jars.

      http://themasonbarcompany.com/#

  20. Molly 5.2.2015 at 5:57 am #

    Hey, just started making your smoothies and they’re great! I was just wondering, since there have been links between cruciferous veggies, almonds, strawberries etc. and development of thyroid issues, should I limit the amount I put into daily smoothies although I don’t a thyroid problem now?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.2.2015 at 7:46 pm #

      Hi Molly,

      Thanks for reaching out! 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— I’m sure they can help you decide what is best for you and your body. Cheers to health + happiness!

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