FAQ’s

FAQ

What type of blender do you use?

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 $329. 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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We polled our Green Smoothie community and found some AWESOME affordable blenders that will help you if Vitamix and Blendtec are a tad pricey for you at the moment. Check it out: Best Blenders under $120.

 

 

How many servings do your recipes make?

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.

 

Do I have to follow the recipe exactly, or can I switch out an ingredient or two?

Of course you can change up the recipes! All of our recipes are meant to inspire you to eat and live healthy, not to burden you with fruits/veggies that you can’t get your hands on, you don’t like, or are allergic to. Some recipes are made for specific purposes (i.e. detoxifying, immunity boosting, etc.) and need more specific replacements, but most are made to simply taste great and give your body access to fresh and raw ingredients. If there are adjustments that would make our recipe work better for you, then go for it!

 

Can I store my green smoothie in the fridge?

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.

 

What are chia seeds and where can I get them?

We are obsessed with these tiny little crunchy seeds. We sprinkle them on top of smoothies, or put them inside our oatmeal with almond butter and almond milk. Many people ask what are the health benefits of chia seeds? Is there a difference between black chia seeds and white chia seeds? And where can I buy chia seeds? We have answered all your awesome questions right here: 6 Reasons Why We Love Chia Seeds.

 

Do you have a good recipe for weight loss?

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. And if you want to take your health to the next level, we recommend checking out our Fresh Start: A 21-Day Cleanse (click the link to learn more).

 

Does adding leafy greens make the smoothie taste bitter or weird?

As long as you follow the 60/40 formula (60% fruits; 40% leafy greens), you should not be able to taste the green veggies in your smoothies. The fruits naturally mask the taste– and bananas are the perfect natural sweetener for any green smoothie packed with spinach, kale, or other leafy green. Download your free recipe e-book of some of our best green smoothie recipes to find the perfect beginner friendly green smoothie for you.

 

How do I make my smoothie “smooth” without leafy chunks?

If you have a high-speed blender like Blendtec and Vitamix, you will always have a perfectly smooth smoothie. But don’t let that stop you from making green smoothies if you have a regular blender. Healthy lifestyle choices can be made on any budget. My favorite tip to share about green smoothies is to blend your leafy greens and liquids first (water, almond milk or coconut water) until you get a juice-like consistency. You should be able to achieve this texture in 30 to 60 seconds. Once you have blended all of the leafy greens, then you can add the remaining ingredients. Let me know if this works for you.

 

I’ve got a sweet tooth— can I add a sweetener to my green smoothie?

We find that using whole fruits as natural sweeteners is the best way to sweeten your green smoothies. If you like the taste of bananas, you can add an extra banana or two whenever your smoothie is not sweet enough. Other natural sweeteners are dates and figs, which provide nutrients and fiber as well as a super sweet taste to your smoothie recipe. Some other alternatives are 100% fresh squeezed fruit juices, raw honey and 100% maple syrup.

Although you may add these sugar substitutes to your recipes, you will find that we do not add any sugars or sweeteners to our smoothie recipes unless it is a natural whole fruit. And please stay away from “0 calorie” sweeteners, they are made of artificial ingredients like aspartame which is so toxic to your body.

This smoothie is perfect for your sweet tooth: Almond Butter and “Jelly

 

How do I clean my blender?

The easiest and fastest way to clean your blender is to immediately give it a quick rinse with warm water after use (a tiny drop of soap is optional). If you are in a hurry, fill your blender with water, until you are ready to wash it. If you are in a super duper rush, and you let your blender sit with no water, fill your blender 3/4 full with warm water and soap and give it a nice scrub on the insides. Place it back on your blender stand and turn the blender on for 30 seconds— It’s like a mini-dishwasher. Blendtec and Vitamix are very easy to rinse and wash.

P.S. Jadah has been known to only use soap and water if she makes something besides fruits and veggies in her blender (like a savory soup). A quick rinse always does the job. Please don’t call the germ police on her. 

 

I’m on a tight budget— how can I get inexpensive produce?

If you are new to eating a lot of fruits and veggies, your grocery bill may be a little shocking with the extra fresh and frozen produce purchases. Over time, you will eliminate a lot of processed food items which will in turn bring your grocery bill back to normal. But here are a few quick tips to saving money on produce.

  • Make a shopping list: making a weekly meal planing list that covers what you will eat on a daily basis will help you only buy what you need. Make sure to include snacks in your meal plan and shopping list too.
  • Buy seasonal fruit and veggies: purchasing produce is in season is typically cheaper. And if you see a good deal on fresh fruits and veggies, purchase in bulk and freeze for future smoothies.
  • Buy out of season fruits frozen: Costco and Sam’s Club sell large bags of organic frozen fruit at good prices. If your freezer can accomodate bags in bulk, take advantage of making these purchases.
  • Buy from local fruit stands, farmer’s markets and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture): For the tastiest and most fresh organic produce, buy locally. Not only has the produce been grown and harvested close to home, but buying locally also helps our environment buy eliminating the time and resources needed to deliver. Visit, www.LocalHarvest.org to find your local farm, farmers markets, and other local food sources.
  • Follow the EWG’s Dirty Dozen: this list will help you know what is worth getting organic and what you can buy conventional.

“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” —Josh Billings

Where can I buy those mason jars you use?

We adore mason jars for our green smoothies, feel free to visit our Amazon shop for mason jars, cups, cool lids, and other smoothie essentials by clicking here.  And don’t forget you can always wash out a spaghetti sauce jar for green smoothie mason jars too— that’s Jen signature move.

 

I am allergic to bananas (or pineapple, or mango, or…) what can I substitute with?

Got an allergy or an aversion to some fruits? Swap it out with a fruit that you love and adore. Can’t eat bananas? Switch it with more mango, peach, papaya, pear or an apple to sweeten it up. Or an avocado to make it thick and creamy.

Can’t do pineapples? Double up another ingredient already in the smoothie. If something calls for 1 cup of something you just can’t eat, swap it with 1 cup of a fruit you can eat. Mixed berries and mixed fruit bags that are frozen are a great replacement ingredient.

The best part is playing mini-chef with your blender. Not one smoothie will please everybody, but we promise over the next 30 days you will find a recipe that is your go-to smoothie. It will be the one you make for your friends and family and make them a green smoothie lover too. So explore, experiment, and smile!

Check out these yummy banana-free green smoothie recipes!

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P.S. Did you sign-up for the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge yet?

458 Responses to “FAQ’s”

  1. Xime 4.10.2015 at 12:05 pm #

    Hi everyone!!

    I´m from Uruguay – South America and i just joined your 30 day challenge….
    One question, i can´t find almond milk, can i use coconut milk? and the same happens with the spinach and kale, What other vegetables can i use, celery?
    Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.11.2015 at 6:26 am #

      Hi Xime,

      We’re so happy to have you blendin’ with us for the 30-day challenge! Coconut milk is squeezed from the meat of the coconut which produces a sweet and tasty liquid. Though it is high in protein, fiber, and other micronutrients, it is also high in calories and fat. For this reason we recommend using coconut milk as a liquid-base only for special indulgences–maybe for date night desserts. This milk does help to protect your heart, but it will cost you in other areas if used on a regular basis.

      Our recipes are here to inspire you, so feel free to swap our leafy greens or liquid bases with what you have available in Uruguay. Here are some of our favorite leafy greens + liquid bases you can include in any of our recipes!

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

      Hope this helps! :)

  2. Ashley 4.8.2015 at 3:56 pm #

    Hello! I have fallen in love with green smoothies and as I experiment more, I wanted to start incorporating boosters (coconut oil, flax seeds, etc)! I was wondering if you had a recommended amount for the smoothies? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.9.2015 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Ashley,

      We are so happy to hear you’re loving the green smoothie lifestyle and are interested in adding boosters to your smoothies! We love adding boosters to our smoothies, the addition of healthy fats + proteins make our smoothies the best fast food! Check out our blog post on incorporating boosters here:

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

  3. Tiffani 4.7.2015 at 8:58 pm #

    I’ve made a smoothie for two nights and both times I’ve followed w h at you said liquid and greens first , then add frogen fruit … but still I have a lot of pulp … I’m using a ninja …. can ice reduce me noticing the pulp ? Even if I mix greens longer than 60 sec… I still feel like I’m drinking a glass of pulp

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.8.2015 at 4:29 am #

      Hi Tiffani,

      Are you using frozen fruit with your smoothie? Frozen fruit helps to create a great smooth consistency! :)

  4. Kim 4.6.2015 at 3:01 pm #

    I was just wondering; I do not like almond milk, or coconut water. What can I use in place of these? Can’t wait to get started. Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2015 at 7:40 pm #

      Hi Kim,

      Our recipes are here to inspire you, don’t feel like you need to follow them to a T, even though we think they’re pretty tasty! If you’re not a fan of almond milk or coconut water, swap either out for another liquid base. Here are some of our favorites…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

      Cheers :)

  5. Sheila 4.6.2015 at 9:18 am #

    Hi, I just joined your 30 day challenge. I don’t feel like I’m behind because I’ve been making smoothies nearly everyday for about 2 weeks. I have a lot of frozen fruits and have froze some fresh greens and pineapple I bought from Sam’s. I am quite a bit overweight and want to lose weight. I use a lean protein powder I get from a nutritional store, 1 carb per serving and vanilla flavored unsweetened almond/coconut milk. My son bought me the Ninja Duo with Auto IQ for Christmas 2014 and it makes the smoothest smoothies. Love that machine. Yes, it is like running an airplane through the house but it is a beast. I am looking forward to trying your recipes and the April challenge. Just had the Tropical Turmeric Booster and ended adding a half banana. I used powdered ginger and a squirt of lemon juice from a bottle. But I have lots of kale and spinach that I just put in bags in the freezer so it won’t go bad. I needed the extra sweetness of the banana. I buy my bananas from Sam’s as well. They are big and of course I have to buy the whole bunch so I peel them, cut them in half and wrap them tightly with plastic wrap and store in a freezer bag in my big freezer. Very convenient. See y’all soon!

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2015 at 7:31 pm #

      Sheila,

      Everything you’re doing sounds awesome! Keep it up! And let us know if you have any questions along the way!!

      Cheers to health + happiness! :)

  6. Maria 4.4.2015 at 6:48 am #

    I just started the 30 day challenge and I have been searching for coconut water through all the grocery stores nearby. Even though as I live in Spain I have just found coconut milk. What can I use instead coconut water for my second week recipes?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2015 at 7:30 pm #

      Maria,

      Here are some of our favorite liquid bases, feel free to swap any of them into our recipes!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

      Cheers :)

    • Blanca 4.22.2015 at 3:13 pm #

      Hi Maria!

      I have just read your comment. I am from Spain and at first I couldnt find coconut water neither. But finally I founded at Eroski Supermarket, Mercadona (lower in kcal than in Eroski, and also tastier!) and I am sure that it has to be at Corte Ingles.

      Un abrazo!

  7. Patty 3.28.2015 at 6:28 pm #

    Hi!!! My husband & I are prepping for the 30 day challenge. I very happy that everything is so easy to follow, it will help us stick with it. Very excited that we found something we can do together.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.29.2015 at 10:28 am #

      Thanks so much for joining us, Patty. :)

  8. Leslie 3.28.2015 at 10:45 am #

    Hi, I am getting everything together to start your 30 day challenge, and I have a Nutribullet with a large glass & a smaller glass. Will the larger glass be big enough for your recipes or do I need to half the ingredients ?? Looking forward to hearing back from you !!

    Thanks & excited,
    Leslie :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.28.2015 at 1:35 pm #

      Hi Leslie,

      We are so excited to hear you’re getting ready for the 30-day challenge, we can’t wait for April 1!! When blending with your Nutribullet, half the recipe and it will fit and blend perfectly! Let us know if you have any other questions along the way!

      Cheers :)

  9. Mrtha 3.26.2015 at 1:48 pm #

    I don’t see any recommendations (for or against) freezing a green smoothie.

    I like to freeze my leftover fruit smoothies, and defrost in the microwave for 10-30 seconds, for an easy and quick breakfast. Is there any reason to avoid this practice with green smoothies? Freezing also would make it easier to use up a big bunch of kale (instead of allowing it to spoil if I can’t consume it all at once).

    Thanks!

    • JS Neumans 4.4.2015 at 9:02 am #

      Can the smoothies be frozen. I assume the question was from the writer. What is your answer from green smoothie?. Do you also need to use the lemon juice to keep it fresher as we’ll during freezing?

      • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2015 at 7:47 pm #

        Hi JS,

        We always believe that fresh is best, but that doesn’t always work for us! Smoothies can be blended and then frozen until ready to use. Just defrost them in the fridge the night before you are ready to use. Some separation might occur, but the smoothies will still be fine to consume. And yes, we like to add a little bit of lemon juice to our smoothies to help preserve the blended goodness! :)

        Another option, is we love to prep our smoothies ahead of time, which shaves off precious extra minutes in our morning routine, plus it puts the kibosh on any other excuses that stand in the way of sipping on some healthy green goodness. Here is our favorite way to prep smoothies:

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

        Cheers :)

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.6.2015 at 7:49 pm #

      Hi Martha,

      If it works for you, keep doing it! :)

      Also, check out our favorite way to prep smoothies, which helps prevent our leafy greens + fruits from going bad.

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

  10. Francesca 3.26.2015 at 7:50 am #

    Hiya! I know the Smoothie Challenge isn’t a restrictive one, but I just so happen to be dieting and will be incorporating this into my diet. Do you know, on average, how much calories are in a smoothie or do I just add up the number of calories of each ingredient?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.26.2015 at 10:54 am #

      Hi Francesca,

      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.

  11. candy 3.26.2015 at 5:17 am #

    does the color of your smoothie have to be green? after i added blackberries and other fruit to my smoothie it was no longer green, does that matter?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.26.2015 at 6:28 am #

      Hi Candy,

      This is usually because of the dark fruits that are being used in the smoothie. If your fruits aren’t dark, then you may not be adding enough leafy green. We usually use about 2 cups of packed leafy greens for a 32 oz smoothie to share. :)

  12. Justice 3.16.2015 at 7:04 pm #

    If i make your recipes as shown on the website and they say it serves 2 is it good to drink the whole thing for breakfast? or do i split it 1 for breakfast and one for lunch? and what else should i eat through the day if i just want to maintain this green life style?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.17.2015 at 5:11 am #

      Good morning!

      This is not a fast or a restrictive diet, so you can eat regular meals during this challenge. We are making healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime! Our goal for you 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.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

  13. William L Morin 3.14.2015 at 4:59 pm #

    I was wondering if you or anyone else has come across a list/chart of fruits that taste good together in smoothies?

  14. Renee 3.13.2015 at 11:18 am #

    Hi All, I just joined your 30 day challenge and must say I have been researching green smoothies as my husband and I are trying to enhance our health and natural energy. One question, if I pre-make the smoothies on a Sunday and freeze them (I was thinking smaller breastmilk bags since they are made for the freezer) will that be OK? Wasn’t sure if it would ruin the consistency or not. Excited for April 1! Thanks!

  15. Keane 3.12.2015 at 1:41 pm #

    Hey, I was wondering what the serving size would be for a child. my co-teacher and I are planning on having a “Smoothie of the Week”. We can’t wait!

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.13.2015 at 8:35 am #

      Hi Keane,

      We don’t have a particular serving size for kids, we would suggest 4oz as a snack serving for kids. Just be aware of the additional fiber you’ll be adding to their little systems.

      Enjoy!

  16. Kim 3.7.2015 at 7:35 pm #

    My daughter is pregnant and still working full time and would love to have a ready mixed breakfast beverage. Does one exist??? Every one I have looked at has that mysterious “natural flavorings” listed as an ingredient. That listing sort of gives me the shivers. Do you know of of a ready-made smoothie type drink that is clean and healthy????

  17. Kenny 3.5.2015 at 1:12 pm #

    I am a Type 2 Dietetic and was wondering if you guys have a green smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 3.6.2015 at 9:51 am #

      Hey Kenny,

      Thank for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies and the natural sugars are okay for their eating plan. Here is a link to our favorite low sugar fruits.

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

      Hope that helps.

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