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!

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

607 Responses to “FAQ’s”

  1. ron 10.8.2015 at 3:25 pm #

    How should I adjust recipes for one person rather than 2. My wife and I have different needs so we want to make enough for 10-12
    ounces. Or how about making 2 and keeping some in refridge for next day? What’s the max time to keep?

  2. Lauren 10.6.2015 at 6:17 am #

    Hey Jen & Jadah! Let me start off by saying I absolutely love your green smoothie challenges and Fresh Start 21!! Can’t wait till the new book comes out! Unfortunately, I was just diagnosed with a nut allergy, and didn’t know if you had any substitution suggestions that would continue to let me enjoy all your recipes??

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.6.2015 at 6:26 pm #

      Hi Lauren,

      Thanks for blendin’ with us! Recently, diagnosed with a nut allergy? No worries! We’ve got you covered!

      Substitute nuts for protein packed seeds like sunflower + pumpkin!

      Looking for an almond + coconut milk substitute, rice milk is a great option! Though it is lacking in protein, it is fortified with calcium and low in cholesterol, which makes it a slightly healthier option than cow’s milk–and you can get the lacking protein through various superfoods and leafy greens. It is naturally sweetened, fructose free, and goes great with your daily smoothie.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Jennie 10.6.2015 at 6:13 am #


    Can you blend and freeze smoothies in mason jars in advance, and then defrost overnight for the morning commute?


    • SGS Rawkstar 10.6.2015 at 6:17 pm #

      Hi Jennie,

      Yes! Simply thaw your smoothie overnight in the refrigerator the night before you’re ready to enjoy! Separation is natural, so give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying!

      Have you seen our tips on prepping green smoothies?


  4. ron 10.4.2015 at 3:01 pm #

    What is a good substitute for avocado? I thought perhaps greek yogurt.

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.5.2015 at 3:08 pm #

      Hi Ron,

      We love avocado because it’s a great source of monounsaturated fats! So when you’re looking to substitute avocado you want to look for other healthy fat options like almond butter, flaxseed oil, + coconut oil. Learn more about our favorite healthy fat options here…


  5. Chris 9.29.2015 at 3:12 am #

    Apologies if this question has been asked before, there are so many comments and it’s a bit difficult to find it! I am not from the US and I struggle with cups and oz measuring :(((( could you help me with metric measuring so I can follow the correct proportion?
    Many thanks and looking forward to the challenge!

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.29.2015 at 7:06 am #

      Hi Chris,

      We love our international tribe + understand that our measurements can sometimes be difficult for those overseas. Make sure + check out our book hitting shelves on November 3rd, we put together a great conversion section to help answer any questions.


      In the meantime, here is our suggested conversions…

      Spices | Proteins | Superfoods:

      ½ tsp = 2mL
      1 tsp = 5mL
      2 tsp = 10mL
      1 TBSP = 15mL
      2 TBSP = 30mL


      Mango | Pineapple | Strawberries | Beets | Carrots | Blueberries | Raspberries | Leafy Greens

      1 cup = 250mL
      1 ½ cups = 375mL
      2 cups = 500mL


      Water | Coconut Water | Coconut Milk | Almond Milk | Fresh Squeezed Juice | Rice Milk

      ½ cup = 125mL
      1 cup = 250mL
      1 ½ cups = 375mL
      2 cups = 500mL


      1 cup of leafy greens = 30g
      2 cups of leafy greens = 60g

  6. Angie 9.28.2015 at 6:53 pm #

    I’ve purchased all the ingredients to get started, except the broccoli, which I don’t really like. What would be some options for a substitute?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.28.2015 at 7:17 pm #

      Hi Angie,

      Yay! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us! Which recipe are you looking to blend broccoli with? We’re happy to help identify the perfect substitute for you!

      Cheers :)

  7. Tiffany 9.28.2015 at 7:14 am #

    Are there any fruits (besides the obvious ones like kiwi) you usually peel first before blending like peaches or nectarines or do you put it all in the blender besides the pit?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.28.2015 at 6:41 pm #

      Hi Tiffany,

      Great question! When possible we try to include the peel, as fruit peels are packed with nutrients + tons of fiber! Did you know if you have a powerhouse blender that can breakdown the peel, kiwi peels are packed with flavonoids!

      Check out some great information here…


  8. Glennis 9.22.2015 at 7:39 am #

    Hi Ladies,
    I have been following your recipes for weight loss and using morning shake and lunch time shake and eating a healthy balanced dinner. I have not lost any weight in the month I have been doing the shakes. I also go to the gym 3 times a week. What am I doing wrong?


    • SGS Rawkstar 9.22.2015 at 11:24 am #

      Hi Glennis,

      Thanks for reaching out! It sounds like you’re a total rawkstar with eating healthy + hitting the gym! Everyone’s body is different, but let us know which recipes you’re blendin’ and we’d love to help you along your health + weight loss journey.

      Cheers :)

  9. patsy gibson 9.21.2015 at 8:59 am #

    are there low sugar smoothies i’m a dietetic

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.21.2015 at 5:56 pm #

      Hi Patsy,

      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.


  10. Teresa 9.20.2015 at 10:09 pm #

    Is it possible to wash away the level of prescription meds in your body by drinking green smoothies and if so could drinking the smoothie in the morning and taking my meds in the evening help with this. Do green smoothies detox prescriptions meds our of your system?

    Thanks so much for all the work you put into this website and for all the valuable information you share!

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.21.2015 at 5:53 pm #

      Hi Teresa,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! That’s an important question, and since we’re not doctors, we suggest reaching out to your physician to ensure green smoothies + your medicine pair well together! Sorry we can’t be more help, but we’d rather leave your question to the medical professionals!

  11. Mel 9.16.2015 at 12:58 pm #

    Do you have to cook food such as broccoli and oats before you add to the smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.16.2015 at 5:36 pm #

      Hi Mel,

      Great questions! We love adding raw + cooked ingredients to our smoothies! When blendin’ oats raw you might find them sightly gritty, adding cooked oats will help create a more smooth texture – it’s all about what works for you. The same with broccoli…if you have a powerhouse blender raw is a great way to go, if your blender needs a little help a quick steam will create a smooth consistency.

      Cheers :)

  12. Jeanne 9.15.2015 at 11:45 am #

    What is the best protein powder to buy?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.15.2015 at 12:30 pm #

      Hi Jeanne,

      We love reaching for plant-based protein powders like hemp or brown rice!

      Cheers :)

  13. Deborah 9.12.2015 at 7:36 pm #

    Do green smoothies cause sugar/insulin spikes?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.14.2015 at 6:27 pm #

      Hi Deborah,

      Great question! The fruit in our green smoothies contain naturally occurring sugar. Worried about how those natural sugars can effect your insulin levels? We suggest reaching out to your doctor to find out whats best for you + your body!

      Cheers :)

  14. Francine Leslie 9.12.2015 at 7:32 pm #

    When does your next challenge begin?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.14.2015 at 6:24 pm #

      Hi Francine,

      Our next challenge kicks off on October 1! We hope you’ll join us!!

      Cheers :)

  15. Khuyen 9.6.2015 at 9:53 am #

    Does hand blender good at making green smoothies?

    If I have green smoothies almost all the time, is it good?
    Let’s say if all my main dishes a green smoothie.


    • SGS Rawkstar 9.8.2015 at 7:40 pm #

      HI Khuyen,

      Thanks for reaching out! We love blendin’ with hand blenders, especially when traveling! They’re slim style makes them perfect for our suitcase, allowing us to enjoy green smoothies anywhere! Here are a few of our favorite stick blenders…


      This is not a fast or a restrictive diet, we are making healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime! So we don’t suggest replacing all of your meals with a green smoothie. 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.



      Cheers :)

  16. Regina 9.4.2015 at 4:08 pm #

    Is It recommend that body needs 2 cups of vegetable 2 cups of fruit for the right amount of nutrition a day?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.8.2015 at 7:37 pm #

      Hi Regina,

      It is recommended that an adult has 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit a day, along with 2 cups of veggies! When you drink 16oz of our green smoothie recipe you will be meeting, or just under your daily intake for fruit, along with 1 cup or more of leafy greens!

      Cheers :)

  17. Regina 9.1.2015 at 9:48 am #

    In your raspberry coconut shortcake green smoothie could the almond milk be use in stead of coconut milk if not please me know?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.2.2015 at 6:01 am #

      Hi Regina,

      Of course! We love switching up our liquid bases, + almond milk is a great substitute for coconut milk. Remember, our recipes are here to inspire you, so please don’t feel like you need to follow them to a T!


      Cheers :)

  18. Regina 9.1.2015 at 9:25 am #

    If my doctor recommend me not to take the cleanser cause I still the loss the weight with the green smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.2.2015 at 5:58 am #

      Hi Regina,

      Our cleanse is a great way to cleanse your body + help you discover the best ways to nourish your body, and weight loss is usually a very happy result! If your doctor doesn’t recommend our cleanse due to any medical issues, you can still work towards healthy weight loss by adding green smoothies to your diet. Did you know our co-founder Jadah lost 25lbs in 3 months by replacing one meal with a Simple Green Smoothies?


      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.



      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.


  19. Regina 9.1.2015 at 9:22 am #

    Is it require to talk with a Doctor before starting a cleanser if u are taking medication ?

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.2.2015 at 5:51 am #

      Hi Regina,

      Great question! We suggest you talk with your doctor about any health concerns prior to beginning any cleanse— we’re sure they can help you decide what is best for you and your body.

      Cheers to health + happiness!

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