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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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?

420 Responses to “FAQ’s”

  1. Nona 2.22.2015 at 11:41 am #

    I didn’t like green smoothies at all when I first started. I once accidentally left my Vitamix go too long and it began to heat up the smoothie: warmed, the smoothie was more like a creamed soup. I do this on purpose, now. Goes down easy!

  2. Angela 2.20.2015 at 8:48 am #

    How do you avoid muscle loss?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.23.2015 at 12:48 pm #

      Hey Angela.

      We would suggest adding protein to your smoothies. :)http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

  3. Gayle 2.20.2015 at 7:37 am #

    I buy large amounts of the greens and then freeze them. Instead of measuring them in packed 2-cup increments, can you tell me the weight of them. I come up anywhere from 3 to 5 ounces for two cups. What weight are yours?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.23.2015 at 12:46 pm #

      Hey Gayle. Thanks for reaching out. Weigh wise, 1 cup is 30g. Hope that helps. :)

  4. Kim 2.17.2015 at 6:50 pm #

    I love this website! And…I’m a fellow B-School grad. Beautiful job!! I have a question for you. I’m wondering…what about winter time? I love my smoothies in the summer when the weather’s warm. But in the winter, while my body still wants the great nutrients, I find that drinking a smoothie on a cold day isn’t so satisfying. Any suggestions?

    Also, I went through a period of needing to eliminate ALL sugars from my diet, and green smoothies saved me. I had always made smoothies with fruit, as you suggest, but I couldn’t do this. I created a smoothie that used greens, a tomato, a carrot, some cucumber, some lemon juice, sea salt, cumin and turmeric. This created a savory version of my smoothie. It took a bit to get used to on the first day, but the second day, I loved it, and then got used to it. It was a WONDERFUL way to help kick a sugar habit!

    Thanks for your wonderful insights!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.18.2015 at 9:15 am #

      Hey Kim.

      Thanks for reaching out + blending with us! We can totally understand that it can be hard in the colder months to drink green smoothies. What we suggest is having a warm tea in the morning, and once you are warmed up to have a green smoothie or try a green smoothie later in the day. :) Love your veggie smoothies idea!

      Cheers!

  5. SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.9.2015 at 2:20 pm #

    Hi Fredericka.

    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.

  6. Laurisa 2.8.2015 at 5:38 pm #

    Hi I’m looking all over the website and i cannot find it anywhere! I’m looking for the page that has the links to all 4 weeks of green smoothies. if u can please provide with the link i would greatly appreciate!

    BIG GREEN SMOOTHIE LOVER,
    Laurisa

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.18.2015 at 9:11 am #

      Hey Laurisa.

      Thanks for the comment. The January Challenge Recipes are only up during the month of January. In the meantime you can blend these recipes: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes

      Cheers + enjoy!

  7. Barb 2.6.2015 at 7:34 am #

    Love these green smoothies! Have started with the basic recipe, but have a question concerning use of bananas. I have some that I threw into my freezer because they were overly ripe. Can I still use these for smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.6.2015 at 4:40 pm #

      Yes, ripe banana are great to smoothies. Just freeze them before it’s too lake. Peel, a pop them on a cookie sheet and freeze. :)

  8. Kristy 2.2.2015 at 12:36 pm #

    I’ve been drinking the beginner’s luck for the past month and absolutely love it. Now, I’m ready to try something else but move up gradually. What do you suggest? I tried the mango ginger immune support today and did not like it…a little too green for me right now. I’m open to all suggestions. Thanks

  9. Fredericka 1.23.2015 at 7:26 am #

    Hi Ladies!!

    Is there a way to find out what the calorie intake for your smoothies are, I am trying to lose weight?

    Thanks! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.26.2015 at 5:08 pm #

      Hi Fredericka,
      We don’t usually count calories. Instead we try and focus on all the good stuff we’re giving to our bodies. We have had a lot of rawkstars mention My fitness Pal app being a good one to use. :)

  10. marian 1.21.2015 at 2:27 pm #

    hi.. I am just starting the green smoothie. I did join the 30day challenge. I have altered my meals as well. lots of salads and fish. staying away from fried and fast foods. I am only in day 3 and my smoothies and great, but I am soo bloated.. is that a side effect or am I doing something wrong. most smoothies consist of kale, spiniach, fruit, and yogurt. I am also drinking nothing BUT water.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.21.2015 at 6:42 pm #

      Hi Marian.

      Make sure you drink lots of water to help flush everything out as well. Sometimes when you make sudden changes in your regular diet, or you add more fiber into your diet, your body needs to adjust. Every body reacts to food differently. If you feel bloated, you may have some personal allergies to certain fruit combinations, that is something you would have to consult with a healthcare provider about. Also, make sure you don’t eat any other foods 30-60 minutes before after you drink your green smoothies to give your body time to digest the fruits.

  11. Pearl Harris 1.16.2015 at 12:38 pm #

    are these green smoothies good for diabetics type#2, I would like nothing better than to get off of meds and insulin and get back to normal living. Could you please give me some insight. Thanks in advance. Pearl Harris

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.21.2015 at 6:40 pm #

      Hi Pearl.

      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

  12. Evelyn 1.10.2015 at 3:36 pm #

    I have acid reflux any smoothie you can recommend ?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.21.2015 at 6:39 pm #

      Hi Evelyn.

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health questions to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies are best. I have read online that ginger, bananas and leafy greens are good for acid reflux. Here is a recipe you might enjoy. http://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/strawberry-ginger-zinger

  13. kelly 1.7.2015 at 4:31 pm #

    have you ever looked at almased? i was wondering cause my mom is at the start to adult diabetes and we need some thing she can add to her shakes.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.8.2015 at 6:04 pm #

      Hey Kelly.

      No I have heard of almased before. 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.

  14. Mara 1.6.2015 at 7:09 am #

    Hey guys,

    I’m loving the challenge. Unfortunately, I’m really struggling with the English measurements, and I bet some others here too. Is there any way we could get them with grams and liters?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.6.2015 at 2:28 pm #

      Does this help Mara:

      Spices | Proteins | Superfoods:

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

      Fruits:

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

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

      Liquids:

      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

  15. nadinne 1.5.2015 at 2:14 pm #

    I just joined your challenge and am excited to start using the recipes, but I cannot find any nutritional information on the recipes you have shared? I am really trying to be healthy and loose weight. How many calories are in your recipes?

    Thanks!

  16. Krista 1.4.2015 at 6:46 pm #

    How do you pick a good pineapple?

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.5.2015 at 11:04 pm #

      Check the bottom to make sure it’s not moldy, and the top leaves are nice and perky. Then give it a good whiff and a gentle squeeze. It should smell nice and sweet and give to a little pressure. :)

  17. Amanda 1.4.2015 at 6:09 pm #

    So I just got my shopping list printed for the second week. It says it’s for days 5-11. But there are only 5 smoothie recipes. What I’m doing for days 1-4 (I’m starting this week instead of last week) is taking one smoothie recipe and splitting it; one for breakfast and one for lunch.

    I am assuming to just repeat some of the recipes from last week’s shopping list to make it through the rest of the week?

    Thanks!

  18. Brylee 1.3.2015 at 9:52 am #

    Hi,

    I’ve just come across your site and am excited to start my first 30 day challenge. I was wondering if it’s ok to put all the ingredients for the smoothies into freezer bags and freeze them so I can just grab one out in the morning and blend it or will this not work with the greens? I’m just thinking ahead for a busy week it might help to have a weeks worth in the freezer.

    Thanks =)
    B

    • Amanda 1.4.2015 at 6:12 pm #

      That’s what I’m doing. I read through a lot of the tips they wrote on the website
      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/make-ahead-smoothie-prep
      So what I actually just did, (since I’m starting Monday with my smoothies) is label the bags with the name and what liquid to add. I added all the fruits to the bottom of the bags, and then the spinach to the top. Rolled them up to get the air out and then popped into the freezer! Good luck!

  19. Kathleen 12.31.2014 at 5:23 am #

    I just discovered your website and joined the challenge. I have done green juicing in the past. I have a champoin juicer and it takes a bit of time, effort and a lot of produce. So I’m looking to streamline my smoothie making. I have a concern on how much fruit is in each smoothie. I’m worried about sugar crashes, since each smoothie have almost two to three fruits. Any problem with reducing the amount of fruit and increasing the veggie content or is there some reason for your amounts? I’m assuming since everything is in the blender the fiber content is higher than strict juicing so using as a meal appeals to me, but I’m worried about the sugar since im am trying to reduce the amount in my diet. I know it’s fruit but it’s still sugar to my body. I will be trying different proteins to add or a couple eggs to make a meal. Thanks for your help and excited to be on board.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.31.2014 at 8:11 am #

      Welcome Kathleen!

      Thanks for the message. So glad you are joining us for the 30-Day Challenge! :) 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. 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. Hope that helps. :)

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

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

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

      • Kathleen 1.6.2015 at 9:28 am #

        Thanks for the response, I have decreased the fruit and upped the greens. I’m loving my smoothies, now to start a vitamin/ blentec fund!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 1.6.2015 at 2:28 pm #

        Great fund to have, Kathleen. :)

  20. Sherry 12.28.2014 at 7:17 pm #

    Could you please send a note to “Kelly” from 12-15-2014 that I have occasionally added cooked quinoa to my smoothies. I’m not sure why she feels she needs it, but it would provide the starch she asked for as well as high quality protein.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.29.2014 at 10:05 am #

      Thanks, Sherry.

  21. Jeff 12.22.2014 at 7:36 am #

    If using a BlendTec can you skip the two part blending most recipes stipulate and put everything all at once?

    Thank You!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.29.2014 at 10:04 am #

      Totally, Jeff. :)

  22. Kelly 12.15.2014 at 2:10 pm #

    Hi there. So far I’ve made the Morning Tonic, Almond Butter and Jelly, and the Strawberry Ginger Zinger. Everything was excellent! I have a couple of questions and suggestions…

    1. Should I include the kale stems/ribs (I use a Vita-Mix), or which greens should have the stems included?
    2. Have you ever made a smoothie with beans?
    3. Please add a search to the recipes! It would be so helpful to find a smoothie based on the ingredients I have on hand.
    4. Would you consider suggesting which super foods go well with a particular smoothie? I added hemp hearts to the Zinger and it didn’t really help – it was better without.
    5. I KNOW somewhere on your website you made reference to using almond meal or maybe it was coconut flour. What recipe contains this?

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.15.2014 at 6:06 pm #

      Hi Kelly.

      1. Should I include the kale stems/ribs (I use a Vita-Mix), or which greens should have the stems included?

      You’re choice. The thicker stems you can remove, but your Vitamix should be able to handle it either way.

      2. Have you ever made a smoothie with beans?

      What kind of beans? Black bean?

      3. Please add a search to the recipes! It would be so helpful to find a smoothie based on the ingredients I have on hand.

      Thanks for the suggest. I will pass it along to our team.

      4. Would you consider suggesting which super foods go well with a particular smoothie? I added hemp hearts to the Zinger and it didn’t really help – it was better without.

      It is all based on personal preference. Mix and match and find what works best for you taste buds. :)

      5. I KNOW somewhere on your website you made reference to using almond meal or maybe it was coconut flour. What recipe contains this?

      Are you looking for our Warrior Bars?

      INGREDIENTS

      2 tablespoons chia seeds + 6 tbs water
      1 cup almond meal + 1⁄2 cup coconut flakes 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
      1⁄2 cup dried fruit*
      2 cups mashed banana
      1⁄3 cup pepitas + 1⁄3 cup sunflower seeds
      1⁄3 cup sliced almonds
      1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
      (or 1⁄2 vanilla bean, scraped) Pinch of ground cinnamon Pinch of sea salt

      INSTRUCTIONS

      1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease or line 8 inch square baking dish with parchment (baking) paper.
      2. Soak chia seeds in 6 tablespoons of water for 5 minutes.
      3. Combine the chia seeds and remaining ingredients in a bowl.
      4. Press the mixture into the prepared baking sheet.
      5. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until golden on top. Remove from oven and let cool.
      6. Slice into 8 bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

    • Sherry 12.28.2014 at 7:21 pm #

      By doing a google search: simple green smoothies; “almond meal”
      I found this recipe:
      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/Recipes/berry-protein-bash
      Hope it helps ;-D

  23. Nichole 12.11.2014 at 2:41 pm #

    Hi. I’m usually making a single serving smoothie (using my magic bullet until it burns out). Is it okay to cut the recipe in half and call it a serving for one or is there a better formula I could use?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.12.2014 at 7:17 am #

      Totally. Make each recipe work for you. :)

  24. Shari 12.8.2014 at 9:37 am #

    I started drinking green smoothies during your last challenge and was wondering if freezing the smoothies once they are made will be a good option. I try to replace my breakfast and supper with green smoothies and I am seeing the results but it would be nice and convenient to have some frozen for those days you can’t make them nightly. I’ve read you can freeze the vegetables but then they are mushy after thawing them, and they lose some of the nutrients. What do you suggest?

  25. amy 12.8.2014 at 7:21 am #

    Is this detox safe for nursing mothers or for women attempting to get pregnant?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.8.2014 at 8:32 am #

      Hey Amy.

      Every mom and baby nursing experience is different, some babies are sensitive to certain food items. This is what our nutritionist, Meg says “Breastfeeding is not the ideal time to start a cleanse. Although our cleanse is nutrient rich and nutritionally balanced, it will also be detoxifying. Toxins released during the cleanse can pass through to your bloodstream and breast milk. Instead, focus on nourishing your body and your baby. Feel free to include green smoothies and other recipes as part of your normal daily diet. This goes for attempting to get pregnant too.”

      You can always add one recipe a day, but we wouldn’t suggest for you to go full force cleanse at this time.

      As a mom of a two year old who just finished nursing, I love hearing about other moms passionate at breast-feeding and nutrition! You RAWK for giving your baby such an awesome super food! Way to go! :) -Rawkstar Jessie

  26. robin 12.5.2014 at 10:27 am #

    Why isn’t there any nutritional information included with your recipes? And which protein source goes best with which smoothie? (yes, I understand it’s personal preference, but you are the experts?) Without delving into each recipe and putting them into a calorie/protein/carb calculator, all your recipes maybe nutritious but they are all carb heavy and little protein. Not well balanced, not good for the diabetic. So, I need some help to figure out what proteins to fruit to veggie combinations to use and maintain a common sense calorie count (not to exceed 250-350 cal/serving)

    thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.5.2014 at 2:16 pm #

      Hi Robin.

      Thanks for the comment. We are not experts by any means and don’t claim to be. If you are diabetic, please consult your doctor or healthcare provider to confirm green smoothies are best for you.

      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.

      Our favorite proteins are found here: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

      Hope you find this information helpful.

      Cheers.

  27. lily 11.27.2014 at 9:54 am #

    how do you make green smoothies as meal replacements?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.28.2014 at 8:53 am #

      Hey Lily!

      Great question. This is not a fast or a restrictive diet, so you can eat regular meals. 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.

      • Emily M 11.28.2014 at 5:07 pm #

        Why do we need to wait 30-60 minutes before eating? Is it bad to have the smoothie with food?

  28. Barb 11.23.2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I watched a program yesterday for a particular blender and they mentioned a recipe for helping to lower your cholesterol. I didn’t get the ingredients and wondered if you might know what they are. I would really like to try to lower my cholesterol that way.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.23.2014 at 6:54 pm #

      Hey Barb.

      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. There are many fruits, leafy greens and veggies that could help with your cholesterol, but you will need to confirm what is best for you.

  29. joyce 11.18.2014 at 5:01 am #

    I’m very upset. I have been drinking green smoothies for three weeks and have gained 5 lbs.
    I use Kale, Spinach, Carrots, Red pepper, cucumber, blueberries, apple
    chia and flax w/ unsweetened coconut water, wth?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.18.2014 at 6:40 pm #

      Hi Joyce.

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Are you drinking 8oz with a meal or 16oz as meal replacement?

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