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 currently use a Thermomix, which is a high-speed blender, but the Blendtec blender is on my Christmas wishlist this year. 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.
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.
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?
I am obsessed with these tiny little crunchy seeds. I sprinkle on top of smoothies, or I put inside my 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?
Chia seed benefits:
• natural energy booster and superfood
• chia means “strength” and it was fuel for the Aztec and Mayan warriors
• great for stamina and endurance
• provides a healthy balance between omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids
• more fiber and omega-3′s than flaxseeds, so it’s great for digestion and keeps you fuller longer
• great source of protein, calcium and iron
• helps with appetite control and weight loss
• keeps cells nourished, hydrated and healthy
So go ahead and sprinkle chia seeds on top of your smoothie, blend it up, or soak with water or coconut water for a few hours and slurp them up!
If you soak chia seeds, they become more gel-like and are great in baked goods. As a daily serving, it’s recommended to take 3 tablespoons in the gel form, and 1 tablespoon in the dry form. Ask your healthcare provider before adding chia to your daily diet.
P.S. it is the same seed for the “ch-ch-ch-chia” pets.
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.
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. Overtime, 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