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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 the Shop link 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?

249 Responses to “FAQ’s”

  1. Boris 4.18.2014 at 11:17 am #

    Hey guys,

    Great idea with the site, I love it.

    I have a suggestion for the recipes section. It would be great if you have a filter by ingredient menu. E.g. user can select what ingredients he/she has right now and see all potential recipes that are made only with the selected ingredientes.

    Second, since in my country is very hard to find kale, can you suggest a good replacement for it?

  2. kirsten 4.17.2014 at 8:35 am #

    Strange question – Can I make use of frozen spinach or do your recipies always require fresh?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.18.2014 at 9:10 am #

      We aren’t fans of buy spinach already frozen, but we do freeze fresh spinach when we bring it home at times to help it last longer. We don’t like the store-bought frozen kind because it’s usually blanched first. You can read about freezing your own leafy greens here:

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

  3. Sue 4.13.2014 at 1:29 pm #

    Do you have any suggestions on how to keep up with the smoothies while on holidays or travelling? Are there any travel size blenders? I’m not keen on missing out on smoothies for a few weeks. Thanks for your suggestions and help

  4. Ashley 4.11.2014 at 11:54 am #

    I’m doing the 30day green smoothie challenge and love it! I have a question though (this may be “blonde moment”ish of me to ask) how many calories do these contain? I am trying to find a way to log them into my nutrition and fitness app because I drink the smoothie as a meal replacement (breakfast) but was sure how many calories to enter.. :( please help

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.12.2014 at 9:08 am #

      Hi Ashley,
      We don’t currently track caloric numbers with our recipes, but encourage you to use “Lose It” or “My Fitness Pal” to find that info—great websites and mobile apps!

  5. Melissa 4.6.2014 at 8:57 am #

    This may sound like a silly question, but when you state 2 cups of spinach/leafy greens, is that literally, or by weight in grams/oz? I am not a whiz in the kitchen and my first thought was to get a measuring cup and put spinach in it, but the difference is great in the amount of spinach to be used. Please help! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.6.2014 at 2:04 pm #

      Not a silly question at all! We used to measure them by packing them tightly into a measuring cup, but now we pretty much just toss handfuls of leafy greens in until it looks like we have the amount we want. Hope this helps!

  6. SAMANTHA 4.5.2014 at 11:27 am #

    I noticed that only almond butter is used in smoothie recipes, do you have any that use peanut butter/cashew butter or anything like that?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.6.2014 at 2:02 pm #

      Hi Samantha,
      It’d be ok to use other nut butters if you’d like!

  7. Melanie 4.5.2014 at 7:58 am #

    Hi,
    Can I add yoghurt to the smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.6.2014 at 2:01 pm #

      Hi Melanie!
      We don’t prefer it—not big fans of dairy. Feel free to do what’s best for you, though!

  8. Lori Meetre 4.4.2014 at 6:19 am #

    Hi! I just finished my 5th green smoothie in a row and I LOVE them!! My question is when you freeze fruits like apples or bananas do you have to spritz them with lemon juice or something for them not to turn brown or does freezing prevent the browning?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.6.2014 at 2:01 pm #

      Hi Lori! That’s not a bad idea, but you don’t have to.

  9. Jenna 3.31.2014 at 8:09 pm #

    I signed up for the 30 day challenge (can’t wait to start!) and I’m wondering if I can share the smoothies with my 20- month old? He loves smoothies and has no allergies. I see that only some of the recipes are listed when I click “kid friendly”?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.1.2014 at 6:12 am #

      Hi Jenna!
      Kid-friendly recipes on our website usually are more about them being tasty for kids. Yes, he can definitely have green smoothies, though we’d recommend not giving him 16 ounce servings… I’m sure you knew that, though :-)

  10. Kelsey 3.30.2014 at 7:39 pm #

    Quick question (may sound crazy!) Is there such thing as too much fruit? I blended my first two days worth of smoothies tonight and one of them made 3 servings instead of 2. I added a small amount of fruit after the first blend to sweeten it a little and then it made a full 3 servings. I don’t want to overdo it! Also, how long should a smoothie keep in the fridge after blending? Thanks so much!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.31.2014 at 8:00 am #

      Hi Kelsey!
      If you split the 3 serving smoothie in half and drink it as if it were two servings then you should be fine. It’s better to give our bodies more fruit than to give them more junk food!

  11. Cheryl Trinidad 3.30.2014 at 12:21 pm #

    I’m so excited about starting this I have purchase all fruits and other items that are needed for the smoothies. I was wondering if I could use a plastic container to freeze my smoothies? I have a busy schedule and would like to prepare them at night.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.31.2014 at 7:59 am #

      Hi Cheryl!
      Feel free to freeze ingredients ahead of time so all you have to do is dump and blend, or even blend and keep in the fridge for up to two days. Those are our favorite two ways of preparing ahead of time!

  12. JACQUIE 3.24.2014 at 6:45 pm #

    Hi I just signed up for the 30 day challenge. I have a juicer will that make a difference since I won’t be blending?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.25.2014 at 8:56 am #

      Hi Jacquie!
      We’ve heard of a number of people that follow along with our challenges even though they juice instead of blend :-) We aren’t juicing pros, so not sure if you’ll need to make adjustments… But it seems doable!

  13. Jennifer 3.23.2014 at 3:06 am #

    I’ve just recently started drinking green smoothies and have already noticed a difference in how I feel. I’m so glad I found your blog, you have so many awesome recipes!

  14. Sitka 3.22.2014 at 6:53 am #

    Hi girls! Thank you very much for your support. Those smoothies are really amazing. I have a question, can I freeze my vegetables and fruits? I go to the supermarket once a week, clean my vegetables and freeze them. Then, each day I put them into the blender and drink my juice. I don’t know if vitamins and minerals don’t work in this way. Thank you very much for your attention. Great weekend

    • Sitka 3.22.2014 at 6:56 am #

      Hi girls! Thank you very much for your support. Those smoothies are really amazing. I have a question, can I freeze my vegetables and fruits? I go to the supermarket once a week, clean my vegetables and freeze them. Then, each day I put them into the blender and drink my juice. I don’t know if vitamins and minerals don’t work in this way. Thank you very much for your attention. Great weekend :) hugs from Venezuela.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.24.2014 at 9:52 am #

      Check out this article!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-tips-2/green-smoothie-prep-tip

      • Sitka 3.24.2014 at 2:17 pm #

        Thank you very much! :)

  15. Ange 3.12.2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Hi guys ..stumbled across your site recently and I love it. Recipes are delish! They’ve replaced muesli for my breakfast everyday. Keen to know what you guys think – I’m just curious about the amount of sugar naturally being in fruit, and these smoothies have lots of yummy fruits ..I usually avoid anything sugary ..and I’m wondering if it’s too much sugar to have to start off the day? Do you guys have an opinion on that? I get that its not processed crappy sugar and that it’s natural..but still just curious ..thanks! (currently drinking a peach coconut dream)

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.13.2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi Ange!
      We absolutely think these are great to drink for breakfast! It’s really up to you and your body as to whether they would work for you… For most people, green smoothies are a great option for breakfast (as long as you’re drinking one serving—half of each recipe). There are always “exceptions” to the “rule,” though!

      • Ange 3.13.2014 at 8:51 pm #

        Beautiful, thanks!

  16. Pamela 2.27.2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Love the smoothies & want to incorporate more into my day. Would it be ok to make smoothie & freeze in ice tray? I’m thinking then I would be able to put in container in the morning & it will be thawed by break. I’ll just give it a good shake & enjoy. Do you think I’ll still get nutritional values? It will only be frozen for 1 or 2 weeks. Thanks for all of the recipes & encouragement. Great job Ladies!!!

    • Jadah and Jen 2.28.2014 at 7:42 am #

      It sounds like it could work… We like to drink ours freshly blended, so we’ve never tried freezing and then letting it thaw. Let us know how it goes!

  17. Gordon 2.13.2014 at 9:08 am #

    Hi there!
    Great website you have here, a wonderful resource.
    I have a question for Jadah as I noticed she had a thermomix prior to her blendtec. I am about to take the leap into the thermomix world but the one thing holding me back is that I was unsure how well it could blend all my greens. Could you please tell me how well the thermomix performs in this regards (I know it can do a ton of other things!) and how it compares to your blendtec? Many Thanks!

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  19. Laura 2.9.2014 at 3:22 am #

    Hello, I was wondering which is the best time to have your smoothie. I has heard that is better to have it before lunch than after, is it true?

    Thank you!

    • Jadah and Jen 2.11.2014 at 11:58 am #

      You can really have it at any time during the day, Laura. Whatever works best for you!

  20. Amy 2.5.2014 at 10:16 am #

    Hello!
    Can I replace a green smoothie for dinner if I want to lose weight? I ask the question cause of the sugar in fruits, don´t know if its good to have them at night. Thanks!

    • Jadah and Jen 2.5.2014 at 12:05 pm #

      Hi Amy!
      We think that it’s fine to replace any of the meals with a green smoothie :-)

  21. Linda 2.4.2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Hi. What can be substituted for the cleansing effect for cilantro? It sets my migraines off, so I can’t have it.

    • Jadah and Jen 2.5.2014 at 12:04 pm #

      Hi Linda!
      Nothing can really take it’s place, but parsley is the closest replacement of anything out there.

  22. tristyn 2.1.2014 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi! Are the majority of your smoothies on the printable index cards (and on the site in general) safe for a pregnant gal like myself? I am in my first trimester and have always been a big green smoothie drinker and want to continue throughout my pregnancy! I saw your two pregnancy smoothie recipes, but wanted to make sure the other smoothies are safe as well. Seems like they would be as I have never heard of any fruits and veggies being off limits during pregnancy : D
    Thanks!

  23. Jessica 1.27.2014 at 2:47 pm #

    I am trying to count calories and wondered if you had the nutritional information for all the smoothies? I am loving having one for breakfast each day! Thank you so much!

    • Jadah and Jen 1.28.2014 at 8:23 am #

      Hi Jessica!
      We recommend using “My Fitness Pal” or “Lose It” to keep track of nutritional info :-)

  24. Anabela 1.23.2014 at 8:59 pm #

    hi there :) im currently nursing my 3 month old baby…do you have any recipe’s for nursing moms? I’m new to green smoothies, and i’m eager to incorporate them into our lifestyle :)

    thanks!

  25. Dean Dillman 1.20.2014 at 3:58 pm #

    I just purchased the 30 Day Green Smoothie Challenge pdf. I am interested in why you choose the 60/40 ratio? It seems that most people are suggesting 80 percent vegetables and 20 percent fruits. Thats a big difference from your 60% fruit to 40% leafy greens. May I ask why you have that ratio and what do you think of the 80/20 ratio? Do I have a better chance of loosing weight with one ratio over the other?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.21.2014 at 9:31 am #

      Hi Dean :-)
      The ratio is up to you. We choose 60% fruit and 40% greens for a number of reasons, but one of the simpler reasons is taste. Many people are struggling to get into the healthy eating lifestyle, and we feel this ratio is a great way to introduce people to whole fruits and healthy amounts of greens on a daily basis… all while tasting great!

  26. Tyanne 1.20.2014 at 8:25 am #

    Hey There!
    I have joined the 30-day challenge and was wondering if it is ok for kids to participate or to participate when pregnant?

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