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.


Need a cheap blender?

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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?

776 Responses to “FAQ’s”

  1. danni 5.16.2016 at 5:27 am #

    Hi there,

    I’m not really into avocados or almond butter (I recently purchased the thrive detox)… can you recommend a good substitute for both? I want to make sure I’m incorporating good healthy fats into my smoothies so I stay full longer. thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.16.2016 at 11:09 am #

      Hi Danni,

      YAY! We’re so excited to hear you’re rawkin’ Thrive. Not a fan of almond butter? Try swapping in another nut butter you enjoy. We love options like cashew and sunflower butter. Looking to swap out avocado? Check out our favorite healthy fats here…


      Hope this helps!

  2. Mel 5.15.2016 at 2:35 pm #

    Many thanks for the receipe,
    I am new to this website and also new smoothie maker,
    All your receipes ingredients require are in cups ( what is 1 cup = in grams or oz?

    Please let me know

  3. Deanne Richards 5.2.2016 at 12:18 am #

    hi I ordered the smoothie cards a few weeks back and still have not received them. please advise when I may receive them so I can try out these smoothies.


    • SGS Rawkstar 5.2.2016 at 8:17 am #

      Hi Deanne,

      Oh no! We’re so sorry your recipe cards didn’t reach your inbox. Technology is not always on our side. Send a quick message to our team at the link below and we’ll get them to you right away!


      Thank you for your support + patience!

  4. Beverly 4.28.2016 at 4:43 am #

    Hi there just wondering if you will be offering you great deal again on the rawkstart shop…i think it was in the beginning of april you were offering 3-4 items as group for very good price,,,i had missed that…little late checking my emails….just wondering before i go and buy the 7 day reset program…..

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.28.2016 at 7:33 am #

      Hi Beverly,

      Thanks for reaching out. At the moment we do not have any upcoming bundle sales. Thrive: A 7-Day Reset is currently on sale in our shop for $20. But act fast, the sale ends April 30th.


      Missed out on FS21 during our last bundle sale? Keep an eye on your inbox, we’ll be emailing you over the next few weeks with more details and options for our next live Fresh Start 21 community cleanse kicking off on June 6th.


  5. Jess 4.26.2016 at 3:14 am #

    Hi Ladies,

    I purchased 2 years go your first addition 21 day cleanse. Let me just say AMAZING! I lost 5kg on the cleanse & continued to lose another 8kg afterwards using your suggestions from the cleanse as a guide. At times life events have a way of throw us off course & am looking to do the 21 day cleanse again as I know it worked brilliantly the first time. I am considering purchasing your updated 21 day cleanse but wanted to know if its much different to that of 2 years ago? Or should I go with what I already have? From what I can see from the screen shots there are quite a few new things. Thanks in advance,

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.26.2016 at 7:12 am #

      Hi Jess,

      We’re so happy you asked! As a member of our Fresh Start community you have access to all cleanse updates. Reach out to our team at the link below and we’ll make sure you have the most up-to-date copy.


      We did develop an upgrade this past January. The upgrade provides you with access to a new Facebook group (tons of extra love + support), and our new product Fresh Forward. Fresh Forward provides you with tons of new recipes to help transition to post-cleanse living! Some of the recipes can be added to your cleanse, to help spice things up! We’ll be offering the upgrade to all of our previous cleansers within the next few weeks, so keep an eye on your inbox for more details!


  6. Susan Thompson 4.21.2016 at 12:09 pm #

    Hello I love your website and smoothies which I have been drinking for about six months. They seems to be giveing me irritable bowel and I wonder if that happened to you or if you have any suggestions. I have been mostly vegetarian for about 6 months. I started drinking Kombucha and that helps some but not totally.
    Thanks so much for any help
    Susan T

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.22.2016 at 6:40 am #

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for reaching out. If you’re new to green smoothies an upset stomach or diarrhea can be your body’s reaction to the increase in fiber. As you’ve been drinking green smoothies for the past six months and have been largely vegetarian, we suggest reaching out to your doctor to ensure our recipes are the right choice for you + your body.

    • Sacia Ashe 4.24.2016 at 3:40 pm #

      I was getting this as well! Glad to know I’m not alone in feeling this

      • SGS Rawkstar 4.25.2016 at 5:31 pm #

        Hi Sacia,

        If you’re new to green smoothies and your stomach isn’t feeling 100% we suggest keeping to 16oz or less per day to allow your body to become accustomed to the added fiber and drink plenty of water.

        Hope this helps!

  7. Lisa Owens 4.20.2016 at 3:30 pm #

    If I would like to do the 21 day cleanse do I need to do the 7 day thrive or is the 21 day where I should start?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.21.2016 at 7:57 am #

      Hi Lisa,

      Great question! Completing Thrive: A 7-Day Reset prior to Fresh Start 21 is a great option, but not necessary. It will introduce you to similar ingredients, meal structure (breakfast, snacks, lunch, snack, dinner, etc) and it will also help mentally prepare you for the diet changes you will see throughout both meal plans. Thrive is very versatile— so it can be completed before, after and even without FS21.

      Hope this helps!

      • Lisa Owens 4.21.2016 at 1:17 pm #

        Thank you

      • SGS Rawkstar 4.25.2016 at 5:31 pm #

        You’re so welcome, Lisa!

  8. amy 4.20.2016 at 7:44 am #

    I’ve started on the 7 day reset and have a question regarding the recipe for tamarind almonds which calls for 1 cup of almonds. Is that 1 cup just 1 serving or is the 1 cup supposed to last all week?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.20.2016 at 8:03 am #

      Hi Amy,

      Great question! And we apologize for any confusion. We’re currently updating Thrive to answer that exact question. And don’t worry, once the update is complete we’ll send it right to your inbox!

      1 cup of almonds is for the entire week, with 1/4 cup for each serving. We do suggest keeping extra on hand, these almonds are addictive!


  9. Alex Larsen 4.19.2016 at 5:34 pm #

    Hi, I started with your green smoothie challenge last monday and since I was late in the month bought the recipe cards. I also just got your book as well. I was using a Nutri Ninja Auto IQ but wasn’t very happy with the blend quality of my smoothies so I just went out and bought a Vitamix 750 and also got the smaller 48 oz container. My question is that I see in some of your videos you are using the 64 oz low profile container on your vitamix instead of the taller 64 oz container. I know the low profile has a wider base and a 4″ blade instead of the narrow base and 3″ blade on the 48 oz container I have. I know I just rambled a bit there sorry. My question is: since I am usually making a smoothie just for my self I cut the ingredients in half, do you have experience using both the wide bottom 64 oz container and the narrow bottom 48 oz container with smaller batches like I am doing? Which do you find blends better or gives you better results? Also I use Chia seeds in a lot of my smoothies and do find that a few get left on the side of the container and not chopped up is that normal?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.20.2016 at 8:09 am #

      Hi Alex,

      Thank you for all of your love + support! You truly can’t go wrong when blending with Vitamix. It’s a blending powerhouse and no matter the container makes the perfect green smoothie! When blending with a personal sized blender we simply suggest halving our recipes + adding a little additional liquid base to ensure everything blends smoothly. Finding a few chia seeds on the side of the container, no worries. When added to liquid chia seeds gel, causing them to stick to your container or glass.

      Hope this helps!

  10. Jackie Relaford 4.14.2016 at 1:07 pm #

    my green smoothie was only in refrigerator for three days but had gas in it when I removed the lid, what was going on?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.15.2016 at 7:01 am #

      Hi Jackie,

      Great question. We suggest keeping your smoothie in your refrigerator for up to two days. Know you’re not going to enjoy your smoothie within one or two days. Pop your pre-blended smoothie in the freezer. It will keep there in an airtight freezer-safe container for 2-4 weeks. When you’re ready to enjoy simply thaw your green smoothie in the refrigerator overnight. Adding a small amount of lemon juice will help preserve all of your smoothies green goodness too!

      Hope this helps!

  11. eric 4.11.2016 at 1:57 pm #

    I started the green smoothie thing, I did it for 4 days. I stopped because I was gassy and wow the smell. does that go away? What do I need to do?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.12.2016 at 7:45 am #

      Hi Eric,

      This can be a common symptom if your body is not used to drinking or eating lots of fiber. Green smoothies are high in fiber which is great for digestion, but for newbies, the high fiber can shock your body. Make sure you drink lots of water to help flush things out. And if you’re new to green smoothies one serving a day is enough, which is 2 cups (16 ounces).

      Hope this helps!

  12. anne 4.4.2016 at 9:02 am #

    hi girls just love your blog although I just go in there to get some new info on the smoothies however……I’m a weight watchers patron and I can’t work the points plus out as there is no nutritional info with the smoothies I know once the fruits are blended it makes a difference sugar wise,do I just go by the back on the frozen fruit packet or what, sorry if I sound dumb.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.4.2016 at 9:08 am #

      Hi Anne,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! We’re so excited to have you blending with us! Looking for the nutritional information of our green smoothies? Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.


      • Marie 5.2.2016 at 9:24 am #

        Hello there – I like to keep track of calories even though I am doing the 7 day reset, but not sure what to input for the green smoothies. Are they listed under a specific name? I use My Fitness Pal. Thx a lot!

      • SGS Rawkstar 5.2.2016 at 11:33 am #

        Hi Marie,

        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.

  13. Lisa 4.1.2016 at 5:14 pm #

    I took my blender on vacation to see my son and dil. While there I introduced my two-year-old grandson to smoothies. He loves making them with me every morning, putting in the greens and helping to push down the blender so it starts. And, of course, he loves drinking them with me. Thanks for the healthy way to bring us together.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.1.2016 at 7:05 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      YAY! We love hearing that you took your blender on the road and shared the green smoothie love with the people you love most!

      Cheers :)

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