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?

553 Responses to “FAQ’s”

  1. Tabitha 8.27.2015 at 11:41 am #

    Hello, in the Green Leafy section about it mentions a free e-book, but when I click the link it says it can’t be found.

  2. Josie 8.26.2015 at 6:53 am #

    I am allergic to almond. What kind of milk can I substitute for almond milk?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.26.2015 at 5:30 pm #

      Hi Josie,

      Allergic to almonds, no worries, we’ve got you covered! Cashew, hemp + coconut milk are all great substitutes! Learn all about our favorite liquid bases here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  3. Jennifer 8.22.2015 at 6:57 am #

    Should carrots be cooked first (softened) or just sliced and put in the blender raw?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.24.2015 at 11:16 am #

      Hi Jennifer,

      Great question! We’re crazy for carrots! We usually add raw sliced carrots to our blenders but we know that sometimes blenders just can’t take the heat from blending up their fibrous, crunchy goodness.

      If you’ve tried adding raw carrots to your hard-working machine and it just can’t get past those chunky little bits, roasting is a great option!

      Learn all about our love for raw + roasted carrots here…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/carrots

      Cheers :)

  4. Regina 8.21.2015 at 5:57 pm #

    Should I use any fresh fruits if I have a freezer full of frozen fruit?So will I have to make sure everything is dry be for packing it?Can I freeze avocado in the pack as well?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.24.2015 at 11:15 am #

      Hi Regina,

      Happy Monday! If you have a freezer full of frozen fruit, no need to include fresh fruit in your green smoothie! We love using frozen fruit, it’s a great way to include your favorites when they’re out of season, and prevents any waste! Don’t go crazy drying fruit or leafy greens before freezing, but give them a quick pat with a towel before placing in the freezer. We love freezing avocado! The best way is to purée or mash the avocado after you peel it, put it into an airtight bag, and place it in the freezer. This will get an even freeze through all of the avocado.

      Cheers :)

  5. Loren 8.20.2015 at 10:35 pm #

    Has anyone made large batches of smoothie and frozen them? I will need to start cooking once a week and just prep everything ahead of time. I wanted to make smoothies and freeze them individually a week in advance. Does this mess up the smoothie in anyway?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.21.2015 at 8:34 am #

      Hi Loren,

      Great question! You can definitely freeze your pre-blended green smoothies. Add a small amount of lemon juice to help preserve their green goodness + we suggest defrosting your smoothie in the fridge overnight when you’re ready to enjoy! Separation is completely natural, so give your smoothie a quick shake before enjoying.

      Have you seen how we prep our green smoothies? It’s another option to help make your mornings easy + SIMPLE!

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

      Cheers :)

  6. Regina 8.20.2015 at 8:19 pm #

    I meant prep them and put them in freezer indivdual size bag.

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.21.2015 at 8:30 am #

      Hi Regina,

      We love prepping our green smoothies, + Ziplocs are perfect for storing your ingredients until your ready to blend. Check out all of our tips in our response below!!

      Cheers :)

  7. Regina 8.20.2015 at 8:04 pm #

    Can I prep my fruit and veg that I will be useing for my smoothies and put them in the freezer until I’m ready to use them?I have to frozen fruit to put in zip lots bag to put in the freezer.Now do I need to get some fresh fruit to add with it in which it will also be put in the freezer until I’m ready blend them? The other ingredient will be add at that time.How long will the prep fruit and veg last?I will be using a lot of spinach and some kale with my smoothies. I know I rewash the spinach be for packing in the zip lots.So is there any other ideals you my have for me .

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.21.2015 at 8:28 am #

      Hi Regina,

      Thanks for reaching out! We love prepping our green smoothies it makes blendin’ easy + SIMPLE! Add frozen or fresh fruits to your packets, + place them in the freezer for storage.

      Learn all about how we prep our green smoothies here…

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

      Prepped smoothie packs will keep for several months in the freezer, but are the very best quality when used within 2-4 weeks.

      Cheers for washing your leafy greens before packing! Just pat your greens dry before adding them to your prep kits!

      Here’s our favorite tips for washing your fruits + leafy greens…

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/washing-produce

      Happy Blending! Cheers :)

  8. Jen 8.20.2015 at 8:04 am #

    Hi!
    I love cold smoothies in the summer. But I’m wondering what to make in the winter. Do you still drink cold smoothies when you live in a very cold climate, or do you just forget the frozen fruits and ice? I want to know what’s best for my body. 😉

    Thanks!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.20.2015 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Jen,

      Great question! We keep our smoothies chilly during the winter too! I’m up in Minnesota + love how a refreshing chilled green smoothie wakes me up in the morning, even when it’s 20 below + snowing! But I always reach for our Spiced Almond Milk from our FreshStart21 Day Cleanse to warm up at night before going to bed.

      Check out our recipe here…
      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/healthy-eating/spiced-almond-milk

  9. Regina 8.19.2015 at 7:46 pm #

    May I ask what is Medjool dates?I like your recipes and waiting on your book to come out.But how many smoothies should I drink a day with out knowing the amount of calaries that are in each of your recipes?Why this question because the will be the only drinks I will be drinking no other foods will be add just all smoothies.My goal to stay in the rang between 1200-1500 calaries a day and this is the only way for me to get the amount of veg and fruit that my body needs.I’ve also read other books about smoothies that has the amount in each recipes which is good but that’s not going to stop me from buying book. I know smoothie writers not feel the need to add the calorie but the books has healthy recipes in them. And basely that’s what I’m looking for good rating on smoothies books simple and easy recipes. Why I say this is because some of the recipes I’ve read is like what the world is this are that I never heard of lol. Any way you guys are doing a wonderful job with the recipes and responding to everyone question and I give you’ll an A+.

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.20.2015 at 4:37 am #

      Hi Regina,

      Hope this help answer your questions!

      Medjool dates are a type of date, you can find them dried in your grocery aisle, and they’re a great addition to your smoothie when you’re looking for a little added sweetness.

      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.

      Also, this is not a fast or a restrictive diet, so you can eat regular meals along with your green smoothies. We are 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, but we don’t suggest replacing all of your meals. 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.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein
      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

      Thanks for blendin’ with us, Regina! We can’t wait to share more details about our book with you, soon!

      Cheers :)

  10. Regina 8.19.2015 at 10:28 am #

    The hemp protein does it has a good taste to it cause that’s what I’m looking for in a protein powder? Could the protein powder be adding in any smoothies with veg and fruit?How about the cocoa powder? I have hot flash a lot what can I add with my smoothie for that and for stress?

  11. Regina 8.18.2015 at 7:03 pm #

    Are all of your smoothies are healthy?Can I use the grounded flax seeds in all of my smoothies a long with the chia seeds?So will I have to have fresh friut on hand or can I just use all frozen with all of my smoothies?What is a good tasty protein power?So when blending in spinach,water,mango,pineapple and banana all together will it come out tasting like spinach?

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.19.2015 at 5:12 am #

      Hi Regina,

      Thanks for reaching out. Using ground flax seed + chia seeds together is a great idea, your body will be reaping the benefits of adding healthy fats + protein to your green smoothie. We suggest using at least one frozen fruit in your green smoothie, it will ensure your smoothie is creamy + chilled to perfection…feel free to use all frozen fruit. Looking for a great tasting protein powder, we suggest reaching for plant-based protein options like brown rice or hemp…I also like reaching for Vega Protein. Worried your smoothie will taste like spinach? That’s the magic of our Simple Green Smoothie Formula, keeping a ratio of 60% fruit, to 40% leafy greens will keep your smoothie tasting fruity + delicious!

      Hope this helps!

      Cheers :)

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