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!

P.S. Did you sign-up for the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge yet?

714 Responses to “FAQ’s”

  1. mayri 2.10.2016 at 4:45 pm #

    So I’m allergic to wheat, flax seed, and any type of nuts. Can I sub it with something else, if so with what?

    Also, I don’t like coconut milk or coconut water. anything with coconut in it and I don’t like almond milk; can I sub it with something else?

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.11.2016 at 8:28 am #

      Hi Mayri,

      Thank you so much for reaching out! Allergic to nuts, wheat, and flaxseed…no worries! Can you have other seeds? Sunflower butter is a great substitute when our recipes call for other nut butters. You can also use these other protein + healthy fat sources to replace the health benefits of nuts in our recipes…


      Not a fan of coconut water, coconut milk, or almond milk? No worries! It’s all about blending what you love! Learn more about our favorite liquid base options here, and feel free to swap any of them into your favorite recipes!


      Hope this helps!

  2. Laura 2.10.2016 at 6:30 am #

    Hi, I just purchased your book and can’t wait for it to arrive. I would like to enjoy your free bonuses offered upon purchase of book but I can’t see anything on the form other than blank boxes. Therefore I’m not sure what information I must enter to submit the form and receive the bonus gifts. Thanks for your help.

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.10.2016 at 12:54 pm #

      Hi Laura,

      Oh no! We definitely want to get those free goodies to you right away! Send a quick message to our team at the link below with proof of purchase and we’ll get them to you right away!


  3. Sydni 2.1.2016 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi there,

    Do you have an affiliate program? I’d love to receive credit for referring your products to my friends.

    Thanks so much!

  4. Carol 1.31.2016 at 11:33 am #

    Where do I find the free 1 day cleanse download? Thanks for the help

  5. Trecia 1.28.2016 at 10:53 am #

    Hello: I just started your 10 day program from the book. I’m on my 4th day and I’ve noticed my bowels are dark green and soft. When I google this it says my body is getting to much nutrients possibly. Is this something you see a lot? and do I need to take it back a notch. I’m only drink 1 smoothie a day so far and its just at breakfast. Do you think this will settle down and my body is going thru an adjustment. Do I continue? By the way the smoothies I’ve had have been delicious.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.28.2016 at 11:31 am #

      Hi Trecia,

      Thanks for reaching out! 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 or even a half a day is enough until your body adjusts to your diet changes. Not returning to normal? We suggest reaching out to your doctor to ensure our recipes are the right choice for you + your body.

  6. Truscenia 1.28.2016 at 6:49 am #

    I’d this is not the first time I have done the cleanse do I have to pay again

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.28.2016 at 8:31 am #

      Hi Truscenia,

      Thanks for reaching out! With your previous purchase, you’ll still get all the love and live cleansing in our original Facebook group for February. For anyone purchasing the cleanse in 2016, they’ll get the same cleanse guide that everyone in this group has.

      What’s different for those who purchase in 2016:

      * the price of the cleanse has increased
      * there’s an option to purchase the cleanse with no Facebook community support
      * there’s an option to get nutritionist workshops and group coaching calls for extra support
      * a new Fresh Start 21 : 2016 group has been created that will include encouragement and support from our SGS team and weekly check-ins from our nutritionist
      * We’ve created Fresh Forward, which includes post-cleanse recipes that can be swapped during cleanse weeks too

      For anyone in this group who wants to join the new group and get access to Fresh Forward recipes, it’s $20 or $79 if you want group coaching and nutrition workshops.

      I hope that’s helpful.

  7. Larisa 1.19.2016 at 2:01 pm #

    Can I sub coconut oil for coconut water. I typically have oil on hand and not water. Are there health differences?

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.19.2016 at 5:04 pm #

      Hi Larisa,

      Thanks for reaching out! We love coconut water + coconut oil but they aren’t the best substitutes for each other, as they provide your body with different health benefits.

      No coconut water on hand? No worries! Swap in another liquid base, water is a great option!! Check out our favorite liquid bases here…


  8. Veronica Goostree 1.18.2016 at 8:34 am #

    I made and drank several of the smoothies and love them but I’ve had a problem…very bad stomach pains, as and after I’m drinking them. And, it’s not pains of having to go to the bathroom because it is after that. It is so painful that I can hardly stand the pain. How I’ve gotten the pain to subside is by eating something of substance. Is this normal? What do you suggest? And, I do not have any food allergies. Please help me!

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.18.2016 at 6:23 pm #

      Hi Veronica,

      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).

      Make sure and listen to your body. More than just a little discomfort, we suggest reaching out to your doctor to ensure the ingredients in our green smoothies are the right choice for you + your body!

      Hope this helps!

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