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?

326 Responses to “FAQ’s”

  1. Juju 9.2.2014 at 6:02 am #

    Follow up: So how do I get live cultures (are they the same thing as probiotics?) Into my diet? After I’m done with the soy protein powder I just bought (groan!) What is better whey or pea protein powder? I’m only able to add a cup of spinach/greens so far because it’s making me B.M. so much is that common? Once I buy in will I be able to ask the nutritionist more targeted questions like what does she think about certain supplements e.g., a liver detox formula? ( I don’t think it would be respectful to your site to name the company/product name here) if she thinks fish oil or krill are better or what’s the best probiotic. I’m just so tired & achy all the time & I’ve read probiotics & certain other supplements can help with these problems & depression. I’m caring for my elderly mother & need to feel better yesterday!

  2. Juju 8.31.2014 at 11:59 am #

    What’s different about the “Challenge” than just doing it on your own? Are there prizes or something? Does the cleanse come 1st or after the Challenge? What’s the best yogurt to use? Best kind of protein powder? I’m using soy right now & have used pea protein powder in the past. Do I still take vitamin supplements?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.1.2014 at 6:48 am #

      Hi Juju.

      What’s different about the “Challenge” than just doing it on your own?

      Committing to the 30-Day Challenge allows you to start with the Simple Green Smoothie community. We send out recipes and shopping list for those 30-Day. :) http://simplegreensmoothies.com/30-day-challenge

      Are there prizes or something?

      We love giveaways, keep you eyes peeled for giveaways during this time. :)

      Does the cleanse come 1st or after the Challenge?

      The LIVE 30-Day Green Smoothie comes first (January, April, July and October), then the LIVE Fresh Start Cleanse (February, May, August and November). :)

      What’s the best yogurt to use?

      Great question! We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and infections. And if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainly— broccoli, spinach and kale.

      It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you and your family.

      Best kind of protein powder?

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

      I’m using soy right now & have used pea protein powder in the past.

      We recommend staying away from highly-processed soy products which can interfere with nutrient absorption and leach nutrients from your body. Small amounts of organic, non-GMO soy are fine

      Do I still take vitamin supplements?

      We find that with all the vitamins in the fresh leafy greens and fruits we don’t need to, but if you healthcare professional suggest it, listen to them, they know you best.

      Hope that helps. :)

  3. Clara 8.30.2014 at 1:00 am #

    Hey guys,
    first of all I´m so happy I found your website. I always disliked green smoothies because I was chewing on leafy chunks forever, but your advise of blending the greens first works like magic. But I do have a question. For some reason every kind of leafy green that´s not plain old ice-berg lettuce is superr hard to get in Germany, so i started using fresh frozen spinach. I know that fresh would be better, but I guess there´s still some benefits with frozen greens, right?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.1.2014 at 6:41 am #

      YES! If that is what is available to you Clara, GO FOR IT! :) There is no problem with that! Enjoy! :)

  4. DR Lovat 8.19.2014 at 4:53 pm #

    I just started to drink green smoothies and I am very bloated….is that normal and will it subside after my body gets used to it. Do you drink them all at once or sip them throughout the day?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.20.2014 at 8:09 am #

      Hello!

      Make sure you drink lots of water to help flush everything out as well. Sometimes when you make sudden changes in your regular diet, or you add more fiber into your diet, your body needs to adjust. Every body reacts to food differently. If you feel bloated, you may have some personal allergies to certain fruit combinations, that is something you would have to consult with a health care provider about. Also, make sure you don’t eat any other foods 30-60 minutes before after you drink your green smoothies to give your body time to digest the fruits.

  5. MICHELLE 8.14.2014 at 8:12 am #

    Hi! My 20 month old daughter was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and the only way to make her better is to change her diet and having her detox her system with smoothies,.She is real picky since she is so little. If its not to much to ask since I am desperate to begin my babies healing if you can tell me what kind of detox smoothie’s I can give her that will taste good (sweet) but still have all the greens and fruits she needs to be healthy and detox her system. thank you!!

  6. Leona 8.11.2014 at 8:58 pm #

    I don’t see that you use any dairy for your liquid bases. I’ve been looking for recipes for my 1.5 year old (and me) and was thinking that I’d use whole milk and whole milk yogurt as bases. What are your reasons for not using dairy?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.12.2014 at 7:14 am #

      Hey Leona!! :)

      Thanks for the question. Great question! We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and infections. And if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainly— broccoli, spinach and kale.

      It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you and your family.

  7. Ben 8.8.2014 at 10:29 am #

    Does it matter if the smoothie is actually green. I currently use frozen green peas as my green vegetable and mix it up with fruits and other items and my smothies usually come out brown or purple?

  8. Leisha 8.7.2014 at 5:53 am #

    I know you guys get this all the time about blenders. I know any blender will do. I currently use a Ninja which leaves chunks in my drinks which is fine but then I borrowed a friends’ Vitamix and WOW!!! well now i’m in love BUT i’ve heard that the Vitamix and the Blendtex are the best brands with the Blendtex being the best. So my question is really, which is the best (as I want to get the best, regardless of cost) and then which brand number is better for each blender. It’s hard as, when researching the Vitamix there’s 5300, 6000 series, 7000 series, AHHHHHH I’m going crazy as I just can’t understand the difference with each or which is just better. My sister has the one in the 6000 series which has preset options for smoothies, soups etc but she said she heard the 5300 blades are stronger. Any thoughts or suggestions.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.7.2014 at 6:40 am #

      Hey Leisha!

      Thanks for the questions! :)

      Have you watched our youtube video Blendtec vs. Vitamix?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sk7ZuhdJMJg&list=UUeFdRxCuTs-AVvqary69fpg

      Vitamix: Get ready for the creamiest green smoothie ever! Our entire team has a Vitamix blender and you can DIY pretty much anything with this high-powered machine (green smoothies, hummus, nut milks, oh my!). Plus, easy clean up and an awesome 5+year warranty.

      Blendtec: This is the perfect high-powered blender for green smoothies and Jadah’s favorite blender. Simply put your leafy greens, fruits/veggies, and liquid into the pitcher, press the “smoothie” button, and finish making the kids lunches for school as this machine does all the work for you!

      You can purchase them from here:

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/essentials

  9. Meghan 8.6.2014 at 7:01 pm #

    Do you recommend buying bags of frozen fruit for smoothies? Does it contain the same amount of nutrients as fresh produce?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.6.2014 at 7:45 pm #

      Hi Meghan!

      Thanks for the question! We recommend Fresh! We like to say, “Fresh is best, but Frozen is a close second. :)”

  10. Mindy 8.6.2014 at 9:57 am #

    Just wondering, if I use water as the base, where would I get calcium from for the morning smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.6.2014 at 11:58 am #

      Hi Mindy!

      Dark leafy greens are a great source of calcium, like spinach, kale, turnips, and collard greens.

  11. Mike 7.30.2014 at 11:12 am #

    Just curious we get bunched kale. Do you recommend removing the ribs from the kale?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.31.2014 at 12:16 pm #

      Hey Mike, yes you can if you would like. :)

  12. zoe 7.29.2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Hiya, sorry if this is a really basic question but how much is a cup? thanks :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.30.2014 at 6:58 am #

      Hey! Thanks for your question. 1 cup is 8oz. 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.

    • Sonali 8.5.2014 at 7:48 pm #

      A cup is 8 ounces!

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.6.2014 at 6:39 am #

        Thanks Sonali!

  13. karina 7.25.2014 at 6:29 am #

    I am pregnant and want to know what I should do?, should I expect my baby’s born, after breast him?

  14. martina 7.20.2014 at 6:56 am #

    Hi! I´ve just joined this challenge and I´d like to start from week one but you´ve send me just recipes for week 4 :( Please could you send me recipes from all weeks i´ve missed? Thank you, martina

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