Green Smoothie Challenge: FAQ - Simple Green Smoothies

Green Smoothie Challenge: FAQ

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Do I only drink green smoothies during this challenge?

This is not a fast or a restrictive diet, so you can eat regular meals during this challenge. We are making healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime! Our goal for you 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. 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.

 

What should I eat during the challenge?

Just by drinking green smoothies daily without even changing your regular diet, you are moving in the right direction towards healthy eating. We suggest you eat real food that’s free of processed sugar and avoid ingredients that you can’t pronounce. My personal meal plan during the green smoothie diet will be paleo-inspired with lots of veggies and some seafood (we’re both pescatarians).

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). This is a step-by-step meal plan, with daily green smoothie recipes and whole food meal recipes created by a holistic nutritionist.

 

Do I drink the Beginner’s Luck recipe everyday?

You can drink the Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie recipe on filler days, but you don’t have to stick to making the same smoothie everyday. You can rotate, experiment and try out new recipes on your own.

This challenge is beginner-friendly. The shopping lists are designed for guidance and inspiration. So feel free to make some of the recipes from the list, repeat your favorites, and create your own green smoothie recipes. For more recipe inspiration, check out our green smoothie recipes.

 

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!

 

Will you send me recipes every day?

We will send recipes with shopping lists for inspiration every Thursday (not daily), but feel free to go crazy and make any green smoothie recipe you like. As long as it’s packed with leafy green veggies, fruits and water– you’ve got yourself a green smoothie (even if it’s purplish/brown).

You will get new recipes every Thursday along with a shopping list and a fun challenge to up your smoothie game. If you didn’t receieve it, check your SPAM folder because it was sent out. We want to keep this challenge fun, affordable and simple. We don’t want to overwhelm you with exhaustive shopping lists and fancy hard-to-find ingredients.
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I haven’t received my shopping list, am I signed-up for the challenge?

Please check your SPAM folder— some reason these emails like to get lost in there. If that’s not the case, make sure you are signed up for the challenge. This is different than our weekly email list— the challenge requires a whole new sign up. You can do that here: SIGN UP!

 

I just found out about the challenge, can I still sign-up?

Yes, you can still sign-up, and you can do it here: 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. Our challenge is live, which means we cannot send challenge emails after the month of the challenge is over. So, make sure you sign up during the challenge month! If you want to your own 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge at anytime, we recommend you purchase our 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge e-Guide. It’s got weekly challenges, shopping lists and recipe cards.

 

Do I have to sign up for the challenge if I was a part of the last one?

If you’ve signed up for any green smoothie challenge in the past, then you don’t ever have to sign up again. You’ll keep receiving those good ‘ole monthly challenges until you unsubscribe (which we hope never happens)!  If you did try signing up again, anyway, then keep in mind that you won’t receive a confirmation email since you’re already a part of the list.

 

How many calories are in each green smoothie?

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.

 

What do I do if I don’t have kale (or another leafy green) where I live?

Just swap it for 2 cups of a leafy green you do have access to. Your Farmer’s Market is a great place to see which leafy greens are in season. Here’s a list of some of our favorite leafy greens: rotate your greens.

 

Do I have to use frozen fruit?

We’ve had over 300,000 RAWKSTARS sign up for our 30-Day Challenge, and they are all over the world. So while we are having winter in California and Florida, someone is in Australia enjoying the summer. So feel free to purchase ingredients that are fresh or frozen. We like to use at least one frozen fruit to keep the smoothies chilly, but you could always add a little ice too.

 

Do I need a certain blender to make these smoothies?

You don’t need a fancy blender to make our smoothies– any blender will do. We want green smoothies to be available to everyone no matter what their budget is, so please don’t feel like you need an expensive blender to join the challenge. Here are two articles we wrote about blenders for you:

Best Blenders Under $120
Blendtex VS Vitamix

A tip to avoid leafy chunks is to blend your leafy greens and water first until you get a juice-like consistency. Then add the remaining ingredients and blend again.

 

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 use the Blendtec blender right 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. Before I had a Blendtec I used the Magic Bullet (until the motor burned out) and the Thermomix, which is another high-powered blender.

 

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.

 

How many servings do your recipes make?

Most of our smoothies make about 4 – 5 cups (32 – 40 oz)– we call this family style. A serving size is 2 cups. So if you are making a smoothie for just one person, you can half the recipes and shopping lists. Or, save the leftovers for a second meal replacement, or drink the following day (now you only have to blend every other day). You can store leftover smoothies in an airtight container with a lid for 1 to 3 days. Fresh is always best, but you will still get plenty of the nutrients your body needs if you drink a leftover smoothie.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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. Just make sure you include protein to sustain you throughout the day.

 

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.

You can buy chia seeds at your local health food store like Whole Foods or Trader Joes, or purchase online at Nutiva or on Amazon.

 

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If you haven’t received your 30-Day Challenge eGuide download link, please email us, so we can help you out: hello(at)simplegreensmoothies(dot)com. Not sure what eGuide we’re talking about? Check it out here: 30-Day Challenge eGuide.

P.S. Got more questions? Make sure you check out our green smoothie FAQ too!

177 Responses to “Green Smoothie Challenge: FAQ”

  1. Dewi Martha Indria 4.12.2014 at 2:22 pm #

    Hi… I am happy I am not too late to join your 30 days.
    But I am sure I have to substitute some of the ingredients in the shopping list such as mango, kale and almond milk.

    I will substitute kale with bok choy or cabbage (after read your article to rotate green). Although I live in tropical country but for this month is hard to get any mango :( It is seasonal fruit. I don’t know what other fruit that can substitute mango in here. Peach is very expensive and hard to get :D Can I use apple or pear or maybe pineapple to change mango in the recipe?

    And the last, almond milk, unsweetened. I never found any almond milk in store in my city. I planned to make it by myself but I need to buy some unpeeled almond (with skin) from online store and it need much more time. While waiting it, can you share other alternatives to substitute almond milk?

    Thank you :)

  2. Karen 4.5.2014 at 7:22 am #

    LOVE your smoothies! What a great, timely addition to our family’s diet. We have toddlers and teens and we all love them. I just planted my garden for the year with your smoothies in mind. I’m planning on using ALL the greens I get…the outer leaves from my cabbage and brussel sprout plants, spinach, kale (so easy to grow!) I even just planted 300 beet seeds to try using raw beets for the berry smoothies instead of greens so I’ll get a fun, red color instead of brown. It will also cut my grocery bill down. (You should add gardening to your “How to cut down hour grocery bill” list.)
    Have you ever thought of combining a gardening link to your wonderful green smoothie site? It would be a great addition. Even if you don’t have garden space, you can grown spinach right out of a bag of soil. Do an image search for “Gardening in a bag of soil”. Shallow-rooted veggies like spinach are perfect for this.
    Also, have you thought about doing red smoothies with beets as the veggie? I’m going to try this for tomorrow’s smoothie. (I almost feel like I’m cheating on you.)
    Loyal new-comer,
    Karen

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.6.2014 at 2:07 pm #

      Check out this page for beets!

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/beets

      Also, we are just getting into gardening ourselves (finally have some space for it), and Jen has some plans to do some cool stuff, too. Maybe we’ll at least be sharing about it in our newsletters!

  3. Sadie 4.4.2014 at 4:31 pm #

    My sister is allergic to almonds. What can we substitute the almond milk for? (Soy?)

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.6.2014 at 2:06 pm #

      What about coconut milk? If not that, then rice milk would be nice.

  4. Bre 4.3.2014 at 6:24 pm #

    So far- I love the challenge! I was wondering if replacing 2 meals a day with a green smoothie could assist or hurt with weight loss? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.4.2014 at 8:24 am #

      Hi Bre!
      Weight loss is different for everyone. We’d recommend starting by replacing one meal each day with a green smoothie (16-20 ounces). If you’re doing great with one, then try experimenting with a second in place of another meal. Be sure to listen to your body!

  5. shalonda 4.3.2014 at 1:11 pm #

    For weight loss, how many green smoothies should we replace with a meal? Is it best to have one for breakfast or dinner. Lastly, can I add oatmeal to my smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.4.2014 at 8:23 am #

      Hi Shalonda!
      We never add oatmeal to our smoothies. You can if you’d like, but it’s not something we do as of right now. We’d recommend starting with one green smoothie in place of breakfast, though you can replace a different meal if you’d like. If you’re doing well with that, then maybe try replacing a second meal with a green smoothie. Make sure that each green smoothie you’re drinking is 16-20 ounces, and not the whole recipe that we have listed! Our recipes are two servings.

  6. Sue Russell 4.1.2014 at 11:27 am #

    I am concerned about gaining weight eating all this fruit. Have people experienced weight GAIN having these smoothies every day?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.2.2014 at 10:16 am #

      Hi Sue!
      As long as you are replacing a meal or snack with a 16 ounce green smoothie once a day (half of each recipe) you should not see weight gain.

  7. Claudia 3.31.2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Instructions say we’re making 2 servings and to share or save for next day. Is it OK to drink the 2 serving in one day 1 as snack and the other as a meal replacement? Or just one serving a day?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.1.2014 at 6:24 am #

      That is fine, Claudia, though we’d recommend starting with just one a day if you aren’t used to drinking green smoothies.

  8. Alex 3.31.2014 at 5:44 pm #

    Hi! I am SO excited to start the 30 day challenge! I noticed that on the email, there are only recipes for 5 smoothies. Are we supposed to take weekends off, or just choose our favorites for Saturdays and Sundays?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 4.1.2014 at 6:23 am #

      Do your favorites on the weekends, Alex!

  9. Sara Kazim 3.31.2014 at 10:33 am #

    Hi

    I just signed up for the 30-day challenge and I’m really excited to get started!

    I just have a few questions:
    1. Can I add honey to my smoothies if I feel it lacks sweetness?
    2. Can I use goats milk?
    3. I found a Quinoa milk with chia seeds at the supermarket and got it and hope it’s fine. Is it?

    Thanks!

  10. Amber 3.31.2014 at 6:59 am #

    Hello! I did not receive the shopping list last week and I am signed up for the April challenge!

  11. Heather 3.29.2014 at 9:00 am #

    Loving the simplicity of these recipes and excited for the challenge! I like to juice, so I was wondering if there’s any weird reason that I’m not aware of that I couldn’t substitute the water or liquid base in these recipes with a green juice base? I’ll be making these for myself, my 2 teenage daughters, & our 2 little boys for breakfast smoothies in the mornings and thought that the extra shot of nutrition would be a good idea, especially since my kids all love green juices to begin with.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.31.2014 at 8:10 am #

      Hi Heather! We never really juice, so we aren’t experts in that area… Do what works best for you, though!

  12. Heather 3.29.2014 at 8:59 am #

    Loving the simplicity of these recipes and excited for the challenge!

  13. Gisselle 3.28.2014 at 8:13 am #

    Hello,

    Last night i got the recipes for the first week of the 30 Day challenge. I want to ask you a question about Tropical Crush. The oranges have seeds inside, do i put the whole orange (already peeled) in the blender? Do i put every fruit that has seeds in the blender? And another thing, i already did the Berry Protein Bash but had a problem with the almonds, i could feel the skin of the almonds and it was horrible. Can i substitud it with something else??
    Thanks alot

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.28.2014 at 11:40 am #

      We’d recommend taking the seeds out of any fruit that has them. We like to buy seedless oranges, though! You can use chia seeds instead of almonds, too.

  14. diesel 3.27.2014 at 9:54 pm #

    What to first say thank you for all y’all hard work and time putting this together for all off us. My ??? Is, I see people would like to lose weight with these and can, but what about people like me that are naturally thin and can’t afford losing weight, or want to gain but want the health benefits from these? Is there way to add something different to help gain or not lose weight at all?

  15. Liz 3.27.2014 at 11:55 am #

    I am allergic to tree nuts. Could I use soy milk instead of almond milk? And just skip the almonds all together?

  16. Laura 3.26.2014 at 5:04 am #

    I don’t have a blender but I Have juicer. Would that work ok?

    Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.27.2014 at 12:38 pm #

      It may, Laura! We know some people who juice with our recipes, but not too sure if they modify somehow…

  17. Laia 3.23.2014 at 4:11 pm #

    Hi Jadah and Jen! I’m so excited to start my 30 day green smoothie, thank you so much for all the recipes and helps to be clean. I have a question for you, I would like to know if this “diet” will be able to let me lose weight?
    Thanks for your attention.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.24.2014 at 9:38 am #

      Hi Laia!
      Many people who drink green smoothies experience some mild weight loss. We recommend drinking one green smoothie a day in place of a meal to help with weight loss!

  18. Di 3.21.2014 at 9:00 pm #

    Hi, I’m new to your site. I bought an Omniblend last week. It is very powerful and chomps up everything, even raw pumpkin to a liquid.
    A question please. I have heard it said that beet root stems are poisoned. I can’t imagine this to be true. Your thoughts on this please?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.24.2014 at 9:37 am #

      We have never heard this, or seen anything to support this, Di :-)

  19. Marina 3.20.2014 at 10:40 am #

    Hi, am I suppose to cut off the stems on the spinach? I know you mentioned that you do to kale so it wouldn’t be bitter. Also can a 4 yr old drink these smoothies since their good on fiber. He has a hard time with bowel movements and needs to drink fiber lax very often. I was thinking maybe the green smoothies could help him a lot better. Thanks..

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.20.2014 at 2:27 pm #

      Hi Marina!
      If the stems are long and have no leaves coming from that particular portion then feel free to cut them off :-) A 4 year old can have green smoothies!

  20. Rosa 3.16.2014 at 1:07 pm #

    Hello!
    It may sound silly, but I just would like to know the reason to this ’30-day challenge’ -is it because it shouldn’t last longer than one month? I mean, would it be healthy to follow this challenge up on a daily basis, absolutely everyday (of course, rotating ingredients and ensuring your diet is properly balanced with all nutrients)?
    I really am into this challenge and into this lifestyle in general, but I am also completely new to it…
    Thanks a lot! :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.17.2014 at 8:32 am #

      Hi Rosa!
      You’re exactly right. You can absolutely drink green smoothies on a daily basis—we do! The are several reasons to do 30-day challenges:

      For people who are new to green smoothies, having shopping lists and recipes in front of them each week is helpful to get used to the “one green smoothie a day” lifestyle.

      For others, it’s nice to having new recipes and shopping lists to help make the green smoothie lifestyle interesting.

      Plus, the challenge is just fun. Who doesn’t want that?

      Hope this helps!

  21. Keilia 3.16.2014 at 10:02 am #

    Looking forward to getting started!!!!!! So exciting. I love green juice and smoothie. This is really great stuff for our body. I’ve loss 351b on green juice.Have it for breakfast and lunch with 20mins a day aerobics for 5 days per week. I look younger and my skin was flawless. All my friends and family was surprising amaze. Gain back 20Ib due to pregnancy….so I am ready to get back my body…….woiiiiiiii. Thanks Jadah and Jen you guys ROCK!!!!!!!!!!! I have start the beginners and include protien. I am READY!!!! Summer hear I come!!!!

  22. ieisha 3.10.2014 at 9:51 am #

    Hey guys, i’m about to start the challenge in april do i’m prepping myself on how easy it is to get my smoothie on…,what i was wondering is it o.k. to leave the skin on the fruits,&if so what fruits should i definitely peel
    Thanx

    • Jadah and Jen 3.10.2014 at 10:09 am #

      Hi Ieisha!
      It really depends on the fruit. The easiest way to test is to think if you would eat the fruit with skin on or not. For example, you would leave the skin on apples because most people eat it with the skin on. You would take the skin off of mangos because you peel mangos before eating them.

      If you are confused about a specific fruit, then don’t hesitate to contact us!

  23. Jacqueline 3.8.2014 at 10:00 am #

    Hi. My boyfriend is a type II diabetic. Are these smoothie recipes safe for him? Any other info you have for diabetics would be appreciated.

    • Jadah and Jen 3.10.2014 at 10:07 am #

      Hi Jacqueline,
      Great question! It really depends on each person. Diabetes doesn’t look the same for all people, so we’d recommend talking with your doctor or nutritionist to see if these green smoothie recipes would be helpful for him personally. Here is a page with some low-sugar fruits that may be of some help:

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

  24. Anika 3.5.2014 at 9:15 am #

    Hi,

    I would love to try the challenge as well as the cleanse. Just by reading some of your recipes you have already inspired me to be healthier and make smarter food choices. However, I’m allergic to bananas (I read your suggestions to that) as well as avocado. This is why I’m hesitant to purchase a meal plan or guide that has many recipes based on those two ingredients. What can I use instead of avocado? I’m no fan at all of supplemental powdered drinks and additives, so that won’t be an alternative for me. I would be grateful for any help.

    Thanks

    • Jadah and Jen 3.6.2014 at 12:42 pm #

      Hi Anika! As far as nutrition, coconut oil will be very similar to avocado, but it doesn’t have the same texture or density. So maybe use coconut oil and a bit of mango to replace avocado?

  25. Kate 2.11.2014 at 7:44 am #

    Good morning ladies! Enjoying the cleanse but am noticing that people are commenting on the receiving emails everyday from Jadah and Jen. I think I’m supposed to be getting them too? It would be lovely to have a good-morning-this-is-how-you’ll-feel-today email :)

    Thank you so much Jadah and Jen for inspiring me to do this!

    Kate, Portland OR

    • Jadah and Jen 2.11.2014 at 12:11 pm #

      Hi Kate!
      We don’t send emails everyday to those that are cleansing, so you aren’t missing anything!

  26. Jen 2.10.2014 at 6:29 am #

    will NutriBullet works with green smoothies?

  27. Jen 2.10.2014 at 6:23 am #

    Will Nutribullet works with green smoothies?

  28. Liz 1.30.2014 at 8:14 am #

    Hi!
    I just signed up for your 30 day challenge today but received the week 5 shopping list. I was wondering if there was a way to get week 1? Thanks so much! I’m excited! I just got a vitamin yesterday and am new to all of this.
    Liz

    • Jadah and Jen 2.3.2014 at 11:43 am #

      Hi Liz!
      This challenge is a live challenge, which means that you get access to the week during which you signed up and after. Since you’re signed up, though, you’ll automatically get the emails for the April challenge when the time comes!

  29. Renee Miller 1.28.2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Question about the Side-by-Side Citrus Breeze… Are you suppose to pull the cardstock out after you pour? Is the cardstock just to create a visual effect of having two smoothies in one glass or is there a reason not to just make a single smoothie?

    • Jadah and Jen 2.3.2014 at 11:43 am #

      Hi Renee!
      It’s just for the visual effect :-) No need to leave it in.

  30. Jennifer 1.15.2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Hi, this sounds absolutely ridiculous but I have never made a smoothie before (unless milkshakes count) ha. I was wondering do you peel the oranges and stuff like that or should I blend the whole thing together??

    • Jadah and Jen 1.16.2014 at 6:39 pm #

      Hi Jennifer, absolutely never a ridiculous question!

      We normally peel our oranges because the peel can be very bitter and sometimes cause upset tummies. Thin skinned fruits like apples and pears we always leave the skin on. :)

  31. Shyanna 1.15.2014 at 9:58 am #

    How long should I wait before or after I drink a green smoothie to eat solid food? Also, is it bad if I don’t seed my oranges?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.15.2014 at 11:27 am #

      Hi Shyanna!
      We personally take the seeds out of our oranges. It’s best to wait about an hour to eat something else after drinking green smoothies, and the same goes for before :-)

  32. Karo-Lee 1.10.2014 at 8:08 am #

    Hi !
    I’ve just finished to blend the ‘Purple Power” smoothie from the week #2 and it happens that it jams into a jelly texture the second I leave it. and the texture is weird , did I do something wrong ? The recipe is 2 cup kale, 1cup water 1 cup apple juice, 2 cup blueberries and 2 bananas …

    • Jadah and Jen 1.10.2014 at 9:42 am #

      Hi Karo-Lee!
      That’s interesting… You know, there was one time that I blended a recipe with blueberries and stuck it in the fridge for a bit. When I came back, it was a lot thicker than a smoothie. Is that what you’re referring to? I wonder if blueberries have a tendency to do this…. We’ll have to look into :-)

  33. Neelam 1.9.2014 at 4:52 pm #

    I was reading a book .book said we should,t drink cold stuff in winter .bcaz kidney can,t relies vitamin D.wht you think abt it,I stop drinking smoothe.pl ans me thanks

  34. Noemi 1.9.2014 at 7:59 am #

    Embarrassing, but does all this green smoothies make your stool green??

  35. Maxine 1.8.2014 at 9:24 am #

    I wanted to know if Week #2 shopping list was sent out? If so I did not receive it. Thanks.

  36. GR 1.8.2014 at 8:21 am #

    Hi! Loving the smoothies so far! I’m doing week 1 (started a week late) and just made the “Quick Pick Me Up” last night. Either I did something wrong or it made WAY more than the expected 32 oz! Is it just me or did others have the same problem? In hindsight, it looks like there’s more than 3c of non-greens/liquids, so I guess it makes sense.

    Also, I’m using a nutribullet and am finding that it doesn’t break down things like raspberry seeds and grapefruit pulp as well as I would like, so I’m thinking of caving in and getting a Vitamix. Does the Vitamix make things nice and smooth?

    And finally, is this the right place to post questions like these? I don’t see a page for each week, so I figured I’d just post here.

    Thanks!

  37. Linda Freund 1.7.2014 at 8:42 am #

    I am snowed in and completely out of greens. I already love my green smoothie as lunch, and I’m looking to substitute. we have 2 frozen bags of green beans. Have you ever heard of a green smoothie made from green beans? Maybe not as healthy as kale, but better than nothing?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.8.2014 at 1:37 pm #

      Hi Linda!
      We have seen people use green beans in smoothies before, but we have never tried it ourselves. Green beans are not in the same category as leafy greens, so keep that in mind!

      Not sure how to recommend blending…

  38. Melissa W 1.3.2014 at 5:03 am #

    Do we have to peel the fruits? Sometimes you say to include and orange (peeled). Sometimes you say to include a grapefruit and do not say to peel. Are we supposed to peel fruits that do not say to peel? Just asking because its easier not to peel, hahah.

    • Jadah and Jen 1.7.2014 at 2:33 pm #

      Hi Melissa!
      Sorry, sometimes we forget to say peeled when it should be peeled… We do peel our grapefruit, though you don’t have to! Most of the fruits are up to your discretion as to whether you’d like to peel or not, except for bananas…. Peel those :-)

  39. Clare 1.3.2014 at 4:51 am #

    How come you say ‘kale stems removed’ in your recipes? Why not leave the stems on?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.3.2014 at 7:00 am #

      Hi Clare!
      You can leave the stems on if you’d like :-) By removing the kale stems it makes the smoothie easier to blend and less bitter. We want to make the challenge palatable to those beginning the green smoothie lifestyle!

  40. Erin 1.2.2014 at 2:52 pm #

    For recipes that call for a peeled orange, do I blend it up with seeds or try to remove them?

  41. Melissa 1.2.2014 at 8:55 am #

    We have nut allergies, is there a good substitute for the almond milk and butter, etc.?

  42. Melissa 1.2.2014 at 8:55 am #

    We have severe nut allergies. Is there a good substitution for almond milk, butter, etc?

  43. Maureen 1.1.2014 at 2:23 pm #

    I was wondering if you recommend a certain type of store bought orange juice for your recipes?

    Looking forward to getting started!

    • Jadah and Jen 1.2.2014 at 6:53 pm #

      You can make your own, Maureen. Just buy a few extra oranges and squeeze away. Or, check out brands from stores like Costco, Whole Foods and Trader Joes. :)

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