1) Do I have to just drink green smoothies during this challenge? Or can I eat too?
You can eat regular meals during this challenge. This is not a fast or a restrictive diet. We are making healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime! So eat healthy clean meals and replace 1 or 2 meals with green smoothies.
2) What kind of food should I be eating 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 are not meal plan experts, but 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 (both Jen and I are pescatarians).
Here are a few clean eating guides for inspiration:
3) Am I supposed to drink the Beginner’s Luck recipe everyday?
You can drink the Beginner’s luck smoothie for the next 5 days (through Sunday), 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 first shopping list we sent is designed for you to make the same smoothie every day, so you don’t feel overwhelmed in the grocery store. In order to adopt a healthy habit and stick with it, it has to be easy and doable. For more recipe inspiration, visit our site here.
4) Will you send me recipes every day?
We will send recipes with shopping lists for inspiration every Friday (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).
We only sent one recipe this week (because by Jan. 2, it will only be half a week). You will get new recipes every Friday along with a shopping list and a fun challenge to up your smoothie game. We want to keep this challenge fun, affordable and simple. We don’t want to overwhelm beginners with exhaustive shopping lists and fancy hard-to-find ingredients. Check your inbox this Friday for new recipes and shopping lists.
5) The recipe calls for a frozen fruit, and I can’t find that fruit frozen, what should I do?
We’ve got almost 6,000 RAWsome people signed up for this 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.
6) 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.
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.
7) 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.
8) How many servings do your recipes make?
Most of our smoothies make about 4 – 5 cups (32 – 40 oz). 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.
9) 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 I 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!