Green Smoothie Challenge: FAQ

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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:

Paleo Diet Guides from Robb Wolf
Betty Rocker’s Fuel System


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!

27 Responses to “Green Smoothie Challenge: FAQ”

  1. Ken 10.31.2013 at 9:23 am #

    Good Day,
    I have a question, please. I love all of the greens involved in the challenge, I started today. However, I bought a bunch of different organic kales, spinach, chard, mint, and parsley and I thought I would wash, clean and spin the greens together and utilize the mix in handfuls for each smoothie. Is this a good idea? I also have chia and hemp seeds, as well as quinoa which I am mixing in with the smoothies, vegan protein powder, as well as all the fruits. I am also a Type II Diabetic on one low-dose Metformin per day. How does this sound? Take care, this should be fun and healthy, eh?
    Ken Chiancone

  2. Nicola 1.30.2013 at 9:01 am #

    Hi- I’ve missed the Jan 30 day challenge but will get lots of practice in for April! I can’t seem to open the download- it just gives me your outlook contact info…
    Help I want to see!!


    • Jen H 1.30.2013 at 12:50 pm #

      Hey Nicola. I’ll send the free mini eBook to you now (that’s the one you are talking about, right?) We also have a 30 Day Challenge Ebook guide that is getting ready to come out. That will be worth getting if you are ready to start the challenge asap.

  3. Janice J 1.26.2013 at 4:28 pm #

    I just started the challenge (I know, I’m so late), but nevertheless, I am really excited. I know I should have started on Monday but I am so anxious to start that I can’t wait until Monday (plus, I just got my nutribullet in the mail). Call me a “green beast” but I am really thrilled to switch up my daily food habits and include a “green smoothie” in my life. Thank you for this site and challenge.

    • Jen H 1.26.2013 at 8:29 pm #

      Welcome Janice! Glad to have you here.

  4. Erica Su'a 1.23.2013 at 11:28 pm #


    I recently learned about your 30 day challenge and am totally stoked! This is day two for me and I absolutely LOVE the recipes thus far! I’m doing two smoothies a day, usually breakfast and lunch and then have a meal for dinner.

    A couple of questions:

    The recipes are for two servings, but I usually drink the entire batch, is that too much if doing a meal replacement?

    The eBook, I can not download from my iPhone. It is only accessible from a laptop/desk top?

    I love your movement and I am in total support of eating clean 🙂

    Mahalo plenty,

    • Jen H 1.25.2013 at 5:56 am #

      Hey Erica. Drinking 2 servings (or the whole recipe) is a lot, but it’s pure goodness that you are ingesting! I drink 2 cups in the morning and then the rest later in the day (or my husband drinks it). If you are hungry after drinking it, I would suggest adding some hemp protein powder, almond milk or almond butter to the smoothie to help fill up your energy bank and make you full longer.

      Ebook: You need to click on the link right within the email (don’t scroll down to the bottom). That should open the PDF.

      Glad to have you here Erica!

  5. Star 1.23.2013 at 2:50 pm #

    I’m enjoying the challenge. I’m a little nervous about mixing certain fruits. I want to do something like almond milk, strawberries, bananas, and spinach I’m not sure how this will taste any suggestions?

    • Jen H 1.23.2013 at 7:20 pm #

      That sounds wonderful! I personally would add 2 bananas, 2 cups strawberries, 2 cups spinach and 2 cups almond milk. Sounds like a nice and creamy dessert!

  6. Ajitha 1.22.2013 at 3:07 am #

    hi… is it safe to use 2 cups of celery (leaves and stalks both) in one go? or should you mix with other greens? tks…:)

    • Jen H 1.23.2013 at 6:51 pm #

      Celery is very strong. I would suggest using 1/2 c celery and 1 1/2 c other leafy greens (like spinach or kale). My daughter is still traumatized from one time when I added celery to her smoothie– she couldn’t stand it. I personally like the taste and don’t mind adding 1/2c or so to my blend.

  7. Haidee 1.17.2013 at 4:48 pm #

    I live in a remote town where fresh fruit and veggies can be difficult to find. I plan to do a big shop when the stock arrives, chop the veggies and fruit and then freeze them in bags ready to blend (only a week’s supply at a time). Do you see any issues with this?

    • Jen H 1.17.2013 at 8:03 pm #

      None at all— that is exactly what I would do. Just curious, where do you live?

  8. michi 1.15.2013 at 11:35 am #

    I have a juicer, am i able to use that instead of a blender???

  9. Vanessa Coleman 1.9.2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Hi! I’m just starting the challenge today with my daughter & we are soooo excited; however, we have a question….when you store any left over smoothie for the next day do u freeze it or refrigerate it??

    • Jen H 1.10.2013 at 3:27 pm #

      Hi Vanessa. We keep it in the fridge to it’s ready to drink when we pull it out.

  10. Ashley 1.8.2013 at 10:04 am #

    Awesome FAQ answered all my questions and the questions I’ve been getting from my friends about the challenge 🙂

  11. Adriana 1.7.2013 at 6:41 pm #

    I am starting the challenge a week late but I am eager and excited to get started. Is the shopping list enough for two smoothies each day for a whole week? 🙂

    • Jen H 1.8.2013 at 8:03 pm #

      Yes Adriana— the list gives enough ingredients to make 2 smoothies a day for 7 days. Welcome to the challenge!

  12. Colleen 1.7.2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Question on amount of greens: when the recipe says 2 cups, is that loose or packed? I can get a lot more spinach in a cup if I pack it down, and/or if it is a bit wilted.

  13. Sonia 1.7.2013 at 12:16 pm #

    Hi, my husband is the best, he loves all kinds of healthy food and actually hates fast food and junk but he works hard in construction, leaves early in the morning and sometimes has to eat out, how long can you have the smoothies already made before you have them?… Can I make it early in the morning for him to have at lunch? Or is it better if he has it for breakfast? Are they ok to have in an empty stomach?
    Thanks so much for the info, I’m very excited with the challenge!!

    • Jen H 1.8.2013 at 7:49 pm #

      Hi Sonia. Green smoothies are great as meal replacements and snacks. If you are having him drink this as a meal replacement, make sure it is one that has high protein content, like these recipes here. It will sustain him longer, especially since he is working hard. You can make them the night before even (if that’s easier for you) and store in mason jars or any container with a lid in the fridge. So glad to have you and your husband on board with the challenge.

  14. Marsha 1.7.2013 at 4:38 am #

    I’m late but starting today!!!!!

  15. Quanya 1.6.2013 at 3:29 pm #

    I’m starting late, but where can I find the beginners luck recipe?

  16. sharon greene 1.2.2013 at 8:47 am #

    Hello and thank your for this information, It is very helpful and I am a green smoothie lover, This is a great challenge somthing that Everyone can do and not be stressed out over.

    Blessings to everyone on the challenge.

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