Meet Jen - Simple Green Smoothies

Meet Jen

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Jen Hansard: Co-Founder / Creative Director

I love making things look pretty and have been on a simple living journey the past 11 years. (First thing to go was the television and most recently the microwave. I’ve moved 11 times in the past 10 years, and currently call the Tampa Bay Area home. My husband and I started dating in high school—and we married five years later (best decision of my life!). After three college degrees, a backpacking dream come true in Europe and road trippin’ across the US , we settled down and are truly blessed with two awesome kids that join us on our crazy adventures and our vagabond lifestyle.

meetJH4Photos by Sayoko Lynn Photography

 

How have green smoothies changed your life?

I used to force myself to buy a bag of spinach because “it was healthy” and then watch it go bad in the fridge before I even opened it. It felt neurotic! I really wanted to eat better… but it wasn’t easy for me to down a salad, I just never liked the taste if them. Then Jadah told me about green smoothies and I have been hooked ever since. Our entire family LOVES them! My kids beg to make them with me— it’s an incredible feeling to know your kids are eating essential vitamins and minerals from the earth.

One of my favorite snacks are kale chips. I love them. Yet before green smoothies I would have nothing to do with them. Now my body craves stuff like this.

 

My favorite green smoothie is…

Beginner’s Luck, which is like a tropical dessert that I can have every day for breakfast. I almost always have these ingredients on hand and I love how I feel after I drink it. Sometimes I add coconut oil and chia seeds to it, which help me stay energized and full until lunch.

 

I feel most alive when…

I am traveling. My husband and I spent a lot of our dating and early marriage years traveling— month-long road trips, mid-week flights to NYC for art shows, summer backpacking trip through Europe, and tons of national park camping trips (Glacier is my favorite National Park). I love seeing the world from the road, stopping at small shops and talking with the locals, geocaching, cozying up in a cute cafe sipping coffee, eating local food and taking pics of random finds.

 

I’m addicted to…

Craigslist. I love a deal, just like my dad. When my husband and I decided to move from LA to Tampa, we sold off most of our belongings on Craigslist. And then once we settled into Tampa, we furnished almost our entire home from Craigslist. We even bought our Prius on Craigslist— I am addicted.

 

I couldn’t live without…

My family. I have an amazing family— they love me unconditionally, are compassionate and inspiring. My husband has been a gift from God. He keeps life fun and full of love (even when I am stressed out of my mind, which doesn’t take much since I am a planner and a worrier). And my kids… they have taught me to find joy in every day. No matter how bad the day is, there is still so many amazing things happening.  My mom and dad have always encouraged me to dream big and helped me make it a reality. They have been by my side through everything, including our cross country move. They joined us for 2 days of the journey (and treated us to a train ride at the grand Canyon, which was amazing!). My brother and sister set goals and actually achieve them. They don’t let obstacles get in the way of their passions. I just love my family!

 

My guilty pleasure is…

Half and half in my coffee. It’s a love hate relationship. :)

 

Have you signed up for our FREE 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge yet?
If not, you best be getting on it! We even include a Green Smoothie Crash Course to help you get started.

121 Responses to “Meet Jen”

  1. Sarah G 8.21.2014 at 2:04 am #

    Hi Jen nice to meet you. Just signed up for the 21 day cleanse to get back into shape in between jobs. I bought my blender yesterday and am now about to do the groceries. I m really excited to get going! Not sure I ll be able to find coconut water here in Paris but going to hunt around. What can i replace it with if i need to?

    • Jen Hansard 8.28.2014 at 7:29 am #

      Hey Sarah— congrats on getting a blender! I use mine at least once a day. It’s def the most used appliance in my house. :) Hmmm… coconut water in Paris. I don’t know much about that one. If you can’t find it, just sub for filtered water. It’ll be yummy still. Happy hunting!

  2. Kiki 8.16.2014 at 6:13 am #

    Hi,

    Does this cleanse contain the same recipes as the last cleanse, a few months ago? I would love more recipes! My favorites from the first cleanse is Roasted Vegetable Medley and Comfort Soup!!! Yum, Yum, Yum. I want bother to mention the snacks! The recipes rock! I would love another product with additional recipes, along with the menus! Great product!

    Thanks!

  3. Monika 8.16.2014 at 1:31 am #

    Hi I just bought htis challenge and am looking forward to start. I did think there was a community of people, like a forum and I can’t seem to find it.
    How do I access it?
    thanks!

    • Jen Hansard 8.20.2014 at 9:51 am #

      Hey Monica— head on over to our Facebook page where our tribe likes to hang out. We don’t have a community forum… yet. But I like that idea!

      https://www.facebook.com/SimpleGreenSmoothies

      And if you bought the Fresh Start 21 cleanse, you should have gotten an email letting you know about the private community over there. If you can’t find it, please email us at hello(at)simplegreensmoothies.com and we will help you out.

  4. Maggie 8.11.2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Hi, Jen,
    I’m looking forward to the cleanse. I am one of the few human beings on the planet who is not on Facebook (I’m a Twitter user and can only handle so much social media at a time) Is there any information that’s posted on FB that I will need for the cleanse?
    Many thanks!
    Abundant (leafy green) blessings!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.12.2014 at 7:04 am #

      Hey Maggie. Everything you need for the Fresh Start Cleanse is in the email we send you. The Facebook Fresh Start Group is for extra support or community answers. :) You can always email us questions too. :)

  5. Shellaree 8.11.2014 at 5:55 am #

    Good Morning,

    I am looking forward to the 21 day cleanse. I need it!!

  6. Kelly 7.20.2014 at 1:36 pm #

    Hi Jen! I have been a vegetarian for over a year and a vegan for about 8 months now. I was told by my personal trainer that this 21 day cleanse would be great for me to help reach some goals I have to reach before my wedding (9.26.14) so I am so excited to start! I am so excited to get new recipes, snack ideas, and more creative ways to eat holistically!

    Can’t wait to start! :)

    • Jen Hansard 8.20.2014 at 9:53 am #

      Hey Kelly! Glad to have you here— hope you get some great recipe ideas from the cleanse. And congrats on your wedding! My husband and I just had out 10 year anniversary— and I still remember how special our wedding day was. Enjoy it all!!!

  7. Camille 7.15.2014 at 1:04 pm #

    Hi! Looking forward to taking my green smoothie fun to the next level with your 21 day cleanse. I’m certainly enjoying the 30 day challenge. Great recipes and so tasty and good for you.

    • Jen Hansard 8.20.2014 at 9:53 am #

      Thanks Camille! See you in the private cleanse group :)

  8. Valerie S 6.28.2014 at 11:03 am #

    Hi Jen, thanks for sharing! I am super excited to start the 21 day cleanse as well as try some of your smoothies! I have owned a vitamix for about 2 years now & use it everyday! I am 52 years old & always try to eat healthy but as I get older it becomes more & more important!!

    • Jen Hansard 8.20.2014 at 9:54 am #

      So true— it’s never too early or too late to make health a priority.

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