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 10 years. (First thing to go was the television and most recently the microwave. I have 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 and traveling through Europe, we settled down and are truly blessed with two awesome kids that join us on our crazy adventures and our vagabond lifestyle.

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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 wanted to eat better… but it wasn’t easy for me to down a salad, I just didn’t like the taste if it. 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 vitamin and minerals from the earth. No yucky vitamin pills here— we just eat the real, raw source!

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 I have almost every day for breakfast. I almost always have these ingredients on hand and I love how I feel after I drink it. 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 (Glacier is my favorite National Park). I love seeing the world from the road, stopping at small shops and talking with the locals, eating local food and taking pics of random finds.

 

I couldn’t live without…

My family. I have an amazing family— they love me unconditionally, are compassionate and inspiring. 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. 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). 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. I love my family!

 

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.

 

My guilty pleasure is…

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

 

PS: Have you signed up for our free 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge yet? If not, you best be getting on it! When you sign up, we even include a Green Smoothie Crash Course which will help you get started.

109 Responses to “Meet Jen”

  1. 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! :)

  2. 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.

  3. 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!!

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