6 Energy-boosting ingredients for green smoothies - Simple Green Smoothies

6 Energy-boosting ingredients for green smoothies

If you’re like me, you would do anything for more energy through the day. Chasing around two kiddos, cleaning the house, and getting all of our meals prepped for the day… Whew! By 2 pm, I crash, which makes me reach for the unhealthy coffee drinks to get me through the day. Put that coffee or energy drink down, I say!


Supercharge your green smoothie

We’ve got 6 all-natural fresh fruits, veggies and boosters to reach for to give yourself a natural burst of energy that will help supercharge your body for the whole day!


This yellow beauty comes with a boatload of natural energy. Loaded with potassium, fiber and b vitamins, bananas are a great pre and post workout fuel as well as a crazy nutritious snack.


A cup of berries gives your body a good amount of healthy Vitamin C. This is great for a natural boost of energy and is filled with fiber—great for keeping things moving regularly. Check out this post for our 5 top berry picks.

Citrus Fruits

These vitamin C powerhouses provide a quick burst of energy and endurance. Citrus fruits are easy to add to any green smoothie by squeezing the juice from a half of lemons or limes or tossing in some peeled oranges or clementines to your recipes. We love adding these 8 citrus fruits to our blenders for a burst of Vitamin C.

Leafy Greens

The powerhouse of veggies, leafy greens contain vitamins A, C, K, Magnesium, Iron and the almighty B which all provide natural energy and keeps your energy levels up and running throughout the day. Check out this post for all the wonderful leafy green options.


Full of magnesium, most nuts provide a quick pick-me-up and help to keep you there. Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee, reach for a handful of your favorite nuts. *tip* Be kind to your tummy and blender. Soaking nuts in water the night before helps with digestion and is also easier for your blender to chop them up without hurting the blades.


Chia and Sunflower seeds help regulate your blood sugar giving you energy throughout the day. They’re a great source of fiber and protein and you can’t beat that crunch factor. Here’s our top 6 reasons why we love chia seeds.

Keep a handful of these items on hand at all times if you’re struggling with keeping your energy-levels up. You’ll thank yourself later!


What are your favorite natural energy boosters?

Share what works well for you in the comments below.

70 Responses to “6 Energy-boosting ingredients for green smoothies”

  1. Marie 3.7.2014 at 8:11 pm #

    I am so glad to have found you gals, the website and the challenge! I’ve had a smoothie every morning since 2/24, I’ve surprise myself. My coworker has been telling me about green smoothies for years. I don’t eat veggies, but this has been great. Anyway would it be a good idea to add protein powder to the smoothies. Thanks, Marie

  2. Frank B 2.11.2014 at 11:16 am #

    Hi Girls!
    I just started the 21 day cleanse challenge today!! I just wanted to say that the recipes rock! and get this…they actually taste great!! Thank you!!

    • Jadah and Jen 2.11.2014 at 12:08 pm #

      Hope you enjoy it, Frank! Glad you’re doing it with us :-)

  3. Cubby 1.14.2014 at 1:19 pm #

    loving the site and so happy to have stumbled upon it!!!

    question: what is the recommended way to add chia seeds to the green smoothies? blend in? post blending? I also usually prepare my smoothies the night before.

    I guess an even better question is how YOU like to do it?

    thanks ahead of time!!!

    • Jadah and Jen 1.15.2014 at 8:45 am #

      Hi Cubby!
      We do it any of these three ways:

      -Soak for 15 minutes and then blend in
      -Blend them straight in
      -Or add them to the top

      Any of these works!

  4. Rosa 1.10.2014 at 3:17 pm #

    I’m so happy I came across this website. I just love it. I’m enjoying some of the recipies and the many tips I recieve. Never knew we freeze veggies. Thanks I will recomand this to my friends. Keep up the good work.

    • Jadah and Jen 1.13.2014 at 1:33 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words, Rosa! Keep rawkin’ those green smoothies!

  5. Naveena Taunk 1.10.2014 at 7:06 am #

    Hi Jadah,

    I am very much inspired by you website. Thanks for sharing all these recipes.
    I have recently started blogging about food recipes too :)


    Please advise me for improvements.

  6. Judi 1.9.2014 at 11:56 am #

    Hi there,

    I started this challenge on Saturday and totally love my smoothies! Only problem is I am ravenous after 2 hours (even after eating a hard boiled egg about 45 minutes after drinking smoothie). My intention was to have a smoothie for breakfast and dinner with a normal meal at lunch but I’m about to nibble on a low flying duck in between. Any suggestions on healthy snacks in between?

    Thank you

    • Jadah and Jen 1.10.2014 at 9:36 am #

      Ha ha! Can I borrow that low flying duck expression? Pretty funny :-) Here are some of our favorite options:

      -Handful of nuts (like almonds)
      -Hard boiled egg (great protein!)

      Those are just a few :-)

      • Judi 1.10.2014 at 10:58 am #

        Thanks for the snackie ideas!

        You’re welcome to use the expression :)

  7. Blue Morpho Apothecary 1.7.2014 at 6:57 pm #

    One of my favorite things to add in to my smoothies is maca powder — it has a nice “malty” flavor and is a great superfood addition!

  8. Kathie M. 1.7.2014 at 9:02 am #

    Isn’t cacao and cocoa the same thing? I can’t consume chocolate because it is a migraine trigger. So I was looking for a substitute.

    • Jadah and Jen 1.7.2014 at 2:31 pm #

      Oh ok! Haven’t used carob powder before, but feel free to try it!

  9. Kathie M. 1.6.2014 at 5:18 pm #

    Do you know if chia seeds contain caffeine and is there a substitute I can use for cacao powder. Would carob powder be a good substitute for cacao powder?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.7.2014 at 7:45 am #

      We like substituting unsweetened cocoa for cacao, unless you meant you didn’t like the flavor of cacao…

      To our knowledge, chia seeds do not contain caffeine.

      Hope this helps!

  10. Regina 1.6.2014 at 8:02 am #

    I am using Aloe Vera Juice as my liquid base. Itbis working out great.

  11. Melissa Serna 1.6.2014 at 7:19 am #

    Can I use grocery store orange juice instead of fresh squeezed oj?

  12. Melissa Serna 1.6.2014 at 7:17 am #

    If I’m making my smoothies with grocery store orange juice is this okay? I don’t have the time to sqeeze oranges.

  13. Charlotte 1.4.2014 at 6:40 am #

    Approximately how many calories in the green smoothie 30dy challenge ? Thanks Charlotte

    • Jadah and Jen 1.4.2014 at 8:27 am #

      Hi Charlotte!
      We currently don’t track the amount of calories for our smoothies. Each smoothie is two servings, and a couple good sources to track nutritional info are the websites/apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

      Hope this helps!

  14. cindy 1.2.2014 at 8:18 pm #

    I have seen tips on freezing spinach and kale, but my question is do you wash it or blanch it first?
    Also if fresh fruit is not available is frozen or canned better?

    • Heather 1.3.2014 at 8:10 am #

      Good question, also curious about the blanching (as I’m looking for ways to get my greens blend better, making it smoother). I would definitely always wash your greens, even if they are pre-packaged. Last night I just washed and chopped kale and put (pre-measured) into some tupperware and threw it in the freezer. Trader Joe’s sells frozen kale too which I’ve used and it so easy. Frozen fruit is better than canned, but the only canned fruit I like to use is pineapple because fresh isn’t always available and it’s a pain to cut up.

    • Jadah and Jen 1.3.2014 at 11:55 am #

      We prefer to rinse, pat dry, and freeze the leafy greens in a freezer bag or container :-)

  15. Rhonda 1.2.2014 at 4:44 pm #

    Made my first green smoothie this morning with stuff I had in the house: spinach, raspberries and mango. It was fantastic but I warn anybody now who uses raspberries: the colour will be a major turn off! I almost didn’t drink it, but was glad I did.

    Do you recommend peeling apples for these recipes?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.2.2014 at 6:52 pm #

      We don’t recommend peeling apples, Rhonda. We like adding the skin and extra fiber. But, it’s totally a personal preference. :)

  16. Trudy 1.2.2014 at 10:05 am #

    On the subject of milk, humans are the only mammal that consume milk from other mammals or consume it past weaning. All others that we bottle feed get formula based on their own species’ needs. Food for thought.

    • Jadah and Jen 1.2.2014 at 6:51 pm #

      Thanks for the food for thought, Trudy :)

    • Misty 1.4.2014 at 3:51 am #

      But isn’ t that just because we are the only mammal with appeasable thumbs? I don’t think a horse could milk a cow, even if it wanted to.

  17. Jennifer 1.1.2014 at 9:01 pm #

    I’m breastfeeding and am aware I can’t detox right now but I’m curious if drinking two green smoothies a day is okay? I would assume it is…

    • Jadah and Jen 1.2.2014 at 6:51 pm #

      Totally up to you and your doctor. If your body can handle it, I’m sure it’s fine. But we would recommend discussing that with your dr. :)

  18. Jennifer 1.1.2014 at 8:54 pm #

    I’m allergic to avocados, do you have a suggested substitute?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.2.2014 at 6:50 pm #

      Leave it out, Jennifer and add some other type of healthy fat like flax seeds, nuts or chia seeds :)

  19. Tosha 1.1.2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Heather, did you know 90% of Soy products are Genetically Modified? Soy beans, corn….look it up!

  20. Leah Brooks 1.1.2014 at 5:41 am #

    I’m excited to do this — I have tons of lettuce, Swiss chard, and spinach in my gardens. I also have a lot of broccoli and cauliflower and I found that broc and cauli leaves are wonderful in the green smoothies too :)

  21. tamara 12.31.2013 at 11:54 pm #

    hi, i was wondering what is a good substitute for bananas. I really can not eat them and all but 1 juice for the first week has bananas in them.


  22. Heather 12.31.2013 at 3:07 pm #

    Curious of your views on dairy and/or why none of your smoothies contain yogurt?

    • Jadah and Jen 1.1.2014 at 9:34 am #

      Great question! We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and infections. And if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainly— broccoli, spinach and kale.

      It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you and your family.

  23. Nancy R 12.30.2013 at 5:47 pm #

    I oven roast sweet potatoes or butternut squash. Freeze them by spreading on a cookie sheet, then place them in a bag so I can add them by the handful to my green smoothie. When roasted both become sweet and creamy so blend well. Really go well with Kale and other goodies in my green smoothie. Love your site!!!

  24. Lina Cruz 12.30.2013 at 7:45 am #

    Good Morning
    I was just wondering what can I do if Im allergic to Avocado’s?
    Thanks :)

  25. Juli 12.29.2013 at 11:32 am #

    Hi there,
    somewhere else I read that too much spinach and kale is not good because of something in there that can be toxic if consumed too much (forgot what it was). Is the next week after the first one include different greens?

    Also, how do you keep your kale and spinach fresh for a week, I always seem to buy kale that goes bad after 2 days – it gets brown and starts to smell. Suggestions?

    • Amy 12.30.2013 at 6:39 am #

      I had a big bag of kale and spread it out on a cookie sheet, flash froze it (put it in freezer for 1/2hour) then put them in individual zipper bags (enough for 1serving) and put them in the freezer. Now I have it pre measured for my smoothie and it’s frozen which helps keep the smoothie cool!

      • Elizabeth H. 1.1.2014 at 3:28 pm #

        Thank you SO much for this tip!! I have been so bummed to open bags of kale and spinach that I had purchased a day or 2 prior only to get hit in the face with that awful “swampy” smell. I will definitely try this.

    • Jadah and Jen 12.30.2013 at 11:09 am #

      Hi Juli!
      Changing between spinach and kale during a one month period will be fine. You shouldn’t have to worry about any negative effects. You can always switch out any of the leafy greens for another kind! Here’s a list of our favorites:


    • Elka 1.5.2014 at 6:37 pm #

      Hi Juli!

      I dampen a newspaper page and wrap my leafy green in it before I place them in my refrigerator. They last twice as long!

  26. Hooi See 12.28.2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Stumbled upon this and really want to start a new routine. Eating and drinking more healthily. Never liked kale but will give it another go in a smoothie. Off grocery shopping today. Can’t wait to start!

    • Jadah and Jen 12.30.2013 at 11:07 am #

      Glad you’re giving it another shot! Maybe start with half the amount that it asks for to work yourself into it :-)

  27. Keli 12.28.2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Is it possible to also make the shopping lists and recipes in a pdf….I want to print them but don’t want to print all of the email….or did I miss that somewhere.

    • Jadah and Jen 12.30.2013 at 11:06 am #

      Hi Keli!
      We are working on creating recipe cards for the whole challenge, but we are not creating them for each week.

  28. Fab 12.26.2013 at 7:15 pm #


    Just received the recipes for day 1. I know everything is measured in cups in the US, but for those of us who don’t use cup measures, how much is a cup in grams please so I know how much of each ingredient to put in?



    • Brenda 12.28.2013 at 4:19 am #

      It’s a little over 200 grams :)

    • Heidi 1.1.2014 at 2:57 am #

      Unfortunately it’s very difficult to convert cups to grams, since cups are a volume measurement and grams are a weight measurement. For example, one cup of spinach would translate into a lot less grams than one cup of almonds or mangoes.

  29. Briget 12.26.2013 at 6:49 pm #

    I’m going to really have a hard time with the challenge. I’m allergic to oranges, berries and nuts. I’m not sure if they will taste the same or have the same energy boosting effect.

    • Jadah and Jen 12.28.2013 at 11:53 am #

      He Briget!
      Please feel free to substitute anything you are allergic to for other fruits/ingredients that you aren’t allergic to. For oranges, find something else that is sweet and tangy. For berries, use something that is slightly less sweet and a bit tart. For nuts, use something that will boost protein… like chia seeds! Please don’t feel like you have to have the recipes exactly how they are!

  30. Veronia 12.26.2013 at 9:29 am #

    Merry Christmas to all and a Healthy New Year!

  31. Karen 12.26.2013 at 6:52 am #

    Do not open the email. Just scroll down and the recipes and shopping list are there. If you open the email, they are not.

    • Jadah S 12.26.2013 at 11:37 am #

      Hi Karen, why would you not open the email to get the shopping list? Just don’t want anyone being confused on how to find their shopping list and recipes. :-)

      • Karen 12.26.2013 at 7:10 pm #

        Sorry! I am not so technologically savvy. I found my list and recipes
        by scrolling down the email. However, if I “clicked” on the email, the grocery list and recipes were not there. I am excited to be part of the challenge, but will leave computer help to others! :-)

  32. cathy 12.26.2013 at 6:17 am #

    Hey Carol!
    I just received my email and everything is way at the bottom if you keep scrolling down. If you did not receive an email I would email the ladies hope that helps have a good one!

  33. Carol 12.26.2013 at 4:49 am #

    I am not finding the recipes for the 1st weeks Challenge Help !

    • Jadah S 12.26.2013 at 11:36 am #

      Make sure to check your spam or promotions folder. But if you’re on this page, I’m assuming you clicked on it from an email from us. If so, just scroll down to the bottom of that email to see the shopping list and recipes. :-)

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