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.

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

  1. Mari 12.30.2014 at 9:51 am #

    Hello Grlz:
    My grlfriend work 2 full time jobs. Basically what happens Is she has no energy at all not even if she slept her whole day off. Ive tried having her take every morning a multi vitamin and iron but I feel this really is not helping. Can you help me plz?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.30.2014 at 7:08 pm #

      Hi Mari,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider. They will know you girlfriend best.

  2. Mary 5.22.2014 at 8:57 am #

    Sorry, meant to give the site that gave the information re Metric and US measurements:

    Volume – One cup dry = 225 ml.
    Volume – One cup liquid = 250 ml.

  3. Mary 5.22.2014 at 8:44 am #

    US and UK equivalents – found on – exploratorium.edu

    British and American Variances
    Term Abbreviation Nationality Dry or liquid Metric equivalent Equivalent in context
    cup c., C. usually liquid 237 milliliters 16 tablespoons or 8 ounces
    ounce fl oz, fl. oz. American liquid only 29.57 milliliters
    British either 28.41 milliliters
    gallon gal. American liquid only 3.785 liters 4 quarts
    British either 4.546 liters 4 quarts
    inch in, in. 2.54 centimeters
    ounce oz, oz. American dry 28.35 grams 1/16 pound
    liquid see OUNCE see OUNCE
    pint p., pt. American liquid 0.473 liter 1/8 gallon or 16 ounces
    dry 0.551 liter 1/2 quart
    British either 0.568 liter
    pound lb. dry 453.592 grams 16 ounces
    quart q., qt, qt. American liquid 0.946 liter 1/4 gallon or 32 ounces
    dry 1.101 liters 2 pints
    British either 1.136 liters
    teaspoon t., tsp., tsp either about 5 milliliters 1/3 tablespoon
    tablespoon T., tbs., tbsp. either about 15 milliliters 3 teaspoons or 1/2 ounce

  4. Anne 5.12.2014 at 5:30 am #

    My brother got me onto this little gem of an idea. Take a serving of wheat grass, about one eighth of a tray, put it in a high speed blender, add one or two cups water and blend until water is nice and green. Strain and keep water, that is where all the good stuff is. Put it back in your blender and use that as a base for your smoothie, whatever you decide to put in your smoothie, it already has an excellent base of great nutrition in the wheat grass juice. When my brother started eating healthy and making smoothies, his marathon time for running a marathon improved drastically.

  5. 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

  6. 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 :-)

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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 :)

      • Linda 5.22.2014 at 11:59 am #

        Hi. I have found that adding an avocado (whole or half), or a banana or some rolled oats seem to help keep me full for a longer period of time. Try it. Hope it helps! Ps. I am loving the green smoothies! Have lost weight and blood sugars have come down. Thanks!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!

  14. Regina 1.6.2014 at 8:02 am #

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

  15. Melissa Serna 1.6.2014 at 7:19 am #

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

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