What to do with green smoothie fails


Green smoothie fails. They happen to the best of us. Every so often we go out on a limb and try a combination of ingredients that seem promising, but it’s still a big risk. It’s during those times that we come up with some fantastic recipes, but more often than not we end up with something that tastes terrible. Through these many unsuccessful attempts we have learned one thing: Never waste a failed green smoothie!


Nutrients VS. Taste

Sometimes, nutrients are more important than making your taste buds happy. That’s not the motto that we live by, but there are times when it’s necessary to plug your nose and gulp the greens. We do this because we care about our bodies, and we know that if we dump our green smoothie fails down the drain then we are in turn dumping health and money with it. If the taste is too terrible for you, though, there are a few things you can do to salvage what you’ve blended.


4 ways to save a green smoothie fail

  • Add something sweet: Try throwing a banana or two into the mix, or maybe some dates, apples, grapes, mangoes, or peaches. Sweetening the mix may just be enough to do the trick. Learn more on how to do so here.
  • Pour contents into ice cube trays: When you freeze your smoothie in ice cube trays you can add a couple cubes to the smoothies you make the next few days (don’t worry about adjusting the recipes you add the cubes to). This helps to dilute the bad flavor, but still gives you the nutrients.
  • Save it in the fridge, and add to the next blend: You can save failed green smoothies in the fridge for a couple days in sealed containers. Simply add some of the content to the recipes that you blend for the next two days.
  • Chug it quick: Are you feeling tough enough to drink through the taste, or maybe don’t want to mess around with saving some for the future? Just plug your nose and chug!

Before dumping your next green smoothie fail down the drain, think about doing one of the four things above first!

28 Responses to “What to do with green smoothie fails”

  1. Ty 1.7.2017 at 9:06 am #

    What is a good substitute for bananas? I can’t stand the taste of them

    • Tanisha Long 1.8.2017 at 4:05 am #

      Ty, try using 1/2 an avocado in your smoothies instead of a banana. It’ll create the same creamy texture without the taste.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.11.2017 at 8:10 am #

      Hi Ty,

      Not a fan of bananas? We’ve got you covered! Some great substitutes are mango, papaya, pears, unsweetened applesauce, chia seeds, fresh dates, nut butter, and avocado (won’t add sweetness, but the creaminess we love).

      Learn more about our favorite banana free recipes here!


  2. Bambi 10.15.2016 at 10:44 am #

    Can verify that dates have saved many a less than spectacular green smoothie/juice.
    Plug and chug works well if it’s not too thick.
    If it’s too celery tasting, well, into the slowcooker withmore veg for dinner then. Some things are just too savoury.

    • SGS Rawkstar 10.17.2016 at 7:45 am #

      Hi Bambi,

      YAY! Cheers to saving green smoothies! We love the idea of using them in savory recipes too!

  3. BEE. 9.5.2016 at 3:44 pm #

    I wish I would have seen this sooner. I am new to green smoothies and figured it wouldn’t be too difficult, i mean its way easier said then done. My problem is that I basically throw all different kinds of fruit and veggies in, not thinking how horrible they taste together. Plus, i try to make it healthy and add things like chia, flax, hemp seeds or protein. My boyfriend never likes them… so I end up letting them go to waste.

    I will definitely do the ice cube trick and blend it in next time.

    I just made a spinach, banana, strawberry and peach w/ almond milk and it tasted so bitter.
    I added some raw honey and coconut water… it totally took the bad taste away. Now its delicious.

    Next time, i will follow a recipe.

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.6.2016 at 1:40 pm #

      Hi BEE,

      Cheers to a rawkin’ smoothie save!

      Not sure how your smoothies are going to come out? Try following our Green Smoothie Formula: 2 cups leafy greens, 2 cups liquid base, + 3 cups fruit for a delicious green smoothie!

      Learn more here…


  4. Joanna B. 4.25.2016 at 11:05 am #

    I despise wasting food, so I do whatever it takes to make my Fails palatable. I’ve done whole lemons …ie, add a lemon minus the rinds and reblending the whole smoothie (more fiber & vitamin C can’t hurt?!). even dashes of cayenne pepper, garam masala, I bet other herbs/spices might work.

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.25.2016 at 5:21 pm #

      Thanks for sharing, Joanna! We love hearing how members of our community are turning smoothie fails into smoothie saves!

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