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I’m Jen Hansard, mom of two, ultra runner and lover of green smoothies, coffee & tacos. I took my family's health into my own hands while broke and without health insurance...and have helped 1 million+ other families along the way.

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Why you deserve a Vitamix


This post is sponsored by our friends at Vitamix. Scroll down to get my go-to Vitamix blender ($439 retail value) for just $279 with a secret rawkstar deal no one else knows about!

When I started blending green smoothies (over seven years ago!), I did so because I need to keep my family healthy when we didn’t have health insurance. We didn’t have a lot of money, and I needed to do something to help nourish my kids and boost their immune system. We couldn’t afford to get sick.

That’s when I realized that I wasn’t making myself a priority.

See, I made the decision to go all in on green smoothies because I loved my kids… but not because I loved myself.

Jen Hansard using the Vitamix Pro 300 Series | Simple Green Smoothies

It’s not that I DIDN’T love myself, but I just put my own health lower on the priority list. It can be tough for us moms to balance the needs of our kids and the needs of our own selves.

family green smoothie with Jen Hansard

One act of self care that changed my life

Knowing that I needed to view my health (my life) as an investment, I decided that once my cheap-o, wedding gift blender died, I’d get a Vitamix. This was the blender everyone was talking about.

Even though we barely had the money, and it hurt like crazy shelling it out… I found the BEST deal I could possibly find on a Vitamix blender and went for it. I justified it in my head as I could either spend this money on doctors visits OR I spend it on a blender that would excite me to make green smoothie to help us boost out immune system (so we don’t get sick).

Vitamix Reconditioned Blender

I know it’s not easy to fork over $$ on a blender, but I promise you this one is worth it! There were two things that helped me justify spending big bucks on a blender like this:

  1. I bought a Certified Reconditioned Vitamix, which is like a refurbished blender that’s been inspected to the max. It’s just as powerful and reliable as a new machine, and saved me hundreds of dollars right out the gate.
  2. I knew that I wouldn’t need to buy another blender for at least seven years. Not only has this blender stayed strong over the last seven years, but it came with a seven-year warranty. I was set for a LONG time.

It doesn’t seem like a kitchen appliance should revolutionize a family’s eating habits, but it did for us! We started blending green smoothies daily. We made soup from scratch (yes, you can heat it in a Vitamix blender!). We experimented making hummus, almond milk, sorbet, cashew cream… we even made our own almond butter!

Vitamix Reconditioned Blender Pro 300 Series making a Green Smoothie | Simple Green Smoothies

You are worth investing in your health

Green smoothies were how I truly started taking care of myself… and I’ve literally blended thousands of them with my trusty Vitamix blender.

Here’s something I’ve discovered over the years… investing in yourself isn’t selfish, it’s necessary.

Now more than ever, I truly believe this. Since our family committed to blending green smoothies seven years ago, we have not been on antibiotics one single time! We’ve been able to fight off any cold or flu that comes through with a strong immune system and natural remedies like green smoothies. It’s also given me the body and the energy to go after my own passions— like trail running and adventure traveling.

Rawkstar Deal Alert! Vitamix Reconditioned Blender

I want you to know that I personally set up a phone call with Sandy over at Vitamix to see about making a special Mother’s Day discount just for our rawkstars. And guess what? They said yes!

By using this special Mother’s Day link, you’ll get an additional $160 off their Certified Reconditioned Next Generation blenders + free shipping. Yep! It’s the same blender I’ve used for years AND LOOOOOOVE! If you bought it yesterday it wouldn’t cost you $439… but today it’s only $279.

You won’t see the discount until it’s added to your cart since this is an exclusive offer for the SGS community. The page will say $439, but once you go to pay the price will be reduced to $279. It’s like magic!

Click here to score a Vitamix for just $279 today.

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  1. Sarah

    April 30th, 2019 at 11:07 am

    Hi! I have searched your site, and maybe I’m not looking in the right place, but where can I find those wooden lids/straws for the mason jar? I love them so much!

  2. Pat

    April 30th, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Yes! I would like to know that also!

  3. Jen Hansard

    April 30th, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    We are just getting ready to open up a shop where we will sell these online!!! We have a few more goodies in the works too… like sweet reusable straws and to-go storage lids. I promise to send an email when it’s ready to go!

  4. Steph

    April 30th, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Why were these machines refurbished ?

  5. Jen Hansard

    April 30th, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Hey Steph— typically the machines were returned within the 30-day risk free refund window. So they buy them at full price, try them out and decide it’s not for them and ship it back. Sometimes there is a technical issue that requires the technical team to troubleshoot and fix the machines. When my reconditioned blender arrived in the mail, it was literally brand new looking and it shocked me how much I saved on it.

  6. Janet Tinubu

    April 30th, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Jen, I really enjoy the stuff on your website and have been using the nutribullet which means i have to blend in batches for the whole family and I really need a bigger blender so I can blitz in one go. Do they deliver to the UK at all?

  7. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 1st, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Hey Janet,

    Hmm it looks like this offer might be for U.S. residence only, because they have a completely different site for out of the U.S. customers. That’s a bummer 🙁

    However, you can always reach out to them directly and ask if they can make an exception for you. You never know!

    Have a great day,

    ~Carissa

  8. Sheryl

    April 30th, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    Bought one (Vitamix) at William Sonoma over a year ago and it’s one of my best kitchen investments.

  9. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 1st, 2019 at 2:43 pm

    That is awesome, Sheryl!

    Thank you for sharing that 🙂

  10. Mary

    May 1st, 2019 at 11:25 am

    Hi…I’m looking for your Rawk The Year meal planning program. Is there a link I’m missing or a subscription button? Tia

  11. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    May 1st, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Hey Mary,

    You can sign up for our monthly subscription of Rawk the Year right here:

    https://simplegreensmoothies.com/rawk-the-year

    If you need anything else feel free to send us an email at hello@simplegreensmoothies.com

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