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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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Hi, I’m Jen Hansard, Co-founder of Simple Green Smoothies. Ask me anything!

Today, I thought I’d try something different on the blog. I want this to be a chance for you to ask me anything. Every day, thousands of people come to Simple Green Smoothies looking for healthy recipes and tips on living a healthier life. Yet I’m sure you have a very specific question you’d love to get my answer on. This is your chance.

For those of you that don’t know…

My name is Jen Hansard, and I co-founded Simple Green Smoothies in 2012.

Honestly, this was never meant to be a business. Green smoothies just became a personal passion that changed my life and I wanted to share them with anyone who would listen. We shared recipes on Instagram, built our very first website and hosted our very first green smoothie challenge. It was a hit! Thousands of people lost weight naturally, gained energy and boosted their immunes and have been rawkstars ever since. 

Since then, I took over the business, published two best-selling plant-powered recipe books, and created the #1 smoothie app, Daily Blends, with my amazing team and community. Simple Green Smoothies has morphed into a movement with a passionate community cheering us on. I’ve been blessed with our success and have committed to “give back” any way my heart guides me. So far, that’s been donating $17,500 to an amazing Mushroom Project in Cambodia, spending a week in the Bahamas doing hurricane relief work and hosting adventure retreats.

All of this is because green smoothies changed my life, and I think they can change yours too!


Today is YOUR chance to ask me anything. Are you wondering how to get started with blending green smoothies? Are you looking for a specific type of recipe? Are you curious how to live a more adventurous life? Or maybe even how to turn a passion into a business?

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  1. Dani Mitchell

    November 13th, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Hey Jen!!! It looks like I’m the first question on here. Haha! I have always wondered if you have a certain smoothie you drink before/after going for a run. I’m also a runner and trying to incorporate more green smoothies into my day. Thanks so much!

  2. Jen Hansard

    November 13th, 2019 at 10:47 am

    Hey Dani! Way to get this Q&A party started. If I’m going on a long run (8+ miles) early in the morning, I prefer to eat a granola bar (Bobo’s) or Kind Chia Fruit bar during the first mile of my run. Anything else is too light and squishes around. Yet by the end of a run, I’m always ready for a smoothie. Depending on how much I sweated is how I decide which one to make. If it was a hot run and I sweated like crazy, I try and do a green smoothie with coconut water, banana, pineapple and whatever else I have (like this: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/green-smoothies/post-workout-green-smoothie). Then I follow it up with some protein a little later (like nuts, plant-based protein shake, hard boiled eggs). If I didn’t sweat too much, I’ll go with a heartier smoothie right away which will have almond milk, oats, berries, banana and whatever else I feel like. This is a good one here: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/green-smoothies/pre-workout-green-smoothie) Hope that helps!

  3. Nikki

    November 13th, 2019 at 10:47 am

    My iron level is low— due to heavy menstrual bleeding— I have fibroids ugh!! What’s a good juicing recipe to build iron and fight fatigue? Thanks

  4. Jen Hansard

    November 13th, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Hey Nikki. I’ve also struggled with anemia and have found some great recipes to help. This is a great smoothie recipe: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/plant-based-iron-rich-green-smoothie-bowl yet I also recommend trying liquid iron (https://www.florahealth.com/us/products/floradixiron/) or Ionic Iron (https://traceminerals.com/ionic-iron/)to help boost it even more. You can find both on Amazon to…and add both of these to your smoothies very easily too.

  5. Josephine

    November 13th, 2019 at 10:48 am

    What do you use to saute vegetables with? What kind of oil or fat?

  6. Jen Hansard

    November 13th, 2019 at 11:01 am

    I pretty much only use 4 kinds of oil:
    coconut oil: I sauté with this the most. I have occasionally used refined coconut oil which has a higher smoke point, yet most often I just use my virgin unrefined oil and it’s been great.
    olive oil: if roasting under 350 it can work, yet higher it’s not idea. It’s best to make pesto.
    avocado oil: can roast a little higher than olive oil (esp if you get refined)
    grass-fed butter: I blend this in my coffee

  7. Norman Constantino

    November 13th, 2019 at 10:49 am

    I just want to thank you for the tremendous info on smoothies. I just bought a Vitamix and cost me an arm and a leg but it was WELL WORTH it!!!
    Keep up the good work and God bless.

  8. Jen Hansard

    November 13th, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Congrats Norman!!! The Vitamix is such a great blender. I remember buying my first one when we could barely even afford groceries. It was a big investment, yet that blender is still going strong 7 years later. You can even make delicious nut milk with it: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/non-dairy-milk-recipe

  9. Nikki

    November 13th, 2019 at 10:58 am

    Thanks Jen!!!!! Will check this info out!!

  10. Mating

    November 13th, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Hi what are good smoothies for cleansing the colon

  11. Jen Hansard

    November 13th, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Fiber is gonna be the best thing, and green smoothies are packed with fiber since we blend the entire fruit (unlike juicing where the fiber is removed). I would suggest this smoothie recipe and even add in some additional oats and extra greens: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/green-smoothies/raspberry-coconut-shortcake

  12. Erin

    November 13th, 2019 at 11:41 am

    This is awesome! Jen, what is one adventure you are dreaming of taking on, yet haven’t made the jump yet?

  13. Jen Hansard

    November 13th, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Thanks Erin. 🙂 I would really like to hike Mt Whitney in California this year. I love the High Sierras and think it would be pretty cool to summit the highest peak in the lower 48 states.

  14. Lori

    November 13th, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Hi Jen,
    Wondering what your stand/experience is in terms of oxalates. I have Hashimoto’s and grew concern when I read about the topic since I been drinking Delicious smoothies with lots of spinach (all from your smoothie book)

  15. Jen Hansard

    November 13th, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Lori. I truly believe we all respond differently to foods. I remember after two years of drinking a daily green smoothie with spinach I came across an article on oxalates and got a little nervous. Yet the truth is, I felt great doing daily spinach and saw no reason to change it. I know it’s a little different when you’ve got Hashimoto’s. I would say, just be aware and listen to your body. You can always rotate your greens to help with this: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/best-leafy-greens

  16. Kris

    November 13th, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    My question or concern is actually getting started on a plan and sticking to it without being tempted to eat food that the rest of the family is eating. Can I possibly see what the menus will look like before joining so I’ll know if it’s a menu that is suitable to me. How many meals are really necessary daily and is it necessary to add protein powder to your smoothies or do the daily greens have what you already need to suffice for that day?

  17. Jen Hansard

    November 14th, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Hi Kris. I totally get this AND have had my own struggles. Our Rawk the Year Meal Planner is really a great way to go because it’s 3 smoothies, 3 snacks and 3 meals a week… making it flexible with families. Here’s a sample of last week’s meal planner so you can test it out and see what you think: https://sgs.to/rty-sample

  18. Debra Dusseault

    November 13th, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you. I love the smoothies and the recipes just make me happy. Thanks again.

  19. Jen Hansard

    November 14th, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Awwww! Thank you so much for taking the time to say that. You just really brightened my day!!! Thank you for giving our recipes a shot, becoming a true rawkstar and spreading the love far and wide.

  20. Mischa Marcks

    November 14th, 2019 at 5:05 am

    Hey Jen, I’d like to know your opinion on the subject of spinach. I never liked it very much, but putting it in smoothies is a perfect way to integrate it into my diet. So I started researching spinach. It’s benefits and what to look out for when buying it. There is this whole discussion going on about what parts of it are healthy and how the leaves should look to have the minimum amount of toxins. Also, is there a difference between frozen and fresh?
    Thank you!

  21. Jen Hansard

    November 14th, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Hey Mischa. (I love your name, btw). Spinach is the best leafy green to hide in a smoothie– you don’t even taste it! I was the same way… never liked it until I blended with it. I prefer fresh baby spinach (organic) because I think it creates a creamier green smoothie. When I’ve used frozen greens in the past, it has a stronger “green taste” and there is always more chunks. Also, fresh is quite affordable. I buy a bin at Costco for $5 and it lasts all week.

    When it comes to “what part to use and what not to” with spinach…I don’t worry about that. The fact that we’re eating spinach and fresh fruits over something made in a factory is a HUGE WIN in my book. And I feel great using the entire spinach leaf for the past 7 years. Someone is always trying to start the next trend and health craze…yet I believe as long as we stick to the most natural foods that are grown from the earth, we’re gonna be the healthier humans out there.

    Kale on the other hand— I never blend the stems because they are sooo bitter and ruin the taste of my delicious green smoothie. So I’ll either use baby kale or just pull the leaves off and blend those. Yet it has nothing to do with oxalates or toxins… I do it all because of taste.

    If someone has a health condition where they are hyper sensitive to toxins (like autoimmune disease) then that’s different. They have to listen to their body more closely and adjust based on their needs. Yet for most humans, the more plants we eat, the better.

  22. Jennifer C.

    November 14th, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Jen, is it possible to start a subscription service on iTunes so that I can pay for a monthly or yearly subscription through that format verse credit card autopay? Thank you for your consideration. By the way I have taken the 7 day smoothie challenge and it tasted great. I don’t like veggies but love the creative way to eat my veggies. Thank you again.

  23. Jen Hansard

    November 15th, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Hey Jennifer— through iTunes we do have our Daily Blends recipe app, which gives you access to over 200 of our smoothie recipes and seasonal smoothie challenges. It’s a great next step after the 7-Day Smoothie Challenge=> http://sgs.to/app

    Yet I’m not sure if that’s what you’re asking. If you’re referring to our membership program, Rawk the Year (http://sgs.to/rawk), which is a weekly plant-based meal, smoothie + snack planner… then that’s different. We can only do subscription through credit card for that since it’s hosted outside of iTunes. Feel free to email us directly and maybe we can find a creative solution to work for you. I’m sure we can help you!

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