I know how overwhelming it can be when getting started with green smoothies. It’s totally normal and I promise it’s actually really really simple! You can get the answers to common green smoothies questions below:

What type of blender do you use?

Jen: I believe that any blender will work when making a green smoothie. So start with what you have and work your way up when the time is right. When I first started blending green smoothies, I used a Waring blender that I got for my wedding. It was a $70 blender that worked okay. It turned my produce into a smoothie, yet it did leave chunks of spinach in my smoothie and it was very loud. Yet it got me started and I made my daily green smoothie with it for over a year. When it finally died and I went online and bought a refurbished Vitamix 5200 for $329. It came within a week and blends like a beast — no spinach leaf is left unblended when this bad boy is done. Best decision I ever made when it comes to green smoothies. I love my Vitamix so much!

The SGS Team: Our other team members use a variety of other blenders. You can find our comprehensive Blender Guide here. Some us are Team Blendtec. Some of us are Team Kitchen Aid. Others are all about the Vitamix. (We just love our blenders!)


Need a cheap blender?

We polled our Green Smoothie community and found some AWESOME affordable blenders that will help you if Vitamix and Blendtec are a tad pricey for you at the moment. Check it out: Best Blenders under $120.

How many servings do your recipes make?

Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz). Some of us drink at least 2 cups (16 oz) everyday in the morning as a breakfast meal replacement. Jen drinks hers for lunch or sometimes as a mid-morning snack. Since green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us full for awhile. If we need an afternoon pick-me-up, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage.


Do I have to follow the recipe exactly, or can I switch out an ingredient or two?

Of course you can change up the recipes! All of our recipes are meant to inspire you to eat and live healthy, not to burden you with fruits/veggies that you can’t get your hands on, you don’t like, or are allergic to. Some recipes are made for specific purposes (i.e. detoxifying, immunity boosting, etc.) and need more specific replacements, but most are made to simply taste great and give your body access to fresh and raw ingredients. If there are adjustments that would make our recipe work better for you, then go for it!

Can I store my green smoothie in the fridge?

Some people say you have to drink it “right away” to get the optimal nutrients from each blend. But if left in the fridge overnight for one to three days, the taste and satisfaction is still there. You also may want to add a small amount of lemon juice to preserve and keep the smoothie blend as fresh as possible. Your body is still reaping the benefits of consuming fruits and vegetables even if it is not consumed right away.


What are chia seeds and where can I get them?

We are obsessed with these tiny little crunchy seeds. We sprinkle them on top of smoothies, or put them inside our oatmeal with almond butter and almond milk. Many people ask what are the health benefits of chia seeds? Is there a difference between black chia seeds and white chia seeds? And where can I buy chia seeds? We have answered all your awesome questions right here: 6 Reasons Why We Love Chia Seeds.


Do you have a good recipe for weight loss?

If you want to burn fat, you want to include plant-based smoothie ingredients that have the following weight loss effects:

  • jump start your digestion
  • burn excess fat
  • reduce and expel bad cholesterol
  • provide energy for your cardiovascular system
  • detox and hydrate your body
  • promote healthy bowel movement
  • decrease your appetite for processed foods and sugars

The Kiwi Berry Punch is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense smoothie recipe that combine the best fruits and veggies for an optimal approach to healthy weight loss.

The best part about a green smoothie–  you can use a smoothie as a low-calorie meal replacement because they are full of fiber which keeps your body feeling fuller longer. And if you want to take your health to the next level, we recommend checking out our Fresh Start: A 21-Day Cleanse (click the link to learn more).


Does adding leafy greens make the smoothie taste bitter or weird?

As long as you follow the 60/40 formula (60% fruits; 40% leafy greens), you should not be able to taste the green veggies in your smoothies. The fruits naturally mask the taste– and bananas are the perfect natural sweetener for any green smoothie packed with spinach, kale, or other leafy green.


How do I make my smoothie “smooth” without leafy chunks?

If you have a high-speed blender, you will always have a perfectly smooth smoothie. But don’t let that stop you from making green smoothies if you have a regular blender. Healthy lifestyle choices can be made on any budget. My favorite tip to share about green smoothies is to blend your leafy greens and liquids first (water, almond or cashew milk, or coconut water) until you get a juice-like consistency. You should be able to achieve this texture in 30 to 60 seconds. Once you have blended all of the leafy greens, then you can add the remaining ingredients. Let me know if this works for you.


I’ve got a sweet tooth— can I add a sweetener to my green smoothie?

We find that using whole fruits as natural sweeteners is the best way to sweeten your green smoothies. If you like the taste of bananas, you can add an extra banana or two whenever your smoothie is not sweet enough. Other natural sweeteners are dates and figs, which provide nutrients and fiber as well as a super sweet taste to your smoothie recipe. Some other alternatives are 100% fresh squeezed fruit juices, raw honey and 100% maple syrup.

Although you may add these sugar substitutes to your recipes, you will find that we do not add any sugars or sweeteners to our smoothie recipes unless it is a natural whole fruit. And please stay away from “0 calorie” sweeteners, they are made of artificial ingredients like aspartame which is so toxic to your body.

This smoothie is perfect for your sweet tooth: Almond Butter and “Jelly”


How do I clean my blender?

The easiest and fastest way to clean your blender is to immediately give it a quick rinse with warm water after use (a tiny drop of soap is optional). If you are in a hurry, fill your blender with water, until you are ready to wash it. If you are in a super duper rush, and you let your blender sit with no water, fill your blender 3/4 full with warm water and soap and give it a nice scrub on the insides. Place it back on your blender stand and turn the blender on for 30 seconds— It’s like a mini-dishwasher.


I’m on a tight budget— how can I get inexpensive produce?

If you are new to eating a lot of fruits and veggies, your grocery bill may be a little shocking with the extra fresh and frozen produce purchases. Over time, you will eliminate a lot of processed food items which will in turn bring your grocery bill back to normal. But here are a few quick tips to saving money on produce.

  • Make a shopping list: making a weekly meal planning list that covers what you will eat on a daily basis will help you only buy what you need. Make sure to include snacks in your meal plan and shopping list too.
  • Buy seasonal fruit and veggies: purchasing produce is in season is typically cheaper. And if you see a good deal on fresh fruits and veggies, purchase in bulk and freeze for future smoothies.
  • Buy out of season fruits frozen: Costco and Sam’s Club sell large bags of organic frozen fruit at good prices. If your freezer can accommodate bags in bulk, take advantage of making these purchases.
  • Buy from local fruit stands, farmer’s markets and CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture): For the tastiest and most fresh organic produce, buy locally. Not only has the produce been grown and harvested close to home, but buying locally also helps our environment buy eliminating the time and resources needed to deliver. Visit, www.LocalHarvest.org to find your local farm, farmers markets, and other local food sources.
  • Follow the EWG’s Dirty Dozen: this list will help you know what is worth getting organic and what you can buy conventional.

“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” —Josh Billings

Where can I buy those mason jars you use?

We adore mason jars for our green smoothies, feel free to visit our Amazon shop for mason jars, cups, cool lids, and other smoothie essentials by clicking here.  And don’t forget you can always wash out a spaghetti sauce jar for green smoothie mason jars too— that’s Jen signature move.


I am allergic to bananas (or pineapple, or mango, or…) what can I substitute with?

Got an allergy or an aversion to some fruits? Swap it out with a fruit that you love and adore. Can’t eat bananas? Switch it with more mango, peach, papaya, pear or an apple to sweeten it up. Or an avocado to make it thick and creamy.

Can’t do pineapples? Double up another ingredient already in the smoothie. If something calls for 1 cup of something you just can’t eat, swap it with 1 cup of a fruit you can eat. Mixed berries and mixed fruit bags that are frozen are a great replacement ingredient.

The best part is playing mini-chef with your blender. Not one smoothie will please everybody, but we promise over the next 30 days you will find a recipe that is your go-to smoothie. It will be the one you make for your friends and family and make them a green smoothie lover too. So explore, experiment, and smile!

Check out these yummy banana-free green smoothie recipes!



jacqeline 11.11.2014 - 3:08 pm

hello, I buy fruits, veggies spinach and kale by bulk

what is the best way to freeze them?

how long can I freeze them for?

how can I know what the smoothie does to your body?

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.11.2014 - 3:41 pm

Hey Jacqeline.

Thanks for the comment. Here is a link to our favorite tips on prepping large batches of fruits, veggies and leafy greens.


Here you will find beneficial information about all the ingredients found in a glass of green goodness. We hope you use these printable PDF’s to increase essential vitamins and nutrients in your diet.


jacqeline 11.11.2014 - 6:49 pm

if I want to add superfood how much of serving will I need to add and can I take it daily?

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.12.2014 - 5:04 am

Hey Jacqeline.

Great question. We use at least 1 serving of 1 superfood daily. Here is a link to our favorites. https://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-superfoods

Clare-Alana 10.27.2014 - 2:43 pm

Hello ladies. Came across your website today and absolutely love all the recipes. I bought a cheap blender today in the hopes of trying to do something natural to kick start my body into remission of this auto immune condition I struggle with (myasthenia gravis) My question is, my immune system is producing anti bodies which are hurting my body (that’s the gist of it), so by having green smoothies which will boost my immune system, will I be giving my immune system more of a boost to produce the bad antibodies? I’m currently on steroids treatment so my immune system is being suppressed and I don’t think I’m really supposed to take any multi vitamins or anything like that which is why I ask- I apologise if this question is not able to be answered for unknown scientific reasons. Just thought I’d give it a crack!

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.27.2014 - 6:19 pm

Hey Clare-Alana.

Thanks so much for reaching out to us. Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer for you. I wish I did, but since we aren’t doctors or nutritionists we wouldn’t have the best answer for you. We would suggest asking your personal healthcare provider for more details on the types of foods that would help you best. Here is a link to all things nutritional values of fruits and veggies we consume. 🙂 https://simplegreensmoothies.com/fruit-and-vegetable-nutrition

Schama 10.10.2014 - 12:44 pm

Hello, I want to replace one meal a day with a smoothie how much is enough to replace a meal one cup two cups etc BTW love the smoothie there amazing to make and drink

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.21.2014 - 6:23 pm

Hey Schama.

This is not a fast or a restrictive diet, so you can eat regular meals during this challenge. We are making healthy lifestyle changes that will last a lifetime! Our goal for you is to drink at least one 2-cup serving green smoothie a day in addition to your regular diet. If you would like, you can replace 1 or 2 meals with green smoothies. If you drink green smoothies as meal replacements, make sure to add a protein boost (plant-based protein powder, nut milk, nut butter), or snack on some nuts or a hard-boiled egg 30-60 minutes after you drink your green smoothie.

nancy 10.6.2014 - 7:21 am

Umm, my husband and I are 5 days into this now and we’ve been noticing some changes. My husband is complaining about having an extraordinary amount of gas and is threatening to quit. I told him I would ask about that and so he took his smoothie with him to work this morning. For myself, I have noticed that I have been getting some acid reflux every day since I have started. Just wondering if you have heard abouth anything like this, if you have any advice, etc.

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.6.2014 - 8:10 pm

Hey Nancy.

This can be a common symptom if your body is not used to drinking or eating lots of fiber. Green smoothies are high in fiber which is great for digestion, but for newbies, the high fiber can shock your body. Make sure you drink lots of water to help flush things out. And if you’re new to green smoothies one serving a day is enough, which is 2 cups (16 ounces).
Make sure you drink lots of water to help flush everything out as well. Sometimes when you make sudden changes in your regular diet, or you add more fiber into your diet, your body needs to adjust. Every body reacts to food differently. If you feel bloated, you may have some personal allergies to certain fruit combinations, that is something you would have to consult with a health care provider about. Also, make sure you don’t eat any other foods 30-60 minutes before after you drink your green smoothies to give your body time to digest the fruits.

Lindsay 10.3.2014 - 4:20 pm

When using dates in smoothies, do they need to be soaked overnight first like nuts do?

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.3.2014 - 7:00 pm

Either way works! 🙂 We have done it both ways. 🙂

Bari 10.2.2014 - 1:10 pm

How long to you blend the smoothies? My are coming out to wet and not creamy!

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.3.2014 - 9:04 am

Depending on your blender, Bari. I blend for about 30-40 seconds. 🙂 What blender are you using?

PAM 10.2.2014 - 8:25 am


I’m new to the challenge and I actually started making smoothies a couple of weeks ago. I love the recipes and have even used some greens I’ve never tired before.

Sometimes I have to make the smoothie the night before and then leave it in the refrigerator in a glass jar (usually an old sauce jar or nut butter jar). overnight. In the morning the ingredients have separated (which I expected and a little shake takes care of that), but the volume reduces by half. Is the volume reduction normal?


SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.2.2014 - 10:40 am

Hey Pam,

We do suggest that you shake it, so great job doing that. Are you using a sealed lid? Maybe the liquid have evaporated….

Renae 10.1.2014 - 6:00 pm

Hi! I noticed some of the recipes call for almond butter. I don’t use any nut butters at all. What is a good substitute?


Lauren 10.1.2014 - 1:03 pm

Hey! Just curious if you will be mailing out a new cleanse packet for the upcoming cleanse on November 3rd? I’m ready for some new recipes : )

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.2.2014 - 10:30 am

Hey Lauren.

Thanks for the question, at this time we only send PDF emails. 🙂

SAM 9.25.2014 - 1:56 pm

How do I blend oranges, Should I peel and de seed them?

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 9.26.2014 - 6:57 am

Hey Sam. Please peel the orange, the skin can be very bitter if added. If there are any seeds, they should be pulverized in your blender.

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