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!



Sherry 12.28.2014 - 7:17 pm

Could you please send a note to “Kelly” from 12-15-2014 that I have occasionally added cooked quinoa to my smoothies. I’m not sure why she feels she needs it, but it would provide the starch she asked for as well as high quality protein.

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.29.2014 - 10:05 am

Thanks, Sherry.

Jeff 12.22.2014 - 7:36 am

If using a BlendTec can you skip the two part blending most recipes stipulate and put everything all at once?

Thank You!

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.29.2014 - 10:04 am

Totally, Jeff. 🙂

Kelly 12.15.2014 - 2:10 pm

Hi there. So far I’ve made the Morning Tonic, Almond Butter and Jelly, and the Strawberry Ginger Zinger. Everything was excellent! I have a couple of questions and suggestions…

1. Should I include the kale stems/ribs (I use a Vita-Mix), or which greens should have the stems included?
2. Have you ever made a smoothie with beans?
3. Please add a search to the recipes! It would be so helpful to find a smoothie based on the ingredients I have on hand.
4. Would you consider suggesting which super foods go well with a particular smoothie? I added hemp hearts to the Zinger and it didn’t really help – it was better without.
5. I KNOW somewhere on your website you made reference to using almond meal or maybe it was coconut flour. What recipe contains this?


SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.15.2014 - 6:06 pm

Hi Kelly.

1. Should I include the kale stems/ribs (I use a Vita-Mix), or which greens should have the stems included?

You’re choice. The thicker stems you can remove, but your Vitamix should be able to handle it either way.

2. Have you ever made a smoothie with beans?

What kind of beans? Black bean?

3. Please add a search to the recipes! It would be so helpful to find a smoothie based on the ingredients I have on hand.

Thanks for the suggest. I will pass it along to our team.

4. Would you consider suggesting which super foods go well with a particular smoothie? I added hemp hearts to the Zinger and it didn’t really help – it was better without.

It is all based on personal preference. Mix and match and find what works best for you taste buds. 🙂

5. I KNOW somewhere on your website you made reference to using almond meal or maybe it was coconut flour. What recipe contains this?

Are you looking for our Warrior Bars?


2 tablespoons chia seeds + 6 tbs water
1 cup almond meal + 1⁄2 cup coconut flakes 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1⁄2 cup dried fruit*
2 cups mashed banana
1⁄3 cup pepitas + 1⁄3 cup sunflower seeds
1⁄3 cup sliced almonds
1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
(or 1⁄2 vanilla bean, scraped) Pinch of ground cinnamon Pinch of sea salt


1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease or line 8 inch square baking dish with parchment (baking) paper.
2. Soak chia seeds in 6 tablespoons of water for 5 minutes.
3. Combine the chia seeds and remaining ingredients in a bowl.
4. Press the mixture into the prepared baking sheet.
5. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until golden on top. Remove from oven and let cool.
6. Slice into 8 bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Sherry 12.28.2014 - 7:21 pm

By doing a google search: simple green smoothies; “almond meal”
I found this recipe:
Hope it helps ;-D

Nichole 12.11.2014 - 2:41 pm

Hi. I’m usually making a single serving smoothie (using my magic bullet until it burns out). Is it okay to cut the recipe in half and call it a serving for one or is there a better formula I could use?

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.12.2014 - 7:17 am

Totally. Make each recipe work for you. 🙂

Shari 12.8.2014 - 9:37 am

I started drinking green smoothies during your last challenge and was wondering if freezing the smoothies once they are made will be a good option. I try to replace my breakfast and supper with green smoothies and I am seeing the results but it would be nice and convenient to have some frozen for those days you can’t make them nightly. I’ve read you can freeze the vegetables but then they are mushy after thawing them, and they lose some of the nutrients. What do you suggest?

amy 12.8.2014 - 7:21 am

Is this detox safe for nursing mothers or for women attempting to get pregnant?

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.8.2014 - 8:32 am

Hey Amy.

Every mom and baby nursing experience is different, some babies are sensitive to certain food items. This is what our nutritionist, Meg says “Breastfeeding is not the ideal time to start a cleanse. Although our cleanse is nutrient rich and nutritionally balanced, it will also be detoxifying. Toxins released during the cleanse can pass through to your bloodstream and breast milk. Instead, focus on nourishing your body and your baby. Feel free to include green smoothies and other recipes as part of your normal daily diet. This goes for attempting to get pregnant too.”

You can always add one recipe a day, but we wouldn’t suggest for you to go full force cleanse at this time.

As a mom of a two year old who just finished nursing, I love hearing about other moms passionate at breast-feeding and nutrition! You RAWK for giving your baby such an awesome super food! Way to go! 🙂 -Rawkstar Jessie

robin 12.5.2014 - 10:27 am

Why isn’t there any nutritional information included with your recipes? And which protein source goes best with which smoothie? (yes, I understand it’s personal preference, but you are the experts?) Without delving into each recipe and putting them into a calorie/protein/carb calculator, all your recipes maybe nutritious but they are all carb heavy and little protein. Not well balanced, not good for the diabetic. So, I need some help to figure out what proteins to fruit to veggie combinations to use and maintain a common sense calorie count (not to exceed 250-350 cal/serving)

thank you

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.5.2014 - 2:16 pm

Hi Robin.

Thanks for the comment. We are not experts by any means and don’t claim to be. If you are diabetic, please consult your doctor or healthcare provider to confirm green smoothies are best for you.

We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data and the phone apps My Fitness Pal and Lose It.

Our favorite proteins are found here: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/protein

Hope you find this information helpful.


lily 11.27.2014 - 9:54 am

how do you make green smoothies as meal replacements?

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.28.2014 - 8:53 am

Hey Lily!

Great question. This is not a fast or a restrictive diet, so you can eat regular meals. 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.

Emily M 11.28.2014 - 5:07 pm

Why do we need to wait 30-60 minutes before eating? Is it bad to have the smoothie with food?

Barb 11.23.2014 - 3:51 pm

I watched a program yesterday for a particular blender and they mentioned a recipe for helping to lower your cholesterol. I didn’t get the ingredients and wondered if you might know what they are. I would really like to try to lower my cholesterol that way.

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.23.2014 - 6:54 pm

Hey Barb.

Thank 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. There are many fruits, leafy greens and veggies that could help with your cholesterol, but you will need to confirm what is best for you.

joyce 11.18.2014 - 5:01 am

I’m very upset. I have been drinking green smoothies for three weeks and have gained 5 lbs.
I use Kale, Spinach, Carrots, Red pepper, cucumber, blueberries, apple
chia and flax w/ unsweetened coconut water, wth?

SGS Rawkstar Jessie 11.18.2014 - 6:40 pm

Hi Joyce.

Thanks for reaching out to us. Are you drinking 8oz with a meal or 16oz as meal replacement?

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