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!



diego 7.30.2015 - 7:32 am

umm…all new to this, just got married just over a year, and i used to be a crazy sport addict, but now i havent done any sports for a year since time just kills me, so definitely cant eat the same amounts and all the junk i use to eat, and i remembered a frien gave me a green smoothie and i remember it was fantastic, healthy, nutrious, and I felt with a full stomach (which was great cause i could eat alot and still do only problem i dont do sports now) so thats why i wanted to get started with green smoothies and introduce them to my wife, we are from Chile South America, I dont know if you got some latino pages for my wife so she could read recipes and get the hang of what the challenges are etc, plus super crazy question of a new kid in this….do you put sugar in the smoothies?

SGS Rawkstar 7.30.2015 - 7:56 am

Hi Diego,

We’re so excited you found our site in this busy internet world! I can definitely relate, it’s tough going from being an athlete, to taking on the responsibilities of work + life, that often keep us from being as active as you once were! That’s whats great about Simple Green Smoothies, you can fuel your body with fresh fruits + nutritious leafy greens, and feel satisfied, so you’re not reaching for the same junk you could get away with before! We’re sorry, but we don’t have a spanish language version of our site at this time (we would love to in the future!!). Also, we don’t add sugar to our green smoothies, we use fresh fruits to sweeten them. Finding our smoothies not sweet enough, try adding a natural sweetener like dates, honey, maple syrup, or bananas!


Reach out with any questions Diego, as you begin your green smoothie journey!

Cheers 🙂

Audrie 7.25.2015 - 12:12 am

How many calories are these smoothies? I’m sure they are all different but what is the general amount?

SGS Rawkstar 7.26.2015 - 8:36 pm

Hi Audrie,

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.

Heather 7.20.2015 - 6:09 pm

I need to put on weight healthily. What kind of protein powder is best? Or what organic sources of protein are best? I’m also on a budget.

SGS Rawkstar 7.20.2015 - 6:48 pm

Hi Heather,

Thanks for reaching out! Adding protein to your green smoothie is a great way to help put on weight, in a healthy manner! Looking for a protein powder, we love reaching for hemp, brown rice, or raw vegan options! Here are a few of our favorite plant-based protein options…


Ron 7.19.2015 - 2:54 pm

I don’t see any smoothie with coffee as the liquid or some of the liquid.

SGS Rawkstar 7.20.2015 - 6:45 pm

Hi Ron,

Jen actually used green smoothies to kick her Starbucks habit! Looking to add a boost of caffeine + antioxidants to your green smoothie, we love blending with green tea!


Betty Greger 7.16.2015 - 2:36 pm

Hi – been doing green smoothies about 5 months- have developed gastritis-have over acid stomach issues- can you eat to much raw foods??

SGS Rawkstar 7.17.2015 - 8:15 am

Hi Betty,

We’re so sorry to hear of your recent gastritis! We’re green smoothie lovin’ rawkstars all right, but we’re not doctors or nutritionists. We suggest you talk with your doctor about raw foods + your diet— I’m sure they can help you decide if they’re a good choice for your stomach or if you should avoid them.

Cheers to health + happiness!

Shelly 7.10.2015 - 8:30 am

Just started the 30 day challenge and my first smoothie was very frothy/foamy.

Is there a way to keep this from happening?

SGS Rawkstar 7.10.2015 - 4:51 pm

Hi Shelly,

Great question! Finding your smoothie frothy or foamy is a common issue when you have a powerhouse blender, all of that power adds additional air to your smoothie causing the froth. We suggest after blendin’ your entire smoothie, set your blender on the lowest speed for a few seconds to help settle everything down before enjoying. You can also try adding a healthy fat, like coconut oil! Here are some of our favorite healthy fat options…


Hope this helps!

MJ 7.9.2015 - 4:22 pm

I have trouble getting greens ( lettuce, spinach, kale) fresh every week. I just do not shop that often. I mostly make my own sprouts at home and use those for greens. Is it possible to buy the leafy greens fresh and freeze them and use them frozen in the smoothie or can I use sprouts in place of them? I am really trying to trim the shopping since I don’t drive and getting to the store every week is a problem.

SGS Rawkstar 7.9.2015 - 6:20 pm

Hi MJ,

We love freezing leafy greens! It’s perfect for stocking up when you’re not shopping often, or when your favorites are in season. Check out our post on how, here…


Pam 7.7.2015 - 10:07 am

What do I eat with a smoothie? Or is it just the smoothie for a meal? I’m concerned about being hungry 2 hours later, with lunch another 2 hours after that.

SGS Rawkstar 7.7.2015 - 6:32 pm

Hi Pam,

Great question! 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 your 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.


We are not meal plan experts, but we suggest you eat real food that’s free of processed sugar and avoid ingredients that you can’t pronounce. My personal meal plan during the green smoothie diet will be paleo-inspired with lots of veggies and some seafood.

Here are a few clean eating guides for inspiration:
-Paleo Diet Guides from Robb Wolf
-Betty Rocker’s Fuel System

Sharon 7.5.2015 - 3:46 pm

Hi, I am inputting the green smoothie recipes in MyFitnessPal and find that the Straw-Bana Peach calculates as 5747 calories. How will I be loosing weight consuming this amount of calories?

SGS Rawkstar 7.6.2015 - 12:28 pm

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for reaching out! We’re so excited to have you join us for our 30-Day Challenge. I just entered the Straw-Bana Peach Recipe into LoseIt.com and calculated 273 calories for a 32oz smoothie (2 servings). Our recipe is one banana, one orange, one peach, one cup of strawberries, + two cups of kale. Are you adding any additional boosters or blendin’ with a different liquid base?

ron 7.5.2015 - 6:13 am

Is 1 cup spinach same as a handful?

SGS Rawkstar 7.6.2015 - 12:30 pm

Hi Ron,

When measuring one cup of spinach, I usually grab two large handfuls (but I personally believe more greens the better, so I pack my cup pretty tight). 1 cup of leafy greens is equal to 30g, if knowing the weight helps you with our measurements!

Hope this helps!

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