In 2007, I discovered the power of a community and have been building on it every since.

As a first time mom, I joined a mom’s group and loved having the support of other women who had just embarked on a similar journey. We bonded close together and cheered each other on through each milestone or heartache. I truly realized how powerful and enjoyable life can be when shared with others.

In 2009, I had my second child Clare and we moved to a whole new town and I didn’t have that community anymore. Clare quickly turned out to be a wildflower little girl who had some serious colic, and my days got shorter and more chaotic. Our family meals got quicker and less healthy. It got to a place where I felt like all the energy had been sucked out of my body, yet I still had to get up in the morning, make meals, run errands, work, take care of the kids and survive the loooooong day.

I was purely surviving… and all I dreamed of was thriving.

I relied on Starbucks coffee to get me through the days… yet even that didn’t really work. I needed a lot more energy than my exhausted body seemed capable of giving me. So I went on an epic Google self-diagnosis search and realized I was experiencing the effects of the Standard American Diet (SAD). My daily eating habits of 4 cups of coffee, bean burritos and grilled cheese sandwiches had finally caught up to me. I was nutritionally deprived and my body was unable to give me the energy that I once had.

Then I discovered green smoothies thanks to a friend, Jadah Sellner (from that same playgroup from years back. #fate). I loved how simple that first green smoothie was to make, how it tasted… and I was instantly hooked. I started drinking at least one green smoothie a day and my energy levels soared.

I went from being exhausted and feeling defeated—to being energized and empowered. It blew my mind that one simple healthy habit could make such an impact in my life.

Transformation from the inside out

The more I drank green smoothies, the more fruits and veggies my body craved. It was like, “yes, give me more of that please.”

I began to effortlessly lose weight (without counting calories and depriving myself), my energy skyrocketed and I started to get excited about what I could do with my life. I started dreaming about what I wanted to do… and then actually go after it. I started running and eventually trained for a marathon… and then another… then another.

In 2011, my family sold everything (including our home in California) and moved across the country to Florida so my husband could be a pastor at a church. We’ve embraced a small farm town community and have a backyard farm with raised beds, chickens, a duck and a dog. It’s become a magical place for us to raise our kids, connect with nature and discover my passions.

Last year, I took flying lessons and would soar through the skies in a Cessna 152. I just ran my first ultramarathon, which was 31 miles through forest trails. I never would have dreamed of all this before drinking my first green smoothie— and my hope is that you unearth your own passions through your journey with Simple Green Smoothies too.


Julie 1.19.2016 at 5:46 am

Hi ladies, I have a different sort of question for you. I’ve been following along for a while now, and even have my 11 and 15 yr old boys on board. We haven’t jumped in with both feet because we recently moved to a small town in ND and have a very limited supply of fresh produce. Bagged greens and frozen fruit, that is very expensive. Next year I will have a big garden, and have planted 35 fruit trees. But for now, I’m kinda stuck. Got any ideas?

SGS Rawkstar 1.19.2016 at 8:05 am

Hi Julie,

Thanks for reaching out! We hope you’re enjoying your new hometown. You will definitely need to keep us updated as you reap the benefits of your garden, it sounds amazing! In the meantime, here are our tips for enjoying green smoothies while keeping your wallet happy…

-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 and 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 by eliminating the time and resources needed to deliver. Visit, 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.

Hope this helps! 🙂

Ruth 1.11.2016 at 10:26 am

Update: I started mixing half the recipe at a time and adding a little bit more liquid and everything is perfect! Today was day 6 of the 10-day smoothie challenge and I loved it =] I’ve also started doing the Fresh 20 meal plan (3 weeks in) and between that and a green smoothie everyday I have been feeling wonderful! I even had a bad night with processed foods last night and woke up feeling gross with a migraine! I’ve never had a bad reaction to eating processed foods before because my body has been so used to eating junk. This was surprisingly a happy moment for me because I saw some change in my body from this whole process! I treated the migraine with a lot of water and my green smoothie and within an hour my migraine was gone. I’m so excited to have purchased your book!

SGS Rawkstar 1.11.2016 at 5:00 pm

Hi Ruth,

YAY!! We’re so excited to hear our tips have you blendin’ like a rawkstar! Isn’t it amazing how your body changes when you’re fueling it with healthy, whole foods! Cheers to health, happiness, + leafy greens! 🙂

Ruth 1.7.2016 at 6:01 am

So, I’m on day two of the 10 day challenge from the book. I’m having so many issues. I’m using the Nutribullet Pro (900 Series). Today was supposed to be the Pink Flamingo. My smoothie came out brown and tasted DISGUSTING. Are the recipes supposed to make 16oz of smoothie? My husband and I both drink them. I couldn’t get past two sips of the smoothie today it just tasted bad. I’m not sure what’s wrong. Yesterday, it was a little sweeter but not really. It was still brown and no flavor. It basically just tasted like spinach and water. What am I doing wrong? I’m usually a juicer but smoothies are faster and fit into out routine better. Please help!

SGS Rawkstar 1.7.2016 at 6:42 am

Hi Ruth,

Oh no, thanks for reaching out! Here’s our tips for blendin’ with NutriBullet and we hope it solves your blending problems. We suggest halving our recipes when blending with a NutriBullet blender, so you will make one (16oz) serving at a time. We also suggest adding a little additional liquid base to ensure everything blends smoothly.

And lastly, the color of your green smoothies will vary depending on the ingredients and the darkness of your berries. When using dark fruit your smoothie may range from red, pink, purple, + brown, but don’t worry all of that green goodness is still there!

Please let us know how these tips work for you! Continue to reach out with any questions!

Cheers 🙂

Erica 1.3.2016 at 2:01 pm

Hi and Happy New Year ( and hopefully new me!) I just found your site today and am so thankful that I have. I’m a mom of three boys ages 18,12 and 11. I’ve had high blood pressure and been on medication since 2007. I also produce kidney stones. I absolutely hate it. I don’t necessarily feel better just because I take the medicine either. I would love to be off of it this year. I want to get in shape and eat better and my family is very supportive of me doing it. Could you please give me advice on how I can do this? Can the green smoothies really help with high blood pressure? Please help me. My family and I would be thankful to you.

SGS Rawkstar 1.3.2016 at 2:57 pm

Hi Erica,

Thank you so much for reaching out! Before we truly dive into your journey towards health + wellness, we suggest that any member of our community with health concerns reach out to their doctor to ensure that green smoothies are the right choice for them + their body.

Looking to get started? Our goal for you is to add one (16oz) green smoothie to your day in addition to your normal diet. You’ll notice increased energy, glowing skin, and your body with begin to crave clean whole foods, over unhealthy processed options.

Our go-to recipe to get started is Beginner’s Luck. Check it out here…

Another great place to start is our FREE 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. We just kicked off on January 1st, so it’s not too late to join us. Sign up here…

Lastly, looking to lower your blood pressure? Peaches, bananas, kiwi, kale, sweet potato, + avocado are all great for blending and for helping lower your blood pressure naturally!

Reach out with any questions!

Laura 1.1.2016 at 9:15 pm

Do I have to do the 21 day cleanse, before the 30 day challenge? I’m trying to loose 30 lbs.

SGS Rawkstar 1.2.2016 at 7:32 am

Hi Laura,

Of course not! Our 30-Day Challenge and Fresh Start 21 are all about fueling your body with the right choices + changing the way you look at health + wellness! While everyone’s body is different, we and our community have experienced weight loss from both! I personally lost those last 10 stubborn pounds after completing our cleanse.

Did you know that our co-founder Jadah lost over 25 lbs in three months by replacing one meal with a green smoothie? Learn more about her story here…

Interested in using our recipes as a meal replacement? We suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Check out our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

Hope this helps! Reach out with any questions!

Jasmine 12.29.2015 at 10:06 am

Forgot to ask in my previous message do us UK followers who buy your book on amazon.UK also get the goodies that you are giving away to your American followers? Please say yes because I would hate it to be the Oprah syndrome where only American followers can access her stuff so unfair.

SGS Rawkstar 12.30.2015 at 10:21 am

Hi Jasmine,

Of course!! Enter your purchase information here,

and if you have an issues reach out to our team at the link below and we’ll get those goodies to your right away!

Jasmine 12.29.2015 at 9:59 am

Hi Jen & Jadah
I’ve been following you guys & doing the 30 challenges for the last year now. I live in London, UK. I visited my big sis who lives in upstate NY in Jul/Aug ’15. I got her & my niece into your green smoothies. She then took your website details to her job & got several of her work mates hooked & following you guys. I found it really funny that a London girl converts some of your fellow Americans to your green smoothies LOL. I’m awaiting my copy of your book which was published later in the UK then in the states. Seriously thinking about your 21 day cleanse but I’m a bit chicken. I have a question I have recently stopped my green smoothies as the hospital dietitian was concerned that I was not having any protein or fibre in my green smoothies. I was having Green smoothies throughout the day followed by an evening meal. I want to start Green smoothing again. Properly i.e in a really healthy way, not having any protein not a wise decision on my part but not something that I realised at the time. What can I put in my green smoothies that contains protein & will give me the energy etc I need to get from protein. I have several health issues and energy is something I struggle with. I think you guys are great and thank you for doing what you do.
Hope you guys & your families have a wonderful new year filled with health, abundance, love and all your goals being achieved.

SGS Rawkstar 12.30.2015 at 10:18 am

Hi Jasmine,

Thank you so much for reaching out + sharing the green smoothie love! We love hearing how your helping share green smoothies on both sides of the pond! You’re nutritionist is right! When using green smoothies as a meal replacement we suggest adding plant-based protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re getting a complete meal. Check out our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

Looking for an energy boost? Check out our top energy boosting ingredients here…

Cheers 🙂

Jeri 12.22.2015 at 9:19 am

I have entered two emails to this and have not received any kind of response. Can you please explain? Sincerely, jeri

SGS Rawkstar 12.27.2015 at 12:11 pm

Hi Jeri,

We’re so sorry for any delay in getting back to you! Our office was closed for the holiday from December 19th and will be officially re-opened tomorrow on the 28th. I’m just jumping on our website to answer a few questions before traveling home from visiting family.

You should hear back from our team ASAP!

Feel free to reach out with any questions here, on Facebook, or through Instagram.

Cheers 🙂

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Elizabeth Shank 11.19.2015 at 3:39 pm

I have a nutribullet….can I make these smoothies in this? Not a large one.

SGS Rawkstar 11.20.2015 at 8:35 am

Hi Elizabeth,

We love personal blenders, and NutriBullet is a great option! When blending with a personal blender we suggest halving our recipes and adding a little extra liquid base to ensure everything blends smoothly!

Cheers + happy blending!

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