What to do with green smoothie fails

Oh yes… green smoothie fails. They happen to the best of us.

Every so often we go out on a limb and try a combination of ingredients that seem promising, but it’s still a big risk. It’s during those times that we come up with some fantastic recipes, but more often than not we end up with something that tastes terrible. Through these many unsuccessful attempts we have learned one thing: Never waste a failed green smoothie!

Nutrients VS. Taste

Sometimes, nutrients are more important than making your taste buds happy. That’s not the motto that we live by, but there are times when it’s necessary to plug your nose and gulp the greens. We do this because we care about our bodies, and we know that if we dump our green smoothie fails down the drain then we are in turn dumping health and money with it. If the taste is too terrible for you, though, there are a few things you can do to salvage what you’ve blended.


4 ways to save a green smoothie fail

  • Add something sweet: Try throwing a banana or two into the mix, or maybe some dates, apples, grapes, mangoes, or peaches. Sweetening the mix may just be enough to do the trick. Learn more on how to do so here.
  • Pour contents into ice cube trays: When you freeze your smoothie in ice cube trays you can add a couple cubes to the smoothies you make the next few days (don’t worry about adjusting the recipes you add the cubes to). This helps to dilute the bad flavor, but still gives you the nutrients.
  • Save it in the fridge, and add to the next blend: You can save failed green smoothies in the fridge for a couple days in sealed containers. Simply add some of the content to the recipes that you blend for the next two days.
  • Chug it quick: Are you feeling tough enough to drink through the taste, or maybe don’t want to mess around with saving some for the future? Just plug your nose and chug!

Before dumping your next green smoothie fail down the drain, think about doing one of the four things above first!

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By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 12.17.2013 | COMMENTS: 42


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  1. Zelda GREENBERG says:

    I have enjoyed the smoothies– I made a batch of them and frozen them so they are waiting for me. I have been surprised how satisfying they have been and how I look forward to my daily drink.

  2. Nicola Jennings says:

    I had to start my 7 day challenge a week late but can’t believe how nice my 1st green smoothies are. Had 2 today so looking forward to tomorrow’s. Really shocked at how good they taste. Thank you for the chance to try something different.

  3. Alice says:

    Any recommendations on what NOT to mix together? I’ve seen some recipes say pineapple/strawberries or coconut milk/cherries are great combos, but what can you share about what’s NOT good together? I’m sure there are just some fruits/liquids that dont go with cucumber, etc. Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Alice! That’s a great question. I think a lot of it has to do with taste preferences. For me, I think smoothies with veggies like cucumber or celery would def not go well with any types of milks and I’d stick to water or coconut water. Also, I prefer to use kale (full-grown, not baby) only with tropical fruits because I think those go better together. Sometimes, you just have to find out what doesn’t go well together through trial and error!

  4. Jessica Gonzalez says:

    How much chia seeds should you put in your green smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hey Jessica, we usually like to add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds to our green smoothies!

      Here is a great article that is all about chia seeds and how amazing it is for you 🙂

  5. Robin says:

    I have a Green Superfoods powder that has a little organic Stevia in it that helps when teethe strawberries are too sour.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Robin,

      Find a recipe too tart or sour? Adding a natural sweetener is a great idea. Check out our favorites (and why we try to avoid stevia) here…

  6. Melody says:

    I peel an orange cut it into chunks. Use a tablespoon to drink my smoothie and make sure there’s a chunk of an orange in every scoop.

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Melody,

      Yum! We enjoying green smoothies with a spoon. Learn more about some our favorite smoothie bowls below…

      • Marilyn Ozgowicz says:

        Those “failed” green smoothies can be frozen, labeled and used in other recipes!
        Whether it’s as the ice to another smoothie, or in a dressing, soup, casserole….
        well, you get the idea.

  7. Ty says:

    What is a good substitute for bananas? I can’t stand the taste of them

    • Tanisha Long says:

      Ty, try using 1/2 an avocado in your smoothies instead of a banana. It’ll create the same creamy texture without the taste.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Ty,

      Not a fan of bananas? We’ve got you covered! Some great substitutes are mango, papaya, pears, unsweetened applesauce, chia seeds, fresh dates, nut butter, and avocado (won’t add sweetness, but the creaminess we love).

      Learn more about our favorite banana free recipes here!

  8. Bambi says:

    Can verify that dates have saved many a less than spectacular green smoothie/juice.
    Plug and chug works well if it’s not too thick.
    If it’s too celery tasting, well, into the slowcooker withmore veg for dinner then. Some things are just too savoury.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Bambi,

      YAY! Cheers to saving green smoothies! We love the idea of using them in savory recipes too!

  9. BEE. says:

    I wish I would have seen this sooner. I am new to green smoothies and figured it wouldn’t be too difficult, i mean its way easier said then done. My problem is that I basically throw all different kinds of fruit and veggies in, not thinking how horrible they taste together. Plus, i try to make it healthy and add things like chia, flax, hemp seeds or protein. My boyfriend never likes them… so I end up letting them go to waste.

    I will definitely do the ice cube trick and blend it in next time.

    I just made a spinach, banana, strawberry and peach w/ almond milk and it tasted so bitter.
    I added some raw honey and coconut water… it totally took the bad taste away. Now its delicious.

    Next time, i will follow a recipe.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi BEE,

      Cheers to a rawkin’ smoothie save!

      Not sure how your smoothies are going to come out? Try following our Green Smoothie Formula: 2 cups leafy greens, 2 cups liquid base, + 3 cups fruit for a delicious green smoothie!

      Learn more here…

  10. Joanna B. says:

    I despise wasting food, so I do whatever it takes to make my Fails palatable. I’ve done whole lemons …ie, add a lemon minus the rinds and reblending the whole smoothie (more fiber & vitamin C can’t hurt?!). even dashes of cayenne pepper, garam masala, I bet other herbs/spices might work.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Thanks for sharing, Joanna! We love hearing how members of our community are turning smoothie fails into smoothie saves!

  11. Gail says:

    Love the ice cube trick! Will remember that! =)

  12. Megan says:

    For me, the fail isn’t always the taste, but the texture. I don’t like bananas, but other fruits often come out like applesauce. Do I need to add more liquid? Less greens? Or a better blender? haha No big lumps, but often small bits or just overall thick or slightly paste-y.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Try adding a frozen avocado for creaminess. 🙂 What blender are you using now?

  13. Linda says:

    I just through one out day two days ago. Wish had see the great suggestions. Thank you!

  14. Steve says:

    My worst was when i tried incorporating oats. Left one serving in the fridge and it set solid!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Steve!

      I have had a few I have had to leave in the fridge too! 🙂

    • Trish says:

      That’s interesting, Steve – I more often than not add oats to make the smoothie into a meal replacement. Yes, you do have to add more liquid (unless you’re eating with a spoon), but I’m wondering how much you added?

  15. Katerina says:

    I have just thrown mine away after being in the fridge for 3 days. I guess the pineapple was not so fresh and I overflavoured it with coconut oil plus there was nothing sweet like banana, I put avocado instead. Really tried my best to chug, usually I succeed but this time it was just awful. If I received this 2 days ago. I might have overthought it twice :). Thanks for the tip! I safe it for the future fails!

  16. christina q says:

    Perfect answer – drink it anyway! I LOVE that you listed that as an option. Just chug it down and try again tomorrow! The fails make you appreciate the winners all the more.

  17. Christine Stevens says:

    Worst case scenario pour them over your plants. My jade plant became so green and shiny when I poured the rinse water from my green smoothies over it.

  18. Lee says:

    I do the same as Denise, I just use lemon juice! Something about it really can turn it around..

  19. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says:

    These are great suggestions! I usually just do the chug it fast method if I don’t like one – the other ideas are definitely things I will try if I need them in the future!

  20. Denise says:

    I keep a bottle of lime juice in the frig and a few teaspoons of that seems to make everything tastes better.

    I have also sprinkled cinnamon in bad tasting smoothies with much success.

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