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How to Add Healthy Fats to Your Green Smoothies


“Why would I ever want to add fat to a green smoothie?”

That’s a great question, and we have an answer. You’re probably accustomed to thinking of fats as undesirable, a dieter’s nightmare, and all round bad for you. But that’s not completely true. In fact, your body needs a certain amount of dietary fat in order to stay healthy. Of course, the type of fats you consume is all important. When you feed your body good fats, it will positively thrive! Why? Because fat is a macronutrient that provides your body with immediate energy. And we all can use some more of that, right?

The Benefits of Good Fats

Good fats have a multitude of health benefits, which is why we personally love adding them to our green smoothies. Here are some of the benefits of adding good fats to your green smoothies:

  • provide essential fatty acids
  • help keep our skin soft
  • deliver fat-soluble vitamins
  • protect our heart
  • are a great source of energizing fuel
  • help curb overeating
  • promote healthy hair, nails, and bones

Our Favorite Good Fats

As you can see, good fats are an essential part of a healthy diet—and a healthy body! The best fats to consume are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol levels. Here are some of the best sources:

Coconut oil: This source of good fat is known as an appetite suppressant, an incredible energy booster and has antibacterial properties. Add two tablespoons to your smoothie for a flavor and good healthy fat boost.

Avocado: This fruit is a great source of monounsaturated fats, which help raise your “good” cholesterol levels. Using avocado will not only give you great fat content, but will also make your green smoothie extra creamy!

Cashews: These nuts have a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which promote a healthy heart. Add just a couple of tablespoons to your green smoothie to reap their benefits!

Flaxseed Oil: Containing both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, flaxseed oil supports healthy brain development and is great for your heart. It’s also high in fiber to keep things moving regularly.

Try adding one of these good fats to your green smoothie today, or try this avocado inspired recipe:

S.P.A. Skin Cleanse Smoothie  |  Serves 2
2 cups spinach, fresh
2 cups coconut water
2 cups pineapple
1 avocado

Tags:    /   Categories: Cooking Tips, Plant-Based Diet 

By: Jen Hansard | Updated: 12.18.2013 | COMMENTS: 62

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  1. Mary says:

    Hi a question regarding measurements. Your recipes use cups. What size cups? In England we do not measure in cup sizes. Sorry bit confused. Looking forward to joining in with healthy smoothies.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Mary,

      Blending on the other side of the pond? We’ve got you covered! Check out our Rawkstar Conversion Guide here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/conversion-guide

  2. Toni says:

    So glad to have found you via Assortment blog. I have been on the cleanse for a week. The smoothies are delicious and easy. The only problem so far is bloating. Is this to be expected? Any suggestions how to reduce this naturally?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Toni,

      Thanks for reaching out! 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 healthcare 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.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Sel says:

    i was just wondering, when it says 2tbs is that for two smoothies?

  4. Norma says:

    Hello again! I inadvertently ordered Flaxseed Oil gel caps instead of the liquid. I have already broken the seal so I can’t return. Can I just open the gel caps and add to my smoothie that way.. Thanks again for your help!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Norma,

      Great question! Because we’re not doctor’s or nutritionist, we suggest following the packaging’s directions when consuming flaxseed oil in gel cap form.

      Cheers!

  5. kitty says:

    Just started enjoying and learning from your websight, so I have many questions.
    I noticed your recipe for skin cleanse, when you post a recipe specifically for a particular function, how often should you make that smoothie in order for it to begin to work on the average person.
    My husband and I are 72 & 74 we started with your smoothies about 3 weeks ago. I find I can finally lose weight, but can, as usual, gain at the drop of a hat.
    I am starting to make more than I should and end up drinking all. What is the protion size??
    I have only 12#s to lose but have been trying to lose those same 12#s for 20 years. I started the gym the 6th of Feb.
    I’m trying to find a balance between the fruit – vegetable – protein smoothies so I can get stronger while also losing those 10 #s.
    Hope this wasn’t too wordy. Any suggestions. Kitty

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Kitty,

      We’re so excited to have you + your husband blendin’ with us! There’s no set amount. If you drink it once, you are gaining those benefits each time you drink it. We like to mix it up to make sure our bodies are getting a wide range of vitamins and nutrients. 🙂

      The majority of our recipes make two (16oz) servings, perfect for sharing with your husband or saving for later! Did you know our recipes will keep in your refrigerator for up to two days in an airtight container? Adding a little bit of lemon juice will help preserve all of their green goodness!

      Looking to use your green smoothie to help reach your weightless goals? Have you read our co-founder Jadah’s story? She lost over 25lbs by replacing one meal with a green smoothie.

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/meet-jadah

      We suggest adding protein + healthy fats when using your green smoothies as a meal replacement to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Learn more about our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

      Hope this helps!

      Cheers!

  6. Pam says:

    Does the healthy fat in the smoothie have to be an oil? For example can you use flaxseeds instead o flaxseed oil

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Pam,

      Of course you can reach for flaxseeds! Just an FYI, to receive all of flaxseed’s nutritional benefits we suggest grinding the seeds prior to blending! Chia seeds are another great source of healthy fats and they don’t need to be ground prior to enjoying!

      Cheers 🙂

  7. Rae says:

    Is the coconut oil called for in recipe a solid or liquid? And where can you buy the liquid as well as flaxseed oil. Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Rae,

      Thanks for reaching out! We prefer to reach for raw organic unrefined (virgin) coconut oil. This coconut oil with be solid below 24 °C (76 °F), and become a liquid when the temperature exceeds 24 °C. When blending coconut oil we suggest melting your coconut oil, not hot, just melted. Then once you’ve blended your entire smoothie, set your blender to its slowest speed and slowly pour in your coconut oil. This will ensure the oil fully incorporates into your smoothie with no pieces of solid coconut oil left behind.

      Looking for liquid flaxseed oil? Amazon, or your local health food store are both two great locations!

      Hope this helps!

  8. rachel says:

    Just came across your website and love all the great info, as well as recipes. Quick question, when adding healthy fats to your smoothie, are the portions listed above based upon a 2 serving 32 oz smoothie recipe or per single 16 oz serving?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Rachel,

      YAY! We’re so excited you found us in this busy internet world! The above suggestions are for one 32oz recipe (2 servings).

      Cheers 🙂

  9. Katrina says:

    Does the coconut oil need to be extra virgin?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Katrina,

      Great question! Organic, virgin or extra-virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil is our top choice because it retains all of the vital nutrients.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

  10. duy says:

    Hi!
    Would help protein powder provide enough fats or do I still have to add a fat source? Thanks!

    • duy says:

      hemp, not help! 🙂

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        Hi Duy,

        Great question. We love adding hemp protein to our green smoothies! If you’re using your green smoothie as a meal replacement we suggest adding an additional source of healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal.

        Check out our favorite healthy fat sources + meal replacement combos below…

        https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/healthy-fats

        https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

  11. natalie says:

    I’ve just started this smoothie journey! This morning for breakfast I made spinach, coconut water, mango and grape smoothie. How much cashew butter should I add to this? I need to add some protein as its not satisfying me

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Natalie!

      Thanks for joining us! We’re so happy to have you as part of our community :). Your smoothie sounds delicious! When using your green smoothie smoothie as a meal replacement we always recommend that you add some healthy fat + protein to keep you fuller longer and to help your body thrive. Cashew butter is a great option! Everybody’s protein requirements are different, but a typical “serving” for most nut butters is two tablespoons. Feel free to add more or less–it’s all about what works best for you!

      Here are some other great healthy fat + protein options:

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/green-smoothie-meal-replacement

      Cheers 🙂

  12. Kristen says:

    Hi! I am allergic to almonds, so would I be able to substitute almond butter for sunflower butter?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Kristen,

      Sunflower seed butter is a great option if you’re allergic to almonds!
      It’s especially a great source for magnesium, zinc, iron + vitamin E!

  13. Shirley says:

    Can you use almonds instead of almond butter?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Shirley,

      Of course! Just as a tip, soaking most nuts in water can help some people who have a hard time digesting nuts by making them gentler on your tummy. It reduces the naturally occurring phytic acid and helps your body break it down properly.

  14. amanda says:

    hi ladies! just i have never used the chia seeds before,do i have to do anything special with them before adding them to the smoothies,like soak them or anything,or can i just throw them in?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Amanda,

      It’s up to you! Go ahead and sprinkle chia seeds on top of your smoothie, blend them up, or soak with water or coconut water prior to blendin’. Whatever works best for you! 🙂

  15. Kia says:

    Hello! I’ve tried you guys smoothies recipes and I love them but they are certain recipes I can’t use due the coconut and me being allergic but I want to try them. For instance one recipe I don’t know which one but want to try it calls for coconut water how can I substitute coconut water for something else without altering the whole recipe?

    • Jacquie says:

      Kia, can you try cashew or almond milk in place of the coconut water? Not sure if you’re allergic to nuts as well.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Kia,

      Our recipes are here to inspire you — you don’t have to follow them to a T. Here our some of our favorite liquid bases you can use in place of coconut water…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/liquid-base

  16. Elise says:

    Is there a specific coconut oil to use? Refined. …. pressed…..virgin?

  17. becky says:

    Hi! What about using shredded coconut instead of coconut oil? Or flax seeds instead of the flax oil? My understanding is that all the fiber is stripped out of the oil, so you get more calories, but very little nutrients in oil versus the whole food source. Have you tried using coconut shreds?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Becky,

      Thanks for reaching out. Feel free to use any form that you like best. 🙂 We love coconut shreds + flax seeds. 🙂

  18. Zoey says:

    I’m newbie to juicing. This is my second week. I read a lot about super food. What are super foods?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Zoey.

      Great question. Here is a link to our favorite superfoods. https://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-superfoods

  19. jlo says:

    So right now I add 1/2 an avocado in my smoothie everyday. I am guess that maybe that is not a great idea and that I need to mix it up … I am not a big banana fan … so I am thinking maybe to alternate each week between avocado and coconut oil … make sense?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Here are our favorite banana free recipes: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/green-smoothie-recipes/banana-free-green-smoothie-recipes

      Yes, you could do that with rotating your avocado + coconut oil. 🙂

  20. Paula says:

    Hi, the quantities of the healthy fats you list above, are they per serving (16oz)? If I’m making one of the 32oz 30 Day challenge recipes, would I double the quantities of healthy fats you show above (i.e. a whole avocado, 1/2 cup cashews etc).? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Paula.

      Great question. Our smoothie recipes make about 4-5 cups (32oz – 40oz). Jadah drinks 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 there is 2 serving in each recipe, we would suggest placing two serving of healthy fat for each recipe. 🙂 Cheers!

  21. Katherine says:

    Hi! Would you put BOTH flax seeds and flax oil in your smoothie, or just choose one or the other? Thanks for your help. 🙂

  22. Steve says:

    I love peas! Can you recommend a recipe using frozen peas?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      At this time we do not have a recipe with frozen peas. Let us know if you find on that works. 🙂

  23. Ednell says:

    How about adding protein powder to the smoothies?

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna says:

      Hi Ednell,

      You can totally add protein powders to your green smoothies. We would recommend pea protein or hemp but use what you have/like. 🙂

  24. Gisselle says:

    Can i add a good fat to all my smoothies combined with superfoods?

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Hi Gisselle!
      That’s up to you 🙂 We believe in having a variety of ingredients, so we definitely wouldn’t add the same “healthy fat” to a green smoothie each and every day. We personally don’t always incorporate one of these items, but it’s good to do it regularly!

      • Gisselle says:

        Hi,

        I read that some people add coconut oil every morning to their smoothies, and in your website you say it makes you loose wait. So if i do it with coconut oil, is it ok?

      • Jadah and Jen says:

        Hi Gisselle,
        Again, it is definitely great to do regularly, but we personally prefer to change up ingredients from time to time instead of having the same thing every day. This helps to give your body the variety of nutrients it needs.

  25. Stephanie says:

    Would you recommend adding more than one fat at a time?

  26. Nick S says:

    I got the Nutiva coconut oil. What’s the best method for adding it to the blender/mix? I blended my greens and liquid base first, then tossed in the fruit, some superfood ingredients, and the coconut oil, and blended it again. When I went to drink the smoothie, there were tons of tiny coconut oil shards all throughout which made for a yucky drinking experience. The oil hardened due to the cold temps.

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Hi Nick! Try adding it with leafy greens and liquid first. It is a bit hard to make it blend perfectly 🙂

    • Shandi says:

      It blends much better if you blend it in BEFORE you put the cold fruit…coconut oil is naturally a solid at room temperature. You can even heat it up a little bit before putting it in if you’d like but I found it just helps to blend before doing the cold fruit.

  27. Alex says:

    Can you just blend flax seeds into the smoothie for the same effect? Also what is the appropriate serving size to get the benefits of flax seeds?

    • Jadah S says:

      The best option is to freshly ground your flaxseeds to absorb the most nutrients. If you have a high-speed blender, blending them is okay too. 1-2 tablespoons per serving. 🙂

  28. sharon bunim says:

    Do you peel the avocado?

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