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How to Make a Smoothie Without Milk

12.12.2018

There are countless liquids that you can add to green smoothies—and most of them aren’t dairy! This article will show you how to make a smoothie without milk.

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When making green smoothies the liquid-base is one that is often overlooked, but the reality is that the liquid that you use for the base of your smoothie is just as important as any other part.

The main reason for changing the liquid base is similar to the reason that we rotate our greens: When we use different liquid bases we give our bodies the opportunity to use many more available nutrients. Sticking with just one liquid base gives your body the same nutrients over and over, which can be good, but why waste the opportunity to receive a variety of nutrients that can work in harmony with the lifestyle that you live? In order to help you know which liquids are best for you we made a list of the most popular bases and highlighted how they affect your health.

How to make a smoothie without milk (or dairy):

Every ingredient in your green smoothies should be placed with a purpose.


Water

Many confuse fatigue with lack of hydration. When you are properly hydrated you have more energy, not to mention how it flushes out the nasty toxins in your body. Water is essential for your body, and its simply good for you. Use water in your smoothies when you are looking for an easy, cheap, and simple base for your smoothie.

CLICK HERE for a smoothie recipe with water.

Almond Milk

Almond milk is a lactose-free, warm flavored liquid that will provide you with vitamin E, protein, and fiber. Since it is lactose free it is easily digestible, and its even low in fat and cholesterol free. If possible, find an unsweetened kind of almond milk to stay away from the high amounts of sugar. Its a great base for those fall months!

CLICK HERE for a smoothie recipe with almond milk.

Coconut Water

If you are looking for an all-natural sports drink, then you’ve found it! Coconut water is filled with electrolytes and potassium, which are two nutrients your body craves when expending lots of energy. It’s low in calories, fat, and sugar meaning that this is the liquid-base you want when working out. Use it in the morning to kickstart your action-packed day.

CLICK HERE for a smoothie recipe with coconut water.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is squeezed from the meat of the coconut which produces a sweet and tasty liquid. Though it is high in protein, fiber, and other micronutrients, it is also high in calories and fat. For this reason we recommend using coconut milk as a liquid-base only for special indulgences–maybe for date night desserts. This milk does help to protect your heart, but it will cost you in other areas if used on a regular basis.

CLICK HERE for a smoothie recipe with coconut milk.

Fresh-Squeezed Juice

Many fresh squeezed juices offer beneficial antioxidants and helpful enzymes. They offer an array of vitamins and taste good, too. The thing to keep in mind about fruit juices is their high sugar content. When using fresh squeezed fruit as a liquid-base, be sure to use plenty of raw leafy greens and low glycemic fruits (berries, peaches, apples) to balance out the sugar content. You can also add water to your juice base— like 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice and 1 cup water.

CLICK HERE for a smoothie recipe with orange juice.

Rice milk

If you struggle to digest lactose in milk, or are just looking for something different, then try using rice milk as a liquid-base in your green smoothie. Though it is lacking in protein, it is fortified with calcium and low in cholesterol, which makes it a slightly healthier option than cow’s milk–and you can get the lacking protein through various superfoods and leafy greens. It is naturally sweetened, fructose free, and goes great with your daily smoothie.

Green Tea

Green tea is a fighter against four of the biggest health issues in the western world: cancer, heart disease, weight, and diabetes. The secret? It contains a high concentration of polyphenols, which are a specific type of antioxidant. These antioxidants are also known to rejuvenate skin cells and give you a clearer complexion. Sweet! Right? Green tea does contain caffeine, which makes it a great base for those who are trying to transition from a morning cup of coffee to a green smoothie (no headache this way).

CLICK HERE for a smoothie recipe with green tea.


7-Days of Dairy-Free Smoothies:

Try drinking one green smoothie a day for a week, all without using dairy milk as a liquid base. The Simple 7 Challenge gives you seven recipes, a shopping list, and tips on how to blend your smoothie in under seven minutes each day!

Click here to start the 7-day smoothie challenge.

Which liquid base from the list above sounds the tastiest?

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  1. Hannah says:

    Hi has anyone ever tried Kefir as a base?

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Hannah,

      Great question! We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainly— broccoli, spinach and kale.

      It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you and your family.

  2. Cynthia Corbin says:

    I have been drinking smoothies recently and have had so much fun trying new one everyday. I Look forward to the Green Challenge.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Cynthia,

      We are so excited that you have been enjoying the green smoothie lifestyle! We can’t wait for the April Challenge to begin and are so excited you will be joining us! 🙂

  3. Deborah says:

    Can you also use Cashew or Hemp milks?

  4. Velma says:

    Hello, I am on Warfarin or Coumadin and green tea, ginger, garlic, and cramberry goes against this medication these are the things that are good for me but I was told not to use these. Can you tell me if there are any substitute for these good things that I cant have.
    Green tea, ginger, garlic, and cramberry.
    Thanks for your kindness.
    Velma

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Good morning Velma,

      Thank for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns with their medicines to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies are best for their personal bodies. Cheers.

    • Velma says:

      Thank you I will check with my doctor before making my smoothie.
      Velma

    • Sandie says:

      I am also on Warfarin but have been told that it is the dark coloured leaves that I am not allowed. i.e. Spinach, broccoli and curly Kale. I have been having them in my smoothies for a while now, and have very regular blood tests at the Warfarin clinic. It has had no effect on my Warfarin at all. I have never been told not to have the garlic, ginger or cranberries.
      I am in the UK nd have been very well controlled on my Warfarin for a great many years. I just love these smoothies, and replace breakfast and lunch with a smoothie, but I always make sure I have Whey Protein Powder in them.

  5. Caroline says:

    Is there an issue with using regular milk? Nuts don’t agree with me and I’m trying to stay away from soy. Can I just use regular cow’s milk?

  6. Amy says:

    I’ve read that green tea inhibits absorption of iron. If I’m trying to get the most nutrients out of my smoothie, should I avoid using green tea? Or do its pros outweigh the cons?

  7. KJR says:

    Do you recommend using aloe vera juice? Why or why not? I read that there are great health benefits. What interested me was the reduction in internal inflammation. I use 1 cup in a half gallon blend. However, the jury is still out for prolonged use and I haven’t done any additional research.Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hi KJR.

      Thanks for reaching out. I personally don’t use aloe vera juice, no particular reason, (I have only tried it once). I will look into some studies on it, thanks for bringing it to our attention. 🙂

  8. Martine says:

    Good afternoon! May I ask if it is OK to put a tablespoon or so of cider vinegar into a green smoothie (as I have been drinking a tablespoon of cider vinegar in water each morning before breakfast)? Love your website. I’m so excited to wake up to a green smoothie tomorrow morning!

  9. nathalie says:

    je suis très heureuse d’avoir trouver votre site,,merci a vous de nous aider,,avez vous un lien pour une liste d’épicerie,,sa erait très apprécier,,et un grand MERCI,xxx

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Bonjour! Merci de vérifier notre site ! Nous sommes très heureux de vous mélanger recettes de smoothie vert avec vous ! Je espère que vous vous joindrez à nous pour notre Défi Avril .

  10. Kim says:

    As far as the liquid bases are concerned, I prefer water in my smoothies. However, if I do use almond or coconut milk, I don’t use the unsweetened versions, I just don’t care for the taste. I usually use the vanilla flavored version of either one. Is that a problem when making these smoothies and or recipes?

  11. Ali says:

    Hello! I am a big fan of your website, very helpful and ascetically pleasing. I have low blood sugar issues and have incorporated green smoothies into my morning routine, so far with great results! I definitely focus on a lower carb/higher protein and fiber levels to help keep my blood sugar consistent throughout the morning.

    I know many people use soy milk as their liquid base, but you all do not seem to endorse soy milk; is there a reason for this? Almond milk scared me off because it looks to have a lot of sodium. Am I over thinking this? (note: which is entirely possible) I like the protein from a milk opposed to coconut water or green tea as a base. I would love to hear/read your opinion on soy milk, which I can’t help but notice is missing from the list above.
    Thanks ladies 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna says:

      Hi there,
      We don’t use soy milk in our green smoothies but feel free to sub in any milk you like. We are just trying to stay away from anything that might cause any issues on our hormonal balance. But definitely use what you like and what works with your body! 🙂

  12. bridget says:

    everyone is saying to drink plenty of water during the day, I was wondering if can substitute green tea for the water and kill two birds with one stone.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna says:

      Totally Bridget! But I would recommend drinking a ton of water, too, because there’s no caffeine in pure plain water. LOL 🙂

    • Bianca says:

      I find it much easier to get my fluids from tea. Since it’s tasty I want to drink it, and since it goes cold there is urgency. Herbal teas are great for later in the day, when I don’t want any caffeine.
      I also get loose leaf teas that you can brew multiple times, and I feel bad if I waste it.

  13. Laurena Wilson Jacob says:

    I often make green tea the night before and allow my dried fruits to rehydrate in it then use them in my morning smoothie. One of my favourite bases, I do often us almond and or coconut milk unsweetened

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Sounds great. 🙂 Try soaking your dried fruit in you coconut milk overnight. 🙂 Yum!

  14. luciano says:

    Boa noite,
    posso usar espinafre congelado?

    • mARTha says:

      Hola, no sé pero con gusto traduzco a inglés tu pregunta…

      Luciano asks if one can use frozen spinach.

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

        Muchas gracias. Sí, puedes usar espinacas y frutas congeladas . 🙂

  15. Amanda says:

    if I’m not a fan of coconut (milk or water) what else could I use? I don’t want to mess too much with the flavor, but I’m just not a fan of coconut.

    Thanks!

  16. Carmel Rogers says:

    Hi I have never tried green smoothies yet, but my sister and I are looking into it. Can we also use greek yogurt for extra creaminess?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hi Carmel.

      Welcome! So glad you are blending with us. Great question! We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and infections. And if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainly— broccoli, spinach and kale.

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/

  17. Sha'ron says:

    So excited to be a part of this group. I’ve noticed we can use frozen or fresh fruit my question is can we freeze fresh veggies for latter use?

  18. Violeta says:

    Hi –

    i just signed up for the 30 day challenge. Is it preferable to drink the green smoothie on a empty stomach ?? Also, does this smoothie replace an actual meal – ??

    Thank you

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Violeta.

      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 green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us both full for a while. If either of us needs afternoon pick-me-ups, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage.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 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.

      Hope that helps.

  19. Fatimah says:

    Can you please suggest some different brands of green tea that are particularly good and “safe” and that are great to use in the green smoothies. Some are too strong for my taste…I have been sticking to the tetley brand….any other suggestions would be great!

    Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Good morning Fatimah.

      Since you enjoy the brand Tetley, I am guessing you are UK based. Whilst living in London, I personally enjoyed TeaPigs the brand. Teapigs mao feng green 15 tea bags 37.5g or Clippers is a nice brand too. 🙂

      • Fatimah says:

        I’m sorry I should have mentioned that I live in Canada! Any other types of brands you can think of?

        Thx 🙂

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

        Hey Fatimah.

        My mom lives in Alberta and enjoys Davids Tea:

  20. Rene says:

    How about Roiboos Tea

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Rene.

      You are more than welcome to use Roiboos , I am a big fan of drinking a cup of Roiboos too. It doesn’t have the same antioxidants as green tea, but go for it. 🙂

  21. Jane Carole says:

    May I sujest you buy a good tea ,make sure it a good sizes tea leafs and not ground down to much ,, my grandmother pointed this out to me ,she would never use a tea bag ,,,,,insisted it was not real tea , ,

  22. Cat says:

    Hello there, I’ve just signed up for the 30 day challenge and am keen to get started! I’ve been drinking lemon juice + water every morning – can I use this as a base?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Cat.

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Our 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenges are LIVE emails, in the months of January, April, July and October. Looks like you are all set to receive the January Recipes, but in the mean time you can use our free website recipes: https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes. You can totally use lemon juice + water! :)Cheers!

  23. Irene says:

    Do I want the green tea hot are do I cooler it before adding to the smoothie?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Irene.

      Great question. Please chill your green tea after you have brewed it. 🙂 Cheers!

  24. Lisa says:

    I started my green smoothie challenge yesterday for the purpose of adding nutrients to my diet that I otherwise skip. My choice for my first smoothies was to use some Greek yogurt with probiotics, almond milk, frozen blueberries, a banana, and fresh baby spinach. It tastes great! One question I have for you since I saw a can of pears packed in their own juice in my cabinet this morning- would it be all right to use them instead of a banana one day?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Lisa.

      Welcome! So happy to hear you are saying YES to you health and blending with us! 🙂 You can use canned, but we prefer fresh or frozen. (Some times canned are sitting in extra sugar.)

  25. Carol says:

    What about adding scoop of protein powder?

  26. Tiffany says:

    I have a question! My husband is severely allergic to all nuts so using nut milk is going to be a no no in our house. I don’t even allow it in the house. What would be the best thing to substitute for almond milk that would give a similar taste and consistency? Hemp milk? Coconut milk? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Tiffany.

      Thanks for the comment. Yes, please use Oat Milk, Rice Milk, Coconut Milk.

      Happy blending!

  27. Teri says:

    Just wondering if you can use green tea as a substitute in the recipes that want almond milk or coconut milk/water?

  28. Virginie D. says:

    Why not using Soya milk?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Virginie.

      We recommend staying away from highly-processed soy products which can interfere with nutrient absorption and leach nutrients from your body. Small amounts of organic, non-GMO soy are fine. 🙂 Hope that helps.

  29. Karen says:

    How much am I supposed to drink as one serving.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Karen.

      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 green smoothies are full of fiber, they keep us both full for a while. If either of us needs afternoon pick-me-ups, we have been known to make another green smoothie later in the day instead of drinking a caffeinated beverage.

  30. Kathy says:

    Just wondering if you can refrigerate the green tea for smoothies to use later? Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Yes, go for it. 🙂 Some people say you have to drink it “right away” to get the optimal nutrients from each blend. But if left in the fridge over-night for one to three days, the taste and satisfaction is still there. You also may 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.

  31. Lori says:

    Regarding green tea: Personally, I add about a 1/2 treason of whole leaf ground/powder matcha tea. Healthiest tea, from what I read.

  32. Margie says:

    I use Kombucha for my liquid sometimes…. it adds probiotics

  33. Laura says:

    I am very newly pregnant and am looking forward to starting the 30 day challenge. We already eat a a mostly whole foods diet but I am using this as a way to make sure this new little one gets a headstart on serious nutrition. I make my own milk kefir, water kefir and kombucha. I typically make our smoothies with the milk kefir to make them creamy and probiotic filled. Do you see any issue using any of the above, primarily milk kefir as my liquid base in the 30 day smoothies? Thanks a ton!

    • Jen Hansard says:

      Congrats on your pregnancy!!! I love that you are growing the next generation of green smoothie rawkstars, just like us! And you make your own kombucha and kefir— go Laura! Great question about kefir: and it really comes down to a personal preference. We don’t use dairy in our green smoothies for a few reasons…

      1. We think they taste better with a plant-based liquid base and even just water.
      2. Dairy is a super high allergic, that most people don’t even realize they have. So we are passionate about helping people feel better— and avoiding dairy is a great way to do that

      Saying that, you can definitely use kefir milk as your liquid base. You know your body better than we do. So glad you and your lil’ one are doing the challenge!

    • MG says:

      All of these smoothies are very high in sugar, and with no fibre or protein to speak of in them, they will hit your blood sugar like a freight train, as well as adding extra calories with very little nutritional value. Additionally, your body doesn’t register liquid calories as it does solid ones, so you will likely end up overeating. To truly kick-start a healthy pregnancy, focus on your whole foods, on lots of vegetables, on chewing your calories instead of drinking them and get some protein! None of these smoothies have enough protein to make it worth the calories or to balance the liquid sugar hit. Oh and kefir is a FANTASTIC choice—I’d pick fermented dairy (preferably, raw) any day over defatted, fortified, carageenen-containing engineered “mylks”. You want rice? Eat rice. You want almonds? Eat almonds. You want health? Eat fermented dairy, whole foods and plenty of vegetables. Get some vit D, and fish oil along with your probiotics and you’re set!

  34. Ann Whitehead says:

    I’m a smoothie virgin. Have bought all the hardware I need and am going with your recipes. Happy to hear about the green tea. I’m dairy allergic so I make my own coconut/almond/cashew milk. I don’t like bananas so is it ok for me to substitute? Also don’t like ice cold drinks so is warm liquid ok? And the smoothie for dinner and not breakfast?
    Thanks for all the advice.

  35. Tedi says:

    Hi
    I only like bananas , when I peel them, not to drink or bake. I add 2 tbs of almonds finely ground to powder that I have milled with my Nutra bullet and a heaping tbs of milled flax seed. I did it that way, because I don’t like the gritty sensation, but it keeps you satisfied like the banana

  36. Sylvia says:

    How about sugar-free aloe vera juice?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Sylvia.

      Personally, I have not had aloe vera juice. If that is something you enjoy, then go for it. 🙂

  37. jo ann says:

    Hello,
    Coconut water tends to make my smoothie salty. Any suggestions?

  38. Louise says:

    Hi,
    I’m looking to do this using the smoothies as 2 meal replacements, is natural Greek yogurt or natural soya yogurt a no, no? I wanted to make it a more fulfilling smoothie as I currently have yogurt and fruit for breakfast and would need the extra protein.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Louise. Great question! We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and infections. And if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainly— broccoli, spinach and kale.

      It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you and your family.

      We enjoy nut and seed based proteins. 🙂 https://simplegreensmoothies.com/plant-based-diet/protein-powder-for-smoothies

      • melissa says:

        I’ve used old fashioned oats & water blended first to a smooth consistency before. Its fills me up! like 1/2 cup to 1 cup water. Happy Blending!

  39. Sharon says:

    I am happy to hear that green tea can be used in making a green smoothie. I have been drinking green tea throughout the day and now can add it to my green smoothie. WAY-TO-GO.

  40. Lisa says:

    This is EXACTLY what I have been searching for. I have ditched fruit juice in my green smoothie for an option with lower sugar. I’m happily using coconut water but wanted to have other options too. What a great resource!!!

  41. Cheryl says:

    So soymilk is a big no no ?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Cheryl.

      We recommend staying away from highly-processed soy products which can interfere with nutrient absorption and leach nutrients from your body. Small amounts of organic, non-GMO soy are fine. Hope that helps.

  42. Jaime says:

    Hi there! This is more of a question in relation to using tea in a smoothie in general. Can I use loose leaf green tea and just throw it in the blender, or do I have to make a cup of tea first and then add it to the smoothie to get all or the health benefits? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      I haven’t tried it with loose leaf, but you are more than welcome to try. 🙂 Let us know how it goes. 🙂

      • Lindsay says:

        To follow-up on Jaime’s question, I have the same question, do I have to make a cup of tea first, and then add it to the smoothie, to get all the health benefits?

      • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

        Hey Lindsey.

        I wold suggest making a cup of green tea, then adding the prepared green tea into the blender. (As if you were going to drink the green tea.) Does that help? 🙂

  43. Nicola Milsom says:

    Hello there,

    I’ve just started to follow your 30 day challenge. My son is highly allergic to both almond and coconut so we can’t have these in the house. I’ve been using soy milk as a base for all smoothies but wondered if you have any alternatives I might try? Thank you!

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  45. coffee says:

    Hi girls. if I am drinking green smoothies twice a . I have a cup of coffee at least one hour before my smoothie in the morning, is this ok. I have my second smoothie in the afternoon. Does coffee interferes with the benefits of green smoothies

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hello! Though I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, I can’t speak to the interference benefits of green smoothies and coffee, but sounds like you are consuming a lot of leafy greens and yummy fruit! Those things are great for you! Here is a link to energy boost without coffee, https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/energy-smoothie

      Keep blending those leafy greens!

  46. Samantha says:

    I like the 5 calorie ocean spray cranberry-grape drink. 5 calories per 8 oz serving. Is this okay?

  47. Don West says:

    Hello. I am contacting you in reference to the open position you have posted on your website. I would love to become a member of your team, however if I would be required to come to your office in order to complete my daily assignments, I am afraid I will have to pass. I live in Grand Haven, Michigan, and It would be just a bit of a daily commute! LOL Thank you for all that you do!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Hi Don!
      That’s a great question! The position is open to anyone with a laptop and secure internet connection—no daily commute!

  48. mary says:

    How about regular milk?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      We aren’t big fans of dairy, Mary. You can use it if you’d like, but we don’t use it, so we don’t suggest it 🙂

  49. faith says:

    I personally love apple + ginger juice as a base. I store it in airtight container and use them for a couple of smoothies within 24 hours. Perfect!

  50. Perla says:

    Hi, where do you find coconut water that doesn’t have sugar? Safeway, Fry’s and Food City in Arizona only get the one with sugar. Thank you.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      Hmm… That’s a great question. Do you have a Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods nearby?

  51. Trish says:

    Do you have any good recipes that use green tea as a base? Could I use it in place of water in the beginner’s luck recipe? Thanks in advance. 🙂

  52. Kimberly says:

    We like almond milk and coconut water 🙂

  53. Kimberly says:

    Hello, My girls love the smoothies. My eleven year old does not like breakfast but will drink a smoothie on the way out the door. SUCCESS!!

  54. Rachel S says:

    Oh forgot to add a huge thank you for suggesting chia seeds. They are absolutely delicious and now I add them to so many things!! Thank you again!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      So great to hear how you’re branching out! Thanks for sharing your green smoothie journey, and hope you enjoy this April challenge even more!

  55. Rachel S says:

    Hi girls! This is my green smoothie challenge, round 2! My daughter and I started out pretty timidly, totally afraid of adding well, basically lettuce (kale, etc) to a smoothie, but we have graduated from that and have now started branching out from what had become our standard coconut/almond milk blend base. We have tried coconut water, aloe juices (flavored and unflavored from a Korean market here), and just about every milk substitute~almond, rice, coconut and soymilk, and am getting ready to try kefir and teas (teas! what a aha moment…why didnt I think of that!). Thank you for taking me from wanting whatever was handy to truly craving that smoothie. I havent tried coconut oil in smoothies yet. Instead when I want a little creaminess I have been adding frozen greek yogurt. I don’t really like the taste of the greek style, but frozen its perfect in a smoothie, adding the right texture as a beginner who wanted the smoothie to be more “milkshake-like” and still added the protein I otherwise lacked. love and leafiness!

  56. Aquanita says:

    Green Tea…hands down! I’ve also used almond milk (I make my own with the Vitamix)….delish!

  57. kany Kaz says:

    Hi J&J,(greetings all the way from Mayo/Ireland)
    I found you on IG and decide to sign up for the April challenge(Im in for the all year :-). yesterday I made my first green smoothies, oh boy it was shamiziiiing. spinach,kale,mango,banana,kiwi,pear,almond milk. I brought some for my colleagues in the office this morning and they loved it. thank you so much for inspiring millions of people to have an healthy living.
    keep up the good work.

  58. gina p says:

    Why bother to juice your oranges for a smoothie? Wouldn’t it be the same if you just peeled them?

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan says:

      You can do it either way, Gina! Some blenders struggle to get rid of the pulpy texture.

  59. dina says:

    hello sweeties, thank you so dearly for all your wonderful Information.
    here’s another one from me … if you liek green tea as a liquid base, try matcha … ist soooooo healthy ! http://greentea-matcha.com/?page_id=12

    • dina says:

      oh well typing too fast – actually i mean …
      ‘if you LIKE’ and
      “ITS sooooo healthy” 😉

  60. Dawn says:

    You mentioned that you ladies aren’t a big fan of soy milk as a liquid in the smoothies. May I ask why? I’m trying to find an alternative milk source in general and am just trying to gather as much info as possible.

    • Small amounts of organic, non-GMO soy are fine (like tamari and tempeh) but we recommend staying away from highly-processed unfermented soy products which can interfere with nutrient absorption and leach nutrients from your body. Soy milk, soy burgers, and soy ice cream are all in this category. Two great alternative to soy milk are unsweetened almond milk and coconut milk. We love them both!

      • Allyson says:

        This is news to me. Didn’t you recommend soy in the past? I chose it over almond milk because of the additional protein…but still a bad idea? Hmm,… more to think about!

  61. Buffy says:

    I just tried my first smoothie today, and I love this. I hate spinach, but I couldn’t even taste it, and I finally found something to do with my flaxseed meal. I came across this on Stumble. Good job.

  62. Ken says:

    Hi guys,
    I’m using yoghurt (not greek, liquid), and water mainly for liquids. You don’t listed yoghurt as liquid, why? I’m making my own yoghurt and we try to drink it regularly..

  63. Aura says:

    Hello,

    I am loving some of the green smoothies recipes. I am glad I found you guys!!! :-). I sometimes use Hemp milk as a base, can you please elaborate more on the benefits/drawbacks of this kind of milk? I am not that educated in that subject and basically bought it just to try it. The taste is pretty mild.

    Thank you!!!

  64. ichabella says:

    Hi jane n jadaj, I wanna ask about the cocomut milk u mentioned in the post, do u use raw coconut milk (fresh squeezed) or boiled one? Thx for the answer

  65. Darlene says:

    I know I just signed up for the 30 day challenge but I’ve been making green smoothies for a week now.With some good ones and bad ones however I use more then one green item I used 3 pieces of red kale,2 cups of spinach,2 leafs of purple cabbage,1/2 green pepper,2 carrots,2 cups of broccoli then I added 2 fresh tomatoes which was a mistake it made it taste awful so then I added 1 gala apple and some pineapple to try to doctor it up what do you suggest that I might of went wrong do you think the broccoli made it bitter, I drank it anyways as I wasn’t wasting it.

  66. Sonia says:

    Do you squeeze your own orange juice? Or buy it?

  67. Robin says:

    Sometimes, I like to add a little sweetener to my smoothies. I usually use a little raw sugar or light agave sweetener. What type of sweetener would you suggest?

  68. jennifer says:

    What is a good green tea that you recommend to drink hot or cold. .? Thank you

    • Hi Jennifer,
      Not too savvy on brands of green tea, but we usually get some green tea bags from Trader Joe’s. Not remembering any specific name brand right now…

    • Kris says:

      I love Celestial Seasoning green tea bags. They also have K-cups. I love them because it’s the only brand I’ve seen at my grocery store that has both regular and decaf versions! In case you have your smoothie at night and don’t want to be kept up!

  69. Gri D says:

    I just tried one of the smoothies, soooo gooooood. Unfortunately I recieved some bad news from my doctor bout my heart and im only 21….you can imagine my horror when he told me I needed to start loving up on a lot more greens in my life. I’m horrible when it comes to eating veggies but I’m super in love with the green smoothie! Even my boyfriend is drinking one with me as I write this. Thank you guys for making this much easier 🙂 Going to be making these a lot more from now own!!!

  70. Megan says:

    FYI Almond milk is NOT a significant source of fiber or protein.

    • Jadah S says:

      Totally agree Megan, but it’s still a great liquid-base option for green smoothies.

      • Megan says:

        I’m not saying it’s a bad liquid-base for smoothies, but in the main text of the blog you’re claiming almond milk “will provide you with vitamin E, protein, and fiber.” So you might want to edit that.

  71. Sarah says:

    I am allergic to tree nuts…is it ok (and will it taste the same) to use unsweetened soy milk instead of almond milk?! Or what would be another suitable alternative? And PS – I am so unbelievably excited to have been introduced to this website! I have loved every smoothie and I’ve even gotten a bunch of co-workers to “go greeen”!

    • Hi Sarah,
      We are not big fans of soy, personally. We would suggest coconut or rice milk 🙂 Surprisingly, unsweetened coconut milk does not have a lot of coconut-y flavor!

  72. Mj says:

    In what recipes do you recommend using green tea as a base?? I’m not sure about the flavor the smoothies will get using it as a base so it would be great to know which recipes taste good with it. Thank you 🙂

    • Lori says:

      Hi Mj, I haven’t tried the green tea yet in smoothies, but I think it would be very good. I do make green tea and chai green tea and then put it in a blender while it it hot with 1 T cocoa and raw honey per cup of tea. It is a wonderful hot cocoa. You can use coconut milk for this recipe as well.

  73. Olympia says:

    What’s the best blender to use to make these Smoothies, obviously one that’should not to expensive. Cheers

    • Kris says:

      I have an Oster MY BLEND. It’s basically like a bullet, small/compact. But the blender container itself is a 20 oz bottle that comes with a lid. Unscrew the blending blade, screw on the bottle top and you’re good to go! Minimal dish washing! I’m single and work all day so I’m making all the recipes in half batches. If I wanted to make full batches, I’d continue blending half at a time, just get a second bottle to pour into. (They do sell replacement parts as well so I think you can even get a second blend fit bottle!) Walmart, $30.

      • Marilyn says:

        I too have the oyster blender in pink and while i love the convenience of the blend and travel, it doesnt do to well with frozen fruit. I got myself a mini ninja on sale…LOVE it. But i guess as long as whatever you have works, its all good. Have fun and enjoy!

  74. Dayna Mayhew says:

    Just loved your site on “Green Smoothies” I am just starting to get interested in this new way of life. It is encouraging to hear all the positive comments about them. Thanks again for sharing!

  75. Natalie says:

    Hi, you didn’t mention soy milk as a base. What’s yout idea about it? i live in china where fresh soy milk is common. i even have a soy milk maker. so the only ingredients would be soy beans and water. the beans are cooked a little so it’s not completely raw.

  76. Peggy says:

    Has anyone tried hemp milk? I understand it is so good for you.

  77. Amelia says:

    I can’t get my taste buds to like almond milk! I’ve been trying everyday to like it but but nothing is working. It’s frustrating because I know how great it is for our bodies. I really want to learn to love it, any suggestions for my green smoothies so I can enjoy almond milk ASAP

    • Giselle says:

      Have you tried vanilla almond milk? I’m not a fan of the plain kind, either. They even make a “light” version of the vanilla flavor so it’s less calories but you still get the protein. Also it may sound odd but try different brands or vary how much you use – like half almond milk and half water (what I usually do).

    • Lori says:

      Hi Amelia, If you don’t like almond milk, why not use some of the other wonderful, tasty, healthy choices. There’s really no point in trying to make yourself like it. If you are set on needing nutrition from almonds, you might enjoy eating them raw instead. Plain water is perfect fro smoothies because you are getting all the flavor from the fruits and veggies that are in the smoothis.

    • María says:

      I yate store bought almond milk. But i LOVE homemade almond milk and ir is so easy

  78. Sheila G says:

    Just wanted if you can use aloe juice as a base?

  79. Sheila G says:

    Just wanted to

  80. Bex says:

    I’ve been wanting to use green tea as a base for a while, I usually use coconut water as a base and I’m in need of a change 🙂 I use the tea bags to drink normally but I was wondering how to add it to my smoothies? Do I need to chill the green tea first or can I just make it with cold water and add it that way? Many thanks! 🙂

    • Great question, Bex! One of the best ways we think to do it is to steep the tea no more than 2-3 minutes in hot water, add it to your smoothie, and throw a few ice cubes in to chill the tea. Or you could put the ice cubes in your tea before you put it in the smoothie. The best way to extract the tea from the bag is through hot water 🙂 Hope this helps!

      • Bex says:

        Many thanks! 🙂

      • Marilyn says:

        Hi gals…its me again. Can the tea be steeped and frozen into ice cubes and then used in the smoothie or is the good stuff from the tea destroyed in the freezer?

    • Lori says:

      Hi Bex, You can also make your green tea and then refrigerate it to have on hand for your smoothies. And, here’s a recipe using hot green tea.
      While it is still steaming hot, put a cup in the blender with a T of cocoa and 1 T of raw honey. This makes a wonderful hot cocoa, chocked full of antioxidants. I have made this with green chai tea and love it!

  81. Deb Cooper says:

    Can’t find any Trader Joe’s in Illinois besides Chicago and I am a couple hours from there so I won’t be using their green tea. I’ll try to use up the stuff from nuts.com and the Damatcha from Amazon. Is there anyone else knowledgeable and experienced with their green tea usage. If so I’d like to hear your thought too. Kimberlea your message about the hot water didn’t post under mine but I got the message. Thank you.

  82. Stace says:

    I’ve been using kefir as my base. It has 10x the probiotics of greek yogurt, and makes smoothies creamy and delicious!

  83. Deon says:

    I have been switching between So Delicious coconut milk and almond milk. I’m assuming the coconut milk mentioned in the post is the full fat variety.

    I never thought of Green tea as a base. I will likely try it over the weekend and rice milk next week.

  84. Deb Cooper says:

    Do you use hot water after you make the paste?

    • Kimberlea says:

      Yes, Deb, I use hot water after my paste. Hopefully this is posting under your question. 🙂

  85. Nyree says:

    Filtered water, coconut water, homemade almond or hazelnut milk are my liquids of choice for my green smoothies. I use the milks when I want a super creamy smoothie. I use coconut water when I need to up my potassium (bananas are not my favorite). I use filtered water by itself and in conjunction with the others to thin out consistency.

  86. Hello Jadah and Jen
    Thank you for sharing your green smoothies and for including green tea as liquid bases. My daughter shared your site and her children are enjoying the smoothies. Just a note regarding green tea. If your green tea is bitter, it just means you are letting the tea brew too long. When brewing loose-leaf or tea bags don’t boil the water, should the water boil let it sit for about a minute. On an average, brew 1 teaspoon per 8oz cup. If you want the tea stronger increase the amount of tea. I suggest for smoothies try 1 ½ teaspoons. Pour the hot water over the leaves or tea bag and brew you green tea for 2-3 minutes. Brewing time depends upon the type of green tea. Strain or remove the tea bags. Pour into a heatproof container to cool. Your green tea is ready for a smoothie. If you brew in advance, only keep brewed green tea for two day in refrigerator.
    Visit Vermarje.com for reasonable priced loose-leaf green tea.

    • Jen H says:

      Thanks MAry— I just learned some new and very valuable. I appreciate you sharing this with our community and have a feeling you saved quite a few bitter green teas — can’t wait to check out your store.

  87. rob says:

    I thought of doing that also but when I read medical research articles from pubmed, I found that it seems to revere up the intestinal mucosa called hyperplasia. Too much stimulation.

    • Kerry says:

      Rob, that study referred to “nondecolorized whole leaf aloe vera extract taken internally.” Most commercial aloe vera juice, as far as I have experienced, is “decolorized whole leaf (DCWL) aloe vera.” The study “found this DCWL aloe vera juice to be nongenotoxic in histidine reversion and DNA repair assays.”
      https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23554812/

  88. miranda says:

    What about using aloe vera juice as a base? I’ve heard great things nutritionally about it, and think it would be optimal to use in a smoothie. However, would you limit it to a few tablespoons rather than using a couple of cups per smoothie? Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

    • Lori says:

      Hi Miranda, I think using aloe vera is a very interesting idea and I would think that one dose would be a great addition. It seems like that is 2 T or a little more. I don’t see how it could hurt to add it, but I am not a smoothie expert. lol.

  89. rob says:

    I use water and milk kefir as my base. 2 cups water in the beginning to grind the solids and thin out the mix. Milk kefir, 1-2 cups, blended at the end for a few seconds to add probiotics. If you add a prebiotic like dandelions then I think you are really maximizing the benefit of the probiotic. I make about 50 oz for 2 breakfast servings.

    I find this makes the drink creamier and richer. My bowel problems disappeared rapidly after instituting this and have 13 pounds and a couple of inches in girth over the year without even trying.

  90. Deb Cooper says:

    I received green tea from Nuts.com this week. There weren’t any instructions at all. I made some with hot water and it tasted…green and gross primarily. I drank the whole cup but didn’t like it much. I ordered some Do Matcha from Amazon and was reading some buyer comments. Is it necessary to use the whisk type thing to make any green tea properly? I really want to use the best brand since I have a terribly case of fibromyalgia and for a long time I have heard green tea is good for this. Now I find out all the “green” teas I was buying in the stores apparently was just a name or something. Hope you can inform me a bit more on this.

    • Deb, these are all great questions! We recommend green tea from Trader Joe’s if you have one— yet we know not everyone is as lucky as us. Plain green tea, to many, will not taste great by itself. It has a slightly bitter, dry taste to it. Yet when you add it as a base, the fruit enhances the flavor and it actually really good. When it comes to matcha, it is usually in the form of a powder. It is still from a green tea leaf and you can totally add it as a boost to your smoothie when you have water as your liquid base. I hope this helps! Keep up the good work!

    • Kimberlea says:

      Deb- I purchased the green tea from nuts.com too(it’s a great deal!). I use 1/2-1 tsp per 8oz of water. I add just a tiny bit of water and whisk it into a paste, then add the rest of my water to the cup. I’m successful in dissolving it all this way. It is very bitter alone because it’s the pure matcha and unsweetened. I add turbinado sugar or my guilty pleasure, Coffeemate Vanilla.

      As far as for my green smoothies, I add 1/2 tsp of the powder to my blender.

    • Eva says:

      Hi Deb,

      here’s my recommendation for the matcha green tea (if u drink it pure with water, not in your smoothie): if you use tea leaves, you don’t need the whisk thing, but if you use matcha powder (I do) I strongly recommend the whisk thingy because by just pouring water (don’t use boiling water, let it sit for like 10 mins after boiling) on, the powder will stay mostly at the bottom of your cup and might get chunks of it, which is gross, I agree. With the whisk thing it gets kinda foamy & creamy, and I use hot almond milk or rice milk to make matcha latte, which is waaay more delish than pure matcha (in my opinion 🙂 ). Matcha is green tea in its best form, and it contains the most antioxidants. If you add matcha powder to your smoothiue you don’t have to whisk it before – your blender will do the job! 🙂

  91. Kerry says:

    I brew kombucha made with a blend of green, black and white teas, all organic and fair trade. I’ve been using this as my liquid base this week and I really like how it enhances the taste. Are there any issues doing this I need to know about? Thanks!

    • You might just want to be careful of caffeine with this combination of mixed tea leaves— we try to limit caffeine in our smoothies (and in life in general). Green tea and white tea have less caffeine content that black tea— so it might be good to nix the black tea in it. Yet I am not one to talk much, since I am still cutting back my coffee and haven’t been able to say adios for good yet. 🙂 —Jen

  92. Ebony says:

    Hi Jen! Thanks for the reply! I will definitely try TJ’s Green Tea…I suppose Trop 50 does have some preservatives:(…Could you suggest a fruit juice that’s low in sugar that’s additive-free? Otherwise I’ll probably just skip the juice for coconut wtaer instead:) Thanks again!!!

    • Jen H says:

      Hey Ebony— I really recommend using raw fruits for your juice. So for ornage juice, why not just peel 2-3 naval oranges plus 1/2 – 1cup water and blend them up first. Next add your leafy greens and blend until creamy. Then add the remaining ingredients. You can do this approach with oranges, grapes and melon. This is as close to nature as you can get, cheap and really yummy!

  93. Hina says:

    My husband and I started drinking green smoothies about a month before your 30 day challenge–using recipes from your website of course! I am addicted. Normally I used to drink about two cups of tea or coffee a day and now haven’t had the need to drink caffeine at all. Only thing is now I wake up wanting a green smoothy. My daughters have been been sampling as well and depending on the type, they also drink a serving! I was wondering about your thoughts on aloe vera juice. I have it in my pantry but afraid to try it…
    Thanks for all your efforts in creating health:))

  94. Sabrina says:

    I also have a juicer, so sometimes I’ll make my go-to juice base (beets, cucumbers, lime, carrots, apples, and ginger) then blend this liquid with my greens and fruits of choice.

  95. Joanie says:

    This is awesome! I am excited about using the different liquids next week. I actually tried one today not knowing the challenge would be like this next week. I ran out of all liquid, but tend to keep gallons of water with hibiscus leaves floating on the bottom. I bought the hibiscus tea bags from tea republic. Usually keep a stash at home since we are totally addicted to the springy taste and the beautiful color. Used it today as a base in my smoothie and WOW. Vitamin C power at virtually no cost with a lovely subtle smooth flavor. If you add blueberries and kale, your drink will be sorta purple! Neat!

    • Lori says:

      HI Joanie, I am very new to smoothies and have not reviewed many recipes yet on this site, but the ones I’ve seen so far, say to use spinach for the greens. I am intrigued that you mentioned kale. I think it is a nutrition powerhouse and I use it every week in soup. So, I ask you if the flavor is very strong when you add it to smoothies and do you use it with other greens in your smoothies with fruit? Can you tell me a bit about how you use it in smoothies?

  96. Erin says:

    Trying coconut water for the first time this week! Any favorite recipies that are especially good with this base??

    • Jen H says:

      I really like Peach Coconut Dream, Erin. Lately, I have changed it up a bit and do2 cups peaches a 1 cup grapes with it and it’s so good.

  97. Sunny says:

    I noticed unsweetened soymilk wasn’t on your top 7 liquids list. Why? I prefer to use Eden Soy Unsweetened b/c it doesn’t contain careenegen (sp?) – almond milk has it. Can’t say it (or spell it) don’t want to ingest it.

    • Erin says:

      I really want to know as well if we can use unsweetened low fat soy milk as I am intolerant to almond milk. Thanks!

    • Jen H says:

      Hey Sunny— it depends on what brand of almond milk you buy (I get Silk unsweetened and it doesn’t contain it.) Some of us actually make it from raw almonds in our blenders, which tastes amazing. But yes, carrageenans are not a good ingredient and should be avoided. As for soy— it’s a low mineral food that many people are allergic to. And the majority of soy in the USA is genetically modified— which is also no bueno. That’s just a few of the reasons we avoid soy milk… I will eventually write an article sharing more. 🙂

    • Lori says:

      Hi Sunny, You may want to do some research into soy milk. It is a very unhealthy choice right now because of the way it is grown and processed. Sorry I don’t have a link for you. Maybe someone else could post one or more links for you so you can read about it.

  98. Sonni says:

    I don’t know what these ladies suggest, and I haven’t tried it yet, but Steaz just came out with an organic green tea made with coconut water! I bought it at Whole Foods yesterday 😉

  99. Ebony says:

    Would you suggest using Trop 50 as a fruit juice base? Or would it be better to get some fresh oranges and juice them myself? Also, can you suggest a good brand of organic green tea?

    • Jen H says:

      Hey Ebony— get my green tea from Trader Joes— it’s their own brand and it’s organic. I have never used Trop50, but I would think it would have some additives to preserve the shelf life…right?

  100. I also use a raw milk home made kefir for my base. Tons of wonderful probiotics from kefir. I wouldn’t use regular or even organic milk, but the RAW milk is so good for you!

    You guys are great. I am enjoying rotating my greens and on my trip out of town last week I used almond milk since it is shelf stable and travels nicely 🙂

    Enjoying this very much!

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