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6 Energy-boosting ingredients for green smoothies

If you’re like me, you would do anything for more energy through the day. Chasing around two kiddos, cleaning the house, and getting all of our meals prepped for the day… Whew! By 2 pm, I crash, which makes me reach for the unhealthy coffee drinks to get me through the day. Put that coffee or energy drink down, I say!


Supercharge your green smoothie

We’ve got 6 all-natural fresh fruits, veggies and boosters to reach for to give yourself a natural burst of energy that will help supercharge your body for the whole day!


This yellow beauty comes with a boatload of natural energy. Loaded with potassium, fiber and b vitamins, bananas are a great pre and post workout fuel as well as a crazy nutritious snack.


A cup of berries gives your body a good amount of healthy Vitamin C. This is great for a natural boost of energy and is filled with fiber—great for keeping things moving regularly. Check out this post for our 5 top berry picks.

Citrus Fruits

These vitamin C powerhouses provide a quick burst of energy and endurance. Citrus fruits are easy to add to any green smoothie by squeezing the juice from a half of lemons or limes or tossing in some peeled oranges or clementines to your recipes. We love adding these 8 citrus fruits to our blenders for a burst of Vitamin C.

Leafy Greens

The powerhouse of veggies, leafy greens contain vitamins A, C, K, Magnesium, Iron and the almighty B which all provide natural energy and keeps your energy levels up and running throughout the day. Check out this post for all the wonderful leafy green options.


Full of magnesium, most nuts provide a quick pick-me-up and help to keep you there. Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee, reach for a handful of your favorite nuts. *tip* Be kind to your tummy and blender. Soaking nuts in water the night before helps with digestion and is also easier for your blender to chop them up without hurting the blades.


Chia and Sunflower seeds help regulate your blood sugar giving you energy throughout the day. They’re a great source of fiber and protein and you can’t beat that crunch factor. Here’s our top 6 reasons why we love chia seeds.

Keep a handful of these items on hand at all times if you’re struggling with keeping your energy-levels up. You’ll thank yourself later!


What are your favorite natural energy boosters?

Share what works well for you in the comments below.


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  1. Cubby

    January 14th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    loving the site and so happy to have stumbled upon it!!!

    question: what is the recommended way to add chia seeds to the green smoothies? blend in? post blending? I also usually prepare my smoothies the night before.

    I guess an even better question is how YOU like to do it?

    thanks ahead of time!!!

  2. Jadah and Jen

    January 15th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Hi Cubby!
    We do it any of these three ways:

    -Soak for 15 minutes and then blend in
    -Blend them straight in
    -Or add them to the top

    Any of these works!

  3. Frank B

    February 11th, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Hi Girls!
    I just started the 21 day cleanse challenge today!! I just wanted to say that the recipes rock! and get this…they actually taste great!! Thank you!!

  4. Jadah and Jen

    February 11th, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    Hope you enjoy it, Frank! Glad you’re doing it with us 🙂

  5. Marie

    March 7th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I am so glad to have found you gals, the website and the challenge! I’ve had a smoothie every morning since 2/24, I’ve surprise myself. My coworker has been telling me about green smoothies for years. I don’t eat veggies, but this has been great. Anyway would it be a good idea to add protein powder to the smoothies. Thanks, Marie

  6. Jadah and Jen

    March 10th, 2014 at 10:11 am

    You can add any of these protein options 🙂


  7. Anne

    May 12th, 2014 at 5:30 am

    My brother got me onto this little gem of an idea. Take a serving of wheat grass, about one eighth of a tray, put it in a high speed blender, add one or two cups water and blend until water is nice and green. Strain and keep water, that is where all the good stuff is. Put it back in your blender and use that as a base for your smoothie, whatever you decide to put in your smoothie, it already has an excellent base of great nutrition in the wheat grass juice. When my brother started eating healthy and making smoothies, his marathon time for running a marathon improved drastically.

  8. Mary

    May 22nd, 2014 at 8:44 am

    US and UK equivalents – found on – exploratorium.edu

    British and American Variances
    Term Abbreviation Nationality Dry or liquid Metric equivalent Equivalent in context
    cup c., C. usually liquid 237 milliliters 16 tablespoons or 8 ounces
    ounce fl oz, fl. oz. American liquid only 29.57 milliliters
    British either 28.41 milliliters
    gallon gal. American liquid only 3.785 liters 4 quarts
    British either 4.546 liters 4 quarts
    inch in, in. 2.54 centimeters
    ounce oz, oz. American dry 28.35 grams 1/16 pound
    liquid see OUNCE see OUNCE
    pint p., pt. American liquid 0.473 liter 1/8 gallon or 16 ounces
    dry 0.551 liter 1/2 quart
    British either 0.568 liter
    pound lb. dry 453.592 grams 16 ounces
    quart q., qt, qt. American liquid 0.946 liter 1/4 gallon or 32 ounces
    dry 1.101 liters 2 pints
    British either 1.136 liters
    teaspoon t., tsp., tsp either about 5 milliliters 1/3 tablespoon
    tablespoon T., tbs., tbsp. either about 15 milliliters 3 teaspoons or 1/2 ounce

  9. Mary

    May 22nd, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Sorry, meant to give the site that gave the information re Metric and US measurements:

    Volume – One cup dry = 225 ml.
    Volume – One cup liquid = 250 ml.

  10. Mari

    December 30th, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Hello Grlz:
    My grlfriend work 2 full time jobs. Basically what happens Is she has no energy at all not even if she slept her whole day off. Ive tried having her take every morning a multi vitamin and iron but I feel this really is not helping. Can you help me plz?

  11. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    December 30th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Mari,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns to speak to their healthcare provider. They will know you girlfriend best.

  12. Lena

    February 10th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    Awesome! Its genuinely remarkable post, I have got much clear idea about from this post.

  13. SGS Rawkstar

    February 11th, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Hi Lena,

    YAY! So happy to hear you found our post helpful! Cheers to a great natural caffeine-free energy boost! 🙂

  14. Alice Lee

    March 17th, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Wow is just the simple word that may explain that how much I liked it. It was nicely stuffed with the material I was looking for. It’s great to be here though by chance.

  15. SGS Rawkstar

    March 17th, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Hi Alice,

    YAY! We’re so happy you found us in this busy digital world + our 6 energy boosting ingredients was just the information you needed!

    Cheers 🙂

  16. Clinette

    August 2nd, 2016 at 6:21 am

    What other protein suggestions would you make for smoothies? Thanks. Love LOVE LOOOOVVVEEE your website!!

  17. SGS Rawkstar

    August 2nd, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Thanks for the love, Clinette! Looking to boost your green smoothie with healthy plant-based proteins? Learn more about our favorites here…



  18. Heather G.

    September 8th, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I love Cacao Powder and Chia seeds together. They really wake me up and satisfies my sweet tooth (i have a chocolate smoothie every other day or every 3 days) SO GOOD!! with a banana and 1/2 avocado and liquid base plus veggies. mmm

  19. SGS Rawkstar

    September 9th, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Heather,

    Yum! Sounds like the perfect pick-me-up!

  20. seru

    November 9th, 2016 at 7:14 am


  21. SGS Rawkstar

    November 9th, 2016 at 6:42 pm


  22. wanda

    November 9th, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Hi my name is wanda I am lookING for a healthy way 2 get a energy drink that would best suit me I am on dialyis and I cannot have too much of phosphorus

  23. SGS Rawkstar

    November 14th, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Wanda,

    Thanks for reaching out. One of our favorite beverages is our Chia Fresca. It gives you a great energy boost while fueling your body with protein + plenty of hydration.


    FYI: For any member of our community with health concerns, we do suggest you talk with your doctor to ensure our recipes are the right choice for you + your body.

    Cheers to health + happiness!

  24. Jenna

    June 21st, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I have a question. It is so hard to find natural things that give you energy without green tea in them. My husband works long hours at work and gets not very much sleep. I am trying to find a pick-me-up for him that isn’t soda,candy or anything caffeinated. What would you recommend?

  25. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    June 26th, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Hi Jenna,

    Did you know that our green smoothies give you a great energy boost? Similar to a cup of coffee! Adding MCT Oil to your next smoothie is a great option too.

    MCTs are unique in that they do not require energy to be absorbed or stored in the body, meaning they can directly be used as fuel for your brain + body. Since they don’t undergo a complicated digestive process, they are a perfect source of fast and sustained natural energy (waaay better than sugary energy drinks!).


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