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Should Guys Drink Green Smoothies?

Should Guys Drink Green Smoothies? 10 reasons why it's good for men's health

Should guys drink green smoothies? Let me share my experience…

I’ve never been overweight, but I’ve also never been incredibly fit.

This is a place where I think a lot of guys live, and it can be frustrating. Even when I was playing sports, going to the gym, biking around town or hitting the gym five days a week, I still wouldn’t reach a point where I could look at myself and say, “I’m in great shape.” No matter how hard I would work, it felt like something was missing.

In college, I had a goal to complete the P90X program (Tony Horton is the man!). It was pretty tough for the first couple of weeks, but my strength and stamina grew. By the time I finished the 90-day program, I physically felt like I was in the best shape of my life, but there was something that still felt “off.” Yeah, I could play basketball for two straight hours without feeling winded, but my legs would cramp up at night, my stomach would hurt after almost every meal, and I couldn’t seem to get rid some of the fat that covered up the new muscles I had busted my butt to create.

Our body functions based on the type of fuel we put in it.

Looking back, I realize I didn’t understand what healthy eating really was. I would always head to the dining hall right after finishing a workout to grab some dinner. One of my favorite things to eat was chicken nachos. I would grab a plate, add chips, cut up some chicken, sprinkle with lettuce, and top with shredded cheese. After all that, I would look down and say, “Wow, now that is a delicious AND healthy dinner!” That was back when I thought iceberg lettuce was a vegetable. It’s no wonder that my body didn’t feel right—I wasn’t giving it the nutrients it needed to thrive!

Fast forward about two years. I’m now eating more vegetables and fruit than ever (still a meat-eater), finished the Fresh Start 21 Cleanse for the first time, staying active and exercising, and am much closer to feeling like my body is where it should be. Exercising has always been good for me, but once I started to combine it with healthy eating my stomach aches, leg cramps, and extra fat started to disappear.

So, how did I go from thinking a plate of nachos was healthy to eating an abundance of nutritious foods each day? Green smoothies.

Green smoothies were my true introduction to healthy eating and feeding my body right. My wife and I started drinking them when Jen and her family made us told us we should try them. Now we continue drinking them because we feel better when we do. And I want to share reasons why I think you should start drinking green smoothies too…

Why Men Should Drink Green Smoothies - 10 Top Reasons


10 reasons men should drink green smoothies

Below are 10 reasons why I think all men should be drinking green smoothies. It’s my hope you join the green smoothie lifestyle to fuel your body with nutritious foods so you feel better every day.


1. Fuels your body with nutrition from the moment you wake up

I used to feel guilty because I didn’t eat a bunch of fruit and veggies. It just wasn’t what I craved—and I know it has a lot to do with that big bowl of cereal I would have for breakfast (there’s not much nutrition in that). Now I pack my blender with fresh fruits, leafy greens and lot of liquid to create a fast and nutritious breakfast. It’s like having a salad for breakfast (but it actually tastes really good!). When I start the day with a green smoothie my body thanks me by being a little more forgiving if I indulge a bit for lunch. Plus, I don’t feel so guilty.


2. Takes less than 5 minutes to make

Switching to the green smoothie lifestyle was easy. We already had an inexpensive blender as a wedding gift, and it added zero time to our morning routine. It never takes more than five minutes to blend a green smoothie, and you can bring them with you if you commute to work! I suppose the only people negatively affected were our sleeping neighbors in our old apartment complex…


3. Fills you up much more than “juicing”

I’ve tried using juices as meal replacements several times, and it usually didn’t work out well. I’ve got nothing against the juicing movement, but I love green smoothies more because I drink the whole fruit—including all the fibrous parts that are filling and great for digestion. I drink a green smoothie almost every morning and always feel content up until lunchtime.


4. It’ll make your girl happy

Don’t ask me why, but ladies get pretty excited when their guys take steps toward taking care of their bodies. My wife, Erin, loves when I eat healthy, and she has never refused to eat any healthy meal that I’ve suggested. It’s been a great bonding experience and something we can both learn more about together. Sometimes loving someone else is best done by loving yourself, too.


5. Reduces high blood pressure

Green smoothies are a healthy alternative to food and drink options, but they can help lower the risk of some of the biggest health issues that men deal with—one of the biggest being high blood pressure. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is one the top ways to lower blood pressure, and we’ve heard countless stories from people in our community who have seen their numbers go way down after a period of drinking green smoothies.


6. They’re a great post-workout power snack

Do you ever feel like eating a giant steak after a work out? Probably not the best idea… Making green smoothies a post-workout habit will help you to stay fit and replenish your body with nutrients it needs, instead of giving your stomach what it craves. Leafy greens, like spinach and kale, are filled with protein, and you can even add a couple tablespoons of chia seeds or hemp protein powder if you’re looking for a bit more.


7. Helps you lose weight

For the normal guy, simply replacing one meal a day with a green smoothie can help lose a bit of weight. It’s always a positive thing when you give your body a healthy dose of fruit, veggies, and leafy greens as a meal instead of wings and rings (though I’m a BIG fan of B-dubs and their onion rings).


8. Boosts energy without the crash

I recently asked our green smoothie lovin’ tribe: “Men, why do you drink green smoothies?” The replies were great, and one really stood out to me: “Because they give me energy without the crash.” This is true! The fiber in green smoothies helps to slow the absorption of sugar, which gives your body a steady dose of energy without feeling withdrawals. Who knew?


9. Quenches your taste buds

The first time I ever drank a green smoothie, it didn’t even taste like it had handfuls of spinach in it. Whenever I introduce a person to green smoothies, they agree. So, as long as you blend a good combination of fruits (and sometimes vegetables) together, you’re probably gonna like what you’re drinking.


10. Affordable way to eat healthy

Before green smoothies, it was tough to all the produce we bought before it spoiled—spoiling food means wasted money. Well, with green smoothies I never waste produce. Not only are we eating… er, drinking… more of it, we can buy in bulk and freeze half of it (we also like buying a big bag of frozen fruit, usually organic mango, from Sam’s Club). When I buy leafy greens and other produce for green smoothies in bulk it costs me about $3 a day to make two green smoothies (enough for me and my wife). That’s $1.50 a day for loads of nutrients!

Another way to keep produce affordable is by purchasing what’s in season. Right now, it’s strawberry season here in Florida, and I recently bought a whole flat of strawberries for $10. My wife made five jars of strawberry jelly and had a big bowl left over to use in green smoothies for a week! Our plan is to go strawberry picking again, and freeze most of them to save for later use. Freezing produce lets us buy in bulk to keep costs low.


As guys, we tend to think that we need to go harder in the gym in order to make our bodies feel great—but that’s not always true. For me, the missing link with overall health has been eating fruits, vegetables, and other nutrient-rich foods on a consistent basis.

Green smoothies have introduced me to a lifestyle of healthy eating, and I feel better than I ever have before! If you’re a guy, then you need to sign up for the Simple 7 Green Smoothie Challenge. This is the easiest way to learn how to drink green smoothies, and kickstart your healthy eating journey… and maybe it’s the missing link for you, too.



This is a great recipe to use after a tough workout for two main reasons: protein and potassium. Using almond milk and butter adds an extra boost to the already protein-rich leafy greens, while the banana gives your body potassium helping your muscles to function well and your blood-pressure to stay regulated. // serves 2


2 cups leafy greens (spinach or kale)
2 cups almond milk
1 banana
2 cups strawberries
2-4 tablespoons almond butter


1. Blend spinach and almond milk until smooth.

2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

Check out our other pre- and post-workout green smoothie recipes here.


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  1. Alex

    May 30th, 2014 at 6:03 am

    Nice article and I like the infogrphic – can I put it on my site?

    I went all in on green smoothies in the fall but lost my momentum during the holidays. You’ve inspired me to get started again. Thanks!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 30th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Alex!
    Contact us through the link below if you’d like to talk about sharing our infographic:


  3. Stacie

    May 30th, 2014 at 7:44 am

    My husband has an allergy to bananas. What would be a good substitute?

  4. Sanju

    May 30th, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Avocado is a good sub for bananas 🙂

  5. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    May 30th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    This page should help you out, Stacie!


  6. Edward

    October 23rd, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Hiya. Zucchini is a good substitute, as it adds creamy texture AND some added goodness on top of whatever salad greens you’re using. I also want to try jicama as a denser base one day!

  7. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    October 24th, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Thanks, Edward.

  8. Joshua

    June 28th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Hi. Just wondering, I’m going to start this tomorrow and was wondering if I could prep my smoothies and the thing is I wake up early but can’t blend in morning. Have a new baby.(have to be quiet). So Can I blend the night before and drink all 32 oz that morning. I get to work at 6 and would like to drink half and then again at 8 drink the other 16oz. Would that be okay? Or would that be drinking too much?

  9. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    October 23rd, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Hey Joshua,
    I’m so sorry this comment got lost in the mix… You can absolutely blend the night before. Be sure to keep it in a sealed container overnight in the fridge.

    The amount is totally up to you. We recommend 16-20 ounces as one serving, but if you think your body is asking for more then go for it!

  10. Eric

    September 23rd, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Green smoothie drinker right here for the past 2.5 years (at least 5 days a week). I eat a big breakfast full of protein and have a green smoothie for lunch followed by a good dinner. I used to workout all the time and was sort of a gym rat. Big arms and a potbelly is what I rocked. Started to figure out healthy eating and I’m proud to say I’m in the best shape of my life.

    I also don’t like Kale any other way

    My main recipe is simple. Kale, collards, bok choy, chard or spinach with some type of berry, banana and water. I’ve never really changed it up from there. Probably the most effective way to get raw leafy greens into your diet.

    Ever try mustard greens in a smoothie? Now that was a pretty bad tasting experience!

  11. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    September 23rd, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    Hey Eric.

    Thanks for the comment. Sounds like you are doing a great job switching up your greens and mustard greens can be strong.

    Have you tried this recipe yet?
    2 cups leafy greens (spinach or kale)
    2 cups almond milk
    1 banana
    2 cups strawberries
    2-4 tablespoons almond butter

  12. Kevin

    October 22nd, 2014 at 6:06 am

    Afternoon Dan,

    Nice posting. Good to see a blog targeting us blokes, cheers. I’m a complete newbie at smoothies – Ill be using this post workout as it ticks all the boxes. Do you have a recipe for an “in the run up to exercise” smoothie?” I appreciate we cant glug a big glass full pre exercise, but wonder if you have any tips based on your experience?
    Thanks again – Kevin

  13. SGS Rawkstar Dan

    October 23rd, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Hey Kevin! Great to hear from you. I try to speak up for the guys/blokes as often as I can, ha ha. Here’s some info that may be helpful.

    This recipe might work (serves two—cut everything in half for one serving):
    2 cups leafy greens
    2 cups liquid base (almond milk, water, coconut water, etc.)
    1 banana
    2 apples
    2 tablespoons of one of the following proteins: chia seeds, almonds, hemp hearts

    I’m certainly no official health authority, but a lot of what I read suggest to be careful with fiber-rich foods before working out. They can take longer to digest which may slow your workout down. Most fruits and veggies are not fiber-loaded, which makes them great options for pre-workout meals/snacks. They’re also still packed with nutrients to fuel your body…

    Banana: complex carbs and potassium that keep your energy up.
    Apples: “sugar” will energize you without crashing.
    Proteins: great for your muscles (helps give them oxygen so they can keep functioning)

    Surely there are other great pre-workout green smoothie combinations, but this is just one of them!

  14. Thirdy

    January 26th, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Hope this works fine even if I don’t get to exercise regularly!

  15. SGS Rawkstar

    June 29th, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Hi Thirdy,

    Adding leafy greens + fresh fruits to your diet, is a great step towards improved health + wellness.

    We apologize it took us so long to get back to your comment. How have you been enjoying adding green smoothies to your lifestyle?

  16. Alan

    April 5th, 2016 at 11:28 am


    I hope this gets seen, I know it’s an older post but I didn’t know where else to ask.

    I’ve started to follow the recipe on your book, Kalelicious, but I am concerned that as a post workout drink it has almost no fat, and I was wondering if it’s a bad idea to add a tablespoon of coconut oil to it? I guess if I were to make it with a milk it would have more fat, but currently I am making it with water so it’s thin (I don’t like thick liquids).


  17. SGS Rawkstar

    April 5th, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Hi Alan,

    Thank you so much for reaching out! We’ve added almond butter to our Kaleicious recipe to fuel your body with healthy-fats post-workout. But, you know your body + your workouts best! Looking for even more healthy fats to help your body recover after a tough workout? Coconut oil is a great choice!!

    Learn more about our favorite healthy fats here…


  18. Clifton

    October 19th, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Hey here is my problem…myself and my wife are naturally tall and slim, while that’s okay for her I want to focus on gaining weight and she swears there is a healthy as to do the so she made me promise to drink at least one smoothie a day and suggested your website any tips???I already work out but find myself eating alot of processed food to bulk up…I also don’t like veggies

  19. SGS Rawkstar

    October 19th, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Hi Clifton,

    Looking to beef up your green smoothies? Without the beef of course! Try adding protein + healthy fats! Check out some of our favorite combos. We usually suggest this combo when using your green smoothie as a meal replacement, but it’s also a great option when you’re hoping to add some bulk to a green smoothie snack!


  20. Tommy

    October 30th, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I am an older person and Disabled. I take alot of medications every day and I can,t exercise. Will thatt be a good thing for me to lose weight?

  21. SGS Rawkstar

    October 31st, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Hi Tommy,

    Thanks for reaching out! We’re so excited to hear you’re interested in using green smoothies to reach your health + wellness goals. Because we’re not doctors or nutritionist we suggest any member of our community with health concerns to double check with their physician that our ingredients are the right choice for you, your body, and your current medications.


  22. Donna Byrd

    November 5th, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Not every one can process these green products. My husband and I both suffered horribly with kidney stones until we figured out it was the whole green drink mix we were using. We haven’t had kidney stones since we stopped using the mix three years ago.

  23. SGS Rawkstar

    November 7th, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Hi Donna,

    You’re right. Some people are more sensitive to alkaloid buildup than others. That’s why we always suggest rotating your leafy greens or reaching out to your physician to ensure the ingredients in our recipes are the right choice for you + your body.

    Learn more about rotating your leafy greens here…


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