We take the plunge to see if green smoothies really are all that. 

By Daley Quinn

Sure, pumpkin spice lattes are all the rage right now, but how about a good-for-you alternative? Green smoothies—packed with vitamins, fiber and flu-fighting powers—can be a boon to your health.

Just ask Jen Hansard and Jadah Sellner, founders of SimpleGreenSmoothies.com. “The thing we’re most proud of is that our kids have weathered the preschool and early elementary school viruses insanely well [thanks to our green smoothies],” said Jadah. With their new book, Simple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Recipes to Lose Weight, Gain Energy and Feel Great in Your Body, coming out on November 3, the two moms can’t say enough about the benefits of living what they call the “rawkstar” lifestyle.

After the duo introduced their refreshing Beginner’s Luck recipe to the Family Circle staff, I decided to give the smoothie revolution a whirl. Although their quarterly 30-day challenge starts today, my sights are set on completing their 10-Day Kickstart Challenge for beginners. Clear skin, weight loss and avoiding seasonal colds are three benefits I hope to gain through this experience. Stay tuned for my “rawkstar” transformation.

Care to join me? Sign up for the free 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge here, and see below for a sneak peek of a favorite fall smoothie recipe—Pumpkin Dream Pie Green Smoothie!

Pumpkin Dream Pie Green Smoothie


2 cups fresh spinach

2 cups almond milk, unsweetened

1 cup pumpkin, unsweetened (canned or fresh)

2 bananas

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Blend spinach and almond milk together until smooth.

2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again.

Serves 2.

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Photograph by Lindsey Johnson