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In My Kitchen: Green Smoothie Video Tutorial

I know that I blog about green smoothies A LOT but over the last year I’ve gone from being an occasional smoothie drinker to having one almost every day. I used to find smoothies to be unsatisfying because I thought I needed something to “chew” and I always felt hungry after I ate them. I also used to make smoothies that tasted pretty unremarkable. Something clicked for me when it came to smoothies about a year ago and they’ve become one of my favorite things! I figured out how to make my smoothies taste delicious and have staying power. You can check out my post with 8 Tips for Green Smoothies that Look Pretty and Taste Great.

I feel like I’m constantly converting people to green smoothie drinkers…everyone from blog readers to family to friends to clients. I have even offered to go over to people’s houses to show them how to make a green smoothie that tastes good. I decided to do that on a broader scale and make a video to share with everyone! It takes me less than 5 minutes to make my smoothie every morning and I made a kitchen tutorial to show you how I make it happen, step by step.

This video walks you though making my current favorite combination, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Green Smoothie, but you can use this method for any spin you want to put on it. When it comes to staying power, the things that I find that help the most are peanut butter or almond butter, protein (from protein powder, Greek yogurt or the milk product) and dates. Adding these three things really help give the smoothie some substance.


I switch up the milk alternatives that I use in smoothies on the regular. I rotate between almond, soy and coconut. Recently, I’ve been using this Vanilla Soy Milk from Silk that includes six grams of plant-powered soy protein, 50% more calcium than dairy milk and no cholesterol. The vanilla flavor is a great compliment to the PB&J smoothie. I also really love Silk’s Almond Coconut Blend. They have great choices when it comes to dairy alternatives.

What’s your favorite way to give your green smoothie more staying power?

This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  • 1
    Tara | Treble in the Kitchen September 5, 2014, 3:39 pm

    I’m such a green smoothie fan 🙂 Your combo sounds delish!

  • 2
    Kate B. September 5, 2014, 5:49 pm

    All of your smoothie passion and recipes have for sure converted me. Maybe not into an addict, but at least a believer. I must have made that Glowing Green Ginger smoothie concoction at least 50 times this summer. As for the video – it was so helpful! You should definitely do more. And its fun to hear your voice for the first time! haha. I don’t know why, but your southern accent surprised me, even though you talk about being from Georgia and living in NC all the time. Anyways, thanks for the smoothie inspiration!

  • 3
    Lindsay September 5, 2014, 6:26 pm

    one tip i have for non vitamin users is that i like to do a 40sec blend of just soy milk and spinach (plus dates if i’m using them) and once that’s a liquid i add my frozen banana and fruit. i found that i can get the spinach much more fine that way!

    • 4
      Jen September 8, 2014, 2:30 pm

      that is SUCH a good idea. thank you so much for the tip!

  • 5
    Jennifer September 5, 2014, 7:02 pm

    Loved the video. And love your shirt! Where did you get it?

    • 6
      Jen September 8, 2014, 2:30 pm

      it’s from Om Yoga Studio where i teach in fort mill, sc.

  • 7
    Allyssa September 5, 2014, 7:05 pm

    I would first like to mention I love that video! You are so cute and your kitchen is looking good fyi! 🙂 It’s always nice to see a side of the blogger you are not as used to seeing (cooking videos from you for example!). I love green smoothies and have been recently addicted into making them smoothie bowls by adding a little guar gum and then putting some additional pb granola on top! I love adding pb and protein powder to my smoothies to help keep me feeling full! Thanks for the video!

    • 8
      Jen September 8, 2014, 2:31 pm

      thanks allyssa! 🙂 i’ll definitely be posting more video content in the future.

      i have never tried the smoothie bowl thing but maybe i will! 🙂

  • 9
    katrina September 5, 2014, 7:45 pm

    when i put protein powder in my smoothies they seem to get really air-y in the blender… like almost double the volume once blended!! i hate it though, it doesn’t feel that great to drink that much air. have you had this problem too and how do you avoid too frothy smoothies?

    • 10
      Jen September 8, 2014, 2:33 pm

      yes, that happens to me too so i usually add like half serving size of protein powder and make up the rest with things like peanut butter, greek yogurt, the milk, etc.

  • 11
    Ashley September 5, 2014, 8:50 pm

    What about making this smoothie the night before? Would it get a little icky with the greek yogurt?

    • 12
      Jen September 8, 2014, 2:34 pm

      i don’t think that would work! smoothies start to separate and get a little weird.

  • 13
    kristin @ W [H] A T C H September 5, 2014, 9:31 pm

    i love a green smoothie. and almond milk makes everything better.

  • 14
    Jenny September 6, 2014, 3:35 pm

    This video was so helpful! I make green smoothies all the time but you added some helpful tips. Will the dates still blend even if I only have a Kitchen Aid blender?

    • 15
      Jen September 8, 2014, 2:34 pm

      yes! and see the second comment. that might be good for you to try!

  • 16
    diana September 6, 2014, 10:09 pm

    ahh, jen – thank you for this! you are already my go-to blogger for your overnight oats recipe and this one just got added! so many great tips. thanks again!

    • 17
      Jen September 8, 2014, 2:34 pm

      thank you! 🙂

  • 18
    elizabeth September 7, 2014, 9:29 am

    strange, but the comments aren’t showing up anymore for me.

    • 19
      Jen September 8, 2014, 2:35 pm

      it’s fixed now!

  • 20
    R September 7, 2014, 4:35 pm

    That looks like us making them in the morning. We just throw it all in too! You did a great job! I love posts like this, well really any of your posts are great!! thanks for sharing.

    • 21
      Jen September 8, 2014, 2:35 pm

      thank you so much for the feedback! 🙂

  • 22
    Heather September 7, 2014, 7:06 pm

    Love this post – and green smoothies! I love nut butter in my smoothies, but sometimes I switch it up and add coconut oil and/or chia seeds for extra staying power.

    • 23
      Jen September 8, 2014, 2:35 pm

      LOVE the coconut oil suggestion. i always forget about it!

  • 24
    Megan September 7, 2014, 9:36 pm

    This is unrelated, but I’m suddenly not able to see any of the comments on your posts….has anyone else had this issue?

    • 25
      Jen September 8, 2014, 2:36 pm

      i fixed it!

      • 26
        Megan September 10, 2014, 8:10 am


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