Greenblender Smoothie Subscription Review + Coupon – February 2018


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greenblender box front side

Greenblender is a meal kit subscription for smoothie lovers! Just like other popular meal kit subscription boxes, Greenblender supplies you with pre-portioned ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes. But unlike other meal kits, this box is totally dedicated to yummy, nutritious smoothies!

open greenblender box

Each week, Greenblender offers 8 recipes including recipes for green smoothies, smoothies for energy, immunity, and more. Choose the 5 that looks tastiest to you, or let Greenblender do the picking. You can see the menu several weeks into the future, so you can plan out your whole month at once, or take it week to week. It’s also a snap to skip weeks if you’re going out of town or have other plans. Each recipe yields 2 12 oz servings (priced at $4.90 each), meaning you’ll end up with 10 glasses of goodness each week.

greenblender unboxing

The ingredients arrive in an insulated package complete with ice packs along the bottom.

how greenblender is packaged/shipped

Most ingredients are bundled together by recipe but fragile ingredients like bananas arrive in their own foam sleeves.

bananas wrapped in packaging

small bananas

This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

all items in the february 2018 greenblender smoothie subscription box

About Greenblender Smoothie Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Greenblender

The Cost: $4.90 per serving or $49.00 per week. (Each box includes 5 smoothie recipes, each of which yield 2 12 oz. servings.)

COUPON: Save 20% on your first box with code SUBSCRIPTION

The Products: All of the pre-portioned non-GMO ingredients and recipes you need to make 10 servings of nutritious smoothies featuring organic superfoods and nuts.

Good to Know: While Greenblender’s facility isn’t certified gluten-free, their recipes aim to be! Also, vegan customers—Greenblender includes at least 5 dairy-free smoothie recipes each week, so you can enjoy their service, as well!

Ships to: The majority of the US for free. Some states and regions in the upper midwestern states aren’t served by Greenblender yet. When you sign up, you’ll input your zip code to make sure you’re within their service area.

Greenblender Smoothie Subscription Box Review for February 2018

green blender welcome card

greenblender introductory information

greenblender introduction tips

information booklet for greenblender

greenblender info booklet

The box comes with a bunch of paperwork, including a few promotional coupons and a booklet of tips and other information.

smoothie recipes from greenblender

second half of greenblender recipes

There’s also a sheet of recipes! You actually receive the recipe for all 8 smoothies that Greenblender offered that week, rather than just the 5 that you received. One reason I was interested in Greenblender was to add more smoothie recipes to my repertoire, so I appreciate getting lots of recipes to play with.

pile of wide smoothie straws

They include wide-mouth straws for each recipe, too!

smoothie ingredients in a bundle

sweet potato date smoothie

Sweet Potato Renew (with sweet potato, dates, banana, cinnamon, pecans, and ice)

Recently, I’ve been trying to expand the types of veggies I add to my smoothies. I’ve done spinach in smoothies for forever, but I’ve been playing around with butternut squash and cauliflower, too. This is the first time I’ve thrown a sweet potato in a smoothie. Seems like an awesome idea—sweet potato is nutrient-rich and at least when it’s cooked, it’s super flavorful.

cinnamon smoothie

I did find that this smoothie was a little grittier than I’d have liked, probably because of the sweet potato. The recipe says you can blend them raw or slightly steamed for a creamier consistency. I opted for raw, just to be quick about things, but I’m betting that steaming is the way to go! The cinnamon and dates added an earthy sweetness that was really yummy. I wonder if this would be even tastier if I traded the dates for a spoonful of really high-quality maple syrup… I want more of that autumnal, sweet potato pie flavor, and I think that might draw it out a bit more. A huge plus? All that fiber was incredibly filling! I’ll have to remember this recipe when I need a quick grab-and-go meal before a long day or a big event!

bundle of smoothie ingredients

hydrating smoothie ingredients

Green Grape Hydrate (with swiss chard, pear, green grapes, pea protein, spirulina, and ice)

I love green smoothies but I struggle getting the ratios of fruit and greens just right so that there’s not too much sugar but the bitterness of the greens is well hidden. I’ve not put grapes in a smoothie before (I’ve been stuck in mixed-frozen-berries land for awhile), and I was curious what they’d bring to the flavor. This hydrating blend includes a packet of spirulina, too. Spirulina is a type of blue-green freshwater algae that’s packed to the brim with vitamins, antioxidants, and even protein. Y’know how they say that eating a rainbow of colors is key to a healthy diet? Well, spirulina is one of the most gorgeous colors you can pick. If you didn’t know how good for you it was, one look at its deep, jewel-worthy teal color would give you a hint!

green smoothie

At first sip, all I tasted was chard. It’s a strong, almost sour flavor that I thought I might swap with spinach in the future. But honestly, after a few more sips, I started to appreciate the delicious mingling of flavors in this drink. It was incredibly refreshing, and the subtle sweetness of the grapes and pear lured my straw further and further into the glass. Also, it’s hard to see in the pink-backed photo above, but the teal color of the spirulina gave the final product a gorgeous deep blue tone. I wasn’t expecting to finish this smoothie at first taste, but by the end of the glass, this was solidly one of my favorite smoothies in the box. Oh, and the hydrating thing wasn’t a lie, either. I felt refreshed and even somewhat soothed after drinking this concoction. I can’t imagine what would happen to my mood, let alone my body if I drank one of these every day!

orange smoothie ingredients

spinach orange and goji berry smoothie ingredients

coconut water in can

coconut water for smoothies

Coconut Creamsicle (with coconut water, baby spinach, banana, orange, goji berries, and ice)

I was never a creamsicle kid growing up. (I was too occupied with fudge-sicles, myself… if you have a fudge-sicle smoothie recipe, let me know!!!) But I’ve grown to really love citrus flavors, especially when they have a dessert-y kick. This recipe involves coconut water (which arrives in a perfectly portioned can), plus a hearty handful of spinach, which I didn’t expect. I kind of thought it’d be more of a tropical, creamy orange blend, but I’m thrilled that they snuck some healthy greens in there!

smoothie with spinach

I loooved this smoothie! I think the fact that it relied on coconut water, rather than plain water as its liquid gave it a smooth finish that tasted extra decadent. The flavor was light and perfectly sweet. I felt so good drinking a big bunch of greens in a way that felt as easy and tasty as sipping on a glass of fresh orange juice. Sure it looks a little swampy, but the flavor is great. And wow, I never thought to put goji berries in a smoothie! I’m kind of like, “DUH!” I used to snack on them all the time but never thought to blend ’em. I put them right into the blender with everything else, but you could also use these amino-acid- and antioxidant-rich treats as a garnish.

smoothie ingredients for sweet potato orange and citrus smoothie

ingredients for tropical smoothie

Sweet Pineapple (with sweet potato, lime, pineapple, orange, pea protein, and ice)

Another sweet potato! Definitely, give it a quick twirl in the microwave to soften it up—it changes the whole vibe of the smoothie. This recipe has lots of tropical flavors in it, plus a pop of filling sweet potato and pea protein. Pineapple is pretty high in sugar, but it also has oodles of vitamin C and manganese, so it’s awesome in small doses.

tropical smoothie

How pretty is this smoothie? The citrus flavors were fresh and bold—it’s kind of a next-level orange juice. I thought I might be able to do without the lime, which was interesting but kind of muddled the yummy pineapple and orange flavors I love the most. This would make a great wake-up treat. I think using a type of milk (coconut milk?) in place of water would be amazing here. It’d make the recipe feel decadent and creamy in addition to vibrant.

squash smoothie ingredients

squash and tropical flavors smoothie

Coconut Mango (with spinach, mango, yellow squash, coconut flake, hemp seed, and ice)

My last smoothie incorporates yellow squash in addition to spinach. I’ve never played around with yellow squash in smoothies, so I was excited to try it out. (Butternut squash is quickly becoming a favorite smoothie addition for me, so why not yellow squash?) I’ve also rarely used mango in my own smoothies, though when it pops up in a smoothie I get at a shop, I’m thrilled. Oh, and did you know that hemp seeds provide Omega-3s and Omega-6 fatty acids? As someone who eats a mostly plant-based diet, it’s awesome having this easy, vegetarian source for those nutrients!

cleansing smoothie

I was a little bummed by just how very green this green smoothie tasted—I think the squash AND the spinach might’ve pushed the plant-y flavor a little beyond my tastes. I think the mango got a little overwhelmed, being that it has a more mild sweetness compared to the more acidic or brightly flavored fruits. I did feel refreshed and sated afterward, thanks to the helping of fiber, though. I might tweak this one up a bit before trying the recipe myself, but I love the idea of a veggie-packed smoothie, so I’m glad I gave it a shot!

The Verdict: I was really happy with my first attempt at Greenblender! It was really nice not to have to do any prep work. Previously, I’ve portioned out my own ingredients for smoothies to eat through the week, and it takes FOREVER chopping and scooping and putting everything into little bags or boxes for later. I see the convenience factor as being the big perk of Greenblender—you get just enough for 10 smoothies with no waste to worry about. I also love that you get a whole list of smoothie recipes you can keep and reference again. Greenblender even articulates the health significance of each ingredient on their web-based recipes!

When I’ve purchased fresh-made smoothies and juices at local shops, the cost has been anywhere from $4.00 to $7.00. Plus, I’ve noticed that some places charge extra for superfoods or the addition of protein. So $4.90 per serving doesn’t feel too unrealistic to me. I know part of that cost is convenience (delivered to me, no wasted ingredients, etc.) and the value of getting a bunch of new recipes to try. Once I’ve got some favorites, maybe I’ll try to make them myself via grocery store ingredients. (That might end up being more cost effective… what do you think?)

If I had any qualms it was just that I found the ingredients/recipes to be most suitable for a Vitamix or larger blender. I have a smaller Nutribullet, which is super powerful, but about half the size of a Vitamix. I’m worried the full recipes wouldn’t have all fit—I probably would’ve needed to make just one serving at a time, rather than two at a time, which was more convenient for me! (Thank you, Liz, for letting me borrow your Vitamix!) The only reason I mention it is because they ask about what kind of blender you have in the sign-up process. I wonder if that’ll ever impact how things are split up/portioned.

But let’s face it—the most important part was that the smoothies were really unique and tasty! Some of them weren’t my fave, but I’m so happy with the idea of getting so many diverse nutrients in each gulp that I’m willing to work with them. I want to try these recipes with more ice (to make them thicker) or maybe some kind of nut milk (to make them creamier and more decadent)!

To Wrap Up:

Can you get this box if you sign up today? You can definitely sign up, but Greenblender changes its menu week to week, so you may not get this exact assortment of smoothies to pick from. But you might get something just as delicious!

Coupon – Save 20% on your first box with code SUBSCRIPTION

Value Breakdown: This box costs $49.00 per weekly box, which includes 5 smoothie recipes that make 2 servings each. That breaks down to $4.90 for each 12 oz. smoothie.

What do you think of Greenblender?

Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. If you buy something, MSA may earn an affiliate commission. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

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12 Comments

  1. The power of this subscription is the variety. Yes, you could go buy all the ingredients cheaper but then you are restricted to that selection. With this subscription each smoothie is very different so all week you get an amazing variety which I think helps with your commitment to better eating.

    As for the remarks on the state of the produce. Unless it is moldy, it’s going to be blended all up so I don’t think a bruise here or there matters.

    If you are on the fence on this subscription…you should try it.

  2. I love seeing this reviewed and it’s introduced me to some new smoothly blends. I like the inclusion of sweet potato and zucchini.

    I go to Trader Joe’s and buy everything I like for my smoothies. Mostly leafy greens (Swiss chard, kale, broccoli) then frozen fruit and fresh papaya and blueberries.

    I get peach low-fat flavored yogurt from Ralph’s. I go online to add spirulina, bee -pollen, flax and hemp seed and whatever other supplements I like to it.

    I make smooth kits where I basically put everything together in a tupperware and freeze it until I’m ready to drink.

    I have a Vitamix and live in LA so that really helps to blend anything and to have fresh tropical fruit and berries around.

    I put in some water, the yogurt and peach juice and blend. I know it’s not the healthiest. There sugar in there. I freeze a lot of it. But my goal is to get in as much fiber as possible in the most convenient way. I’m so tied some days that I won’t make a salad but I’ll drink one.

  3. The price per serving is what I’d expect for a high-quality smoothie from a smoothie place, but the quantity is too much even though I love smoothies.

  4. I checked; for me it’s $50 a week! That’s half my grocery bill, and I use kosher (very expensive, like over $6 per pound for ground beef) meat. I’d rather just buy a few smoothie recipe books and my own produce.

  5. The idea is cool but the ingredients are not. If they sent some more exotic fruits, perhaps it would be more valuable.

  6. I think this sounds really good! I never have time to shop or plan lately and this might keep me from eating crap for breakfast! 😆 I might try it since the first box is 20% off.

  7. I can’t really see any value here, though it’s a fun idea. I’d like try a couple of those recipes out. But, with so many grocery stores selling already cut up produce and delivering these days? This is a no for me. A great review, very descripted. I would like to know, where did the bananas go?

    • Hi Aarjullor! The bananas were in the Sweet Potato Renew smoothie and the Coconut Creamsicle smoothie. I feel you that the price is on the high side. If there’s a smoothie recipe you already know and love that uses grocery store ingredients, it might be best to stick with that, budget-wise.

      I think the best part for me was getting to sample lots of different types of recipes without having any ingredients left over. I’ve bought supplies for smoothie recipes I’ve found online before – if I don’t like what I tried, then I have a bunch of extra fruit/produce/powders laying around. Not that those things are impossible to repurpose into other smoothies/snacks, but it’s nice to have a very one-and-done experience, if that makes sense? Especially when I’m just trying to sample/explore new recipes.

      Thanks so much for sharing your take!

  8. I guess this sub might be great for someone who is a total shut in as this is about $10 worth of ingredients from the grocery store. I don’t see the value in this at all. All of this things are an easy pickup at the store. For that price they could at least send you a blender each month.

    • Omg, this made me laugh out loud!

    • Not to mention, some of the produce looked REALLY questionable to me. Like, on its last legs (the grapes swiss chard especially).

    • I don’t know where y’all live, but I definitely can’t pick up spirulina, pea protein and Goji berries at my local store. And for sure this amount of produce would run me at least $25.00. So when I factor in the extra $25 to save an hour or more of my time and brain power (planning, listing, shopping), I’m definitely ok with that. I see the value here and I’m going to give it a try! Thanks for the review, Anna!

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