Greenblender Smoothie Subscription Review + Coupon – March 2018
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!
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.
The ingredients arrive in an insulated package complete with ice packs along the bottom.
This box was sent to us for review purposes. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
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 yields 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 March 2018 Review
Most ingredients are bundled together by the recipe but fragile ingredients like bananas arrive in their own foam sleeves. I’ll note which recipes they go as we go along.
The box comes with a bunch of paperwork, including a few promotional coupons and a booklet of tips and other information.
Here’s the recipe sheet for the order. You actually receive the recipe for all 8 smoothies that Greenblender offered that week, rather than just the 5 that you received.
They include wide-mouth straws for each recipe, too!
Aloe Pear Action (with baby spinach, pear, banana, pea protein, aloe vera juice, and ice)
I’ve never tried aloe juice before! The bottle of juice that came with this smoothie is sweetened with honey, which gave the final product an amazing honey-sweet taste. You’d think it’d taste pretty green, given the color, but that honey note, along with the mild sweetness of the pear, gave this smoothie a dessert-y quality worthy of an Orange Julius. I liked the texture a lot, too—it was just thick enough to feel smoothie-ish rather than juice-y, and the aloe really did give it a vaguely smooth, soothing finish. Yum! The one thing I’ll note is that you only use about half of the bottle of aloe juice. I’d save mine to use in other smoothies (or just recreating this one). So far, it’s the only “waste” I’ve encountered in this pre-portioned subscription.
Orange Kiwi Cream (with carrot, orange, kiwi, cashews, water, and ice)
I was excited about the tropical flavors in this smoothie, and I was satisfied by the juicy brightness they gave the flavor. I will say that the texture was not so hot. It makes sense that adding an entire orange to a smoothie would make for a very pulpy treat, but I think the fibrous carrot and bits of cashew made this one a bit more chunky than I’d prefer. I blended it for a few extra seconds to try to mitigate that, but I don’t think it helped much. If you focus on the flavor, though, you’ll be golden. It’s one of those smoothies that just tastes healthy to drink thanks to those bright, nutritious fruits and veggies!
Butternut Ginger Snap (with butternut squash, pear, ginger, almonds, lucuma powder, water, and ice)
I make a lot of smoothies with frozen butternut squash chunks. I love how they blend in with berries, greens, and powders. In this smoothie, though, they take center stage, and I’m not sure I dig the outcome. It’s a very mild smoothie, and definitely not one that I’d describe as refreshing. I do really like the punch I got from the ginger, but I wish there was just a hint more sweetness to cut through the mealier fiber of the squash and the grit of the almonds. Maybe I’ll try this one again but with a red delicious apple or orange juice instead of a pear. (I think the pear is just a bit too mild.) If you like a milder smoothie or are a fan of more savory smoothies, I still recommend it. The heat from the ginger is really delicious—I want to try that ingredient in other recipes!
Pineapple Goji Berry (with carrot, pineapple, orange, goji berries, hemp seed, water, and ice)
This smoothie was also a little pulpy after adding a whole orange, but I loved the tropical, fresh flavor that the pineapple added. I don’t think I could taste the goji berries after blending them up into this smoothie. Still, I’m happy to have those nutrient-dense berries in the mix! The hemp seeds were also more function than form—they’re great for protein, but they did add a bit more texture to the smoothie. I feel like these smoothies that have a less than smooth texture might benefit from a dash of milk (of whatever kind) to make ’em a little more creamy going down. I might try that if I make them again!
Banana Oatmeal (with collard greens, banana, apple, oats, cinnamon, water, and ice)
If you get a chance, I totally recommend trying this smoothie! It’s packed with healthy collard greens, but the flavor is like a succulent apple crumble. It’s sweet and cinnamon-y, and the oats add heartiness and flavor without weighing things down. I feel like it’d be a real crowdpleaser—maybe even a yummy way to get kids to eat their greens!
The Verdict: I wanted to try Greenblender so that I could expand my smoothie repertoire. I appreciate how it’s allowed me to try a lot of different smoothies without a lot of leftover, wasted ingredients. This order had two smoothies I really loved and would totally make again. As for the others, I might hang on to the recipes and try them again with my own little tweaks in the future. The flavors were pretty yummy—it was more the texture that turned me off of a few of the recipes.
The cost per serving ends up being $4.90. Buying smoothies at shops around town usually costs me somewhere between $4.00 and $7.00 (though I had a big guy that cost about $9.00 recently—eep!). $4.90 doesn’t sound too high to me, for that reason, but I do think I could recreate these recipes at the local grocery store for less. You’re definitely paying for convenience here.
I have noticed that the ingredients/recipes to be most suitable for a Vitamix or larger blender. I noted during the sign-up process that I usually use a Nutribullet, but I don’t know if that had any bearing over what I got. (Thanks Liz for lending me your Vitamix!)
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?