Greenblender Smoothie Subscription Review + Coupon – April 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 April 2018 Review
Inside the box, there was a Winc coupon card. Learn more about Winc (and get your own coupon) here!
I also got a card about Greenblender.
They also included a promo card for Vermont Village apple cider vinegar.
Finally, there’s a sheet of all of the week’s smoothie recipes. You only get 5 of these recipes per box, but I like that I’ll have the other recipes to try on my own in the future.
Bonus: Set of 2 Stainless Steel Reusable Straws and Straw Cleaning Brush
In previous boxes, I’ve gotten a handful of wide-mouth plastic straws to use with my smoothies. In THIS box, however, I got two stainless steel straws and a cleaning brush! How cool! I’ve been reading about how wasteful plastic straws can be, so I’m really excited to have this more sustainable alternative. I might keep one at home and one on hand in my office, too, so I can use it in iced coffees, etc.
Pina Banana Smoothie (Collard greens, banana, pineapple, coconut, lucuma, water, and ice)
This smoothie had a nice gentle sweetness to it, plus a tropical note from the pineapple. It’s light and refreshing, though following the recipe made it go down a little more like a juice than a thick smoothie. I might try this one again with some coconut milk and more ice than water just to thicken it up.
Pear Rhubarb Smoothie (Swiss chard, pear, rhubarb, lime, chia seeds, water, and ice)
Oof, this bag of ingredients came with the saddest pear I’ve ever seen! It had a big dent in it that looked awfully moldy, so I subbed in my own pear for the recipe. The smoothie itself didn’t really come together for me. I ran this smoothie in the Vitamix for a good 30 seconds or so, but the produce still had a chunky, fibrous texture in the glass. The lime was blended into the smoothie, but the tartness kind of overwhelmed things and added even more pulpiness. All in all, not a winner in my book. If you’re into very, VERY green smoothies, then you might be A-OK with it. It just didn’t do it for me.
Pineapple Cider (Baby spinach, pear, pineapple, drinking cider, chia seeds, water, and ice)
This was my favorite smoothie in the box! I’ve never put apple cider vinegar in a smoothie, but it added a really delightful zip to the rest of these mild, sweet flavors. The vinegar came in a single-serving pouch, which was really convenient for whipping this drink up. I did notice that the vinegar was “blueberries and honey” flavor, though I didn’t notice those tastes in the finished product—the vinegar-ness ended up being the most forward flavor. Again, I might want to thicken this one up (probably with more ice, rather than any kind of milk), but it’s a recipe I could totally see making again!
Cucumber Matcha Cooler (Cucumber, apple, grapes, chia seeds, matcha powder, water, and ice)
This smoothie was pretty tasty, too. I love matcha, but I honestly didn’t taste it very much in this blend. The flavor is smooth, sweet, and actually really cooling. This is going to be a tasty one for the summer!
Sweet and Sour Beet Smoothie (Beet, grapes, orange, ginger, walnuts, water, and ice)
I liked this smoothie, though I might leave out the orange next time (or just swap it out for orange juice). It adds so much pulp to the already rather fibrous blend that the smoothie becomes a little salad-y. Steaming the beet a bit does make things blend more smoothly. I liked the mild, earthy sweetness of this nutritious smoothie. Plus, how could you resist something as beautifully ruby red as this concoction?
The Verdict: This Greenblender box definitely felt healthy, but was it tasty? Hmm. I feel like each smoothie was like… 80% there. Either the flavors were a little imbalanced or the texture needed some work. I do feel like the service makes it easy to have nutrient-rich smoothies on hand—there’s no need to run out to the grocery store or research new smoothie recipes to try. But each time I try a new recipe, I’m left thinking “Hmm, when I try this again, I’ll do XYZ instead”. (And of course, to try it again, I’d have to go out to the grocery store, etc. which kind of takes away the convenience factor.)
The cost per serving ends up being $4.90. In my experience, buying smoothies at shops around town usually costs me somewhere between $4.00 and $7.00. $4.90 doesn’t sound too high to me for that reason.
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 for this review!)
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?