SmoothieBox Subscription Review + Coupon – August 2018


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Smoothie Box is exactly what it sounds like—an assortment of healthy, plant-based smoothie ingredients prepped, frozen, and ready-to-blend. They’re out to make it easy to make a fast, healthy breakfast, complete with veggies, healthy fats, protein, and even grass-fed collagen!

Choose to receive a box every 30 or 60 days. The company only offers three smoothie flavors and lets you choose how many 5-packs of each flavor you’d like per box.

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Choose to receive a box every 30 or 60 days. The company only offers three smoothie flavors and lets you choose how many 5-packs of each flavor you’d like per box.

About SmoothieBox Healthy Smoothie Subscription

The Subscription Box: SmoothieBox

The Cost: $119.00 for 20 16 oz. smoothies + FREE shipping

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Now through today, 8/7 use coupon code SBSPECIAL20 to save $20 off your first SmoothieBox– that’s just $4.95 per smoothie!

The Products: 20 bags of frozen, pre-prepped smoothie ingredients (+ collagen packets!) that are ready to blend with your preferred liquid. (Water, almond milk, even coffee!)

Good to Know: As of publication, the company only offers 3 smoothie blends. (We’ll review each one below!) Each recipe comes in a pack of 5—you can customize how many of each 5-pack you’d like in your box, which can hold 4 5-packs total.

Ships to: US

SmoothieBox Review August 2018

Here’s the invoice for the box. I’m really excited to see what this service is like. I’m not a morning person at ALL, so I am VERY down to try anything that gets a healthy, filling breakfast in my hands with as little effort as possible!

This little card explains the basics of the box. Everything is stored in dry ice (as it all arrives frozen, rather than fresh), which requires you to be more careful than you might be with regular ice packs. Everything got to me perfectly solid. All I had to do was unload everything into the freezer, which was pretty simple given that the smoothies arrive in boxes of 5, organized by flavor.

20 Single Serving Collagen Pouches

One of the perks of this subscription is that you get a collagen packet for every smoothie. Collagen is the new hip superfood in the smoothie world—it’s supposed to be great for your joints, hair, skin, and nails. The jury’s out on whether that’s 100% legit (a lot of people experience benefits, but recently, I’ve heard doctors say that ingestible collagen doesn’t have as much oomph as the hype suggests). The claims made on the site of this box even come with some fine print that the statements have not been approved by the FDA yet.

What I can say for sure is that adding collagen to smoothies does add a bit more subtle creaminess to the consistency, but it doesn’t impact the flavor at all. The collagen is basically a pale, fine powder (much like protein powder) that blends in without any chunkiness. The one thing to know about it is that it’s not plant-based—this one is made from cows. While I’m not perfectly strict about it (I’m open enough that I’ll eat fish now and then, not panic too much if I unknowingly get chicken/beef broth in a dish, and most importantly, try collagen powder a few times), but I’d prefer to get my protein from a plant-based protein powder. I like that the way the collagen is packaged makes it easy for me to opt out of using it, but it definitely means that I’m not getting the full value out of the box.

Here’s the little packet. They label these packets as “Pouch B”. “Pouch A” is the bag of ingredients. Pretty straightforward, but just a heads up if you see that messaging on the other packaging!

Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are tough for me, just because they can come off tasting so… salad-y. I’ve got a sweet tooth, so savory flavors in smoothies usually aren’t my bag. The green part of this smoothie is a blend of spinach and avocado, but the flavors leading the charge are pineapple, lemon, and ginger. There are dates in the mix, too, but I didn’t register their sweetness so much as I did the pineapple fruitiness. It’s not the most scrumptious thing in the world, but there’s something intriguing about this refreshing, subtly sweet blend. It’s fruity, but not sugary. While I would totally prefer a sweet blend of banana and berries, I feel like the sheer healthiness of this smoothie will keep me coming back. It’s just SO light and, well, GREEN! It’s hard not to feel good about drinking one of these. And as it says on the bag, “You won’t have to sleep under your desk during lunch.” It’s perfectly filling but in an energizing, clean, fresh way.

Cacao Smoothie

Now a cacao smoothie, I love. Cacao isn’t quite as dessert-y as a chocolate protein powder smoothie might be, but it still nudges my sweet tooth in a nice way. This smoothie includes zucchini, sunflower kernels, and kale in addition to yummy ingredients like coconut cream, coconut water, banana, cacao nibs, and cacao powder. The texture was a little chunkier than I might’ve liked—I found myself chewing up little bits of sunflower kernels and cacao nibs even after a good bit of blending. But the very subtle sweetness is nice. It’s certainly a nice way to sneak some greens into my day!

Clementine Smoothie

This smoothie was my favorite one in the box. I’m a big citrus fan, especially in the morning. It just wakes me up. This blend includes mandarin segments, but things didn’t end up feeling pulpy at all. (My pet peeve with citrus smoothies!) There’s also sweet potato, carrot, ginger, and other delicious sunshiney ingredients to add to the color and nutrition of this recipe. I guess that the sweet potato gets the credit for the creamy, dreamy texture—the sweetness is still pretty low-key, but the consistency was almost milkshakey!

The Verdict: Part of me looks at this three-recipe subscription and thinks “What kind of options are these?!” But another part is relieved to not have to make a ton of choices about what I want in my box (or which of the multiple smoothie flavors I want to eat on any given morning). While I do wish the cacao smoothie was a little less chunky, I was really pleased with the consistency of these smoothies. The balanced nutrition is awesome, too—I liked that each one had a variety of fruits, vegetables, protein, and other superfoods mixed in so that I couldn’t help but feel healthy drinking each recipe. Since I’m not huge on collagen, I do appreciate that I could opt to include/not include it in my smoothies, but I kind of wish there was an option whether to include/not include it in the box entirely. All in all, though, I found this to be a super simple system for ensuring I always had balanced, healthy smoothies at the ready for me every morning. No guesswork required.

To Wrap Up:

Can I still get this box if I sign up today? Yes! Customize your shipment with any combination of these three flavors. Get started here!

LIMITED TIME DEAL: Now through today, 8/7 use coupon code SBSPECIAL20 to save $20 off your first SmoothieBox– making each smoothie just $4.95!

Value Breakdown: This box cost $119.00 and contained 20 16. oz. smoothies. That breaks down to $5.95 per smoothie.

What do you think of SmoothieBox? Do you like their flavor options?

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!

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12 Comments

  1. Many aspects of Smoothiebox are terrible.

    Taste: All 3 flavors taste AWFUL.

    Service: Absolutely horrible.

    Cost: Overpriced

    The one good thing is that they use environmentally responsible packaging for shipping.

    I’ve had a great experience with Butcherbox, but don’t waste your time and money on Smoothiebox.

  2. Smoothies not great. But customer service was terrible. They shipped me two boxes instead of one, and double billed me. One box takes up a lot of room in your fridge, let alone two! I now have $120 of wasted smoothies 🙁

  3. I was interested and checked this out. I saw nowhere it said vegan and I never heard of grass fed collagen before and it sounds it is an animal ingredient from critters that have been fed on grass…I rather eat the grass myself, it does not make any sense to me otherwise.

    Since I have never been acquainted with the phrase “grass-fed collagen” as if plant based direct….Thinking about it it sounds more like a critter is used as a filtering agent….Some of these places get really creative with their wording and after being vegan 16 years I proceed with caution, a lot of it.

    I share this for newbies to veganism or ones who want to try to go vegan or for ones just starting and not familiar with the wording ways of marketing used by some.

  4. I got my box the other week and really was unimpressed by it. 🙁 I had previously tried out a Daily Harvest monthly box and loved most of their smoothies, so I don’t know if my expectations were tainted when I got my SmoothieBox shipment? The greens & the clementine smoothies have a strange aftertaste that is off-putting. I normally love lemon and ginger, but I’m wondering if it’s either of those ingredients that give those 2 smoothies a strange taste? I did like the cacao smoothie, but not enough to order it again.

    I love the health profile of the smoothies and am a huge collagen fan. I’m just bummed the smoothies weren’t more delicious.

    • biosil is a great way to get collagen…cheaper too.

  5. I make smoothies everyday and a weeks worth of fruit, vegetable and nuts costs me about $10-$15. I get all the variety I want and I just don’t understand paying so much for this. Yes it does take me about 30 minutes to prep on Sunday but then I am good to go for the week.

    • Agree !

    • Thank you, this is the exact type of review I was looking for!

  6. What type of blender are you using? They look a little chunky, i’m wondering if thats the kind of blender used or just inherent to the blends they use.

    • Hi Grace! I’m using a Vitamix. I’ve tried blending them on a few different speeds (from medium to super high), and they tend to end up about the same, consistency-wise. Let me know if you have any advice/experiences with other blenders!

  7. I make smoothies just about every day and this is really appealing to me, given the high quality organic ingredients without any additives AND the fact that 20 packs of grass-fed collagen normally goes for about $35. I wish they offered a smaller box though so I could try it out without committing $100+!

    • I was thinking the same thing. I also make smoothies just about everyday, most days i’m lazy and don’t get too creative with my ingredients. I do think the ones that look the most interesting are the Daily Harvest ones…they are just SO expensive!

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