Now that the holidays are over, I’ve started to think about getting my diet back on track. Not that I haven’t enjoyed all the sweets, but I’ve started to crave foods with actual nutrients. What better way to get nutrition than a vitamin-rich smoothie?
For a while now, I’ve been mystified by the green smoothie craze. Sure, I’d tried fruit smoothies before, but blending in collard greens or kale… can that really be good? Curious but not knowing where to begin, I came across GreenBlender. It seemed like the perfect way to start blending my way to better health.
What’s a Green Smoothie?
According to Wikipedia, a “green” smoothie is a blended drink consisting of about 40-50% green leafy vegetables (spinach, kale, etc.), with the remainder being fruit. The bitterness of the greens is balanced by the sweetness of the fruit which in theory makes it tasty.
GreenBlender delivers the ingredients for five smoothies, with two servings each, to my door each week. Upon registering, I got to choose one of three plans of varying commitment: weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Plans start at $49/week. I selected the weekly plan, because it seemed the most flexible. I can cancel up to a few days before the next delivery, and not be charged.
Let’s Get Blendin’
The first box came packaged with the above ingredients. Everything was pre-proportioned and clearly labeled, so it was pretty easy to just chop the fruits, and throw everything in my NutriNinja AutoIQ with some ice and water. I use the large cup a lot, when I stuff it full with greens, it blends down to a smoothie of half the size.
All the smoothies in each box have a range of flavor profiles, and there’s a mix of both green smoothies and fruit smoothies for added variety. The recipes that came in my most recent box:
- Creamy Kiwi
- Chocolate Covered Almonds
- Kumquat Cantaloupe
- Harmless Harvest Creamsicle
- Lavender Lemonade
The GreenBlender brochure explains what some of the “superfood” ingredients are and what makes each of them such amazing source of nutrition. So, not only am I getting more of my daily servings of fruits and vegetables in, but some of the “superfoods” in the smoothies can actually help reduce my stress levels, and have skin repairing effects. There are icons listed next to each recipe, which serve as a quick guide to the benefits of each, whether it be “Low Calorie,” or good for “Energy,” etc.
- Super convenient – comes right to your door!
- New recipes each week
- Organic, non-GMO
- Features some unique ingredients, not things you can find easily at the grocery store
- No choices or substitutions, you get what you get
- You have to eat smoothies quickly, so produce doesn’t spoil
- Somewhat pricey, starting at $49/week
At the time of publishing this, I’ve enjoyed three boxes of smoothies from GreenBlender. The adventure of a different smoothie every morning has been fun, and the ease of just throwing something in a blender for breakfast has been amazing.
I was initially skeptical, but I’m surprised how much the I enjoy the green smoothies. The best green smoothie that I’ve discovered has been Cinnamon Bun-– it was like gooey baked goodness in a glass! I didn’t even taste the collard greens; the fruit balances the greens nicely. That said, on the whole, I prefer spinach as the base green, it seems the most neutral. Swiss chard can still taste a little bitter.
The Lavender Lemonade has been my favorite of the purely fruit smoothies I’ve tried. It was refreshing and light. The flavors were a great combination. I may be a little bias though, I love lemon in nearly anything.
I’ve liked most of the recipes I’ve tried. After just a few weeks, I now know what I do and don’t like, and have grown comfortable making substitutions. For instance, I tend not to like the texture of nuts in my smoothies, but I can substitute those with nut butters instead (which I keep on hand, and are not provided by GreenBlender).
In Summary, GreenBlender + Me = A”Berry” Good “Pear”
While this service might seem a bit pricey, I thought it was a worthwhile health investment. After a couple weeks of smoothies, I’m surprised at how good I feel. I’m eating way more fruits and veggies than before, and as a bonus, I’ve noticed that choosing to have a smoothie in the morning instead of a heavy meal has motivated me to make healthier choices throughout the day.
Have you given smoothies a whirl? Let us know what you thought?