Those of you who follow my Instagram regularly know that I’ve been on a smoothie kick lately. I fall in and out of love with smoothies, but lately I’ve discovered various superfoods that are perfect in a blended beverage, which has drawn me toward them. Plus, it gives me an excuse to use one of my favorite kitchen tools: my Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ blender! I recently discovered Greenblender, which is a company that provides a delivery service of fresh ingredients, along with recipes, to make smoothies with. It’s a weekly subscription and each box is filled with fruits, veggies, superfood powders, herbs, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, non-dairy yogurts or milks, and more. Each week’s assortment is different than the last, so you won’t know what you’re going to receive until you unbox it. Although you can’t choose which smoothies you receive each week, Greenblender sends you five recipes that are very diverse, yet they all have a similar theme.
I received a box of five “Complexion-Loving Smoothie Recipes” that all had a common theme: the nutrients packed within them are all said to benefit your skin. The box comes with informational documents, including a recipe sheet with a paragraph about this week’s theme, as well as a paper with blending tips, superfood ingredient descriptions, and health benefits of the various ingredients. The company makes it as easy as possible for you to have a smooth smoothie experience (pun intended) by clarifying the best practices and keeping you informed about how these smoothies will help improve your health.
Since my schedule tends to be pretty busy during the week, and I received the package on a Monday, I decided to prepare all of the smoothies in one sitting. This was extremely efficient; however, it took a while. I believe I spent about an hour and a half washing, cutting, and blending the ingredients. There may have been extra time added due to the fact that I was photographing some of the smoothies as I went, but it still wasn’t a quick process. To alter this, one might choose to prepare two smoothies per day, but this may also sacrifice some of the freshness of the produce. You can even decide to make the smoothies one at a time, but you may be risking having some of your ingredients expire before you get a chance to make the recipe. Regardless, Greenblender chops some of your fruits and veggies in advance, and all of the powders are already measured and separated in plastic packets, ready for you to empty them into your blender. If you’re already a meal prep-type of person, this should be a breeze.
Each smoothie recipe yields two servings, so you receive 10 smoothies per shipment. Almost all of the recipes that I received contained under 200 calories per serving, and many of them were just a little over 100 per serving. The recipes that I received were Mango Tango, Flowering Apple, Carrot Coconut Zinger, So Delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, and Basil Cantaloupe Refresh. Each recipe called for 1 cup of water and 1 cup of ice in addition to the flavorful ingredients. I laid out all of my ingredients and got to blendin’.
I chose the Basil Cantaloupe Refresh to start. With baby spinach, cantaloupe, one pear, basil, pea protein, and camu camu powder, this was a hydrating and nutritious blend of ingredients. I had never heard of camu camu powder before, and the informational sheet told me that the camu camu is a fruit native to Brazil and Peru that has the most vitamin C per serving of any other recorded food. It is has anti-inflammatory properties and is said to be a mood booster. I added my ingredients to the blender in the layering order that the pamphlet explained. When I tasted it, it was certainly refreshing. It was a bit light on flavor, and I owed that to the cup of water that I used. For the next smoothies, I used about 3/4 of a cup of water to have more flavorful beverages.
I then blended the So Delicious Strawberry Rhubarb Pie recipe. This smoothie was one of my favorites out of the Greenblender bunch. It contained a banana, strawberries, rhubarb (which I had never had before, and I enjoyed the bitter kick!), So Delicious vanilla coconut yogurt (explaining the branded recipe title), and lucuma powder, another ingredient that I had never heard of before. Lucuma has been said to have anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties. This smoothie was absolutely delicious, refreshing, and naturally sweet. I would absolutely make this recipe again.
The next two smoothies I made were not my favorites. The Mango Tango recipe consisted of collard greens, a banana, mango, cherry tomatoes, lime, flaxseed, and almonds. The taste of the cherry tomatoes stood out, and as I’m not much of a veggie-infused smoothie fan, I did not enjoy this smoothie very much. The Carrot Coconut Zinger was a bit better, but still not something I would go out of my way to make again. The recipe included carrots, an orange, an apple, lime, shredded coconut, and goji berries. Although I didn’t enjoy these two very much, the last smoothie was my absolute favorite.
The Flowering Apple consisted of baby bok choy, a peach, an apple, cashews, and the star ingredient: chamomile. I’ve never heard of a smoothie that contained chamomile; I only recognized it as a popular tea ingredient. Let me tell you, it added such a delicious, floral flavor that was so refreshing. I drank pretty much the entire recipe the same night that I had prepped and tested all of the others, so the fact that I could still consume so much of it really speaks for itself.
As a whole, I seriously enjoy the concept of Greenblender. Although I didn’t love every single smoothie I received, I was still able to try new ingredient combinations and find out what I enjoy and what I don’t favor. The best part about the subscription is that each box is different. Each week, they contain new recipes with flavor combinations that you may not have previously experienced. The produce is always fresh. If you don’t think you’ll like one of the recipes, you can always keep the ingredients to be enjoyed on their own or added to other recipes! Greenblender is a great experience that deserves a try. Visit Greenblender.com to check out the service, and stay tuned for a GIVEAWAY! 🙂