Disclaimer: I received my first week free from Green Blender for reviewing purposes. I loved the service so much that just two days in I signed up to receive another box. With that being said, the opinions shared here are all mine. Oh, and if you sign up to receive this awesome smoothie delivery service using the code shared at the end of the post you’ll get a sweet deal and I’ll receive a small referral commission.
I’m going to give you the what’s what by answering the basic WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and WHY’s. Oh, and HOW.
WHO ~ This service is for anyone who watched Fat Sick and Nearly Dead and thought “I’d love to do that juicing thing but he had to buy so much produce!” or “Yeah, that’s a good thought, but how does it taste, really?” I’ll be totally honest with you, I haven’t tried juicing since the 80’s and that was only with citrus. Nothing like the crazy concoctions that are all the rage today. I can’t see buying that much produce without some of it spoiling before I use it all. And I loathe wasting food – especially fresh food.
It’s also for anyone who has tried smoothies but found that after a while she settles into a groove, a rut if you will. I have exactly two go to smoothies. I say that I’ll venture out and try new recipes but truth be told I can’t bring myself to buy exotic ingredients I only need in small quantities or will probably only use once or twice.
Or perhaps heard or read about juicing and smoothies and before you could do anything with your new found knowledge, you got overwhelmed. Juicing or smoothies? Vitamix or Blendtec? What about Ninja? Are superfood add ins worth the extra money and effort? What’s acai berry anyway?
If any of those descriptions sound like you, then you are the WHO.
WHAT ~ Green Blender is a smoothie delivery service. Full service, at that. All you need is water, ice, and something to blend the ingredients. You get a new recipe card each week with 5 recipes and enough fresh pre-proportioned ingredients to make 2 servings per recipe. So you get a total of 10 smoothies. It’s a totally efficient, no waste, no brainer approach to making smoothies. And the best part is, at least for this mom of three, is that the prep work and clean up is minimal. As long as I set aside an extra 5 minutes each morning (10 on the days I first make a recipe because I need to separate and store half of the ingredients) I’m able to make a smoothie without feeling rushed.
WHEN ~ Delivery in my area takes place on Thursdays. If I plan it right I can share a smoothie with my husband two or three times each week and still have enough to last until my next box arrives. Need to skip a week? You can skip up to 4 weeks at a time without any hassle. But you need to do it 5 days prior to your delivery day. So if I had wanted to skip this week’s box I would have had to clicked that option on my account page by Saturday. And if you decide to cancel for any reason you just email customer support.
WHERE ~ Now here comes the not so great news. This awesome service is not available in all states just yet. For being such a new business, though, they are rockin’ the east coast and southeast. Follow Green Blender on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to keep up with their ever expanding delivery area and get daily inspiration from the recipes and photos they share.
WHY ~ Drinking these smoothies is like taking a vitamin but since you’re getting the real deal your body processes the “good for you” stuff much more efficiently, absorbing more of what you need. For a more sciency explanation please search the Interweb for benefits of real food.
HOW ~ In the super informative brochure that comes with every package, the ever helpful people of Green Blender (I really want to give them cool names like baristas got, but I don’t know what “smoothie makers” is in Italian) answer your “What is acai berry anyway?” question along with everything you need to know in order to build the perfect smoothie. On the recipe sheet that comes with every shipment, they share Pro Tips for blending.
Things that weren’t covered in either the informational brochure or the recipe sheet:
Style of blender – They assume you’ll be using a traditional blender where the bottom makes contact with the blade. I, however, use a Ninja Professional so when the second step says “top with ice” that really means I need to put the ice in before adding the remaining ingredients.
Size of blender – Again, if you’re using a smaller sized blender like a Ninja or Magic Bullet you won’t be able to make two servings at once. You will need to split the ingredients. Thanks to the ingenious packaging of Green Blender, this isn’t difficult to do. It does take a little extra effort and time but really only in planning/remembering that you need to do it.
PRICING ~ There are three weekly subscription options (shown below) and three Challenge subscription options. Like with most subscriptions, you save more when you commit to more weeks at a time.
DEAL FOR YOU ~ Jenna Tanenbaum, co-founder of Green Blender and fellow FitFuential ambassador, as extended a sweet deal for you – 20% off your first box – when you sign up with the code reina.
As much as I love my daily Green Blender smothie and the twins love begging me for some (you can watch video of Andrew begging for one here), I’ll only be able to get one box a month while they’re still in daycare.