About GreenBlender

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff Published on: Nov 21, 2017

Each week, GreenBlender delivers perfectly portioned, farm-fresh superfood ingredients and five delicious recipes to customers, allowing them to blend 10 premium smoothies at home.

The website reports that many of the high-quality fruits, vegetables, and superfoods found in these smoothies are sourced from local organic farms, while all are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, proteins, and fiber that could deliver benefits like “clearer skin, heightened mental clarity, increased energy, and weight loss.”

We’re told these nutrients might even help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.

In addition, each GreenBlender delivery is said to allow customers to experience new flavors, nourish their mind, and receive everything they need to say yes to their health.

Is a subscription necessarily right for you, though? And if it is, what kinds of health benefits might you realistically expect to achieve? In this article, we’ll help you decide if GreenBlender can help you fall in love with your health, as claimed on the website.

What Are Superfoods & Their Health Benefits?

In general, when consumed regularly, superfoods are packed with vitamins and minerals that could deliver some health benefits:

“Some of the nutrients that certain superfoods contain include antioxidants, thought to ward off cancer; healthy fats, thought to prevent heart disease; fiber, thought to prevent diabetes and digestive problems; or phytochemicals, the chemicals in plants responsible for deep colors and smells.”

However, according to Despina Hyde, a registered dietician with the weight management program at New York University's Langone Medical Center who was interviewed for the article, "Superfoods don't have their own food group. As a dietician, I think 'superfood' is more of a marketing term for foods that have health benefits."

As such, the author emphasizes a couple of important points to keep in mind if you’re in the market for a ‘superfood’ product like GreenBlender.

First, because ‘superfoods’ don’t have their own food group and the term is often used more for marketing purposes, it means very little and is something that’s not recognized by scientists.

Next, while superfoods themselves might be packed with beneficial nutrients, the manufacturer’s processing could remove many of these components, or even add additional unhealthy ones:

“For example, green tea has several antioxidants. But green tea sold in the United States is generally cut with inferior teas and brewed with copious amounts of sugar. The Japanese and Chinese generally do not drink green tea with sugar. Many kinds of super-juices — acai berry, noni fruit, pomegranate — can be high in added sugar.”

With these details in mind (we’ll discuss more shortly), let’s take a closer look at GreenBlender’s offerings.

What’s Included In GreenBlender’s Menus & Recipes?

Each GreenBlender recipe is said to make a thick, nutrient-rich, filling shake that maintains all parts of each ingredient, including fiber. All you’ll need is a blender and some water. Or, you can also use other liquids like almond milk, coconut milk (and water), maple water, watermelon water, aloe water, hemp milk, rice milk, cold-pressed turmeric, and cactus water.

Ingredients arrive unwashed, which will be your responsibility (outside of dry powders, of course), and are meant to last for the week in which they were delivered.

Once blended, each smoothie recipe yields two, 12oz servings, which will remain fresh for up to 24 hours in the fridge, as long as it’s stored in a sealed glass or plastic container. If frozen, you can extend freshness even longer.

While GreenBlender’s menu changes weekly, here are some examples of what was available at the time of writing:

Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes

For energy, boosting immune function, and glow.

  • 4 oz sweet potato
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Nutrition facts per serving: 209 calories, 5g fat, 30g carbs, 3g fiber, 14g sugar, 4g protein.

Cranberry Ginger

For boosting immune function and glow.

  • 1 1/2 oz baby spinach
  • 1 pear
  • 2 oz cranberries
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 2 dates
  • 3 tbsp walnuts
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Nutrition facts per serving: 160 calories, 8g fat, 22g carbs, 6g fiber, 13g sugar, 3g protein.

GreenBlender Cranberry GingerGreenBlender Cranberry GInger Credit: GreenBlender

Almond Apple Pie

A low-calorie option for increasing energy and glow.

  • 1 1/2 oz baby kale
  • 2 apples
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup ice

Nutrition facts per serving: 105 calories, 2g fat, 23g carbs, 6g fiber, 16g sugar, 1g protein.

Lucuma Luster

Another low-calorie, high-fiber option for boosting glow and immune function.

  • 1 1/2 oz baby spinach
  • 1 orange
  • 1 pear
  • 1 tsp lucuma
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Nutrition facts per serving: 120 calories, 2g fat, 25g carbs, 8g fiber, 14g sugar, 3g protein.

Butternut Matcha

Energy and glow with low calories and low sugar content.

  • 1 1/2 oz baby spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 4 oz butternut squash
  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 1 tbsp hemp seed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Nutrition facts per serving: 99 calories, 3g fat, 18g carbs, 4g fiber, 6g sugar, 4g protein.

Spicy Southwest Cilantro

A low-calorie option that’s focused on anti-inflammatory benefits.

  • 1 1/2 oz red leaf lettuce
  • 1 apple
  • 4 sprigs cilantro
  • 1/2 limes
  • 1/2 - 1 jalapeño - stemmed, seeded
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Nutrition facts per serving: 47 calories, 0g fat, 8g sugar, 1g protein, 3g fiber, 12g carbs.

Pineapple Kumquat Passion

A low-calorie and high-fiber blend that’s said to boost the immune system and promote glow.

  • 1 1/2 oz Swiss chard
  • 3 oz kumquats
  • 1 orange
  • 4 oz pineapple
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut water

Nutrition facts per serving: 150 calories, 2g fat, 27g carbs, 7g fiber, 20g sugar, 3.5g protein.

Maqui Apple Cleanse

A low-calorie, immune boosting blend.

  • 1 yellow squash - chopped
  • 5 oz grapes
  • 1 container applesauce - (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tbsp hemp seed
  • 1 tsp maqui berry powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup ice

Nutrition facts per serving: 144 calories, 2g fat, 22g carbs, 3g fiber, 19g sugar, 4g protein.

GreenBlender Maqui Apple CleanseGreenBlender Maqui Apple Cleanse Credit: GreenBlender

How Much Does GreenBlender Cost?

To begin a GreenBlender subscription, customers only need to pick the five most appealing smoothies from the weekly selection of eight. Subscriptions were priced as follows (note: The company currently doesn’t deliver to parts of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan):

  • Fresh Start Week-to-Week Subscription: $49 – Five recipes per box (10 servings), which works out to $4.90 per serving.
  • Monthly Challenge 4-Box Subscription: $176 – Works out to about $4.40 per serving.
  • Healthy Habit 12-Box Subscription: $468 – About $3.90 per serving.

The company also offers one-time purchases of stainless steel smoothie straws from $10, as well as 11 oz bags of Hemp Seed, Goji Berries, and Pea Protein for $19.99 each.

All subscriptions include free shipping and automatically renew at the end of each billing cycle. You can skip up to six weekly deliveries without being charged (or longer by contacting service directly) and can cancel at any time.

If you sign up for a longer subscription, the FAQ indicates you can request to continue until the end of your term, or forgo all future shipments. If the latter, customers will receive a prorated refund calculated “by subtracting the full retail value of $49 for each box delivered, or to be delivered, during the then-current subscription term from the dollar amount paid for the then-current subscription term.”

This means that if you only want one box, you’ll need to sign up for a subscription and then cancel it after receiving the shipment.

Assistance can be reached at 866-249-2504, support@greenblender.com, or via their site’s contact form.

What Can We Learn From GreenBlender Customer Reviews?

The most recent, in-depth GreenBlender review we encountered during our research came from Kristine Duncan, MS, RDN, CDE, who didn’t necessarily appreciate the ‘Cool as a Cucumber,’ ‘Acai Cran Grape,’ or ‘Oh My Darlin’ Clementine’ recipes that were available when she ordered.

However, she noted the ‘Honey Lime Refresh’ recipe was “gloriously colored,” simple, and refreshing; ‘Lemon Lift’ was “tart, but complex and well-rounded,” and that ‘Green Horchata’ was “awesome.”

‘Almond Oat Elixir’ was her favorite, citing the “wonderful combination” of the cinnamon and almond butter flavors, with a pleasing creaminess, although with the highest calories per serving of the bunch (233 kcal).

Overall, Kristine said she appreciated GreenBlender’s organic and vegan ingredients, along with how they could be combined to deliver a speedy, dense source of protein that’s low in calories.

She noted that the lack of directions caused some confusion, though, and that nutrition facts weren’t consistently presented. Some of the lower calorie options might not leave customers satisfied, she felt, especially if that’s all they consumed for breakfast. And perhaps most importantly (since the website promotes several health benefits related to superfoods):

“I didn’t get too excited about the health claims associated with the week’s themes. I don’t know of much research that would support the idea that a smoothie made with specific ingredients could calm me down, though I can be a cheerleader for the mountain of vegetables and fruit you consume in each glass (and the likely hefty dose of vitamin C).”

In the end, Katherine felt it was a fun experiment, but noted she likely wouldn’t continue with a subscription because of cost.

We also encountered three GreenBlender customer reviews on TrustPilot.com, who had given the subscription service an average rating of three stars. Positive feedback included ease of use; fresh, organic ingredients, and limited waste produced.

On the other hand, one complaint referenced high price, while the other was frustrated about their automatic subscription renewal.

From a company perspective, GreenBlender was co-founded in 2014 by CEO Amir Cohen and Jenna Tanenbaum. Previously, Jenna worked as a marketing manager for ClassPass and a product analyst for Chartbeat, while Amir worked as VP of Product for Open Air Publishing and VP of Product Development for CollegeHumor Media.

GreenBlender vs. Daily Harvest: Which Superfood Smoothie Delivery Service Should You Choose?

While you’ll find dozens of companies that offer food subscription services, ingredients, and included recipes, there are currently only a couple of mainstream competitors that combine all of these aspects into a smoothie-centric service like GreenBlender:

Comapny Price Per Serving Recipe & Menu Details
GreenBlender $3.90-$4.90 Five recipes delivered each week (two 12oz servings), which change regularly
Goodie $4.89 Each weekly box includes 5 recipes and 10 smoothie servings
Daily Harvest $6.99-$7.99 per cup 18 different recipes, choose weekly or monthly plans

How to decide on the best option for you?

Perhaps the most important factor to keep in mind that that, writing for EatingWell.com, Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D. notes that smoothies can be a great way to ensure you’re getting a variety of daily fruits and vegetables in your diet. And compared to juicing, smoothies contain the whole plant and therefore tend to retain a higher level of nutrients.

However, she also emphasizes that there’s “no substitute for whole fruits and vegetables in your diet because it’s easier to take in more calories when you drink instead of eat them. Thus, the Produce for Better Health Foundation recommends no more than 8 to 12 ounces of blended or juiced produce daily.”

Along these same lines, when asking “should you be gulping down a smoothie every morning,” Thomas Campbell MD says no. Why? Two main reasons:

“There is research to show that if you take exactly the same energy as a liquid instead of a solid, you will consume more calories later because the liquefied energy doesn’t satisfy your appetite as well as the solid food.

In addition, you may be changing the rate and effect of nutrient digestion in important ways. We know that for some food, like rice, if you mechanically turn it into a slurry prior to consuming it, your body reacts with a significantly sharper and faster spike in blood sugar.”

Together, he emphasizes that regular smoothie consumption might not be ideal for those looking to lose weight, or those with diabetes or high triglyceride levels.

Finally, keep in mind that the GreenBlender recipes above contain between six and 19g of sugar per serving, which is up to half of the American Heart Association’s maximum recommended additional daily intake for men, and as much as 90 percent for women.

Outside of this, the differences between smoothie ingredient delivery services largely seem to come down to recipes (and individual ingredients) offered, price per serving, and online customer feedback. What does this mean regarding your future with GreenBlender?

Our Final Thoughts About GreenBlender

In the end, GreenBlender had some of the lowest per-serving prices among the competition at the time of our research, if that’s one of your primary factors. They also seemed to come with mostly positive—if somewhat limited—online customer feedback.

But like any other food-based decisions, whether or not they’ll please your palate depends almost wholly on your personal preferences. But if you give a GreenBlender box a try and aren’t satisfied, the company appears to make canceling your subscription as easy as reaching out to their support staff.

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