Okay, first off, yep that's a spinach leaf for garnish instead of basil, but hey - I needed a sprig of green for the pics and didn't think to save a basil leaf until it was too late. What can ya do? =P Second, smoothies! That exclamation point is sincere, but let me tell you, I'm not really a do-it-yourself-er when it comes to smoothies. Sure, I like the occasional protein shake or fruit smoothie at home, but I don't really make that many smoothies for myself on a regular basis. I never know what to put in them, and I also don't want to buy a tremendous amount of ingredients only to have them go bad a week later because I shoved them in the fridge drawer and forgot about them (please tell me that happens to you too...?). Well, insert Green Blender.
Green Blender is a weekly smoothie delivery service that provides you with all the produce, vegetables, and inclusions to make 5 different smoothies per week. Most of the ingredients are labeled (see picture below) and come in pre-portioned baggies or containers, complete with a little recipe guide for each one. For my review, I'll be posting about each smoothie individually, and today's smoothie is Strawberry Basil. As you can see from the ingredients below, there are way more ingredients in this one than just strawberries, basil, and ice. Walnuts added in some healthy fats and the goji berries (which I've never actually seen in person before!) are rich in beta-carotene. The pineapple and tomatoes added a bit more tartness, too.
The smoothie was DELICIOUS and super easy to make. Seriously, Green Blender takes all the guess work out of making a smoothie. Since everything is pre-portioned for you, all you do (after washing the produce) is place it all in a blender, add in the right amount of liquid and ice, and bam! Smoothie. All the ingredients for this one fit nicely in my single-serve blender, too, which is handy for whipping up a quick snack and taking it on the go. Keep reading for the recipe and a special DISCOUNT on Green Blender deliveries for blog readers!
Strawberry Basil Smoothie Recipe
- 2 1/2 oz grape tomatoes
- 3 oz strawberries (about 5-6 small ones)
- 4 oz pineapple chunks
- 5 basil leaves
- 2 Tbsp goji berries
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ice
- Wash and prepare all fresh produce
- Combine all ingredients in blender, add water and ice, and blend on high until smooth. (Note: Green Blender recommends blending liquids and greens together for 1 minute, then adding remaining ingredients and blending until smooth. I just combined everything in the order listed, which worked fine as well.)
Special DISCOUNT for blog readers!
Yep, that's right! You guys are all getting a 20% discount on Green Blender orders using this link, or the code INFITNESS at checkout. A week of Green Blender will run you $49, so I'm super pumped to give you this discount (that's a free smoothie right there!). I think Green Blender is a pretty awesome service, especially for people like me who want to jump on the smoothie bandwagon, but don't have the time or recipe creation abilities to do so. I hope you take advantage of it and stay tuned for 4 more delicious smoothie recipes in the coming weeks!
Readers: chat with me! Are you on the smoothie (or smoothie bowl) bandwagon? What are your favorite combinations? Have you ever heard of Green Blender? Have you ever tried a food delivery service like this before? If not, is it something that interests you?
Disclosure: I was gifted a smoothie box from Green Blender to review here on the blog. All opinions (as always!) are my own.