When I found out that I was going to need another colonoscopy, I enlisted the help of Green Blender smoothies to help me get more from my pre-clear liquid prep day liquid diet. I was determined to do my prep perfectly this time so that I don’t have to do it again for at least 2 years! Check out my Green Blender review and how they helped me enjoy an otherwise very trying process, and get my code for 20% off your own Green Blender order!
I contacted Green Blender of my own accord and was provided with a week trial in exchange for a review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.
Why the Need to Take the Liquid Diet to the Next Level?
Though I didn’t used to have issues with the colonoscopy prep, but the past 3 times that I have attempted, the prep has failed, and so we have been only able to do superficial scoping. This time, we decided to do an aggressive approach: several days of liquid diet with some solid carbs and then two days of prep and the final day of clear liquid diet. Problem? Liquid diets are rarely satisfying, provide enough fruits, vegetables, and nutrients to actually be viable for longer than a minute, and usually are very lacking in flavor. Add on to that the fact that I would then have to do two days of prep (very dehydrating and hard on your system) and the final day of clear liquid diet (again, dehydrating, hard on your system, and exhausting), and I knew that I needed to set myself up in the best possible way with a liquid diet that would help me pull through in one piece!
On top of all of the problems that the liquid diet to clear liquid diet and prep conundrum brings up, I am also active, even in the midst of funemployment, and this was Valentine’s Day weekend and Alex’s last weekend off before his inpatient rotation, for goodness’ sake! Aka, this had to be sustainable for our lifestyle and not feel like a chore during what should be a fun weekend.
Green Blender Review
What is Green Blender?
Green Blender is the healthy-focused smoothie version of a meal-creation delivery service. Every week, the pre-portioned components and recipes for 5 delicious smoothies are delivered to your door. The ingredients are largely organic, gluten free, and vegan, and each menu is demarcated with category icons that indicate the specifiec “power” and unique qualities of the smoothie: high protein, glow, energy, detox, immune boosting, low calorie, anti-inflammatory, and calm (many of the smoothies fit into multiple categories). That way you can choose the best recipe for you for that time (post workout? Before bed?)
What Makes Green Blender Smoothies Healthy?
The first major difference between Green Blender smoothies and cleanse or detox juices is that Green Blender is meant to be part of your healthy diet on an ongoing basis. This is because while juices do retain certain vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from the fruits and vegetables, by blending the whole fruit and vegetable and incorporating the entire ingredient into the smoothie, you loose nothing: you retain the fiber and body all while breaking down the physical structure of the raw veg into a more digestible form.
Another huge plus? All Green Blender smoothies are made from organic, non-GMO, vegan ingredients, and recipes are created seasonally for max flavor!
Finally, each recipe is created to power the body and make healthy choices easy. The company lives by the famous Hippocrates quote, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Using Green Blender to Build a Better Smoothie At Home
Now, I have said before and I will say again, that I am not usually a big smoothie person. For one thing, the blender scares the cat, and for another, I am rarely satisfied by them (see above). But I had a very different experience with Green Blender. For one, I found each smoothie to be delicious, unique, and with enough body to them that I didn’t feel like I had just had water to drink, rather than a meal. Something else that I loved? They tell you how to build the perfect smoothie!
I make smoothies from time to time, but apparently I’ve been doing it all wrong! And their method really worked! The smoothies came out better blended and smoother than those I had made in the past. And no, I don’t have a fancy blender. And then to blend the liquids and green together first, THEN add the remaining ingredients? DOY.
Other touches that I loved! Their use of spices, like a touch of cayenne or cloves; refreshing flavors (apple, lemon, and avocado) and seemingly decadent flavors (pomegranate, cacao, and dates). My favorite smoothie of all was the one that I was expecting to like perhaps the least! That one had yellow squash (which I don’t like!), mangosteen, red pepper, and orange as well as pea protein. I LOVED it!
I also loved the inventive use of superfoods–not just Acai or chia, but even yacon root, which I had never heard of!
Green Blender also offers a variety–both more “advanced taste” smoothies (think serious greens) as well as crowd pleasers (think pineapple and other fruits), high protein to refreshing and rehydrating. I loved how the recipe creators had fun with the recipes and achieved a balance between health, flavor, and inventiveness.
I personally don’t drink enough smoothies to make Green Blender an every week occurrence. However, if you love your smoothies and smoothie bowls and want to try something new and exciting, this might be amazing for you. Furthermore, the preportioned nature of the delivery means that you don’t have to worry about your ingredients going bad!
Like many food delivery services, the product is not cheap. But the product is premium, and I firmly believe you should spend money on what matters most to you in life, and I think food and health should be right there. If you are having trouble maintaining a healthy lifestyle and making healthy choices (such as getting fruits and vegetables in), I think that such a service is one to consider!
There are limited options: you either like what you get or you don’t. But why not try something new! And if one of the recipes is simply not up your alley, I think you can find a way to repurpose fruits and veggies, right?
If you have allergies, you should keep in mind that all products are packaged in one container (though individually wrapped). There is always a possibility of cross contamination.
Bottom Line of my Green Blender Review:
I may have used it as a break from a food-focused diet, but I think that Green Blender could be an excellent addition to anyone’s healthy lifestyle. Take the pre-packaged ingredients to work and blend on site. Invest in your health!
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