Greenleaf smoothie is underwhelming

Janie Akers

Smoothies are one of my favorite snacks. I typically make my own at home, but I am always down to try a new smoothie spot.

This week, I decided to try a smoothie from Greenleaf Juicing Company in Nora. I’ve been to Greenleaf before to order acai bowls, but this was my first time getting a smoothie. Their acai bowls are some of the better ones I’ve had, so needless to say I was looking forward to trying a Greenleaf smoothie.

Upon walking in, I was greeted with the same bright and clean atmosphere as always. The greenery on the walls and complimentary jug of lemon water offered a calming environment, which is always nice. 

Greenleaf has an extensive menu, and since I was not craving anything specific, I asked the lady working at the counter for a recommendation. Per her opinion, I placed my order for the dragon berry smoothie. 

When she turned the screen around to show me my total, my experience started going downhill. I was shocked. My smoothie cost $9.76, so I expected something amazing.

When my smoothie came out, the cup was sticky with blender remnants. This was slightly frustrating because it made my hands sticky, however I was still hopeful for the taste. If their acai bowls stand out, their smoothies couldn’t possibly be too different, right?

Wrong. This was one of the most average smoothies I have ever had. It was an aesthetically pleasing shade of pink, but that did not make up for it tasting bland and leaving a strange texture in my mouth. 

Before I get too worked up, let me clarify that the smoothie was certainly refreshing and I finished the whole thing while I did my homework. But for a $9.76 smoothie, I was underwhelmed. It was no show-stopper, and the sticky hands simply added to my disdain.

While Greenleaf will still be a regular acai bowl spot for me, I do not foresee myself purchasing another smoothie any time soon. The overall pricing, flavor and experience simply was not up to par with what I anticipated, and I left feeling somewhat disappointed.