Daily Harvest Reviews

Daily Harvest Reviews For Weight Loss , Menu Cost For Smoothies and Ice Cream

 

Daily Harvest

 

Daily Harvest is a plant-based meal delivery service providing a variety of ready-to-eat smoothies, oat and chia bowls, flatbreads, harvest bowls, soups, snacks, and even lattes.

The company aims to make eating healthier easy and delicious by helping provide more fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Daily Harvest started as a prepackaged, frozen smoothie delivery service. Since then, it has expanded to include meal and snack options for any time of day.

The company prides itself on using fruits and vegetables as the foundation of each of its products.

It currently offers more than 80 plant-based menu items to choose from, including a variety of smoothies, breakfast bowls, harvest bowls, and soups.

You select the menu items you want, and they arrive on your doorstep, completely frozen.

In April of 2020, Daily Harvest announced it was working toward becoming 100% recyclable.

In fact, the company is already partway there, as its cardboard delivery boxes, cups, bowls, and insulated dry ice bags are either recyclable or compostable.

In addition to being vegan, all of Daily Harvest’s items are gluten-free with zero additives or preservatives.

Meal selection

Unlike other meal delivery services, Daily Harvest does not offer predesigned menus. Instead, customers get to choose which items they want to receive each week.

Current plans include a weekly delivery of 9, 12, or 24 items, or a monthly delivery of 24 items.

Customers can order online or through the Daily Harvest smartphone app. Using their online account, they may also skip weeks, swap out selections, and manage deliveries.

Once you choose your plan, you can select your meals from more than 80 chef-crafted options, including:

  • smoothies
  • chia bowls
  • oat bowls
  • soups
  • flatbreads
  • harvest bowls
  • snack bites
  • plant-based ice creams
  • lattes

Note that most of the items come with one serving per order. However, the snack bites, ice creams, and lattes contain multiple servings per order.

Ingredients

Daily Harvest makes its meals with high quality, plant-based ingredients. Meals are free of additives, preservatives, and fillers.

The company describes its ingredients as being thoughtfully sourced. It says it works closely with farmers and food suppliers to ensure optimal quality.

While it uses some conventional produce, 95% of the ingredients are organic.

The company also aims to avoid pesticides. Certain types of nonorganic produce tend to have high pesticide residues, according to the Environmental Working Group. Daily Harvest specifically avoids these by selecting organic versions of these fruits and vegetables (1).

All of Daily Harvest’s meals are vegan and feature a base of fruits and vegetables.

Meals also commonly include other high quality, plant-based ingredients, such as nuts, seeds, whole grains, spices, herbs, and powders like matcha and cacao.

Sweeter options, like its ice creams, bites, and lattes, are either sweetened with fruit or contain natural sweeteners like organic maple syrup.

An important thing to note is that consumers need to provide their own liquids. For example, you’ll need plant-based milk to make a smoothie or your own broth to reheat one of the soups.

Taste and freshness

In-house nutritionists and chefs craft Daily Harvest recipes with high quality ingredients.

To ensure freshness, all of the items arrive at your door frozen and packaged with dry ice.

Once you get your meals, they should last for up to 3 months in the freezer.

You can reheat items like soups, harvest bowls, and oat bowls in the microwave or on the stove. You may want to heat the flatbreads in either a traditional oven or toaster oven.

Meanwhile, you can eat the bites and ice creams straight from the freezer.

In addition to being fresh, Daily Harvest’s items are flavorful because they use produce that’s frozen at peak ripeness. They also include herbs, spices, and homemade sauces.

However, those looking for variety week-to-week may find the meal service repetitive after a few orders. The company has more than 80 items on its menu but does not add new items regularly.

Diet friendliness

All of Daily Harvest’s meals, snacks, and lattes are plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, and made to support a balanced diet.

However, because customers need to provide their own milk and broths for some of the items, it’s up to the customer whether these meals remain vegan and dairy-free.

Many of the items are too high in carbs to be suitable for keto or other very-low-carb diets. Also, while some items may be paleo-friendly, the meals are not designed with the paleo diet in mind.

Furthermore, the meals are not specifically designed to be low in salt or fat. However, the nutritional information is available for each item, so you can pick and choose suitable options for your specific health needs.

It’s also important to note that most of the meals are generally lower in calories and protein. As a result, they may not be filling enough or provide adequate calories and nutrients, depending on your individual needs.

Finally, Daily Harvest may not be a good fit if you have severe food allergies. Allergen information is available for each item, but all of the items are prepared in the same facility, so cross contamination could occur.

Weight loss

Daily Harvest does not claim to help support weight loss. Instead, it’s designed to simply help people eat more healthy, plant-based meals.

That said, most entrées contain 400 or fewer calories, so some individuals may find themselves losing weight by using Daily Harvest.

Depending on your current calorie intake, replacing some or all of your meals with Daily Harvest’s lower calorie options could result in a reduction in your overall calorie intake and subsequent weight loss (2Trusted Source, 3Trusted Source).

Additionally, studies have found plant-based diets are associated with weight loss and a reduced risk of obesity (4Trusted Source, 5Trusted Source, 6Trusted Source).

However, research has also shown that a higher protein intake can increase feelings of fullness and help people lose weight (7Trusted Source, 8Trusted Source).

Because many of Daily Harvest’s options are lower in protein, with 20 or fewer grams per serving, some individuals may not find the meals to be filling enough on their own.

It’s also important to note that the nutrition facts for each item do not include any liquid that customers need to add themselves.

Finally, whether you lose weight using Daily Harvest also depends on many other factors, such as other foods you’re eating throughout the day and your physical activity level.

Price

The cost of Daily Harvest depends on which items you choose and how many items you order at once. Discounts are offered on larger orders.

Item prices range from $5.99 for oat and chia bowls to $8.99 for harvest bowls, flatbreads, and pints of plant-based ice cream.

However, the more items you order, the more money you save on your full order:

  • $5 off an order of 9–11 items
  • $10 off an order of 12–23 items
  • $20 off an order of 24–26 items

Shipping and taxes are included in the base price of each item, so there are no surprise costs at checkout.

You also have up until 6 p.m. Eastern Time on the Sunday before your planned delivery to modify or skip your order. You can make changes to orders via the Daily Harvest website or app.

For new customers, Daily Harvest is currently offering $10 off each of the first three orders.

 

It changed the way I eat when I’m in a hurry, plus more.

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I write a great deal about meal prep. I often practice what I preach, making salads and casseroles on the weekend so I can heat and eat in a breeze during the week when my time is limited because of work demands.

But, if I’m being honest, there are many weeks when there’s absolutely no time even on Sundays to get my grocery list sorted, food purchased, and meals made. That’s when I’ve found myself turning to take-out or frozen meals more times than I’d like to admit.

But with the evolution of the meal kit and direct-to-consumer food companies, some brands have rethought how busy people can eat well—vegetables, superfoods, fruit, nuts, and more—without a great deal of effort. One such company is Daily Harvest.

Originally known for their pre-packaged smoothie blends, the company now offers Harvest Bowls (savory foods they say are great for any time of day), soups, lattes, oat bowls, and chia bowls. These foods are different approaches to their same basic idea: deliver healthful, fulfilling meals you can feel good making and serving yourself or your family, even when you’re too busy to really cook.

I tried a variety of their products for a month. I drank smoothies in the mornings, and I used harvest bowls as a quick lunch or dinner when I didn’t have time to cook. Oat bowls were for weekend mornings, when I had more time to sit down and enjoy each spoonful. Soups made for wonderfully easy weeknight dinners with a piece of crusty fresh baguette picked up on my way home. I ate a lot of these pre-packaged meals in my 31-day experiment, which means I had a great deal to learn and share.

4 Main Takeaways of Eating Daily Harvest for One Month

1. It’s a lot healthier than almost any other frozen food options: Smoothies, even with the addition of oat milk, come in under 400 calories for most mixes. While that is higher than a bowl of cereal, each smoothie is bursting at the seams with fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, good fats, and more. Plus, the smoothies are packaged so you can blend, pour, then sip on the go. That removed any temptation to reach for a mega blueberry muffin when I picked up coffee, and it certainly removed any appeal of an egg-and-cheese biscuit at the donut shop, too. Plus, the savory Harvest Bowls had admirable nutrition numbers, with typically less than 400 calories and sodium that, in some cases is higher than you’d like to consume in one meal, but pales in comparison to most frozen dinners.

2. It’s an incredibly easy way to boost fruit and vegetable intake with little effort: I have to admit I struggle to get all my daily servings of fruits and vegetables. (Actually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says only 1 in 10 adults get enough fruit and vegetables, so if you’re one of the 9 in 10 who doesn’t, I’m with you.) What I found with my Daily Harvest supply was that I dramatically increased the amount of produce and plants I was eating because their foods are all plant-forward. Instead of macaroni and cheese, you get to enjoy broccoli with “cheeze.” The faux cheese is made with nutritional yeast, which is savory enough that it could fool any cheese fiend. Because I was eating a smoothie for breakfast and a Harvest Bowl for either lunch or dinner (sometimes both), I infinitely increased my veggie intake over grilled chicken with sweet potato wedges, which was my usual go-to fast casual order.

 

3. It destroyed my excuse for not eating well—lack of time: Even easier than meal kits, the Daily Harvest Harvest Bowls are ready in under 10 minutes. I emptied a cup into a warming skillet or saute pan while I did a bit of kitchen cleaning, and I let the heat do the work of thawing the vegetables and warming the sauces. Not at home near a stove? Even easier: You can warm them in a microwave. The flavors are bright and bold. Unlike many frozen meals, these aren’t loaded down with salty sauces to mask subpar ingredients. If I was looking for a heftier meal, I simply added some grilled chicken or seared tofu. For the smoothies, I got into the routine of readying them as I was getting ready for the day. I added the suggested liquid to the cup (typically, almond milk, oat milk, or coconut water), and let it sit for about 5 minutes to soften up the ingredients. (My blender is strong, but it can use a helping hand with a slightly softer frozen pack.) Then, I’d pour it into the blender, and let the magic “smoothie” button go to work. The portable cups are designed for sipping on the go, so I put the smoothie back into the cup, popped on the top, and inserted a reusable straw.

4. I tried foods I’d typically not buy. I like most foods, but often only in small quantities. So when I have a craving for Brussels sprouts, I want to eat them once, and then probably not again for a few days. If I cook a recipe, however, I’ll probably have at least three servings leftover. The same goes for foods like kimchi. I like it a bit, but not a whole lot. But the single-serve meals let you satisfy a bit of craving—I adore the Brussels Sprouts + Lime Pad Thai—and then move on to another flavor the next day, like Mushroom + Miso soup. The same goes for the smoothies. While buying your own ingredients is a great way to DIY a mix you know you’ll love, the option to have any number of flavors during the week is alluring. One day, I’d want something a bit more savory (as in not terribly sweet), so I’d turn to Black Sesame + Banana. For something a touch more fruity, the Strawberry + Vanilla Beanwas a favorite.

What’s the Price of Daily Harvest?

Daily Harvest offers 9-, 12-, and 24-cup boxes. Prices per cup decrease as you increase the number of cups per box. A box of 9, which might be great for a week of smoothies with a few dinner options, is $7.75/cup. If you try it once and decide this is for you, a box of 24, or a month’s worth of cups, is $6.99.

I found this keeps my grocery budget only a bit lower than what I was spending when I was haphazardly buying meals because I didn’t have time to cook. A single $20 salad and soup is almost three cups of fruits and vegetables, or three meals. But consider what I was getting in exchange: real food.

Is it an inexpensive option? No, you are getting a lot of fresh produce and prepared foods, which means you’re paying a premium for those services. But when compared to thawed soupy marinara and a limp chicken breast patty, the option to eat something that tastes as close to freshly prepared as possible, the extra expensive seems worth it to me, especially when my go-to alternative it nowhere near as healthy or cheap.

 

 

DAILY HARVEST REVIEW – I TRIED IT FOR FOUR WEEKS STRAIGHT

And I’m Obsessed with the Lattes

Daily Harvest is a weekly (or monthly) healthy food subscription service that delivers you pre-portioned, superfood smoothies, soups, bowls, and other snacks in convenient little travel cups. They are also super healthy and easy to prepare, making this a dream sub for someone who wants to eat super clean with minimal effort.

Daily Harvest soups and smoothies are always unrefined and vegan, made with 98% organic ingredients, and full of superfoods. Pick a pack of the company’s best-sellers, or choose your own cups. Like typical meal kit delivery services, you can also choose your delivery day to make sure you’re stocking up in a way that matches your schedule. Plans start at $7.99 per cup—save more by signing up for larger plans!

 

 

I used to love to cook, then I became one of those habitually busy people. I am just really much happier when I have loads of things in my planner. 2020 promises to continue this trend for me, as I work full-time, will be in school part-time, and run a few side gigs that I love and refuse to give up. I realize with this (admittedly) hectic schedule, eating healthy is a massive challenge. I decided to give Daily Harvest a try because I am a smoothie and soup addict, and I love more of a plant-based diet.

This package was sent to us at no cost to review. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

About Daily Harvest

The Subscription Box: Daily Harvest

The Cost: You can choose from 3 weekly plans or one monthly plan:

  • 9 cups a week at $7.75 each for a total of $69.75 each week.
  • 12 cups a week at $7.49 each for a total of $89.88 each week.
  • 24 cups a week at $6.99 each for a total of $167.76 each week.

OR

  • 24 cups a month at $6.99 each for a total of $167.76 each month.

COUPON: Use code GOODFOOD4U to get $25 off your first box of 9, 12, or 24 cups!

The Products: An assortment of smoothies, soups, bowls, and snacks that are easy to prepare and healthy on the go.

Ships to: Most states in the US, but you will need to double-check your zip code to be sure they ship to you!


I jumped at the chance to review Daily Harvest for 4 consecutive weeks to share my experience and what I learned throughout the month. Yummy smoothies and healthy snacks/meals for a month? Don’t threaten me with a good time. The MSA team is making January a month where we can explore health and wellness-enhancing subscription boxes, so this seemed perfect.

Though there is an option to let the website suggest best-sellers for your box, I decided to select my flavors myself. This final week features soups, chia bowls, harvest bowls, and of course, those incredible smoothies.

You can specify what type of items you want (smoothies, bowls, etc), and filter your selections by dietary needs, likes & dislikes, and benefits. This really helps narrow down all of their colorful options.

As you fill up your cart, there is a handy box on the side that keeps track for you. It also allows you to change the size of your box if everything starts looking way too delicious and you want more! I decided that 9 smoothies in a week was plenty. Can you imagine being the person who orders 24 a week?! I am sure this larger weekly order option is for a household of multiple people, but the thoughts of drinking 24 smoothies alone in a single week blows my mind.

 

 

All of my frozen treasures arrived safe and sound, inside a box with dry ice.

If you’re just now joining me on my Daily Harvest journey, keep scrolling to start with Week 1!

Week 4 – Soups, Chia Bowls, Harvest Bowls, and Smoothies

I have always found Daily Harvest to be utterly Instagrammable. Everything is very pretty and well designed, and I am a sucker for that sort of thing. Each of my cups was clearly labeled and included images of some of the ingredients in each blend.

Prep for these smoothies couldn’t be easier. Simply fill the cup with your fave liquid (I used a rotation of almond milk, coconut water, and aloe juice), dump in your blender, and blend. Then you can pour it back into your travel cup and get on with your day.

A note on blenders: a good blender will go a long way. The right blender is kind of a big deal in terms of getting these frozen ingredients into your tummy. At first, I used a smaller “bullet-style” blender designed for smoothies and found it took a lot more babysitting to get everything blended smoothly, probably because the actual blending space was significantly smaller than a full-size blender. Or I ended up having to add too much liquid, which created a thinner smoothie than I prefer. Do yourself a favor and bring out your big serious adult blender for these cups.

Chia Bowl: Chocolate + Almond

 

 

Let’s get this out of the way: chia seeds aren’t pretty to look at. They look like weird little blob pods in a pudding texture. But they are freaking delish! This was a soak overnight sort of bowl (I used vanilla almond milk) which made it an ideal breakfast treat. Chia seeds are almost magical because they hold loads of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals with very little calorie footprint. They are also a nice protein supplement to your day, which explains why they feel so filling. They absorb up to 27 times their weight in liquid! This mix has a delightful almond and banana flavor with crunchy little pieces of cacao. The seeds expanded so much that this bowl felt like a lot of food, and I ended up splitting it between breakfast and a yummy post-lunch snack.

 

Soup: Mushroom + Miso

 

 

It has been oh-so cold here in Pittsburgh, and soup was just what I was craving. I love anything with mushrooms and I am also a fan of miso, so this was an obvious choice. This is a rather light base, meaning I did choose to supplement the meal with some fresh bread and butter. The vegetables inside are plentiful and included kelp, which is another flavor I really love for its salty ocean flair. The only thing I didn’t love in this mix was the sweet potato. I feel like this particular veggie makes an appearance in a few bowls where I would leave it out personally. Even so, this bowl was really delicious and warmed my cold winter heart.

 

Soup: Tomato + Zucchini Minestrone

 

 

This felt much more like a vegetable soup than a minestrone because it had no pasta. That was just fine with me, since I am looking to swap carbs for veggies more often anyways. The star ingredient for me here was black garlic, a flavor I have a mild obsession with since it has this very unique herbal taste that I adore. I have bought black garlic before at the store and basically it is fermented garlic which turns the bulbs black and gives them this putty texture. It is much less sharp than garlic, but totally delicious. It worked well in the tomato base and with the chickpeas and kale. This soup was a little more filling than some of the others I have tried from this subscription too!

 

Smoothie: Watermelon + Dragon Fruit

 

 

This smoothie was much milder than I anticipated but still very yummy. I used coconut milk as my liquid because I thought that made much more sense with some of the ingredients, especially cucumber! The avocado inside gave the whole cup this wonderfully creamy finish and this smoothie was mostly watermelon in terms of flavors, but the other bits gave it a complexity that worked well.

 

Smoothie: Black Sesame + Banana

 

 

This smoothie was the first one I tried this week because I was SO excited. First of all, this smoothie just reads ‘cool.’ It reminds me a little of that black ice cream trend all over Instagram. As someone who isn’t usually super cool and lacks the edge factor I admire so much, I figured a black smoothie was something I could commit to. The delightfully weird ingredient list also grabbed my attention right away. Pine pollen? What? This smoothie has a super weird and unique flavor that I wasn’t so sure I liked at first. It is kind of nutty, and kind of somewhere in between savory and sweet. A few sips in though, and I was hooked. It is really hard to describe this flavor but there is certainly some banana and blueberry hiding inside with all the other elements. If you are up for an adventure, try this one for sure.

 

Harvest Bowl: Broccoli Rice + Dill Pilaf

 

 

I tend to really love the combo of dill + lemon, and this seemed like something fresh and borderline summery for me to try. I loved this bowl. It is so over-the-top dill with a creamy base and smaller chunks of broccoli and cauliflower. There are also sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds which give it a wonderful crunch and there is a nice aromatic lemon taste in here too. I enjoyed this with some bread and butter for a totally satisfying lunch at work.

 

Harvest Bowl: Brussels Sprouts + Lime Pad Thai

 

 

I adore pad thai, though I always request like the lowest level of spice I can get the chef to make for me. I probably shouldn’t have picked this bowl because I noticed after that jalapeños were on the ingredient list and I don’t really do spicy. With trepidation, I fired up the stovetop and cooked this over heat for about 6 minutes. I added in a little bit of olive oil, though it likely wasn’t necessary. This was indeed a little too spicy for me, but I grabbed a lime and added some lime juice, a trick that usually helps when I end up ordering something too fiery at a Thai restaurant. This did indeed tone the spice down, but I am still not sure this bowl was really for me. It was almost too gingery to feel like pad thai. I also found the addition of kelp to really not work in this dish for me, though I understand they were probably trying to create a veggie sort of fish sauce effect.

 

Harvest Bowl: Beet + Avocado Poke

 

 

I have never had real poke, which is probably good since I can’t compare this dish to it. I am a lover of beets though, so picking this adventurous dish was an easy choice. It was important to not overcook this one, since the directions recommended it shouldn’t be too much over room temp. A few minutes in a skillet and I was ready to dig in. I thought this bowl was really complex and interesting. My favorite part aside from the beets were the large macadamia nut halves which gave it a snappy crunch I couldn’t get enough of. The sauce was a combo of tamari and ginger, which was slightly sweet and nutty. This would be an awesome spring and summer indulgence!

 

Harvest Bowl: Spinach + Shiitake Grits

 

 

Finally, my last bowl was a Daily Harvest take on grits. I am a southerner, so I am pretty picky about this sort of dish. In the spirit of adventure, I cracked open this bowl and cooked it on the stovetop. I was really, really shocked by how delicious this was. These ingredients did somehow come together to have a true-to-grits texture and a creaminess that reminded me of really nicely done cheese grits. Add in mushrooms and greens? I would eat this all the time!!

My Final Verdict

I can’t believe my Daily Harvest month is over. I am truly going to miss my little frozen cups appearing each week. This is a subscription I might treat myself with every so often, especially to stock up on smoothies and lattes. Those were the two products I think I enjoyed the most from the entire subscription and for my lifestyle. I live with a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so most meals I actually end up making land somewhere in the middle between true vegetarian and rare steak. If both of us were into this sort of thing, I could easily see us investing in one of those giant plans, especially for lunch on the go. Since it would only be me, I think it might be an every other month sort of treat instead! One of the main takeaways I learned this month was that I really should eat breakfast and that eating so many colorful fruits and veggies that are filled with nutrients and minerals really does make me feel physically better. I also think I learned it is totally ok to be really adventurous with flavors and ingredients you might easily overlook while grocery shopping. Even if Daily Harvest isn’t the main source of my food going forward, I am going to prioritize including more veggies and fruits. This subscription is an excellent way to add those sorts of beneficial ingredients into your routine, even if it isn’t for every single meal. If you are looking for a way to change your meals regularly or even just jumpstart a new way of eating, this is an excellent subscription to try.

 

Week 3 – Lattes, Bowls, and Soup

Latte: Matcha + Lemongrass

 

 

I was so pumped to try this latte pod! I LOVE matcha so much and I am constantly trying different brands and cafes to enjoy it in different preparations. These pods come 3 in a cup. They are frozen like little pucks, and you simply put them into the blender then add about 10 oz of liquid. (I used almond milk.) Then blend away! These get super frothy! I was really shocked by this, but pleased. I also decided to add in some fresh local honey for a pinch of sweetness, which was a good choice. I would happily buy these over and over if they were in my local grocery store. They are such a perfect balance of matcha and lemongrass, and totally refreshing.

Latte: Chaga + Chocolate

 

 

These had the same preparation at my beloved matcha pods above. I again reached for almond milk because I felt this should just be creamy. Again, the froth is real! These whipped up into a beverage that felt like chocolate milk, but with a depth and earthiness which made it feel much more sophisticated. I feel like you could easily enjoy this hot too. The earthiness likely comes from the Chaga mushrooms inside, which have a plethora of health benefits like boosting your immunity and helping your overall gut health.

Latte: Ginger + Turmeric

 

 

Our last latte is a golden mix of turmeric and ginger! I went a little off the menu with this one because I found myself without milk after I opened a pod. I made the crazy choice to try this with orange juice, even though Will thought I was insane. Insane I might be, but this combo was out-of-this-world delicious. If you feel brave, give it a try! Much to my delight, it was a sweetly tart winning combination. It felt like some sort of super cold killer juice, which is perfect for this time of year. I did also manage to try it with almond milk, and it was equally magical. I found it was naturally sweet and the turmeric and ginger taste very herbal but rich. The creaminess mellows out the brightness of the ginger into something comforting and sunny.

Harvest Bowl: Butternut Squash + Chimichurri

 

 

This was yummy. I fully expected to enjoy the chimichurri aspect, but the buckwheat and mushrooms really stole the show here. Texturally, this bowl had it all! The buckwheat was firm and nutty, the mushrooms were, well, mushroomy, and the sweet potato was soft and added a little bit of body to the whole assortment. The chimichurri was bright and green, adding a liveliness to the whole bowl. This was also a very filling meal, even for its demure size.

Harvest Bowl: Broccoli + Cheeze

 

 

As a cheese lover, I am always at least a little skeptical of cheese alternatives. I will admit though, I love cheese so much that I don’t mind eating things that remind me of cheese, either cheesy or “cheesy.” I also think broccoli and cheese is such a winning combo that I had high hopes for this bowl. My hopes were rewarded and I really liked this one! I think the most genius addition was the sunflower seeds because when combined with the nutritional yeast, they do create a rather cheesy flavor (and a bright orangy yellow color!) and the texture is great! There are also sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and cauliflower in here too, so you get a massive dose of delicious veggies.

Harvest Bowl: Brussels Sprouts + Tahini

 

 

These bowls are really speaking to me this week. This was yet another winner. I love both Brussels sprouts and tahini sauce, but I had never thought to combine them. It is a combo that totally works. Again, squash and mushrooms make a welcome appearance and the dressing is a winning combination of tahini and vinegar. The different textures and tastes all combine for something that tastes wonderfully unique and indulgent while still being healthy. This meal was also filling and felt much heartier than expected.

Oat Bowl: Apple + Cinnamon

 

 

This tasted exactly as I expected: like a yummy version of apple pie oatmeal! Truly felt like having dessert for breakfast, but without the guilt. Win-win. I loved the addition of the crunchy pumpkin seeds and big walnuts too, because overnight oats can feel a little sloppy sometimes without a little crunch or texture variation. This is the sort of breakfast I can totally get behind, even as someone who doesn’t normally “do” breakfast. It was delicious and easy!

Oat Bowl: Mulberry + Dragon Fruit

 

 

I am such a sucker for dragonfruit, though I think it adds much more color than flavor to a recipe. I am a firm believer that if things can taste good AND be pretty, all the better! The taste here is very much about berries and the combo of the sweet with the hearty oats works well. Simply pour your choice of milk (I went with vanilla almond!) about 3/4ths of the way to fill the cup, and then put it inside the fridge overnight. In the morning stir and enjoy! Basically the easiest breakfast ever. You can also enjoy these hot.

Soup: Cauliflower + Leek Stew

 

 

I did manage to sneak in a soup this week. I was really curious about this one in particular because it sounded a lot like a potato leek soup I had once from a favorite Boston restaurant. This replaced the potatoes with cauliflower, which works for mashed potatoes, so why not here too? I did like this soup but it didn’t feel like a potato one at all. There were these almost perfectly square chunks of celeriac that gave it some extra body, while spinach and leeks made it feel extra healthy and nourishing.

Week 3 Verdict

Oddly enough, those lattes were the stars of this week for me. They were all freaking delicious and I don’t even want to guess how much money I saved by using them instead of going to buy an actual latte. I would totally be buying these all the time if they were sold solo. Highly recommend! All three of the harvest bowls were also hits, and I found the creative use of veggies and seasonings to make them all memorable in their own way. Each was also pretty filling too, which is a  must for me. The oat bowls made for truly delightful breakfast treats, especially for someone who doesn’t usually eat breakfast (other than my recent weeks of smoothies!). Finally, the soup choice this week was yummy to me, but I could see it being a little polarizing if you aren’t into leeks and celeriac. My final week coming up will feature some new smoothies and chia bowls, so be sure to check back in!

 

Week 2 – Smoothies, Bites, Bowls, and Soup

Bites: Cacoa Nib + Vanilla

 

 

Ok, these were awesome because they had zero prep work. Literally, you can eat them fresh out of the freezer. Each cup has 7 bites and in terms of calories, compared to nearly everything else this week, these have a ton! Each is about 90 cals, making them much more filling than the other types of cups. These were really yummy and mild, with a firm texture and vanilla flavor. They did taste “healthy” but in an indulgent sort of way.

Bites: Hazelnut + Chocolate

 

 

These were a little more flavorful than the first ones, and I liked them just as much! They are a far cry from a spoonful of Nutella, but are still sweet and perfectly suitable for a dessert substitution or sweet snack on the go. As far as these meals go, these are the most portable IMO. If you have a freezer, you are good to go! Just make sure no one in the office snatches your bites!!

Soup: Butternut Squash + Rosemary Puree

 

 

This soup requires a few steps to get it out of the cup and into your tummy. Basically, you fill the cup to the top with water (in hindsight I would have used an unflavored milk or milk substitute), blend it just like the smoothies, but then you have to warm it over a stovetop or in a microwave. This did seem like a ton of work for a bowl of soup and it didn’t feel super convenient in terms of a workday lunch option. It was certainly delicious though: mild and very “squashy” in the best way. It felt too hot to just pour back into the cup, so I enjoyed it in a bowl. I wished I had some goat cheese crumbles on hand to add to it!

Oat Bowl: Cinnamon Protein + Banana

 

 

I didn’t love this oat bowl. I do tend to like this sort of thing, but the chunks of sweet potato just felt out of place and their flavor took over the more delicate banana. The texture was really nice though, and the serving size felt more than adequate for a quick morning breakfast. How do you make them? Oh, just pour the milk of your choice into the frozen cup (3/4 full!) and put in the fridge overnight. BOOM.

Harvest Bowl: Cauliflower Rice + Pesto

 

 

I love, love, loved this bowl!!! Pesto is always a hit with me, and this clever take made it a veggie-based meal instead of a pasta regret. The ingredient list here is super simple too: frozen blocks of pesto, seasonings, and other flavor mysteries, riced cauli, spinach, and sundried tomatoes. Just heat everything over the stove or in the microwave, mix, and enjoy. This is a highlight for me this week, though there was some portion shrinkage in terms of how much of the bowl was filled after cooking. I did choose to supplement with some toast because this felt too light by itself for an entire meal.

Harvest Bowl: Sweet Potato + Wild Rice Hash

 

 

Ahhhh, I loved this too! A mix of beans, avocado, rice, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes really, really works. I am always paranoid that things like this will be spicy, but this was mild and flavorful. The paprika especially complements the creaminess of the avocados. Again though, this ended up being too little food for a whole meal, at least for me. I wish they had larger servings in their harvest bowls, because gosh they are good, but for the price I want enough food to cover a decent lunch appetite.

Smoothie: Chocolate + Blueberry

 

 

My three smoothies this week might look familiar, and that is because I somehow managed to order a few duplicates on accident. At least they were all delicious last week! I have no problem enjoying them again! This was actually one of my favorites. The chocolate and dark berries with a spinach addition are just my jam. I used vanilla almond milk and treated this like a late-night sugar craving fuelled dessert. Happy and guilt-free? Check!

Smoothie: Acai + Cherry

 

 

I kind of botched this one last week and used a mix of leftover liquids to blend it, which totally made it milder than it could have been. This time I used aloe and BAM there was the tart flavor! The cherries and berries are so rich and taste so “red” if you will. There is also some hidden kale in here too, which adds to the flavor profile and bolsters the nutritional value too.

Smoothie: Strawberry + Peach

 

 

I loved this one last week, and I loved it again. I repeated my almond milk addition for a super uplifting breakfast smoothie this week. I actually remember waking up early that day just because I knew I got to have this. The bright flavors of the peaches and strawberries work so well with the oats and feel so summery and light.

Week 2 Verdict

I think I might have enjoyed week 1 (all smoothies) a little bit more than week 2. I guess it’s a good thing I accidentally got 3 duplicates? The oat bowl wasn’t my cup of tea, but I could see people really liking it. I plan on trying out different flavors next time and in general, I do love overnight oats. The bites were delightful, and I would happily eat those on the regular. The harvest bowls were both awesome, but they just weren’t enough food on their own, which is kind of what I hope for in a subscription like this. Admittedly, I like a BIG lunch because I skimp on dinner, so these might have been better later evening choices than in the afternoon when I enjoyed them. The soup was delicious, but next time I am skipping water and going for a creamier base.

I feel like I have gotten so much nutritional variety these two weeks. And my vitamin intake has to be significantly higher due to all of these healthy foods. I am going to go even a little more adventurous next week (they do offer lattes!) so be sure to follow along, especially if you are growing more and more curious about this subscription.

 

Week 1 – Smoothies

Smoothie 1:  Mango + Greens

 

 

I am a sucker for green juices and smoothies. It isn’t that I don’t like leafy green things when not disguised with fruit, I just like them in most any form! I decided to use aloe juice as my liquid of choice for this smoothie, which was a good choice. It allowed the bright green notes, lime, and mango to stay bold instead of becoming creamy as they would have with a milk. This smoothie had enough zip to balance out the sweetness from the mango, and felt like summer.

Smoothie 2:  Cherry + Almonds

 

 

I knew I wanted to try this smoothie with an unsweetened vanilla almond milk to punch up the creaminess and comforting flavors from the strawberries, bananas, and almonds. This smoothie also managed to sneak in some sweet potatoes, which only added to the heavier texture. It was one of the more mild smoothies this week, but I really liked it. If I could have frozen it further it would have felt like vegan ice cream. I do think there could have been more nutty almond flavor here, but this is a very minor complaint.

Smoothie 3:  Dragon Fruit + Lychee

 

 

This was one of the smoothies I was really excited to try because I love how pretty dragonfruit is. It isn’t a huge taste factor in my opinion, but as I mentioned earlier, I really like pretty things. I also really love the flavor of lychee and find them really hard to find locally. I decided to use coconut water in this mix because it already felt a little tropical, so why not? I noticed literal hemp seeds when I opened up this cup, but was relieved to see they blended well and all but disappeared, leaving all of the benefits and no weird grit.

Smoothie 4:  Ginger + Greens

 

 

Yay! Another green blend. This one has literal chunks of avocado, one of my favorite foods in general. I have often heard you can freeze it for smoothies but I have never tried it.. generally because most of my avocados become toast before I can even think to freeze them. This mix also has a few other stand-out yummies: ginger, banana, coconut, and spinach. I decided to try this one with some coconut water since it felt like a nice complement. It was absolutely delicious! The ginger gave it just a little bit of kick and it was that perfect combo of creamy and not too sweet.

Smoothie 5:  Tart Cherry + Raspberry

 

 

I kind of ruined the whole “tart” factor here by using almond milk. In hindsight, I think I maybe should have tried something lighter, but this was still an awesome smoothie. The hidden secret veggie in this one was riced cauliflower (like, what?) and it gave it such a nice texture without any hint of cauliflower taste. There were also generous amounts of berries, cherries, and figs, which together gave this smoothie one of the prettiest colors I have ever seen.

Smoothie 6:  Banana + Greens

 

 

More greens, more greens! Maybe I should do a green-smoothie-only week? Hmm. This one probably had the strongest “green” taste due to the wheatgrass. This smoothie felt very healthy in the best way! Add in the creaminess of bananas, a little kale, cucumbers, and lemon? Delish. I once again reached for aloe juice for this one because I didn’t want to mask the sharpness of the greens and lemons with a milk type of liquid. It worked really well and I highly recommend it for your green smoothies!

Smoothie 7:  Chocolate + Blueberry

 

 

I know this isn’t the prettiest smoothie. It is actually not pretty at all! But this was one of my absolute favorites from this first week. It was full of cocoa and kale, which gave this mix of blueberries, bananas, and spinach a dark and luxurious taste. This is another one of those smoothies that could have easily doubled for ice cream, making it feel more like a ritzy dessert than a healthy drink. I used almond milk to add in extra creaminess and I could have easily added in protein powder to this heavier beverage if I had thought to do so at the time.

Smoothie 8:  Acai + Cherry

 

 

This was probably the most predictable-tasting smoothie from my assortment this week, and that isn’t a bad thing. Think a rich mix of cherries, blueberries, raspberries with a soft banana base. There is also some kale in here too, but you would never notice! I actually ended up using half almond milk, half coconut water in this one because I was kind of running out of liquids by the time I got to this smoothie. The coconut was easily masked by the brightness of the berries, and the almond milk complemented the banana nicely. This is one of those smoothies that I can’t imagine anyone disliking.

Smoothie 9:  Strawberry + Peach

 

 

I almost used coconut water to make this feel like a summer drink, but when I saw it had oats inside I decided to go the almond milk route. I think this was a really good choice because this smoothie ended up tasting like a super fruity overnight oats sort of thing, with strong peaches and cream flavors accented by happy little strawberry notes. By chance, I did end up drinking this one for breakfast one morning, and it was such a nice start to my day. I think if I get this one again, I will have to drizzle it with some local honey.

Week 1 Verdict

How am I feeling after week 1? I mean, I feel really good. This is probably because I don’t normally eat this many vitamins and minerals when I am not tossing back smoothies like it is my job (oh wait!). I don’t even take a regular vitamin supplement. My husband is super sick with a cold, while I am chipper and totally unfazed by the normal winter sick and yuckiness I usually encounter. Is this from the smoothies? I don’t know and I certainly couldn’t prove it. But I have added a ton of nutritional gold to my rotation this week, so surely there is some correlation. I also feel a lot more energized and there has been a consistent improvement to my movement, if you catch my drift. I am looking forward to seeing any additional differences at the end of next week.

In terms of value, to be blunt, this is a pricier subscription. Could you make your own smoothies? Sure! I could too! But would I? Probably not, at least not with the way my life is looking so far this year. Convenience is a massive factor in this subscription and you do pay for that bonus.

 

 

 

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