Even though I love to cook and typically never buy frozen meals, I’m hooked on Daily Harvest’s smoothies and harvest bowls. Here’s why.
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Between marathon training and working a LOT, when the weekend hits, I’m pretty fried. Once I do my long run and grocery shop (and let’s be honest, put in some more work hours), I rarely have time or desire to meal prep for the week.
I used to be really good about chopping veggies and cooking things for the week but it’s just not happening right now. While I’m able to eat breakfast and lunch at home most days, my meals have been pretty redundant lately. I’m a creature of habit so that doesn’t really bother me. However, I do think it’s important to vary food to get a variety of nutrients. And, I would love more variety in flavors if I could pull it off.
Daily Harvest has really helped with my time shortage and the lack of meal prepping. I recently tried their smoothies and harvest bowls and seriously love them.
I tend to eat a vegetable egg scramble nearly every day and just mix up my side – potatoes or toast or berries or tomatoes or combo of all of those. While I used to make smoothies a lot, it can seem like a lot of time to pull out all the ingredients so I just don’t.
For lunch, I usually make a salad with grilled chicken, or just eat leftovers. And our leftovers tend to be the same thing over and over – grilled chicken + sweet potatoes + roasted veggies. All fine, but even I’m getting a little bored with our food – and I make it!!
Daily Harvest has really helped me mix up my breakfast and lunches in the past couple of weeks!
Daily Harvest Smoothies
I first tried the Daily Harvest smoothies a few years ago when I was living in Charlotte. And I remember then being completely shocked by just how good they are. I had the same reaction this go around. They are SO FREAKING GOOD. And I consider myself pretty adept at making a good smoothie!
I usually just make up my smoothies as I go, but there must really be something to measuring some ingredients or have a specific combo. Shocking. 😉
With Daily Harvest, you just take the cup of fruits and veggies, fill it to the top with the recommended liquid noted on the container (water, coconut water, almond milk, etc.) and dump it into the blender. Blend, pour it back into the cup, and you’re done. We’re talking like 60 seconds.
(Similar blender here. Mine is SO old…this is making me want to upgrade!!! But these things never die.)
My husband also loved the smoothies. Tommy typically just grabs an RX Bar as he runs out the door to work so this is a great way to some fruits and veggies in him to start his day. And let me be clear – Tommy definitely doesn’t crave health food the way I do. So if he didn’t like a smoothie, he’d tell me. He loved Mint Cacao smoothie so much that he didn’t want to share. (I made him share.)
These are new since I last tried Daily Harvest and they are SO, SO GOOD. They have so much flavor and cook in about 5 minutes. You just dump them in a skillet until warm. (You can also just heat them in the microwave, which is super handy if you take them to work!)
I usually top mine with leftover chicken since I have a pretty big appetite in marathon training and the bowls alone aren’t filling enough for me.
What I especially like about the Harvest Bowls is how flavorful and how many veggies they pack into them. Even with my salads, I rarely get that many veggies at lunch because, again, TIME. I’m not going to take the time to chop up a ton of different veggies!
How does Daily Harvest work?
You pick out your smoothies, bowls, soups online, choosing how many cups you want to get in your order (9, 12, or 24) and how often you want them (weekly, monthly). They ship right to your door, frozen. Just pop them in the freezer until you’re ready to make them.
You can change it for each delivery and skip weeks, which is nice for variety and because stuff just comes up in life. In my case, I travel 1-2x a month so the flexibility to skip weeks is key. Although, I bet Tommy would like them when I’m gone, ha! I’m so selfish. 😉
What all can you order?
- Smoothies – Mint Cacao is my favorite so far! (I remember this from the first go-around with Daily Harvest!! I even attempted to recreate it here!)
- Harvest Bowls – I LOVED the Brussels Sprouts & Lime Pad Thai. It had the perfect amount of spicy kick, which I loved. And I’m dying to try the Butternut Squash and Kale Shakshuka.
- Cookies – I’m dying to try all of these since they’re all gluten free!
- Soups — After I posted some videos of trying the smoothies with Tommy last week, so many of my followers said I HAVE to try the soups because they’re amazing. I’m planning to get some in my next shipment!
- Chia Bowls — I bet these are SO filling, and the Mango and Turmeric chia bowl sounds amazing.
- Lattes – I’m dying to try the Coffee + Cardamom one! They’re little frozen pods with all the ingredients for a latte. You add the pod to a mug or sauce pan with your liquid of choice and heat it all up until it melts and combines! You can see the little pods here.
- Oat Bowls – Sign me up for the Mulberry and Dragonfruit Oat Bowl, please. I’m so intrigued.
None of their ingredient lists are complicated – just clean, simple food. But, they use things I’m probably never going to buy (hi dragonfruit & lychee) and it saves me so much time. I love cooking, but right now I can’t always make something super interesting.
How much does it cost?
Each cup averages around $7 each. And there are certain things in life that I’ll pay a little more for, for convenience’s sake. Yes, it may seem expensive. But so is time.
But really, when you compare it to eating out, it’s definitely cheaper. Most smoothies in my town cost $8-$10 and salads are almost always $10-$15. And if you live in a bigger city, you’re likely paying even more than that.
How Daily Harvest differs from other frozen meals
Full disclosure: I RARELY buy frozen meals (e.g. I might buy a frozen pizza like once a year) since freezer meals typically have sketch ingredients, a weird texture and a weird freezer burn taste. But I honestly forget when I’m eating Daily Harvest that they came to me frozen.
Because of the way they handle the fruits and vegetables, using a unique freezing process, it locks in the nutrients and flavor. Plus, there’s no added sugar, and all of their recipes are packed with fruit and veggies. I don’t feel gross after I eat them. Plus, they just taste freaking good.
Bottom line: would I pay for this myself?
Absolutely. I got my first nine cups for free (thanks Daily Harvest) but I’m already planning to place another order so I always have some of these in the freezer.
If you’ve tried Daily Harvest, I’d love to know what your favorites are for my next order!
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