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Daily Harvest Review - I Tried it for a Whole Month

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!

COUPON: Use code ADDICTION25 to save $25 off your first box.

by Megan Kirkland, MSA Beauty Box Hoarder, DIYer, Dog Lover
March 2, 2020| 41 comments

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.

 

Thinking of trying Daily Harvest yourself? Any questions I can answer or specific menu items you want me to try and get my hands on? Let me know in the comments.

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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

41 Comments

  1. I got Daily Harvest after having twins. I planned on mainly eating the fruit smoothies, soups and harvest bowls. But, I found my favorite things were oatmeal, lattes, and smoothies for dessert. The frugal part of me really scoffed at the price for oatmeal, but that dragon fruit one is an all time favorite meal of mine. I miss it when I don’t order. The lattes are a great treat. And, the best thing about DH for me, as someone who is lactose intolerant, is having the chocolate smoothies for dessert. I can use whatever milk I want and have mint chocolate chip ice cream!

  2. I’m kind of a tight-wad healthy eater, so this price point isn’t for me, but I really enjoyed these reviews! I don’t feel that Daily Harvest provides enough calories per cup for the most part, but I will enjoy it all vicariously through you.

    I make my own smoothies and smoothie bowls using frozen fruit, organic bananas, and healthy add ins, and may explore some homemade versions of lattes and harvest bowls.

    I’m able to provide many more calories for the same price point through some smart shopping and sales watching, but I realize not everyone has the time or necessarily the desire to spend their time doing that. If my budget allowed for this price range, someday I might try it.

  3. OMG, Megan, from your review I decided to join again and ordered only latte’s which I’ll be set for a month at least (one per day). I have three shipments of smoothies which were all great minus one or two that I didn’t care for. I just got my delivery yesterday and made the Chaga and Chocolate tonight with chocolate almond milk. Holy cow…amazing! The consistency was prefect and sweetness on point (did not add anything). I too, “am a latte fiend”…😉

  4. Did you use just 1 pod for each latte or all 3?

    • My friend just shared the cacao latte with me and we used one pod per cup plus ten oz of milk. So each pod made a large cup. And it was delicious!

  5. Great week three review!

    Can you explain how lemongrassy the latte was? Is it strong?

    How filling was the soup? Did you need other lunch food?

    What are the cups packaged in? Are they recyclable? (Apologies if you mentioned this in one of the reviews and I missed.)

    • The lemongrass wasn’t super strong (which is great because I am not a HUGE lemongrass fan in terms of aromatics). The soups and bowls were hit or miss in terms of filling. I would probably never eat just a bowl of soup for a meal (unless it was some sort of hearty stew) and I found supplementing these with some fresh bread was nice and felt like a complete meal. As far as recycling goes, per Daily Harvest, everything should be easily recyclable: “Yes! The cardboard box, cups, and insulated bag surrounding the dry ice are all recyclable. Our lids can be recycled in most locations.”

  6. I would love to hear what the lattes are like hot. Do they froth up the same as when blended?

    • I wish I had this answer for you Mary, but I enjoyed them all cold. I grew up in the South and rarely drink anything hot unless it is tea. Sorry about that oversight! 🙁

    • Hi Mary,
      I’ve only tried the turmeric and ginger latte so far, but both times I have made it hot. I used 2% cow milk, which I heated up in the microwave until it was steaming. Then I just put the pod in and stirred. I wouldn’t say that it turned out especially frothy the first time, but it had a nice body to it and it was very satisfying. The second time I did all of the above but then used a battery-powered milk frother at the end, and I think that was a great way to finish it off. It did froth up somewhat and I really liked the texture and flavor of the latte.

      • Thanks Jeanette!

  7. I have to ask myself if I’d pay $8 for a smoothie that still requires me to add my own liquid and create dish work with all the blender use, and $8 for overnight oats? Are the harvest meals similar to the Amy’s frozen organic bowls? The ingredients look great but the value isn’t there if you still need to blend it and do dishes imo.

    • PudgeKat – oats are 2 servings in one cup, so you pay 4$ per serving. I ordered 24 cups (some soups, oats and bowls). Soups and Bowls – one serving and oats (I made them hot with almond milk and added banana – definitely 2 meals in each cup). They are not cheap, that is for sure but I treat them as an “emergency” healthy meals.

      Now I am super curious about these lattes … did not realize there were 3 servings in there. Might have to try them

  8. If you have a vitamix, you can do the soup in one step without the microwave/stove.

  9. Thank you so much for these detailed reviews and especially for all the great photos! I bring breakfast and lunch to work every day, but it’s hard to find the time to shop for and prepare healthy options, so I finally decided to subscribe to the monthly box and will receive my first one on Wednesday. I’ve been switching around some of the things in my order based on your reviews—thanks for letting us know that the soups require a lot of work, that would not be a good option for my workplace so I only ordered one. I’ve ordered a combo of smoothies and oat bowls for breakfast and harvest bowls for lunch, plus the turmeric latte and a chia bowl to see what I think. The one thing I forgot was the bites, but those will be on the list for next month now that I know you enjoyed them. I hope that I will love everything!

  10. Great week 2 review. Looking forward to week 3 – was hoping to see the grits bowl and chia bowls reviewed. Protein balls the winner this week! The soups seem like too much work and the harvest bowls too small for me!

  11. Great review!!!!! May I ask what brand of almond milk and aloe juice do you use?

    • Thanks! I used mainly Silk Almond juice (I did use vanilla some times too!) and ALO Exposed aloe juice!

      • Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to try these delicious looking smoothies. 💗

    • My son is a vegan and he also prefers the Silk unsweetened almond milk.

  12. Thanks for the detailed review. I’m really on the fence bc the price seems comparable to what I’d pay at a smoothie/juice place and they use fresh (not frozen) ingredients.

    • This is def. a good point. I used to live in NYC and I could pop into my local Smoothie King or Jamba Juice anytime. Now there is like one Smoothie King and it is way out of the way. This is likely more geared to people like me in a smoothie desert. 🙁

      • I didn’t think of that! If I lived in a smoothie desert I would be into this. If they had a few more interesting ingredients in each of these I would be more tempted now – blue majik in more than the chia bowl – that kind of thing.

    • The difference I find are the super foods that are included in DH smoothies. Jamba tends to have too much sugar for me, with all the juice, yogurt and mostly fruit based smoothies. I really prefer DH because I can choose my blending liquid and often times I am using a base with zero sugar added. I haven’t been to a Jamba in several years now though, so maybe they offer something like that? I am pretty sure they aren’t as good as hiding veggies and things like garbanzo beans, as DH is!

  13. Cold brew and cacao tastes like a less sweet coffee frap
    Carrot and chia tastes like carrot cake!
    Pineapple and matcha is loosely like a pina colada. Nom nom.

    Ones I didn’t like: oats and cacao, cacao and avocado, beet and avocado poke, brussel sprouts and tahini, chickpeas and za’atar

    • Brussel sprouts and tahini is coming up in week 2 and I really liked it! I wasn’t brave enough for the poke..

      • It was gross lol. Warm avocado- NOPE. That’s a huge texture issue for me.

        I really like brussel sprouts and tahini, but not together, I guess!

  14. Oh and I found my ninja small cup blender worked really well. Sometimes I would have to pass the max line though. Or only make half a smoothie at a time if I wasn’t very hungry

  15. I’ve been a member of this sub since Black Friday 2 years ago. It’s my favorite food sub!! I bought a chest freezer and buy the 24 pack per month and skip if I don’t need them when it gets close to order time. It is super easy to skip. Their soups (specifically the miso mushroom, leek and minnestrone), smoothies (I like too many of them to mention individually) and oat bowls (pumpkin chai FTW) are my favorites. I also like the chia bowls and lattes. The only think I wasn’t super keen on were a few of the harvest bowls. I didn’t really like how they were seasoned or one had avocado in it…warm avocado is super gross to me. I haven’t tried the bites yet because I am more of a savory foods kind of girl.

    • Also reviewing the bites next week! I was pleasantly surprised. Have you tried any of the lattes??

      • I tried the cardamom one and liked it. It’s been some time since I tried it so I can’t really be more specific. I haven’t ordered more because I have gastritis and coffee was a huge trigger for me, so I cut it out. I think I have the chaga and chocolate and possibly the turmeric one in the freezer. I should probably break those out now that it’s finally chilly in Cali. I look forward to the bites review!

        A tip for the soups week…I like to add in extra broth to make the soups 2 or 3 servings instead of 1. I REALLY love broth lol. The minestrone is really good with fresh parm on top of it. I keep waiting for them to release more soups. I am a soup junkie.

        • Is this or could this be an easy weight loss plan? Are the calorie counts 300-400 per meal or less for a person sticking to 1200 calories per day?

  16. Thanks for the review. How did you eat these in a week? Breakfasts for seven days? Where did you fit the other two in? Did these fill you up? Could you wait for lunch?

    • I did these as breakfast smoothies, though I did have 2 left over that I just randomly enjoyed midday on the weekend. I don’t normally eat any sort of breakfast, so these filled a new meal slot for me. I don’t think they would suffice for a lunch replacement without the addition of some sort of protein power, at least not for me. But I do like a BIG lunch because I am a light dinner person. Basically I am all over the place in terms of my meal schedule, but that only made these feel more convenient for me.

  17. This is great detail. Looking forward to the next review! I plan on trying this myself.

  18. Thanks for reviewing this. I have a food allergy so I was very interested in how they labeled their ingredients and what it could be cross contaminated with. I look forward to next weeks review.

    • Hey Katrina! Everything seems really well labelled, and of course, having such a short ingredient list always makes everything easier. It looks like they are all manufactured on shared equipment, but this is (thankfully) clearly labelled. Is there any additional info I can include next week that would help? So glad you enjoyed this review <3

  19. I have been really dedicated to my workouts, but healthy eating is the area where I definitely slip. I would love to try this sub, but I don’t think I could afford it on my government employee wage.

    • I get this completely. After my month is over, I think I might pull the trigger on the 24/month plan, if only for smoothies. It feels a little more affordable and can complement my other meals rather than replace them. I also struggle to ever eat breakfast so I am hoping maybe I can do smoothie breakfasts, if only for the added vitamins.

  20. Thank you for the review! I’ve been eyeing this subscription for a while. I’m sooooo tempted, but it’s definitely not chump change!

    • You are very welcome Anjie! I appreciate you taking the time to read 🙂

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