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My Splendid Spoon Review - Tasty Ready-to-Eat Bowls & Smoothies

Splendid Spoon Review

Tasty Ready-to-Eat Bowls & Smoothies

4/5 stars

Splendid Spoon is a plant-based wellness brand that offers healthy bowls, soups, and smoothies that are all dairy-, gluten-, and soy-free. Everything is packaged individually in BPA-free bowls and bottles that are pre-portioned and ready to eat.

In addition to the grain bowls, soups, and smoothies, Splendid Spoon previously offered a line of five light soups that can be used for a “reset” to be enjoyed throughout the day or used as snacks to supplement your daily bowls and smoothies. Please note that this portion of their plan is currently on hold in order to offer 7-day plans of the smoothies and bowls. They also recently unveiled wellness shots that are anti-inflammatory, aid in digestion, improve energy, and support a strong immune system. The orange juice-based wellness shots are currently available to add on to any plan.

by Marne Orenich, MSA Content Specialist, Busy at Home
March 31, 2020| 6 comments

About Splendid Spoon

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Plans & Pricing

Splendid Spoon has three plans to choose from with add-ons available.

  • $65.00 for 5 bowls delivered weekly.
  • $95.00 $85.00 ($10 off right now) for 5 smoothies and 5 bowls delivered weekly.
  • NEW $135.00 for 7 smoothies and 7 bowls delivered weekly.

COUPON: Get $10 off your order (except Lunch only)! No coupon needed - just use this link.

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

Splendid Spoon ships domestically to residences and businesses in all lower 48 states.

They partner with FedEx to ensure your package is handled properly during transit. Here are some things that are good to know:

  • As of 3/30/20 they are currently in-stock and delivering on schedule during COVID-19. 
  • Your delivery can be left without a signature, but it’s ultimately up to your local courier’s discretion whether it’s safe to leave a package.
    • They recommend asking someone to accept the delivery for you if you are unable to due to the dry ice.
  • Delivery windows are from 9 am-6 pm for businesses and 9 am-9 pm for residences on Wednesday or Friday, depending on which day you choose.

 

Here’s a quick guide on how to handle and recycle your Splendid Spoon items:

  • Meals ship with dry ice and recyclable Climacell insulation to make sure your delivery arrives chilled.
    • Let dry ice evaporate in a well-ventilated area away from children and pets.
    • Do not handle with bare hands or ingest. Dry ice is extremely cold (-109) and may cause burns.
    • Your dry ice should evaporate naturally within a day.
  • Break down the box and add it and other packaging to your recycling bin, or take to your local recycling facility. (It’s all 100% recyclable!)
  • Add rinsed & empty bottles & bowls to your recycling bin, or take to your local recycling facility.
  • The plastic they use is BPA-free.
    • Smoothie bottles & lids are #1 PET plastic.
    • Bowls are #5 PP plastic, & bowl lid is #4 LDEP plastic.

Preferences & Allergens

Splendid Spoon is a completely plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free meal plan. They can also make substitutions to accommodate common allergies. When you first place your order, select from the list of common allergies or avoidances provided. Note that meals that contain these items (i.e., tree nuts, mushrooms, etc.) will then be flagged. You can then go in and edit your menu and remove these flagged meals. If you do not remove the flagged meals they will substitute for you with an allergen-free meal. I’m not a fan of beets, so I have them omit any beet-heavy options.

Signing up

It’s easy to get started with Splendid Spoon. Once you choose a plan (which you can edit at any time, so long as it’s 6 days before your delivery) you can handpick each smoothie or bowl you want to receive. If you don’t pick, they will auto-select the right amount for you and send it out but I am a picky eater, so I enjoy choosing mine. 🙂

Right now, they have 14 smoothies to choose from and often add new ones. Simply add as many of each flavor as you want and save your selections.

The screenshot above only shows as many bowls and soups I could fit on my computer screen, but right now there are a whopping 27 options! There are also little “thumbs up” icons on each option which you can use to prioritize things you like in the future.

It’s easy to skip (or unskip) future deliveries as well if you don’t want to receive meals or know you have other plans in the future. This can be accessed from your account under “My Deliveries.”

My Splendid Spoon Review

Why Splendid Spoon?

At the beginning of this year, I decided to go pescatarian (vegetarian +  fish) so this plant-based meal delivery seemed like a great option. In addition to my dietary change, I also started Esthetics school in which I go straight from an 8-hour workday to a 4-hour evening class which leaves very little time for eating. Meal prepping has never been my strong suit, especially when it requires me to plan a 12 hour day ahead of time. Because of this, I thought (after reading Anna’s past review) that I’d give Splendid Spoon a whirl. They have a large variety of bowls, soups, and tasty-looking smoothies that all come ready to eat. All I have to do is pop the containers into my bag and my food for the day is SORTED.

*For this review, I chose the five smoothies and five bowls plan and a free wellness shot was included at the time. (You’ll notice in the group photo that I also had the five reset soups which are not available at this time)

 

My delivery came with only one info card that gives an overview of how it all works and what to expect.

NEW! Wellness Shot

 

The newest option over at Splendid Spoon is their Wellness Shot. It’s made with ginger, orange juice, lemon juice, and oregano extract. Right now this is the only flavor they offer but it really did give me a little jumpstart the morning I drank it. The ginger has a real kick to it that I could feel in my belly after I consumed it. Shots like this one are always alluring when I’m at my local juicery so I’m excited to have the option to enjoy one when I can’t get to there right now.

Smoothies (Breakfast)

 

Power Greens Smoothie

The Power Greens smoothie is probably one of my faves since I just love packing leafy greens into a drink like this. It makes me feel healthy and powerful. It’s made with purified water, bananas, organic coconut nectar, organic lemon juice, organic coconut oil, organic kale juice, organic pea protein, organic hemp seeds, organic chia seeds, organic flax seeds, organic spirulina, sea salt, and organic wheatgrass powder. My only complaint is that this one tastes especially salty to me and I could do with less.

 

Blueberry Coconut Smoothie

This baby is thick and rich like a true freshly made smoothie. I can taste the cinnamon that’s in it and it has a light coconut flavor that I enjoy. The ingredients for this one are purified water, organic blueberries, cashew butter, organic pea protein, organic baobab powder, organic coconut flakes, organic chia seeds, organic vanilla powder, organic acai, organic cinnamon, and Himalayan salt (though it’s not as salty as the power greens).

 

Carrot Ginger Smoothie

Carrot juice is a strange anomaly for me. If you told me to drink liquid carrot, that doesn’t really appeal to me, but I love the earthy flavor this one has to offer. Adding ginger to the mix is a huge plus that works well with this smoothie. It has a medium consistency that’s not too thick and not too thin. This smoothie is made with purified water, organic carrot juice, organic mangoes, organic bananas, organic ginger juice, organic lemon juice, organic pea protein, organic dates, organic chia seeds, organic flax seeds, and Himalayan salt.

 

Green Matcha Smoothie

I’m definitely a matcha addict so when I saw that they had a smoothie with matcha green tea in it, I was stoked. A lot of people don’t love the earthy flavor of matcha so I’m happy to report that it’s not super heavy in here, but I can still taste it. The ingredients are purified water, bananas, avocados, organic lemon juice, organic date puree, organic hemp protein, organic vanilla powder, organic matcha powder, and organic spirulina. This is a nice little twist on something like the power greens smoothie but with a different vibe.

 

Raspberry Cacao Smoothie

This smoothie is very banana-forward and creamy. The raspberry flavor is great and made richer by the cacao. I think this is really yummy but I personally don’t love it as much as the green smoothies. It has purified water, bananas, organic raspberries, organic coconut nectar, cashew butter, organic pea protein, organic beet juice, organic rose water, organic vanilla extract, organic cacao, and Himalayan salt in it. Although I try to avoid beets, I think I manually chose this one because I love raspberries. I don’t think I could detect the beet juice as much which is nice.

Bowls and Soups (Lunch)

Something that I want to point out with the bowls is that the nutritional facts on the back say that each one of these is two serving sizes which I find a little absurd. I’m assuming they do this so that the facts all seem a bit lower but the joke is on them because I barely understand nutrition facts. Some of these bowls I found filling and others didn’t quite seem like enough. I think it just depends on how hungry I was and perhaps how much I liked the recipe. I also want to note that since I eating these right out of the bowl on a 15-minute break at school in a dark basement, I wasn’t able to plate these in any sort of thoughtful way and just wolfed them down before having to rush to clean up and do anything else in that break before class started again. I hope that the descriptions and photos in the bowls can do them justice.

 

Lemon Wild Rice and Broccoli Bowl

This bowl is probably one of my favorites from Splendid Spoon. The lemon flavor isn’t too strong but is subtle and the wild rice and the broccoli are both perfectly cooked and taste fresh. I did add a little salt and pepper to this since I’d say most of their bowls err on the side of not going overboard with seasoning which I actually find a lot better. I’d rather add my own than have it be too much so that I can’t enjoy it.

 

Coconut Curry Rice Bowl

Oooh this was another really good bowl for me. I loooove coconut curry and this blend of organic brown rice, organic kale, chickpeas, and coconut milk along with seasonings and ingredients really made this one of my favorites. It has a light coconut flavor and is lemony and light. There are also cashews which added an unexpected nice crunch to this meal.

 

Sweet Potato Quinoa Bowl

I think this new bowl from Splendid Spoon is one of the most filling ones that I’ve tried. I was worried about the sweet potato since I’m normally not a fan but there was so much other stuff (like quinoa, chickpeas, shiitake mushrooms, and organic kale) going on here that it wasn’t overpowering. I feel like I ate and ate this bowl until full and I still didn’t finish it.

 

Cauliflower Tikka

Mmmm tikka anything is a real taste bud pleaser for me. This bowl combines a lot of tasty stuff like cauliflower, organic tomatoes, onions, cashews, along with spices like coriander, cumin, cilantro, ginger, turmeric, sea salt, black pepper, and red chili pepper to really make this a full-flavored meal. I like that cauliflower will suck up any flavor you put it in and this is an excellent vegan version of the tasty Indian-inspired dish.

 

Channa Potato Stew

Big chickpea fan over here. I also love potatoes and a hearty stew, so this meal was a real winner for me. I found that it had plenty of flavor and seasoning so I didn’t need to add salt and pepper to this one as I did with some others. I really enjoyed the subtle spice to this stew!

My Verdict

I really like this model of having a smoothie every morning for breakfast and a light lunch in the form of a bowl or soup. I decided to do some number crunching to see how it compared to buying similar items locally. If you choose the five smoothies and five bowls plan, that makes each item cost $9.50. That’s actually cheaper than the $10.00 cost of a smoothie or juice from my local juicery or the $10.83 from another smoothie and juice you can order online like Blueprint (although I have found a couple of Blueprint drinks at Whole Foods for $5.99 so now I’m confused). As far as the bowls- the easiest comparison for me with convenience and health factors is Whole Foods grab-and-go section. Splendid Spoon bowls come in 16-ounce containers, making them $0.59/ounce. Whole Foods has prepared soups that come in 24-ounce containers making the $0.33/ounce and as far as a bowl comparison, I found something like this ready-to-eat meal from Cafe Spice for $0.44/ounce or I could compare it to the Whole Foods hot bar which I think is $7.99/pound in my city which would roughly equate to $0.50/ounce.

That being said- I know a lot of people might be saying “but if I make my own smoothies/soups/bowls it’d be SO much cheaper.” Yes, you’re probably right, and I hear you. But the way I look at it, the people who are dedicated to cooking and preparing that much won’t be interested in this anyhow. Personally, I’ve owned a juicer which I stopped using after about a month (and wasted A TON of produce) and I am notoriously terrible at making smoothies (lots of waste, can’t seem to get the right consistency). I even thought to myself “what if I made a huge vat of soup/veggie bowl that I’d eat all week?” I know in my heart that by day two I’d be sick of that soup and making five different soups or bowls for one week is simply not going to happen. My roommate is awesome at doing that. I, admittedly, am not.

In the end, I found Splendid Spoon to be a really helpful and easy way to eat healthy when I was super busy going to work and night school. Even now that I’ve been staying safe at home for two weeks, I think having meals that I don’t need to prepare or think much about can be helpful when I’m having days where eating at all is a triumph. And I found the meals to be DELICIOUS. Like, really good. And I love their smoothies. This is a pricy meal plan when I look at objectively, but I also know that I am paying for the convenience and for the ease of eating more healthy with a few clicks on my computer. Will I order this every single week? No. Will I treat myself maybe once a month or at times when I know the cost is worth it? Absolutely.

Have you tried Splendid Spoon recently? What did you think?

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

Comments (6)

  1. Thank you for this review! I’ve been flirting with the idea of Splendid Spoon and your review helped me to decide. I’m still having to work but trying to travel light so this is perfect. Not every week…but maybe every now and then.

  2. Awww you are lucky to only be on lock down for 2 weeks. We have already been out for 2 going on week 3 but now are being told the bay area is on lock down until May 3rd. Long time.

    • Oh, we’re into week 3 now as well now. Who knows how long! I hope you’re finding ways to keep yourself happy and entertained, Dawn!

      • Thanks Marne, you and MSA keep me entertained for sure! Thanks for all of the great reviews!

  3. I am totally getting this for my fresh fruits and veggies during this isolation time. I’m sick of pasta and not confident that the crowded grocery store is a good place to be right now. Thanks for the great review! It looks like a lot of yummy things to look forward 🙂 while hopefully keeping people out of the stores for longer.

    • I definitely haven’t been eating enough fruits + veggies. I hear ya on pasta. I love it, but it’s getting a little old. I made veggie stuffed peppers last week though and those were pretty darn good!

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