If you spend any amount of time online reading about or browsing anything pertaining to a healthy lifestyle, you have probably seen an ad for a product called Daily Harvest.
Daily Harvest is an organic food delivery service.
(Think Hello Fresh, Blue Apron, etc.)
Being the crunchy, organic child that I am, I was ALL OVER this when I saw that there was a way for me to save time having to meal plan, cook, and clean because I could just ORDER pre-made meals that were actually healthy, nutrient-dense foods. If you have food allergies, SIBO, IBS, IBD, or any of these life-altering conditions that make planning food feel like a part-time job…
You get it.
It’s the next best thing to having a personal chef cook for all of your specialized dietary needs.
Something you should know about me is I’m a sucker for solutions. I don’t always read a ton of reviews. I like to try things for myself and form my own opinions. If I think something will be a solution to my problem, I dive in. It’s probably not the best trait in some ways, but it is this personal characteristic that led me to order 6 smoothies and 3 meals from Daily Harvest.
You can choose 4 different “package” options when shopping with Daily Harvest.
- 6 items
- 9 items
- 12 items
- 24 items
The great thing about Daily Harvest is you can pick your smoothies, soups, and meals ‘a la carte’. You’re not bound by certain packages with specific food items, which was appealing to me as I have certain ‘trigger’ foods that still bother my frail tummy. I ordered the ‘9 item box’ because I wanted a good mix of smoothies and meals.
Here’s what I ordered:
- Acai + Cherry Smoothie
- Banana + Greens Smoothie
- Cacao + Avocado Smoothie
- Cold Brew + Almond Smoothie (for Sam)
- Apple + Greens Smoothie
- Turmeric + Lemongrass Broth
- Brussel Sprouts + Tahini Bowl
- Butternut Squash + Chimichurri Bowl
I ordered a box on April 28th and I received it on May 1st.
(Note: Once you order, your card will be charged and another shipment will be sent out to you the following week (or month) unless you cancel your order! The idea is that this would be a part of your grocery routine and it would be one less thing to worry about – which I think is pretty cool.)
What I Loved
The concept of Daily Harvest is pretty amazing.
You’re getting organic, nutrient-dense foods delivered to you (and arriving cold, which is impressive) and you have x amount of meals throughout the week, or month, at your disposal – so you don’t have to sacrifice time or nutrition.
This is a problem I want a solution to as an IBS/IBD patient. I DON’T want to spend all of my time planning, cooking, and cleaning my meals and doing it all over again for the next meal. Sometimes, it is nice to have a mental break where you can just open your fridge and pop something in the blender or on the stovetop.
Not everyone has the skill to cook either! So, in theory, this is a Godsend for moms to send to their college kids, knowing they’re eating well.
I really, really wanted to love these products because of this, but I didn’t.
What I Didn’t Love
It genuinely irritates me when I see people going on “diets” and chewing on a raw carrot looking absolutely miserable. Healthy eating DOES NOT mean sacrificing quality or taste.
Because most of these meals are frozen, you aren’t going to get the same quality or taste that you would if the founder of Daily Harvest made them fresh, but I’ve also had pre-made smoothies from Whole Foods that were levels of taste quality above these meals.
The ratios on both the smoothies and bowls were also pretty off. Here are my thoughts on each meal.
Ratings and Taste Profiles
Dragonfruit + Lychee Smoothie
This smoothie was essentially a strawberry banana + pineapple smoothie. The pineapple is a little bit overpowering. I’m not sure if it was the flax seeds or the hemp hearts, but the seeds did NOT blend well on the ‘high’ setting with my Ninja blender. That’s always a big no-go for me. I don’t want to chew my smoothies. This is not something I would order again.
Acai + Cherry Smoothie
This smoothie blended very well! It tasted more like a blueberry smoothie than acai (which is still good), but I would have liked to have tasted more acai in the smoothie. Overall, this was probably my favorite smoothie and the only thing I would order again.
Turmeric + Lemongrass Broth
HOLY TURMERIC. I’m always excited to try new soups and broths because it’s a great break on my digestive tract and typically goes down easier…. add the anti-inflammatories and you’ve got a winner, right? This soup might as well have been a water + turmeric mix. I couldn’t taste anything else. Needless to say, I am still searching for yummy, gut-friendly broths.
Cold Brew + Almond Smoothie
I got this smoothie for my husband (Sam) because he is a BIG coffee snob. Sam worked in the local coffee shop scene for a while and he is very particular about his coffee (we don’t even have a coffee pot or Keurig friends – he uses a pour over and I don’t really know what that means still). He too was very excited about this smoothie, and the palpable look of disgust on his face when he took his first sip made me giggle like a school girl. He refused to drink it. I tried a sip and I had to agree that it tasted like blended up bread with a hint of cafe con leche.
Cacao + Avocado Smoothie
This smoothie tasted pretty decent! I’m always excited to try anything with cacao. However, the pumpkin seeds really ruined the smoothie. They pretty much just broke in half in the blender and I could only get through about halfway through the smoothie. I was SO sick after having this smoothie too! We went to see Avengers: End Game and almost had to leave quite a few times because I was so nauseous! It was disappointing, to say the least.
Banana + Greens Smoothie
If you’ve eaten kale, you know what eating this smoothie is like. If you enjoy that sort of thing, this is the smoothie for you.
Brussel Sprouts + Tahini Bowl
The combination of flavors in this bowl is just a big fat whopping NO. I think the Tahini-mustard hybrid really overpowers everything else. Definitely the worst meal of the bunch.
Butternut Squash + Chimichurri Bowl
Between the mushrooms and the buckwheat, the texture of this bowl was SLIMY. It looks way more appetizing on the site than it did in real life. It also smells overwhelmingly of cilantro. Not the bowl for me.
Apple + Greens Smoothie
While this smoothie also struggled with blending (hello leaves), the taste was decent compared to the rest of our smoothies! If you like green juice, I think you’d enjoy this smoothie. The taste is actually better to me than green juice typically is – it isn’t quite as bitter.
Maybe pre-made food is meant to be unhealthy and healing, nutrient-dense foods just take time and energy to make.
It is possible that I had unrealistic expectations of what purchasing a Daily Harvest box would be like. I’m not entirely sure how tasty and nutritious a frozen meal can really be (aside from meals I make and freeze myself at home). However, I do have to say there is no excuse for smoothies. I really, really wanted to like Daily Harvest and I just don’t.
While I think the mission and idea behind the company is great, I just don’t think they deliver on delicious, healthy foods, and I can’t justify spending my hard earned money on meals that I’m not excited to eat.
I think there could definitely be potential for improvement if they played with their proportions and thought about removing some of the seeds – but for now, it’s going to be a no for any more Daily Harvest boxes from me.
I’d love to know what your experience with Daily Harvest has been like. Do you think I’m nuts and love their meals? Do you feel the same way? I need to know I’m not alone in this, friends. 😉