Can a frozen smoothie delivery service really change your life? Yes, it can.
At 35, it’s time to admit the truth. I stink at eating healthy. My 3:00PM cravings usually result in a trip to Mickey D’s or a quick walk down the street to the donut shop. Or, at least, they used to.
Two months ago, I spotted a Facebook ad for Daily Harvest. For roughly $7 a smoothie, they ship one month’s supply (24 smoothies) to your door. This had to be better than eating Big Macs for snacks and Cap’n Crunch for breakfast, right?
At first, $7 a smoothie struck me as a bit steep. But since my average Starbucks run is $6, and those whoopie pies and iced teas are lacking in nutritional value, I figured I could just swap one habit for another. If you want to spend a little less, I suggest finding a friend and splitting up the delivery. 12 smoothies per month is still three per week.
Ease. The smoothies are really easy to make. The cups come pre-filled with the frozen ingredients, and you add liquid (usually milk or coconut water). Just fill the cup up to the line, and dump all the contents into the blender. Once mixed, pour it back into the cup (I sometimes end up with enough for 1.5 smoothies), and drink. It really is that simple.
Taste. Daily Harvest makes 14 flavors. I tried six of the flavors, and only found one that I didn’t like (Blueberry + Hemp, all I could taste was walnuts). My favorite flavors are Pineapple + Matcha, Mint + Cacao, and Strawberry + Peach. The Pineapple tastes just like the Pina Colada’s I drank on my Cuba trip.
Healthfulness. Honestly, I wasn’t overly impressed with the vitamin totals or nutritional information for most of the smoothies. This product might feel a little healthier than it really is, but many of the smoothies have high amounts of vitamins C and A. Some also have decent amounts of Calcium, Iron and Fiber.
What does impress me is the fairly low calorie counts. Every smoothie I’ve tried (even with the added milk or coconut water) comes in at under-200 calories. Since the smoothie is really filling, I can use them as a meal replacement, a snack or a treat and not feel like I just blew up my whole day.
Diversity of Product. Let’s say that you’re not into smoothies, or that you only like one or two flavors. Daily Harvest has a bunch of other products that you can also add in.
For breakfast, they have overnight oats and chia parfaits. I tried the Chocolate Protein, and it was pretty good. For lunch, they have soups like Miso + Mushroom or Coconut + Carrot. Or you can try their new “ice cream” sundaes, which come in great flavors like Salted Caramel and Strawberry Cheesecake. I have some coming in my next shipment, and I’m really excited to try them.
What You’ll Need Beforehand. Before you order the smoothies, you’re actually going to need to stock up on a few things. First, you’ll need a blender. I own this Ninja blender with the single serve cups. I highly recommend it. The extra blending cups mean that I never run into a situation where I can’t make a smoothie because the blender’s in the dishwasher.
The second thing you’ll need is liquids. Some of the fruit smoothies call for coconut water as a mix-in, others ask for milk or nut-milk. I like Naked coconut water because there’s no added sugar. And I just use organic skim milk for the milk-based ones.
Lastly, and I cannot stress this enough, you will need smoothie straws. I’m concerned about the prevalence of plastic in landfills, so I bought bio-degradable paper ones. If this isn’t something that bothers you, the plastic ones are cheaper.
Final Verdict. I’m sticking with Daily Harvest. I like the flavors. I like that I feel good about drinking them. I like that my consumption of McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches has been cut by 80%. They’re a pretty great edition to my life, since I can make one and drink it on my way to work or while I’m running errands. And since it takes a lot longer to get through 24 smoothies than I thought, I’m glad I can skip deliveries until I’m ready for a new one.