Daily Harvest Review: My Take on This Meal Subscription Service
Are you looking for a way to get organic, prepared meals delivered straight to your doorstep? Read this Daily Harvest review to hear about my experience and thoughts on this unique meal delivery service.
Despite my love for sugar, I’m normally a healthy eater.
I’m the type of person who likes to have at least one vegetable on every plate. Lately, however, I haven’t been consuming as many nutritional foods as I would like.
To get back on track with my normal eating habits, I decided to give Daily Harvest a try. For those who aren’t acquainted with this popular meal delivery service, Daily Harvest essentially sells direct-to-consumer subscription plans for ready-to-eat organic bowls (or cups) that are packed with healthy, organic ingredients.
How Daily Harvest Works
From harvest bowls to smoothies, Daily Harvest offers healthy meals that are pre-portioned and come to you frozen. When you go on their site, they break every choice down by key ingredients and health benefits. They also highlight common allergens, such as nuts and soy, that might appear in their food.
Depending on how frequently you want a delivery, you have the option to choose a weekly or monthly subscription service. Depending on the subscription you select, Daily Harvest will send you six, nine, 12 or 24 cups that range in price from $6.99 to $7.99 per cup.
I decided to order the six-cup subscription plan and paid $7.99 per cup. When I went to checkout, they offered me a promo code that gave me three free cups (and who could complain about free smoothies and bowls!). Ultimately, I only paid for three cups.
Daily Harvest Review: Smoothies, Rice Bowls and More
Daily Harvest Bowls: Quick and Delicious
The first cup I tried was the cauliflower rice and kimchi harvest bowl. I picked this one because, to be honest, I’m not super adventurous when it comes to food. I normally have to be in the mood to take my palate on a bold journey. This time, however, I wanted something that had flavors I don’t come across regularly, like kimchi and turmeric.
If you’re someone who is pressed for time, this farm-frozen bowl is the perfect option for you. The harvest bowl is incredibly easy to make because it only takes four to six minutes to heat up. I cooked mine on the stove, but you also have the option to put it in the microwave. I didn’t like all the ingredients in this bowl, and my taste buds were a bit overwhelmed by everything. Nonetheless, I loved how fresh everything tasted.
On its own, this harvest bowl won’t fill you up. But if you add a few more things to it, like chicken, you’ll definitely feel satiated. If you’re thinking about getting this harvest bowl, note that it has peppers and chiles in it. These ingredients give it a bit of a kick to it that I enjoyed but might not be for everyone.
Daily Harvest Smoothies: Great Flavor to Start Your Day
The second cup I tried was the cherry and açaí smoothie. I chose this one because of its immunity-boosting factor. Packed with açaí, cherries, raspberries and blueberries, this ready-to-blend smoothie is exactly how the website describes it: a berry explosion.
All the ingredients blend nicely together, and none of the flavors overpowered each other. The smoothie is light, refreshing and would be the perfect drink to have on an early spring morning.
To make mine a little sweeter, I added grape juice to the mixture. The addition of this liquid base gave it the right amount of sweetness without ruining the flavor of the smoothie.
Next, I tried the lychee and dragon fruit smoothie. This one was my favorite by far. I loved the tropical flavor you get from the lychee, dragon fruit, pineapple, strawberry and peach. I thought this smoothie would be very sweet, so I only added water to it, but I was pleasantly surprised. The smoothie has the perfect combination of sweet and tart, as well as the perfect consistency when blended.
Loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants, I made this smoothie when I had a cold, and it definitely helped me feel significantly better. The only downside is I seem to be allergic to something in this smoothie. Otherwise, I would drink it again.
The last smoothie I had was their best seller, strawberry and peach. This smoothie was my least favorite because all you taste are the strawberries. Even though there are other sweet ingredients in this smoothie, such as peach, raspberry and goji berry, I felt like I was drinking a melted down version of strawberry starbursts. I love strawberries, but I wish I could taste some of the other ingredients as well.
After all, the best aspect of the smoothies is how customizable they are. You can add any liquid, sweetener or protein powder to the base to make it satisfy your taste buds.
As someone who doesn’t have time to make breakfast every morning, I decided to sample their overnight oats and chia parfait. For the oats, I tried the mulberry and dragon fruit option.
Because I’m lactose intolerant and have a nut allergy, I added half a cup of coconut milk to my oats. This mixture instilled some extra flavor in them. Then I heated the dish up on the stove.
Daily Harvest Oats: Surprisingly Filling
I don’t really like oatmeal, but I loved the way this dish tasted. The berries and dragon fruit excellently balanced each other out to create the right amount of sweetness. Between the fruit and the oats, it kept me full until lunchtime. However, I wish there was more food included in the cup.
Like the overnight oats, I heated the blackberry and majik chia parfait on the stove with some coconut milk. I never had this kind of parfait before, so I had no idea what to expect.
I thought the blue majik — which is blue-green algae — would be the dominant flavor, but I was completely wrong. The majik gave the parfait its beautiful blue color and let the blackberries and bananas be the star of the show. With a subtle but distinctive flavor, every bite is unique and complementary all at the same time.
However, I wasn’t a big fan of the texture. I think it might have been because I needed to add a little more milk to the mixture.
The Verdict: If You’re Big on Health and Short on Time, Daily Harvest Is Perfect for You
After trying a few selections, I think Daily Harvest is perfect for people who are limited on time but still want a healthy diet of superfoods. These meal kits only take a few minutes to make, after all. They’re convenient for someone who has 30 minutes to eat or hates waiting for their food to cook. They’re also great to take on the go because you can place the leftovers back in the container it came in.
Outside of the select Daily Harvest bowls I had a chance to indulge in, the company also offers a variety of soups, sweet snacks, and even coffee and matcha lattes.
Daily Harvest is also great for anyone who wants to eat healthy foods but can’t stand to spend time in the grocery store. All the meals come frozen, so you don’t have to worry about them going bad before you eat them.
Another great thing about Daily Harvest is you can either get it delivered to your home or your job. They give you the option to order a set amount of meals each week or order 24 meals each month.
Their pricing structure incentivizes you to order more cups. For example, if you order 12 cups per week, you’ll only pay $7.49 for each cup compared to $7.99 per cup for six cups each week.
You also have the power to pause your plan or reschedule a delivery. If you plan on going away for a week, you can ask for your package to be delivered another time or you can simply pause your delivery. Whenever you want to resume your shipment, all you have to do is let them know when you’d like to receive your next package.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience with Daily Harvest. I loved how unique each meal was and how I could make them whenever I wanted. The smoothies were perfect to have with a light breakfast or lunch.
The chia parfaits and overnight oats kept me full for a few hours, so they’re a great option for breakfast. The harvest bowl was light, so it was better to have for lunch with something else, such as a salad or soup.
And as for my overall goal to get back to healthier eating habits? I plan to try Daily Harvest again soon. I’m also going to continue to try to drink more water and not forget to treat myself with chocolate at the end of the day because hey, what’s life without a little indulgence?
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