Two years ago, I did Whole30 and found out I’m allergic to oh so many things. (You can read more about my Whole30 experience here.) For the first year, I was super strict with my diet and felt absolutely amazing. In fact, I felt so amazing that throughout year two I became a lot more lax and found myself trying all sorts of different “cheat” items. For example, lately my breakfast has been a gluten, dairy, and soy free Udi’s Chocolate Muffin and a cup of oolong tea. Compliant with my allergies? Of course. Healthy? Absolutely not. Honestly, part of my relaxed state is due to convenience. It’s really hard to constantly make unprocessed foods for every meal, when really all I want is a muffin on the go. So when I discovered Daily Harvest, I thought that might be the perfect way to reset in the new year.
Daily Harvest is a home delivery subscription service that brings healthy, unprocessed and easily manageable foods directly to your door. Unlike other subscription services, Daily Harvest is mostly based around light meals and snacks that are easy to make and take on the go. In fact, the largest selection of items are their smoothies (23 to choose from!). But they also have Harvest Bowls (16), Soups (10), Bites (3), Oat Bowls (4), Chia Bowls (3), and Lattes (4).
Ok, a little moment of truth here. I’m a VERY picky eater. Admittedly, I have not tried all of the different categories. I tried Smoothies, Bites, Oat Bowls, and Lattes. However, I did not try the Harvest Bowls, Soups, or Chia Bowls. I didn’t try the Harvest Bowls or Soups because I’m picky and didn’t want to waste one of my valuable spots on something I wasn’t sure about. Although I think now that I have my favorites picked out, I’d probably try a Bowl and a Soup on future orders. Actually, I really wanted to try the Chia Bowls, but the Chocolate Almond one that sounded delicious contains pea protein and I am allergic to legumes.
Speaking of my legume allergy, that’s actually my only complaint about the Daily Harvest selection. None of the options contain dairy or gluten. Which is awesome. But some of the yummy sounding choices contain pea protein or soy. Which stinks for people like me, because the Chocolate Hazelnut smoothie sounds A-freaking-mazing.
Now that we’ve talked about what I haven’t tried, lets focus on what I have. First of all, every smoothie I tried was fantastic. Chai + Coconut was creamy and surprisingly full of spice. Mango + Papaya was oh so pina colada – esque and took me on a tropical vacation. However, my absolute favorite smoothie of all was Cucumber + Greens. I know that sounds totally basic and a bit bland, but it was so delicious, satisfying, and just felt clean and healthy. Of course the Chocolate + Hazelnut bites were little bites of heaven reminiscent of “Nutella”. Of all the things I tried, the lattes were my least favorite. But I think my taste buds are off due to eating so much sugar lately. It will be interesting to see if they adjust to the richer flavors as I rein myself back in.
Next let’s talk practicality. I’m notoriously cheap when it comes to things I can do myself. Every time I make a smoothie I think “I could make this with stuff from the grocery store”. However, the recipes are amazing and include so many additional health benefits that could be tricky to recreate. Some include things like Reishi Mushrooms, Coconut Oil, Cauliflower, Ashwaganda Root, Matcha Tea, and even Cold Brew Coffee. Now that’s what I call antioxidant power! Plus, they’re all chopped up perfectly and always fill the blender cup to the right amount. No excess, waste, spills, or frustrations. So, yes. You can create smoothies with things from the grocery store. You can even incorporate antioxidants and superfoods. Or you can just let Daily Harvest do the work. Also, I tried making smoothies with Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, and Coconut Water. Coconut Water was by far my favorite.
Last but not least, let’s talk nutrition. Although smoothies aren’t usually the healthiest option, some are definitely healthier than others. For example, the Cacao + Avocado smoothie has a whopping 510 calories and 46 carbohydrates. But it also has 12 grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein. On the other hand, the Cucumber + Greens smoothie has 80 calories, 15 carbs, 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. We all know “healthy” isn’t always black and white. Different people need different things. Just like makeup, health and nutrition are personal. However, it’s always super important to read labels and focus on what you and your body need.
Overall, I love Daily Harvest, their offerings, and the ease and simplicity of their products. Everything I tried was delicious, easy, and practical. Although the containers do take up freezer space, so plan your order accordingly. My recommendations are the Chocolate Hazelnut Bites and the Cucumber + Greens smoothie. Honestly, I could get a full order of just these two things and be a very happy girl. However, if you want more recos, I also loved the Mango + Papaya, Pineapple + Matcha, Chai + Coconut, and Blueberry + Hemp smoothies. I’ve also heard great things about the Tomato + Pepper and the Tumeric + Lemongrass soups and the Cauliflower Rice Pesto for those of you who are a bit more adventurous than me. Plus, I have a referral code! Use code RE-DR943KB to get $25 off your first Daily Harvest box!
I’m excited to start a new year by reinvesting in myself and in my health. How are you investing in yourself in the new year? Let me know in the comments below!
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