Daily Harvest Review (+ Promo Code!)

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Thinking of trying Daily Harvest?

C’mon, you know you’ve seen their ads. All those photos of brightly colored smoothies filled with gorgeous fruits and veggies…I’ve been thinking about ordering some for a while now. Then Daily Harvest reached out and asked if I’d like to sample some of their products. Um, sign me up! They let me choose any 6 items — and guess what? They have a whole lot more than just smoothies, so it wasn’t easy to choose. Today I’m sharing my review of the Daily Harvest products I received, so hopefully, you’ll have an easier time deciding if you want to try them yourself. I’m also hooking you up with a coupon code for $25 off of your first purchase! Just enter TEACHERSTYLE at checkout.

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Daily Harvest Smoothies

What’s Daily Harvest?

On the off-chance you haven’t seen their pretty ads, Daily Harvest sells frozen, ready-made smoothies, chia and oat bowls, harvest bowls, flatbreads, soups, energy bites, and even lattes and “ice cream” scoops. Everything is vegan and gluten- and dairy-free. They’re most famous for their smoothies. (In fact, I didn’t know they made all of the other things until I started looking around on their website.) I love that they make all of their clean goodies with “thoughtfully sourced” fruits and veggies. They’re frozen and can be prepared in just minutes, and they’re packed with all sorts of superfoods like turmeric, dragon fruit, black garlic, Brussels sprouts, figs, and more.

Daily Harvest food items
So much to choose from!

My Daily Harvest Review

Right from the get-go, I got a positive vibe from the Daily Harvest box that arrived on my doorstep. Check out what the box says when you open it….

Daily Harvest box reading "We take care of food so food can take care of you."

I like that, don’t you? But it takes more than a box to make me want to become a full-fledged customer. On to the unboxing.

Shipping & Packaging

Daily Harvest products come packaged in dry ice. Even though it was a 90+ day outside, and my box sat on the porch for a few hours before I got it inside, everything was still frozen solid.

Daily Harvest shipping in dry ice so foods stay frozen

What I Received

I spent probably an hour looking at all of the yummy items on Daily Harvest’s website. It was tough to choose, but I finally settled on these 6 items:

Items I tried from Daily Harvest: Cacao + Avocado Smoothie, Pineapple + Matcha Smoothie, Blueberry + Hemp Smoothie, Red Lentil + Cumin Harvest Bowl, Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl, Mulberry + Dragon Fruit Bowl

My First Smoothie – Cacao + Avocado

I knew right away I wanted to try the Cacao + Avocado smoothie first. I love chocolate smoothies!

It was easier than I thought to make it! All you have to do is open the container, add your favorite milk (I used unsweetened coconut milk!), dump it into a blender, and blend.

Items needed for making a Daily Harvest smoothie

My Ninja blender has a “Smoothie” setting, and I pressed that, but I thought it needed to be blended just a bit more, so I pulsed it a few more times after the Smoothie cycle ran.

Daily Harvest Cacao + Avocado Smoothie with friut

You guys, it was SO yummy! It was chocolaty, rich, and creamy, and it filled me up about halfway through it. This smoothie does not contain bananas, which is one of the reasons I chose it (I can’t stand bananas!). Another reason I chose this particular smoothie is because it is packed with protein: 22 grams! It does have 530 calories and 36 grams of fat (14 saturated), so it packs a filling punch. This served as my lunch the day I ate it, and I was really full. You could probably split one with a friend for a snack!

Daily Harvest Cacao and Avocado Smoothie Review

I gave my 11-year-old son a sip and he said it was “okay.” He is used to Dairy Queen chocolate shakes, though, and I am not. If you’re someone with a monster sweet tooth like my son, you may want to sweeten it a little. But for me, it was absolutely, perfectly delicious!

Everyday Teacher Style enjoying a Daily Harvest Cacao and Avocado Smoothie

Other Items I Tried

After that first smoothie, I was excited to try more. Here are my thoughts on the other goodies I received.

Pineapple + Matcha Smoothie and Blueberry + Hemp Smoothie

Similar to the first smoothie, these were also very tasty. You could especially taste the fruit flavors (the pineapple in the Pineapple + Matcha, and the blueberry in the Blueberry + Hemp smoothie). The colors were bright and beautiful, and the procedure for making these was the same as with the Cacao + Avocado. I chose these other two smoothies for similar reasons as that one, too (no bananas, higher levels of protein).

Pineapple and matcha smoothie from Daily Harvest
Pineapple + Matcha Smoothie — Isn’t it pretty?

The Pineapple + Matcha smoothie has a hint of coconut and reminds me of a frozen pina colada, but less sweet of course. It only has 3 grams of protein, but it also only had 7 grams of fat and just 140 calories for the whole smoothie. This one makes a perfect afternoon snack, and even though it only has 140 calories, it still filled me up pretty well.

Daily Harvest Blueberry and Hemp Smoothie review
Blueberry + Hemp Smoothie!

I made the Blueberry + Hemp smoothie on a day when our A/C was out and it was 95 outside. Like the other two it cooled me right off, and I felt refreshed and energized after finishing it. This one has 190 calories, 5 grams of protein, and 8 grams of fat, so like the Pineapple + Matcha, it was a great afternoon snack. The blueberries were sweet and tart, and there was lots of kale that added thickness. The color was a deep, black-blue-purple color and so pretty to look at!

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Red Lentil + Curry Harvest Bowl

I love the flavor of curry, so I decided to try the Red Lentil + Curry Harvest Bowl. I was thinking these would make good “teacher” lunches at school because they’re quick to make and eat, and they’re very hearty and healthy.

This Harvest Bowl was spicy and flavorful and satisfying. I added 1T of water before microwaving it as per the directions, but it turned out a tiny bit dry, so I might add a little more liquid next time. The spices were spot-on, though. This bowl had 240 calories, 7 grams of fat, 30g carbs, and 12g of protein. The nearly 1:2 ratio of protein to carbs is just about perfect for my typical macro balance per meal, so this fits well into my healthy eating plan. These bowls are definitely something I’m going to be getting more of to eat for lunches once school starts.

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl and Mulberry + Dragon Fruit Oat Bowl

I have been making overnight oats for school day breakfasts and lunches for a while now, so I was excited to try these chia and oat bowls. Since I ended up making both of these in the early morning, I forgot to snap photos before I ate them (sorry, y’all!). Here are some from Daily Harvest’s website.

Daily Harvest Mulberry and Dragon Fruit Oat Bowl review
Mulberry + Dragon Fruit Oat Bowl

To make the Oat Bowl, you just add a half cup of your preferred milk to the bowl and heat for 2 minutes in the microwave (you can also heat them on the stove). It has 230 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 45g carbs, and 5g of protein. It’s little high on carbs and low on protein for me, but most oatmeals are. If you wanted more protein, you could always add a scoop of (maybe vanilla?) protein powder. The oat bowls would be great for days when you want a quick, hot breakfast.

Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl Daily Harvest
Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl

To make the chia bowl, you stir 1/2 cup of your preferred milk into the bowl and then let it soak for 6+ hours or overnight. I actually mixed mine in the morning and ate it for breakfast the next day. These have 310 calories, 20 grams of fat, 18g carbs, and 11g protein. I like the creaminess and vanilla-ness of this, and it was pretty filling. It did not look as pretty as the photo above, though. It had kind of a grayish tint. I was surprised that the apple chunks still tasted fresh and crisp even after bring frozen.

I can say that both of these bowls were hearty, filling, and really tasty. Like the smoothies, they were not overly sweet, so if you’re a fan of extra sweetness, you may need to add something to sweeten them up a little. I really enjoyed the taste and the energy boost both bowls gave me. I can see eating these for healthy breakfasts or lunches during the school year.

Storage

One thing that’s always a concern for me when getting frozen goods is whether I have space to store them. We have a side-by-side refrigerator, and I was able to put my Daily Harvest items on the shelf space just fine. Two of the smoothies even fit in my freezer door compartment.

What’s It Cost?

Without building a box of the exact items you want and putting it in your shopping cart, I found it hard to figure out the cost. Here are a couple of examples to illustrate the pricing structure. And in full disclosure, it is a little expensive.

Daily Harvest is a subscription based plan, and they offer several flexible options. You can opt to receive 9, 12, or 24 items, and you choose whether you want them weekly or monthly. You can opt out of a delivery when needed, and you can skip or pause them as well. To figure out the cost, look at the prices for the items you want to order, add them up, and take off the box discount:

  • $5 discount for a box of 9 items delivered weekly
  • $10 discount for 14 items delivered weekly
  • $20 discount for 20 items delivered weekly
  • $20 discount for 20 items delivered monthly

As an example, I mixed up a box of 9 items with 6 smoothies (@ $7.99 each), 2 oat bowls (@ $5.99 each), and 1 flatbread (@ $8.99), and that came to $63.91 with the $5 weekly discount (and free shipping) per week. For me that’s a lot of money during summer when I have more time to make breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. However, I would pay that price during the school year for the convenience and speed of these yummy, healthy items.

Here’s a monthly example: a box of 24 items with 14 smoothies ($7.99 each), 2 chia bowls ($5.99 each), 2 oat bowls ($5.99 each), 3 harvest bowls ($8.99 each), 1 latte ($7.99), 1 bites ($7.99), 1 flatbread ($8.99) was $167.76 with the big box $20 discount. This bigger monthly box is the way I would probably order during the school year. I’ll just have to make sure I have space in the freezer when they come.

DH Review: The Bottom Line

All in all, I liked the taste of all of the items I received very much. I absolutely loved the nutrition and health benefits of the ingredients, and the preparation was simple and quick for everything I tried. Daily Harvest is perfect for busy families (and teachers) who want to eat more healthfully, but don’t have the time to do it properly. I was a little bummed about the cost, but when you look at the quality of what you’re getting, it is understandable.

Daily Harvest is an American company founded by Rachel Drori, a busy working mom from New York who herself struggled to find the time to prepare healthful food (don’t we all?).

Another thing that makes Daily Harvest especially appealing right now is the ability to get it shipped directly to your home. No need to slap on your mask and shuffle carefully through a not-very-socially-distanced grocery store to get it. Know what I mean?

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Jenny at Everyday Teacher Style with Daily Harvest Cacao Avocado Smoothie

I will be ordering from Daily Harvest again in the coming months, and I’m excited to try some of their other products like the lattes, flatbread pizzas, soups, and energy bites. Which products are you excited to try?

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My Gray Hair Transition

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How I’m Transitioning to Gray Hair

Here’s a spoiler: it’s not naturally. My stylist is a genius and she’s helping me go silver all at once. I really do admire the ladies who give up the hair dye cold turkey. I also admire those who want to embrace natural silver hair to make a statement about true beauty or impossible societal standards for women. However, none of those reasons are why I decided to give up the root jobs and go gray. So what was the reason for my gray hair transition?

Gray hair is trending.

Jenny at Everyday Teacher Style Gray Grey Silver Hair

It’s Gotta Work For You

Yeah, that might make me sound shallow and phony. But I really don’t care what other people think. I love all of you, of course, but when it comes down to it, my opinion is the one that counts most in my daily style decisions — just like yours is most important for you! Yeah, girl, you know it’s true. My style criteria are…

  1. It works for what I need to get done
  2. I will be comfortable while I’m getting that stuff done
  3. As long as it doesn’t conflict with #1 or #2 above, it’s interesting and stylish.

Before

For years I LOVED the color my stylist used, a pretty golden brown with blond highlights. I’d go a little darker in the fall and lighten up with extra highlights in spring and summer. But my trips to the salon were getting more and more frequent as my hair began turning more and more salt-and-peppery. I had been toying with the idea of going gray, but didn’t really have time to think it through and do my research (I research EVERY decision…yeah, I’m that girl). Then, the Covid-19 shutdown hit. My gray started growing out, and because I couldn’t get back to my stylist for over 3 months, I had a good 2-3 inches of growth. I liked what I saw! The color was a shiny silver, and it reminded me of some of the trendy ash brown colors I’d been seeing lately online. It was time.

Before transitioning to gray - hair growth during shutdown
Before and after transitioning to gray hair with root growth showing

After

I was nervous…what if I instantly looked 20 years older? But then it occurred to me: did I really care? The answer was a big “NOPE.” But truthfully, in the back of my head a little voice said, “Well you know, if you don’t like it you can always just have her dye it back before school starts in August.” True, wise little inner voice. It was a done deal. But luckily, I LOVED IT!

How to Do It

Thinking about going gray yourself? Here are my tips for a smooth transition.

1. Find some inspiration.

Over the past year, I started noticing all kinds of gorgeous ashy brown and blond bayalage and highlighted hairstyles. I started pinning tons of photos of ashy gray-silver-brown (sometimes called “grombre,” combining gray and ombre) hair to pinpoint the look I was going for. Here’s my Pinterest board called Gray Hair that I created to show my stylist. Then, before going to my stylist, I sent her some of my favorite photos to show her what I was thinking.

Everyday Teacher Style Pinterest Board featuring Gray Grey Silver Hair Ideas

My Pinterest board called “Gray Hair,” filled with gray inspo.

2. Decide how YOU want to do it.

Do you want your stylist to help you go gray? Awesome! Do you want to do it yourself? Go for it! Do you want to let it grow out naturally over time? Get started! There is no wrong answer, ladies. The way you want to do it is the right method for you. I’m impatient and liked the ash-gray trend, so for me, going to the stylist for an all-at-once fix was the right answer. I will continue to go to my stylist and have her help me grow out the naturally silver-gray part longer and longer over time. You do you.

3. Just do it.

Make your decision. Do it, or don’t. My stylist told me about one of her clients who has been “thinking about going gray” for 20 years now. She has wanted to do it, but won’t pull the trigger. To me, that sounds like maybe she really doesn’t want to do it, which is okay! Change can be hard, but at the end of the day, hair grows back and stylists are magicians. Don’t overthink it. And don’t wait 20 years to try something you’d like to do.

Gray hair in the classroom

So, yeah, the 3-month shutdown may have given me the opportunity to go gray, but I had been debating going through with it this summer (and pinning gray hair photos) for months before that. If you’re on the fence about your own gray hair transition, my advice is to try it.

If you live in my area and would like some master assistance going gray yourself, hit me up and I’ll share the name of my stylist. She is amazing.

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