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 up to $40 off of your first purchase! Just enter TEACHERSTYLE at checkout.
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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.
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….
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.
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:
- Cacao + Avocado Smoothie
- Pineapple + Matcha Smoothie
- Blueberry + Hemp Smoothie
- Red Lentil + Cumin Harvest Bowl
- Vanilla Bean + Apple Chia Bowl
- Mulberry + Dragon Fruit Oat 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.
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.
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!
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!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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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?