I'd spend all day in the kitchen perfecting delicious meals if my schedule allowed it, but it doesn't. Some days are so hectic that a protein bar serves as a replacement for breakfast. Instead of this less-than-nutritious substitution, I prefer to rely on premade meals and snacks from meal delivery services like Daily Harvest.
Daily Harvest is a plant-based meal delivery service that delivers frozen prepared items to your door. The woman-founded company was originally built around delivery subscription smoothies but has since evolved to a robust collection of flatbreads, forager bowls, bakes, soups, dairy-free desserts, and more.
Altogether, the brand offers more than 100 fruit-and-veggie-based items. Each recipe is developed with the help of chefs and nutritionists and never contains dairy or gluten. Plus, the short ingredient lists—which are boldly printed on the label—never contain additives, preservatives, or fillers.
The subscription service offers four plan sizes: six to eight items, nine to 11 items, 12 to 23 items, or 24 to 26 items. Orders arrive every Wednesday or Friday. You'll have until 6 p.m. on the Sunday prior to your delivery to either skip the week or adjust the items in your order. Daily Harvest allows you to either customize each box to your preferences or opt for an automated selection that chooses items based on your previous recipe ratings.
A huge perk? The brand sends a text every Sunday morning to remind you to customize or skip that week's delivery. As someone who often forgets about updating or canceling my subscriptions, I love this little attention to detail. It doesn't feel like the company is trying to trap me into an order that I don't really need.
Plus, the site is super intuitive to use. Adjusting your order is as simple as flipping a toggle to "skip a delivery." You don't even need to press save!
Unlike other prepared meal services, the final cost of your Daily Harvest box is not fixed. As you curate your box to your needs—whether it's a breakfast or light lunch—the final price shifts. Smoothies, soups, and scoops all cost less than $9, while the heartier picks such as flatbreads and bowls are closer to $10.
The most affordable option on the menu is the forager bowls, which include oats and chia seed bowls. On the flip side, each Harvest bake costs around $12 and typically contains two servings (although the lower calorie count means you can easily consume the entire entrée solo).
Shipping is always free, but you only unlock discounts on your order by adding more items to your box; save $5 with the 9-item box, $10 with the 12-item box, and $25 with the 24-item box.
For example, the 16-item box I reviewed costs around $138. With the discount, the final cost would be around $128 with enough food for about 10 meals and four snacks.
Every menu item that I've tried:
While I love my immersion blender and KitchenAid, they were completely unnecessary for prepping most Daily Harvest goods. All you need is a microwave, oven or blender to transform the frozen recipes into something delicious.
A few recipes—like the flatbreads and oven bakes—take a little bit longer to cook. However, this preparation is totally hands-off, so you can conquer other tasks around the house. Otherwise, you need less than five minutes to get a deliciously creamy smoothie or piping hot bowl of grits.
Excuse the cliche, but when it comes to the quality of ingredients in Daily Harvest food, the proof is in the pudding. Daily Harvest uses mostly whole organic ingredients to ensure the highest level of health. The company advertises its food as having "no ... gums, fillers, refined sugars, GMOs, or artificial ANYTHING." If I had to describe Daily Harvest flavors in one word, it would be elevated.
I think I'm so used to artificial flavors that I was rather surprised by how some of the Daily Harvest snacks tasted, and then I thought, "Oh, right it's real food, hence the authentic flavors." I did make some modifications to suit my personal taste preferences, adding some fresh berries to the oat and chia bowls and some carbs to pair with the other heartier dishes.
The convenience of getting healthy, nutrient-filled recipes to my door is definitely worth the cost.
I think anyone with a busy schedule would easily be impressed by Daily Harvest.
Daily Harvest makes it possible to eat nutritious meals even when you're in a time crunch. It's a great option for anyone who wants to increase their fruit and vegetable intake without spending a ton of time in the kitchen.