Meal delivery services are starting to become a weekly staple in many households all over the place. At first I didn’t really participate because there weren’t many vegan options and the price for the amount of food I received just didn’t seem worth it. With the meal delivery market blowing up within the past few years there are options for those of us who like to eat a little bit more of a specific diet.
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For those who know me know that I am frugal and am not going to spend a ton of money on food when I know I can usually get in and out of the grocery store in under $70/week. I was skeptical about these meal kits at first because I just wasn’t sure that the amount of food I was getting would be worth the money. After trying one out, I realized the convenience might be worth jumping on the meal kit bandwagon. I tried pretty much every plant-based meal program out there and landed on my favorite; Splendid Spoon.
When I got Splendid Spoon I tried “The Program 2.0”. With this program I received Breakfast and lunch for 5 days and a full day cleanse. When I first saw the word “cleanse” I rolled my eyes a little because I think “cleanse” is a silly buzzword……I’d be lying though if I didn’t say I felt pretty damn good and energized after it. The whole meal plan was nice and easy to stick to because the foods were delicious, filling, and I still got to splurge a little at dinner because I had stayed on track all day. The goal for me with “The Program 2.0” was to give my body the reset that it needed. My goal is never to lose weight, but just to be healthy and fill my body with good stuff. While I think it would be really easy to lose a couple of inches with these meals, this was not the intended goal.
Heres the breakdown of everything that came in the kit:
- 5 Breakfasts (Smoothies): This part of the change was pretty easy for me because I drink a smoothie for breakfast anyway. My usual daily smoothies have the same stuff besides an occasional fruit change so it was nice to try out some different flavors.
The smoothies flavors that came included: Cacao Almond, Turmeric Chai, AB&J, Blueberry Acai, and Hibiscus Maqui.
I tried the Turmeric Chai Latte smoothie first because I totally judged a book by its cover and thought I wouldn’t like it and wanted to get the one I didn’t think I would like over with. The yellowish look kind of weirded me out a little but I gave it a go anyway. I was pleasantly surprised when I realized how great this tasted. Now, I am no food connoisseur but I would say the flavors tasted “complex”. Yes, “complex” is a great word to describe how this tasted. I have never needed to use this word to describe food but I could tell there were a lot of different flavors mixed together to create one interesting, but good flavor.
The Cacao Almond, Turmeric Chai, AB&J, and Hibiscus Maqui were all great! I saved the Blueberry Acai for last because I thought I would like that one the best. To my surprise, it was probably my least favorite of the group. I just kept getting my guesses of what would be good wrong with these smoothies. It was definitely still drinkable luckily!
As promised, all of these smoothies kept me full until lunch time and even gave me a couple smoothie ideas for when I started making my own again.
- 5 Lunches (Soup): I was a little worried about soup everyday for lunch because I was afraid I wouldn’t feel filled up or satisfied. The soups ended up being really filling to the point where I almost couldn’t finish one of them.
The soups I received included: Red Lentil Dal, Broccoli and Hempseed, Kabocha Congee, Ikarian Stew, and Red Cabbage Borscht. Now, the first four soups listed I loved, loved LOVED! Happy as a clam as I ate each one….and then I got to the Red Cabbage Borscht. Now I will preface this by saying that I have never had Borscht in my entire life, nor really had the desire…..but I thought hey…..its here…..may as well give it a go. I’m just going to leave it at this: Borscht is not my thing, I don’t like it, and don’t care to try it again. I am sure if you are a borscht lover this soup is great but I cannot give it an honest review since I have never had borscht and have nothing to compare it to. In my next box I will throw in a special request to maybe leave that one out.
- One Day Soup Cleanse: Like I said before, the word “cleanse” isn’t really my thing. I wanted to try this program out with fidelity though so I gave it a go and didn’t chew food for a whole day. I fully expected to hate my life that day because the thought of sipping on soup all day made me feel bloated just thinking about all of that liquid. I didn’t feel bloated at all though. I felt very full and satisfied without having my stomach puffed out.
The soup cleanse came with the following soups: Pumpkin Pear Hempseed, Carrot Turmeric Elixir, Parsnip Apple, and as a nightcap…..a little vegan bone broth. The instructions said that these could be eaten hot or cold. I shivered at the thought of cold soup….gross. I tried the Pumpkin Pear Hempseed first. Yes, I tried it cold because I wanted to see if this lived up to the hype of being good hot or cold. There I was again………wrong at my initial impression of how the soup would taste. I drank this whole soup cold. The other soups I drank warm because they were better that way. Everything in the soup cleanse was great and filled me up. I woke up the next day feeling like a damn star.
Would I recommend this? Yes. Personally, this is not something I would get every week because it is a little pricey but it is worth the money to do once per month. It was really easy to stick to and for the most part the food was great. I also liked how I could eat whatever I wanted to for dinner and still feel like I was staying on track.
To get you started, Splendid Spoon is offering $20 off of any plan to all of my readers. Splendid Spoon is full of great people who care about customers and promoting health and happiness.