Tried It: Daily Harvest Ready-To-Blend Smoothies

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In the world of smoothie making, three things reign supreme: healthy ingredients, taste, and convenience. That’s gotta be why smoothie shops are so popular, and why home-delivery options are picking up steam. Smoothie-lovers with on-the-go lives want the convenience of a quick, healthy smoothie with ingredients that fit into their lifestyle and a taste that packs a wallop. Nobody wants to drink kale chalk for breakfast, no matter how trendy it is.

I’ve long been a fan of making my own smoothies at home. I love being able to tinker with the ingredients and play around with healthy combinations that work for my diet and nutritional needs. I also love that it tends to be a bit easier on the wallet than buying a $10 – 12 concoction from one of my favorite stores. Don’t get me wrong, store bought is delicious and I’m a huge fan of smoothie bars. But my budget? Not so much.

What I don’t love about making smoothies at home? The fact that it takes forever to get everything washed, chopped, measured, blended, and cleaned up. It’s a process, people, and this busy girl-on-the-go doesn’t always have the leisure time to blend the day away.

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And then I discovered Daily Harvest. Well, they reached out to me, obviously seeing a prime target of opportunity. I love smoothies, I love healthy ingredients, I love a good deal, and I love to optimize my time. BINGO.

They sent me a trial package and, well, it smoothie love at first sight.

What is Daily Harvest? They are a NYC-based company that delivers pre-chopped, pre-measured, pre-sealed frozen smoothie cups to front doors across the Eastern and Western thirds of the U.S. They have over a dozen delicious flavors ranging from powerhouse greens and berry brighteners to chocolate and coffee mixed with superfoods.

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Here’s how it works. 

Step one: open your freezer and pick a flavor.

Step two: remove smoothie cup lid.

Step three: pour contents into blender.

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Step four: add one cup of liquid (water, almond milk, etc.)

Step five: blend baby blend!

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Step 6: pour back into cup + get on with your day.

That’s it! No fuss and no clean up (except for rinsing out the blender). It’s just about as fool proof and delicious as smoothies get.

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How much? For about $7 a blend, Daily Harvest comes in well under the average price of a store-bought equivalent.

What I liked: I was able to seriously cut down on at-home smoothie making time. The whole process takes about 30 seconds. I also appreciated that each recipe contained a mix of interesting super foods (like turmeric, coconut oil, and goji berries) that I wouldn’t normally incorporate into my daily meals, frozen at peak freshness so their nutritional value isn’t compromised. Also, did I mention they take about 30 seconds to make before you’re out the door and on your way? I can’t even brush my teeth or pack my lunch in 30 seconds.

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What I didn’t like: Some of the flavors weren’t as potent as I had hoped, tasting more “frozen” than fresh. For example, I was hoping the berry blend would be bursting with the taste of raspberries, blueberries, and cherries. It was good, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t the fruity explosion I was hoping for. To be honest, that was the only flavor I had that issue with, and after refreshing their flavor menu, I see it’s no longer available. So that takes care of that!

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Daily Harvest just went through a sleek re-brand and has a bunch of new flavors to try, so I think I’ll be ordering another batch soon. I mean, how delicious do these sound? Perfect for the warm NYC weather ahead. Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 11.29.24 AM Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 11.29.50 AM Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 11.31.39 AM

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Thanks for introducing yourself, Daily Harvest – what a great idea and the perfect solution for quick + healthy smoothies that don’t put a squeeze on my wallet. Hooray!

If you want to give Daily Harvest a try, you’re in luck! Fit Crasher readers get 25% off their first box of 6 smoothies with code “FITCRASHER.” Cheers!

3 Comments

  1. Alicia July 20, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    Used your discount code to try my first box. Thanks!

    • DC Fit Crasher July 27, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Oh good Alicia, I hope you enjoy!

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