Daily Harvest! You may have seen the ads of yummy smoothies on your Pinterest feed. That’s not all Daily Harvest offers, though. They have a ton of other drink, meal and snack options. If you’ve seen my Hungryroot review, you’ll know that I’m obsessed with healthy meal delivery services, especially if they are gluten-free and dairy-free. So let’s jump into this Daily Harvest Review!
What is Daily Harvest?
They advertise themselves as Good, Clean Food that’s delivered right to your door. Everything that Daily Harvest offers is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Unlike Hungryroot, there is no cooking involved, only microwaving, blending, or soaking (or in the case of their flatbreads, sticking them in the oven). They do provide a stovetop option for some of the soups and harvest bowls, but this step is completely optional.
How Daily Harvest Works
Much like Hungryroot, you pick a plan, then you choose which foods you want to order. You can choose from 9, 14, or 24 items weekly, or their 24 item monthly box. I started with the 14 item weekly box. If you look at the menu on the left hand side, you can see their 9 categories: Smoothies, Harvest Bowls, Flatbreads, Soups, Oat Bowls, Chia Bowls, Scoops, Bites, & Lattes.
Despite it being their flagship product, I’m trying to eat a lower-carb diet, so I only ordered one of these. I ended up picking the Cacao + Avocado smoothie. At 530 calories and 34 net carbs, it’s not exactly keto, but I decided I could drink it in 2 servings and avoid a sugar crash. The flavor was a bit too…healthy, but I’m open to trying more smoothies in the future.
Despite it being their flagship product, I’m trying to eat a lower-carb diet, so I skipped over the smoothies and landed on the harvest bowls. This ended up being my favorite section. They’re perfect for a work lunch. You just pop them in the microwave for 4 minutes, and they’re ready to go.
I didn’t figure this part out until like my 3rd order, but there are filters on the top left that allow you to select certain ingredients you like or don’t like, benefits you’re looking for like anti-inflammatory, and my favorite — dietary needs. You can filter by gluten free, keto, low carb, paleo, vegan, etc. It’s glorious. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to scour the nutrition labels to make sure I’m getting something that fits my needs. This makes it effortless.
Going down the list, you also have the flatbreads, which are basically healthy pizzas. These are not low carb, so I don’t tend to order them very often. I tried the Kale + Sweet Potato flatbread recently, and it was ok. It wasn’t bad, but you could definitely tell it was trying to be healthy. At 370 calories, it was filling, but not overly so. It would work well with some sort of side, maybe hummus and carrots, or a cookie.
Next, we have the soups. I decided to try the Carrot + Coconut Curry Soup and the Cauliflower + Leek Stew. Unlike the harvest bowls, you do need to add water or broth to the soups before you heat them. While I did enjoy the soups, they weren’t that filling by themselves. I found myself having to add extras like rotisserie chicken to the soups in order to make them more filling.
Since they were pretty high carb, I skipped over the oat bowls and went straight for the chia bowls. This ended up being my second favorite section. The chia bowls make a great low-carb snack. If you’re keto, I recommend the Vanilla Bean + Apple chia bowl. At 7g net carbs and 310 calories, it will fit well into most keto diets. For less strict low carb diets, all 4 of the chia bowls will do well. The Blackberry + Magik is my favorite. With 21g net carbs for 350 calories, it has enough natural sugars that it tastes like a dessert. Plus, the blue color is just fun.
Scoops is the newest addition to the Daily Harvest lineup. They are a healthier take on ice-cream, made with coconut milk and without gums and thickeners. No carageenen found here! And the best part? Like all Daily Harvest foods, they’re dairy-free! They aren’t keto at around 20-25g net carbs, but they’re a lot healthier than most of the vegan ice creams you will find at the grocery store. I tried the Strawberry, Vanilla, and Chocolate. I’m normally not a strawberry ice cream girl, but the reviews were so good, I couldn’t pass it up. Surprisingly, it wasn’t bad. My favorite is definitely still the chocolate, though. As far as the vanilla? Pass. The sesame flavor came on too strong, and I didn’t find the combination inspiring.
I haven’t tried the bites yet (I plan to soon! I may come back and update this section), so that brings us to the last section — lattes! Although Daily Harvest calls them lattes, only the Coffee + Almond and the Matcha Latte actually contain caffeine. The Chaga + Chocolate Latte is more of a hot chocolate, and the Ginger + Turmeric Latte is closer to a golden milk. All 3 of the lattes except for the Chaga + Chocolate are 5 net carbs or less. I love to drink the Ginger + Turmeric with some ice cubes at night when I’m winding down for bed. At 16g net carbs, the Chaga + Chocolate Latte is more of a splurge for me, but boy is it worth it when I’m craving chocolate.
There you have it. Once you’ve selected your items, you can check out. You can enter your coupon code (see the section below), and your goods will show up on your doorstep in a few days. I think this differs depending on location, but I place my orders by 6pm on Sunday, and my order shows up on Wednesdays.
Who is Daily Harvest good for?
Much like Hungryroot, Daily Harvest is a great pick for busy professionals who want to make healthy choices. It has a ton of gluten-free and plant-based options. In fact, all of their foods are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. You can also find a lot of great lower carb and lower sugar items. If you’re strict keto, you may want to give this one a pass. There are only a handful of options that are below 10 net carbs. It’s also a little pricey, which brings us to the next section.
How much does Daily Harvest cost?
The items range in price from $5.99 to $8.99 each. Harvest bowls, flatbreads, and scoops are their premium items at $8.99 each. Smoothies, soups, bites, and lattes are all $7.99 a piece, while oat bowls and chia bowls are $5.99.
As someone who always tries to optimize and get the best value, I compared the nutrition info and calories of the different categories. The one that consistently provides the most value per calorie without adding in a lot of carbs and sugars is the chia bowls, and 300-420 calories for $5.99, the lowest of Daily Harvest’s price points. The harvest bowls are a similar number of calories at about 200-400 calories per bowl, but there are only a few that I find worth the price. I may be splurging a little on healthy frozen lunches, but I’m not going to pay $9 for 200 calories, so I loaded up on the cheaper chia bowls and added in a couple of the more filling harvest bowls.
Pros and Cons
It makes healthy food easy!
I feel so much better when I eat healthy (especially with my food sensitivities), but I can’t realistically cook 3 meals a day. I sometimes do meal prep, but either I’m in the kitchen all day Sunday, or I’m eating the same food 10x in a week until I’m sick of it. Daily Harvest gives me an option to eat healthy and have some variety without slaving away over the stove for 10 hours a week.
I get to try new things
I love to try new foods and explore exotic tastes and flavors. For example, I had never tried kimchi before until I got the Cauliflower Rice + Kimchi harvest bowl (it was really good!). Daily Harvest is also really good about including anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric, acai, cinnamon, cocoa, and tons of others. I probably never would have tried bee pollen if they hadn’t included it in my box, but apparently it’s really good for you.
This one pretty much speaks for itself. Do I really want to spend $6 on a bowl of oatmeal? Maybe not. The soups especially seem really overpriced to me. Most of them are just seasoning and a few vegetables, and they’re $7.99. I can’t really justify paying that much for something that won’t even fill me up. Some of the items are worth it to me, but I have to pick carefully to make sure I’m getting a reasonable value for my money.
There are some issues with the supply chain
I was all set to give Daily Harvest a glowing review, with no real complaints, until my most recent delivery. One week, my order just didn’t show up. I checked my tracking number and it said the box had been destroyed. Finally, they emailed me saying they would send out a replacement, and I received the same box the next week without being charged again. Except, this box arrived dirty, with the food half-thawed and a couple of items missing. I contacted customer support, and they sent out the box a third time and gave me a discount for a future order. This time, I finally received my box with all the items intact.
I have been ordering Daily Harvest for a couple of months now, and this was the only time I experienced an issue, but I did find it pretty frustrating, since I was counting on it for my work lunches that week. Thankfully, customer support was very helpful and responsive, and I ended up with $25 off a future order, so I actually profited off the inconvenience.
I hope Daily Harvest is able to get their order fulfillment figured out, because otherwise I have very few complaints. I still plan to continue with my shipments, because the option of healthy, gluten-free, vegan lunches with no effort on my part is just too convenient to pass up.
How do I sign up?
I have a referral code that will give us both $25 off 1 box: RE-MYGR8Y4. I appreciate you using my links and supporting my reviews, but you can also likely find coupon codes on Google depending on what specials they may have going on at the time.