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Reader! I don’t normally share products or sponsored anything like this, but given the current times and after using this service myself, I thought it would be good to share my experience since I know many people are looking for ways to manage meal planning while working from home.
As I detailed in a recent blog post, working from home isn’t usually the luxurious fantasy that we think it’ll be. We don’t suddenly have all this extra time to make elaborate meals from scratch three times a day—you know, we’re still working… just at home.
So meal planning remains a key way to keep things running smoothly, because we often do one of two things when we’re switched to a remote work situation: we either forget to eat entirely because we’re focused on our daily tasks, or we’re finding ourselves in the snack cabinet multiple times throughout the day instead of breaking for mealtime.
Meal planning saves you a lot of time and a lot of stress, and it allows you to meet your hunger needs throughout the day. The food’s already prepped, so you don’t have to worry about where it’s coming from (because it’s already in your fridge) or how long it’s going to take to prepare it.
While I like to meal prep from scratch, sometimes it’s just not realistic. Maybe you don’t like to cook, or maybe you’re living in the middle of a global pandemic and aren’t feeling very inspired to be in the kitchen (the latter = me).
That’s where Splendid Spoon came in for me.
Deciding On Splendid Spoon
At first, I wasn’t sure about it. I don’t love all the language on their website about “clean” eating and all that, but the smoothie and grain bowl options sounded pretty good, like things I’d definitely eat but not normally recipes I’d make myself.
I also was hesitant due to all the plastic packaging, but I found their Sustainability section that says the packaging is 100% recyclable and offers detailed instructions on how to do just that, which I appreciated. I cleaned and kept the bowls and have been using them for leftovers and when I want to freeze big batches of soup/stew, they come in super handy that way.
They are also gluten-free, which is what I need, and vegan, too.
Here’s what I got off the Breakfast+Lunch menu:
- Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- Blueberry Coconut
- Orange Hibiscus
- Power Greens
- Raspberry Cacao (favorite!! first thing I reordered)
I’ve also had the Chocolate Cherry and Blackberry Basil smoothies… sooo good!
- Kabocha Congee (another favorite that I immediately reordered)
- Cauliflower Potato Chowder
- Moroccan Lentil Soup
- Brown Rice Taco Bowl
- Pumpkin Pear Bisque
I’ve also had and enjoyed the Chickpea Harissa Tahini, Carrot Lentil Curry, and Cuban Black Bean Bowls.
How Does It Taste?
I loved all the smoothies, as expected. For a couple of them when I wanted a bigger breakfast, I added them to a blender with greens, avocado, ice, and whatever other add-ins I wanted to make it a smoothie bowl.
The soups and grain bowls were really delicious and easy to prep. All I really had to do was dump the frozen hunk of soup into a pan and cook it down, which didn’t take very long. The only addition that was needed for a couple of them was just a little bit of salt, otherwise they were really flavorful. Everyone’s tastes are different so you might not need to change a thing.
I found these genuinely delicious, not like the food that’s “healthy” for you that actually tastes really bad and we’re all just pretending like it doesn’t. No, these were actually really good. And I felt satisfied and energized because for the most part, they were well balanced with the protein, fat, and fiber that keeps your blood sugar stable (and thus mood and hunger regulated).
Is Splendid Spoon Worth It?
Full disclosure, they sent me this stuff for free, so in that respect, yeah obviously.
However there are a lot of pros and very minimal cons, so if you can fit it in your budget, I do think it’s a great way to get in a solid meal that you don’t have to spend time or energy on making yourself. How much is your time saved worth?
The smoothies and bowls were also really convenient and handy for me to have in the freezer (I’ve used Daily Harvest, which I like too, but it was nice to be able to just grab and go from the fridge instead of blending them myself and waking up the whole building). Like I said, I haven’t been feeling that up to meal prepping lately, so Splendid Spoon has been a nice way to fill in the gaps with mostly well-rounded meals (the bisque, for instance, is more of a snack or a side, so I blended in chickpeas with that one).
If I had to think of a con, it would just be that the portion sizes aren’t realistically for more than one person (even though the container may say so) unless you’re having it as part of a bigger meal that you’re splitting with another person.
Pricing for Splendid Spoon Plans
- Lunch only (5 bowls per week): $65/week
- Breakfast + Lunch (5 smoothies + 5 bowls per week): $95/week
- Breakfast + Lunch + Reset (5 smoothies + 5 bowls + 5 soups): $135/week
I got the Breakfast + Lunch option, and if time is a major thing for you, I definitely do think it’s worth it (it comes out to $9.50/meal). You get 10 meals out of the way, and if you use the bowls as sides, you can stretch it out even further through the week.
BTW you can also adjust the amounts you get, you don’t have to be limited to 5.
As for the reset, well, like I said I don’t love the framing of everything and it’s basically a soup detox which I’m not comfortable promoting. My advice if you go for the big one that includes it? Rather than spending a whole day on soup, I’d just use those as snacks or sides throughout the week to meet your hunger needs. They’re coming from your freezer, so you don’t have to worry about them going bad and can use them whenever you want to.
Splendid Spoon Discount
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