Splendid Spoon Review April 2020
Splendid Spoon offers ready-to-eat, nourishing, plant-based smoothies, soups and grain bowls. Their plans are designed to create healthy routines for breakfast and lunch, so you can reach your health goals. Each meal contains clean, fresh, plant-based, gluten-free, and GMO-free ingredients. They kindly sent us this box for review.
Splendid Spoon is a plant‑based meal program that consists of ready-to‑eat, pre-portioned, calorie‑controlled meals that are made with only whole ingredients. They are a brand built on the idea that just a few small changes can create a lasting impact on your health. They believe in supporting the quest for a simple wellness routine that establishes sustainable habits.
All meals are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and low in sugar and sodium. Detailed nutritional information for each of the meals is always available on their website. You can customize your weekly order by choosing from their 40+ meal options so you only receive the meals which fit your dietary needs.
Their smoothies are created to satisfy hunger, boost nutritional intake, and kick start metabolism. They are significantly lower in sugar than your standard smoothie, and rich in protein and healthy fats.
Their plant-based soups and grain bowls are filling, ready-to-eat and loaded with veggies. They help boost nutritional intake, and curb afternoon snacking.
Splendid Spoon also offers a set of 5 light soups, called their Full-Day Reset, that are designed to reset your digestive system. Three for meals, and two for snacking.
There are three subscription plan options for Splendid Spoon with weekly delivery:
- Lunch Only: 5 Bowls, $13/meal or $65 total
- Breakfast + Lunch: 5 Smoothies and 5 Bowls, $9.50/meal or $95 total
- Breakfast + Lunch + Reset: 5 Smoothies, 5 Bowls and 1 full-day reset (which includes 5 light soups), $9.00/meal or $135 total
You can also do a Prepay & Schedule option which means you make a one-time payment for multiple deliveries (either 4, 8, or 12), and schedule each delivery to best suit you. You select your first delivery date when you purchase and then schedule the remaining deliveries in your account at any time. This plan does not automatically renew, and expires one year after purchase.
Meal boxes are delivered weekly and are shipped via FedEx. They are shipped with dry ice and recyclable Climacell insulation to make sure your delivery arrives chilled.
April Box Contents
Each month I’ll share the list of every item that came in the box and will choose a few to give a more in depth review on. This month my week’s worth of Splendid Spoon meals consisted of:
- AB & J Smoothie
- Green Matcha Smoothie
- Blueberry Coconut Smoothie
- Raspberry Cacao Smoothie
- Dragon Fruit Berry Smoothie
- Aloo Gobi Quinoa Bowl
- Cuban Black Bean Bowl
- Moroccan Spiced Buckwheat Bowl
- Brown Rice Taco Bowl
- Kobocha Congee
- Wellness Shot
Here’s a closer look at a few items from this month’s Splendid Spoon box:
Dragon Fruit Berry Smoothie
“A tropical smoothie with just the right amount of tart and sweet. Raspberry – Packs a punch of essential vitamins and minerals; Pineapple Juice – Reduces bloating and aids in digestion; Dragon Fruit – Packed with prebiotics to promote a healthy gut.”
The ingredient list for this smoothie includes: Purified Water, Organic Pineapple Juice, Organic Dragon Fruit, Organic Raspberries, Avocado, Organic Pea Protein, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Vanilla Extract, Himalayan Pink Salt. This smoothie is really delicious. It actually tastes most like a fruit juice to me out of all the ones I’ve tried. It would be good for those that are starting healthy eating, but need easing into it because it tastes sweeter. It still has a thicker texture than juice because of the whole fruits that are pureed to create it, but since there are no nuts in this one it doesn’t have a graininess to it – it’s very smooth. Of course a chia seed or raspberry seed will add a small amount of interrupted texture to the smoothness, but it’s not bothersome at all. The flavor of this one is bright, fruity and mildly citrus-like. I’m actually not sure that I’ve had dragon fruit before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it does taste like a member of the tropical family. Also this one has such a pretty color to it. I would definitely order this one again.
“If rice pudding was reborn as a healthy stew. Cinnamon – Lowers blood pressure and banishes infections; Kabocha Squash – Encourages shinier hair and sharper eyes; Pumpkin Seeds – Full of heart-healthy magnesium.”
The ingredient list for this bowl includes: Water, Squash, Coconut Milk (Coconut, Water), Organic Brown Rice, Onions, Pumpkin Seeds, Lemon Juice, Coconut Oil, Sea Salt, Cayenne Pepper, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice. Ok yum! This bowl is so delicious. I had no idea what a “Congee” was (although I assumed it was some kind of rice bowl or soup based on the ingredients) so I didn’t know what to expect. I googled it and found that a Congee is “is a classic Chinese breakfast dish, though it is also a staple in many other countries including Burma, Indonesia, Japan, and even parts of Europe. Congee is essentially a rice porridge made by boiling rice in a great deal of water until it breaks down into a pudding-like consistency.” Also while researching, I found that the benefits of congee based from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective are that because it’s warm and easily digestible, it moistens and nourishes the digestive tract to soothe and heal any inflammation. That’s so interesting to me and makes it fun to try new things. This bowl is hearty and kind of like a stew/porridge or a thick soup. The squash is pureed to give it a thick creamy broth. The pumpkin seeds add a nice crunch of texture and the rice adds another texture that’s milder but breaks up the broth. It’s mildly sweet and has a hint of heat, but really it just translates as warmth to me. I did add some ground chicken to this (because I had it and I’m trying to up my protein intake) and a bit of salt but it didn’t need either. This bowl is truly the definition of comfort food. I would recommend and would definitely order this again.
Splendid Spoon Review April 2020 – Final Thoughts
I’m truly enjoying tasting new flavors and cuisines with my Splendid Spoon subscription box. They have such a wide variety of unique flavors from all around the world so it’s not boring in the least. I ended up getting just a couple of repeat smoothies in this month’s box (the AB&J and the Green Matcha Smoothie – both delicious btw) but everything else was new to me so it’s been fun testing everything out. This month’s Splendid Spoon selection was just really so good! There hasn’t been anything I didn’t like. I mean, I did pick some mushrooms out of a couple of the bowls, but they were still delicious without. I like that they have enough items to give you a different combination for several months in a row, that way you can find favorites and still keep things interesting. I also must note that I got another Wellness Shot in this month’s box, but I didn’t review it since I reviewed it last month. I’d highly recommend it (read last month’s review for details). It’s potent, healthy, delicious and the perfect companion for keeping your immune system in check. Overall, this box has once again impressed me. The meals and smoothies are so easy to eat and give me reprise from having to think about what to eat. That alone makes this box worth it. It’s made eating fun and something to look forward to rather than a task that takes a lot of work. I definitely recommend trying this one out and I really look forward to testing out new flavors and recipes next month!
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Splendid Spoon is a subscription box service offering ready-to-eat, nutrient dense, plant based smoothies, soups and grain bowls.