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Daily Harvest delivers plant-based meal kits. Meal kit delivery services are popular among people who want quick, healthy, and convenient meals. But the health benefits really depend on the company’s range and the person’s selections.

Please note that the writer has not tried this service. All quotes are provided by an independent reviewer, Jamey Powell, who received a free kit from Daily Harvest.

Here, we explain how Daily Harvest works, review the possible benefits, and discuss some alternatives.

Daily Harvest is a meal kit delivery service that focuses on fruits and vegetables. People can choose from more than 80 chef-crafted options, including smoothies, soups, and bowls.

All are plant-based and suitable for people with vegan diets. The ingredients, most of which are organic, include nuts, seeds, “superfoods,” and spices.

A person may need to add broth, oil, or milk to the recipe, following the instructions included in each kit. The preparation may involve blending a smoothie or heating a meal on the stove or in the microwave.

People can sign up for Daily Harvest on its website. To create an account, a person needs to provide their email address, location, and billing information.

Customers build their subscription plans by selecting nine, 12, or 24 items for weekly or monthly delivery.

Daily Harvest packs their food with dry ice to keep it frozen and delivers on a day that the customer chooses. People store their kits in the freezer.

After their first delivery, a person can swap selections, skip a week, or pause their plan.

Daily Harvest also offers an iOS app that people can use on Apple devices to make shopping easier. Customers can manage their accounts and orders using the app.

“Daily Harvest includes ingredients people might not use regularly on their own, such as goji berries, dragonfruit, and amaranth. Also, most of their ingredients are organic.”

— Jamey Powell

Daily Harvest offers a range of healthy meals rich in fruits and vegetables, including:

Smoothies

A person needs to add a liquid, such as milk or coconut water, to the other ingredients before blending them.

Examples of the company’s smoothie flavors include:

  • cacao and avocado
  • mandarin and carrot
  • ginger and greens

Cacao and avocado smoothie nutritional facts and instructions

The nutritional facts for the cacao and avocado smoothie are as follows:

  • Serving size: One container (220 grams)
  • Calories per serving: 570 calories
  • Total fat: 40 grams (g)
  • Saturated fat: 17 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
  • Sodium: 160 milligrams (mg)
  • Total carbohydrates: 51 g
  • Dietary fiber: 15 g
  • Total sugars: 29 g
  • Protein: 21 g
  • Vitamin D: 0 micrograms (mcg)
  • Calcium: 61 mg
  • Iron: 10 mg
  • Potassium: 1273 mg

Daily Harvest states that to prepare this smoothie, a person must fill the container to the top with their preferred liquid. Then, they must blend the contents of the container.

Harvest bowls

Harvest bowls contain vegetables, seeds, and spices, plus other ingredients, such as nutritional yeast. A person can prepare the bowl by adding water, broth, or oil and heating it in the microwave or on the stove.

Examples include:

  • broccoli and “cheeze”
  • cauliflower rice and pesto
  • quinoa and chipotle

Broccoli and “cheeze” nutritional facts and instructions

The nutritional facts of the broccoli and “cheese” harvest bowl are as follows:

  • Serving size: One container (298 g)
  • Calories per serving: 380 calories
  • Total fat: 28 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
  • Sodium: 770 mg
  • Total carbohydrates: 24 g
  • Dietary fiber: 9 g
  • Total sugars: 6 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Vitamin D: 0 mcg
  • Calcium: 124 mg
  • Iron: 5 mg
  • Potassium: 974 mg

Daily Harvest provides two options to heat up its harvest bowls.

To cook the food on a stovetop, the company instructs people to remove the film top, pour the food into a pan, and add 2 tablespoons of water or broth. Then, people must cook it over medium-high heat for 3–5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

To microwave the harvest bowl, a person must remove the film and add 2 tablespoons of water or broth. Then, they must heat the harvest bowl on high for 3 minutes, stir, and heat for an additional 1–2 minutes. People can heat the food in either its container or a microwave-safe bowl.

Flatbreads

Flatbreads contain a variety of toppings, and a person can add extras, such as dairy-free cheese, before heating them in the oven. All flatbreads are gluten-free.

Examples include:

  • kale and sweet potato
  • tomatillo and pepper
  • kombucha and sage

Kale and sweet potato nutritional information and instructions

The nutritional facts of the kale and sweet potato flatbread are as follows:

  • Serving size: One flatbread (230 g)
  • Calories per serving: 370 calories
  • Total fat: 16 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
  • Sodium: 520 mg
  • Total carbohydrates: 52 g
  • Dietary fiber: 7 g
  • Total sugars: 11 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Vitamin D: 0 mcg
  • Calcium: 136 mg
  • Iron: 8 mg
  • Potassium: 832 mg

To prepare this flatbread, Daily Harvest instructs people to set a baking sheet in the oven and preheat it to 450°F (232°C). Then, people must unwrap the flatbread, remove it from the base, and place it on the baking sheet. The flatbread takes 20–25 minutes to bake.

Soups

It is simple to prepare the soups by adding water or broth before heating them in the microwave or on the stove.

Examples of Daily Harvest soups include:

  • lentil and mesquite chili
  • butternut squash and rosemary
  • tomato and zucchini minestrone

Lentil and mesquite chili nutritional facts and instructions

The nutritional facts of the lentil and mesquite chili soup are as follows:

  • Serving size: One container (283 g)
  • Calories per serving: 280 calories
  • Total fat: 2.5 g
  • Saturated fat: 0 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
  • Sodium: 760 mg
  • Total carbohydrates: 52 g
  • Dietary fiber: 13 g
  • Total sugars: 10 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Vitamin D: 0 mcg
  • Calcium: 103 mg
  • Iron: 5 mg
  • Potassium: 1022 mg

Daily Harvest states that people can heat the soup on the stovetop or in the microwave.

When using a stovetop, a person must remove the film and pour the contents into a pan. After adding 1 cup of water or broth, a person must heat the soup on medium-high heat for 4–6 minutes, stirring occasionally.

To heat in a microwave, a person must remove the film and add 1 cup of water or broth. Then, they must heat the soup on high for 3 minutes, stir thoroughly, and heat for an additional 2–3 minutes. A person can heat the soup in either its container or a microwave-safe bowl.

Oat or chia bowls

People can choose either oat or chia bowls. Each requires a person to add liquid and leave the oats or seeds to soak overnight. In the morning, a person can heat an oat bowl.

Examples include:

  • cherry and dark chocolate oat bowl
  • vanilla bean and apple chia bowl
  • pumpkin and chai oat bowl

Cherry and dark chocolate nutritional facts and instructions

The nutritional facts of the cherry and dark chocolate oat bowl are as follows:

  • Serving size: One container (150 g)
  • Calories per serving: 260 calories
  • Total fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
  • Sodium: 45 mg
  • Total carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Dietary fiber: 12 g
  • Total sugars: 15 g
  • Protein: 7 g
  • Vitamin D: 0 mcg
  • Calcium: 48 mg
  • Iron: 5 mg
  • Potassium: 483 mg

Daily Harvest states that people can prepare this oat bowl on the stovetop or in the microwave.

To heat the food on the stovetop, a person must remove the film from the container and pour the contents into a pan. Then, after adding half a cup of their preferred milk, they must cook it on medium-high heat for 2–3 minutes.

To heat using a microwave, a person must remove the film from the container and add half a cup of their preferred milk. Then, they must heat on high for 1.5 minutes, stir, and heat for an additional 1–2 minutes. A person can use the container the food comes in or transfer it to a microwave-safe bowl.

Scoops

Scoops are dairy-free frozen treats that contain no refined sugars or artificial ingredients. They need thawing for 10 minutes before they are ready to eat.

Examples of some flavors include:

  • strawberry with a rich, rippled berry compote
  • mint with dark, melty cacao chips
  • vanilla with salted, swirled black sesame

Strawberry with a rich, rippled berry compote nutritional facts and instructions

The nutritional facts of the strawberry with a rich, rippled berry compote scoop are as follows:

  • Serving size: Two-thirds of a cup (134 g)
  • Calories per serving: 270 calories
  • Total fat: 18 g
  • Saturated fat: 16 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
  • Sodium: 20 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 23 g
  • Dietary fiber: 2 g
  • Total sugars: 19 g
  • Added sugars: 14 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Vitamin D: 0 mcg
  • Calcium: 34 mg
  • Iron: 1 mg
  • Potassium: 342 mg

Daily Harvest recommends letting the container sit for 10 minutes before eating a serving.

Bites

These sweet treats are ready to eat straight from the freezer, but a person can soften them by putting them in the refrigerator to thaw first. There are seven bites per cup.

Examples of some flavors include:

  • hazelnut and chocolate
  • espresso bean and tahini
  • peach and almond

Hazelnut and chocolate nutritional facts and instructions

The nutritional facts of the hazelnut and chocolate bites are as follows:

  • Serving size: One bite (28 g)
  • Calories per serving: 100 calories
  • Total fat: 6 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Dietary fiber: 3 g
  • Total sugars: 7 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Vitamin D: 0 mcg
  • Calcium: 20 mg
  • Iron: 2 mg
  • Potassium: 199 mg

Daily Harvest states that its bites are ready to eat straight away from the freezer.

Lattes

These include herbs and spices, and a person receives three individually portioned latte “pods” in a cup.

A person adds milk and prepares their latte in the microwave or on the stove. It is also possible to enjoy these iced.

Examples of some flavors include:

  • ginger and turmeric
  • matcha and lemongrass
  • coffee and almond

Ginger and turmeric nutritional facts and instructions

The nutritional facts of the ginger and turmeric latte are as follows:

  • Serving size: One pod (34 g)
  • Calories per serving: 45 calories
  • Total fat: 3.5 g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5 g
  • Trans fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 g
  • Sodium: 0 g
  • Total carbohydrates: 4 g
  • Dietary fiber: 1 g
  • Total sugars: 2 g
  • Added sugars: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Vitamin D: 0 mcg
  • Calcium: 10 mg
  • Iron: 1 mg
  • Potassium: 83 mg

There are several ways a person can prepare Daily Harvest’s lattes.

Hot latte

To prepare a hot latte, a person must:

  1. Run the sealed pod under hot water for 10 seconds.
  2. Unpeel and pour the pod’s contents into a microwave-safe mug or stovetop pan, adding 1 cup of a person’s preferred milk.
  3. Heat the liquid in a microwave or on the stovetop over medium-high heat for 1–2 minutes.
Iced latte

To prepare an iced latte, a person must:

  1. Run the sealed pod under hot water for 10 seconds.
  2. Unpeel the pod and pour the contents into a blender, adding 1 cup of a person’s preferred milk, and blend until frothy.
  3. Pour over ice.
With Mylk

To prepare a latte with Daily Harvest’s Mylk, a person must:

  1. Run the sealed pod under hot water for 10 seconds.
  2. Pour the pod contents into a blender with two Mylk wedges and 1 cup of water, and blend.
  3. Follow the instructions for a hot or iced latte.

“An average box of nine items costs around $65 — although shipping is free. If people buy smoothies out often, this might not seem too expensive. But if a person is just as comfortable making a big batch of soup or tossing ingredients into a blender for a smoothie at home, it might be a stretch budget-wise.”

— Jamey Powell

The cost of a Daily Harvest order depends on the type and number of items.

The prices, including shipping and taxes, are:

  • Forager bowls: $5.99 per item
  • Oat bowls: $5.99 per item
  • Chia bowls: $5.99 per item
  • Lattes: $5.99 for two
  • Soups: $7.99 per item
  • Smoothies: $7.99 per item
  • Bites: $7.99 per seven bites
  • Mylk: $7.99 for a half-gallon, which makes eight 7-ounce servings
  • Scoops: $8.99 per pint
  • Harvest bowls: $8.99 per item
  • Flatbreads: $8.99 per item

Discounts are available when people order multiple products:

  • 9–11 items: $5 discount
  • 12–23 items: $10 discount
  • 24–26 items: $20 discount

Daily Harvest also regularly provides promo codes with extra discounts.

Skipping weeks, changing orders, and canceling

Customers can skip or delay deliveries up to 8 weeks in advance. A person can skip an unlimited number of deliveries for no charge.

Pausing orders is also possible, and the company saves the person’s account. Pausing prevents deliveries and billing until the person chooses to resume their subscription.

Customers can also cancel at any time. This deletes the person’s account, so they will have to make a new one if they want to use the service again.

People can change, skip, pause, or cancel a delivery before 6:00 p.m. on the Sunday before their box is scheduled to ship. After this time, Daily Harvest will ship the delivery and send a bill.

People change their orders through their account on the Daily Harvest website.

“Menu options are entirely vegan and vegetarian, which might be a pro for some folks. However, if they want to beef up the protein count on some meals, they will need to supply their own ingredients.”

— Jamey Powell

The Daily Harvest meal service can be a good option for people interested in dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan foods. The majority of recipes are also soy-free, apart from a few that use fermented soy products, such as miso and tamari.

People can filter their choices on the app according to their dietary preferences.

Vegan diets

All Daily Harvest products are suitable for vegan diets. However, eating only these products may not provide enough protein.

As an example, imagine that a person eats only these Daily Harvest meals for a day:

  • Breakfast: strawberry and peach smoothie, which has 3 g of protein
  • Lunch: butternut squash and rosemary soup, which has 4 g of protein
  • Dinner: cauliflower rice and pesto, which has 8 g of protein

This provides a total of 15 g of protein for the day. The recommended dietary allowance of protein for adults is 0.8 g per day for every kilogram of body weight. For a person weighing 200 pounds, that equates to about 72.5 g of protein each day.

However, some people may need more protein, especially older adults and people trying to build muscle.

To boost the protein contents of these meals, a person might add:

  • protein-rich plant milk, such as soy or pea protein milk
  • beans and pulses, such as chickpeas, lentils, and black beans
  • tofu or tempeh
  • nuts, nut butter, or seeds

Meanwhile, some Daily Harvest snack bites that contain nuts and seeds provide approximately 2 g of protein per bite.

To opt for meals higher in protein, check out the nutritional information that Daily Harvest provides on its website.

According to a 2019 review, having a plant-based diet may:

In addition, a 2019 study found a link between plant-based diets and a reduced risk of developing kidney disease.

A 2018 meta-analysis highlighted the cardioprotective properties of these diets, reporting, for example, that vegans tend to have lower cholesterol than omnivores.

Overall, plant foods are good sources of many vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans urges people to eat more fruits and vegetables to lower their risk of developing several diseases.

Learn more about foods rich in antioxidants.

Many brands provide meal delivery services, while others deliver boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Anyone looking for convenient ways to eat more fruits and vegetables might try:

  • washing and cutting snackable fruits and vegetables in batches and storing them in the refrigerator
  • preparing big plant-based meals, such as chilis, bean casseroles, curries, and soups, and storing batches to eat throughout the week
  • adding frozen fruits and vegetables, such as blueberries, mango, and spinach, to plant milk for a quick smoothie
  • storing leftover vegetables to add to the next day’s lunchtime salad or wrap
  • mixing oats, chia seeds, or both with chopped fruits, seeds, and plant milk, then leaving the mixture to combine overnight for a breakfast bowl

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans gives useful information about healthy eating habits that focus on fruits and vegetables. These include Mediterranean-style eating and healthy vegetarian eating. A person can use this information to help plan their meals.

For people interested in trying a meal kit service, one that is similar to Daily Harvest is Purple Carrot, which is also dedicated to plant-based meals. Learn more about Purple Carrot here.

Daily Harvest is a plant-based meal delivery service. Subscribing may be an easy way to consume more fruits and vegetables, improving the quality of the diet.

The service is suitable for people with gluten-free or vegan diets, and it may work for anyone looking to save time spent shopping and cooking.

However, anyone who eats these meals exclusively may need to add sources of protein, such as beans or plant milks.

There are other convenient ways to boost the fruit and vegetable contents of the diet. One option is to cook big, plant-based meals and store batches in the refrigerator or freezer to eat throughout the week. This is likely to be less expensive than a delivery service, as well.