When Paula Mallis told me in our interview that she cried when she took her last placenta pill I didn’t understand the feeling until weeks later. There I was, standing in front of my open freezer drawer, looking down at the last of the six smoothie cups Daily Harvest (a smoothie delivery service) sent me, and I got a little choked up. Pathetic, you say? Maybe. But damn those smoothies are good and there really isn’t anything easier than a green smoothie in the morning aside from one that’s already made for you. Sigh. Now I’ll have to go back to living like a peasant and making my own smoothies.

Chopping, grocery shopping, washing and rinsing is too much for my busy schedule!?! Yes, I know my schedule doesn’t involve kids, working a “real” job, or having to change out of my pajamas most days (the luxury of working at home behind a computer), but the effort required to create varied smoothie recipes daily is a lot of work and can be costly.

Typically each morning I throw into a blender the usual sad two twigs of kale, a few frozen berries, water, protein collagen powder and call it a day. But thanks to Daily Harvest, for six glorious mornings I popped the lid off one of their pre-washed, pre-cut, and pre-portioned into recipes smoothie cups, added a liquid of my choice (usually coconut water or almond milk), hit the blend button and relished a few moments of the good life. This must be what it’s like to have a personal chef, I mused, or at least a husband who cooks. (Unfortunately for me I have neither.)

Each Daily Harvest smoothie cup is made with mostly organic vegetables, fruits, superfoods, nuts and seeds. The creamy, crunchy Mint + Cacao made with – banana, spinach, cashew, cacao, chlorella, vanilla bean and mint oil – being my favorite. The Carrot + Chia made with – banana, carrot, sweet potato, date, walnut, ginger, chia seed, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla bean – a very close second.

So I bet you’re wondering, how do I get these Daily Harvest healthy smoothies sent to me? Well, you pick which recipes you want (14 options to choose from) and an insulated dry-freezer box will be delivered to your home free of charge on the Thursday of each week with your goodies inside.

Three delivery packages available:

– 6 smoothies per week – $47.94 ($7.99 per smoothie)

– 12 smoothies per week – $89.88 ($7.49 per smoothie)

– 24 smoothies per month – $167.76 ($6.99 per smoothie)

A little pricey, yes, but if your busy schedule includes kids, a demanding job, a husband who doesn’t cook or clean, and you’re trying to find a way to keep to those healthy New Year’s resolutions, I highly recommend you try Daily Harvest’s smoothies (and now soups). Your skin will glow from the antioxidants, your heart will be a little healthier from the superfoods, your arteries less clogged, though, your wallet a little lighter, but no one ever said the good life was cheap. It’s just less stressful and so tasty.


-Amy Chang
Photographed by author


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