Anyone else feel like they keep getting busier and busier, no matter what time of year it is?
And when we're completely run-down the first thing to suffer is our diet. Just because we don't have the time to plan, prep, and cook every day doesn't mean we should have to settle for low-quality, unhealthy take-out meals.
We started to notice more and more ready-to-eat meal services that deliver convenient, healthy meals right to our doors.
But which one should we really be choosing, which one truly is the best?
Don't worry we already know you don't have the time to research and background check them all, so we did it for you.
Thistleand Daily Harvest are the two most popular healthy, ready-to-eat meal delivery services right now, so here is our review of both:
- Delivered directly to your doorstep
- Subscription-based service, but can pause, skip or cancel at anytime
- Offer meals along with healthy smoothie/juices, snacks, and sides
- Both let you choose your meals each week, and change them up based on your preferences
- Daily Harvest meals arrive frozen. Thistle is all fresh, plant-forward ingredients that are ready to eat, or can be heated for 2-3 minutes in a skillet
- Thistle requires zero to minimal prep, Daily Harvest requires some prep with the addition of milk/water, soaking, blending, or heating
- Daily Harvest is completely plant-based and vegan, Thistle offers completely plant-based and vegan plans while also offering plans with healthy meat proteins to add on
- Thistles meals have the most variety. They are dairy-free, gluten-free, plant-forward, and feature a variety of meat add-ons.
- Thistleplans start at $42 per week, Daily Harvest $89.88 a week
If you're looking for delicious, crave-able and sustainably sourced fresh meals delivered right to your door with seriously zero prep, look no further.
Thistle's breakfast, lunch, and dinner with snacks, wellness shots, and cold-pressed juices are offered on a subscription basis for 3 to 6 days per week. You can customize your whole plan, skip, pause, or easily cancel at any time.
Thistle's menu emphasizes plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, and organic ingredients whenever possible. You can choose a meal that has meat, such as chicken, turkey, pork, or shrimp for those transitioning to a completely plant-based diet.
Thistle's chefs and nutritionists come up with a new globally inspired menu every week, ensuring each meal is perfectly balanced and nutrient-packed with zero refined white sugars, artificial preservatives, artificial additives, and artificial dyes.
But don't worry they pack a lot of flavors too with recipes like their Pineapple Pachadi Curry Bowl, Panang Peanut Stir-Fry Bowl, and Southwest Tofu Scramble, not to mention Milk Chocolate Cake with Mocha Ganache and 24 Carrot Gold Muffin snacks.
Once the meals are delivered you can store them in your fridge, eat them cold, or heat them up, whichever you're in the mood for that day. Starting at only $42 per week, you can fuel your body with Thistle's delicious meals and snacks and enjoy the benefits of convenience and plant-forward nutrition.
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Daily Harvest Review
Originally only delivering frozen cups of fruit to blend into smoothies, Daily Harvest has expanded their offering to harvest bowls, flatbreads, soups, and snacks to cover you all day. All their meals are vegan and are delivered weekly or monthly depending on your subscription and need to be stored in a freezer until time of consumption.
All your meals come pre-portioned in Daily Harvest cups with directions on the side telling you if the contents need to be soaked overnight in milk, blended with milk, or heated with some water before they are ready to eat. Note; a blender and microwave are required as everything is delivered frozen and unblended.
They have an impressive variety of recipes, such as the Tomato + Bell Pepper Soup, Broccoli + Cheeze Harvest Bowl, and Strawberry + Peach Smoothie. With each one promising to be full of "superfoods'' like chia seeds, turmeric, dark chocolate, and flax seeds.
Depending on the number of cups you order each week the weekly cost can vary; 9 cups for $69.75 a week, 12 cups for $89.88 a week, and 24 cups for $143.79 a week. Daily Harvest smoothies need to be blended, which can be tricky if you're looking for a quick, on the go meal.
After reviewing both services, everything we ordered from Daily Harvest and Thistle tasted really good, but there were a few obvious differences. First, we were left somewhat hungry the week we tried Daily Harvest, but perfectly satisfied with the Thistle meals and snacks. The Daily Harvest portion sizes are definitely smaller, and they have a very thin consistency.
Thistle also wins on nutritional value. Thistle's ingredients aren't just colorful and delicious, but pack a lot when it comes to nutrients and vitamins. And most importantly, their meals are incredibly fresh.
Thistle stays true to its focus on the importance of the quality of food we eat, rather than specifically defined calorie quantities or macronutrient ratios. They strive to ensure nutritional consistency and all their meals conform to the same nutritional value that our bodies require to be fueled all day. No matter which Thistle meal you're enjoying, you can be sure your body is getting exactly what it needs.
No ready-to-eat meal delivery service can trump Thistle's minimal prep, premium quality, and nutritional value you get in all their meals, snacks, and juices. With Thistle, it has never been easier to enjoy a healthy diet that your body and taste buds will love.
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