The breakfast grind can start to feel like you’re listening to the same playlist on repeat—whether your style is soft-scrambled eggs or grab-and-go granola bar. But who has time to stock their pantry with superfoods and whip up a nutrient-dense (and totally photo-worthy) situation every day?
No one. That’s why Daily Harvest, the frozen-food delivery service, has stepped up with totally wellness-approved options you can literally make in your sleep. With buzzy pre-mixed chia parfaits and overnight oats, the offerings take all the prep work out of meal prep—so you can catch the subway on time.
“Daily Harvest is about convenience, first and foremost,” founder and CEO Rachel Drori says of her mission to change the rep of frozen food. “Products like oats and chia pudding allow customers to taste individual ingredients and see that nothing (texture, flavor) is compromised by freezing—it’s actually all preserved.”
“Breakfast is the easiest meal to justify skipping, but we’re now making it impossibly easy to squeeze in a healthy breakfast.”
You’ve probably heard of Daily Harvest’s majorly convenient pre-portioned smoothies (which you can score in our just-launched Daily Harvest collab, The Well+Good Edit!), and these new breakfast additions are even easier to whip up. Just add a liquid (water, milk, or your nut milk of choice) and leave in the fridge overnight for a grab-and-go breakfast in the morning with zero cleanup.
“Breakfast is the easiest meal to justify skipping, but we’re now making it impossibly easy to squeeze in a healthy breakfast,” Drori says. “Fiber-rich foods like rolled oats and chia seeds offer long-lasting energy, so you can start getting stuff done from the moment you walk into work.” Seriously, word.
Scroll down for more intel on the process that goes into making the cups (and deets on the delish flavors).
1. Every ingredient is mindfully chosen
Yes, the combos in each Daily Harvest cup are tasty, but nutrition content is still the major driver behind each recipe. “Every one of our ingredients is there for a reason,” says Drori. “We start with an ingredient that we think people should know about, and build a product around it.”
“We start with an ingredient that we think people should know about, and build a product around it.”
So whether it’s the antioxidant-rich spirulina in the Blackberry + Majik parfait or the anti-inflammatory goldmine of the Mango + Turmeric parfait, in Drori’s words, “Everything brings some benefit, some nutrient, something that aids your body in one way or another.”
2. Stick to a “new foods are fun” philosophy
It’s all too easy to get stuck in a mealtime rut. But Drori and her team want to expose you to new foods you might not grab when you’re barreling through the Trader Joe’s aisle (or don’t want to shell out major cash to buy in bulk).
“It’s easy to try new foods when you don’t have to do any of the work,” Drori says. “We love to introduce customers to new, unfamiliar, and hard-to-find ingredients with our cups. They’re prepared in a way that makes them delicious, so there’s no wondering whether something is ripe or whether flavors will meld.”
“It’s easy to try new foods when you don’t have to do any of the work.”
Dragonfruit—the star ingredient of the colorful Mulberry + Dragonfruit overnight oats—is a prime example of a (healthy!) ingredient people are often scared away from when perusing the produce section of the grocery store. “It has a crazy-looking, scaly exterior, but its flavor is surprisingly mild and it’s loaded with anti-aging and immune-boosting nutrients,” Drori says.
3. No ingredient is superfluous
Not only are gums, fillers, and preservatives absent from every Daily Harvest cup, there aren’t any ingredients added to the mix unless they make the finished product better for you. “We make sure to only use ingredients that serve a purpose,” Drori says.
In other words, the Pumpkin + Chai flavor of overnight oats wasn’t created just to capitalize on the PSL craze. On the contrary, it was specifically chosen because of its adaptogenic and antioxidant powers.
“We make sure to only use ingredients that serve a purpose.”
“Warming spices, like chai, are psychologically comforting—like a hug for your insides,” Drori says. “Ditto ginger and nutmeg. The former is adaptogenic—which means it keeps cortisol levels in check—and the latter supports relaxation.”
Starting your morning with a stress remedy in a bowl sounds like a recipe for the best day ever.
Photos: Daily Harvest
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