If you love smoothies but don’t have time to shop, chop, and make them on the regular, Rachel Drori’s a step ahead of you. Her company, Daily Harvest, ships cup-size containers with frozen organic fruit, veggies, and superfoods already portioned out in them, so you can literally just blend and sip them any time you need a healthy boost.
The cups are gorgeously designed—down to the chic typeface used to identify the ingredients on each one. (Thanks to wellness guru/creative director Linda Honan’s touch.)
Consider these the sexiest item you’ll put in your freezer.
Design wasn’t Drori’s original intention with Daily Harvest—instead, she was all about functionality. “Everything in my fridge has to be grab-and-go. If I can’t grab it, I don’t eat,” says the New Yorker, who launched the brand a year and a half ago (while pregnant, mind you).”This is where the idea of Daily Harvest came from. It’s for people who don’t have time to do the prep.”
Today, the almost-smoothie delivery service offers more than 14 unique, whole food blends—think the energizing Cold Brew+Almond and a hydrating Watermelon+Cucumber with beauty-boosting sea buckthorn—that are designed by Drori, a chef and nutritionist, and delivered to your door (or, er, freezer).
Needless to say, she understands the importance of a well-stocked fridge.
Besides Daily Harvest, what other easy-to-prep, good-for-you items does Drori keep stocked? She gives us a look inside.
At Daily Harvest, you work with fruit and veggies every day. How is that reflected in what you eat at home?
All the fresh fruit and veggies in my fridge are for my son. It’s hard to feed a baby frozen food because he uses his fingers and might choke. I don’t buy pre-made food; I make it all myself. I’m a little psycho about that. I spend most of my weekends prepping. I always make sure I have some options for me, my husband, and son. Sometimes I’ll do chia puddings in mason jars or zucchini muffins. Things I can grab for the whole week and don’t have to think about it.
I see some probiotic drinks in there—how do they fit into your routine?
I’m a huge believer in the microbiome, and the more research that comes out, the more clear it is that it’s something to pay attention to. I love VSL in particular—it’s an incredibly potent strain and I take that every day in a smoothie. I also drink a vegan flax milk version of kefir, and stock different versions of kefir for my son and husband.
Speaking of which, I see you have some gut-friendly—and hot!—condiments in your fridge door. Can you give me a play-by-play?
Holy Schnitz is the hottest most amazing horseradish ever! It’s spicier than anything you’d ever taste and it punches up taste immediately. You can get it at the Union Square Farmer’s Market [in NYC]. The Hawthorne Farms fermented hot sauce has probiotics and a nice a kick. I try to eat organic, but you can’t get around Sriracha and Fred’s Red Hot sauces. I laugh at myself because of all the hot stuff I have in here!
You have a really pretty freezer section of Daily Harvest. Which flavors do you stock at home?
My personal favorite is Cacao+Avocado Power. I’m a huge consumer of veggies but at the end of the day, around 4 o’clock, I need my “stress chocolate.” This tastes like chocolate pudding but is made of avocado. It’s a healthy, unrefined solution. My other favorite is the Blueberry+Hemp Booster. To me, it tastes like blueberry pie; it contains figs, walnuts, hemp protein, and nutmeg, so it has a warm, satisfying taste. And then there’s the Pineapple+Matcha, which tastes like piña colada but it’s mostly green.
Some people are wary of frozen produce but I see you have some frozen coconut and something else in a container in there…
In the container are little bars I make with puffed quinoa, peanut butter, coconut oil, and coconut flakes. I put it all on a sheet pan and cover it with a mixture of coconut oil and raw cacao powder to make chocolate topping. I love creating my own recipes.