Raise your hand if your post-work winter routine goes a little something like this: Leave office bundled in 14 layers. Make it home and immediately cocoon in the coziest blanket you own. Realize you forgot to go to Whole Foods—and that healthy soup you were planning is a no-go.
Yep, with crazy schedules (not to mention that it’s pitch black at 5 p.m. and the last thing you want to do is go to the grocery store) getting your dinner act together is not an easy sell.
What’s the answer? Surprisingly, it involves your freezer.
Daily Harvest, the super buzzy startup known for its frozen smoothie delivery, is expanding—and it’s coming after your dinner plans. The life-hack specialist sends cups with frozen pre-chopped smoothie ingredients inside, so all you have to do is add liquid and blend. And now, it’s applying the same formula to new offerings—this time starring soup.
Founder Rachel Drori knew she was on to something with the positive response to the brand’s smoothie biz (Daily Harvest now offers 14 flavors that you can choose yourself, including blueberry hemp and the number-one crowd-pleaser, mint and cacao). But it turns out, she’s got big plans for your freezer.
All of Daily Harvest’s organic recipes—for both smoothies and soups—are created by a team of chefs and nutritionists, and are packed with vegan, gluten-free, and Paleo-friendly superfoods (AKA, all those things that are expensive and sometimes tricky to get your hands on yourself, like adaptogenic mushrooms and sea buckthorn berries).
Each individual-sized cup lists all the ingredients in bold print (so you know there’s no random additives), and is packed with farm-sourced produce that’s picked at its nutritional peak. Subscriptions start at $48 a week for six cups (mix and match smoothies and soups), which means you get half a dozen healthy meals for $8 a pop. (Score!)
Curious to know more about how this whole soup delivery thing works? Great! We test-drove the experience (and taste-tested the recipes) for you, natch.
Scroll down to see how Daily Harvest’s three yummy—and easy to make—soup options will totally change your weekly meal planning.
Carrot + Coconut Energize Soup
With a subscription, you get an ice-packed box mailed to your location of choice (bonus: the cute packaging comes with a bunch of magnets, including one proclaiming #freezergoals).
Making the soup is insanely easy—you just fill your cup of choice to the top with liquid (you can always use water, but Daily Harvest also recommends coconut milk or broth depending on the recipe). Then heat it all up in a pot or microwave for three to five minutes.
This warming, curry-style soup is chock full of veggies (spinach, cauliflower, and bell pepper all make an appearance) and serious health aids like anti-inflammatory ginger and reported immunity-booster astragalus root. Basically, it’s like a super-powered version of that stuff you order from the Thai place down the street (and tastes just as good).
Mushroom + Miso Restore Soup
You know what’s way better than the emergency instant ramen stashed in your cabinet? This stuff. Butternut squash noodles, red miso, seaweed, and not one but five types of adaptogenic mushrooms make a health cocktail that’s tough to beat.
And sure, fiber, antioxidants, and a ton of nutrients (iron, calcium, magnesium, and a medley of vitamins are all in the mix) make it an easy choice nutrition-wise, but it’s the oh-so-comforting flavor that’s the real win here.
Zucchini + Black Garlic Defense Soup
Zoodles and chickpeas are in the starring roles in this take on minestrone, with a yummy tomato base (you can add broth if you’ve got it on hand, but the formula is equipped with enough tomato to create a full bowl of flavor regardless).
The usual healthy add-ins are all here (kale, basil) along with the lesser-known herb rhodiola, which is said to increase brain function and stabilize your mood. In other words, it’s just what you need for a random Wednesday lunch to power you through the rest of the week (and works just as well as a soothing Sunday-night supper).
No shopping, chopping, or simmering for an hour while you try to keep hangry-ness to a minimum—just your preferred cold-weather meal in under 10 minutes. Hello, dinner hack.
Want delish (and easy to make!) smoothies and soups delivered to your door? Go to daily-harvest.com
Top photo: Daily Harvest