Meal-delivery services have been hot on the market for several years now, for plenty of reasons. They offer convenience, take away the guesswork of shopping, and provide fully balanced meals with less prep time.
Some meal-delivery services focus on the burgeoning home cook who has little experience but wants to learn. Others focus on specific diets, such as keto, paleo, or gluten-free. Several are focused on weight loss or specific nutritional needs for athletes. Depending on your goals in 2021, there is likely an option that’s perfect for you.
Splendid Spoon’s focus is on delivering fully prepared, ready-to-eat vegan options that are gluten-free, non-GMO, and low in preservatives, sugars, and salt. Its meals cater to those who are on the go and have little time for meal prep but want a nutritious, balanced, plant-based diet. How does Splendid Spoon rank among the competition in this niche market? Read our detailed review below to see if this is the right meal-delivery option for you.
- Splendid Spoon’s fiber-rich meals are abundant in whole foods such as fruits and vegetables
- All delivery boxes and materials are recyclable
- Nutrition facts and ingredients are available for every meal and viewable online
- Customers can specify dietary restrictions and choose meals to accommodate their personal health needs easily
- Meals arrive fully prepared and ready to eat
- All meals are vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, and low in processed ingredients
- Prices are higher than traditional meal shopping and preparation
- There are few meal formats to choose from
- Splendid Spoon does not use all organic ingredients
Overall we found Splendid Spoon superior to most other meal-kit delivery services on the market for nutritional quality and see it as a worthwhile investment in your wellness. If you follow a plant-based diet or intend to eliminate meat in the future, you’ll find Splendid Spoon’s fully prepared meals balanced, nutritious, and convenient. We admire Splendid Spoon’s commitment to sustainable practices to source its ingredients and package its meals as well.
However, it is pricier than many other options out there, even with discounts. While Splendid Spoon provides convenience and promotes regular healthy eating, it is possible to eat just as well on a tighter budget.
Splendid Spoon’s plant-based meal delivery service brings quality and nutrition that’s hard to beat.
If you have the time, it’s definitely possible to plan nutritious, meat-free meals for less money on your own. But most of us lack that time and need a helping hand. If that describes you, then these meals could be your solution.
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Splendid Spoon is a subscription-based service that delivers ready-made meals right to your door on the timetable of your choosing. No matter which plan you choose, you can customize your meals so that you’re not paying for food you don’t want to eat. Options include smoothies, noodles, soups, and bowls, and there are more than 50 choices in total. Splendid Spoon meals are also freezer-friendly.
All Splendid Spoon meals are 100% vegan, soy-free, and gluten-free. The majority are low in sodium and added sugar as well. In addition to meals, three different types of nutrition shots are available as add-ons, including a digestion shot, a detox shot, and a wellness shot.
Why use Splendid Spoon?
The popularity of plant-based diets has risen dramatically in recent years as people opt to cut back on animal products for various health and personal reasons. However, planning and creating nutritious plant-based meals for yourself — meals that are tasty enough to look forward to — is often challenging and time-consuming.
Founded in 2013 by trained-chef and former biologist Nicole Centeno, Splendid Spoon strives to promote positive relationships with healthy food in all of its customers. It does this by taking the work out of food prep and making it easier — and more delicious — to feed your body what it needs.
Meal plans and products
Splendid Spoon offers five meal plans from which to choose, including:
- Breakfast + Lunch
- Breakfast, Lunch + Reset
- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Reset
The Spoon Crew Loyalty Program lets members earn points for purchases and referrals. For example, if you spend $100, you’ll get five points. Refer a friend, and you’ll get 25 points when they place their first order.
Each point is redeemable for $1. You can put your points toward a purchase as soon as your balance reaches a minimum of 25 points. If you become a member, keep an eye out for other promotions to get even more savings. Points never expire, but if you deactivate your account, you will not get them back.
Splendid Spoon collects non-personally-identifying information about customers using its website, including IP addresses, to update its browser system and services. The company collects personal information, including your name, address, and email address, and may use this information for marketing purposes.
The Splendid Spoon website is hosted by Cratejoy, Inc. Cratejoy secures all of your personal, identifiable data on a secure server behind a firewall. The company encrypts all credit card data through the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.
Customers who choose the Breakfast Plan receive five smoothies per week. All Splendid Spoon smoothies are naturally sweetened with fruit and made creamy with ingredients like nut butter and avocado.
Splendid Spoon smoothies are high in protein and antioxidants from nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. “Superfoods” like açaí, spirulina, and cacao make an appearance in many of the flavors. The 16 available flavors include:
- Pumpkin Spice
- Mango Guava
- Mint Chip (a perennial favorite)
- Dragon Fruit Berry
- Strawberry Goji
- Blueberry Coconut
- Orange Hibiscus
- Green Matcha
- Cacao Almond
- Chocolate Cherry
- Blackberry Basil
- Carrot Ginger Chia
- Raspberry Cacao
- Banana Flax
- AB & J (almond butter and jelly)
- Power Greens
The Breakfast Plan is one of the most affordable plan options at $65 a week. But at $13 a smoothie, this is not the most economical breakfast option out there. That said, the smoothies are exceptionally healthy. Based on our testing, they can keep you full and give you the energy you need for the morning. This plan is suitable for people who tend to rely on snacks and beverages to keep their stomachs from growling until it’s time for lunch.
When you choose the Lunch Plan, you get a combination of five soup and grain bowls each week. This plan also costs $65 a week. The filling bowls contain hearty grains like rice, quinoa, and buckwheat. The soups are rich and veggie-packed, available as bisques, chowders, stews, curries, and more.
There are 31 options total between grain bowls and soups, with the bowls available in the following choices:
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Roasted Cauliflower
- Vegetable Bolognese
- Green Goddess Quinoa
- Cuban Black Bean
- Sweet Potato Quinoa
- Coconut Curry Rice
- Moroccan Spiced Buckwheat
- Tuscan White Bean and Tomato
- Aloo Gobi Quinoa
- Lemon Wild Rice and Broccoli
- Brown Rice Taco
- Red Beet Buddha
Soup choices include:
- Mexican Tomato Chili
- Green Split Pea
- Moroccan Lentil
- Garden Minestrone
- Cauliflower Tikka
- Zucchini Puttanesca
- Butternut Squash Ratatouille
- Cumin Sweet Potato
- Ikarian Stew
- Chickpea Harissa Tahini
- Channa Potato Stew
- Broccoli Hempseed
- Masala Khichri
- Red Lentil Dal
- Kabocha Congee
- Lentil & Kale
- Carrot Lentil Curry
- Beans & Greens
The Breakfast + Lunch Plan gives you five smoothies and five grain bowls and/or soups per week.
Our testers were impressed by this plan. For those who need a hand eating healthier foods but also want some flexibility for dinner, it makes lots of sense to let Splendid Spoon handle breakfast and lunch.
The plan will cost you $95 a week, making each smoothie or bowl about $9.50. At its price, given the nutritious options you’ll receive, The Breakfast + Lunch Plan also presents the best value to you. It’s our all-around favorite choice from Splendid Spoon right now, based on testing, though your needs might make a different plan more sensible.
The Breakfast, Lunch + Reset Plan will cost you $135 a week and deliver five ready-made smoothies, five bowls, and five light soups to your door.
The five light soups comprise the “Reset” portion of this plan. Eating five light soups and nothing else for a day aims to reset your body and kick-start your metabolism for the week. However, while some people swear by them, there is little research that supports the efficacy of cleanses. Eating nourishing foods and exercising is more than enough for most people.
Reset soup choices include:
- Butternut Turmeric
- Cauliflower Potato Chowder
- Fennel Consommé
- Parsnip Apple Puree
- Pumpkin Pear Bisque
We do not see this meal plan as being better than the Breakfast + Lunch plan. If it’s two daily meal plans you’re after, our reviewers agree that the Reset soups are not worth the added price of $40.
Customers who want everything Splendid Spoon offers will want to subscribe to the Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Reset Plan. At $185 a week, this plan aims to give you all the food you need for five days, plus a Reset day. Along with bowls and soups, customers can have noodles for dinner.
Noodle options include:
- Creamy Butternut Squash
- Kale Pesto
- Red Curry
- Green Curry
- Tangy Ginger
Noodles are fairly new in the program, so Splendid Spoon is likely to continue adding choices. We recommend trying out a less expensive plan first and then upgrading to this one if you’re a big fan of what Splendid Spoon sends you.
If you don’t want to commit to a subscription even for a week, Splendid Spoon offers Stock Up Boxes as a one-time purchase starting at $95.
The nine box types include:
- 10 Pack of Smoothies - $95
- 15 Pack of Smoothies - $135
- 10 Pack of Bowls - $95
- 15 Pack of Bowls - $135
- 10 Pack of Noodles - $125
- 15 Pack of Noodles - $165
- 25 Pack of Wellness Shots - $100
- 25 Pack of Detox Shots - $100
- 25 Pack of Digestion Shots - $100
The Stock Up Box is a great option that allows you to try out the products before committing to a subscription plan. These boxes are also a great gift idea for anyone with a busy schedule and an appreciation for healthy meal options.
What about the Wellness Shots? Splendid Spoon developed these nutrient-packed elixirs to aid digestion, give an immunity boost, or detox the body. When paired with a balanced diet, studies have shown that “shots” containing natural nutrients may benefit your health.
With a price tag of $4 per bottle, you might be able to whip up the simple concoctions at a fraction of the cost if you have the time. But that’s the rub, isn’t it? Time is scarce and few people can find enough of it to plan nutritious snacks. If this describes you, then Splendid Spoon’s Wellness Shots are worth a try.
Getting started with Splendid Spoon is simple on its straightforward and easy-to-navigate website.
Choose a plan. On the home page, you won’t miss the central “Order Now” link. This link presents you with Splendid Spoon’s top-selling plans, although you have to dig a bit to find the basic Breakfast and Lunch plans on the site under the “Plans” link.
Select your frequency for deliveries. After choosing a plan, decide whether your meals will be delivered weekly, biweekly, or monthly. Also, you have the option of entering any food allergies or ingredients you’d like to avoid. You can change your delivery calendar as needed. If you need to skip a week, for example, you can easily do this from the Splendid Spoon site as long as you do so before your upcoming delivery has shipped. You also don’t have to commit to anything. You can try Splendid Spoon out for as little as one week and cancel any further deliveries if you decide it’s not a good fit.
Checkout. Complete the checkout process to start customizing your meals. Splendid Spoon accepts major credit cards. The company will charge your card for future orders when they ship. Shipping is free with all orders.
Assess your satisfaction. Try out your meals to find out if they are right for you. You can request a refund within 14 days of delivery if you are unhappy with a meal or otherwise unsatisfied with Splendid Spoon.
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Quality: How well does the company deliver its core service(s) to the customer? For testing services, does the company adhere to the latest and most advanced testing technologies and achieve a very high degree of accuracy? For non-testing telehealth services, is the quality of the service high enough that we would recommend it to loved ones without hesitation? If not, why not?
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Value: Are you getting your money’s worth? Are there any hidden costs or charges? Does the company offer discounts?
Privacy: If health data is stored, will your data be stored securely? Are payments secure?
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