An honest Splendid Spoon review of their plant-based meal delivery service. The good, the bad, and even the ugly.
What Is Splendid Spoon?
Splendid Spoon is a subscription-based meal delivery service that is made up of completely plant-based, gluten-free and non-GMO meals. Everything comes ready-to-eat and the packaging and is 100% recyclable.
Delivery and Packaging
My Splendid Spoon delivery was timely, and came packages in all recyclable containers. The items were frozen and then shipped, and arrived just barely partially thawed. I liked the fact that there were no ice-packs with environmentally harmful chemicals in them. I am not a fan of plastic containers, but there are no other options with prepared meal delivery. At least they are recyclable. The downside of having meals arrive mostly frozen is that you can’t expect to eat them the same day and they will take at least a day to thaw completely in your refrigerator.
How Does It Taste?
I seriously had no complaints about the flavors of the smoothies or bowls that I received, and their soups look amazing and have great reviews. I would liken the meals to a mid-range restaurant. Nothing too fancy here, and not 5 star chef material – but all in all they tasted good.
About The Smoothies & Shots
The smoothies were delicious! The shots tasted good too, and I can honestly say that I felt refreshed after taking the shots!
A few words of caution, ‘detox’ is sort of a misnomer. If you have a liver and drink water, you detox your body and anything that claims to be a detox is just a fad or hype. Another word of caution, spirulina which is in a couple of items (the ‘Detox’ Shot, the Mint Chip Smoothie, ad the Green Matcha Smoothie) has been an item of concern, and Dr. Michael Greger from NutritionFacts.org says you should throw out your spirulina supplements as their is some toxin contamination and adverse affects. I have notified Splendid Spoon about this so hopefully they will remove spirulina from their ingredients.
Is Splendid Spoon Good For Weight Loss?
The simple answer is quite possibly yes. One of the reasons why programs like Weight Watchers had success is that they made the program very easy for people to follow with already prepared low calories meals. If you were to order the smoothie and a lunch bowl option and stuck to eating only these items, and had a reasonable dinner – you would definitely lose weight.
Everyone is different in the amount of calories that they need. A 6 foot muscular man needs a lot more calories than a 5 foot petite woman. The amount of energy you expend daily depends on your routines, how much exercise you get, what kind of job you have, etc. Simply put for weight loss, you need a calorie deficit each day in order to lose weight.
The Splendid Spoon smoothies average 130 calories per serving according to the label. HOWEVER, that is for half of the 16 oz bottle. Most likely you would drink the whole bottle which would be about 260 calories.
The Splendid Spoon Bowls average 225 calories per serving. There are supposedly two servings per container, but I will tell you that a full container is only 2 cups of food and one can easily eat the whole thing so the calorie count would be 450 calories. For most people, 2 cups of food is barely enough to make you feel full.
OIL! I know that it is difficult to mass produce meals without using cooking oil. I have talked to a couple of plant-based meal delivery services and they outright refuse to cook without oil. Oils, even extra virgin olive oil is CALORIE DENSE, and will also impair endothelial function. You can learn more about this in my post about Cooking Without Oil. I would personally prefer to have MORE FOOD with less calories.
Value For The $$
If you can cook and have the time to meal prep, you will obviously save a lot of money. However, if you are a busy person and need quick meals that you can take with you to work, this program may be right for you. If you eat out often and don’t wish to cook your own meals, Splendid Spoon is a great option.
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