Daily Harvest: The ice cream/chia pudding experience round 2

So I’m back with my second round of Daily Harvest products and I cannot wait to share them with you (read my first review here). If you’re not familiar with Daily Harvest, they are basically a vegan meal delivery service with smoothies, soups, chia parfaits, “ice cream” sundaes, and overnight oats. This time I made sure to take a ton of pics so you guys could see exactly what you’re getting when you order from this company. And don’t forget, if you’re a first time purchaser, you can get 3 products for free if you use my code “f00dventures”!

With this round of goodies I decided to venture out and try some of their new products like their “ice cream” sundaes, chia parfaits, and overnight oats. I decided to go with some of the more wild and unique flavor options they offered so let’s just get into it.

Strawberry cheesecake ice cream sundae:
This flavor consists of strawberries, cauliflower, coconut, dates, raw almond, probiotic, lemon, maple, apple cider vinegar, himalayan sea salt, and vanilla. It also contains inulin which is a known prebiotic aka food for the probiotic bacteria so that’s pretty cool. And it contains a little cheesecake crust topping packet (which I later found out was actually packed with the probiotics) which I think is a nice little touch.

Flavor wise, It didn’t really taste like cheesecake to me. The flavor profile was more so just strawberry with coconut and almond. I did not pick up on the cauliflower which was a relief. Texture wise, not exactly what I would call an “ice cream” consistency. I felt like it was as if a strawberry smoothie and a slushie had a baby, which I was totally fine with. I ate both servings in one sitting so I apparently liked it enough to eat both servings lol

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I paired these with my homemade pumpkin cinnamon roll ice cream cups. You can find that recipe here. Kind of acts as an alternative ice cream cone.

I honestly can’t get over how beautiful this sundae was. I would buy it again just solely based off of the color payoff.

Overall rating: 8/10, would likely purchase again.

Nutrition (for 1 serving – full package contains 2 servings): 110 cal, 5g total fat (1g saturated), 15mg sodium, 16g total carbs (5g fiber, 8g sugar), 3g protein

Chocolate hazelnut “ice cream” sundae: This flavor contains banana, hazelnut, dates, coconut, cacao, avocado, pea protein, himalayan sea salt, and vanilla. Flavor wise, this was really good. Couldn’t taste the pea protein at all. Tasted like a chocolate hazelnut nice cream. It also came with a separate pack of toppings which included hazelnuts and cacao nibs which was a nice little added surprise.

Texture wise, was a lot creamier than the strawberry cheesecake “ice cream” thanks to the avocado and frozen banana. Overall, I did really like the hazelnut topping. Gave the ice cream a little bit more flavor dimension and texture.

Overall rating: 8.5/10, would likely purchase again

Nutrition: (for 1 serving – full package contains 2 servings): 170 cal, 19g total fat (4.5g saturated), 15mg sodium, 28g total carbs (6g fiber, 13g sugar), 5g protein.


Pineapple + Matcha smoothie (energizer): This flavor contains pineapple, kale, coconut butter, coconut oil, lime, matcha green tea, and vanilla bean.Flavor wise, it had a nice pineapple flavor but I felt like the lime and kale were a tad too overpowering for my liking. I’m not generally a big kale fan but I was hoping it wouldn’t be noticeable with the other flavors in this smoothie. But it was. It left a bitter aftertaste that I was not a fan of. Texture wise, also not a fan. Maybe it was just my blender but there were chunks of kale that did not get fully blended into the smoothie. I don’t like kale as it is so having to chew bitter chunks of kale was a no-go for me. I couldn’t even finish this one. Would not purchase in the future. Overall rating: 1/10

Nutrition (for 1 serving – full package contains 2 servings): 70 cal, 3g total fat (1.5g saturated), 5mg sodium, 12g total carbs (1g fiber, 8g sugar), 1g protein.

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Mulberry and dragonfruit overnight oats (apologies for the poor lighting – it was extremely overcast that day): This flavor had rolled oats, raspberry, blueberry, dragon fruit, and mulberry. I chose this because of my love for dragonfruit. It packs a hearty punch of vitamins C, B1, B2 and B3, giving it anti-aging and immunity-enhancing properties. The mulberries have the highest levels of longevity-boosting antioxidants resveratrol, anthocyanin, and lutein, a type of carotenoid antioxidant known to seriously boost eye health. Flavor wise, I felt like it was kind of missing something. Since you store these in the freezer upon arrival this one took on the flavor of frozen fruit which isn’t always my favorite. I added some fresh strawberries for a little boost of flavor but next time I would add some chia seeds and vanilla protein powder to bump up the flavor a bit as well as the protein content.

Overall rating: 7/10, not my favorite of the things I tried this round but would likely purchase again or at least try the other overnight oat options available

Nutrition (for 1 serving – package contains 2): 160 cal, 3g total fat (0g saturated), sodium 10mg, 31g total carbs (6g fiber, 7g sugar), 5g protein.


Chocolate protein and triphala chia parfait: contains banana, chia, almond butter, pea protein, hemp hearts, cacao, and triphala. I admit I chose this one solely because I had no idea what triphala was and it intrigued me. So as it turns out, Triphala is a traditional Ayurvedic herbal formulation consisting of three Indian fruits: Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki, all of which assist in natural internal cleansing.


Flavor wise, this basically tasted like straight up chocolate and banana – yum! Texture wise, it was like a typical chia seed pudding. Since it technically makes 2 servings, I decided to split it up and pair them with my latest obsession – baked oatmeal breakfast cookies (recipes here). Which worked out nicely because I was able to stretch this one over 2 days so I got a little more bang for my buck. And it was even better by the second day because it really gave the flavors time to develop. Overall, I really liked this one. and nutritionally, I think this one is my favorite solely based off of the nutrition profile. It has a nice balance of fiber and protein, low in sugar, and it also kept me full and satisfied.
Overall rating: 9/10, would definitely purchase again

Nutrition (for 1 serving – package contains 2): 280 cal, 16g total fat (2.5g saturated), 75mg sodium, 26g total carbs (14g fiber, 6g sugar), 12g protein.

Blackberry + majik chia parfait:Contains chia, banana, blackberry, blue majik, lemon juice, hemp hearts, and coconut. Apologies again for the lighting. Since we are transitioning to fall the lighting is either hit or miss lately it seems.


So I also tried this one solely because I had no idea what majik was and the color of this parfait in the pictures I saw was amazing. And, I mean, as a dietitian, I like to try new things and educate myself on new ingredients. So Majik is a blue-green algae Arthrospira platensis, which is derived from magical plant superfood spirulina. It gets the name ‘blue majik’ for its color, but also for its myriad health benefits: it’s jam-packed with amino acids, B12 vitamins, enzymes, and minerals. Flavor wise, again, it tasted like banana but it did have actual chunks of banana and blackberries in it which I liked. Texture wise, again, it was like a typical chia pudding. I filled mine all the way to the top with milk then the next day I divided it into portions and added milk separately to each portion for an ombre effect. You can kind of see it in the pics below:

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Visually, I think this was one of my top faves. The color is absolutely amazing and really did make it that much more fun to eat. I mean, we do eat with our eyes, too! Here’s another close up of that vibrant blue:

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overall rating: 9/10, would definitely purchase again

Nutrition (for 1 serving – package contains 2): 230 cal, total fat 10g (1g saturated), 25mg sodium, 31g total carbs (14g fiber, 11g sugar), 6g protein.

 

QoD: Which flavors intrigued you the most? Would you try any of them?

 

 

 

 

 

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