Focused, but interesting, options
Meals freeze well
Fun assortment of plan combinations
Expensive for soups and smoothies
No meat options
Smoothies can be grainy
Splendid Spoon is a meal delivery service that offers smoothies, soups, grain bowls, and a few other options shipped to 48 states.
While some meal delivery services aim to deliver raw ingredients for a recipe that you then prepare yourself, others provide more complete meals that you just reheat (or some that you can eat cold). Splendid Spoon is in the latter camp, offering only meals that are quick to reheat—and some that don’t need to be reheated at all. We tested a variety of meals from Splendid Spoon. Read on to learn more about our experience.
How It Works: Choose From 6 Plans
Step one when signing up with Splendid Spoon is to choose from one of six different box sizes: Breakfast; Lunch; Breakfast + Lunch; Breakfast + Lunch + Reset; Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner + Reset; or On-Demand Box. These plans range in price from $65 for five smoothies to $185 for a delivery of 20 meals.
We picked the Breakfast + Lunch + Reset option to get a wide range of choices, and then moved on to select the meals.
Choosing Meals: Wide Variety of Smoothies and Soups
While the meals do rotate some, they focus on smoothies, soups, and grain bowls. When we selected our meals, we were able to choose from 18 smoothie options, seven light soups, and 25 different grain bowls. We picked mainly soups and smoothies, which was in line with the plan we selected.
Splendid Spoon will recommend options if you want to simplify the selection process. You can always change your meals up until the weekly deadline, but if you are overwhelmed with the options or just want to try new things, the company will send you a grab bag of smoothies and soups.
What We Made
Splendid Spoon meals do not require much in the way of cooking. The most you have to do is reheat some soup, which can be done in the microwave or on the stovetop. We ordered:
- Butternut turmeric soup
- Moroccan lentil stew
- Coconut lime smoothie
- AB & J smoothie
- Strawberry chocolate smoothie
Support Materials: Built Into the Packaging
The reheating instructions are on the packaging for anything that needs to be reheated. It’s simple and straightforward. The Splendid Spoon website also has reheating instructions for anything that needs it, and includes directions for doing so using a microwave, stovetop, or simply defrosting.
Other than that, nothing else was included in the packaging—which was a breath of fresh air, given the amount of material some other meal delivery services include in their boxes.
Packaging: Smart and Minimal
The box we received seemed small given that we knew were receiving multiple smoothies and soups. The packaging is smartly designed though, and once you open the box, you’ll find a recyclable liner, cooler packs, and the smoothies and soups stacked nicely inside.
The soups are packaged in microwave-safe plastic containers, but you can also pour them into pots to reheat on the stove. The containers are recyclable. The smoothies come in sleek plastic bottles, and you can drink from them after shaking. Another option is to transfer the smoothie to a blender to make it even smoother before consuming. Like the plastic containers, these bottles are recyclable.
The Cooking Process: Very Minimal
The cooking process is very minimal for Splendid Spoon meals. For the soups, reheating them on the stovetop is a slightly better option than the microwave, just so they are reheated gently. We also tested the soups in the microwave and didn’t notice much of a difference. This makes Splendid Spoon soups a really nice option for workday lunches.
You can drink the smoothies from their containers, but we found this to be less than ideal. The smoothies separate quite a bit during shipping, especially if you let them sit in the fridge for a few days before drinking. While you can shake them up, it’s hard to completely recombine the ingredients. We found that reblending the smoothies was the best way to enjoy them.
Flavor, Freshness, and Quality: Unique Recipes
We found all the soups and smoothies to have high-quality ingredients. Nothing seemed off or even close to spoiling. We would have felt comfortable freezing some of the soups for months and coming back to them later. All the ingredients seemed truly top-notch.
The soups had good, solid recipes and flavors, but the smoothie varieties were more unique and interesting. While they are on the pricey side, they are combinations that you won’t be able to find in stores and would be hard-pressed to recreate at home without spending a lot of money on ingredients.
We reheated the creamy, butternut turmeric soup on the stove. It had a nice texture and wonderful, deeply spiced turmeric flavors. The butternut squash also had a sweetness to it that was really nice. To change it up, we opted to reheat the Moroccan lentil stew in the microwave. It reheated perfectly, although we did stir occasionally. The lentils had a meaty texture to them and we found this stew to be very filling.
The coconut lime smoothie had an interesting flavor combination. The coconut made it creamy and the lime had some tang to it. It had separated some during shipping, and we found it helpful to reblend it with a splash of almond milk to make it really smooth. The AB & J smoothie was a nice combo of almond butter, strawberries, and bananas, plus some protein to give it a big protein boost. It was a bit grainy out of the bottle, but after some reblending, it was much smoother. Finally, the strawberry chocolate smoothie had a milkshake vibe to it and was really rich and flavorful. It also had some relatively hard-to-find items like beet juice, dates, and pea protein, so this recipe would be more challenging to replicate.
Nutritional Value: Very Healthy
Splendid Spoon caters to a health-conscious audience and it shows in the recipes and the way the food is packaged. Both the soups and smoothies have nutritional information printed on the packaging, and the same information is available on the company's website. The recipes focus on high-protein meals with low calorie counts. The strawberry chocolate smoothie, for example, has 360 calories in the entire bottle (two servings) but also features 20g of protein. A lighter option like the coconut lime smoothie has a smaller protein count, but also only 320 calories for the entire bottle.
In general, the soups have fewer calories. The entire container of lentil stew, for example, has only 340 calories, plus 12g of protein and 16g of fat.
Splendid Spoon also offers a range of lighter soups that it brands as its “reset” products, which are intended to be consumed in a day to work as a natural cleanse.
Splendid Spoon Is Good For
A health-conscious eater who is short of time, but has a large food budget may appreciate what Splendid Spoon has to offer.
Splendid Spoon Is Not Good For
Budget-conscious eaters or people who eat meat may not find options they want at Splendid Spoon.
Add-ons: Nutritious Shots
Splendid Spoon only offers a few add-ons to their delivery options. These are branded nutrition shots that you can add to any order. The best deal for these seems to be the 7-day Reset Shot Bundle, which includes seven detox shots and seven digestion shots for $56.
Customer Service: Quick to Respond
We wrote to the Splendid Spoon team with some questions regarding the smoothies. They all seemed a bit on the grainy side and had separated a lot during shipping. The customer service team responded via email in less than 2 hours and confirmed that because of the natural ingredients used, some separation is normal. They gave us the tip to reblend the smoothies with perhaps a splash of almond milk or ice.
You can also contact Splendid Spoon via Facebook Messenger and over the phone.
While the meals do rotate some, they focus on smoothies, soups, and grain bowls.
Making Changes and Canceling: Couldn’t Be Easier
Splendid Spoon makes it very easy to make changes to your order up until the deadline when they need to package and ship your box. Just edit the meals in your delivery and switch out any of the smoothies or soups available.
You can also skip any delivery with the push of a single button, while changing your mind and un-skipping is just as easy. If you do decide to cancel, it’s also easy to do directly from your account profile.
The Competition: Splendid Spoon vs. Revive Superfoods
Splendid Spoon and Revive Superfoods have several similarities. Both offer plant-based smoothies, soups, and bowls, and both contain minimal support materials in their delivery boxes. Both can be reheated either in the microwave or on the stovetop. We had better luck with the smoothies from Splendid Spoon, however; the Revive Superfoods smoothies had inconsistent textures, and some were too thin based on the amount of liquid the company suggested to add as part of its standard instructions.
The other big difference was how the food arrived: The Splendid Spoon items were fresh, while Revive's smoothies and soups were frozen. We had a more challenging time properly reheating the frozen items from Revive. In terms of price, Splendid Spoon's items start at $9 each, while Revive's lowest price is $5.99.
Splendid Spoon is a niche service in the meal delivery universe. While the price point is on the high side, it’s a nice option for busy people who need an infusion of healthy meals in their diet. Plus the smoothies and soups can easily be frozen if you can’t get to them right away.
We spent numerous hours looking through 48 meal delivery services’ websites, ordered meals and cooked them at home, photographed the process, spoke with customer service representatives from the companies, filled out detailed surveys about each company and their meals, and wrote in-depth reviews and comparison articles. Our expert panel includes dieticians, chefs, and longtime food writers. The one thing they all have in common is their love and knowledge of food.
The criteria we used to evaluate each company included:
- The ordering process
- Meal selection
- Packaging and support materials
- The cooking process
- The flavor, freshness, and quality of each meal and ingredient
- Nutritional information
- Customer service
- Product Brand Splendid Spoon
- Lowest Price per Serving $9
- Number of Diets Served 2
- Number of Recipes 65
- Delivery Area 48 States
- Serving Sizes Available 1