How to Eat a Better Breakfast When You Don't Have Time: A Daily Harvest Review *

How to Eat a Better Breakfast When You Don't Have Time: A Daily Harvest Review* | Writing Between Pauses

When I originally started writing this, my lede was this: when you’re a mom, you’re busy.

But then, I sat back and really thought about that. When it comes to being busy, or feeling short on time, or feeling so frazzled/stressed/anxious that buying everything for a breakfast that isn’t just a peanut butter sandwich feels like a marathon… there really is no competition. Lots of people are busy: people with kids, people without kids, people with full time jobs, people without full time jobs. If it becomes a competition, we’re all going to lose.

So, that’s it: you’re busy. I totally get it. I’m busy too. Most mornings, by the time I have Forrest sitting at the table eating breakfast, or dropped off at my mom’s house, I feel like I’m already ready for a nap—but then I have to jump into work, or get ready to drive to work, or get to the grocery store, or start running errands, or clean up my house because it’s such a mess I can barely stand it. Breakfast needs to be something I can get quickly—usually toast or a bowl of plain Cheerios (very balanced, huh?) and a second cup of coffee. Or (the worse option) I stop at Starbucks on the way to work and grab a breakfast sandwich, which is delicious, but not necessarily in line with my goals for my nutrition, you know what I’m saying?

There is no right way to eat breakfast. Some people really thrive on toast and eggs for breakfast. And while that’s a delicious way to start the day, it’s also something that feels really heavy for me—and while I eat it a lot, I’m not necessarily always happy with it. It’s just… the thing that is easiest. However, it makes me feel super tired after a while because it is so heavy. I know I’d feel better eating something else, but planning ahead is hard: I always have bread and I always have eggs and it’s easy to just slap them together.

That’s why I was so excited to try Daily Harvest. I love smoothies, I tend to eat them as snacks, but sometimes in the morning, I just crave a nice smoothie. Smoothies are a great option for easy breakfasts because you can make them fast and drink them on the go—no needing to sit down with a plate of eggs or a bowl of oatmeal. Also, I’ve seen ads for these smoothies everywhere; they really are killing the digital marketing game.

I received 6 smoothies from Daily Harvest. I picked the following flavors:

Easy breakfast recipes for busy moms
  • Strawberry + peach

  • Ginger + greens

  • Dragon Fruit + Lychee

  • Cold Brew + Cacao

  • Pineapple + Matcha

  • Chocolate + Hazelnut

My favorites of those 6 are the Strawberry + Peach, Pineapple + Matcha, and Chocolate + Hazelnut in that order. Danny loved the Ginger + Greens, but it wasn’t my favorite; it was good, but just a little “vegetable-y” for me.

All of these cups cost about $7 per cup; I know that sounds like a lot, and the price varies depending on whether you choose a Weekly or Monthly plan and how many cups you want per box. But, I did a little pricing at my grocery store; and the cost of the fruit, plus everything else that is in the smoothies (chia seeds, oatmeal, apple cider vinegar, and other supplements), would cost a lot more per cup or smoothie. If you’re making a big batch, or freezing them yourself, it would be worth it; but if you’re like me, and just interested in getting something quick, it’s a great option.

When I first got these cups, I was a little worried about what they would actually look like; but whenever I open one, it’s literally just like looking at the best frozen fruit you’ve ever seen! You can see each distinct ingredient.

Making these smoothies is easy too; you just add your preferred liquid (I use almond milk or juice if I’m making them to share with Forrest, or the Hungryroot Energizing Green Juice or Almond Milk Maca Matcha if it’s just for me) to the top of the cup, then throw into your blender and blend! The cups come with lips that include a hole for a straw, so it’s all in one and so easy to take to work or do chores.

The thing I love most about Daily Harvest is that each cup has such a variety of fruits and vegetables in it; whether it is kale and spinach, or squash and beets, you can get a few servings of fruits and vegetables all in one smoothie without having to worry about actually buying all those things (and trying to combine them yourself!)

Being able to pick different smoothies with each order is such a great thing, because you can try things that you normally wouldn’t choose. An example is I wasn’t sure I would like the taste of lychees; I’ve never had them before. However, I loved the Dragon Fruit + Lychee smoothie. But what if I hadn’t? If I’d bought all those ingredients myself and then hated it, I would be so bummed! By being able to test just one smoothie at a time, it lets me expand my tastes in a way that doesn’t make it feel like I’m throwing money down the drain.

I’m excited to be able to offer you a code that gives you 3 FREE cups! That means if you choose a 7-cup box for your first weekly shipment, you would save about $21. If you’ve been wanting to try Daily Harvest, this is a great way to do it—and you always have the option to skip week-to-week and cancel at ANY time! Use the code below to get your 3 free cups!

If you’ve tried Daily Harvest before, let me know! I’d love to know what you think. I love the convenience of these cups & they have given me great ideas of smoothies to make. Are they something I would order week-to-week? Probably not; but as an occasional order for a busy week or a time where you know you’ll need some easy options, they are really perfect!

Disclaimer: I received a box of Daily Harvest cups in exchange for review. As well, I receive a small kickback whenever you use my affiliate code. This is denoted by the asterisk (*) in the title of this post! However, all opinions remain my own. If you’d like to learn more about my disclosure policy, click here.