Splendid Spoon and Pressed Juicery are two places where you can get some amazing smoothies. You can enjoy them as refreshments or they can substitute snacks and meals. They both have a lot to offer, including soups, sippable resets, and grain bowls from Splendid Spoon and vegan ice cream from Pressed Juicery. Our focus, however, is smoothies and only smoothies.
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Let’s start with Splendid Spoon. Their business model is delivery box plan with over 40 options of meals that are plant-based, high in fiber, vegan, and gluten-free. Their smoothies are made of veggies, fruit, and superfoods. All of them require no preparation and are very low on sugar. Their meals are delivered in recyclable package, but very well insulated, so expect them cold. We loved the fact that smoothies were ready-to-eat and always took them on-the-go.
The boxes are not cheap, but they do offer a great healthy alternative for busy people who tend to reach to the most convenient and usually unhealthy foods.
Splendid Spoon is also a philosophy that centers on healthy and balanced food and mindful living, listening to one’s body and its needs.
Since we were on smoothie plan, we went about our day with smoothies. They come in many different flavors and can be had just as they are or blended with your home-made smoothies or just ice for a bit of frostiness. We enjoyed them all with just a bit of ice.
The flavors we tried are Plant-Based Probiotic, AB&J, Green Matcha, Chocolate Cherry, and Blueberry Basil.
Let’s talk about each one:
This combination of flavors was very unusual, but definitely good and filling. The bananas, coconut oil, and pea protein gave us energy and all the needed fiber while almonds, flax seeds, and lemon juice provide for gentle yet “kicky” taste.
This one was probably a taste winner with its bananas, strawberries, and almond butter. The flavor was definitely nutty and tart with a few undertones of wheat bread as if we were enjoying a PB&J sandwich. It also kept us full for a long time.
This unusual combination of flavors is definitely for those of us who are not afraid to experiment with blending different ingredients. The smoothie is made of bananas, avocado, lemon juice, date puree, hemp protein, vanilla powder, matcha powder, and spirulina. All the ingredients give the smoothie its green color and tangy taste from the lemon and hemp protein.
This sounds like desert and rightfully so. It has bananas, cherry juice, almond butter, coconut nectar, cacao nibs, pea protein, vanilla powder, and Himalayan salt. Salt and sweet flavors mix wonderfully together without it being too sweet. This smoothie is rich enough to substitute a meal.
Now this is a really unusual combination, but the taste surprised us in a good way. The basil flavor is not overwhelming; it actually balances berry undertones and makes it rather refreshing. The smoothies include bananas, blackberries, pea protein, basil, lemon juice, vanilla powder, dates, chia seeds, and Himalayan salt. Pea protein gives energy while chia seeds provide fiber to keep us feeling full.
In conclusion, we loved the smoothies from Splendid Spoon because they were no fuss, healthy, easy, and really put us on the right track of healthy mindful eating. After our test run we are planning to order more in the future, even if it’s not cheap at around $50 per week for just breakfast smoothies and optional lunch bowls. The convenience factor was big too.
Our second test was for Pressed Juicery and their smoothie cleanse. We decided to go cold turkey on our regular diet and signed up for 3-day cleanse program when we drank only smoothies for 3 days.
We loved the fact that the company is LA-based, local, vegan, delivers anywhere (home or office), you can pick up your order if you feel like it, and choose between many different plans and flavors, depending on your purpose.
We went with the 1st level and were very happy to discover that all bottles are labeled and numbered in our first order, so we can understand what comes when. This level was advertised for newbies and athletes with higher food intake needs.
It’s up to consumers to decide what bottle to drink and when. You can have less in the morning and save more for dinner or split them equally, it really depends on your hunger patterns. Our tip – drink when you feel hungry and hungry you will feel. Each day includes 6 bottles and extra 2 - chlorophyll and aloe for hydration. Those two are not very tasty, but definitely good for you. In addition to all that Pressed Juicery recommends 8 glasses of water per day.
The flavors we tried are:
- Daily vanilla almond (filling)
- Greens 2 (greens and superfoods)
- Roots 2 (veggies)
- Citrus 2 (orange and lemon flavors)
- Greens 3 (leafy greens)
- Chocolate Almond (filling instead of dinner)
The second day was the hardest for us as we felt hungry and hangry. We were not fans on the green smoothie we had ordered and also wanted to change the plain almond milk drink to chocolate milk and the company did it for us without any questions. This will not happened very often as most deliveries won’t change anything post-factum.
One of the flavors we really liked was Chocolate almond milk, made of chocolate, almonds, dates, cacao, and filtered water.
We found the list of ingredients simpler and less detailed than Splendid Spoon. But overall, the quality of smoothies was very comparable between the two companies. We also have to admit that we felt good after trying both smoothie diets, but not quite sure if our bodies really experienced that reset. We definitely payed more attention to what we were eating partially because of hunger and also because we cared more.
Pressed Juicery also has a few cafes all over LA, and we have enjoyed vegan freezes with decadent toppings, vanilla almond gummy bears, and extra veggie juices, such as celery cleanse. The store had some specials, like 5 for $25 smoothies and freezes. We also saw that Pressed Juicery offers rewards program for collecting points, exclusive offers, free products, birthday gifts, and many other perks.
Did you know that you can buy Pressed Juicery cold pressed juices at your local Vons, Safeway or Pavillions? They also sell Wellness Shots. This stuff is so good, you should definitely give it a try.
All in all, Pressed Juicery and Splendid Spoon had very similar smoothies and the way they affected our bodies and our hunger, but we gave Pressed Juicery points for being local and for having cafes with extra tasty frozen treats. One thing we learned from both test is that it takes some preparation to go on strictly liquid diet, but it definitely does your body good.