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Splendid Spoon Review

About Splendid Spoon

Splendid Spoon Review

Splendid Spoon is a subscription-based meal delivery service that specializes in helping its customers achieve nutritious, healthy diets with a vast selection of plant-based options.

In a survey[1] recently conducted among meat-eaters in the UK, researchers found that 14% of participants wanted to reduce animal food consumption. Although most responders reported that plant-based diets are healthy and good for the environment, they found them expensive and hard to follow. That’s why Splendid Spoon offers an easy way to adopt a plant-based diet delivering whole, nutritious and tasty foods.

Featured in Vogue and The Wall Street Journal, the brand has made itself a customer favorite with a wide range of delicious smoothies, chilis, stews, soups, and other spoon-friendly meals.

This Splendid Spoon review will examine their meal menu, pricing, subscription plans, cancellation policies, customer experiences, and all the details you need to know to make an informed decision.

Overview of Splendid Spoon

Splendid Spoon Review

Nicole Centeno founded Splendid Spoon in 2011 with the desire to bring meals right to your door that are just as healthy, fresh, and delicious as what you would make in your kitchen.

Too often, we have to make a decision between quick junk food and labor-intensive yet nourishing home-cooked food.

Splendid Spoon bridges the gap with plant-based meals that balance your diet and foster a robust microbiome in your body.

Unlike most food delivery services and restaurant options, Splendid Spoon is designed to be eaten throughout the week, every week, and to actually keep you fit and satisfied in the process. 

A big appeal and driver for Centeno is how much of a time-saver this service can be by providing you with all your daily meals.

On top of freeing up your day, Splendid Spoon also uses an all-natural diet to help you maximally absorb nutrients and fuel both your body and your mind.

Before we get into the individual plans, meals, and prices offered, lets’ see some of the overarching highlights of Splendid Spoon:

Highlights

  • A range of nutritious and calorie-conscious plant-based meals 
  • Meals are plant-based, non-GMO, gluten-free, and dairy-free
  • Weekly deliveries on the day of your choosing
  • You can skip and cancel deliveries at no charge
  • On-Demand Box lets you try their meals and smoothies without a subscription
  • Free shipping to the US

Is Splendid Spoon healthy?

Splendid Spoon Review

There is no doubt that Splendid Spoon is healthy. They have made it their mission to deliver efficient and body-boosting meals that can and should be eaten throughout the week. However, according to one review article[2], plant-based diets lack vitamin B12 and are low in vitamin D, iron, zinc, selenium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Vegans are also in need of B12 supplementation. We recommend looking for professional advice before starting an exclusively plant-based diet.

Splendid Spoon only uses the best GMO-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free ingredients. Dairy and gluten sensitivity are common digestive issues. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 65% of the world population suffers from lactose malabsorption[3] that may or may not result in lactose intolerance symptoms. Although Celiac disease affects only 1% of the general population, many people experience gluten sensitivity symptoms such as stomach ache, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation.

According to a narrative review[4] published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, 6% of the U.S. population have non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and they benefit from a gluten-free diet. This plant-based approach to healthy eating directly impacts your gut bacteria by increasing the bioavailability of nutrients, which is crucial for a fit lifestyle. 

A literature review[5] published in Frontiers in Nutrition highlights that vegan and vegetarian diets appear to positively affect the gut microbiome composition, which impacts overall health. In addition, a review article[6] published in The Journal of Nutrition describes the impact of vegetarian and Mediterranean diets on gut microbiota. The authors conclude that there is a possible association between changes in the microbiota composition related to vegetarian and Mediterranean diets and a reduction in the risk of cardiometabolic diseases. 

Do you lose weight with Splendid Spoon?

Splendid Spoon Review

Many customers report losing weight with Splendid Spoon. The non-dairy, non-gluten, non-GMO ingredients in their meals are specially designed to promote strong gut bacteria and accelerated metabolism. Even better, the meals are low in calories, so if you stick with your Splendid Spoon meal plan, you can expect weight loss results within weeks.

Thankfully, this does not at all require starving yourself or eating gruel.

On the contrary, it is the brand’s pride to offer a wide selection of meals for you to choose from that are (let’s be honest) probably tastier than what you would whip up in your free time.

In a meta-analysis[7] published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers explored the effect of vegetarian diets on body weight loss. They concluded that participants who followed vegan and vegetarian diets lost significantly more weight than those in non-vegetarian diets. In addition, those who followed a vegan diet lost more weight than ovo-lacto-vegetarians. 

How Does Splendid Spoon Work?

Splendid Spoon Review

Splendid Spoon is a subscription-only service, where you must sign up for recurring payments and weekly deliveries. However, they recently added an On-Demand Box, which does not require a commitment.

The On-Demand Box has 13 options, and there are 5 subscription plans. They all offer a mix of:

  • Grain Bowls
  • Noodles
  • Soups
  • Smoothies

You also need to remember that it’s super easy to cancel your Splendid Spoon subscription at any time.

If you’re taking off for a vacation or have anything come up in your life that interferes with the planned deliveries, no worries, you also have the option to just skip a week.

Splendid Spoon Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Reset Review

This is a new offering from Splendid Spoon. You get 5 options from 4 categories of food (smoothies, soup and grain bowls, noodles, and soups) in a weekly delivery.

It works as part of Splendid Spoon’s push to “reset” your diet through one day of light meals. As far as plans go, this one is ideal for providing a full day’s worth of food. But it’s not restrictive at all.

You get to pick and choose between 50+ menu items, including Cuban Black Bean Bowl, Green Curry Noodles, and various smoothies. In total, this weekly plan costs $185.

Splendid Spoon Breakfast, Lunch + Reset Review

It’s clear that this bestselling plan is for those of you who have dinner sorted out. For one week, you get 15 plant-based meals, split between smoothies, grain and noodle bowls, and Splendid Spoon soup-based “reset” program.

When your stomach starts to grumble, reach for one of these juices or bowls instead of dialing the pizza delivery number. 

You always have control over which menu items arrive on the doorstep. From Cumin Sweet Potato Soup with cashews and cilantro, to Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Noodles, and a variety of smoothies.

This Splendid Spoon review sees no reason to not have some fun customizing while your week! Altogether, this plan costs $135 per week on subscription.

Splendid Spoon Breakfast + Lunch Review

If you’re not into the whole light soup diet reset thing, then you can just go for this Splendid Spoon Smoothies and Soup & Grain Bowls plan.

Maybe it doesn’t sound like much, but you honestly have no idea how much protein and flavor can go into those types of meals.

Loaded with wholesome, plant-based goodness, each meal clocks in under 400 calories and powers you through the day. The overall plan is the perfect way to test out Splendid Spoon recipes and a plant-based diet before going all in. 

It costs $95 for 5 smoothies and 5 Soup & Grain bowls. 

Splendid Spoon Lunch Review

Lunchtime is often when we get lazy and cruise around for the nearest fast food option—or, maybe just as bad, skip the meal entirely. To top you up around noon, try the brand’s Lunch Plan. It comes with delicious Splendid Spoon noodles, soups, and grain bowls.

The Lunch Plan alone offers 50+ menu items to choose from, and you receive 5 meals each week. Choose a few delivery days, and schedule into your eating habits as necessary. It costs $65 and contains exclusively clean, plant-based ingredients.

Splendid Spoon Breakfast Review

This Splendid Spoon review has to be honest with you. If you can’t put together bread and peanut butter (or whatever else is available) for a fast breakfast, there are better options available that don’t involve going without breakfast entirely.

Splendid Spoon has this smoothie Breakfast Plan, and, honestly, it’s going to taste better and healthier than burnt toast or a yogurt cup.

The Breakfast Plan consists of 5 smoothies and costs $65. You get to choose from a selection of smoothies, which vary between low-sugar, protein-boosted, and banana-based. Perfect to drink after those early-morning workouts, or sip on during your commute.

Our Favorites from the Menu

This Splendid Spoon review is thrilled to highlight its favorite menu items and give you a sampling of what the company has to offer.

Strawberry Goji Smoothie

Splendid Spoon offers 15 smoothie options, but this one is our favorite. It comes with a thicker texture than most of the other options, and it also has Cashew Butter and Baobab Powder mixed in for a low-cholesterol snack

This Splendid Spoon review put together a list of the other features included in this smoothie.

  • Plant-based
  • High in protein
  • High in fiber
  • Low in sodium
  • Low in sugar
  • Balances blood sugar

Cumin Sweet Potato Soup

Splendid Spoon gets serious with this flavorful and creamy soup. Some people might think it can’t fill you up because it’s a soup—wrong.

While it’s a perfect Splendid Spoon weight loss meal, it’s also rich and filling. The ingredients are:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Water
  • Cashews
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Cilantro
  • Sea Salt
  • Cumin
  • Red Chili Peppers

Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Noodles

This new offering checks all of our boxes for a proper meal. We’re talking Coconut Cream, Shiitake Mushrooms, Peas as a base with Rice Noodles, Spinach, Cashews, nutritional Yeast for a flavor bite, Onion, and all kinds of tongue-pleasing spices

Need more? Get a healthy dose of Iron while enjoying the indulgent taste of shiitake mushrooms. When you get it, all you have to do is take off the lid and microwave the bowl for 2 to 4 minutes. There’s also a fancy stovetop option if you’re into that.

Butternut Turmeric Soup

Butternut is simply delicious, and it also helps balance your blood pressure. When you combine that with the anti-inflammatory properties of Turmeric[8], you get a wombo combo of deep flavors and rounded nutrition.

It also has wellness staples Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Rosemary. 

This Splendid Spoon review recommends the Butternut Turmeric Soup any day of the week, especially when you’re feeling under the weather.

How Much is Splendid Spoon?

Splendid Spoon Review

Splendid Spoon costs vary with the meal plan you sign up for. There’s a wide range of menu items for you to choose from, which can include one or all of the 4 food categories (noodles, light soups, smoothies, and grain bowls).

Keep reading for a breakdown of prices per plan:

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + Reset: $185 per week
  • Breakfast, Lunch + Reset: $135 per week
  • Breakfast + Lunch: $95 per week
  • Lunch: $65 per week
  • Breakfast: $65 per week

Splendid Spoon Reviews: What Do Customers Think?

Splendid Spoon Review

Splendid Spoon has been featured in notable media outlets in part because they are so popular and well-reviewed.

On the brand’s website, over 270 verified customers gave them 5/5 stars on average across all meal plans. The reviews are broken down for each menu item. Here are two, to give you an idea of what they’re all saying.

One Splendid Spoon review for the Creamy Mushroom and Spinach Noodles read:

“I seriously love these noodles! I love both mushrooms and spinach (especially mushrooms) and these noodles combine both so well…Very happy these were added to the menu and will be ordering more for the future!” 

Another customer who enjoyed the Vegan Meatballs and Marinara Noodles wrote, “I love this dish so much. Eating healthy is hard, but this dish is sooo comforting with making me feel guilty!” 

The notoriously critical customers on Trustpilot had a different perspective, though, and gave Splendid Spoons an eyebrow-raising 2.8/5 stars. In all honesty, it’s not too shabby for Trustpilot, but it’s certainly not a 5/5.

Overall, when it comes to menu options, health benefits, and associated costs, Splendid Spoon customers seem pleased with the service as a whole.

Is Splendid Spoon Worth It?

Splendid Spoon Review

A Splendid Spoon subscription is worth it for people with limited time to make their own meals. The flexible delivery options and cancellation, as well as the On-Demand Box, take away the best reasons not to give it a try.

Splendid Spoon is a low-commitment meal delivery plan with a plant-based menu. Vegans, in particular, will enjoy their offers.

Splendid Spoon Promotions & Discounts

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This Splendid Spoon review was unable to find promotions or discounts at this time.

Sign up for Splendid Spoon Subscription

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Are you ready to try Splendid Spoon? Here’s a brief rundown of the sign-up process on SplendidSpoon.com.

  1. Select your weekly meal plan from the 5 available options
  2. Verify that Splendid Spoon ships to your area
  3. Create your Splendid Spoon login
  4. Customize your meals for next week
  5. Complete your order

FAQ

Splendid Spoon Review

Who owns Splendid Spoon?

Nicole Centeno is the owner and founder of Splendid Spoon. She started the company in 2011 after finding no good substitution for home cooked meals.

How long do Splendid Spoon meals last?

Splendid Spoons recommends eating their soup, grain, and noodle bowls 1–2 weeks after you receive them, if stored in a refrigerator. If you store them in your freezer, on the other hand, they keep for 1–3 months.

Can you freeze Splendid Spoon?

Absolutely! This Splendid Spoon review found that some meals are frozen through a flash-freeze process. Smoothies have an “enjoy by” date but can also be consumed after that date, especially if you’ve popped them in the freezer.

Does Splendid Spoon come frozen?

Yes, Splendid Spoon meals (except for the smoothies) use a flash-freeze technique to secure the nutrients and flavor inside each meal.

This is used to keep the delivery safe, and for you to receive your weekly delivery in a state that preserves the meals until you are ready to eat them.

How do I cancel my Splendid Spoon subscription?

Canceling your subscription is easy, but to make sure you know what to do, this Splendid Spoon review put together a quick list of the steps to follow.

  1. Access your Splendid Spoon account through their website
  2. Locate and click on the “Edit Plan” button
  3. Find the “Cancel Your Plan” button near the bottom of your screen
  4. Follow Splendid Spoons confirmation process
  5. Your subscription will be canceled

What is Splendid Spoon’s Shipping Policy?

Splendid Spoon ships to 48 states in the US on Wednesdays and Fridays. They use four different couriers, including FedEX, to ensure the meals arrive to you on time.

Each package comes with ClimaCell and dry ice to keep the food frozen. The fact that all their shipping materials, from plastic bottles to the bowls and boxes, are 100% recyclable, without BPA, is a nice bonus.

If you’re concerned about whether or not your meal is safe to eat on arrival, Splendid Spoon has an easy rule to help: if it arrives in a cool condition, then you can eat it.

The meal doesn’t have to be frozen, but you should put it in the refrigerator as soon as you get it. Whether or not you need to sign to receive your Splendid Spoon delivery is up to the courier.

What is Splendid Spoon’s Return Policy?

Splendid Spoon meals cannot be returned. This is due to health safety reasons, as their kits contain perishables. However, if something is missing or wrong with the order, email customer service at [email protected] within 14 days.

They will issue you credit or a refund to your account and remedy the situation. 

How to Contact Splendid Spoon

The best way to contact Splendid Spoon‘s customer support is through their online Contact Form.

They are available Monday to Friday, 9 AM–9 PM ET, and from 9 AM–7 PM ET on weekends. 


Through their website, you can also schedule a 15-minute call with one of their consultants. If everything else fails, message them on Facebook.

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Article Sources

[3] National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Definition & Facts for Lactose Intolerance National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
[4] Igbinedion, S. O., Ansari, J., Vasikaran, A., Gavins, F. N., Jordan, P., Boktor, M., & Alexander, J. S. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity: All wheat attack is not celiac World journal of gastroenterology, 23(40), 7201
[5] Tomova, A., Bukovsky, I., Rembert, E., Yonas, W., Alwarith, J., Barnard, N. D., & Kahleova, H. The Effects of Vegetarian and Vegan Diets on Gut Microbiota Frontiers in nutrition, 6, 47.
[6] Tindall, A. M., Petersen, K. S., & Kris-Etherton, P. M. Dietary Patterns Affect the Gut Microbiome—The Link to Risk of Cardiometabolic Diseases The Journal of nutrition, 148(9), 1402-1407
[7] Huang, R. Y., Huang, C. C., Hu, F. B., & Chavarro, J. E. Vegetarian Diets and Weight Reduction: a Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials Springer Link Journal of general internal medicine, 31(1), 109-116
[8] Aggarwal, B. B., Yuan, W., Li, S., & Gupta, S. C. Curcumin‐free turmeric exhibits anti‐inflammatory and anticancer activities: Identification of novel components of turmeric Molecular nutrition & food research, 57(9), 1529-1542

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