Splendid Spoon – The Trial

A few weeks ago, I decided to give Splendid Spoon (http://splendidspoon.com – not an affiliate link). a try. I signed up at the standard cost and plunked down my money for a week’s subscription to show up at my door.

And then I waited for my selected delivery day – Wednesday. The order arrived. Theoretically, it was food for 5 breakfasts/snacks, 5 lunches, and a day of soup fasting. They anticipate you will make something else for your dinner.

Eating 3 meals just doesn’t happen in my life, so for me, this was going to be 5 brunches and 5 dinners, and then the extras spread out into the next week since I’m typically not at this location on the weekends.

I timed it pretty well, because shortly after I got the order, I broke my foot.
Oops. That was unexpected. So, it was good to have food around that I didn’t have to really think about to get a meal in. And, living on my own Monday to Friday, it wasn’t like someone was going to make dinner for me.

The food arrives frozen and WAY packed in ice. It could sit out for quite a while and would not thaw enough to be a problem. After you receive it, you can let it thaw in the fridge and use within a week, or keep in your freezer. The soups mostly come in bowls (with a few exceptions) and the smoothies in bottles.

I’m now finishing up my second delivery from Splendid Spoon and here are my general thoughts. The soups are good. I like to add some salt or salt substitute, nutritional yeast, or hot sauce to them. They tend to be a little bit bland, but are quite filling and the ingredients don’t taste over-cooked. The broccoli still has a bit of crunch, which is nice. I haven’t run into a soup that I really didn’t like, though the beet bowl was not my favorite. While they say that you can eat them at any temperature, I find that I prefer them hot.

The smoothies are ok. I prefer my smoothies to be pretty smooth and most of these have some sort of texture that requires chewing, whether that is coconut, nuts, or seeds. Because I don’t do the soup fast, and some of those come in the smoothie containers, I’ve been a little fooled a couple of times. I tried to drink a bottle of apple and parsnip straight up and cold and then gagged on the onion flavor.

Would I recommend Splendid Spoon? Yes, with reservations. It’s not inexpensive if you are using it for 2 meals a day and then adding a third meal, plus having 1 day a week that you have to have other food for. Since I’m supplementing only with a little probiotic stuff (yogurt and sauerkraut), some apples, coffee, and other drinks, and then some food on Saturdays and Sunday mornings, it’s not so bad. I’m also only getting a shipment every 2nd or 3rd week.

But, if cooking anything interesting for yourself is a struggle, this might be a good idea. And, there is no commitment, so it’s worth it to get a week and try. You can order once and stop, or keep going but skip any weeks you are not interested in.

Have you tried a food delivery service with vegan items? What did you think?

Eating Well When You Aren’t Well

 

This week, this happened.

Yes, you guessed it. My foot was mauled by an angry bear*, resulting in severe injuries to the 4th and 5th metatarsal bones of the foot. Side note: I always thought metatarsals were toes, but they are foot bones and toes are phalanges!

While the healing plan is still not 100% formulated, it’s clear that I will be on one hoof for at least 2 months and likely longer.

The first couple of days, the pain was making me nauseated, so I really did not care about food. Then I had a day of eating whatever (i.e. pizza). Now I’m starting to think about how to best care for myself while I heal and am less able to get around.

I have a subscription to Splendid Spoon (review to come), so I think that will help me some, as those foods can be eaten cold or just microwaved. I’ll only need to figure out how to move hot soup from the kitchen to the main room in the little condo I inhabit during the week, as I have no kitchen seating. I tend to be a 2 meal a day person, with one of those being something small eaten at the office, so that can stay oatmeal, maybe with a little protein powder tossed in, since the splendid spoon meals are not high in protein. Since salads tend to be a multi-part lengthy process the way that I like them, I suppose that might be a little less common for a while.

I don’t really know if I should increase my calcium even more to support bone growth, but it’s something to investigate!

What I will have to fight is the urge to just eat crap as a way to assuage my irritation/pain because “I deserve it.”

I’ll also have to figure out how to get exercise besides what I am getting from moving around on crutches.

How do you manage eating well when you aren’t feeling like yourself for an extended period?

*Not really, but this seems much more interesting than the real story that I walked off a set of steps into the air and came down severely twisting my foot and breaking it.