Following a vegan diet or plant-based lifestyle can be tough.
Vegan meals are going to be a bit harder to find and make, compared to an omnivore/carnivore diet. Plus, there’s a lot to think about when actually making a vegan meal from scratch. Are you getting enough of nutrients? Is it balanced? Are the ingredients 100% plant-based?
Because of all this, we’re huge fans of vegan meal delivery services. That leads us to Sprinly…
Sprinly is a meal delivery service that’s provides their customers with nutritiously balanced, plant-based meals that have been hand-crafted by their vegan chefs with organic ingredients. In addition to being 100% vegan, they’re also gluten-free and never contain refined sugars or sweeteners.
But the best part is that you’ll spend virtually no time in the kitchen because these pre-made meals simply need to be heated when you’re ready to enjoy one.
Sticking to a vegan diet and eating balanced meals has never been easier. Let’s dive into the details of Sprinly to see if it’s right for you!
How to Join & Choose Your Items
To get started and place your first order with Sprinly, you’ll begin by choosing a weekly meal plan. There are three different options to choose from, which all depend on how many meals you’d like to receive every week.
You can go with six meals per week, 12 meals per week, or 18 meals per week. This will provide you with plenty of dishes to enjoy for lunch or dinner. FYI, there is no breakfast option.
After you’ve chosen your preferred meal plan, you’ll then be able to select the plant-based meals you’d like to receive. Because the menu rotates each week, you’ll always have plenty of variety to choose from. The weekly menu has six options and you can choose however many of each meal you want or all of the same one if you’d really like to. Just make sure you make your meal selections by their deadline of 11:59 PM Eastern on Tuesdays. If you fail to choose your meals by this time, they will deliver one, two, or three of each dish, which gives you a variety to taste.
After all that, the Sprinly team of chefs will prepare your meals and ship them out to you.
Since the meals are pre-made, there’s no extra work on your part. You simply have to sit back and wait for your order to land on your doorstep.
Types of Food They Offer
On Sprinly’s menu, you’ll find all kinds of organic, plant-based meals to enjoy.
Here’s the list of meals we received in our box:
- 8-Spice Cashew Vegetable Soup with Citrus Detox Salad
- Mediterranean Oasis Bowl with Baked Falafel and Dill Tahini
- Almond Ginger Quinoa Bowl with Sweet Potatoes & Apples
- Zucchini and Carrot Pasta Marinara with Plantballs (needs to be eaten earlier)
- Peanut Red Cabbage Salas with Marinated Tofu
- Brunch Frittata with Pecan and Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad
They’ve also conveniently labeled each meal so you can avoid certain ingredients or find quick and easy dishes. When reviewing each week’s available meals, look for the following icons: Eat Me Earlier, No Refined Sugar, Oil Free, Nut Free, Spicy, Plant-Based, Soy Free, and Gluten Free. This will help you find the dinners that will best suit your exact personal preferences.
For being strictly plant-based, we were surprised at the extensive variety of meals they offer. Usually, you don’t see a lot of different options, since vegan meals can be tougher to prepare and ship because of the restrictions.
The best part about the meals Sprinly offers is that their team of chefs and nutritionists work together to make the meals. This is important because vegan diets can sometimes leave out important nutrients that are commonly found in animal products. Sprinly makes it easier to maintain a vegan diet while still getting all the essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to function in tip-top shape.
Not only that, but they use only high quality and organic ingredients. Plus, they source everything responsibly from farmers they trust and have built a relationship with.
In total, this means you can feel good about what you’re eating.
At this time, Sprinly isn’t able to deliver meals to every location across the continental United States. They currently ship throughout Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Nashville, Buffalo, and the Greater Chicago Area. They are working to expand to other areas in the Midwest, the South, and the East Coast, so if you’re not in their delivery area right now, make sure you check back for future development.
The reason behind this is because their meals are delivered fresh so shipping needs to be as exact as possible. They only expand to certain areas when they know for sure that they can ship their meals with no problems.
Your location will dictate when your meals are delivered each week. Some areas will receive meals delivered by the Sprinly team of drivers on Mondays, while deliveries in other locations will happen on Tuesday or Wednesday via FedEx. The good news is, you don’t have to be home in order to receive your delivery and you can provide specific instructions for your FedEx driver if needed.
To ensure your food stays fresh during transit, everything is packed in insulated boxes along with ice packs between each meal box. This way, you don’t have to worry about anything spoiling. Everything will be fine until you arrive home at the end of the day. You will, however, want to make sure you unpack everything as soon as possible once you receive the delivery. If you’re going to be away from your home for longer than 24 hours, we recommend having the box shipped to your location (for example, your work office).
You can also reuse or recycle the packaging materials and food containers to eliminate unnecessary waste. The food containers are microwave-safe, oven-safe, and freezer-safe. They’re also made up of 40% recycled materials and you can clean them and recycle them after you’ve enjoyed your meal. Or, feel free to reuse them. We found that the plastic meal boxes actually make great reusable tupperware.
The eco-friendly insulated liner inside your box is compostable and you can recycle the outer bag portion. You can also reuse or donate the 100% water-based, non-toxic ice packs to local food banks, churches, shelters, or Meals on Wheels. If you live in Cleveland (where Sprinly HQ is) you can actually leave the insulated bags with ice packs on your doorstep the following week to be picked up. Sprinly will wash and reuse it if possible. How cool is that?
Freshness of Food
Every meal is fully prepared by Sprinly’s chefs each week. This means the ingredients aren’t sitting around for weeks, waiting to be put together into a meal and shipped out. They’re actually fully prepared and then shipped directly to you in a quick and efficient manner. Meals can then be enjoyed within fix to six days of delivery. Some meals will last longer than that, but Sprinly just suggests using your beset instincts when it comes to ensuring that meals are still fresh and safe to consume.
Meals will also be labeled to indicate which ones are best eaten earlier in the week (which you can see in our video review). You can also freeze meals if needed to enjoy at a later date, but Sprinly doesn’t really recommend doing this since it can impact quality. However, things like soups or curries should hold up just fine.
The meals we received in our initial review help up beautifully in transit and made it to us cool and fresh. What’s more is that they even looked appetizing (something that we discuss further in the video).
Ease of Cooking
Because these meals are pre-made, preparing them couldn’t be simpler because all you have to do is heat them up. For someone who doesn’t enjoy cooking or doesn’t have time to spend an hour in the kitchen, this is the perfect option.
You’ll find microwave and stovetop cooking instructions for each dish. And since the containers each meal comes in are microwave-safe, you don’t have to worry about dirtying any extra dishes if you just pop it into the microwave for a few minutes. Meals may even be cooked in the oven, but Sprinly is still working on getting oven instructions prepared for each dish, so you may or may not find temperatures and cooking times for the oven.
We prepared all of our meals in the microwave and they each turned out delicious.
The biggest concern with pre-made meals is always wether or not they’ll taste fresh. The good news is, you don’t have to worry about that with Sprinly. Because these meals contain such high-quality ingredients, everything is full of flavor and tastes just like it’s been freshly prepared in your own kitchen.
When first reading the names of some of the meals, we were definitely hesitant at trying them. They sounded very unique and not like anything we’d ever tried before. However, I have to say that I was surprised by every meal we tried. Each meal box we opened and prepped, I would always think, “I probably won’t like this one” but it would end up being delicious! In terms of taste, this has to be one of the best vegan meal kits out there.
The 8-Spice Cashew Vegetable Soup with a Citrus Detox Salad is definitely a favorite. The spices give the soup a really nice kick and it pairs really well with the fresh, citrus flavor of the salad. It’s the perfect comfort dish, without being unhealthy. It surprisingly makes for the perfect summertime lunch or dinner.
Another favorite is the Zucchini and Carrot Pasta Marinara with Plantballs, which we review in our initial Sprinly video. If you’re transitioning to a plant-based diet but still yearn for good ol’ pasta and meatballs, this is a perfect substitute.
The best part about these meals is that none of them taste “bland” — they’re full of flavor. That’s something that you don’t find too often with vegan meals.
Now, let’s talk about pricing! If you sign-up for the plan that delivers six meals per week, you’ll be looking at a cost of $109. It’s $199 for 12 meals per week and $289 for 18 meals per week. Shipping is 100% free.
It’s not cheap but when you get your first box you’ll understand why. Everything about this vegan meal kit is high quality — from the packaging to the ingredients.
For anyone who is on the hunt for high-quality, freshly-made, plant-based meals, Sprinly is definitely one to check out.
With a focus on balanced nutrition and using organic ingredients, these are pre-made meals that you can feel good about eating. Just think about how much time and hassle it’ll save you buying vegan ingredients and cooking. However, you do pay a premium for everything you’re getting, as it’s one of the more expensive meal kits we’ve seen.
That being said, regardless of whether you’re vegan or not, the meals are delicious.
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