For the past few months, those big brother Facebook ads have been serving me up with adverts for a company called ‘Sprinly.’ Curious, I looked them up. Well, props to big brother, Sprinly was right up my alley: A gluten free meal delivery service in the Midwest! (In addition, they are also 100% organic and plant based).
I really wanted to give Sprinly a try, especially as I had a huge three week trip to Europe coming up. Does anyone else get in a cooking rut before and after travels? When I return from traveling, I have so many things on my to do list: work around the house, errands, freelance jobs, catching up with people, etc. Not to mention that returning home to an empty fridge usually means takeaway pizza for the first few nights (…at least)!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I love me some good takeaway pizza. But with my recent health problems I’m really trying to eat more consciously and healthier. Sprinly seemed the perfect solution! I reached out to Sprinly and they agreed to send me a week of their 100% gluten free meals. Here are my thoughts.
*This post is in collaboration with Sprinly. I received a week of complimentary meals in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are my own!
What is Sprinly?
There are so many meal delivery companies popping up nowadays, but I never bothered looking into them due to being gluten free. I didn’t think there would be a meal delivery company serving 100% gluten free meals prepared in a gluten free facility. And if there was, I assumed it would be in trendy cities like New York or London. Well, turns out that Sprinly is based in the Midwest and delivers to multiple states, including Michigan where I currently live!
Sprinly is a gluten free, refined sugar free, organic, plant-based meal delivery service that serves certain areas of Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Indiana, and the Greater Chicago area.
Some of the profits go toward educating children on healthy eating and gardening. Additionally, nutritionists and a doctor collaborate with Sprinly to create weekly meal plans that are nutritionist approved!
Read more about Sprinly FAQ here.
How Sprinly works
Once you decide to use Sprinly, you create a Sprinly account. Meals are delivered weekly – you can select if you want the six, 12, or 18 meal plan. You also have the option to select if you want all meals, or any combination of each. You can cancel or pause your Sprinly subscription at any time!
If you live near Columbus, your meals are delivered on Mondays between 5-10pm by the Sprinly team of drivers. If you live further afield, like myself, they are delivered on Tuesday by FedEx in an insulated box with ice packs. Every part of the Sprinly packaging is either recyclable or compostable, minus the ice packs. However, these are reusable and can be kept, given back to Sprinly the following week, or donated to a local food bank.
Some of the meals may have an ‘eat me earlier’ sticker, which means… well, eat it earlier! Other than that, all meals’ packaging list ingredients, as well as how they can be prepared with either the microwave or on the stove. Super simple!
Sprinly price breakdown
There are three different Sprinly plans and the price differs for each. You can review them here.
The most common plan, which I had, is the six meals per week plan, priced at $109. This comes down to $18.16/meal. Now, I don’t know about you… but I think that is a little steep. However, think of it like this: That price includes the shipping (yup, free shipping!). Additionally, it includes preparation and the time to buy ingredients. The ingredients are really high quality and diverse so I can understand the price point. It includes the input of a nutritionist and doctor who help design the meal plan. And finally, the serving sizes are pretty big! For three of the six meals, I divided them into two as they were so big. So really, I got nine meals!
My week with Sprinly
My week with Sprinly was… divine. Maybe that sounds silly, but it felt so luxurious to have such tasty, nutritious meals ready to eat in five minutes or less every night! I love to eat, but I am not much of a chef… that is why you always see me sharing gluten free travel guides and restaurant reviews. Also, with all my health issues lately, food has become a bit of a sore spot for me. So often I feel sick after I eat, even if I’m eating ‘healthy’ food. However, each Sprinly meal had me feeling light and fresh and happily full.
My meals arrived on Tuesday afternoon and I happily unpacked them (alongside some eager puppies).
Here are the meals I ate during my week with Sprinly:
I loved all the meals but my three favorites were the peanut stew (creamy, spicy), bolognese (comforting, hearty), and whole bean chili (fresh, garlicky). Even writing this post I miss them!
Okay, clearly I loved Sprinly. But will I shell out the equivalent $18.16/meal?
For me, the Sprinly price is rather steep to do every single week. However I do 100% think Sprinly is an amazing resource to use for weeks here and there! Signing up for a meal delivery service like Sprinly isn’t signing a lifetime contract… luckily with Sprinly you can stop and start your account whenever! That is ideal for people like myself who want meal delivery during certain times but not in others.
Here are some situations in which I will use Sprinly/would recommend Sprinly to others:
- Before/after travel: An awesome way to cope with the empty fridge/cooking rut that accompanies travel. Also, I found it to be a fabulous way to calm my digestive system after three weeks in Europe eating out.
- Meal inspiration: If you’re feeling in a rut with your cooking, draw some inspiration (and take a break from cooking) with Sprinly.
- Busy times: Everyone has those weeks when everything seems upside down and you are running on empty.
- Stress reduction: Similar to when you’re busy, sometimes you just need a few less things to stress about, and cooking nutritious meals can be one of those things!
- Newly diagnosed celiac/gluten free or vegetarian: Oh how I wish I had something like this eight years ago when I was first told to go gluten free!
- During a move
- As a diet reset or cleanse
- For older people or those recovering from surgery: This could be ideal for an older person who is not able to get out and do their shopping. Also much healthier than the traditional meal delivery options for them!
Book your Sprinly meal delivery here!
Have you ever done a meal delivery service? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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*This post is in collaboration with Sprinly. All opinions are my own.