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Springly Review: A vegan and organic meal delivery service

  1. Springy

    Advantages

    • healthy and fresh

    • No cooking required

    • Sustainable packaging

    The inconvenients

    • Meals are not satisfying

    • The menu repeats frequently

When it comes to meal delivery services, the Review team has tried pretty much everything. We cooked with meal kits of all kinds and ordered ready meals that required the microwave, sous vide, etc.

So when we heard Springy— an organic, vegetable and gluten-free meal delivery service — on social networks, you had to try it.

If you’re still on the fence another one meal delivery service, we’re here to help you weigh the pros and cons. Our comprehensive Sprinly review takes into account the taste, convenience, cost, and durability of its offerings, so you can decide with confidence.

What is Springly?

Started by husband-and-wife duo Ray Lui and Mary McCann in 2016, Sprinly is a vegan subscription delivery service that ships fresh, nutrient-dense meals across the country. The co-founders met while working in investment banking, before deciding to quit, travel the world and build a brand that reflected their passion for wellness.

Since its inception, Sprinly has enjoyed major success, and He and McCann were recently named EY Entrepreneur of the Year Winners.

Followers love Sprinly for its simple, healthy options and plant-based interpretations of popular dishes (think macaroni and “cheese” made with cashew cream and lentil-based pasta Bolognese).

Perhaps the best part? There is no cooking necessary. Every meal is fresh and shipped weekly to your door, so all it takes is a few minutes in the microwave or a drizzle of salad dressing to make healthy mealtimes happen.

What I like about Springly

On the left, Sprinly meal on table outside.  On the right, an open Sprinly box revealing a compostable liner and two packaged meals

Credit: Sprinly / Revised / Monica Petrucci

Sustainable packaging (including biodegradable plastic) and veg-packed meals were some of Sprinly’s strengths.

Meals are fresh and healthy

Nothing beats the convenience of healthy meals shipped to your door without having to lift a finger (apart from unboxing and microwaving, of course). And when all the meals are really tasty, this attraction is even stronger.

Each week includes six meal options, so if you’re signed up for six meals a week, the site will automatically ship one of each. But you can also cut out any meals that don’t sound good or double the meals you know you like.

Every Sprinly meal is curated with the help of nutritionists and doctors to ensure they’re all organically packed and packed with plenty of micro and macro nutrients.

Meal labels also include fun facts about nutritional attributes, like the vitamins and minerals found in vegetables and the health benefits they might have on your body.

As well as being nutritious, these meals are great for people with a range of dietary restrictions.

And not just vegans and vegetarians: All Sprinly meals are naturally gluten-free, and each individual meal is labeled for other dietary restrictions, like nut-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free, so anyone with allergies specific can enjoy peace of mind. when choosing weekly meals.

Everything is easy to prepare

Sprinly is truly a healthy meal service for busy people. Once you’ve unpacked your week’s worth of meals, all you have to do is stack them in your fridge until you’re ready to eat.

Then you can either enjoy each meal right out of the box (for something like a no-cook salad) or follow the package directions to reheat it in the microwave or on the stovetop.

I’ve enjoyed my meals while working at home, having lunch at the office, and even while traveling on the road, and have found them to be a convenient way to stay healthy on busy days.

I also loved that some meals were labeled “Eat Me Sooner” to make sure anything fresh didn’t go bad. By following these rules, I didn’t notice any deterioration, even waiting for the end of the recommended 5-6 days after delivery.

The packaging is sustainable

It only makes sense that such a plant- and wellness-focused meal delivery service would offer eco-friendly packaging for its products.

Still, I was pleasantly surprised to find compostable insulation liners wrapped in biodegradable plastic, non-toxic and reusable ice packs, and recyclable food boxes and containers in Sprinly’s delivery.

Food containers are even made from 40% recycled materials. (I noticed some of these containers struggled to stay in place, but luckily the surrounding cardboard held everything together without spillage.)

What I do not like

On the left, a spiral vegetable on a white plate taken from above.  On the right, a close-up of the same bowl with the liquid sauce in the bottom.

Credit: Revised / Monica Petrucci

Some details were missed, like soggy sauces and insufficient instructions.

Heating instructions could be better

Each heating recipe gives you instructions for the stovetop or the microwave, whichever you prefer.

I chose to use the microwave for each because I assumed it would be the most popular among consumers, and it was definitely the most convenient for me, especially in places like the office.

But I would have preferred a little more guidance in deciding which reheating method is best for each recipe. For example, the spiralized vegetable bowl left a pool of watery sauce at the bottom of the dish, which I imagine could have been absorbed better when tossed and sautéed in a pan.

I had a similar experience with pasta with pesto, as the sauce also didn’t stick well to noodles in the microwave.

Some Meals Are Not Satisfying

Everything I’ve tried from Sprinly tasted… as healthy as it sounds. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing – I enjoyed them all! But it’s definitely something to consider when comparing your regular eating habits to what Sprinly provides.

Because many meals consist mostly of fresh produce, I sometimes came away feeling less than full. I’m used to filling up on substantial servings of carbs or protein when I eat, but many of these meals lacked substantial servings of either.

The 8-Spice Cashew Vegetable Soup with Citrus Detox Salad, for example, would have benefited from incorporating something like gluten-free rice or bread (or, uh, salad dressing) to further satisfy consumers. The inclusion of chickpeas certainly helped, but it still left me feeling hungry.

There were a few winners, like the pesto pasta with sun-dried tomato cakes – which were tasty, high in protein and filling – and the paprika spinach salad with baked tofu and hemp hearts – which had a excellent flavor and filled me up.

But overall, the calorie count on Sprinly Meals is pretty low; meals with only 300 or 400 calories are usually not enough to get you through to the next meal, especially if you are an active person.

Recipes are repeated regularly

When I learned that Sprinly had been around for six years, I was surprised. I would have guessed it was a newer venture, mainly because the variety of meals is pretty minimal.

Take a look at the menu of the weekyou’ll probably notice a few recipes that repeat throughout the month (or near-repeats, like Mac and Cheese with BBQ Jackfruit and Mac and Cheese with Broccoli and “Bacon,” for example).

Even though every meal I tried from Sprinly was tasty, I would probably get tired of eating the same meals all month long. And if you find something you don’t like, you might be disappointed to see it on the menu so often.

Is Springly worth it?

On the left, pasta primavera in Sprinly plastic packaging.  On the right, the same meal prepared on a white plate.

Credit: Revised / Monica Petrucci

Sprinly’s pasta primavera with cashew “parm” was a healthy comfort food dish.

It depends on your dietary needs

If healthy, organic, plant-based, or gluten-free meals are among your top dietary priorities, you might really like subscribing to Sprinly.

It offers nutritious vegan meals that are tasty and require almost no effort, so you can take the stress out of healthy eating and focus on the already busy days ahead.

But if you’re someone with no dietary restrictions, who favors large portions, there are plenty of other prepared meal services you might enjoy more, like Freshly (our favorite). You might not get quite the same healthy, organic ingredients when you look elsewhere.

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    Springy

    Advantages

    • healthy and fresh

    • No cooking required

    • Sustainable packaging

    The inconvenients

    • Meals are not satisfying

    • The menu repeats frequently