Usually, I love cooking, but this summer has been a real challenge.

The heat has left me uninspired and you can forget about me flipping on a burner.

So when I ate - and it was always at the weirdest times of the day and night - I ate a lot of cheap, processed foods that filled me up but left me empty and lethargic. Sure, I had the strength to take my shaggy-haired Dachshund Leo for his daily walks, but that was about it.

I knew it was time to get real and focus on my overall health by eating better and more wisely. I had to reset my food outlook before the days dwindle down to Fall.

Friends recommended various meal kit services. They looked fine on the surface, but a bit of exploration always revealed flaws. The food isn't organic, it's packed with salt, and they take a super long time to prepare.

So when yet another subscription service was suggested, I rolled my eyes. My friend Laura's charmed by Splendid Spoon because they offer ready-to-eat, plant-based soups, smoothies, and grain bowls delivered right to her door.

But Laura didn't just recommend Splendid Spoon, she gave me one of their smoothies - Mango Guava (with a hint of lime) - mmm.

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Okay, it tasted great, but nothing that yummy can be healthy, right?

Laura assured me that Splendid Spoon's meals are vegan, gluten-free, GMO-free, and high in protein. They're also rich in healthy fats and superfoods like hibiscus, matcha, acai, and turmeric. I was happy to see that processed sugar is nowhere on the menu.

As I savored the final drops of my Splendid Spoon smoothie, I worried that something this filling and flavorful could be beyond my budget. Laura said that Splendid Spoon meals start at around $9 - and they come in pre-portioned servings so you know you're eating the right amount and there's no food waste. Considering the huge number of nutrients in each serving, that's a fantastic deal.

But wouldn't their non-smoothie meals take forever to prepare? Laura shook her empty Blackberry Basil smoothie bottle pointing out that the smoothies arrive ready-to-drink, and Splendid Spoon's soups and grain bowls require mere minutes in the microwave.

Their subscription is super flexible - I can pause or skip at any time. And it couldn't be more convenient with a week's worth of basically ready-to-eat meals delivered right to my doorstep. And I can make selections from their weekly menu or customize my menu from 50+ meals. With such a wealth of recipes and cuisines to sample, I picked a plan and signed up.

I was truly excited about my first shipment. And Splendid Spoon did not disappoint! Everything showed up on time, chilled in sealed packs, and ready to pop in my fridge. Turns out, if I don't get around to eating the soups immediately, they'll keep in the freezer for up to a month.

During the dog days of Summer, I really leaned in on Splendid Spoon's delish smoothies - Mint Chip is my absolute fave. They keep my tummy filled, my system cool. I bet it's ingredients such as acai (strengthens immunity and boosts energy), spirulina (jumpstarts endurance), and baobab (great for your skin!) that have given me a reboot.

On any given night, dinner might be a Roasted Cauliflower Bowl or a Green Goddess Quinoa Bowl starring broccoli to keep my gut health in check and spinach - packed with good stuff like iron and folic acid.

Shortly after my first delivery, I discovered Splendid Spoon's Wellness Shots that contain lemon, oregano, and ginger to fortify my immunity. I do have to give a shout-out to the cleansing power of the nutrient-rich kale in their Detox Shots. I can order shots in a 1, 3, or 5-pack, so I'll have them on hand when I need a boost as we head into Fall.

Splendid Spoon has totally won me over. I'm eating so much better. I feel lighter these days, more energized. I actually look forward to taking Leo for his daily walks. So, Leo loves Splendid Spoon too.

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