Thanksgiving has always been about food.

We suffer through the awkward small talk and often anti-climactic football games for the sake of the meal that awaits us at the end of the day, and even then that "meal" is representative of ethnic cleansing and genocide. But there are a few other pros that lay outside of gorging yourself on mashed potatoes. The holiday always falls on a Thursday, which means you always have a four day weekend. Black Friday is also the following day, so despite whatever infuriating experiences you may have on Thanksgiving with your family, you can at least rest easy knowing you can go out and buy enough stuff to numb the pain.

These reasons alone are enough to warrant celebration. So while you clench your jaw through what is almost guaranteed to be a painfully long afternoon, why not curate some music to help elevate your mood and remind yourself that a four day weekend of relaxation awaits?

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As a mom of two, I'm constantly surrounded by my smart, kind, funny kids who completely drain me. I love them! But I've been getting run down a lot. The bags under my eyes won't budge and my pants are not fitting as well as they used to. I don't have time to make myself lunch during busy mornings, so I spend a silly amount of money on greasy pizza. Most mornings I bribe my kids to get dressed with frozen waffles for breakfast, which means my breakfast without fail is the last few leftover bites eaten quickly over the sink.

After one especially long morning, I spent all lunch smelling some home-cooked deliciousness. One of my colleagues, Sam, was heating up a bowl of noodles with fresh vegetables in what smelt like a tangy sauce. She told me the one daily routine that keeps her sane is her Splendid Spoon bowls of noodles, soups, or grains full of vegetables.

Splendid Spoon is a completely plant-based wellness brand that makes ready-to-eat soups, grain bowls, noodles bowls, and smoothies designed to give you the nutrients you need to feel refreshed and restored. They're made from all vegan ingredients and the meals are very filling, so they're great for losing weight. Splendid Spoon isn't like other pre-made meals because they use whole foods and are packed with nutrients. The recipes are unique to different cultures; no unseasoned chicken with broccoli here.

Sam was eating a bowl of Tangy Ginger Noodles with Carrots & Bell Peppers, which was full of superfoods, or in other words, real grown-up food. When she told me they have a delivery subscription and I could skip grocery shopping with restless kids, I was hooked.

I opted for the Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner + 1 Day Reset Plan. So when my first weekly box arrived it had 5 smoothies, 5 bowls, 5 noddle bowls along with my light soups for my reset. You don't have to do the reset day with the light soups so instead, I decided to have them as snacks throughout the week.

The first morning after getting my first weekly box l tried the Raspberry Cacao Smoothie filled with hidden wholesome ingredients like organic cashew butter, beet juice, and rosewater, was calling my name. Instead of eating the kids' leftovers, I finally had a grown-up breakfast that was just for me. Splendid Spoon smoothies come pre-blended and ready to grab on the way out the door.

Later during lunch, I heated up my Red Beet Buddha Bowl with quinoa. It was so tasty, it put me in such a good mood for the rest of the day. If I'd ordered 5 of the same bowl for the rest of the week, I would have been content, but I ordered a mix of soups, grain bowls, and of course the noodles for those days I was craving extra carbs. My favorite turned out to be the Green Curry Noodles with Broccoli and Lemongrass - I love Thai food, but the kids don't like it, and I hadn't had it in sooo long. I try and get my kids to eat everything, but they're picky and don't complain about chicken tenders, so it's a common dinner staple. Now, at least I don't feel as bad indulging in a honey-mustard-dipped tender myself, knowing I had a healthy breakfast and lunch and dinner all week.

Eating healthier carbs and more of the whole, nutritious ingredients in Splendid Spoon has given me more energy and patience to deal with all the kids in my life. Plus, it's always nice when your skinny jeans zip-up a little easier.

Cold and flu season is well underway, and I know my extra helpings of turmeric, ginger, citrus fruits, tomatoes, and plenty of other immunity boosters are going to help me guard against germs. This year I've got the heftiest workload, but it feels a little more manageable when I treat my body right with plant-based foods. I've been in a food rut for a while and trying Splendid Spoon has definitely shaken up my spirit in the best way.

UPDATE: The folks at Splendid Spoon are extending an exclusive offer to our readers! Follow this link and get $100 Off Most Popular Plans!


For weight management, a solid support system is key. What that looks like can differ for every person. However, the help of a leading organization in the weight loss industry can definitely make a difference.

We looked into the different support systems available and decided that these were some of the most popular: Nutrisystem®, WW® (Weight Watchers®) and Noom®.

Ready to start your weight loss journey? We broke down all three options to help you figure out which is best for you!

Some Key Similarities

  • All three plans are designed for slow and steady, long-term weight loss through healthy changes.
  • All of them have a digital app available to download.
  • All three of the programs promote physical activity but don't require it.
  • All have some sort of access to support or coaching (WW can be in-person) .

Some Key Differences

  • Nutrisystem sends you pre-packaged, pre-portioned meals and snacks right to your door. WW offers some breakfasts, snacks and beverages. Noom doesn't offer any foods.
  • Although all boast success stories, Nutrisystem and WW both have more household name spokespeople like Marie Osmond and Oprah.

Nutrisystem Overview

Nutrisystem has been around for over 45 years, so it's definitely not a fad. They have a strong reputation with a nutritionist-curated diet, featuring foods that don't contain any artificial flavors or sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup or trans fat. They also offer all-new personalized programs that are tailored to you.

One key factor is that you eat six times a day! This helps to prevent hunger and keeps you satisfied as you lose weight. No deprivation!

There are several different Nutrisystem plans available. The one you select will depend on your menu preferences and how many meals you want to make yourself. They even have a diabetes plan, a partner plan and an option for vegetarians!

Nutrisystem provides easy and convenient versions of your favorite foods, including Homestyle Pancakes, Chicken Parmesan and Chocolate Cupcakes. They frequently update the menu with new and seasonal items.

When you're ready to transition to weight maintenance, you can still purchase your favorite convenient Nutrisystem foods and enjoy the tips, recipes and success stories on their blog and app.

What we like the most about Nutrisystem is that the meal plan is simple and easy to follow! Instead of worrying about your next meal, you have perfectly portioned options waiting for you in the pantry or freezer. You also still get to enjoy flexibility with delicious grocery additions and Flex meals. Cook up a family favorite or dine out on occasion at your favorite restaurant. With a balanced meal plan and so many tasty options, you'll stay away from mindless snacking, lose weight and learn how to keep it off.

Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem
Weight Loss Made Easy
Ready To Eat Meals, Delivered To Your Door

Get 50% Off Now!

WW Overview

The more recognizable Weight Watchers recently rebranded to WW, with the tagline "Wellness That Works." The program works on a point system; foods and snacks are assigned a certain number of points and you have an allotted number of points or calories each day.

There are a great deal of zero point foods like certain fruits, vegetables and soups, plus an app that boasts individual customization.

On the app, they match you with a color (blue, green or purple) and offer food choices and point breakdowns for your goals. They also have recipes, workouts and a social network of users.

You might be able to find WW in-person meetings near you..

WW has three different plans with different pricing and features. These range from a Digital membership to a combination of Digital and Workshops and Coaching.

Weight Watchers

Noom Overview

The newest company in the space, Noom, is strictly app-centric with a focus on behavior modification techniques, tracking, and customization.

You begin with a lengthy quiz to determine what kind of recommendations they'll make for you (like if you need physical modifications or have allergies). They require a few minutes a day to give you a plan on exercises, foods to eat, and habits to break.

There aren't any official Noom foods or exercise classes.

Noom

Final Notes

Judging by the success stories, all three programs can work! It's wonderful that there are supportive solutions to weight loss.

You could try them each for yourself. However we're fans of Nutrisystem. The convenience of having your foods delivered (and the fact that they're tasty and filling!) means you may not be as tempted to veer away from your goals.

Getting a four-week meal plan delivered just makes everything so easy. Depending on your plan, you're still able to eat your own food or even celebrate with food in a smart way. Their longevity in the business is a testament to their success. Plus, reading Marie Osmond's story is always so inspiring.

Finally, you're buying actual food and a meal plan instead of just directions. We don't want a weight loss plan that doesn't include something to eat.

Choosing Nutrisystem means starting a weight loss journey with confidence. It's one of the strongest support systems out there!

UPDATE: The awesome folks at Nutrisystem are extending a new special offer to our readers. Save 50% OFF Nutrisystem Meals!


*We received complimentary Nutrisystem food for the purposes of this review. All opinions and results are those of Topdust's staff and may differ from yours. This content is sponsored by Nutrisystem.


For weight management, a solid support system is key. What that looks like can differ for every person. However, the help of a leading organization in the weight loss industry can definitely make a difference.

We looked into the different support systems available and decided that these were some of the most popular: Nutrisystem®, WW® (Weight Watchers®) and Noom®.

Ready to start your weight loss journey? We broke down all three options to help you figure out which is best for you!

Some Key Similarities

  • All three plans are designed for slow and steady, long-term weight loss through healthy changes.
  • All of them have a digital app available to download.
  • All three of the programs promote physical activity but don't require it.
  • All have some sort of access to support or coaching (WW can be in-person) .

Some Key Differences

  • Nutrisystem sends you pre-packaged, pre-portioned meals and snacks right to your door. WW offers some breakfasts, snacks and beverages. Noom doesn't offer any foods.
  • Although all boast success stories, Nutrisystem and WW both have more household name spokespeople like Marie Osmond and Oprah.

Nutrisystem Overview

Nutrisystem has been around for over 45 years, so it's definitely not a fad. They have a strong reputation with a nutritionist-curated diet, featuring foods that don't contain any artificial flavors or sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup or trans fat. They also offer all-new personalized programs that are tailored to you.

One key factor is that you eat six times a day! This helps to prevent hunger and keeps you satisfied as you lose weight. No deprivation!

There are several different Nutrisystem plans available. The one you select will depend on your menu preferences and how many meals you want to make yourself. They even have a diabetes plan, a partner plan and an option for vegetarians!

Nutrisystem provides easy and convenient versions of your favorite foods, including Homestyle Pancakes, Chicken Parmesan and Chocolate Cupcakes. They frequently update the menu with new and seasonal items.

When you're ready to transition to weight maintenance, you can still purchase your favorite convenient Nutrisystem foods and enjoy the tips, recipes and success stories on their blog and app.

What we like the most about Nutrisystem is that the meal plan is simple and easy to follow! Instead of worrying about your next meal, you have perfectly portioned options waiting for you in the pantry or freezer. You also still get to enjoy flexibility with delicious grocery additions and Flex meals. Cook up a family favorite or dine out on occasion at your favorite restaurant. With a balanced meal plan and so many tasty options, you'll stay away from mindless snacking, lose weight and learn how to keep it off.

Nutrisystem

Nutrisystem
Weight Loss Made Easy
Ready To Eat Meals, Delivered To Your Door

Get 50% Off Now!

WW Overview

The more recognizable Weight Watchers recently rebranded to WW, with the tagline "Wellness That Works." The program works on a point system; foods and snacks are assigned a certain number of points and you have an allotted number of points or calories each day.

There are a great deal of zero point foods like certain fruits, vegetables and soups, plus an app that boasts individual customization.

On the app, they match you with a color (blue, green or purple) and offer food choices and point breakdowns for your goals. They also have recipes, workouts and a social network of users.

You might be able to find WW in-person meetings near you..

WW has three different plans with different pricing and features. These range from a Digital membership to a combination of Digital and Workshops and Coaching.

Weight Watchers

Noom Overview

The newest company in the space, Noom, is strictly app-centric with a focus on behavior modification techniques, tracking, and customization.

You begin with a lengthy quiz to determine what kind of recommendations they'll make for you (like if you need physical modifications or have allergies). They require a few minutes a day to give you a plan on exercises, foods to eat, and habits to break.

There aren't any official Noom foods or exercise classes.

Noom

Final Notes

Judging by the success stories, all three programs can work! It's wonderful that there are supportive solutions to weight loss.

You could try them each for yourself. However we're fans of Nutrisystem. The convenience of having your foods delivered (and the fact that they're tasty and filling!) means you may not be as tempted to veer away from your goals.

Getting a four-week meal plan delivered just makes everything so easy. Depending on your plan, you're still able to eat your own food or even celebrate with food in a smart way. Their longevity in the business is a testament to their success. Plus, reading Marie Osmond's story is always so inspiring.

Finally, you're buying actual food and a meal plan instead of just directions. We don't want a weight loss plan that doesn't include something to eat.

Choosing Nutrisystem means starting a weight loss journey with confidence. It's one of the strongest support systems out there!

UPDATE: The awesome folks at Nutrisystem are extending a new special offer to our readers. Save 50% OFF Nutrisystem Meals!

*We received complimentary Nutrisystem food for the purposes of this review. All opinions and results are those of Topdust's staff and may differ from yours. This content is sponsored by Nutrisystem.

We've all heard the term vegan a lot more in the past few years, but many people shy away from making plant-based choices because they're assumed to be boring and not as filling.

You don't have to convert to veganism to enjoy its benefits. Incorporating more vegan meals into your week will not only have a massive positive impact on your health but also on the environment. Many people don't know where to start when it comes to plant-based meals, and that's where vegan food delivery companies come in.

There's a lot of them out there, so we've outlined everything you need to know about the two best: Purple Carrot & Splendid Spoon.

Key Similarities

  • Both meal delivery services are 100% Vegan.
  • Both are subscriptions that let you tweak, pause, or cancel at any time.
  • Both offer a range of meals inspired by worldly cuisines like Mexican, Italian, and Indian.
  • Both are Non-GMO and mostly organic.
  • Both offer multiple plans -
    • Splendid Spoon has Breakfast, Breakfast + Lunch, and Breakfast, Lunch and Reset options.
    • Purple Carrot has High-Protein, Gluten-Free, Quick & Easy, or Chef's Choice plans.

Key Differences

  • Purple Carrot can take up to 40 minutes to prepare, whereas Splendid Spoon's smoothies arrive ready to drink, and their soups and grain bowls only require a couple of minutes in the microwave.
  • Splendid Spoon has a lot more breakfast options - there are 15 smoothie flavors to choose from every week, whereas Purple Carrot's Breakfast plan only has 2 to choose from a week.
  • Purple Carrot only has 2 lunch recipes + 8 dinner recipes per week, but Splendid Spoon has 30 soup and grain bowl varieties
  • Splendid Spoon also offers immunity-boosting wellness shots.
  • Splendid Spoon is slightly more affordable - their breakfast and lunch plan costs $9.50 per meal, whereas Purple Carrot's 2 serving plan works out to $11.99 a serving, and their 4 serving plan costs $9.99 a serving.

Splendid Spoon Overview

You can't fault Splendid Spoon on convenience. All of their meals require little to no prep, and the range of ingredients they use is pretty impressive. All of their smoothies, soups, and grain bowls are filled with nutrient-dense superfoods like Plantains (packed with Vitamins A & B6 to keep energy levels up), Sorghum (keeps hair and nails healthy and strong), and Navy Beans (helps maintain good blood sugar levels) to name a few.

What sets Splendid Spoon apart is that they are constantly evolving their product offering. Vegan food doesn't have to be boring, so always having something new to try is what keeps Splendid Spoon's customers coming back for more

Their large range of recipes includes options like Cauliflower Tikka, Vegetable Bolognese Bowl, and Cuban Black Bean Bowl. Customers report that all of the Splendid Spoons meals are delicious, contain fresh ingredients, and keep them feeling full throughout the day.

Plus, if you're feeling a little run down, their line of Reset Soups and wellness shots could be just what the doctor ordered! The Reset Range includes 5 light, superfood-packed soups designed to help you reset your digestive system, and the immunity-boosting wellness shots, which contain lemon and ginger, are made to give you a quick hit of goodness on the go.

Splendid Spoon
Ready-To-Eat Vegan & Vegetarian Meals
Delivered to Your Door
Follow This Link For $15 Off!

Purple Carrot Overview

Everybody has heard of meal kits, and Purple Carrot has set themself apart from the rest by offering a fully vegan line. Every week, you get to choose from 8 mouth-watering plant-based recipes, and Purple Carrot will send you all of the pre-portioned ingredients you need to make a delicious home-cooked meal. Beet Burgers with Smoky Tomato Aioli, Vegetable Panang Curry, and Lemon Miso Pasta are just some of the elevated vegan dishes on offer.

A lot of Purple Carrot meals take up to 40 minutes to prepare and require chopping, not to mention cooking and clean up time. If you're someone who likes to cook, this is fine, but if you want healthy meals that are also super convenient, then Purple Carrot might not be a good fit for you.

Their range of recipes is also very small, and it's hard to know if recipes get repeated a lot because you can't see any future menus. If you're going to sign up for a subscription, you should know what's on offer in the coming weeks, and Purple Carrot provides zero transparency into that.

Final Note

Both Purple Carrot and Splendid Spoon have brought vegan cuisine up a notch with their impressive offerings. But if you're looking for convenience, variety, and affordability, we highly recommend Splendid Spoon.

Purple Carrot simply takes too long to prepare, and their small range of recipes really lets them down. Plus, we noticed that a lot of their meals have a much higher fat content than Splendid Spoon.

Just because something is vegan doesn't mean it's healthy, and a lot of people fall into this trap. Splendid Spoon not only contains a massive amount of superfoods, but their sugar and fat content is also impressively low. Splendid Spoon makes healthy food for busy people.

The folks at Splendid Spoon are extending an exclusive offer to our readers! Follow this link and get $15 OFF the Most Popular Plans!

We've all heard the term vegan a lot more in the past few years, but many people shy away from making plant-based choices because they're assumed to be boring and not as filling.

You don't have to convert to veganism to enjoy its benefits. Incorporating more vegan meals into your week will not only have a massive positive impact on your health but also on the environment. Many people don't know where to start when it comes to plant-based meals, and that's where vegan food delivery companies come in.

There's a lot of them out there, so we've outlined everything you need to know about the two best: Purple Carrot & Splendid Spoon.

Key Similarities

  • Both meal delivery services are 100% Vegan.
  • Both are subscriptions that let you tweak, pause, or cancel at any time.
  • Both offer a range of meals inspired by worldly cuisines like Mexican, Italian, and Indian.
  • Both are Non-GMO and mostly organic.
  • Both offer multiple plans -
    • Splendid Spoon has Breakfast, Breakfast + Lunch, and Breakfast, Lunch and Reset options.
    • Purple Carrot has High-Protein, Gluten-Free, Quick & Easy, or Chef's Choice plans.

Key Differences

  • Purple Carrot can take up to 40 minutes to prepare, whereas Splendid Spoon's smoothies arrive ready to drink, and their soups and grain bowls only require a couple of minutes in the microwave.
  • Splendid Spoon has a lot more breakfast options - there are 15 smoothie flavors to choose from every week, whereas Purple Carrot's Breakfast plan only has 2 to choose from a week.
  • Purple Carrot only has 2 lunch recipes + 8 dinner recipes per week, but Splendid Spoon has 30 soup and grain bowl varieties
  • Splendid Spoon also offers immunity-boosting wellness shots.
  • Splendid Spoon is slightly more affordable - their breakfast and lunch plan costs $9.50 per meal, whereas Purple Carrot's 2 serving plan works out to $11.99 a serving, and their 4 serving plan costs $9.99 a serving.

Splendid Spoon Overview

You can't fault Splendid Spoon on convenience. All of their meals require little to no prep, and the range of ingredients they use is pretty impressive. All of their smoothies, soups, and grain bowls are filled with nutrient-dense superfoods like Plantains (packed with Vitamins A & B6 to keep energy levels up), Sorghum (keeps hair and nails healthy and strong), and Navy Beans (helps maintain good blood sugar levels) to name a few.

What sets Splendid Spoon apart is that they are constantly evolving their product offering. Vegan food doesn't have to be boring, so always having something new to try is what keeps Splendid Spoon's customers coming back for more

Their large range of recipes includes options like Cauliflower Tikka, Vegetable Bolognese Bowl, and Cuban Black Bean Bowl. Customers report that all of the Splendid Spoons meals are delicious, contain fresh ingredients, and keep them feeling full throughout the day.

Plus, if you're feeling a little run down, their line of Reset Soups and wellness shots could be just what the doctor ordered! The Reset Range includes 5 light, superfood-packed soups designed to help you reset your digestive system, and the immunity-boosting wellness shots, which contain lemon and ginger, are made to give you a quick hit of goodness on the go.

Splendid Spoon
Ready-To-Eat Vegan & Vegetarian Meals
Delivered to Your Door
Follow This Link For Free Shipping!

Purple Carrot Overview

Everybody has heard of meal kits, and Purple Carrot has set themself apart from the rest by offering a fully vegan line. Every week, you get to choose from 8 mouth-watering plant-based recipes, and Purple Carrot will send you all of the pre-portioned ingredients you need to make a delicious home-cooked meal. Beet Burgers with Smoky Tomato Aioli, Vegetable Panang Curry, and Lemon Miso Pasta are just some of the elevated vegan dishes on offer.

A lot of Purple Carrot meals take up to 40 minutes to prepare and require chopping, not to mention cooking and clean up time. If you're someone who likes to cook, this is fine, but if you want healthy meals that are also super convenient, then Purple Carrot might not be a good fit for you.

Their range of recipes is also very small, and it's hard to know if recipes get repeated a lot because you can't see any future menus. If you're going to sign up for a subscription, you should know what's on offer in the coming weeks, and Purple Carrot provides zero transparency into that.

Final Note

Both Purple Carrot and Splendid Spoon have brought vegan cuisine up a notch with their impressive offerings. But if you're looking for convenience, variety, and affordability, we highly recommend Splendid Spoon.

Purple Carrot simply takes too long to prepare, and their small range of recipes really lets them down. Plus, we noticed that a lot of their meals have a much higher fat content than Splendid Spoon.

Just because something is vegan doesn't mean it's healthy, and a lot of people fall into this trap. Splendid Spoon not only contains a massive amount of superfoods, but their sugar and fat content is also impressively low. Splendid Spoon makes healthy food for busy people.

Follow this Link to Order Splendid Spoon Today and Get FREE Shipping!