Whenever I talk to people about what it would take to lead a truly “healthy eating” lifestyle… I find myself always saying this:

“Ugh it’s so HARD to consistently eat really healthy though.”

And that’s true. Eating SUPER healthy all the time (not half assing it with a salad here and there) is hard AF because of the time and commitment it takes. And money.

Cyn and I were talking about this recently.

She and I don’t cook much. I’ve tried (<– major keyword) to make a habit of upping my cooking skills and doing more of it… but it’s not enough. Saying “I cook sometimes!” would be a stretch. Cyn? She has pretty much flat out given up on cooking. I believe, “too much work with little reward” were her exact words. AKA she’s not diggin’ the food she makes /her cooking skills are NOT on point. She knows it– it’s not even mean of me to say!

This is a photo of her fridge 99.9% of the time:

Empty ass fridge

Speaking of making time. We’d both like to be the types that wake up super early to go to the Farmer’s Market. But the fact is, we just don’t have make the time to go to a Farmer’s Market for produce shopping. (It’s only fun for me if there’s a bomb ass food truck there- Cyn). But let’s say we actually did go to them… we wouldn’t know WTF to look for or buy. We’d probably just be like, “this green shit… should we get this?” followed by, “now what do we actually do with it?”

Next to having a personal chef in the house (Goals!), to us… food delivery services seem more practical for making *really* healthy eating a part of our lifestyle. They just seem perfect for us girls on the go who, bluntly put… just doesn’t want to put in the time OR effort it takes to really be that healthy alllllllll the time. You know? We gotta be realistic. And maybe you can relate! Or maybe you’re also just interested in food delivery services like we are!

Now the problems we found with a lot of food delivery services were:

1. Lots of product waste due to companies not being able to anticipate demand.

2. Too expensive.

3. Most of them aren’t actually *that* healthy. Many of them are not healthy at ALL.

4. A lot of them don’t source locally. And just because we don’t shop at Farmer’s Markets doesn’t mean we don’t want to support local businesses! Same goals, different ways of getting there, y’all.

We did our research… and the one we liked the best? THISTLE. Literally knocked out all four of own concerns.

First, they’re a subscription service – AKA- they can better anticipate demand and thus waste less food. (They also donate their leftovers!) When it comes to cost, this company is able keep it down by buying product in bulk. Even better, their product is comprised of only organic ingredients AND locally sourced. Sweet! Also cool- no delivery fee. Ever. But the most important part to know? This service is VEGAN (+ gluten-free and dairy-free!)

Now… I know, I know. You might be thinking… uhmm nooo thanks. BYE. (Unless, you know… you’re Vegan.) *I so wish I was disciplined enough to be Vegan*

But don’t judge yet. Thistle is a Vegan service at it’s core, yes… HOWEVER, they offer MEAT options too! Holla! (Obviously that was the main kicker for getting Cyn to try it with me.)

Let’s further drive this home on why we love THISTLE shall we?! Well… we were first intrigued because we had heard great reviews. People saying that they were astonished at how “good” this insanely healthy food tasted. How they loved their customer service. How they loved the changing menus. How accommodating they were with their allergies. How the mission behind it was one they could get behind. I mean… when SFers talk, we listen! And everything we read about the service? All true.

So we tried it out for a week.

This is how it works: (Taken straight from their website.)

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With no delivery fee and it being subscription based– it comes out to about $10 a meal. Pretty damn reasonable for SF. And also much less expensive than most delivery services. And the coolest part? WAY HEALTHY.


Our meals were like… those kinds of meals that you eat and sincerely feel good about yourself after. It felt great to ditch the beige diet for a week (pasta, oatmeal, bread, rice, yogurt… you know the deal) and go for the “rainbow” diet all those health nuts always push on us… for good reason. (Can’t help it, I seriously love you Health nuts out there. Always making me better!)


When it comes down to it, we’d try Thistle again is because the food actually tasted really good. We had oatmeal and acai bowls for breakfast; kale salads and curry bowls for lunch; different juices to drink; hummus and veggies to snack on; chicken and quinoa for dinner. Being as good for you as it was, it was quite bomb my friends.


This is Cyn’s fridge after a day’s delivery of Thistle:


Dead serious, I think this is the only practical way we could eat healthy most of the time. We wouldn’t tell you guys about this ish (and spend all this time writing it and photographing it, lol) unless we actually LOVED it. So do we recommend Thistle? YES.

Care to try it out? You gotta let us know what you think if you do! We got in touch with them and they’re giving Violet Fog readers 20% off on first orders! Way cool! Code = VIOLETFOG

Katey Yurko
Katey || INFP || Founder/Director of Violet Fog ||

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4 Responses

  1. Anthony R

    I don’t think Thistle is new per say, they’ve been around since 2013/14 — also, I believe they aren’t “strictly vegan” (word for word from their website). Interesting, however!

    • Violet Fog
      Violet Fog

      That’s true! They offer meat options! Thanks for chiming in Anthony! 🙂


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