Disclosure: I received samples of Luvo frozen meals as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! All opinions are my own.
Being a busy young professional means working late and busy weeks are sometimes unavoidable. Being a runner means when weeks are busy, sometimes I have to go straight from work to the gym to get my workouts in. My weakness to avoid hangriness when life gets hectic is fast food (I’m looking at you, Chick Fil A). While that’s not a bad thing once in awhile, or in moderation, eating unhealthy can make me feel sluggish and foggy, which is not ideal when I need to function at a high level. Luckily, there are options available to keep at home, or in the freezer at work, when I need to fuel up quickly! I’m so glad I got the opportunity to try a variety of the Luvo frozen meals and flavors through being a Bib Rave Pro.
Part of the Luvo philosophy is to “make it easy to make good choices by creating wholesome, nutritious meals that taste amazing,” which ties right into my desire to make healthier choices and avoid those dreaded hangry moments! Now that I have been able to try out a variety of Luvo flavors, I can truly say that I will be keeping a spare Luvo meal in the fridge at work for late nights.
One of the greatest aspects of Luvo’s frozen meals is the way they are prepared. For those of you that are concerned about the safety of microwaving food in plastic, you don’t have to worry about that with Luvo! You’ll microwave your meal for about 4-6 minutes (depending on the meal) in a brown, self-venting, microwave-safe bag. This method steams the meal in a way that is different from traditional TV dinners. You’ll let the bag sit for one minute after the the microwave stops, which helps lock in the flavors. Once the cooking process is completed (in under 10 minutes), you’ll “shimmy” the meal out onto a plate.
The result is a fast and flavorful meal, and one that actually tastes fresh. It makes that late night at the office, lunch at your desk, or evening when you don’t feel like cooking, go much more smoothly. It means that I am less likely to cave in and eat fast food, run without being well-fueled, or drive home hangry.
The flavors I had the pleasure of trying were the Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, Tandoori-Inspired Spiced Chicken, Orange Mango Chicken, Chicken in BBQ Sauce and Chicken Chile Verde. They all tasted delicious, not like those bland, unhealthy chicken pot pies that got me through college (oops). My favorite was the Roasted Vegetable Lasagna, with the Tandoori-Inspired Spiced Chicken coming in at a close second.
A few important ways that Luvo’s meals stand apart from other frozen options includes:
Low in sugar: the highest sugar in any meal I sampled was 16 grams, from the Orange Mango Chicken, which makes sense. The rest had less than 10 grams, and Luvo doesn’t use HFCS.
Low in calories: nothing I tried had more than 300 calories.
High in protein: each meal I tested had 12 – 25 grams of protein.
A daily serving of fruits and veggies in each meal: because I can’t be the only one who struggles to get these in.
Minimally processed/no artificial flavors and colors: it’s always nice to know your food isn’t swimming in chemicals.
Prices range from around $3-$5… they are slightly pricier than other options out there; I think the price is worth it though, for peace of mind that you’re getting a healthy, fresh, flavorful meal. You can truly see and taste a difference in the ingredients. You can read more on the company and their values at www.luvoinc.com… and there are some coupons you can use to try them for yourself here: http://luvoinc.com/promotions/#iLc7P4qqii5c9c25.97
What healthy eating tips to do you have for eating right on a time crunch?
Cheers to delicious, nutritious frozen meals!