Luvo – A Review 

Disclaimer: I received Luvo meals to review  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!

I am a runner. I train for marathons, and when I train I become a bottomless pit – so I’ve been told. While I have gotten much better about how I eat and actually cooking for myself, I still find it difficult at times to whip up something that has good nutritional value when I am in a hurry. Specifically something with veggies. My go to is usually some kind of snack bar, pretzels, nuts or grilled cheese sandwich (yum!). Of course, we all know it is easier if we meal prep. But I don’t like to do that. I don’t want to be stuck with one meal choice. Sometimes I want multiple choices. Sometimes what I planned for the day doesn’t sound good and I want something else. I think Luvo is perfect for this situation. People, who need nutritious food, and need it now.

I received 5 meals from Luvo to eat, then review. 4 entrees and 1 breakfast. All of the food I got is vegetarian friendly:

  • Kale Ricotta Ravioli – 4g fiber, 11g protein, 250 calories. If kale is in a product/meal it can be hit or miss for me. This was a hit. The kale with the red sauce was a good choice. I did not like the cheese because it was rubbery, so I took the cheese off my ravioli, added some pepper for a little more flavor and it was a decent meal.
  • Quinoa & Vegetable Enchiladas – 10g fiber, 13g protein, 370 calories. Remember when you were a kid and you ate those kid frozen meals with the penguin on them? Or was that just me? Either way, I remeber getting the enchiladas and they were hard from being cooked in the microwave and they tasted stale. These were the opposite and I think it is due to the packaging of the meals. The enchiladas were perfectly cooked, as were the beans and rice. However, the cheese was rubbery so I did not eat that.
  • Roasted Vegetable Lasagna – 7g fiber, 12g protein, 250 calories. This was my second favorite meal. I liked the flavor of the butternut squash with the tomatoes, but overall it was a little bland. The lasagna was well cooked and the cheese with this meal was good, not rubbery.
  • Vegetable Coconut Curry Pilaf – 6g fiber, 6g protein, 300 calories (this meal wasn’t on their website. I got the info from myfitnesspal, so it could be off). Unfortunately,  I did not like anything about this meal. I cooked it for the recommended time but the rice was still a little undercooked, while the veggies were over cooked. However, the curry flavor was good.

  • Steel-Cut Oatmeal – 6g fiber, 6g protein, 260 calories. This was my favorite Luvo meal. I love steel cut oats for breakfast so this was perfect! I liked that the fruit and coconut shreds gave it a just a bit of sweetness.

Another thing about me and food, I am really picky with what I eat. I like fresh ingredients and I tend to have a sensitive stomach. So those are 2 things I kept in consideration when I ate each meal. I am happy to say that none of the meals upset my sensitive tummy, but I overall I did find that they were lacking in flavor. Here are my thoughts on Luvo meals:

Pros: 

  • The meals are steamed in pouches. I think the food tasted better than other frozen meals that are cooked in plastic.
  • Convenient, fast meals.
  • You have the option to cook in the oven. I think they are better when cooked in the oven, however that does take away from the quickness of the meal if that is what you are looking for.
  • For frozen meals, they are surprisingly low in sodium. Less than 500 grams in each meal.
  • They have veggie options. And for the meat eaters, they use meat that is raised without hormones or antibiotics.
  • Gluten free options.
  • No GMOs.
  • No artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

Cons

  • The meals are not as attractive as they are on the package or website (see my ravioli picture below)
  • The meals are a little bland for my taste.
  • The cheese with the ravioli and enchilada meals came out as a rubbery blob. No bueno.

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Overall I really like Luvo as a company. They donate food to people and organizations, they care about their ingredients, and are offering nutritious meals that are good for when you are on the go. I appreciate all of those things. Of all the meals I had the Steel-Cut Oatmeal  was my favorite. In fact, I will be purchasing some of their oatmeal because as a runner on the go I think this is a great breakfast option for me.

Thank you to Luvo for your value on nutrition, caring about where your ingredients come from and for this opportunity to try your meals.

Check out what my fellow BibRave Pros thought about their Luvo meals:

Bradford –  Trail Running Faith

Sarah – Sweet Blonde’s Fit Life

Karen – Reason To Play

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