I want to start by saying that I am usually not a big consumer of frozen meals, but I received a coupon for a free one while attending a nutrition conference in Orlando this May. The company (called Luvo) participated as a vendor at the Today’s Dietitian Symposium, and most of us food nerds were glad they did. They passed out samples of some of their most popular frozen meals including Chicken Chile Verde and Kale Ricotta Ravioli. Not too shabby! While I am typically not a big proponent for processed food, you may want to give these meals a try.

Luvo is a new company out of Blaine, Washington. The big difference with Luvo is their interesting flavor combinations and reduced sodium load. The meal I ate contained <500 mg sodium, which in the frozen meal world, is unheard of. Most frozen meals (even the ones dubbed "healthy") contain at least 600 mg per serving with the majority being in the 800 range. The flavor combination was also interesting. I picked out turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes, squash, Brussels sprouts and cranberries. The sauce was slightly spicy and peppery and savory. While there was not a large serving of vegetables in the dish, I appreciated a small amount of chopped zucchini in the turkey loaf. Speaking of which, the turkey meatloaf was delightful! It was the perfect texture- not too tough and not too mushy. It was served with a rich brown gravy. The dish boasts 23 grams of protein, which kept me full for a good 3 hours. Another big difference with Luvo frozen meals is their packaging. You are literally forced to put the food on a plate (versus eating from a tiny plastic black tray). The meal is sealed in an OVEN or microwave safe bag. It is placed seam-side up on a plate and ‘nuked’ for 5-7 minutes. You then ‘shimmy’ (their words) the contents onto a plate. At first I thought it would be a sloppy mess, but surprisingly, it plated up pretty nicely.

Luvo meals will cost you about $3.99 each, which is a bit spendier than your average frozen dishes. But if you think about what you’ll spend (in sheckles and your health) at a fast food or pizza joint, these meals are worth a try! In short, Luvo meals are #nutrigirlapproved.

For more information or to find out where to purchase meals, check out their web site: http://luvoinc.com/

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