I’m a big fan of the bowls being offered by various Mexican, Mediterranean and other chains these days. As a Celiac who cannot eat gluten, these have been a great replacement for when I am traveling and need a quick, healthy bite.
At home, I have prepared my own bowls, usually a mixture of rice, black beans, some veggies, an egg, with some chia and/or hemp seeds. Still, there are times when I am busy with work, training and other commitments, and I just want something quick and healthy.
That’s where Luvo Foods comes in.
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All of the bowls I sampled are gluten free and vegan, with zero cholesterol.
First up for me was the Hawaiian Un-fried Rice bowl. The mushrooms and cashews gave it an interesting flavor (and masked the taste of the peas, which I detest). It has just 360 calories, 14g of fat, 7g of fiber and 10g of protein. And, like all the other bowls, there is no added sugar.
A week later, I literally faced a 16-hour layover at home between work trips. I was so thankful to be able to pop another bowl into the microwave while I cooled down from a workout. The Great Karma Coconut Curry bowl is a tasty combination of sweet and spicy. It features garbanzo beans, butternut squash with a coconut milk base. This bowl has 330 calories, 15g of fat, 9g of fiber and 10g of protein.
I have also tried the So Cal Kale and Bean, which did not disappoint. I actually thought the beans would give it additional protein but it has about the same as the others. This bowl has 300 calories, 7g of fat, 11g of fiber and 10g of protein.
Last but not least I tried the flavorful Chana Masala, which blends herbs and spices into a tasty bowl. The ingredients include black lentils, cauliflower and garbanzo beans. This bowl has 270 calories, 9g of fat, 17g of fiber and 11g of protein.
Luvo has dozens of different bowls. Some are gluten free. Some are vegan. Some are both.
To find the ones that fit your diet the best, Luvo provides a handy Diets & Allergens tab. An easy click on a category — gluten free, vegan or vegetarian, as well as nut free and dairy free — allows the customer to see their options.
Overall, I really liked each of the bowls. They are convenient for a quick bite, especially after a run or workout, since they only need four minutes in the microwave. Options are plentiful and the taste is great for a packaged product.