Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Sucker For "Healthy" Food Review

My kids will tell you that I'm a sucker for food packaging that says it's organic, all-natural, or healthy. I perceive those words to mean I'm going a step above the "other" prepared and processed foods available at the local grocery. If it's healthy then I'm putting something good into my body and not Red Dye #2, right?
At my last visit to the grocery, I thought I'd check out the frozen food section for quick and light prepared lunches. I usually do not buy such meals, however, I was curious at what was available. All the "diet" brands were there and then some nicely designed boxes caught my eye. Hmmm, never heard of leViV I thought to myself. The boxes seem to have been purposely designed to be soothing, yet colorful. I picked up a box and read the back with the company mission on it. "Enjoyable" , "pleasure", "healthier", "living well" all seemed to jump out at me. Instead of "you had me from hello" from the movie Jerry Maguire, leViv had me at "healthier" from the get go. I narrowed my choices down to three entrees to try for those days I wanted a quick lunch.
Today I tried the Spinach and Broccoli Lasagna with Tomato Ragu and Mozzarella Cheese. Makes your mouth water just reading that, doesn't it?! I popped it into the microwave for a quick five minutes and couldn't wait to taste it. The first flavor was definitely the taste of fresh spinach and tomatoes. Great, we're off to a pleasantly surprising start! Next bite tasted the same as did the third bite. I added some freshly ground black pepper and tried again. This time I got a hint of broccoli flavor, but the predominant flavor was still spinach. When I have any type of lasagna, I must admit that I enjoy the gooey mozzarella cheese. However, I could see the cheese adhered to my fork, but I couldn't taste it. I flipped the box over and read that it had light mozzarella cheese as an ingredient. I admit that I had to add some of my own mozzarella so that I could taste the flavor, not just see it. I did finish the entree, but for my palette it just doesn't have enough flavor.
I went to the company website and discovered that leViv actually ships their product directly to the consumer. (Why then was my local grocery carrying this product???). They seem to cater to those with health issues such as diabetes and heart conditions that actually need a strict diet. I applaud leViv for helping those that do have a hard time with their special food needs. How great is it that one can order 28 days worth of meals delivered right to the comfort of your home?
I still can't wait to try the other two meals I have in the freezer, but I hope they leave my tastebuds tingling with spice.The entree was tasty overall for it's garden fresh flavor, however, be aware that you will probably need to add your own spices and seasonings to suit your taste buds.

1 comment:

  1. LOVE IT! Thanks for this! Keep the good reviews and ideas coming!