The new wave of millennials has certainly brought a new type of surf to the world. There are so many fads and new ‘things’ to do, try, eat, experience and live and this has certainly shown lots of us oldies (I’m including me in that) a new way of life.
One of the things that doesn’t change though is food. Food is always going to be around. Be it lean, fatty, protein heavy, full of carbs, totally unhealthy or totally good for you, it’s the one constant in life that you can absolutely rely on. What one person would say is ‘good food’ another would say is ‘bad for you’ so you’re never going to win. However, I do like to try and keep a good balance.
Growing up we’re told we need to eat more vegetables and some people have taken it as far as never touching meat again. Others have gone the opposite way and can’t so much as let a floret of broccoli pass their lips (Taylor, I’m looking at you – he’s one of my brothers). Either way you’ll always be catered for.
BOL food are on a mission and feel they have a responsibility to change the way we eat. They believe we need to eat less meat and more plants so that we’re able to be kinder to our planet. BOL came around in 2014 with the help of expert nutritionists, top chefs and friends who felt the same way about food as Paul, the founder. Their mission is to make it easy for us to eat more plants, especially when we’re stuck for time. I’ve been tasting a few bits from their ranges and really think they’ve tapped into a great market.
Now, it doesn’t matter if you’re a full on vegan, vegetarian or meat eater because there are BOL jars for everyone.
BOL Salad Jars
I first came across BOL salad jars at a Christmas in July event earlier this year. I came away with one of each and was so excited to try them. There are four in this range; Mediterranean, Japanese, Mexican and Super Salad.
Each of the salads are layered within reusable, screw top jars which is fab. I’ve washed quite a few out and now keep some of the boys smaller toys in there (those swords for pop up pirate would be a goner without this kind of storage solution). They’re also great for using in the pantry as you can display all your dry foods and you’re not paying any extra for them.
The salads inside each come with their own separate pot of dressing and a fork which is amazing when you’re on the go and don’t have any cutlery to hand. It also means you can choose to wet the salad with your dressing, or you can leave the dressing off – something which isn’t usually an option.
The salad is so crisp, fresh and crunchy and the bits that have been cooked still have an incredibly good bite to them. There’s nothing worse than a soaking, wilting salad and I don’t think you’ve got any problems here.
Each BOL salad tasted different and had incorporated different aspects of each type of food. It wasn’t all plain sailing for me though.
I adored the Mediterranean jar, it was probably my favourite although I though it could’ve done with a little bit more feta cheese. However, I love cheese and would just eat it by the block if I could, but the butternut squash and the chickpeas were divine.
I really enjoyed the Mexican BOL salad, it had just enough kick but it wasn’t overbearingly hot or spicy and it basically just felt like I was eating a good old taco without the actual taco.
The Super Green Salad jar was utterly divine. My favourite thing in here was the chargrilled sprouts – they were so, so good and I could have eaten a whole jar of those on their own. This is actually one of the salads I would consider making in bulk at home and eating throughout the week.
The Japanese was probably my least favourite. I don’t really know what it was because it smelled nice, it tasted delicious in parts but other bits were a bit.. lacking? I don’t know, I just don’t think this one was for me. I would be happy to try it again if I can get my hands on one but it’s probably not the first one I’d reach for on the shelf.
Every BOL Salad Jar is designed to be a full meal that’s delicious as well as nutritious. All the ingredients are beautifully fresh and each jar contains 2 of your 5-a-day. They’re also great if you’re watching calories with no more than 350 calories per jar. I can highly recommend these if you’re on the go and obviously you can reuse the jars, what’s not to love?
BOL Vegetable Pots
I can’t find these anywhere to physically review but this is the other range that BOL have. The meals sound absolutely killer; Thai coconut curry, Sri Lankan sambar, Mexican sweet potato chilli and Jamaican jerk curry. Oh yes!
Each one is a hot meal packed with fresh natural ingredients. Like the salad jars these also contain 2 of your 5-a-day and are low in salt and sugar and you’ll never consume more than 400 calories.
BOL promise to make sure their food is always interesting, healthy and deliciously good for you. They’re doing well so far! I don’t actually mind a meat free meal every now and again and wouldn’t mind cutting down on meat one or two days a week. My husband, on the other hand, might take some convincing! So give them a go. Eat plants, love life!
*I received these products in return for a review. All views and opinions are my own.