We read today the very sad report by The Children’s Food Trust in the news saying that children are being sent to school with cold chips or just packets of biscuits in their lunch boxes. Now this makes us very sad, as all children (and adults for that matter) deserve healthy, nutritious food in their pack ups!
We have heard that the Government’s advisors have recommended that schools ban packed lunches in favour of healthier school dinners, which thanks to Mr O. are in a much better state than they used to be. …..but there seems to be some way still to go! As it is at the moment we would be firmly in camp packed lunch if Lizzie was at school! And…….. you can bet your bottom dollar if it is ‘illegal’ to send your child to school with a nutritious homemade packed lunch when Lizzie is a school girl Becksie will be outside the gates with some kind of poster!
Now we know a lot of people struggle as wages stay still and the costs of everything rise, however if our experiment has shown one thing it is that shopping locally and carefully can save you money, help you eat healthier and fill your food with colour. When Lizzie does hit school age we will make sure her packed lunch is a) nutritious b) looks beautiful c) tastes beautiful and d) has a little homemade sweet treat in, either a little cake or pastry!
Now packed lunches are not just for kids, and Ian being a money saver has always believed in packed lunches, far preferring to save money and eat what food we have as opposed to splurging money on food each lunchtime. That was until Ian got his current job, however, where for most of the year he gets a free meal every lunchtime – a nice little perk to his job! There are 8 weeks of the year however where the kitchen is shut and he is back to heading off in the morning with his lunch in his little bag, and far from being upset by this he loves the chance to enjoy a little pack up!!
Whether it is sandwiches, fruit, last night’s leftovers or a salad, for Team Pugh packed lunches are a world of possibilities. Frozen batch cooked ready meals also make a great packed lunch, defrosted by lunch time and a tasty, hearty meal!
Ian read a great article a few weeks ago (he can’t remember where) about how to make the most of your packed lunch, and borrowing a few of these and some of our own here are our top five packed lunch tips for children and adults!
Make it look pretty and appealing and colourful
Throw in a tasty treat for the end
Always decant the food onto a plate and eat it with proper cutlery!
Try and vary the contents every day
Don’t be afraid to take a little bit more food, afternoon snacks are great for the 3 o’clock dip (and
maybe take a little morning snack so you are not tempted to start eating your lunch at 10 am)!