Sometimes when I’ve been out shopping, I need to have lunch, I don’t want very much, I don’t need sophisticated but I need to stop feeling hungry.
The Wartime Housewife presents The Children’s Lunchbox.
This is not nearly as ghastly as you might think and many shops have caught on to the healthy options thing for children as well. The children’s lunch box usually allows you to choose five or six items from quite a wide selection so you can be as healthy as you like.
Choices are usually a simple sandwich (often on wholemeal bread), crisps, fruit, cheese, raisins, yoghurt or fromage frais, a drink which is often fruit juice and a small chocolate bar. The smarter the shop, the smarter the choices; for example John Lewis has a huge range which includes Pomme Bears (hurrah!), yoghurt or chocolate covered raisins and slightly more interesting fruit.
I have sampled the lunch boxes in cafes at supermarkets, department stores and garden centres for the purposes of this article and have found most of them to be of a high standard and very reasonably priced. A lunch box rarely breaks the £4.00 barrier (and is usually much less) so is excellent value.
Unsurprisingly perhaps, John Lewis was easily the best, using quality ingredients, wholemeal bread with a generous amount of filling, and appealing choices. ASDA was the worst, insisting on using white bread, cheap sugary drinks and boring fruit. The rest were pretty good, with independent garden centres nearing the top.
And the best thing is that you always, always get a little packet of crayons and a colouring-in sheet. How therapeutic.