Making The Packed Lunch
We all know that making your lunch instead of buying it when you are out is a great way to kepp spending under control – and you know exactly what you are eating! However, knowing what to give your kids, or indeed yourself, for lunch can sometime be a bit of a challenge. Sandwiches every day can get a little dull and you don’t want to spend lots of time preparing your lunch the night before.
Have a look at my lunchtime ideas. Some lunches that can be from the leftovers of a cooked dinner. Or make up a big salad that can stay in the fridge for a few days to help yourself for lunch or a home time snack.
Bought Lunchtime Snacks
When it comes to prepared lunch time snacks on the market, if you are looking for a little extra something along side some fruit and the main part of the lunch the choice is vast and not always healthy.
Walkers have recently brought out a snack called Hoops and Crosses. It is made from wholegrain corn meal and is baked, not fried. When compared to an average bag of crisps, is relatively low in fat and salt. It is quite low calories too – which is good if it is for someone watching their calorie intake. Makes a good snack for adults then too – and no artificial colours or preservatives! Weight for weight it is higher in fibre than crisps too.
There are three flavours – Beef, Prawn Cocktail and Salt and Vinegar and all are suitable for vegetarians. Would a vegetarian eat a beef flavoured snack I wonder? Please comment below if you are a beef flavoured crisp eating vegetarian!!
The bag is quite small – at 18g compared a bag of crisps which is 30g to 40g, but because the snack is small and light there are plenty in there to provide a decent size snack. The Hoops and Crosses are baked and are very crunchy, which makes it really pleasant to eat. It is similar to Monster Munchies – only a bit crisper and drier (in a good way!)
The shape of the snack will be appealing to children and I could see them wanting to eat all the hoops or all the crosses first or even playing noughts and crosses – where perhaps the winner eats all!!
If I was looking for a snack for lunchtime or after school and I had run out of home baked treats, I would consider these as a reasonably healthy snack. Good for both children and adults too! In fact the packaging is probably grown up enough as not to be too embarrassing for an adult to be seen at work with!
Make your lunch rather than buy where you can – and try these tasty snacks as a treat or accompaniment if you want that something extra. Great for children – but great for adults too!!
If you like this article, you may want to subscribe to Penny’s Recipe’s newsletter and get the free Meal Plan – 7 family meals for under £30