Thursday Tasting at 3: Lunch, Lovely Lunch
Thursday Tasting at 3: Lunch, Lovely Lunch
The sight of uniform clad teenagers in late August always causes pause for thought. An abrupt reminder that the end of the summer is nigh and in this year’s case, a spectacular one that at times felt like it was never going to end.
Despite the nostalgia at summer ending, watching these young adults in crisp new uniforms, full bags and sharp haircuts, one is also reminded of that sense of a new start. Excitement and anticipation at what the new school year ahead holds and eagerness to engage and do well is something we have all felt.
That same sense of a new start beginning also applies to plans to eat well for the school year ahead. We have all read the many healthy eating articles at this stage and know what to do. A lunch of wholegrains, protein, slow release carbohydrates, fruit, veg and minimal sugar will ensure energy and concentration levels are what are needed for the very full school day that is now the norm for most students. However, like the eagerness to engage with new study plans and despite all best efforts and intention, the healthy eating plan can sometimes come unstuck in just a few short weeks.
The best and most carefully prepared school lunch in the world still needs to be eaten for effect and your child would not be the first one to come home with a half-eaten lunch box or an untouched one at that. Don’t berate yourself or your little one for that matter, there is much to distract at lunch break, playing and catching up with friends come to mind before a sustainable lunch for most 10-year olds. The local fast food outlet will hold much attraction for the older ones on that precious 40 minutes lunch break. Unfortunately, high fat food and fizzy drinks are now part of the mainstream diet of many school going teenagers' with the ubiquitous chicken popcorn roll now virtually part of the social fabric of the average teenagers life. We all know this is not good but there are many forces at play that make tackling this issue a very difficult job.
So, following on from last week’s Thursday Tasting where we filled up on mighty breakfasts, tomorrow we will have some practical lunch ideas that will sustain and support those busy school days and hopefully lead to empty lunch boxes and happy, satisfied students.
Pop in from 3, there will be lots of nice lunch ideas to taste and plenty of chat.
See you then
Re last week’s breakfast quiz, most got French and Irish. Many got Latvian. The last one was Maori. ;-)
Petit dejeuner: French
Ortiz Tuna in Olive Oil (Atun Claro En Aceite De Olivia) 112g
Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil.
Shines Wild Irish Tuna Olive Oil 227g
Shines Wild Irish Tuna in Olive Oil.
This tuna is 100% Irish
High in omega 3 and gluten free.
Flahavan’s Irish Oaty Flapjacks Cranberry & Orange 6X40g
- Made with wholegrain oats
- Source of fibre
Delicious wholesome oaty snacks with cranberries & orange.
Our delicious flapjacks are baked to perfection following Mary Flahavan's recipe. We bake these beside our mill in Kilmacthomas, where our family have been milling oats for over 230 years. We source the finest quality Irish oats from local growers resulting in a delicious crunchy oaty snack that can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
Pure Food Company Sundried Tomato & Basil Pesto 180g
A pure, rich pesto made with sweet sundried tomatoes & flavoursome basil leaves.
Ortiz White Tuna (Bonito Del Norte) in Olive Oil 220g
This unique Bonito Del Norte(White Tuna) is hook and line caught.
Le Skinny Chef Irish French Fusion Cuisine Red Pesto Spread 145g
Red Pesto Spread- nade with the finest naturally sun-dried tomatoes
This smooth pesto spread can be enjoyed with almost everytging. With an easy spread consistency, place it on fish or chicken fillet before baking or add it to pasta, mashed potatoes, soups or as a lovely salad dressing!
Le Skinny Chef make their pesto with less oil and add more good natural ingredients ! Its smooth spreadable texture makes great use on wrap, pizza base, sandwich, Hold a great consistence while cooking ,delicious in a salad, spread on fish or chicken before baking and many many more dishes you can create with this product.
Fish 4 Ever Skipjack Tuna Chunks in Brine 160g
100% Packed and fished in the Azores Portugal.
Glanmire Fine Irish Foods Vegan Pesto 150g
The pesto range is undoubtedly the flagship of our products, the fresh ingredients of the highest quality and the processing method allows us to have a product with an aroma and intense green colour that distinguishes us from other brands.
- Fresh Basil Leaf,
- No GMO,
- No preservatives
- No synthetic flavors
The Happy Pear Sundried Tomato Pesto 180g
Sundried tomato pesto, this fella has got a rich tomato flavour with an amazing kick. Delicious with pasta, in a sandwich-actually it pairs with almost anything, enjoy
The Happy Pear Coriander & Cashew Pesto 180g
The Happy Pear coriander & cashew pesto is delicious with pasta, epic in a sandwich - actually its gorgeous with almost anything.
Pure Food Company Sundried Tomato & Chilli Pesto 180g
A pure, rich pesto made with sweet sundried tomatoes, with red chilli and fresh herbs.
The Happy Pear Sweet Beet Hummus 180g
This fella's made with sweet beetroot perfevtly cooked. It's smooth & substantial - actually, it goes great with just about anything!
Dairy free, suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
Grantstown Red Cherry Tomatoes 250g
Grantstown Nurseries is based in Co. Waterford . It is a family business with a tradition of innovation and the highest horticultural practices. Grantstown Nurseries supplies the finest tomatoes with a wide range of varieties
Grantstown San Marzano Snack Tomatoes 250g
Grantstown Nurseries is based in Co. Waterford . It is a family business with a tradition of innovation and the highest horticultural practices. Grantstown Nurseries supplies the finest tomatoes with a wide range of varieties.