Rather than stick with the same old sandwiches, ring in the changes for lunch with the Baxters soup challenge.
Lunch should be more than just a hurried sandwich grabbed sitting at your desk. Elsewhere in Europe, the importance of a good lunch lives on, but here in the UK we all too often resort to a meagre sandwich and choccy bar – hardly a hearty and nutritious pause in the middle of the working day to refuel, re-arm and prepare yourself for a productive afternoon, be it in an office, workshop, shop, or at home.
We’re frequent soup-for-lunch-ers here. To us, soup wins in being both a healthy choice and economical, using spare vegetables and stock made from a chicken carcass (or cube, if we haven’t had roast chicken recently). It’s also endlessly variable and adaptable, and shows instant results of the day’s experimentation.
But we don’t only rely on homemade soup – canned soups can be so useful. They’re so much more tasty and appetizing than powdered, but don’t need refrigeration or suffer from the short use by date of fresh soup from the chiller cabinet. This makes it easy to have a healthy and fulfilling meal that’s easy to prepare at a moment’s notice sitting ready and waiting in your desk or cupboard. Pop open the ring-pull can, decant into a bowl and zap in the microwave.
Baxters challenged us to try their soups every day for two working weeks in their Souper Swap Challenge. They have four different ranges; favourites, chef’s selection, vegetarian, and hearty; we tried a selection of the last two ranges. The different ranges have clearly different packaging; vegetarian soups in cans with a predominately green colour scheme, and the hearty soups in a deep red, making it easy to make the right selection from cupboard, or even desk drawer.
We liked the range of flavours; with 10 different flavours in the hearty range, and 11 in the vegetarian, there’s plenty of choice and no need to find yourself eating the same day after day. With a couple of crackers as an accompaniment, and followed with a piece of fruit or two, it’s a great healthy lunch that delivers 1-3 of your 5-a-day and wins the convenience stakes.
Personalising your soup is easy too – a few drops of soy or chilli sauce or a spinkling of seeds which can call be kept in your desk drawer, or at home a sprinkle of grated cheese, a few snips of fresh herbs or a squeeze of lemon all make a massive and quick difference.
With a lighter lunch we certainly felt more alert and awake in the afternoon
Souping every day for two weeks confirmed what we already knew; for a great lunch choice that’s not just another sandwich, soup will carry on being high on our list. Baxters soups are £1 – £1.50 from most supermarkets or for a no excuse, no fuss delivery straight to your office order from Baxters for £10 for 10 cans with free delivery.
For a bit of fun, take the Baxters Souper Swap quiz and find out your soup personality, apparently I am a perfectionist!
Post sponsored by Baxters, who also sent us the soups. All opinions are our own.