Remember last winter, when I said I would try to blog a bit more about picnic foods? And I wrote a post about Pasta Salad? Well, as part of Vegan MoFo, today’s post will focus on how to throw together an impromptu lunch picnic with the help of everyone’s favourite health food chain, Holland & Barrett. Now I know many of you try to avoid chains, but sometimes they’re just really convenient, and I love seeing vegan options becoming more available. Please don’t post mean comments :(About a week ago, we had a really nice day and we decided to savour it by having lunch in the gardens of the Bluecoat Arts Centre. If you haven’t been there and are planning a trip to Liverpool any time soon, I highly recommend you visit this little gem. It’s like an oasis of calm in the middle of the city centre.
Because we’d already left home when we decided to go through with our idea, we had no food on us. So we went to H&B and picked up a few treats. They’re not really suitable for day-to-day, and they’re not the most amazing things we’ve ever eaten, but for a little lunch in the sun, they are perfect!
What we have here are:
Veg.Out savoury pastries. The fiancé isn’t totally sold, but I absolutely love these. They probably contain a lot of fat and salt though, and their calories are higher than I care to mention. But oh well. Not every day, right?
Bear Nibbles Yo Yos. These are brilliant! Did any of you have mothers who would pack the healthy, dried-fruit version of Fruit Roll-Ups instead of the neon-coloured ‘real thing’? My mum did, and these remind me so much of primary school days.
Plamil No Added Sugar Coffee Chocolate. I really like Plamil chocolate, although I prefer to stick to their dark chocolates rather than the ‘milk’ variety. I liked this bar, it was rich, but not unpleasantly so, and had just the right degree of sweetness. I’m not sure whether I’d purchase this too often though, since it does contain a sweetener and I’m a bit dubious about those.
Trek Cocoa Brownie Bar. Future Husband always opts for these. They’re available at Boots, too. I can’t say I’m too fond of them. I like the flavour and texture, but I think the size is just a bit too much for this type of food and it makes me feel a bit ill. But then, I can eat an entire cake and not feel the slightest bit off, so maybe my stomach just repels healthier options. Is that a real condition?
Firefly Orange & Passionfruit. This was nicely refreshing, but a bit too sweet for my taste. For a supposedly healthy drink, I found it tasted a bit too much like a fizzy drink without the fizz. Not that I’m complaining. I love flat, room temperature fizzy drinks. I can’t believe I’m telling you that. No one will ever make a recipe from this blog again, thinking that I must have seriously compromised taste buds. I don’t, I promise.
What do you find easily to eat when you’re out and about? Have you had any outdoor lunches while the weather was still appropriate?