Pret A Manger – Chicken Protein Box

Hello! Today I want to tell you about a lunch I’ve become rather fond of which takes the form of a Protein Box from Pret. This isn’t sponsored and hasn’t been requested by a PR company, it’s just me sharing the love for something I quite like.

I eat a lot, and a lot of that is food which (combined with no exercise) means my clothes are slowly feeling tighter… my poor self control means I can’t cut delicious food out totally but I am trying to reduce my carb intake for lunches.  So here we are with this box which seemed like a good option to me and, as a classic millennial, I’m a right sucker for an avo.  However despite these lures I am also a bit of a stinge, so was initially put off by the £4.99 price tag.

WTF is this thing then? Basically you get a tub which contains chargrilled chicken, about 1/4 of an avocado, a few bits of long stem broccoli, 1.5 hard boiled eggs, spinach as a base, a lemon slice and mixed seeds sprinkled on the top. It also comes with an ‘ancho chilli’ dressing which I was wary of initially but love love LOVE now.

The dressing tastes kind of red peppery, a little bit spicy (but only a slight hint) and sweet at the same time. The rest of the box isn’t anything that will blow your socks off if you’re looking for a magical flavour journey, but goes together really well and I like the variation of having a few different elements and textures in the box to dip in and out of. The chicken is moist (ho ho), the eggs tastilicious and the seeds add a nutty something something. I don’t finish the box feeling stuffed but that’s probably a good thing for a lunch to make sure I don’t fall asleep at my desk. I mentioned the price tag before and after eating this box once it was so tasty and fresh I’m on board with thinking it’s worth the cost.

Nutritional stats, facts and figures

Table of Nutritional Information (from Pret)
Per 100 g Per 273 g serving
Energy (KJ) 572.9 1564.0
Energy (kcal) 137.7 376.0
Fat (g) 7.7 21.0
of which is – saturates (g) 1.5 4.0
Carbohydrate (g) 2.5 6.7
of which – sugars (g) 1.3 3.5
Fibre (g) 1.7 4.7
Protein (g) 13.8 37.8
Salt (g) 0.7 1.8

I really like this cute box, as you can probably tell. It seems to be good for you and muchos pleasant so I’ll probably have it once a week in my work-lunch rotation as more of a treat because of the cost, but it’s definitely worth it. Ta, Pret.

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Pasta making with Tutti A Tavola 

Ciao! Today, we make-a some-a past-a with Silvana from Tutti-a-Tavola. And I promise I won’t type in that poor Italian/English stereotypical phonetic hybrid any more. Promise.

Based in West London, Silvana runs pasta making classes every week, rotating the type of pasta each month to keep you on your toes. Interesting! She covers both the glutenny and gluten-free pastas from scratch: Tuesday and Saturday evenings for the glutenny amongst us and gluten-free on Sunday lunchtime. We opted for the gluten ‘standard’ pasta, and the flavour of the month was Tricolore Garganelli! Huzzayy! Colourful pasta fun!

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Skinny Coffee by The Skinny Caffe

Skinny Coffee is a 30 Day Program to help weight loss with only one cup of this coffee a day, drunk 15 minutes before you have your breakfast. With a slogan of “Make Coffee, Not Excuses” I thought hey, why not? Now I’m not saying I am overweight so please no hate there, it’s just over the last 6 months my clothes seem to be smaller – very selfish of them…. so I thought if I can start wearing them comfortably again then that would be a great feeling for me. No excuses!

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Paxton & Whitfield – Christmas Orders

We’ve recently posted some delicious fondue recipes from Paxton & Whitfield, so now it’s time to let you know about some of their Christmas offerings for 2017! Imagine the scene…it’s Christmas Day…you’ve had your huge lunch and opened most of your presents, the heating is full blast and your loved ones are driving you a wee bit nuts. You look to your left and what do you see…?!

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Paxton & Whitfield – Fondue Recipes!

This week we had the immense pleasure of visiting the flagship Paxton & Whitfield store in Jermyn Street, Piccadilly to learn about their cheeses, a bit of history and taste some amazing fondues.  Paxton & Whitfield kindly shared the fondue recipes with us, and this post will largely be sharing the love of these so you can stock up on your cheesy goodness and prep these for yourselves at home.

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