The Grain Chain

British Sandwich Week

It’s Brisandwich3tish Sandwich Week

British Sandwich Week (May 9-15th) presents a great opportunity to celebrate one of Britain’s best loved and versatile foods – the sandwich. Since being uncovered and named by the 4th Earl of Sandwich in 1762, the Great British Sandwich has become common place at lunchtimes in homes, offices, schools, and shops all over Britain. Unlike so many other foods today, the average sandwich is wholesome, healthy and ideally suited to today’s busy lifestyles where people want foods that are convenient to carry and easy to eat.

Top tip!

Children perform better at school when they eat a substantial breakfast and a healthy, balanced lunch. Lunchboxes should contain foods from the following four food groups:

- Starchy carbohydrates such as bread, or pasta. A sandwich is ideal as not only will it give children energy but bread also contains essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, B vitamins and iron.

- Fruit and vegetables. Favourites include bananas, grapes and easy peel satsumas. Raw vegetable sticks or cherry tomatoes are normally welcomed.

- Protein. Try adding chicken or cheese to a sandwich with lots of salad.

- Dairy. A small fruit based yoghurt or a bite sized piece of cheese works well.

Rather than provide children with fizzy drinks or sugary juices, give them a bottle of water. It is essential for keeping both body and brain hydrated.  Alternatively a glass of milk is one of the most nutritious choices available and is a good source of essential nutrients including calcium and vitamin D which play a key part in building and maintaining strong bones and teeth.

Did you know…?

- The first recorded sandwich was made by the famous rabbi, Hillel the Elder, who lived during the 1st century BC.

- Sliced bread was introduced into the UK in the mid 1930’s.

- Sandwiches account for up to 50% of the bread we eat.

- Over 30% of all sandwiches sold have chicken as a filling. The British Sandwich Association estimates that the amount of chicken used in a year is 20,550 tonnes.

- Over 62% of the population buy a sandwich at least once a year.

- The most expensive place to buy a sandwich is London - £1.83 versus a national average of £1.66.

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