According to a new survey Belfast folk are creatures of habit when it comes to what to have for lunch.
The humble ham sarnie came out on top as the most likely hunger buster come 1pm.
A new study commissioned by Lurpak showed 74% of workers in Belfast eat an identical lunch each day with 30% doing so for an average of 5 years – the equivalent of eating over 1,155 identical ham sandwiches.
On average, Belfast office workers start thinking about lunch by around 10am and spend between £5-£10 per week on their lunches.
Brown bread is the favourite choice for workers in Belfast making a sandwich and nearly a quarter of those polled will Instagram their culinary creations if proud of their work.
Food psychologist, Greg Tucker, who worked with Lurpak to launch its new ‘go freestyle’ campaign, said: “This research demonstrates that the repetition of eating the same food every day can provide reassurance and stability. However we all have an innate desire for exploration and would benefit from shaking things up.”
The overall league table of Britain’s most common lunches is as follows…
- Cheese sandwich
- Ham sandwich
- Chicken sandwich
- Other sandwich
- Tomato soup
- Vegetable soup
- Microwave meal
- Jacket potato and tuna
- Prawn sandwich
- Noodles/ stir-fry
- Jacket potato and other
- Beans on toast
- Jacket potato and chilli
Lurpak have offered the following suggestions for those looking to revamp their lunch hour…
- Feta with avocado and roasted red pepper
- Smoked ham and egg, with capers, gherkins and mustard mayo
- Chicken and mango with mint raita
- Fig, manchego and honey crostini
- Peach and ricotta on raisin bread
- Middle Eastern feta, beetroot and pomegranate
- Pulled chicken waffle burger
- Prawns with broad beans and mint on Rye
- Bacon, Lemon, Ricotta, Kale, Chilli and Tomato on sourdough (BLRKCT)