7 Ideas to Achieve Your Summer Body Goals

7 Ideas to Achieve Your Summer Body Goals

7 Ideas to Achieve Your Summer Body Goals with Lauren’s Catering: Top Diet-Friendly Lunch and Snack Options

With summer just around the corner, many of us are setting our sights on achieving that perfect ‘summer body’. It’s a time when we become more conscious of our dietary choices, aiming not only to look good but to feel great too. At Lauren’s Catering, we understand that maintaining a balanced diet is key, especially when you’re busy. That’s why we’ve curated a selection of mouth-watering, diet-friendly lunch and snack options that don’t skimp on flavour or satisfaction. Here’s your guide to eating well with Lauren’s Catering, ensuring you can enjoy delicious food while keeping those summer body goals within reach.

  1. The Super Salad Bowl

A Super Salad Bowl is a favourite for its vibrant ingredients and nutritional balance. It includes a variety of greens such as spinach, arugula, and kale, topped with antioxidant-rich tomatoes and crisp cucumbers. You can choose from high-quality proteins like grilled chicken, tofu, or omega-3 packed salmon. Each bowl is dressed lightly with our homemade lemon vinaigrette, offering a low-calorie yet tasty option that’s perfect for lunch on a warm day.

  1. The Lean Wrap

The Lean Wrap is designed to keep you full and energized without the heaviness of traditional fast food. Wrapped in a choice of whole wheat or gluten-free tortillas, these wraps are stuffed with options like turkey breast or grilled halloumi, a lower-calorie alternative to other cheeses. Layer on hummus for a healthy fat source, and pack in lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, and crisp bell peppers for added nutrients and fibre.

  1. Soup of the Day

Soup ensures there’s always something new to try. Use seasonal vegetables and minimal oil, focusing instead on herbs and spices to enhance the natural flavours. Popular choices include zesty tomato basil, creamy but calorie-conscious cauliflower leek, and a robust lentil spinach soup. Each serving is perfect for a light lunch or a starter before your main meal, helping you manage portion sizes and calories.

  1. Grilled Chicken Caesar

Reinventing the classic Caesar, a Grilled Chicken Caesar salad is made healthier with tweaks like removing the bacon and opting for whole-grain croutons. The chicken is grilled to perfection, lean and juicy, tossed with a moderate amount of shaved Parmesan and a dressing that’s flavourful yet light on oil and egg yolks. This dish proves you don’t have to give up your favourites to stay on track with your diet.

  1. Protein Power Boxes

For those constantly on the move, a Protein Power Boxes are a lifesaver. They contain a mix of satiating hard-boiled eggs, an assortment of nuts for healthy fats, and berries for a low-calorie sweet treat. Sliced carrots and celery add crunch and fibre, making these boxes a balanced snack to power through your day without reaching for unhealthy alternatives.

  1. Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits

Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits serve as a delightful, nutritious snack or dessert. Use low-fat Greek yogurt for a boost of protein, layered with seasonal berries like strawberries and blueberries, and a hint of honey for natural sweetness. A sprinkle of homemade granola adds a satisfying crunch, making these parfaits a favourite for a quick breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up.

  1. Smoothie Bowls

You can create your own Smoothie Bowl from an assortment of bases such as almond milk, soy milk, or Greek yogurt. Top it with your choice of fresh fruits, nuts, and seeds like chia or flaxseed for an extra nutrient boost. These bowls are not only a feast for the eyes but also a filling, nutritious snack that can easily replace a standard meal, perfect for those hot summer days.

Catering to Your Diet Needs

At Lauren’s Catering, our goal is to make healthy eating effortless and enjoyable. Whether you’re looking to cater a corporate event, a family gathering, or just need a quick and nutritious lunch option at your workplace, we have you covered. Our menu is customizable to cater to various dietary preferences and restrictions, ensuring that everyone can enjoy our offerings without compromise.  +To find out more about booking a buffet from Lauren’s catering visit our website.

Catering for food allergies

Catering for food allergies

Catering for food allergies: Mastering Allergy-Friendly Menus with Lauren’s Caterers

In the world of catering, inclusivity and safety are not just buzzwords—they’re essentials. At Lauren’s Caterers, we understand that behind every dietary restriction is a guest looking to enjoy a memorable dining experience, just like everyone else. That’s why we’ve perfected the art of catering for individuals with different allergies, ensuring that everyone can partake in the joy of shared meals without worry. Here’s a deeper dive into how we achieve this.

Deep Dive into Dietary Needs

The first step in our approach is a comprehensive understanding of food allergies and intolerances. Recognising that allergies can range from mild sensitivities to severe, life-threatening reactions, we meticulously gather information from our clients. This diligence allows us to craft menus that are not only safe but also exciting for guests with dietary restrictions.

Bespoke Menus for Every Occasion

At the heart of our service is the belief that customisation doesn’t mean compromise. Our culinary team thrives on creativity, transforming traditional dishes into allergen-free delights. Whether it’s crafting a vegan, gluten-free wedding cake that tastes as good as it looks or offering a range of dairy-free appetisers that are sure to impress, our menus are a testament to our commitment to diversity and flavour.

Ingredient Transparency and Guest Communication

We believe in the power of transparency. Our menus are designed with clarity in mind, with ingredients listed to help guests make informed choices. This transparency extends to our staff, who are trained to communicate effectively with guests about their dietary needs, offering reassurances and adjustments as needed. This open dialogue ensures that guests feel seen, heard, and catered to in every sense.

A Culture of Continuous Learning

In the fast-evolving landscape of food safety and allergy awareness, staying informed is key. Our team’s ongoing education in the latest culinary techniques and allergy management practices means we’re not just keeping pace—we’re setting the standard. This commitment to knowledge ensures we’re always ready to meet our guests’ needs with confidence and care.

Special Touches for a Seamless Experience

Understanding that dining is as much about experience as it is about taste, we pay special attention to the presentation and personalisation of allergen-free meals. Special touches, such as customised menus for guests with allergies, add a personal note, making them feel truly valued. Our goal is to make every guest feel included in the culinary celebration, without feeling singled out or limited by their dietary restrictions.

Feedback: The Key to Our Success

We see every event as an opportunity to learn and improve. Post-event feedback from clients and their guests plays a crucial role in refining our approach to allergy-friendly catering. This feedback loop helps us to continuously enhance our menus, service, and safety protocols, ensuring that Lauren’s Caterers remains at the forefront of inclusive catering.

The Lauren’s Caterers Commitment

Choosing Lauren’s Caterers means choosing a partner who understands the importance of inclusivity and safety in dining. With our expertly crafted menus, rigorous safety protocols, and unwavering commitment to guest satisfaction, we ensure that every individual, regardless of their dietary needs, can enjoy a wonderful dining experience. We’re not just catering events; we’re creating inclusive, memorable moments that everyone can cherish.

In catering for people with different allergies, our mission is clear: to provide a dining experience that’s as safe as it is spectacular, ensuring that every guest leaves with a smile. At Lauren’s Caterers, everyone is welcome, and every meal is a celebration of diversity and deliciousness.  To find out more and discuss your individual allergy needs just give us  a call on 01452 382690 or visit our website and drop us a message.

Tradition of Christmas Dinner – A Feast Fit for Royalty

Tradition of Christmas Dinner – A Feast Fit for Royalty

As the festive season approaches, households across the United Kingdom eagerly prepare for one of the most anticipated events of the year –  the tradition of Christmas dinner. This cherished tradition has evolved over centuries, blending historical influences, cultural practices, and a dash of culinary creativity. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the history, traditions, trimmings, and the significance of the perfect Christmas dinner in the UK.

The Historical Feast: The roots of the British Christmas dinner can be traced back to medieval times when the Yule season was celebrated with grand feasts. However, it wasn’t until the Victorian era, under the reign of Queen Victoria, that the Christmas dinner as we know it today began to take shape. The royal family’s celebration, as depicted in the famous illustrations of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert around the Christmas tree, played a significant role in popularizing the festive meal.

Traditions That Bind: Christmas dinner in the UK is not just a culinary event; it’s a time-honoured ritual that brings families and friends together. The centrepiece of the meal is often a succulent roast, traditionally turkey but sometimes also goose or beef. The ritual of pulling Christmas crackers, wearing paper crowns, and sharing cheesy jokes has become an integral part of the festivities, adding a playful and communal spirit to the occasion.

Trimming the Table: No Christmas dinner is complete without a symphony of trimmings. Roast potatoes, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, form a crucial part of the feast. Accompanying them are honey-glazed carrots and parsnips, buttered Brussels sprouts, and, of course, the indispensable stuffing. Pigs in blankets, small sausages wrapped in streaky bacon, add a Savoury touch to the plate, creating a harmonious blend of Flavours.

Importance of the Feast: Christmas dinner is more than just a meal; it’s a reflection of shared joy, gratitude, and the spirit of giving. Families gather around the table to create lasting memories, sharing laughter, stories, and the warmth of togetherness. The meal symbolizes the culmination of a year, a time to appreciate the blessings, and an opportunity to express love and goodwill.

Crafting the Perfect Dinner: Achieving the perfect Christmas dinner is an art form that involves careful planning and culinary finesse. From selecting the finest ingredients to mastering the art of timing, each element contributes to the overall success of the feast. The key lies in balance – a well-cooked turkey, complemented by flavourful sides and a show-stopping dessert, all served with love and care.

And let’s not forget the Evening Buffet Tradition…

The Christmas evening buffet has become a beloved tradition in the UK, offering a delightful spread of finger foods and treats to be enjoyed later in the day. This informal feast provides a welcome opportunity for family and friends to continue the merriment without the formality of a full sit-down meal. It’s a time to relax, indulge, and savour the festive Flavours that extend the joy of Christmas throughout the evening.

Festive Finger Foods: The Christmas evening buffet is a kaleidoscope of Flavours, featuring an array of festive finger foods and delectable bites. Miniature versions of traditional favourites make an appearance, such as bite-sized Yorkshire puddings filled with roast beef and horseradish, or tiny turkey sliders with cranberry sauce. Festive-themed canapés, cheese platters, and smoked salmon on blinis add sophistication to the spread.

Sweet Indulgences: No Christmas buffet is complete without a selection of sweet indulgences. Mince pies, Christmas pudding bites, and gingerbread cookies are just a few of the tempting treats that grace the dessert table. A chocolate fountain with marshmallows and fruit for dipping adds an element of interactive fun, making the evening buffet a true feast for the senses.

Creating the Perfect Duo: While the Christmas dinner is a formal affair, the evening buffet is an opportunity to let creativity shine. Hosts can experiment with diverse Flavours, textures, and presentations, allowing guests to graze and nibble at their leisure. The key to a successful duo lies in the seamless transition from the grandeur of the Christmas dinner to the relaxed, yet equally enchanting, atmosphere of the evening buffet.

In the UK, Christmas is a celebration of traditions that span generations, and the tradition of Christmas dinner and the evening buffet are at the heart of this festive spirit. As households across the country prepare to gather around festive tables, the magic of Christmas is embodied not only in the grandeur of the traditional dinner but also in the informal and joyous moments of the evening buffet. Together, these two feasts create a culinary symphony that resonates with the warmth, love, and good food that define the spirit of Christmas in the UK.  Don’t forget once the Christmas festivities are over our snack vans will be back on the road delivering lunches to local businesses, visit our website to find out more or give us a call on 01452 382690

Top 10 Lunchtime Snacks

Top 10 Lunchtime Snacks

Hey there, snack enthusiasts, have you ever wondered what the top 10 lunchtime snacks are in the UK! Well we have done e research for you! Whether you’re a Brit or just have a keen interest in what tickles the taste buds across the pond, we’re about to embark on a culinary journey through the top 10 lunchtime snacks that have won the hearts (and stomachs) of the United Kingdom. So, grab a cuppa and get ready for a scrumptious ride!


The top 10 lunchtime snacks revealed…


1. Ploughman’s Lunch Let’s kick things off with a classic – the Ploughman’s lunch. Picture this: a hearty combo of crusty bread, mature cheddar cheese, pickles, a bit of ham or roast beef, and a dollop of chutney. It’s a satisfying medley of flavours that has been a lunchtime favourite for generations.

2. Sausage Roll You can’t talk about British snacks without mentioning the humble sausage roll. This Savoury pastry filled with seasoned pork sausage is a go-to for a quick and tasty lunch. Whether you grab one from a bakery, our very own snack vans or make it at home, the crispy, flaky goodness is hard to resist.

3. Cornish Pasty Hailing from the southwest corner of England, the Cornish pasty is a handheld marvel. Stuffed with a mix of meat, potatoes, and veggies, this golden-brown pastry is a portable delight – perfect for a hearty lunch on the go.

4. Scotch Egg If you’re looking for a protein-packed snack, the Scotch egg has you covered. A hard-boiled egg encased in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs, and then fried or baked – it’s a crunchy, satisfying bite that’s a lunchtime favourite in pubs and picnics alike.

5. Fish and Chips While typically considered more of a dinner dish, fish and chips often make their way into the lunchtime scene. The crispy batter, flaky fish, and those chunky chips – doused in malt vinegar or smothered in mushy peas – create a meal that’s nothing short of a British institution.

6. Prawn Sandwich For a lighter lunch option, the prawn sandwich takes centre stage. Fresh prawns tucked between slices of soft bread with a generous smear of seafood sauce – it’s a simple yet elegant choice for those craving a taste of the sea during their midday break.

7. Ploughman’s Crisps If you’re a fan of ploughman’s lunch but want a more portable version, look no further than ploughman’s crisps. These potato chips are seasoned with a blend of cheese, onion, and chutney flavours, delivering the essence of the classic ploughman’s in a convenient, snackable form.

8. Bacon Butty The aroma of sizzling bacon is enough to make anyone’s stomach growl. The bacon butty, a quintessential British sandwich, features crispy bacon nestled between buttered slices of bread. It’s simple, it’s satisfying, and it’s a beloved choice for a quick lunch fix.

9. Cheese and Pickle Sandwich Cheese and pickle, a match made in lunchtime heaven. A thick layer of sharp cheddar cheese paired with tangy pickle (or Branston pickle, to be precise) between slices of bread – it’s a classic combination that never fails to hit the spot.

10. Jacket Potato with Beans and Cheese Last but certainly not least, the jacket potato with beans and cheese is a hearty and wholesome lunch option. A fluffy baked potato topped with a gooey layer of melted cheese and a generous helping of baked beans – it’s comfort food at its finest.

And there you have it – the top 10 lunchtime snacks that make the UK’s heart (and stomach) sing. Whether you’re a fan of pastry delights, sandwich sensations, or hearty hot meals, the British snack scene has something for every palate. So, the next time you’re pondering what to munch on during your lunch break, consider giving one of these UK favourites a try, many of these are stocked on our Jiffy snack vans and in our Waterwells shop, so why not give one of them a go!

For more information on the snacks and buffets available at Lauren’s Catering visit our website or Facebook page for more information.


On the Road to success: 5 benefits of mobile catering

On the Road to success: 5 benefits of mobile catering

Snack vans are a quick and easy way to grab a bite on the go, without sacrificing quality! This form of mobile catering is a fun way to keep your workforce happy and productive. Here at Lauren’s, we have a fleet of 6 refrigerated ‘jiffy vans’ ready to go, armed with hot ovens for added flavour and freshness. We’re ready to deliver in various locations in Gloucester and the surrounding areas. In this post, we’ll be looking beyond our borders, summing up the 5 big benefits of snack vans and what they can do for you!

There are 4 main branches of mobile catering vehicles;

  • Airline catering.
  • Cruise/Ship catering.
  • Railway catering.
  • Automobile catering.

We will be focusing on automobile catering, which is the most accessible to the average person.

Here are our top 5 benefits!

1. Freshness

Possibly most importantly, mobile catering services allow your food to be made fresh and brought right to you! Don’t overlook how feeding your workforce with some healthy and fresh options can raise spirits. At Lauren’s our snack vans, or ‘jiffy vans’, are equipped with fridges and hot ovens, meaning everything comes exactly as you expect it to. Straight out of the oven or cold from the fridge! This is important in making sure quality stays high.

2. Convenience

Using snack vans or trucks is incredibly convenient, the food comes straight to you! Customers or workers can get a quick bite on the go. Whether it’s a hot breakfast roll a the start of the day, or a delicious sandwich at lunch, snack vans make eating a doddle

3. Variety

Snack vans come equipped with so many different types of food, and a wide range of hot and cold snacks both sweet and savoury.  Our vans come with

  • Hot breakfast rolls
  • Burgers
  • Freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps & rolls
  • Crisp salads
  • Cakes
  • Confectionery
  • Cold drinks

There truly is something for everyone to enjoy. This is especially beneficial for workplaces where different people have different preferences. Dietary concerns are also taken into account, with a range to suit all needs.

4. Productivity

By providing your workers with a convenient and quick way to grab a snack, our vans can help increase productivity at the workplace. When you keep people fed and happy, they tend to be more focused!

5. Don’t forget it creates a memorable and fun experience!

It really helps break up the day when something interesting happens doesn’t it? Having a snack van come to your door is a fun way to get people out on their feet, a quick breath of fresh air, and a nice tasty treat to boot. A nice change of pace and a great boost to morale!


Final Thoughts

By having a snack van like ours visit your workplace, you can enjoy all of the benefits listed above! Be prepared for a happy, full, and revitalised workforce, with something fun to talk about for days afterward. If you’re interested in learning more, or meeting one of our ‘jiffy vans’ in person, please don’t hesitate to contact us!