The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Very hungry children who visit Hampton Court Palace can find a familiar friend to help them choose a healthy meal after soaking up some history – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The iconic children’s book has sold 30 million copies since first launch in 1969 and its star - the caterpillar - has now turned its attention to helping healthy eating with the launch of a children’s range that includes all the vital nutritional elements needed to keep your children’s energy up, muscles growing and bones strong.
Seasonal fruit pots, crudités and carefully sourced healthy snacks are all available along with well-loved sandwich favourites and a small treat selected to have minimum impact on added sugar and excess fat, yet maximum ‘yum’ factor for children. The menu encourages children themselves to choose from this healthy selection that they then store in Very Hungry Caterpillar branded boxes. It is the first of a series of healthy children’s meal ranges at three Historic Royal Palaces where catering expert Ampersand provides the meals for visitors. It is designed to both maximise appeal to children and reassure parents.
I can say, hand on heart, I would be happy for my little ones to tuck into a Very Hungry Caterpillar lunchbox.
Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at Hampton Court
The range goes on sale from 3 March 2012 and children’s TV cook/presenter Katy Ashworth (BBC CBeebies) is staging a free Very Hungry Caterpillar Show at Hampton Court to celebrate the launch. Katy has developed the show and will host this one-off event in The Clore Centre at Hampton Court Palace on Saturday 3 March. Fun and interactive, it will include a reading of the popular book as well as games derived from the story-line, such as ‘learn the plum face’, make like a caterpillar. Ampersand is offering parents and children a chance to attend for FREE, but places are limited and you need to apply for a ticket online at http://veryhungrycaterpillar.eventbrite.co.uk.
Consultant nutritionist Amanda Ursell advised Ampersand on the meal composition and commented: “I have a four and two year old and I usually take a packed lunch with me when we go out for the day because of the unhealthy options I so often see on offer at visitor attractions. I can say, hand on heart, I would be happy for my little ones to tuck into a Very Hungry Caterpillar lunchbox. The selection of choices has been carefully thought through to both appeal to children’s likes and parents desire for their off spring to eat food that is good for them.”