Lunch is probably my least favourite meal of the day. I’m often uninspired to do more than throw together a quick salad or heat up leftovers from the night before. I’m definitely not a sandwich girl (unless it’s a pretty special sandwich, on freshly baked bread – I can’t bear store-bought sliced bread), and I like hot food more than cold, generally. That said, I don’t want to spend much time making lunch, as i’m often struggling to get back to work and meet a deadline. But above everything, I want something that tastes good and is healthy, and isn’t going to send me into an afternoon food coma.

While browsing the shelves at the local supermarket recently, I came across the new Japanese Ramen pot from Innocent – a brand better known for their smoothies. I’ve tried some of their food before but wasn’t overly taken by it. As a huge fan of Japanese food, the ingredients appealed to me. Coming in at under 100 calories, and made up of pronounceable ingredients (hurrah!), I figured I’d give it a go.

Two minutes in the microwave, a stir, and a further 1.5 minutes later, lunch was ready. The first thing I noticed is that it isn’t soup. Whatever liquid starts at the bottom gets soaked into the noodles. I guess this is why the packaging suggests eating with chopsticks. There’s a good amount of vegetables in the pot – it’s definitely not like a cup-a-noodles. There’s Shiitake Mushrooms, edamame beans, Spring cabbage, and black fungus (which tastes better than it sounds, I promise). There’s bags and bags of flavour, and just the slightest hint of spice – not enough to offend anyone with sensitive tastebuds. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal, and I look forward to having it again sometime soon. My only slight criticism is that I wish it didn’t have as much (or any) water chestnuts. But that’s probably just me.

The packaging from Innocent is absolutely fantastic. There’s plenty inside the cardboard to keep you amused while you wait for your food to be microwaved. I won’t say more – just open your cardboard carefully so you don’t rip it. This is a company with a great sense of humour.

Suitable for vegetarians and vegans. No colourings or flavourings you wouldn’t add yourself.