Convenient lunches cost the average Irish person €1,300 each year or €25 each week, according to new research.
The study found that those who opt to purchase their lunch from supermarkets and cafes in the vicinity of their workplace could tot up a total spend of over a grand every year.
The research conducted by Flora Light found that ham and cheese sandwiches were the most popular fixes to splash lunch-time cash on, while a classic BLT rated highly as Ireland’s second favourite sandwich.
Cajun chicken was found to be the third most popular sandwich filling, while mayo was the favourite sauce for 53pc of the country.
Surprisingly, brown bread was the most popular choice in delis across the country, with white bread falling into fourth place behind wraps and sourdough.
TV3 star Lucy Kennedy, who is working with Flora Light to create healthy sandwich ideas and inspiration, revealed that working mums can be tempted by the convenience of the supermarket lunches.
“I’ve a pretty hectic lifestyle. I’m usually chauffeuring the kids to school, football and swimming, then I’m in studio for a few hours a day.
“We have a canteen in work which gets very samey, so I take five minutes to knock together a tasty sambo for myself,” she said.