Eat your greens (and your yellows) in a special packed lunch

Reporter Dan Grimmer with the yellow and green Norwich City lunch box. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Reporter Dan Grimmer with the yellow and green Norwich City lunch box. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

After a couple of hours crammed in a car or coach heading down to Wembley, the thoughts of Norwich City fans will inevitably turn to their stomachs.

The yellow and green Norwich City lunch box. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The yellow and green Norwich City lunch box. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

And that's why, along with making sure their precious Wembley tickets are tucked safely in their pockets, it might be sensible for Canaries supporters to ensure they have a packed lunch.

We decided that, with supporters having to contend with not only getting tickets, but figuring out how to get to London for the crucial crunch match with Middlesbrough, they might not have given much thought as to what to eat.

So we've come up with a yellow and green-themed Norwich City Play-off Final Lunch Box. It might not be up there with the creations of Norwich City's majority shareholder Delia Smith, but it would stop a few rumbling tums come Monday afternoon.

The first task was finding a lunch box. Surprisingly, the Norwich City club shop in Chapelfield didn't sell any, so we had to settle for a £12 children's lunchbag in the style of a shirt. We've not yet written our name in the 'This lunch bag belongs to...' section at the bottom.

The club shop's shiny flask with a Canaries crest on it was a bit out of our price range, so instead we snapped up a children's flask for £5. Sandwich-wise, egg and cress was the obvious way to fulfil the yellow and green theme, but maybe not the most sociable sarnie to munch in a confined car.

And, in pretty much the only nod to healthy eating for this lunch, there's a green Granny Smith apple and a nice, ripe, bright yellow banana.

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When it comes to crisps, Walker's salt and vinegar make up the green element, while Quavers represent the yellow half of the club colours.

No packed lunch is worthy of the name without a chocolate biscuit bar. In this case, we've selected two. The green of a mint Club was an easy choice, but it was a bit trickier getting a yellow one.

In the end we were forced to buy a multipack of Penguins, eating each one in turn until we arrived at a yellow one, which we saved for Monday's lunch box.

We must confess the lemon fool, while a lovely shade of yellow, probably would not be too appetising by the time supporters make it to the capital.

And the tube of Colman's mustard is more of a nod to a former sponsor of the Canaries than being much practical use.

We did buy a 35p sherbet Dib Dab as well, but, once we realised the lolly was Middlesbrough red, we decided we'd best eat that now, rather than unbalance our otherwise perfectly co-ordinated lunchbox.

Are you doing something unusual to mark Norwich City's trip to Wembley? Email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk