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simonhaskell

20 Aug 2018, 08:04

A Daily Office Lunch Plan To Beat That Afternoon Slump


We’ve all been there...

You’ve had a great night’s sleep. You arrive at the office raring to go and feeling on top of the world. You have a fantastic, productive morning and tick off loads from your to-do list. You’re happy and you’re feeling great!

...then, lunchtime comes. You take a break to eat some food and head back to your desk looking forward to another productive session.

But...nothing happens.

You can’t get ANYTHING done. You are completely lethargic. You have no energy. You might as well have just taken the afternoon off.

What went wrong?

It will probably have something to do with how you refuelled at lunchtime. If you don’t eat the right things at midday then you are destined to repeat this ‘Motivated Morning/Apathetic Afternoon’ routine on a constant loop.

So what are some ideal foods to eat at lunchtime to set yourself up for a productive afternoon session at the office?

Here’s some food for thought...

Muesli Mondays

What better way to start the week than with a healthy mix of cereals, nuts and fruits? High in fibre and great for digestion, this light lunch of brain food will have you supercharged on Monday afternoons.

A great idea is to make your own muesli mix rather than buying it. That way you can choose exactly the ingredients you want and the quantities you like.

Tofu Tuesdays

Tofu is packed with protein, which is just what you need to boost the second half of your work day.

This soya product is also a great source of amino acids, iron and calcium.

Not sure what to do with tofu? Try out some of these quick and healthy tofu dishes which you can take to the office for lunch on Tuesdays

Whatever Wednesdays

A little of what you fancy does you good, variety is the spice of life and all that. So, on hump day, chill out a little and try whatever tempts your palate.

But, even though it’s Whatever Wednesday, still try to stick to the basics. Avoid carbs. Stay away from foods that are high in fat or sugar. Otherwise your energy levels will crash and burn by 3pm.

Turkey Thursdays

With less cholesterol than chicken, how about lunching on turkey instead? Turkey is low in fat, high in protein and full of vitamins such as B6 and B12.

Great on wholemeal bread, this Turkey sandwich recipe by Martha Stewart cuts out the fatty cheese and mayonnaise but packs in the taste with some Romesco sauce.

Fishy Fridays

Another fabulous source of protein is fish. Why not try some salmon which is very high in omega-3 fatty acids? Maybe pair it with another fabulous brain food in this Mediterranean Salmon & Avocado Salad.

Or you could always treat yourself and go out for sushi!

Now that you know what to eat every day at the office, why not try out some of the healthy (and not so healthy) snacks and drinks that we supply.