Back to work means returning to the office, which means queuing at your local supermarket or takeaway on your lunch break because you forgot to prep your lunch once more.
With work loads piling up and a lack of working limits after being at home for so long, dedicating that time away from your computer to have a balanced, colourful and sustainable meal that will keep you fuelled throughout the day is critical. That’s why, alongside our friends at Pollen and Grace, we’ve put together our tips for a more sustainable and nutritious lunch to boost productivity.
Here are some reasons why you should take a break from your desk at lunch:
- A breath of fresh air can not only wake you up after a long day indoors, but it has also been scientifically proven that being outside increases serotonin levels and improves your mood.
- We lose attention, procrastinate more, and feel frustrated when our energy levels drop due to hunger or a lack of excitement. Diversifying your surroundings not only gives your brain a break from continual focus and ticking off items on a to-do list, but it also provides opportunities for creativity.
- Staying at your desk might cause you to get overwhelmed with deadlines and suffocated by your surroundings, resulting in increased stress and a lack of drive.
- Quality work is focused work that is free of interruptions. Set smaller goals for yourself to complete throughout the day, and once you've accomplished them, take a 10-minute break to recharge before moving on to the next activity. Not only will you be more productive, but your body will also benefit from the little bursts of activity that will help to break up the monotony.
At S’wheat we love spending our lunch breaks with time outside; stop staring at a screen all day and take a nature walk to feel inspired and re-energised. We also love trying new dishes for lunch to keep it exciting and fresh instead of the usual dry, boring sandwich. We love all things Pollen and Grace for this, their meals are not only delicious but vegan, plant based, microwavable and available at our local supermarket! Pollen and Grace meals are available in; Co Op, Tesco, Wholefoods, WhSmith, Gorillas, Ocado and Amazon Fresh.
So we all know how important it is to take a break, but why go plant-based and choose Pollen + Grace specifically?
Nutrition you can trust: Pollen and Grace meals are meal prep without the mind prep, providing you with a kaleidoscope of nutrients and plant variety whilst being the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat to keep you fuelled and help you hit your 5 a day even when life gets crazy.
Quality you can taste: They don’t cut corners and ensure everything from the extra virgin olive oil to the locally sourced salad leaves guarantee the best flavour and experience for their customers.
With the planet in mind: Eating more plants is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to take care of the planet, whilst being super delicious! Pollen and Grace are mindful of their packaging choices, and always strive for the best option available. Their trays are now recyclable and made from over 70% recycled material!
In addition to picking up one of Pollen and Grace’s delicious and healthy meals during your lunch break, here are some other helpful hints for a more sustainable and nutritious lunch:
- Bring a S’wheat bottle to lunch with you. At S’wheat we have created the world’s first reusable bottle made from plant-based materials. We use waste bamboo fibre and wheat straw to create our lightweight, durable and patented bottles suitable for both hot and cold drinks and perfect for your daily commute!
- Reduce your food waste - we're all guilty of stocking our refrigerators with food and buying lunch every day, or going out for dinners only to return to a fridge brimming with leftovers. Plan ahead or choose a meal prep option like Pollen and Grace.
- Walk or cycle to work - we've all called taxis or jumped in the car when we're late, but the benefit of an active commute is that you receive your morning endorphins, maintain a healthy lifestyle, while also decreasing emissions. Why not check if your workplace offers a cycle to work scheme?
- Switch to more plant-based meals- An easy switch can be simply changing the milk in your coffee; at S’wheat we love oat milk and coconut milk!
- Remember, it's about taking small efforts that add up over time, whether it's going for a walk during your lunch break or taking your S’wheat bottle with you to the office. Small steps become daily habits!