As I mentioned in an earlier post, my job requires me to work from an office. And, I am determined to make the best of it. That includes taking care of my health. Here is what I prepare and eat during my 8-5 work day!
Wake up. Shower (sometimes). Stretch. Drink a big glass of water.
Staying hydrated is the best thing you can do for yourself. I try to finish this liter of water before I have anything to eat. I have recently started taking some supplements, so I wash these down in the morning as well. I have been taking L-Lysine, B12, Turmeric, Zinc and a Probiotic, daily. I plan to go into my supplement usage in another post, as I am still experimenting with what I need.
Next, I prepare my smoothie. I am not usually really hungry right when I wake and I find that I am less hungry throughout the day if I only drink water or tea for the first few hours upon waking. I make my smoothie in the morning, and pack it for later.
Lately, my morning smoothies include:
- 2-3 frozen bananas
- About a handful of frozen blueberries
- Two dates
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach
- 1 scoop of wheat barley grass powder
- A few splashes of almond milk and water
After riding my bike to work and settling in, I make a cup of tea. I have been drinking Trader Joe’s Ginger Turmeric every morning and I find the flavor both soothing and refreshing. I don’t feel the need to drink coffee anymore, as I feel energized enough in the morning and I don’t feel that I needed an added stimulate to my system. (I also plan to go further into this in another post.)
I usually get hungry for my smoothie at this point. I have been drinking this same blend for about two weeks now and I am always delighted with how refreshing and sweet it is.
Now it’s time for second breakfast. I am obsessed with overnight oatmeal right now and have been preparing some nightly to enjoy in the middle of my morning. For these oats, I used vanilla oat milk, a little coconut cream, lots of cinnamon, golden raisins from the farmers market and a few swirls of almond butter.
I usually take my lunch around this time and I have a whole hour. I have the luxury of living about 5 minutes via bike from my job so I ride home for lunch. I especially like this because it gets me moving and out into the fresh air in the middle of the day. Because I want to embrace my full hour, I usually make something quick and easy for lunch. I also prefer to have something raw because I need the energy to get through the rest of the day.
Today, I prepared a plate of zucchini noodles with slices of avocado and green onion. I topped this off with a little vegan ranch dressing. I am not a huge fan of salads so this works perfectly for me. I usually spend my break watching Youtube videos.
For a little something sweet before heading back to the office, I made a date and banana taco with almond butter.
Both of these lunch items could easily be made in the morning and packed in a lunch box if you aren’t able to come home for lunch!
Sometimes I will make more tea if I am starting to get hungry or fidgety. I also like to snack on some walnuts or grapes. I also should mention that I bring a canteen of filtered water with me every day, that I finish before my work day is over.
Here is my simple work day menu! I hope you enjoyed this or found it helpful. Remember, don’t let anything stand in the way of keeping yourself healthy. You are worth it 🙂