Dining al Desko

Hands up if you’re reading this on your lunch break? Hands up if you’re simultaneously eating lunch? Well, you’re not alone, 40% of British workers don’t leave their desk by the time it gets to lunchtime. 

Although that looming deadline is giving you sleepless nights, parting yourself from the desk and taking a full lunch break will increase your productivity and give you a well-deserved rest, we aren’t talking a 2 hour lunch break as you may not have a job to come back to however, our Truly tried and tested tips have worked for us and trust us, and if you take some of our advice, that spreadsheet due at the end of the day will look a lot more promising.

Getting fresh air during your lunch is essential for a recharged brain when you’re back in the office. Aim to get around 10-20 minutes of sunlight a day, we know, British weather isn’t exactly our friend most of the time, but any time outdoors will help to relieve stress and tension. So, grab your raincoat and head out for a wet walk during your lunch break.

Meetings, presentations, conference calls. Although we’re spending most of our day talking to people, are we really socialising? Catching up with your colleagues can be a great way to let off steam about that particularly tricky project and chatting to that uber handsome barista during your lunchtime coffee run also definitely counts.


Here at Truly we’re big fans of mindfulness and try to make it part of our daily life. It can be a really good technique to practice on your lunch break, especially when the workload seems to be ever-increasing. Take 5 minutes out of your day just to reset yourself, if you do meditation then 10 minutes can make the world of difference and enable you to become more present within yourself and re-energise you for the afternoon. Read our blog post here on being mindful at work for more tips.

Meal prepping is all over your Instagram feed, every chat show guest is comparing techniques, even your next-door neighbour is at it. For those who are new to the health trend, meal prepping is simply preparing all of your meals for the next week. Although watching Poldark on a Sunday night is probably more enticing, preparing your lunches for the week ahead will save you time and money. Aim for a balance of fruit, vegetables, protein and healthy carbohydrates to boost your energy for the afternoon. This recipe for spicy Cajun chicken is high in protein and delicious, perfect for a fully charged brain in the afternoon.

Ingredients

4 skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 tbsp Cajun seasoning

600ml hot chicken stock

100g sliced dried apricots

½ pouch ready-to-use Puy lentils

1 tbsp olive oil

2 red onions cut into wedges

1 bunch spring onions, chopped

Small bunch chopped coriander

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Toss the Cajun seasoning with the chicken and arrange on a baking tray, bake for 20 minutes.
  • While the chicken is cooking, boil the quinoa in the chicken stock until tender, in the final 5 minutes add the lentils and apricots. When everything is cooked, drain and place in a large bowl with the chicken and toss everything together.
  • Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onions for 10-15 minutes until softened. Toss the onions into the quinoa with the coriander and seasoning then mix well.