It's time for a new Only Marketing Jobs series and what could be more fitting than an ice cream theme to match this wonderful summer we've been having? To kick it all off we wanted to give you the inside scoop on the best foods to fuel your day. For those of us who work every day from 9-5 (often longer), the routine can be exhausting and it’s easy to slip into bad habits, particularly where our diets are concerned. It’s all too tempting to start the day with a bacon sandwich and reach for a chocolate biscuit for a fix, but is this really helping you to impress in your current marketing role? We’ve done a bit of light research to bring you some of the best foods to incorporate into your diet to boost your energy during the working day.
Eggs & Avocado
If you’ve got an early meeting with your marketing director and you’re in need of some brain fuel, wake up 10 minutes early and make eggs on toast. Eggs are an inexpensive source of protein and they are full of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B. If you’re vegan, avocado toast is a great alternative. Although they are a pricier option in comparison with the egg, avocados are dense in nutrients and are said to contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals. If you’re not vegan, try combining the two for an early morning, nutrient explosion!
If you have a decent breakfast you’ll probably find that you can make it through to lunch, no dramas, but if you can’t this is a great opportunity to get one of your 5-a-day. A piece of fruit is the perfect mid-morning, pre-lunch snack. It's just the right amount to satisfy any craving whilst leaving enough room for something more filling at lunchtime. You can select anything that takes your fancy, but we think the banana has the snack appeal here. A nutritional heavyweight, the banana is loaded with vitamins and minerals including potassium, calcium, manganese, magnesium, iron, folate, niacin, riboflavin, and B6.
A healthy combination of lean protein and complex carbohydrates are a great choice for lunch. Brown rice, sweet potato and chickpeas are all good carbohydrate options because they convert to glucose to provide you with the much-needed energy to survive the afternoon. In terms of protein, chicken gets our vote. Alternatives to chicken include salmon, tuna, tofu, beans and lentils as well as low-fat dairy, nuts and seeds.
There are many reasons why reaching for a sugary-rich treat isn’t going to be the best thing for your energy levels circa 3pm, especially if you’ve still got a few hours to go. If you’ve got a sweet tooth and you simply can't cope without, why not consider a square of dark chocolate? Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, dark chocolate is actually one of the best antioxidants you can get. Of course, the higher the percentage, the better it’s going to be so the taste sensation is really going to depend on how much you can handle on the bitter spectrum.
You're probably wondering what the watermelon ice cream is about. It's just meant to signify 'health' for the purpose of this article. Whilst watermelon is around 92% water, it also contains significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C and possesses antioxidant qualities. It also makes a brilliant low-calorie snack, containing virtually no fat so it's a great alternative to the conventional treat. If you've been following the jobseeker journey using The Cake Series, why waste all that hard work by flagging in your new job because you're out of energy? Hopefully, we've inspired you!