Three in ten entrepreneurs today work through their lunches while others use their time to reply to personal emails, socialize with colleagues, check social media, or surf the web. A recent survey of 2,000 workers found that Americans feel compelled to work through their lunch periods because of their workload: 51% rarely take full lunches, 30% eat at their desks, and most felt that working through lunch led to higher levels of productivity.
Although we recommend you eat lunch outside the office for lots of health benefits, if you have to take a working lunch at your desk, tea is the best choice to pair with your lunch it gives you energy, yet it is delicate enough to help you relax and focus.
Black tea has an average caffeine count of around 47 milligrams. In comparison, coffee has as much as 200 milligrams that are absorbed quickly, causing fatigue to occur. Green tea doesn’t have much caffeine, but it does have amino acid and vitamin C, which makes you more alert and energetic.
Working Lunch Tea Pairing Ideas:
Tea is versatile, so you can pair it with many desk-friendly foods to accentuate their flavors and get lots of health benefits at same time.
- If you microwave your working lunch such as pasta, red meat, or stir-fried dish at work, Pu-erh is the best choice because its earthy/roasted flavor neutralizes the oily and greasy food taste, and this fermented tea is good for digestion, heart health, and weight loss.
- If you take a light lunch such as chicken salad, veggie pizza at break, Kukicha’s creamy/roasted tea goes well with mild flavored food, and this Japanese green tea is rich in vitamin and calcium.
- If you love snacking throughout the day, Chocolate black tea will be a fun choice to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you energy level. (Get $2 coupon on Amazon)