Perhaps you’ve had the kind of morning in which you only snoozed the alarm once instead of four times, you made the bed, and wow, that dress you’re wearing doesn’t even have any stains. You ironed it too? Now you’re just overachieving.
At 7:45 a.m., you sit down to your healthy breakfast of oatmeal and blueberries, and then head into the office. You get there before 9, catch up on e-mails, and go to a couple meetings. Look at you go.
The clock strikes 10:47 a.m. Your stomach lets out a growl that you are positive cubicle-neighbor Megan heard. How is it possible that you are already hungry for lunch? You ate breakfast! It was healthy and filling!
Never feel guilty about that stomach growl. Embrace the stomach growl. Don’t force yourself to wait until noon so you can eat lunch at what is deemed an “acceptable” hour. Instead, come prepared for the inevitable and eat Second Breakfast. (Apparently this is already a thing for all you Middle Earth fans out there. And though my family dragged me to Hobbiton in New Zealand four years ago, I claim no knowledge about anything J. R. R. Tolkien-related. Don’t @ me).
These smashed cucumbers and radishes make a great second breakfast for savory fans.
Second Breakfast is a necessary means to get you through the work day. This is not the time to be fancy or precious—it’s for when you just need to eat in order to make it through that mandatory cybersecurity training you’re already overdue on completing.
It’s time for a banana and peanut butter. Pita stuffed with whatever the hell will do the job. Savory yogurt with cucumbers. Chickpeas with olive oil and parsley. Toast. A few leftover pieces of steak from dinner last night with some greens. Just something relatively healthy and filling so then you can eat a full meal again at 12:54 p.m. And then lunch dessert. Then your afternoon snack. Then dinner. Then night cheese.
In short, give your stomach what it wants. It shouldn’t be garbage food or weird stuff floating around the office; it should keep you full. Well, until you’re hungry approximately 43 minutes later.