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by Sarah Schuh

Welcome to The Vital Life, where we spotlight Vital Proteins® employees. This week, Corporate Barista Marco Mandujano, gives us a look inside his remote workday.

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Lively: Thanks for sharing your day with us, Marco! To kick things off, can you tell us about what you do at Vital Proteins and what you enjoy about your role?

Marco MandujanoI’m the Corporate Barista at the Vital Proteins office in Chicago. We have a cafe located inside the office where I get to serve a variety of coffee drinks and smoothies to our employees. I love being able to get creative and make new recipes. It's also a great feeling making people smile when you make their coffee. With our office currently being closed because of COVID, I’ve been working with the Social Influencer/Engagement team. It’s been a great experience getting to learn other parts of the business.

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L: Walk us through your morning routine – how has it changed (or not) since staying home?

MM: Since I’m not getting up as early to get to the office, I'm normally making a pour over coffee using our very own coffee Vital Coffee Roasters. I also like to get some type of sunshine in the morning, even if it's 10-15 minutes (your eyes need light to help set your body’s internal clock.) Early morning sunlight in particular seems to help me get to sleep at night. 

L: Where have you been getting inspiration for projects or tasks you might be working on throughout the day?

MM: I feel like I get the best inspiration on projects or tasks I’m working on when I’m riding my bike or going on walks. I feel like it helps me wake up my brain and gives me time to think of ideas.

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L: Lunchtime! What’s your plan?

MM: The last couple of months for lunch I’ve been eating from a meal prep company based in Chicago (My Mighty Meals). I told myself I would only try it out for a short while but I’ve been loving the results. I still love to whip up a big tasty meal, I don’t want to completely lose the art of cooking.

L: You’re hitting your mid-afternoon slump. How do you re-energize your afternoon?

MM: If I feel like I'm hitting an afternoon slump, I’ll typically put on some music. Putting on some rock music definitely helps. Otherwise a double espresso always does the trick. 

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How have you been practicing #wellnessfromhome these days?

MM: I recently took up cycling and I didn’t realize how much I would end up loving it. I plan on doing my first trail triathlon in 2021. Some of my favorite routes to ride in the city are up and down the lakeshore and the 606 path. It’s a great way to get some fitness in and take a break from technology. Plus you can get some great views of the city where you can’t normally get to when you’re riding in a car. I also have picked up playing the guitar again and bought a few books. (I'm currently reading 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson.)

Rapid Fire Questions:

Favorite Podcast? Jocko Podcast

Favorite Workout? CrossFit 

Binge-Worthy Show? Tiger King

Favorite Vital Proteins Product? Beef Liver 

Marco's Collagen Picks

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.