Are you looking for healthier options for your next afternoon meeting? Most people might grab potato chips and junk food for work meetings because they seem easy but there are plenty of healthy snacks that are just as simple!
Healthier foods are the best choice for meeting attendees because they will give them an energy boost instead of making them sluggish which happens from sugary drinks and unhealthy snacks.
Whether you are having a morning or afternoon meeting there are healthy snack options for all different kinds of meeting on this list. Save this page so you can remember all of these healthy food options for your next meeting!
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. This is not medical advice. I am not a doctor. All opinions are my own.
Benefits of Healthy Snacking
People who work in an office setting can oftentimes get less exercise and eat more junk food because they don’t have time to reach for a healthy snack. This can put them at higher risk for disease.
However, it is possible to serve healthy snacks at workplace meetings, and it’s actually very beneficial. Here are some benefits of healthy snacking:
1) Boosts Metabolism
Your metabolism is how your body turns food into energy. People who eat less often can suffer from slow metabolism which can have negative health effects such as sluggish thyroid.
Eating healthy snacks every few hours will help boost your metabolism and give you more energy throughout your day increasing your mental capacity and ability to complete tasks.
2) Balances Blood Sugar
When your blood sugar is off you can feel sluggish. Eating healthy snacks with a balance of protein, carbs, and fat can help balance your blood sugar and give you sustained every throughout your day.
3) Reduces Stress
Have you ever heard the word “hangry”? It basically means that you are hungry and angry. Even though this is a funny term it has some truth to it!
Going long periods of time without eating can raise your cortisol (the stress hormone) and make you irritable. Therefore, eating regular healthy snacks can actually help reduce your stress making you more resilient, happy, and ready to conquer your day.
1) Fresh Fruit
Fresh fruit is one of my favorite healthy snack options. You can serve fruit as a fruit salad and let people serve themselves or as individual fruit bowls that can be easily passed out at a meeting.
Fruit is full of essential nutrients such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate. Serving fruit will give your attendees an energy boost without all the added sugar of processed snacks.
Some fruit favorites include organic dates, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, cantaloupe, bananas, and more!
2) Celery Sticks with Nut Butter
Have you ever heard of ants on a log? While this is usually a snack made for children, serving celery sticks with almond butter or peanut butter at your next meeting is sure to be a hit!
Nut butter is a good source of protein and healthy fats and if you make them into ants on a log by adding raisins on top your employees are sure to be struck with heart-warming nostalgia!
3) Hard-Boiled Eggs
Hard-boiled eggs are a simple solution for morning meetings. You can make them ahead of time and simply pop them in the refrigerator until your meeting.
They are perfect for breakfast meetings and can be served alongside other breakfast foods such as English muffins, fruit, or bacon.
Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet and will give your attendees a great energy boost. They also are a perfect snack to have with coffee.
4) Fresh Vegetables & Dip
Everyone knows that vegetables are a healthy option for snacking but sometimes they can feel a bit plain. A good choice is to serve a vegetable tray with low-fat yogurt dip or hummus to spice it up a little.
You can use a variety of chopped veggies such as baby carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and more. Choosing a variety of vegetables will ensure there is something on the tray that everyone will like.
5) Yogurt Parfait
Yogurt parfaits are fun and easy breakfasts for work meetings. You can fill them up with whatever foods you would like to use.
Some ideas for foods that go well in yogurt parfaits are chia seeds, greek yogurt, flax seeds, fresh fruit, or even ice cream!
6) Low-Fat Granola Bars
Granola bars are convenient and full of energy. Make sure you buy high-quality, organic bars that aren’t full of junk. Kind bars are great options for a healthy snack that is easy to serve at a meeting.
7) English Muffins
Another easy breakfast option is English muffins or other whole grain breads. You can make this a hot breakfast option by providing a toaster in the meeting room. That way attendees can heat up their English muffins before the meeting starts.
Eating warm food in the morning is a great way to get the digestive system going for a good rest of the day!
8) Trail Mix
Trail mix is a great healthy snack option that is easy to serve. Simply make individual bags of trail mix and hand them out to meeting attendees.
Favorites for trail mix are dark chocolate, nuts, seeds, and pretzels.
9) Charcuterie Board
A charcuterie board is a great way to combine a variety of healthy meeting snacks into one place for your next meeting. There are many different types of charcuterie boards but common ingredients include meat slices, cheese slices, fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, and more!
10) Low-Fat Pretzels
If you’re in a bind and don’t have time to prepare snacks for your meeting you can opt for individual bags of low-fat pretzels. This way you have something quick and easy but without all the added fat and junk that comes with traditional potato chips.
11) Fruit Bars
Fruit bars are another great option for your next event if you don’t have time to make anything before your meeting. They won’t need to be stored in the refrigerator before the event and come in individual servings so you can give them to each of the attendees.
Unlike traditional junk food snacks, fruit bars are made with just fruit so they are a healthy snack to help get over the afternoon slump!
The Bottom Line for Healthy Meeting Snacks
Office meetings can be long and there isn’t always time for lunch breaks. That’s why it’s a good idea to be prepared ahead of time with a selection of healthy options for your next meeting.
Your employees will be thankful that you are providing them with a healthy balanced diet instead of serving them junk food and you won’t be sitting in workplace meetings with hungry associates.
At your next meeting try these great options and healthy snack ideas. Your attendees will be well-nourished and energized to take on the tasks of the day!
Which healthy meeting snacks will you try?
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