Stay healthy at the office
From birthday parties to business meetings, social events almost always involve food and lots of it. While we can’t get away from that fact, we can approach it in a healthier way. Here are some healthier ideas and alternatives for the next time you plan another business meeting or social gathering.
First on the agenda: Healthy meeting food
In business meetings especially, you need to be able to focus, but why do they feature sugary and fattening foods like donuts and pizza? Those who are trying to stick to a diet either give in to temptation or skip eating—neither of which benefits you. Instead, why not provide healthier foods and snacks so people can actually be nourished? Bonus: people will also be able to pay attention without suffering from a sugar crash.
The following are just a few tips and guidelines for healthier making healthier choices when planning for business meetings or any other kind of gathering:
- Serve water, skim or low-fat milk, real fruit juice and unsweetened drinks
- Present foods in halves and smaller portions
- Offer real Fruits and Vegetables
- Choose whole grain breads, pastas and cereals
- Serve a max of 4 ounces of meat per serving
- Always have a vegetarian option available
- Instead of a heavy dessert, include something small such as fruit or a small cookie
If you still don’t know where to start, check out these healthy and delicious options below for inspiration.
Oatmeal, Fresh Fruit, Veggie Omelets or High-Fiber cereals
Snacks and Refreshments:
Whole Grain muffin halves, Fresh Fruit and Veggie plate with Low-Fat dips, Whole Grain crackers and Low-Fat cheeses
Lunch or Dinner:
Mixed Green Salad with low-fat dressing, sandwich halves, broth-based soups, Veggie pastas with low-fat cheese and Tomato sauce, Steamed Vegetables
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Source: New York State Department of Health Center for Community Health