Your Monday morning is overloaded at work and you can’t stop running around. When you finally have time to relax a little, you realize you have a meeting in 5 minutes. Crap! You wanted to take these few minutes to eat something.
Did you know that you can bring something to eat during a meeting? You just need to choose your snacks carefully. You’ve had probably attended a meeting where you have been disturbed by someone eating crackers. It’s not very pleasant. Remember that when you choose your snack.
So here are two lists that remind you to what you can and cannot eat during a meeting.
6 prohibited snacks for a meeting
1 – Nuts: It is noisy (especially if you have to remove the scales) and potentially deadly. Do we need to say something more?
2 – Chips (and derivatives): There are two problems with the chips. The main thing is that it’s quite noisy. You even risk yourself losing passages of the meeting. The second problem is that you’re going to have to offer chips to everyone.
3 – Crackers: Although it could be a nutritious choice, in a meeting, crackers are easily compared to chips.
4 – Carrots (or any other crispy fruit/vegetable): Congratulation for the effort to choose a healthy snack. However, your carrots may disturb the concentration of people as well as chips. And this time, no one will want some. The punishment will be endless for your colleagues.
5 – Donuts: Do I have to remind you that it is not very good for your health and your waist? On the other hand, if only on rare occasions, then why not!
6- Fish (and derivatives): Seriously? Fish smells are not the most appetizing. Unless you want to hold a particularly short meeting, we suggest you don’t bring fish.
Top 10 Healthy Meetings Snacks
1 – Smoothies: That’s a great snack! Besides being nutritious, smoothies can drink discreetly. Of course, we strongly discourage you to prepare the smoothie in meetings. Here’s a smoothie recipe to inspire you.
2 – Cheese: Cheese will give you a satiety effect quickly and that benefits! You could even use your meetings as a pretext to taste a different cheese each time.
3- Muffins: The classic snack to eat in meetings. Most participants will eat the muffin probably because it’s healthy. Be aware that unless your muffins are homemade, there is little chance that they are less caloric than the donuts you watch discretely. Here is a recipe for banana muffins containing little fat and delicious. To be shared at will!
4- Yogurt: A simple and effective snack that will fill your stomach. Ideally yogurt to drink is easier to bring, however, there is less choice at the grocery store. The best choice is Greek yogurt for its many benefits.
5- Granola bar: An excellent healthy/sweet compromise. It does not give you an originality price, but the granola bar remains a winning choice to satisfy a craving during the day and save you for its instant meetings. Be careful with the commercial granola bars. Check their nutritional value.
For future unplanned meetings, make your homemade healthy granola bars. View recipe here.
6- Houmous: Made of chickpea, the hummus will quickly bring you satiety, because it is a good protein source. With small pieces of pita, this will be a great snack.
7- Popcorn: A homemade popcorn is low calorie and quickly satisfies the salty cravings. You can even sprinkle spices that you like.
8- Black chocolate: Eaten in moderation, dark chocolate containing a minimum of 70% cocoa is good for your health. It is a good source of magnesium, but especially an excellent anti-stress.
9- Fruits and Vegetables: Pre-cut for your meetings, fruits and vegetables are undoubtedly the most sensible choice for your health. Alternate the choice of fruit and vegetable each day to get a variety of nutrients and fiber.
10- Dried fruits: A nice alternative to fresh fruit that will satisfy your « sugar bug ». Beware, however, not to abuse it, because it won’t be a healthy option.
Voilà! With these snacks, your concentration will be at the peak in meetings. Choosing snacks that don’t make noise is even more justified when an audio recording of the meeting is in progress.
Melanie is the Marketing Digital Specialist at Comnet Technologie who handles design, content, user experience, and all marketing for Beenote. Melanie helps individuals, teams, and organization to adopt good meeting practices.