Your Monday morning is overworked and you can’t stop running around. When you have time to breathe a little, you realize that you have a meeting in 5 minutes. Heck! You wanted to enjoy these few minutes to eat something.
If your business is allowed to eat during a meeting, choose your snack carefully, as not all foods are necessarily acceptable. Surely you have already attended a meeting where you were bothered by someone eating crackers. It is not very pleasant.
We have prepared you a list of healthy snacks for your meetings as well as those to avoid in order to be more concentrated.
Top 10 healthy snacks for your meetings
With these healthy snacks, your concentration will be at its peak during your office or remote meetings. Choosing foods that don’t make noise is even more justified when an audio recording of the meeting is in progress. This will prevent you from hearing yourself chewing throughout the recording.
Here are our recommendations for healthy snacks for your meetings that will promote concentration:
1- Smoothies: This is a great snack! In addition to being nutritious, the smoothie can be drunk with discretion. Here is a smoothie recipe to prepare at home before a big day of work.
2- Cheese: Cheese will give you a satiety effect quickly and that benefits! You could even use your meetings as an excuse to taste a different cheese each time.
3- Muffins: The classic snack to eat in meetings. Most participants will eat muffins probably because it’s more “healthy”. Be aware that unless your muffins are homemade, they are unlikely to be less caloric than the donuts you look discreetly. Here is a delicious banana muffin recipe with low fat. To share at will!
4- Yogurt: A simple, healthy snack that will fill your stomach. Ideally, drinking yogurt 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 balance between healthy and sweet. 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 from its last-minute meetings. Be careful with the commercial granola bars. Check their nutritional value and the amount of sugar. For future last-minute meetings, make your homemade healthy granola bars.
6- Houmous: Made of chickpeas, the hummus will quickly bring you satiety, because it is a good source of protein. With small pieces of pita, this will be a great snack. However, this food choice requires a lot of manipulation so it could distract you. Ideal for brainstorming meetings.
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. A perfect energy booster for your meetings!
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 fibre. Pay attention! Some fruits/vegetables make a lot of noise such as carrots!
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.
6 snacks to never eat in meetings
It happens that during meetings we are tempted to snack on something. And often, it turns out that these small cravings are not very good for our health, which does not promote our full concentration. Moreover, they are often not welcome during a meeting due to the noise or even the smell.
Here are our recommendations for a list of foods to avoid during your next meeting:
1 – Nuts: It’s noisy (especially if you have to remove scales) and potentially deadly for some of your colleagues. Keep your nut cravings for other moments of your working day, when you are alone at your desk, as they remain a good healthy snack.
2 – Chips (and derivatives): There are three problems with chips. The main thing is that it’s quite noisy. You even risk losing important parts of the meeting. The second problem is that it’s not a very healthy snack for you, and lastly, you’ll have to give it to everyone and you will have no more
3 – Crackers/cookies: In a meeting, it’s NO! Crackers/cookies are easily compared to chips. Crick! Crack!
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 ordeal will be endless for your colleagues.
5 – Donuts and commercial muffins: Do I have to remind you that it is not very good for your health? On the other hand, if only on rare occasions, why not!
6- Fish (and derivatives): Seriously? Fish smells are not the most appetizing. Unless you want to participate in a short meeting, we suggest you don’t bring fish. The cane of tuna is not a problem if you are remotely located.
In your opinion, which snack do you bring at meetings? We want to know! Your comments are appreciated.
Marketing Director of Beenote, Melanie loves the world of marketing which is constantly evolving to offer the best product for her clients’ needs. Her primary goal is to help organizations simplify the governance of their boards, committees and teams through good meeting management practices.