When long days are spent digesting new information at exhausting meetings, minds drift, and bellies may be running on empty too. Here’s when we can rely on simple staples, which are really brain boosters in disguise, to help attendees focus. See the following list of easy-to-prepare smart foods you can serve during breaks or as snacks during brainstorm or networking sessions.
The low-carb diet craze may have given potatoes a bad rep, but that doesn’t undo the fact that potatoes are packed with great health benefits. Potatoes help balance glucose levels and contain vitamin C, B complex, omega-3, carbohydrates and protein that aid in brain cell activity. Plus, potato dishes are guaranteed crowd pleasers!
Best eaten in moderation, mayonnaise can pack great flavour as well as nutrients such as protein, vitamins E and K to foods like sandwiches and salads. It also contains omega-3 acids that help with memory power.
When a dip looks fantastic on its own, it deserves the spotlight. Choose a large and appropriately-themed serving dish and put strategically-placed garnishes around the rim or the bowl so that once guests start getting their helpings, the dip still looks presentable.
No matter how you cook it, chicken has a variety of health benefits. In particular, it contains tryptophan, which increases serotonin levels and diminishes stress levels. It’s no wonder good ol’ chicken wings, lightly fried to keep it as a healthy and light snack, can be so satisfying.
Beef is one of the best sources of high-quality protein, with a range of nutrients like iron, B vitamins, and zinc – which is known to improve memory and cognition.
Long conferences can leave attendees lethargic. Give them an energy boost with healthier, wholesome options such as a fresh tomato salad. Using seasonal produce unique to the locale also supports sustainable agriculture and transportation, helping to reduce overall carbon footprint. As a chef, you can do your part for corporate social responsibility too!
An instant pick-me-up, tea is rich in antioxidants and has brain-boosting benefits. Its caffeine content improves alertness and attention. Moreover, research discovered an amino acid in tea called theanine, which aids in problem-solving tasks.