We all know how important it is to have a healthy and nutritious breakfast. It fuels you with the energy you need to start your day well, while adding to your daily intake of essential vitamins and minerals.
But in the rush to get to the office, many workers either grab something on the go, or even skip breakfast altogether. Working on an empty stomach fuelled only by coffee can often lead to poor concentration and a slump in productivity.
Experts agree that a good night’s sleep followed by a nutritious breakfast can improve concentration and dramatically boost performance levels.
So with this in mind, it makes sense to hold important business meetings early in the morning. The added benefit of a breakfast meeting means that attendees will be more alert, enthusiastic and will be fuelled for the working day. The result is a productive and effective meeting with a higher chance of positive outcomes.
More and more companies are realising the benefits of breakfast meetings and their rise in popularity has led to a surge in demand for catering companies who offer breakfast menus.
So what are the best food groups to feed business minds during early morning meetings and presentations?
Adding a small amount of lean protein to your breakfast will fill you up without making you feel heavy while helping to stave off hunger pangs until lunchtime.
Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels are not only one of the most popular choices, but also provide you with a dose of omega 3, essential for healthy brain function.
Continental platters with a selection of cured meats and cheeses, accompanied by fresh, seasonal fruits are a great all-round choice for boardroom business meetings.
Other popular breakfast protein choices are eggs, bacon, lean sausages and yoghurt.
Carbs raise your blood sugar and give you the energy you need to get through the busy working day. Wholemeal and seeded bagels and baguettes are a good source of fibre and also help to keep your sugar levels stable. For a sweeter option choose freshly baked croissants, fruit muffins or granola with yoghurt and berries as a lighter alternative.
Fruit skewers and fruit platters are a healthy, easy to eat catering option for early morning meetings, as well as contributing to your five-a-day. Fruit’s also a great alternative for those who have allergen issues or are watching their weight.
Caffeine won’t make you smarter but it will give you a much needed wake-up buzz first thing in the morning. Ensure you provide great coffee during your meeting. People today want good quality, great tasting ‘real’ coffee, not a diluted cup of slush from a vending machine.
Speedy Breakfast Options
Many companies now prefer a relaxed and informal office setting and morning meetings between teams and co-workers tend to be brainstorming sessions in collaborative spaces.
For a quick and complete breakfast, fresh fruit smoothies and BLT bagels are ideal choices that can be easily consumed at your desk.
Good breakfast choices start the day well and put everyone in a good mood. What are your favourite breakfast foods for an early morning business meeting? Let me know in the comments below.