Boost Your Business with These 10 Foods
Healthy foods help people to focus better, and that can only be good for business.
Remember the last time you and your staff went out for lunch? Everybody probably ordered something caked in grease. That’s unfortunate, because foods that are loaded with saturated fats and salts are detrimental for productivity.
Afterward, your workers might have started feeling sleepy instead of rejuvenated. Most people do feel sluggish and slow after a heavy meal.
However, light sandwiches and tossed salads aren’t filling enough to last until dinner. On the other hand, here is a list of several foods that will fill you up fast. What’s more, they won’t put on pounds or make you crash. So look through the list and cook up a potluck lunch for your workplace.
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Berries tend to be more expensive than other fruits, so you’re likely to savor each and every one of them while you’re eating them.
However, raspberries are shockingly low in sugar, with only 5 grams in each cup of berries. Plus, each cup contains about 8 grams of fiber, and they’re naturally sweet. This means you can indulge in a cup or two without putting on weight.
Put them on top of anything—peanut butter sandwiches, Greek yogurt (with a little granola), or in a fruit parfait. I personally love adding raspberries to a bowl of oatmeal first thing in the morning.
2. Whole Wheat Bread
Fiber is filling. There’s no denying that. Whole grains are filled with fiber and have a lot fewer calories than refined grains and carbs. Therefore, it’s a wise idea to keep 100% whole wheat bread in your office’s kitchenette.
Quinoa is the seed of a plant that’s related to spinach, chard and beets, and it’s synonymous with “healthy food.” In fact, a lot of researchers say quinoa packs more benefits for you than oatmeal does. Thousands of bodybuilders swear by quinoa’s ability to help pile on muscle. This is because there are 8 grams of protein per cup of quinoa. Protein is associated with restoring muscle tears after exercise, getting your muscles the nutrients they need to develop and grow. In short, it makes you stronger.
Business people who look stronger appear more confident. Customers want to buy from confident companies and sales associates. Kids want to hang around confident adults. Persecuted people want to do business with confident lawyers and attorneys. By working out and filling your diet with quinoa, you will appear more confident. This will inspire anyone around you into making a difference in their own lives. And that, too, will make your business look good.
When people are hungry, they’re less productive. This translates to shoddy workmanship and a lazy attitude toward work. Nobody needs to tell you that that is bad for business.
But here’s a solution: Almonds are a go-to snack for thousands of people around the world, and not just health nuts, either. Snacking on almonds helps keep you satiated throughout the entire day. Therefore, invest in several boxes of almonds and make them available for your employees, colleagues and managers for snacking.
Here’s the beauty of almonds: they’re loaded with monounsaturated fat, which helps you lose belly fat and ensures that you’ll look slim in your business outfits. There’s also 3 grams of fiber in every ounce of almonds, along with 6 grams of protein. As if that weren’t enough, almonds are a natural source of vitamin E, which is good for your skin, your nails, and your hair.
What if I told you that it takes only ¾ cup of lentils to get 13 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber? One study went so far as to conclude that lentils are just as satisfying as beef. Lentils are a hearty bean that has been used by millions of people for thousands of years. There’s a reason for that. Getting that much protein in a serving of lentils is a great way to feel satisfied without putting on weight.
6. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt has twice as much protein as regular yogurt, and protein is a must-have ingredient for producing a laser-like focus. When we eat plenty of protein we feel full for a longer time and have fewer food cravings. It keeps our metabolism running strong and converts other foods into energy.
7. Green Tea
Green tea reduces stress. How many people in your company remind you of ticking time-bombs? How many of your colleagues are one step away from popping a vein in their forehead? Green tea inspires clarity of thinking and increases focus. Plus, it can make you feel more relaxed. All of which are crucial for maintaining a successful business for the long haul.
Oatmeal is amazing. It’s packed with such nutrients as selenium, iron, zinc and magnesium. Here are why these minerals are important:
- Selenium is prime real estate for antioxidants, which prevent cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and arthritis. Preventing arthritis is critical for your business if your workforce spends a lot of time typing.
- Iron helps the body produce red blood cells, essential for providing oxygen to our cells.
- Zinc reduces stress, heals acne and wounds, and makes your hair healthier. In business, as you well know, how you appear to others is everything.
- Magnesium helps maintain nerves, muscles, and bones.
Fiber is key for making you feel less hungry. This is where apples and pears come in: each one has 4-6 grams of fiber. The less hungry your workers are, the more energy they will have and the more work they will get done. Encourage your staff to eat apples and pears by stocking them in the office kitchen. They’ll be better at meeting deadlines, and they’ll have the inspiration and the willingness to work more efficiently. Plus, their creativity levels will soar.
Popcorn, a whole grain? Of course. As we mentioned earlier, whole grains are perfect for filling you up. Popcorn has 3 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein per 4 cups. Keep it healthy by popping it in only a little oil and adding a tiny bit of salt, if you must.
Who doesn’t love to eat popcorn? A bowl or two of popcorn will boost morale around the office and make work more enjoyable. People who are happy get more work done.
Remember, we are the foods we eat. When we eat filling foods that are healthy, we maximize our brain-power. We have more energy to perform tasks. We’re more willing to put in the elbow grease and focus longer. All of which are definitely good for business.