I once had someone tell me that they liked to eat donuts for breakfast instead of more nutritious choices because it took less chewing so he could hurry up and eat it and get back to work. I’ve seen people struggle in meetings to try to be elegant in their healthful but messy/hard to eat choices.
Let’s be honest. Many of us have chosen snacks not based on their nutritional value, but instead for whether or not they will leave a greasy trail on our smart phone screens and/or if they are socially appropriate to eat in meetings without drawing attention to yourself or your food choices.
Many of the delicious foods that happen to be good for us too are crunchy, teeth stickers, and/or impossibly hard to eat in a sophisticated way without getting gooey hands or screens. It’s time to stop letting your business success get in the way of your desire to care for yourself and make better food choices.
Here are a few examples of nutritious snacks with modifications for work appropriate enjoyment. This is not a comprehensive list, so use your imagination and apply the same type of thinking to your other favorites:
|Delicious, nutritious option||At home||At-work modifications||“Equipment” needed|
Slice with knife
Added to oatmeal
|Pre-slice before meeting with apple slicer or enjoy applesauce
|Knife & Apple slicer (slicer more work appropriate than knife)
Spoon for applesauce
Napkin or moist towelette
|Banana||Peel and eat||Not best choice for a formal meeting. Eat before you go or use a fork
Have a plan for what to do with peel in meeting
Napkin (wrap peel after eating)
Don’t throw out where it will be stinky later
|Cheese stick||Enjoy||Enjoy, place wrapper somewhere appropriate to recycle after meeting||Napkin
Thermal lunch bag
|Cherries||Wash, enjoy!||Not best choice for formal meeting. Eat before you go
Wash, pit, put in a reusable bowl
Reusable bowl with lid
Fork and Napkin
Check teeth after eating
|Grapes||Wash, eat||Wash, eat
Choose seedless, red or green; raisins
Green may be less visible if stuck in teeth 😉
|Check teeth after eating
Either pre-stem or dispose of properly after meeting
|Nuts||In shell or pre-shelled
Consider possibility of nut allergies before choosing
|Consider moist towelette to avoid salt or oil on phone or when shaking hands|
|Pineapple||Whole, cut into chunks; canned in juice or water||Whole, cut into chunks; canned in juice or water – use a fork||Do not bring the entire pineapple to work. Eat with utensils, not your fingers. 😉|
|Tea||Loose leaf or bag||Bag||Do not leave bag on table. Include a cup or lid to place bag and dispose of properly|
|Water||Cup, mug, or other reusable and washable container||Cup, mug, or other reusable and washable container; bottled if you must (pour into reusable glass)||Wash cup/mug every day; recycle bottles|
|Yogurt||Enjoy as is or combined with other foods||Use a spoon or drink in a premade smoothie||Spoon
Recycle container as appropriate
Make sure your next business eating occasion matches both your professional and your health goals.
What will you eat today?