Tummy full, eyes closed. Great for a Sunday afternoon, not so great when the CEO’s post lunch presentation has half the audience struggling to stay awake. The solution, “Brain Friendly Foods”.
Conference and meeting attendees are often affected with a reduced ability to think and retain information, due to poor (brain) food offerings, catered for by hotels and venues. Why would hotels do this to us, you ask? Two factors really, cost savings and convenience (for the hotels and their kitchens).
Chefs are under constant scrutiny to keep their food costs down, and when mass catering, convenient food offerings are easily resorted to.
But there is hope. Meeting planners can work with you in creating a menu which caters “Brain Friendly” foods, ensuring your attendees maintain focus and concentration. We have been able to research the facts around brain friendly foods with Robyn Rees RD(SA), a Dietitian based in Johannesburg .
Robyn advises to keep well hydrated (with water 😉) and to keep blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. She stresses that high glycaemic foods that include flours and sugars such as pastries, croissants and muffins, should be avoided completely. Foods high in salt should also be avoided as it can restrict circulation, affecting blood circulation and in turn reducing blood supply to the brain and hampering your ability to think clearly.
So, to avoid delegates nodding off in the afternoon session, we have put together our “Brain Food” munch list, designed to keep delegates focused and alert.
Brain Foods that improve focus and concentration:
Foods to avoid:
Tailoring a suitable menu can be fun and easily put together once you have a guideline of ingredients, we hope that this is helpful to those that are exploring healthier meal options for more engaged meeting attendees.
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