Healthy Snacks for Meeting


Want your meeting attendees to feel better and be more productive?


Healthy eating habits contribute to increased productivity, more positive employee morale and daily well-being.


 Choose a variety of foods that are low-fat, low in sugar, and will be low in calories. Remember to read labels to understand the ingredients in foods and to keep portion sizes reasonable. Keep in mind that a typical serving size of fruits or vegetables is 1/2 cup.

  Look for a food provider that offers healthy menu alter- natives including low-sodium and low-fat options. Choose healthy foods and use the following suggestions as a guide:

 When planning light refreshments consider fresh or dried fruit like raisins or cranberries.


Suggestions to increase fruit and vegetable servings:


•    Fruit platters with low-fat yogurt.

•    Vegetable platters with low-fat dips.

•    Dried and whole pieces of fruit.

•    Fruit-flavoured yogurt.

•    Consider fruit salad as a dessert.

•    Offer at least one vegetable for meals.

•    Salads (with dressing available on the side).

•    Fruit smoothies with a variety of seasonal fruits.

•    100% fruit and/or vegetable juice.

•   Emphasise vegetables for sandwiches and/or wraps

• Breakfast refreshments should include fresh fruit, yogurt, low-fat milk, and whole grain foods. Avoid serving pastries and donuts for breakfast.

• Veggie trays are a colorful and healthy option. Make sure the dip is made with low-fat or fat-free ingredients! Serve salsa or bean dip for added nutrition.

• Cold water is a refreshing drink during a meeting. If the budget allows, purchase small bottles of water for a simple beverage solution.

• Serve small bagels, or bagels that are cut in half or cut in quarters, and use mini muffins rather than large high calorie versions.

• Slice cheese thinly or cut into small chunks for a bite-sized piece.


 As you start to plan the food for your next business function, here are two key questions to ask:


1. Who is the audience?

•    Dietary requirements (vegetarian options, religious, and cultural considerations)

•    Age

•    Industry

•    Expectations/perceptions about what you serve (e.g. lobster vs. sandwiches)


2. What is the context?

•    Time of day

•    Formal vs. informal

•    Purpose of meeting

•    Activity, participation, and alertness required


By promoting and supporting more physical activity and healthy eating in your workplace, everyone will enjoy the benefits.


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Myriam Balerio is the founder and writer of PA Privé. After kick starting her career as a PA and finding success as an assistant, Myriam later trained in digital and online marketing and has since combined the two disciplines in creating PA Privé, the platform through which she provides sage advice for those in the assistant profession and a network for like-mined PAs and EAs to connect. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Myriam has lived in London for over 10 years and currently lives in London with her husband and French bulldog.


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