It’s hard to eat healthy snacks at work.
Especially if your company provides free sugary snacks that call to you at a weak moment.
That bright pink sprinkled doughnut that you want to devour like Homer Simpson. Just tempting you to give in.
But, what you decide to snack on directly affects how you feel and your productivity at the office.
Why You should have healthy snacks at work:
We aren’t going to get all sciencey… There’s an interesting article by Buffer titled, How your productivity is determined by what you eat that I’d recommend if you want learn more. It’s an easy, interesting, researched backed read on work snacking, you should check it out.
Here’s an important bit from the article:
“[the ideal level of glucose] For your brain researcher Leigh Gibson found…
‘The brain works best with about 25 grams of glucose circulating in the blood stream — about the amount found in a banana.’
And this is the tricky part: the way you can get those 25 grams of glucose into your blood stream is pretty easy. You can eat a donut. Or you can eat a small bowl of oats. There is virtually no difference in the very short term for your brain activity.”
But, depending on what you snack on, you’ll see amazing differences between how you feel and your level of focus and productivity over an 8 hour day.
The sugary snack will release glucose quickly and give you about 20 minutes of alertness. After that, your productivity quickly goes downhill because of the drop in glucose level.
“It’s like putting the foot down on the gas pedal until you’ve used all your fuel.”
So you know that you should be snacking at work and it should be on something healthy.
We’ll get to the suggestions in just a sec. But wouldn’t it be even better if it wasn’t on your dime…
The business reason for giving employees free healthy snacks at the office…
(ie. How & why you should convicnce your boss to give you free snacks):
- Full-time employees are 11% more likely be very happy with their jobs when the office provides free food.
Healthier employees cost the company less money both in lost productivity from sick days and in medical expenses.
Eating well can play a big role in moving employee wellness in the right direction. An HEB study estimates that moving 10% of its employees from high- and medium-risk to low-risk status yields an ROI of 6 to 1.
The business is likely to attract more and better employees.
USA Today reported that in an employee survey “48% of all respondents said that they would consider food perks in the decision-making stage of a job search.”
You’re more likely to retain good employees.
“According to a recent WorkSphere survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the staffing agency Spherion, if you want a happy worker, then feed them. Around 30% of respondents said the availability of food throughout the day contributes to their workplace happiness.”
Then again just providing free snacks isn’t going to make a bad job suck much less or have much of an impact on a mediocre company culture.
Still, it shows that an employer cares. And of course, everyone is happier when you’re not hangry :)
We reached out to 21 health experts to find out what snacks they eat to stay productive and focused at work.
What are your favorite healthy snacks to keep at the office (or wherever you work) and why?
Here’s a quick summary of the top 5 healthy office snacks (as voted on by 21 experts!):
Nuts were the unequivocal winner with (9 votes)
7 experts specifically favoring Almonds
Yogurt and Beef Jerky, Fruit and Vegetables rounded out the rest of the top 5.
Each expert has their favorite office food. Check them out (and steal the ideas for yourself).