Your organization’s commitment to healthy eating goes beyond vending machines and cafeteria meals. On-site meetings and company-hosted events typically serve food and drinks, too. Before scheduling your next meeting, consider two questions: Do you really need to serve food? If so, what are the healthiest choices to provide?
Make over your menu
Once people are accustomed to healthier options at meetings, their expectations of pizza and pastries may become a distant memory. At your next function, consider serving the following:
- Breakfast: mini bagels or mini muffins, oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurt, whole-grain cereals
- Lunch: salads with low-fat dressing on the side, whole-grain breads or pita wraps without butter or mayo, cubes of low-fat cheese with whole-grain crackers, lean beef or turkey (1-ounce slices), fruit or veggie platter
- Dinner: vegetable spring rolls, turkey burgers, pasta salads, steamed veggies without butter or cream sauce, whole-grain rolls
- Snacks: low-fat pretzels, baked tortilla chips, plain popcorn, nuts, granola bars
- Desserts: fresh fruit or small portions of your favorite sweets
- Water (plain, sparkling or fruit-infused)
- 100-percent juices (12-ounce serving size or smaller)
- Low-fat or nonfat milk
- Unsweetened tea
For help creating a policy that supports your goals for hosting healthy meetings, see our sample guidelines.