Power Your Lunch Meeting with These 4 Brain Foods

Foods that inspire lunchtime productivity

Whether your attendees need to Ideate, Produce, Decide or Educate, breakfast and lunch meetings are a great option for busy co-workers, clients and corporate boards alike. So, what’s the key to ensuring that attendees stay alert and on track? Serve up healthy, nutrient-rich cuisine—aka brain food. Studies have shown that foods high in potassium, choline, vitamin B and iron can improve brain function and encourage focus and clarity. And it’s not just kale and avocado leading the charge—there are an array of brain boosters that are tasty, versatile and oh-so-easy to incorporate.  

Here, four superfoods to consider for your next productivity-packed breakfast or lunch meeting. 

Teff

This poppy seed-sized grain hails from Ethiopia, is naturally high in minerals and protein (it has more calcium and vitamin C than any other grain out there), and has been the diet staple of Ethiopian marathoners for years. What does that have to do with your attendees, you ask? Well, not only is teff gluten-free and packed with iron, it has anti-inflammatory properties that nourish your nervous system and promote brain health. The nutty African grain can be made into breads, cereals and snack bars, and can be eaten whole, steamed, boiled or baked. 

Rosemary 

This ancient herb had its superfood status confirmed when a U.K.-based university recently found that participants in rosemary-scented rooms displayed memory test scores 15 percent higher than those who had been in a room with no aroma. And they were more alert, to boot! Sprinkle rosemary on food or use rosemary plants as table décor, or serve it with sweet dark chocolate, like the JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok did. 

Bananas

You already know this fleshy fruit is a good source of potassium (a little birdie told us it helps with hangovers, too). But did you know that a ripe banana’s pulp and peel are chock-full of the motivation booster dopamine? Banana chips, like the ones shown here, will feed attendees’ cravings for something salty, crunchy and nutritious, while also keeping them alert and stimulated. 

Eggs

Although they’ve been considered a superfood for some time now, eggs have recently graduated from the breakfast table to the lunch table—and for good reason. In addition to being über versatile and easy to prepare, eggs (the yolks, specifically) contain the B vitamin choline, which has been shown to support energy levels and brain and nerve function. For lunch, try serving hard-boiled eggs on top of salads, or in festive egg stands as a stand-alone snack.