8 Superfoods to Boost Team Productivity

October 27, 2016

4:30 pm

Here it comes, the 3PM slump, the time of day when employees wander into the company kitchen to search for something to eat. They need the energy to get them through the remainder of the day. Unfortunately, more often than not, they'll grab something sugary providing themselves with a short lived and notably temporary, says Judy Nicassio, a certified nutritionist at Rejuvena Health & Aesthetics, and their brain power will soon be on the decline.

“Sugar hinders learning and memory by literally slowing down the brain. It damages synaptic activity in the brain, meaning that communication among brain cells become impaired.”

Unlike superfoods, eating sugary foods, like donuts or candy, Nicassio explains, releases glucose into our blood very quickly.

“We will have about 20 minutes of alertness. Then our glucose level will drop rapidly, leaving us unfocused and easy to distract. It’s like putting the foot down on the gas pedal until you’ve used all your fuel.”

To keep your team members healthy, productive, and hard-working, try offering these eight superfoods options in the company kitchen:

  • Yogurt naturally contains both high-quality carbohydrates and protein, making it an excellent food for slowing or preventing an unhealthy rise in blood sugar.
  • Combine red bell peppers with a protein like hummus to keep the blood sugar low.
  • A hard-boiled egg is rich in high-quality lean protein and healthy fats, making it a perfect food for blood sugar control.
  • Slices of turkey with a low-starch veggie is the perfect combo to regulate blood sugar levels.
  • Avocados can be used in dips, sauces, spreads or as a garnish. It’s full of healthy fats that raise your insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar.
  • If you want to drink down your snack, mix some high-quality protein powders, low-glycemic fruits like berries, and some healthy fats like coconut oil or nut butters together and you’ve created a snack that will help to regulate blood sugar levels and keep you full and satisfied.
  • Broccoli florets are low-calorie, nutrient-dense veggies and have a low-impact on blood sugar. Better yet, dip it in hummus or a yogurt dip which will help to reduce the absorption of glucose even more.
  • Nuts are the good kind of fats, can help control blood sugar, and can prevent you from becoming hungry between meals.

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Tishin is a technology journalist and correspondent. She has written for TechCrunch, Demand Studios and Fitness, and has regular network segments on local Phoenix affiliate stations. She holds a Master's degree in Clinical and Sport psychology, and has covered many areas of technology ranging from 3D printing and game development to neurotech and funding for over 15 years.