Joe Johnson, PT and Nutrition Coach at 9 to 5 Nutrition, has listed the top food types for office workers to snack on during working hours.
Eggs, dairy and meat have been named as top food types for workplace snacks, based on their impact on concentration, productivity and morale, Johnson reveals.
The research was undertaken with Just Eat for Business and paired with takeaway ordering data to reveal the nation’s snack ordering habits and show how employers can look to provide office food perks that encourage employee engagement and efficiency.
The recommended snacks are as follows:
- Fruit and vegetables
- Boiled eggs
- Beef jerky
- Low-fat deli meats
- Low-fat cheese
- Low-fat yoghurts
- Low-fat milk
- Protein bars
- Protein powder
Those who incorporate these into their diet – as opposed to more sugar-laden treats – are more likely to stay focused and productive at work.
Joe explains: “Snacking can, of course, boost energy and mood, but it’s important to choose foods that will be both filling and mentally stimulating rather than snacks that’ll cause you to feel bloated and like you need an afternoon nap
“The most beneficial snack foods for most people will be high-protein, low-calorie-dense snacks. This is because protein is more satiating than high carb or fat foods, yet still allows for a slow release of energy.
“Employers would do well to offer readily available snacks like the ones above; such foods will help staff not to overeat on sugar or fat-laden foods, which will ultimately affect wellbeing. This can lead to fatigue, exhaustion and an inability to focus optimally at work.
“Snacks are also a great way to build inter-college relations. Food is an unavoidable expense for everyone, so readily available snacks in the office and subsidized lunch outings are likely to be of high value to most employees.
The key is to ensure that there is a well-rounded package of perks to suit all demographics, of which food plays a part.”
Just Eat for Business’ data on national snack food orders reveals that many of us are making more mindful choices when it comes to food, as healthy snacks – like fruit, nuts and juices – accounted for the majority of orders made over the last two years (56%).
However, there are still some less healthy snacks that we are tempted by, with the top food items coming out as buns, crisps and brownies.
Matt Ephgrave, Managing Director of Just Eat for Business commented on the findings, saying: “It’s encouraging to see that more people are making mindful choices when it comes to snacking – either during the working week, or in their own time.
“It’s also great to see that so many employees can benefit from food and snacks being offered in the workplace – whether they’re looking to keep fit, help remain focused, or wanting a quick energy boost before a big meeting.”
The data analysis also revealed that people order the most snacks in January, and the least during summer – suggesting a spike in ordering could be on the horizon in the New Year.