September 3, 2014

15 Power Foods To Boost Your Business

power foods for businessIt often takes effort to stay focused and be productive as a small business owner.

A good diet can go a long way towards making your business a success. Eating the right foods can give you energy, focus and improve your mood, not to mention your health. Drinking coffee will give you a temporary boost of energy and focus, but won’t give you the nutrition you need. Plenty of water is always a good idea no matter your diet.

To help guide you in choosing the best foods for snacks and meals for productivity in business, we’ve listed 15 to get you started. While some of these power foods may not be healthy in large amounts, it goes back to the old saying: everything in moderation. Consider these foods for business success:

  • Whole grain bread: Much better than white bread in providing energy and nutrients whether eaten by itself or used for toast or sandwiches.
  • Whole wheat pasta: A good source of complex carbohydrates to give your body an energy boost, and can be broken down easily.
  • Vegetable juice: Provides a quick energy boost and vegetable servings and the same time.
  • Fresh salads with vinaigrette: You may want to opt for fresh vegetables, and using vinaigrette for salads helps the body absorb protein and nutrients longer, which improves focus.
  • Bananas: Provide potassium, vitamin C, complex carbohydrates, and energy.
  • Avocados: Contain fats that add to heart and brain health, promoting blood flow. Great for sandwiches and salads.
  • Eggs: Contain protein and cholin needed for the brain to develop motor functions and memory.
  • Apples: Great source of vitamin C to help the blood vessels and overall health. A great snack or addition to salads and other foods.
  • Grapes: Inexpensive and healthy. A great source of vitamins A, C, B6 and folate. Also provide magnesium and iron.
  • Walnuts: Good source of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B6, and other nutrients for brain health.
  • Almonds: Also a good source of vitamins and protein.
  • Salmon: Often called “brain food” (as with other fish), a source of good fatty acids and protein for heart and brain health.
  • Green tea: Inexpensive source of caffeine, energy and a great mood booster.
  • Air-popped popcorn: It may not be the most filling, but a quick snack that’s healthier than potato chips.
  • Dark chocolate: It may seem counterintuitive, but when eaten in small amounts can help curb your appetite while helping digestion and improving your mood and focus.

For hundreds of recipe ideas and ratings for these and other foods (including vegetarian), check out All Recipes.

Zeer is also a great source for full nutrition information and reviews on tens of thousands of grocery items to help make more informed decisions about what to purchase and eat. The above are only a few healthy food ideas to help in your business success – feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section below.

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About the Author: David Cotriss is a business, technology and new media writer, having published 500+ news and feature articles to date worldwide in magazines ranging from PC Magazine to The Industry Standard.

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David Cotriss


David Cotriss David Cotriss is a business, technology and new media writer, having published 500+ news and feature articles to date worldwide in magazines ranging from PC Magazine to The Industry Standard.

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  1. just wrote a post on three ways or ideas to use the Internet in practical way for small business. Practical meaning useful and easily implemented, its worth a read.

    This is a great blog good job Anita.

  2. All too often business people become so driven to make their business a success that they neglect the most important factor…themselves! If the business owner is out of contention, the business suffers.
    Once again thank you for this article. I hope many more business owners will follow these steps in maintaining their health.
    All the best!

  3. Thanks for the timely reminder. Easy to forget to eat well in the hurly burly world of small business

    Andee
    http://www.onesherpa.com

  4. i believe you David and to add to your write up, there are foods that boost mentality which is very good in times of business.

  5. To add to your post David, there are foods that help boost our mentality.
    Thanks for sharing

  6. Great selection of power foods for business energy or athletic energy. Best advice being the “all things in moderation”. I would add the general statement of “ensure variety”. Doing that will give you needed energy and an excellent diet grade.

  7. David Cotriss,

    Great list. I am into learning more about power foods (functional foods) of different varieties. I am drinking green tea and eating cold pressed dark chocolate on a regular basis. I have tested different types of super berries, e.g., acai from Brazil.

    I have to check out Zeer. I know people who are allergic to gluten.

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  8. Bananas. That is my new power food.

    Thank you for the reminder. I think I’ll go grab one.

    The Franchise King
    Joel Libava

  9. Hi Joel — why “bananas”? What are bananas supposed to do for you?

    Me, I’m looking for the food that will make me more creative. :)

    Anita

  10. I would have expected to see carrots on this list. Especially since most business owners are staring at computer screens all day. The beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A in the body which helps improve eyesight.

  11. 7 of 15 isn’t that bad right? Let’s just say I have a lot of room for improvement in my diet.

  12. We stock the office refer with heathy foods as a perk to our employees. But I think exercise has been more vital to the health of our time clock software business than food. Getting out of the office for a walk, setting a culture where we get up from the desk regularly to move, and taking time to exercise on evenings and weekends is a hugely overlooked way to boost business health and prosperity.

  13. Anita,

    My mom’s voice is stuck inside my head;

    “Joel, Bananas have potassium. Brain food. And a little extra energy.”

    What can I say?

    The Franchise King
    Joel Libava

  14. wow really like this list!

  15. Who could argue with an article that mentions BOTH coffee and chocolate! I knew I was doing something right. LOL.

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