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“Sips for Thought”: Your Guide to Meeting Drinks

Friday, August 26th, 2011

In our collection of past food for thought posts, we covered break stations food options, breakfast, trends and more. To focus on the drinks that enhance performance at meetings we’re naming it “sips for thought” – a subcategory of food for thought. What are these drinks?

1. Coffee - 

This beverage is a true superfood and is most healthy consumed
without sugar and low-fat milk (if you’re a coffee and cream kind of person).

Photo Credit: Mr T in DC

2. Tea -

Drinking tea whether it’s regular, green or specialty helps brain cognition and memory

Photo Credit: myopiapix

3. Water -

Water maintains levels of energy and hydration for the brain for better meetings.
Adding lemons is the perfect way to start your day for antioxidants.

Photo Credit: Maile Lane

4. Fresh juice (not from concentrate) -

100% fruit juice with no sugar added is a good alternative to water.
Cranberry, blueberry, orange and pomegranate juice are all nutrient-dense juices.

Photo Credit: Disney Mike

5. Brain Boosting Smoothies or juice with fruit -

Proteins keep the brain alert and active – adding almond milk to a fruit smoothie
will help you maintain energy all day long.

With Your Guide to Meeting Drinks, we hope you feel equipped to ask your meeting venues for Sips for Thought menu options. Were you already incorporating “brain drinks” into your menu options? What’s your favorite choice? Would you consider suggesting a “create your own smoothie” station in a dining room for breakfast?

To read more about food for thought, find the white paper here.


There’s An Exciting New Discovery in The Meetings Industry

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

What’s tiring and arrives in the afternoon? If you answered sugar rush, that’s right. In the Spring issue of Meeting Discoveries, a quarterly white paper series published by The National Conference Center, the article “The Science of Food for Thought: Enhancing Meetings Through Food” elaborates on how to have the most productive meetings – with food. Research by Andrea Sullivan, M.A. of BrainStrength Systems and Executive Chef Craig Mason of The National Conference Center come together to create the first issue in the Meeting Discoveries series.

Surprises and things you’ll discover -

  • The main thing that impacts whether the brain is stimulated or relaxed
  • What Andrea Sullivan recommends as a great local product
  • Foods Executive Chef Craig Mason considers best morning and afternoon snacks
  • Chocolate paired with what secret item makes the perfect brain food for a sweet tooth
  • The 14 Top Brain Meeting Foods for better performance and… mood

Read the FULL White Paper here, The Science of Food for Thought: Enhancing Meetings Through Food

Have comments, suggestions or your own experience with brain friendly foods? Let us know, we’re interested to hear your feedback.

We love food for thought!