The Corporate Plate: Hosting Healthy Corporate Lunch for Your Employees

“You cannot enjoy wealth if you’re not in good health,” someone rightly said.

If your employees work day in and day out ensuring returns for the organization, can the organization not contribute in a little way to ensure their good health? Employees often tend to gorge on high-calorie cuisines while on official lunches and dinners. A lot of times, it is also because they’re left with no choice.

One of the best ways to take a positive step towards employee health is through its corporate lunches. So, what really comprises a “healthy” corporate lunch, and how can you introduce this concept into your corporate life? Here are some ‘wholesome’ tips that can help you choose a healthy corporate lunch catering at Melbourne:

1. ‘Healthy fat’ – yes, the two words can occur together!

Fat’ is probably one of the most misunderstood terms. Yes, accumulation of saturated fat in the body can cause lifestyle diseases like diabetes, obesity and the like. And these fats are often found in the French-fries and pizzas we binge-eat in front of the TV.

But we’re talking unsaturated fats found in wholesome foods. These should consist of 20-25% of your daily calorie intake. While looking for office lunch catering, ask your caterer to include foods rich in unsaturated fat. These include olive oil, clarified butter, peanut butter, nuts and seeds like flaxseeds, walnuts etc. Avocados are also a great source of healthy fats.

2. Is protein a part of your routine?

Proteins are a vital source of energy for your immune system. And a good portion of protein in your employees’ meals can boost their energy levels and increase overall productivity. Ensure that your corporate lunch consists of sufficient protein-rich foods, such as eggs, fish, turkey breast, beef, milk-based preparations and dry-fruits.

3. Vita(l)mins!

Yes, there seem to be endless categories to this nutrient. But broadly speaking, vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluble while others like C, B6, B12, folic acid and biotin are water soluble. A good proportion of both these types of vitamins ensures a healthy body. Look for corporate catering at Melbourne that provides your foods rich in vitamins – including salad meals, fruit salads, vegetable soups and meals consisting of vitamin-rich veggies like broccoli, greens, corn and mushrooms.

4. Mind the minerals…

Like the vitamins, minerals can also be classified into two categories – major minerals and trace minerals. Major minerals include sodium, potassium, magnesium, sulphur etc., while trace minerals consist of iron, zinc, iodine, chromium etc. A wholesome blend of both these types of minerals make for a complete meal. Look for catering services that offer mineral-rich foods like fruit-salads, salad meals, vegetable soups and sandwiches, broad beans, salmon and leafy vegetables for corporate lunches.

For a healthy corporate lunch, make sure that all these vital nutrients are incorporated into the employees’ meals in sizeable, balanced proportions. Before zeroing in on a corporate lunch catering service, take a glance at its menu to be well-informed about the types of cuisines offered in the same. The best catering is also sensitive to the needs of vegetarian consumers. A healthy corporate lunch not only results in healthy and happy employees but also contributes to fruitful and active interactions.

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