Let’s face it, we all get hangry (hungry + angry = hangry). It’s times like these that hanger can make your team less focused, less productive and more irritable. Though hanger isn’t an actual diagnosable condition, it can affect your business flow. In the fast-paced world of staffing, you can’t afford to have your team off their game. How can you make sure these symptoms don’t plague your office during the workweek? The cure to all hanger issues is a single word, snacks. I know what you’re thinking “duh, snacks, everyone knows that!” But have you ever sat back and thought about the types of snacks your office is consuming and how it can affect your employee’s energy and stamina throughout the day. While cheesy corn puffs or chocolate covered snack cakes may make everyone smile, eventually those snacks will drain the energy out of even your top performers. Here are three healthy, high-energy, tasty snack options that will keep your team out of hanger’s reach:
Nuts, and seeds, and legumes, OH MY:
Portioned out, servings of nuts, seeds, and legumes all contain protein. The great thing about protein is that it can keep members of your team fuller for longer periods of time. This not only helps with hanger, it can also be a sustainable source of energy for members of your team. Examples of nuts, seeds, or legumes include almonds, pistachios, cashews, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, edamame, chickpeas, etc. There can be many interesting ways to consume these products. Trail mix is a fan favorite. Grabbing a snack with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and some sort of sweet surprise (I personally like cocoa nibs) can give an interesting twist to a somewhat bland food. Nut butter can also be a great source of energy, but only if consumed in moderation. I would never suggest allowing your employees to dive spoon first into the community jar of almond butter (never mind it being unsanitary, but it can also add up in terms of calories), but if you select nut butter that comes in already portioned containers and contains the least amount of added sugars, they can be an excellent source of added protein to smear on apples or celery.
Belly up to the bar:
Another thing to keep in mind to defeat hanger fast is convenience. Having something in your arsenal that’s easy to take on the go can save you time and frustration. Different types of bars can be a great grab-and-go snack, but you should check out ingredients so you know you’re selecting the right ones. Although that granola bar that is suited for your child’s lunch box may sound delicious, it can often contain a lot of added sugars, which will slow your team down even more. Try selecting a bar that contains limited ingredients and little to no added sugars. RX Bars are an excellent option for combating hanger and can be found in most local grocery stores. Made with simple ingredients like dates, nuts, and egg whites, this bar can rev up your energy without weighing you down.
For that moment when you get ‘jerky’:
While some members of your team may not be a fan of dried, cured meats, different types of jerky can be a great option for those savory snack lovers in your office. Jerky can pack a high-protein, salty punch that would otherwise be lacking in a bag of potato chips. Although jerky can be higher in sodium, you can choose a brand that contains fewer additives to bring those levels down a bit. Jerky comes in different types of meat, flavors, and sizes. Krave jerky is a great example of an all-natural jerky with different varieties and flavors for every member of your team.
Remember to also encourage your team to stay hydrated. While the snacks you’re choosing are important, the amount of water you’re drinking is equally important when it comes to energy. Now get out there and stock up your break room! While you can encourage your team to bring their own snacks, sooner or later someone will forget so it’s nice to have a backup. Fighting hanger can be the first step towards running a more efficient and focused team.