When it comes to conferences and events, the food you serve your delegates does make a difference. However, devising a menu that looks good, tastes better and will keep your conference attendees awake and engaged during your event is no easy task. Here are some of the “must-haves” for your conference menu.
- Slow release carbohydrates
Slow release carbohydrates will keep your delegates feeling fuller for longer because they’re broken down slowly by the body. All non-starchy vegetables contain slow release carbohydrates, but some of the best examples are tomatoes, asparagus, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower and onions. For dessert, be sure to include some of the best slow burning fruits, such as plums, grapefruit, apples, pears, grapes, oranges and dried apricots Add some of these foods to your conference menu and you will be providing your delegates with a slow and steady supply of energy following their meal.
- Sweet potatoes
White potatoes contain quick releasing carbohydrates whereas sweet potatoes make a good slow-release carbohydrate substitute. Why not serve baked sweet potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes or homemade sweet potato fries to accompany your conference meals instead of the more traditional white ones?
- Oily fish
If you’re choosing food for a conference or event, fish might not be the obvious first choice, but oily fish like salmon and tuna contains essential fatty acids that can’t be produced by the body. These fats, of which Omega-3is the most well-known, contribute to vascular health and memory.
- Super foods
Definitely the buzz word of the moment, ‘super foods’ are packed with nutrients and generally low in calories, so try to pack as many as possible into your conference menu. Good examples include the cabbage family, spinach, avocado, strawberries and coconut.
- Nutritionally balanced meal
Finally, it might seem like stating the obvious, but eating a nutritionally balanced meal will increase productivity amongst delegates at your conference, so make sure you have a good mix of carbohydrate, protein and fibre, plus some fruit and vegetables. What’s more, our perception of how healthy a meal is, will influence its taste, so if you serve your guests a healthy meal, they will think that it tastes better!