Employers: Don't feed the animals!

Now that I have your attention...

Employers, I know you don't think of your good-natured, hard working, and loyal employees as animals. Not only do they often become friends, they're also the backbone of your business. They help you to get things done and make reality the dream upon which your burgeoning empire was founded. You do want to help your employees to be healthy, happy, mentally acute, and tolerable.

Why, then, are the counters of many of our workplaces brimming with high calorie, high fat, high sugar, low nutrient junk food of such poor quality that most animal lovers wouldn't even dream of giving it to their pets?

If I could only count, and then equate to money, the number of times I've heard clients attribute their bad food choices and cheats to the stuff left in the office, lunch room, break room, or lounge, I could probably vacation luxuriously in a tropical location for at least a month.

Please, please! Cut down on the Krispy Kreme, Hostess, and Entemann's. Just say 'no' to candy dishes, cookie jars and those "vendor boxes". Do away with any fried potato brand snack food that ends in "itos".

Now notice I did say cut down. On a occasion: little harm, little foul. It's the chronic stuff that's the problem and sabotages the success of even the most dedicated of health watchers.

Most people want to eat healthy. But it can be challenging when the object of their temptation is only feet away.

So, let's work together and help them out. Let's feed your company's bottom line instead of your employees' bottom.


Here are 10 health options that can make it a whole lot easier for employees to be energetic and productive team members:

1. Fruit trays and yogurt dip

2. Cut large muffins and bagels in halves or quarters before you set them out. Mix in some tasty bran muffins, too. Trust me, they'll eat them.

3. Plain or low-butter popcorn with little bags or cups to limit portions. One company I know had an old-time popcorn maker that they whipped out, but I recommend saving that for Friday afternoons because productivity tended to take a nose dive, but it was great for team building and camaraderie.

4. Ginger Snaps, fig bars, or oatmeal cookies w/nuts and raisins.

5. Dried nuts and fruit, aka trail mix. Almonds and cranberries are my personal fav. A spa owner-client leaves little tiny cups beside a large bowl of the stuff for her guests which encourages small portions.

6. Yogurt and low-fat granola

7. Veggie tray and low cal, healthy dip. Include broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, and celery. Add little tomatoes, peppers, and olives for added fun and healthiness.

8. Cheese and whole grain crackers. 'Happy Cow' has some great low fat cheese and spread options.

9. Unshelled nuts. The shells will not only cut down on high cal portions.

10. Rice cakes or pita bread and hummus.

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