Planning ahead is key when prepping for an important meeting. Without this vital step, you can potentially lose focus on your talking points, allowing a valuable opportunity for a healthy exchange of ideas to devolve into a wandering diatribe of unfocused thought.

Planning what you'll eat before an important meeting may prove to be just as valuable. While grabbing a muffin or a sandwich on your way in may be an easy option, it may also leave you feeling fatigued and unfocused, keeping you from effectively conveying important information to your team on how to move your company to the next level.

Instead, try eating nutritious foods, which may go a long way towards helping you feel energized, focused and calm. Consider ordering in one of these options as a meal or keep them on hand for a quick, convenient snack to help make every meeting an opportunity for greater success.

  1. Cashews: Cashews are a good source of L-tryptophan, the amino acid that is necessary for healthy serotonin production, making them a perfect go-to snack to help you feel calm and in control. A handful 30 minutes before your meeting should do the trick.
  2. Salmon: Loaded in Omega-3 essential fats that help with focus and concentration, a piece of grilled salmon would be a perfect lunch option to prime you for an afternoon meeting.
  3. Eggs (with yolks!): Egg yolks contain lecithin, which boost acetylcholine production, which in turn helps you focus better, gain greater concentration, and improve memory recall. Ideally, have them soft boiled or hard boiled rather than scrambled to prevent oxidation and degradation of vital nutrients contained in the yolk. Perfect nutrition before an important morning meeting.
  4. Avocado: The monounsaturated fats in avocado will help nourish your brain and improve circulation. Particularly good if you're feeling anxious or stressed about your meeting. Have some with eggs for breakfast or on a salad for lunch to help you feel calm and in control.
  5. Blueberries: Blueberries are nutritional powerhouses containing antioxidants that can protect your brain from cognitive decline, helping you stay focused and mentally energized over the long haul. Have a cup of fresh blueberries as a snack before your meeting. For best results, pair them with your handful of cashews for a one-two punch.
  6. Dark chocolate with almond butter: Chocolate is a great source of antioxidants and it also contains caffeine, which can give you a boost without the hyper-caffeinating effects of a cup of coffee. The almond butter provides quality fats that can calm a stressed brain. The combination can offer up a laser sharp but calm mind. Think: instant, healthy Reese's!
  7. Green drink: These are becoming as popular as custom-made coffee and are much healthier! Green drinks, made with a combination of vegetables and fruit are loaded in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can help support optimal brain function. Additionally, green drinks are very alkylanizing, which can also offset feelings of stress before an important meeting.