At Chelsea Football Club, we work closely with expert chefs to ensure our players are getting the right nutrients they need to stay mind and body fit. No matter how hard they train, if they are not eating the right foods, it will soon become evident via their performance.
The connection between nutrition and brain capabilities has been illustrated by numerous studies. For instance, a recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, showed eating a small portion of antioxidant-packed blueberries every day improves the ability to learn, short-term memory and can result in reversal of nerve cell damage.
The mental demands of playing football echo the demands of meetings- you need to be focused, energised, display strong stamina and have the ability to think strategically.
Here are some of the newest dishes available at Stamford Bridge, designed to keep your delegates on their A game during a long day of meetings:
Breakfast: Oats have the effect of lowering blood pressure, which in turn increases blood and oxygen flow to the brain, boosting cognitive function. Combine with yoghurt and fresh fruit for a slow release of energy which sets your body up for the day.
Mid-morning snack: To give your body a boost of nutrients and keep your metabolism ticking away, a smoothie packed with healthy fruits, seeds and grains is the perfect snack. Mix berries, yoghurt, honey oats with flaxseed oil – which is rich in Omega-3, and helps to improve concentration as well as keep mood swings at bay, and berries are rich in antioxidants.
Lunch: Boasting an abundance of Vitamin K and Choline, Broccoli helps to improve memory and strengthen cognitive abilities. Combine with omega-3 rich Salmon, and a generous sprinkle of sesame seeds, which are rich in brain strengthening magnesium and antioxidants, for a super-healthy and delicious salad.
Break: After a productive morning of meetings, a little fresh air and gentle exercise are essential. The resulting increase in oxygen boosts the production of serotonin to the brain, making you feel happy and refreshed. The increased oxygen to the brain brings greater clarity, improving concentration and energy levels.
Drinks: For an afternoon boost, choose to sip on hydrating and energising drinks. For example coconut water, which is full of electrolytes and easily digestible sugar.
Combining these superfoods with fresh air and light exercise is sure to increase concentration, energy, stamina and keep mood swings and lethargy at bay. There’s no excuse to bring biscuits along to a meeting ever again.