Brrr…it’s cold out there. Along with low temperatures (and snow for many parts of the country), winter can bring sniffling noses, sluggishness, and added stress to the office. Here are four ways related to office food to keep cold weather culprits at bay and help your employees stay healthy, happy, and productive this winter.

Serve Immune Boosting Food in the Office
Washing hands, and using hand sanitizers are excellent ways to prevent the spread of germs, but why not add a little extra flu-fighting punch to your company’s food program? To boost immunity, incorporate Vitamin A rich foods such as carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes, and Vitamin C power foods including bell peppers, dark leafy greens, broccoli, and citrus fruits to your corporate food menus.

It is also important to keep hydrated during the winter when cold weather can cause many to decrease their fluid intake. Add low-sugar vitamin water or sparkling water to your drink menu. Another great way to keep employees warm, healthy, and hydrated is to serve broth-based soups, in particular, the classic chicken soup.

Support Employee Resolutions
Many of your employees are getting ready to set New Year’s resolutions, including losing weight or improving their health. Such goals can be difficult to stick with when tempted by calorie-laden foods in the office. Swap out those candy dishes and cookie trays for healthier alternatives, such as fresh fruit or trail mix. Rethink your catered lunch menus to add more whole grains and low fat options.

Boost Productivity Levels
Some employees would rather skip lunch than face a frigid walk or chilly drive to grab food. Unfortunately, meal skipping and poor food choices—a Snickers bar just isn’t going to cut it as lunch—typically create sluggishness, irritability, and an inability to concentrate. Consider offering healthy snacks at the office and/or a corporate meal program that delivers food to your office to help break the meal-skipping cycle. Additionally, studies have proved that there are many benefits of eating breakfast. An employee breakfast program with breakfast wraps, yogurt, and oatmeal offerings is great way to boost employee productivity first thing each day.

Create an Appreciative Atmosphere
The New Year brings along with it new corporate goals and projects. Workers may find themselves working longer hours to meet their new directives. Reimbursing them for their after hour meals can go a long way towards saying ‘thank you.’ Additionally, celebrating company anniversaries, project wins, and birthdays are easy ways to foster a positive work environment.

Winter can be a tough time for employees, but with these easy ideas offices can do their part to keep workers healthy, upbeat, and energized.