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How employees taking lunch benefits your organization

Designer Creative - Thursday, March 29, 2018

 

When growing a business, employee turnover rates and productivity levels are major concerns. As you look for ways to retain employees and increase efficiency, you may be overlooking a simple solution: lunch.

 

On-site breakrooms with a variety of food options promote a strong company culture. Here is how regular lunch breaks produce better employees:

 

 

Workers accomplish more.

 

A full day of work takes a toll both physically and mentally. Toward the end of the day, energy levels drop and productivity wanes.

 

An early afternoon break allows the brain and body to rest for a bit, and a healthy meal provides nutrients to keep employees alert and focused throughout the afternoon. The Staples Advantage Workplace Index reports that 76 percent of employers and workers recognize an increase in productivity following a break. Employees return to their jobs energized and ready to face the afternoon’s tasks.

 

Workers are happier.

 

Lunch breaks allow employees to unwind and relieve stress. Getting away from a to-do list lets the mind refocus, so projects don’t seem so daunting. This is especially true if workers dine with friends, discussing ideas and sharing laughs.

 

Decreased stress leads to higher job satisfaction, improved loyalty and an overall stronger team. As an added bonus, happy workers are 12 percent more productive, according to a University of Warwick study.

 

Providing an on-site dining solution gives your employees a convenient location to take lunch without having to face crowded parking lots or long drive-thru lines. Find out how Burch Food Services can create customized dining options for your organization. Schedule a Micro-Market demo today.

 

Three ingredients for an energized morning

Designer Creative - Thursday, March 15, 2018

 

If you find yourself dragging throughout the day, your morning nutrition may be to blame. Not eating a healthy breakfast means your body doesn’t have the nutrients it needs to tackle the day’s tasks.
 
Boost your energy level and productivity by building a balanced breakfast.

 

1) Start with protein.

 

Adding extra protein at the start of the day keeps you feeling full longer, so you snack less later. Protein also helps regulate your metabolism, and regularly eating protein-rich breakfasts reduces your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

 

Eggs, yogurt and nuts are great ways to include protein in your breakfast.

 

2) Add complex carbs.

 

Like protein, complex carbs help regulate metabolism, but they also provide an immediate energy boost and are good sources of fiber. Possibly most important throughout the workday, complex carbs improve concentration and brain function.

 

Add complex carbs by selecting whole grains, such as oatmeal.

 

3) Include fruit.

 

Get a jump-start on your daily food group servings by adding a serving of fruit to your breakfast. With a large variety of vitamins and minerals, including potassium and vitamin C, fruit provides the nutrients your body needs to stay in top shape.

 

Choose your favorites: bananas, oranges, pineapples and many more.

 

Even on a tight morning schedule, a balanced breakfast is completely doable. Consider simple combinations like a banana and peanut butter or yogurt mixed with fresh fruit. Stop by a Burch Micro-Market and select nutritious options to start your day.

 

Can you beat our healthy challenge?

Designer Creative - Monday, March 12, 2018

 

We get it. New Year’s resolutions are hard.

 

If you made one to eat healthier, and you’ve fallen off the bandwagon, you’re not alone. According to Statistic Brain, about 22 percent of people resolve to eat better every year. But less than 10 percent feel as though they’re successful at achieving their goals.

 

Consider our challenge a fresh start.

1. It’s easier than a yearlong resolution because:

  1. 2. you can complete it during any month
  2. 3. it has only three rules
  3. 4. you don’t have to weigh yourself
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So what are the rules?

 

1. We challenge you to add an additional fruit or vegetable to one meal a day.
2. At least four days out of a week, you must opt for a vegetable instead of fruit.
3. Potatoes do not count as vegetables during this challenge – sorry, fry lovers.

 

Follow these tips to increase your odds of success

 

Grab a handful of carrots
Baby carrots provide the same crunch and dipping power fries have come to be loved for. Moreover, carrots contain far fewer calories per serving, so you can eat more. They’re also a great source of fiber, and they pack a ton of vitamins per cup.

 

Let celery and peanut butter make a comeback
Remember the snack called ants on a log? Celery is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, while peanut butter’s protein acts as a hunger suppressant. Eat these two foods together for a tasty combo.

 

Customize your yogurt
Yogurt is a great treat because you can add almost any fruit to it, and it will taste even better – try sliced strawberries. Plus, many yogurt varieties contain essential nutrients to help keep you full. Add fresh fruit to your next yogurt cup, like banana slices or berries.

 

Why is this challenge achievable?

 

Many fail to attain their New Year’s resolutions because their goals are hard to measure. And eating healthy isn’t easy to track.

 

It’s better to start on a smaller, more specific scale and work your way up from there. Months are 31 days or fewer, compared to 365 in a year. Plus, you can break our challenge down into weeks, making it even easier to follow your success.

 

Good luck! Tell us about your progress on our Facebook page.

 

https://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/