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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/

 

3 reasons a breakroom food service program is great for employees

Designer Creative - Saturday, February 24, 2018

It’s late in the evening. Your stomach is growling, and a project deadline is fast approaching. You could possibly step away for a few minutes, but running out for fast food and dealing with traffic isn’t viable.

 

Your only option is to power through until you finish, knowing your focus and quality of work will be lower than usual.

 

Unfortunately, this scenario can be a real-life dilemma for many employees. And those who frequently work long or extra hours without compensation can develop employee burnout. According to Kronos Inc., 95% of human resource leaders surveyed said employee burnout is destroying workforce retention.*

 

An easy solution for keeping employees motivated, even during the busy season, is a breakroom food service program.

 

Increase morale
In a survey of full-time professionals conducted by Seamless, 57 percent** said they would feel more appreciated by their employers if they had food-based perks. That doesn’t necessarily mean food should be free. Simply giving your workforce easy access to a range of high-quality snacks and beverages can make a substantial difference in their moods. Plus, your workforce is more likely to stay on-site during lunch breaks if they have access to a variety of food options.

 

Build internal relations
In the same Seamless survey, one out of every two participants said that sharing a meal with another staff member fosters better working relationships.** When employees feel comfortable communicating with each other, they find work more relaxing and beneficial. Stocked breakrooms encourage conversation, breaking down barriers that might stall productivity.

 

Improve employee retention

According to Forbes, employees who are happy and have good relationships in the workplace are less likely to jump ship – saving you money trying to find and train replacements.*** In fact, in the Seamless survey, 41 percent said that food perks with their current employer would deter them from accepting an offer from another company.**

 

Opting for a food service program in your organization’s breakroom is an excellent way to thank your workforce for their dedication and to convince new employees that it’s worth sticking around.

 

Learn how we’re revolutionizing on-site food service. Request a demo.

 

*https://www.kronos.com/about-us/newsroom/employee-burnout-crisis-study-reveals-big-workplace-challenge-2017

 

**Seamless (https://pages.c.seamless.com/foodintheworkplace2014survey.html)

 

*** https://www.forbes.com/sites/victorlipman/2015/10/10/why-do-employees-leave-their-jobs-new-survey-offers-answers/#7e7386157ea1

 

The Forgetful Person’s Guide to Saving Valentine’s Day (by Visiting Your Breakroom)

Designer Creative - Monday, February 12, 2018

 

It’s time to face facts: You screwed up. You ran out of time. You ran out of money. Or maybe you just forgot. Stop imagining your impending relationship doom…you can still save Valentine’s Day. Here’s how, with a quick visit to your Burch breakroom.

 

For the I’m-not-cooking dinner planner
Grab and go entrée: Surprise your significant other with a little slice of heaven (aka pizza) from your Burch breakroom. If you really want to go above and beyond, throw in a fresh salad too.

 

 

 

Bonus e-card to deliver with it (just snap a photo and text to your beloved):

Burch Valentine Card

 

 

 

For the I’m-Sweetening-You-Up Valentine
Your breakroom is full of goodies to satisfy that special someone’s sweet tooth. From chocolate galore to some really great cookies, there’s something for everyone.

 

Bonus e-card to deliver with it (just snap a photo and text to your beloved):

Burch Valentine Card

 

 

 

For the last-minute desperado
And if all else fails, go straight to the heart - or stomach - of the matter: a snack cake or cream-filled cupcake. Pretty much no one can resist them; it’s a guaranteed win for those at the end of their rope.

 

Bonus e-card to deliver with it (just snap a photo and text to your beloved):

Burch Valentine Card 3


 

 

 

3 foods that boost productivity

Designer Creative - Thursday, December 28, 2017

Everyone has ups and downs when it comes to their work. But if you feel like you've been dragging recently, making some quick additions to your diet might be just the boost you need to get back on track. Check out our top three favorite "superfoods" to help you stay energized and focused in the workplace: 

 

 

GREEN TEA

 

Not only does green tea provide powerful antioxidants, it's also a natural energy booster without negative side effects. 

 

 

DARK CHOCOLATE 

 

The caffeine in dark chocolate comes in handy for feeling more energetic, and it can help you focus as well. Plus, it contains magnesium, a natural stress reliever. 

 

 

BANANAS

 

Grab a banana to get your daily dose of energy-enhancing glucose without unneeded carbs. It'll fill you up as a snack between meals, helping you concentrate on your work instead of your next meal.

 

And the very best part of these productivity-boosting foods: You can find all three in your Burch Micro-Market.

 

Source. INC.com 

 

Why caffeine’s health benefits will make you want a cup of coffee

Designer Creative - Monday, August 14, 2017

If you don’t feel awake until you’ve had your daily dose of caffeine, studies show you’re probably right.Research consistently links productivity, focus and energy with the regular consumption of caffeine.

 

BUT DID YOU KNOW?

While caffeine is praised for its energizing properties, the stimulant has several other health benefits for those who consume it regularly.

 

Caffeine may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Because caffeine blocks brain inflammation, those who regularly consume it have a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. This is also why you see caffeine as a primary ingredient in headache and migraine relievers.

 

Caffeine and memory

In addition to impeding brain inflammation, research has further shown that caffeine bolsters brain function and memory retention. In fact, a study following participants who consumed 200 milligrams of caffeine – or about two cups of coffee – scored significantly higher on a memory exam compared to those who had no caffeine.

 

Coffee and diabetes

While less related to caffeine specifically, various studies have concluded people who drink around four to six cups of coffee daily benefit from a 50 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Further, simply cutting down on coffee can result in a higher risk of developing diabetes. Research also suggests that three compounds found in coffee block the formation of a protein connected with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

 

Caffeine and other diseases

Consuming a moderate amount of caffeine daily may also reduce the risk of developing

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  1. – gallstones
  2. – Parkinson’s disease
  3. – liver disease
  4. – heart disease
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  • Caffeine and skin health

Many coffee facial scrubs are at the top of skin care best-seller lists – and with good reason. Just as caffeine soothes brain inflammation, it also reduces skin inflammation and redness when applied topically. Those who use makeup infused with caffeine see inflammation reduced nearly instantly and look more awake.

 

Caffeine and a healthy workforce

If you want more alert employees, inspire them to start their day with some coffee. Not only will they be more alert, they’ll seem more approachable with a cup of coffee in their hands.Plus, an employee coffee gathering spot can serve as a place for vital company bonding.

For most people, a cup of coffee or two a day can make a lasting difference in their overall health – thanks to the caffeine.

 

Of course, the right coffee makes a difference too: Sample John Conti.

This is why organizations with breakrooms have successful teams

Designer Creative - Monday, August 14, 2017

Building a motivated and successful workforce begins with one key ingredient: loyalty. Loyalty is the difference between your team volunteering to stay late when a project is on deadline and hitting the road with the job half done. When asked by friends if your employees enjoy their job, loyalty is what motivates an enthusiastic “yes.”

 

While easy to discuss, loyalty isn’t simple to build or maintain. But there are some simple steps you can take to help lay the foundation, and it starts right in your breakroom. With a few changes, you can boost company morale, increase productivity and create happily loyal employees.

 

Upgrade your breakroom with free coffee and supplies.

A functioning coffee spot can vastly motivate employees to arrive to work on time – they won’t have to stop for coffee or brew it at home. Throw in extras like creamer, sweetener, sugar and stirrers, and they’ll be able to make it just the way they like. The caffeine in coffee already acts as a productivity reinforcement, but branding the beverage as an employee perk will make it seem like a reward for continued good work. When employees feel rewarded for their actions, they’re more likely to stay with your organization and produce the results you need.

 

Dub a day of the week or month “Lunch Break In.”

Team building doesn’t have to mean taking a day to half-heartedly solve color-coded puzzles. Instead, keep team building low key and free of pressure by hosting a meal on-site. Encouraging employees to frequently eat together will improve communication overall. Because breakroom tables create environments for natural conversation, communication among employees will grow stronger and solidify a broad sense of companionship and – you guessed it – loyalty to each other and their employer.

 

Make eating convenient instead of a chore.

Packing a lunch before work isn’t the most fun task in the world. And forgetting to pack a lunch when you work somewhere that doesn’t offer the means to easily obtain food requires you going off-site or going hungry. When employees leave the property or go without food entirely, productivity decreases. Employees with easy access to snacks, beverages and meals are more likely to perceive work as a positive setting.

By providing tasty food options, like those in a Burch Micro-Market, employees can buy a variety of their favorites without going off-site. It’s more convenient than packing a lunch, and Burch Micro-Markets can be completely customized to your workforce, including supporting wellness initiatives.

 

Take the first step toward improving employee loyalty: Learn more about Micro-Markets.


 

 

3 times a Micro-Market is the right choice

Designer Creative - Thursday, May 18, 2017

 

Micro-Markets have a lot to offer for both employers and employees – from saving money to increasing productivity to keeping your workforce happier. Here are three times they may be the right food service solution for your organization.

 

No. 1

You’re ready to expand from traditional vending

If your organization has outgrown your current vending service, a Micro-Market may be a better fit. This breakroom solution offers a fully customizable retail space designed to operate 24/7, with hundreds of fresh food, snack and beverage choices. The expanded selection and cashless payment options will help keep your employees on-site during breaks, saving time and improving productivity.

 

No. 2

You’re looking for an economical alternative to an on-site café

Full-service, on-site dining centers can be a significant investment, and often have limited hours of operation. Micro-Markets offer kiosk-based payment solutions that can be accessed by your workforce around the clock, with a wide variety of food options and price points.

 

No. 3

You’re looking for ways to support an employee wellness initiative

More and more organizations have realized the role workforce health and happiness play in overall productivity and business success, as well as keeping benefit costs such as health insurance lower. Wellness initiatives help support those efforts, but can be difficult to implement and maintain. Micro-Markets offer a substantial advantage, allowing employers to customize healthy breakroom food options and fulfill special diet preferences – all while improving the success of your company’s wellness efforts.

Want to learn more about Micro-Markets or other food service solutions from Burch? Schedule a demo.

 

3 foods that can improve your health

Designer Creative - Thursday, May 18, 2017

Healthy Foods

 

Eating healthy isn’t always easy, and it’s especially tough if you find yourself in a rut of eating the same foods over and over. Ever experienced salad burn-out? But there are a lot of great, healthy options out there. Just look in your Burch break room for inspiration:

 


 

MANDARIN ORANGES 

While small, they are nutrient-packed are a perfect add-on to your meal or a quick snack.  They help in building your immune system, are great for your hair and skin health, and have been known to help reduce blood pressure and fight cholesterol. 

 


NUTS

Nuts such as almonds contain lots of healthy fats as well as fiber and protein. They also have a good dose of vitamin D, and can even help promote weight loss.

 

 


BANANAS

Offering up a large dose of potassium, bananas not only fill you up, but can have a positive affect on blood pressure. They can also reduce your risk of stroke or heart attack, and provide a boost to your bones and kidneys as well.

Interested in exploring more healthy food options? Check out your nearest Burch break room or explore our Micro-Market options: http://www.burchfood.com/micro-markets.html


 

Introducing a match made in coffee heaven

Designer Creative - Tuesday, March 07, 2017
At Burch, we’re always on the search for new products to benefit our customers. Which is why we’re so excited about our new partnership with the john conti® Coffee Company, an artisan specialty roaster based in Louisville, Ky.

 

If you’ve ever tasted artisan-roasted coffee, you’ll know it’s much more than just your typical cup of joe – it’s an experience, one we’re thrilled to bring to your Burch breakroom. As a small-batch roaster, Midwest-based roaster, john conti® carefully crafts blends for every palate, developing individualized beverage solutions for a variety of customers – from breakrooms to restaurants to retail stores and private labels.

 

About John Conti:

Roasting great coffee since 1962, john conti® is the regions’ largest small batch specialty roaster of high-grown Arabica coffee. Before it was a popular trend, the company was one of the first to offer specialty coffee shops in 1977. john conti® roasts over 1.5 million pounds of coffee annually and serves over 1 million cups of award-winning coffee daily.

 

A few blends available:

    • – French roast

    – Columbian

    • – Donut shop
    • – French vanilla
    • – Hazelnut
    • – Chocolate almond
    • – Signature Bourbon
    • – Java Blue Batavia
    • – Chocolate raspberry
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    Stay tuned for more news about this great new partnership and opportunities for a free taste test.