Wellness and Workplace Performance

Companies creating a recipe for workplace disaster are those that expect employees to

  • sit at their desks all day and produce, produce, produce
  • work too many hours without taking adequate breaks or days off
  • sit in long meetings with fattening finger foods such as pizza and chips

We have to wonder if these business owners know that they are physically undermining their employees’ ability to perform at their peak.

It’s so simple. Eating the wrong kinds of food and not drinking enough water lowers workers’ ability to sustain energy and to think creatively.
Unfortunately, too many employees skip breakfast, or reach for “heartier” snacks like donuts and bagels. These kinds of high glycemic foods cause a spike in blood glucose causing a feeling of hunger only thirty minutes after consuming them.

High-glycemic, high-calorie foods (processed products containing white flour, white sugar, fat and salt) spike energy but then lead to energy/productivity “crashes.” Not something you want happening around your office.

That is why we are continually designing a workplace menu with low-glycemic, 100-150-calorie snacks, because all calories are not alike, as explained by Mark Bittman in his recent essay for The NY Times. Our menu includes natural and organic healthier options such as yogurt, whole fruit, nuts and cheese. When eaten in frequent intervals, your employees will sustain energy over time.

Our goal is to raise  your employees’ creativity, focus, engagement, and overall performance – through the “food fuel” -which helps their brain and their body,  which hey, may just  lead to enhanced business performance.

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Eating Healthy Food at Work

A new study that will be published in the journal Population Health Management shows that eating unhealthily is linked with a 66 percent increased risk of loss of (workplace) productivity as recently reported on Huffington Post. Read the article here.

And so-called “healthy vending machines” are not the answer. Check out Tim Ferris’s article on reinventing the office and why he gives vending machines a big thumbs down.

The fact is, most people spend about one-third of their day at work. Being mindful of the types of foods, snacks and beverages they consume is important to keeping their energy levels at peak performance.

Launching in New York, The Snack Cart is ready to roll into your office with a delicious menu that will boost your workplace and employee’s health and productivity.

Contact us at hey@theoriginalsnackcart.com to learn more.

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So thrilled and honored to be a part of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

The biggest joy we get from our day is the smile we see on our customer’s/co-worker’s faces. There’s something about finding fresh food in your workspace that is just a big surprise. We have a fridge with fresh-pressed orange, apple and ginger juice for breakfast, two protein packed eggs in a cup and organic apple slices with creamy natural peanut butter for dipping at the desk. Needless to say, this beats a nasty old vending machine any day of the week.

Read the full article here. http://www.jamieoliver.com/us/foundation/jamies-food-revolution/news-content/eat-well-work-happy

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A Brooklyn Smorgasburg with Mario Batali

My husband recognized him first. Hey isn’t that the famous chef? Who is that guy again? Well, hello Mario Batali sporting your bright orange Crocs with dark grey socks and matching bag??  Look at us both checking out Brooklyn’s own Smorgasburg. Let’s get inspired by all these hawkers of handmade food together, shall we?

Smorgasburg, at 27 North Sixth Street, between Kent Avenue and the East River (near East River State Park), opened last May – a  delightful foodie gathering weekly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A great way to spend a Saturday.

So what did we like, what did we taste?

A nibble from Bite size Kitchen – inspired by the distinct flavors and foods of Asia from the fragrant spices of India to the minimal complexity of Japan.

A delicious drip cup of cafe – Blue Bottle Coffee claim that their roasters undergo a rigorous apprenticeship before they are allowed to roast coffee for their discerning customers. The fifteen minute wait is well very worth it.

What is the difference between a macaron and a macaroon? Not just the spelling – Here is a full explanation on Chow.com.

So happy to let WeWork members in midtown know that we placed an order of salted carmel and roasted almond at Danny’s Macaroons for next Tuesday. The perfect 3 pm sweet pick me up.

Another member at WeWork also told us that cold brewing is a process in which coffee is brewed by soaking grounds in cold water overnight. After steeping, the coffee is filtered to separate the grounds and silt from the liquid. Thank god for Grady’s Cold Brew we won’t have to do it ourselves. This coffee lasts 30 days in the frig too.

We scored two bags(one rosemary and one sea salt) of  hulless Pipcorn (popcorn) for a Monday afternoon tasting at The Snack Cart -made with love by brother and sister Jeff and Jessica Martin of PipSnacks.

         

I don’t usually eat a lot of meat, but the long line for Mighty Quinn’s slow smoked beef brisket with pickled onions drew us in. Absolutely delicious and currently in negotiation for a space (restaurant) in NYC.

There were so much more that we wanted to try – Handsome Hank’s Fish Hut, Pizza Motto. . .            

  We couldn’t pass up a sample of these Hong Kong cakes (taste like a waffle/funnel cake hybrid) were very yum.

   

And we look forward to seeing you Will from Home By The Range who will also be stopping by The Snack Cart this week with top-notch sandwiches featuring impeccably sourced meats and veggie salads.

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Enter to Win at The Snack Cart

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Enter your business card on the 6th floor of WeWork Midtown for a free lunch!

Real Food. Real Energy.

Kate, the proprietor of Kate’s Real Food, in Victor, Idaho, originally made these for herself and her friends for a long day of skiing the slopes of Jackson Hole or a long hike through the Grand Tetons. A good combo of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, this bar may very well  give you a full day of healthy energy as you navigate your way from Midtown back to Brooklyn and every stop in-between.

Ingredients: Organic oats, organic honey, organic peanut butter (organically grown dry roasted peanuts, salt), milk chocolate (sugar, milk, cocoa butter, chocolate liquor, soy lecithin, real vanilla), rice nuggets (rice flour, rice bran, raisin juice concentrate, honey, salt), organic dried bananas, organic dried apricots, organic raisins, organic sunflower seeds, organic sesame seeds, sea salt.

Come give it taste @thesnackcart at WeWork.  Ready to feed your crave, this Monday, March 19th.

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THE SNACKCART’S COMING SOON – LETTUCE IN!

The Snack Cart / serving healthy snacks + beverages at your workplace 

We consume at least a third of our daily calorie intake while at work. What we eat and drink affects not just our health but our work performance too.

An added benefit to employees, members and guests, The Snack Cart offers a smart selection of healthier food and beverage choices for everyone. Our menu consists of a revolving and evolving selection of delicious options.

We’ll wheel right into your office, event space or photo shoot.

Contact us to find out how you can bring The Snack Cart to your location. We can’t wait to feed your crave.

 

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