There’s a growing movement among organizations to provide food in the workplace as a perk for their employees. That can go a long way toward satisfying employees, as long as the food is healthy and doesn’t result in long naps after gorging yourself on free food.
Peapod, an online grocer, found that 83% of employees valued fresh and healthy snack options. They also found that millennials were nearly three times more likely to value in-office treats over those aged 45 and over. Here are the most popular items they deliver to businesses:
- Bananas (their top seller)
- Navel and Clementine oranges
- Strawberries and blueberries
- Gala apples
- Red seedless grapes
- Bartlett pears
- Granola bars
I don’t entirely subscribe to the title of the article “Office Snacks Are Bad For You,” but it does raise some important issues. Yes, the snacks are appreciated and valued by employees. Yet if they are nearby and visible, you’re going to eat more.
“The Problem With Free Food at the Office” from the Wall Street Journal, has some interesting quotes from those who work in a well-stocked office:
“All that sugar turned me into a monster. After eating five fistfuls of Gummi Bears my nerves were frayed. Everyone knew not to come near me.”
They go on to describe an effort at Google to reduce the number of M&Ms consumed by staff. They placed them in opaque containers and dried fruit and nuts in clear containers. Over seven weeks their 2,000 employees in New York consumed 3.1 million fewer calories! That impacts not only waist lines but greatly reduces sugar rushes and the following crashes.
Food Ideas That Aren’t Awful
“Aren’t awful” is a pretty low bar to meet, particularly when we’re talking about food. Keep with healthy snacks, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables, and watch how much you eat.
And make sure you carry over these snack ideas to your lunch menu. I like this Pinterest board that provides Over 50 Healthy Work Lunchbox Ideas.
I hope this has provided some thoughts on office food. Also, take a look at my post “How to Maintain High Energy Levels at Work” for insight into maintaining your office productivity and protecting your waist line.
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