Corporate Cafeteria – Importance

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After long hours of work, the tired employees want to look up to something refreshing, that can freshen up their mood and energize their body. Cafeteria can be of great help at that point of time. But the question is –“ Is having a cafeteria enough for all the needs to energize the body and freshen up the mood?”

Cafeteria becomes a big attraction point for the employees, but providing healthy food can be a big game changer in daily routine, productivity and good eating habits. Moreover, catering to these needs the organization must keep a good and healthy menu that contains most of the healthy options at cafeteria. Researchers have studied the extraordinary effects of good nutrition on increasing productivity and reducing the risks of heart disease.

An excellent corporate cafeteria works as an overall health and wellness strategy and a selling point (to attract and retain better employees).

What magic a good cafeteria can do?

 It helps create a friendly, and sociable atmosphere
 Cafeteria help both in hiring and retaining employees
 It also improve Employee Morale
 It makes employee more productive

Employees that have good quality food and eat at a proper interval of time, have more stamina and are more willing to work longer hours. Also, people are less likely to stay at home due to sickness. When employees have nutrient deficiencies, they are a lot less productive, which is why it’s critical to provide them with healthful food choices to meet their nutritional needs. Some employers believe that their team members only accomplish a lot when they are not hungry or full on stomach, because it often appears that they are working only on an empty stomach or not much richness in diet.

Then, why not give them a better choice of healthy foods?
Instead of relying on a steady diet of fast food and coffee and sugar, employees should have a range of options in healthy meals and snacks in corporate cafeteria. To ensure adequate nutrition and wellbeing, it is required that ingredients be minimally processed. Additionally, you will need to accommodate everyone’s dietary requirements and must include low-calorie meal options.

It can have significant benefits for company productivity, employee retention, and employee satisfaction and in terms of the quality of working environment.

Now let us look on the different kinds of healthy foods that can be served in a corporate cafeteria-

All plant-based foods contain valuable nutrients
Choose foods that are rich in nutrient, limit the refined carbohydrates, and eat more rich in omega-3 fatty acids, also drink an abundance of water. The recipe must be low in sodium, low in Trans fat, and very good source of magnesium, protein, fibre and calcium.
 Multigrain Bread
 Chilla
 Sprouts
 Wheatgrass drinks
 Dry fruits n nuts
 Seeds – flax, chia seeds
 Smoothies and shakes
 Coconut dishes and smoothies
 Some Traditional India Foods

Superfoods

Despite the advantages of superfoods, no single food on its own can provide us with all of the nutrition. Best nutritionists recommend a healthy mix of foods from across all food groups while paying attention to calorie limits.
There are a few exceptions, however. While these “superfoods” ingredients have plenty of key nutrients that can add more robust nutritional content to your meals and snacks, they are also beneficial in supporting an overall healthy diet.

Below are some examples of superfoods –
 Eggs
 Green Tea
 Tomatoes
 Yogurt
 Fish
 Some Green Vegetables

Following can be the tasty dishes made with the above superfoods –
 Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal
 Kale, Almond, Banana Smoothie With Chia Seeds
 Sweet Potato Hash With Eggs
 Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

Green vegetables

Green vegetables or Dark green leafy vegetables (DGLVs) specifically are a rich source of nutrients such as zinc, calcium, folate and fibre, but they do not provide a great deal of either iron or vitamin C for that we will add other foods too. Some well-known DGLVs are Spinach, turnip , capsicum and broccoli etc.
Not everyone likes plain DGLVs so you may use them in a variety of dishes, including sauces, sandwiches, smoothies, boil, and rice dishes.
 Beetroot Salad
 Caesar Salad
 Savoy Cabbage Rolls
 Spinach Salad with Pistachios and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
 Broccoli Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Onions and Garlic
 Mini Veggie Cucumber Wraps With Avocado Hummus
 Lentil Salad with Crunchy Veggies and Herbs

Berries

There are numerous health benefits of berries, such as valuable vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants in them, also people who eat high levels of antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables like berries are less likely to develop heart disease as well as certain cancers.
Some of the berries are –
 Strawberries
 Cranberries
 Blackberries
 Raspberries

Eggs

Eggs are an excellent source of nutrition and an important part of a healthy diet. They also contain a lot of high-quality protein. Rich egg yolks are high in many nutrients, including B vitamins, selenium, phosphorous, as well as to varying degrees of protein, vitamin A, and low in saturated fat.

Egg dishes –
 Omlette
 Boiled Eggs
 Spinach Eggs
 Egg Fried Rice
 Egg Bread Toast
 Cheese Omlette

Beans

Beans like soybeans, peas and lentils, belong to the legumes category of plant foods. They are nutrient-rich and aid in the prevention and treatment of a variety of illnesses. Vitamin-B, minerals, calcium, and fibre are all abundant in legumes.
Dishes that can be made with the help of above ingredients –
 Lemony Lentil and Chickpea Salad with Radish and Herbs
 Kale, Black Bean and Avocado Burrito Bowl
 Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce
 Lebanese Lemon-Parsley Bean Salad
 Crispy Baked Falafel
 Lentil and Mushroom Meatballs
 Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls
 Roasted Broccoli, Arugula and Lentil Salad

Nuts and seeds

Nuts and seeds are excellent sources of high-of protein, fibre, folic acid, B vitamins, and minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. Nuts and seeds work in two ways: They act as both a fat-regulator and a food source, so they control hunger and weight. All these seeds contain the necessary ingredients for the development of complex plants and that is why they very nutritious as food.
Fruits and vegetables seeds are an excellent source of dietary fibre. Almonds, pine nuts , peanuts , walnuts, chia seeds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are different kinds of nuts .

Dishes using above ingredients –
 Fruit and Nut – Oats
 Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
 Coconut Chia Pudding
 Carrot Curls with Pine Nuts
 Fruit and Nut Energy Bars
 Cinnamon-Maple Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Keeping all the items in menu is fine but healthy foods increase productivity of employees in a far better way.

 All the nutritious foods can be mixed up to make great meals. Like, all the following fresh foods can be taken as salad – Tofu, Boiled Eggs, Lentils, Dry Nuts.
 The Grilled lean chicken with wholegrain bread can also serve as a good meal for the cafeteria.
 Nutritious Sandwiches – having wholegrain bread, tortillas. These can be filled with green veggies, onions, tomatoes and pinch of pepper.
 Wholegrain pasta would also be a great tasty dish at lunchtime.
 New dishes like fruits with yogurt would freshen up and energize employees for the rest of the day. It will also be healthy as desert rather than going for pure sugary content (sweets).
 In beverages, employees can be offered with green and herbal tea, smoothies and variety of shakes too.