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Health & Wellness, Lifestyle

Lunch break can boost your productivity. How?

Five ways to make the most out of your lunch break.

You may look productive when you work through your lunch, but studies have found you’re anything but. In fact, working through your lunch break is one of the least productive things you can do.

Think you’re too busy to take a break? Think twice. Allowing your brain to switch off gives it a chance to re-energize. And when you return to work you will get more done than you would have without taking the rest.

All breaks from work are useful, but here are five tips to get your productivity rates increasing.

Tip #1: Eat mindfully

Nomen omen, as Latins would say. A lunch break should be for eating lunch. Yet, many people are eating hurriedly, unhealthily, or not eating at all. And since nutrition and productivity are linked, those could be a problem.

Mindful eating is essentially eating with a focus on what you are putting in your mouth and it allows us to decrease stress. It also helps encourage us to eat healthily, which in turn makes us fitter, smarter, and happier.

If you want to know more, here you can find some easy tips to improve your food habits.

Tip #2: Socialize

Being around other people makes us happy and improves our physical well-being. Spending your lunch break socializing can give you the push you need to make it through the afternoon’s work.

Coordinating your schedule with your bf or family would be great, since you’d spend your lunch break catching up and chatting. 

a group of friends enjoying a cup of coffee while chatting.
A cup of coffee with friends before getting back to work.

We know COVID-19 has messed things up and now meeting is no longer so easy. But if being physically together isn’t possible, technology comes and saves you.

Alternatively, you can spend that time with your colleagues. Workplace socializing is good for business because it builds relationships and encourages teamwork. Try to get out of the office and make sure to avoid business chat: otherwise it’ll feel like an extension of work.

Tip #3: Exercise

As many of you may know, the mental benefits of exercises are overwhelming. Why don’t you use your lunch-hour to make use of them? It will boost your energy, apart from making you feel 

You don’t have to do some sort of extreme stuff: a walk outside your house or office would be enough since it allows you to stretch and breathe some fresh air (apart from making you looking away from the screen for more than one sec).

A girl stretching
Stretch yourself

Tip #4: Make plans

Having something to look forward to has a powerful psychological effect on our happiness, especially during these difficult times when even the smallest surprise looks like a huge event. 

Use your lunchtime to plan something exciting. It could be a weekend away, dinner with your best friends, or even just a night in with a film you’ve always wanted to see.

Your plans will put you in a good mood for the rest of the day, plus arranging something nice for the evening will motivate you to power through your workload so to get home and enjoy your treat!

Tip #5: Escape mentally

The work bubble and its frenetic rhythm can leave us stressed. Spend your lunch breaks getting away from it all by reading a book, listening to an engaging podcast, or watching an interesting TV program. Focusing on different subjects will let you to get back to work relaxed and with a fresh perspective.

Listening to an engaging podcast among the different things you can do in your break.
Learning something new, why not?

Whatever you prefer, make sure you enjoy it away from your desk. Changing up our location allows us to switch off from work.

To us at NutriBees, lunch breaks are fundamental. And that’s the reason why we put so much effort into trying to prepare ready-to-eat, healthy and fresh meals which could be deliver right at your doorstep. We think the best part is that our meals allow you to: save time, eat healthier and try different food.

What are you waiting for? Give us a try! 😉

Health & Wellness, Lifestyle

Food habits: 5 tips to get ‘em back on track.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things: schedules, the amount of time spent at home, stress levels, and — for a lot of people — food habits. For some of us, these changes have not been for the better. If you fall into this category, you may be struggling to get back on track. What can you do to get your food habits back on track?

Changing (or improving) the habits you’ve been having since ever, let’s be honest, can be a tough challenge to win. However, summer is close and even if holidays this year might not be as exciting as two years ago, feeling comfortable is equally important.

In this article, we focus on five simple strategies to help you meet your (nutritional) goals.

1. Listen to your body

When the afternoon rolls around, it’s tempting to seek out the bowl of candies, but is it hunger calling or just boredom? Often, people mistake thirst for hunger, so have that glass of water first and then reassess how you’re feeling. Ask yourself, “What are you in the mood for?” and “Is your body hungry?” Noticing your body’s reactions to these questions will help to keep you in touch with your body’s hunger levels. Instead of continuing to eat food to the point of feeling overstuffed, you’ll learn to recognize when your body is satisfied.

2. Balance is key

Everything boils down to balance, at the end of the day. Having a well-balanced routine is a goal everyone should aspire to achieve. In doing so, a starting point might be snacks. Snacking, like most food-based decisions, is about making smart choices. So, let’s snack smartly! Eating a handful of unsalted seeds and nuts (such as hazelnuts, almonds or pistachios) can’t hurt because they contain heart-healthy fats. This could totally be a good strategy that can help you avoid junk food and other no-sense stuff but, at the same time, provides you a healthy option for your breaks. A balanced diet starts (also) there, so let’s take this first step!

3. Don’t feel guilty about your guilty pleasure

Food is a pleasure and, for some people, it’s the greatest pleasure of all. Many of us rely on food after a bad day or when we don’t feel at our best. Everybody knows the huge (emotional)power of sharing a pizza with your best friends or going for your favorite aperitivoafter a horrific day at office. For these reasons, we ain’t implying one should eliminate his/her own guilty pleasures from the list. Nevertheless, the important thing is that our guilty pleasure must be an exception, a small part of an eating routine that’s otherwise well-balanced. Which is to say, one can probably afford to give in a guilty pleasure without any guilt. If it gives you pleasure and doesn’t kill you, bring it on!

A group of friends enjoying a large pizza.
What else?

4. Find an ally!

We know sometimes cooking isn’t the most enjoyable thing to do. You might not have time to prepare a healthy dinner or you might not have any clue about (healthy) cooking. In this sense, our service could be the best answer to your needs. At Nutribees we know how hard changing habits you’ve been following since ever can be. We deliver you our ready-to-eat healthy and balanced meals right at your doorstep, allowing you to save your (precious) time and offering only balanced meals and high quality products. Improving your eating habits has never been so easy. Read this article to find out more about our service!

Nutribees is a good way to change your food habits.
Made with love, for you.

5. Change your mindset

You don’t need your diet to last forever. You need a goal you know you can reach. In order to see some concrete results, apart from trying to include more veggies in your diet or to avoid junk food, you should also consider doing some physical activity. I’m not talking about some serious hardcore stuff, don’t worry!

On the other hand, it’s important to realize that changing just your food habits might not be the only key. To live a balanced life, you also need to change your daily habits. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator, for example. If possible, walk or cycle to work. Take a long walk.

Eat healthy and live healthier.

Health & Wellness

Prepared meals are better than meal kits: 6 reasons why

refrigerated box

In our previous article, we discussed about meal kits and why they have gained so much importance, recently. But are we sure they’re as helpful as fully prepared meals?

Let’s take a step back and give credits when it’s needed.

Meal kits clearly got the point.

Giving the times we are currently facing, many companies started to collaborate with some famous (sometimes also starred) chefs. The chefs would select some of their most famous recipes, the ingredients and they would also set up a brief explanation for customers. Eventually, the “kit” would be put into a refrigerated box and delivered to customers. The final client would then have the chance to replicate a dish and to experiment in his/her own kitchen.

Other companies would just select some healthy ingredients and recipes, put them into a box and give the customer the chance to cook tasty and balanced dishes. 

One of the main pros of this new wave is that meal kits allow people to avoid going to the grocery store and wasting time in queues. The customer can choose on the website of the company among several fresh ingredients, all healthy and balanced. They will then be packed and delivered to his/her doorstep.

few clicks and you'll get your favorite ingredients right away.
Just a few clicks to get your favorite ingredients at home.

Why aren’t they the ultimate solution?

Despite those advantages, meal kit cannot be considered as the solution to the core of the problem.

But what is the problem, by the way?

People, nowadays, don’t have time to cook but. On the other hand, people have been changing their habits shifting towards a new and healthier lifestyle. And food has been affected by this change. 

Nevertheless, meal kits somehow make people cook and clean it up anyway. What if people don’t have time to do so or what if they simply don’t want to?

In this sense, Nutribees’ fully prepared meals can be your new getaway.

Our meals can be kept in fridge and heated up when needed.
Have you already got your Nutribees’ supply?

So here you’ll find 6 reasons why our fully prepared meals will completely change your routine (and therefore why meal kits aren’t the solution to these new needs).

1. Save time

Sometimes, meal prep can be a burden rather than a pleasure. Or maybe you love cooking but not every single day and night.Our meals are this: fully prepared, ready-to-eat fresh and healthy meals. They are ready in 2 minutes and you won’t even need to plate them (although we love to plate our Nutribees when we feel fancy).

Nutribees' fregola: delicious
Nutribees’ fregola: just as delicious as it seems.

2. Save money

Getting delivery at the end of a long week is definitely easier than ever with apps that let you click “order again”. But between delivery fees, tips, and delivery minimums, the price can get higher fast. Nutribees meals start at €7.50 per meal, they’re delivered to your door and are ready to eat in few minutes. Plus, the delivery is free.

3.  Portion control is incorporated

At Nutribees, we work together with a nutritionist who helps us with the selection of the ingredients. Generally speaking, we use a mix of quality proteins, complex carbs, and healthy fats. With portion control built into nutrient meals, you’ll feel satisfied but stay within your calorie range. The best part is, we don’t forget about our favorite food: we take these delicious comfort-meals and give them a makeover that keeps the flavor but swaps calories for nutrients. 

4. Well-balanced meals

We want to offer a convenient alternative to cooking healthy meals. Our meals are preservative-free, chef-prepared and tasty. Plus, our meals are not processed at all and we pay a special attention to seasonal products.

The perfect solution if you want to eat something nutritionally-balanced and delicious but, at the same time, you don’t have time to set it up yourself. 

5. You can experiment with flavors

Without any effort, Nutribees allows you to sample meals you could have never tried before, like Spanish Cod and Pil Pil sauce or Chicken Tikka Masala to tease your buds. At the same time you could opt for something else, more traditional, like Pasta alla Gricia or Lasagne (we offer also the veggie version so you won’t feel too guilty).

6. Less stress

Grocery shopping, meal-planning and calorie counting take time and concentration. But you’ve got thousands of unread emails, you’re attempting to work from home, kids are at home, workout at home and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds every minute. Wow. With our prepared meals, once a week you select your favorites (via our website nutribees.com) and then the only decision you’ll need to make is which one to heat up.

Our fully prepared dishes are the perfect solution for your lunch break.
Nutribees’ fully prepared meals are the perfect smart-lunch solution.

Are you hungry? Let’s give us a try!

Health & Wellness, Lifestyle

Meal kit: a new way to enjoy delivered food

That is to say: why has the meal kit gained now its glorious momentum.

In the beginning was the restaurant, with well-set tables. There used to be a philosophy, a thought translated into a menu.

It is impossible to forget the atmosphere, the inner joy of dining at your favorite restaurant with your favorite people. Then COVID happened and we cannot help but wondering when we could enjoy those feelings again. Sooner or later we will be able to have fun with our friends again, enjoying long lunches like we used to. Until then, we have to patiently wait. 

The renovation of food sector

However, despite the tremendous times we’re facing, the food sector thought about some new ways to make us feel like we are eating a meal cooked by a chef but at our homes. 

One of those ways is, for example, the meal kit delivery system. What is it, you may wonder. We have already talked about it in our article on food delivery but here we are to deepen the conversation and see why it is so far away from the idea most of us have of the traditional food delivery system.

Generally speaking, a meal kit is a box that contains semi-finished and pre-dosed ingredients to finish recipes in your own kitchen. It’s undoubtedly a good alternative for those who are always disappointed by food delivery, who want to cook but don’t have the time to go looking for some (weird) ingredients nor the talent of a professional chef.

meal kit

So forget everything you thought you knew about “food delivery”. We are now experiencing a new era of eating: our habits are different and so are the new food delivery systems. Seems legit, doesn’t it?

But how have they changed, and why?

Meal delivery these days is more than just a pizza delivery guy showing up at your house. 

There are now companies built around the concept of preparing pre-portioned meals, packaging them and sending them to your doorstep.

For that reason meal kit delivery services are more than just heat and eat. The ingredients for preparing your meal come boxed with a recipe on how to make it. In the same way you’re still preparing a home-cooked meal, but the recipe searching, list-making and grocery store run aren’t necessary anymore.

How do they work?

There are a lot of meal kit delivery services to choose from. Some of them are subscription-based, others allow you to stop and start service at any time. Whatever type you choose, you will be given a list of meal options on the company’s website to pick from. Then you set up an account, decide what you want and place your order. The food will arrive at your doorstep in a few days frozen, pre-measured and pre-packaged, complete with all the ingredients you’ll need and instructions for preparation.

meal kit

Which are the advantages?

Wink at health

Following a balanced diet is essential. On the other hand, doing so it’s not that easy and that’s the reason why take away restaurants can become our best option because they’re fast and simple. 

Depending on the choices you make, restaurant meals can be full of all kinds of not so nutritional things, which can aggravate existing health issues or cause new ones.

Meal kit delivery companies can be a better nutritional choice. Most of these types of companies rely on chefs who choose the recipes and ingredients. Others employ nutritionists, so customers get the right amount of what their body needs.

The best part is you choose what you want from all the healthy offerings.

meal kit

Convenience

Cooking for one or two can be difficult. Finding quick and easy recipes that don’t require a long list of ingredients can be hard. Weekly trips to the grocery can start to feel like a chore. Meal kit delivery services are a convenient way to avoid this struggle.

Having ready to cook meals delivered to your door each week is easy. First, all you need to do is choosing the meal kit delivery service you prefer, then just set up an online account. 

Eventually the delivery will show up at your door in a few days.

meal kit
Delivery

All you have to do when your order arrives is unpack the box and put everything in the refrigerator until you’re ready to prepare it. 

Having meal kits delivered to your door is going to be more expensive than going to the grocery and cooking your own meals. But most of the companies will offer a discount for first time customers and many of them offer free shipping.

What about Italy?

All things considered, we can say that this new habit is becoming more and more popular also in Italy. 

Counting on Italy’s food tradition, NutriBees aims to provide people ready-to-eat meals, focusing on healthy ingredients and giving the customers the chance to choose which dishes tease them the most. 

Ours cannot be defined as a meal kit delivery system since we offer ready-to-eat meals rather than recipes and ingredients. Anyway, the goals are similar. Our mission is to allow you experiencing the perks of a diet delivery system without excluding the taste and the best Italian flavors.

Also, making it possible for you to enjoy new recipes effortless, combining health, tasty and comfort.

So… are you ready to become your own personal chef?

Health & Wellness, Trends

Healthy Food Delivery

Healthy food delivery

Cosa si intende per Healthy Food?

Ultimamente si sente molto parlare di servizi di “healthy food delivery”, ma cosa si intende per healthy food? Di fatto questa definizione può essere molto ampia ma per semplicità possiamo considerarlo quel cibo “sano” che fa bene all’organismo e ideale per il nostro stile di vita.
Non si tratta necessariamente di alimenti dietetici ma di alimenti con proprietà nutrizionali benefiche secondo le ultime ricerche e scoperte in ambito alimentare: basso contenuto di grassi, nessuno zucchero aggiunto, nessun uso di ingredienti artificiali, poca carne rossa e latticini.

Healthy Food Delivery

Negli ultimi anni diverse startup sia internazionalmente che in Italia si sono interessate sempre più al cibo sano, e a trovare modi comodi per portarlo direttamente a casa del consumatore finale.
Sono nati così diversi servizi di healthy food delivery che in modi diversi si occupano di portare cibo sano direttamente a domicilio del consumatore finale.

Possiamo dunque distinguere diverse tipologie di healthy food delivery in base alle metodologie di consegna e di preparazione adottate.

  1. Consegna settimanale di box con piatti pronti da scaldare: questa metodologia di healthy food delivery è la più innovativa e NutriBees è stata la prima a portarla in Italia. Attraverso una preparazione in sous-vide e una conservazione in atmosfera protetta, i piatti precotti riescono a durare a lungo e quindi sono spedibili in tutta Italia utilizzando un packaging isotermico.
    Il cliente finale deve poi solo conservarli in frigorifero e riscaldarli prima del consumo.
    Rispetto alle altre metodologie può essere più comoda in quanto chi vuole mangiare bene e non ha tempo può avere già tutti i piatti pronti nel frigorifero senza dover ordinare volta per volta e avendo dunque una maggiore flessibilità.
  2. Consegna giornaliera di piatti caldi in abbonamento: questa metodologia di healthy food delivery è più simile ad una vera e propria dieta: ogni giorno un fattorino porta il necessario per la giornata.
    Oltre ad essere una modalità molto cara, riduce la flessibilità del cliente finale e può operare in poche città in Italia.
  3. Consegna on demand di piatti caldi: questa metodologia è forse la più diffusa: servizi che consegnano a domicilio un solo piatto sano selezionato per l’occasione.
    Ha un costo generalmente poco adatto ad essere abitudinario quindi poco utilizzabile di frequente e sono servizi attivi solo su grandi città.

Il diffondersi di questi servizi è sicuramente un bene per la comunità in quanto aiutano diverse tipologie di persone (dall’anziano alla persona molto impegnata) che diversamente non potrebbero (per mancanza di voglia o di tempo) a mangiare meglio e a mantenere uno stile di vita più sano.