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Best Ingredients to Add to Your Salad Today

Salads have a reputation for being the healthiest—and most dietetic—meal. Many people feel virtuous for eating salads for lunch or dinner, but they fail to look closely at the ingredients and determine what they’re actually putting into their bodies. If you eat a salad what are the best toppings to add to that salad?with very few nutrients, you’re not doing yourself any favors, because you’re failing to give your body what it needs. If you have a salad without protein for a meal, then you’re almost guaranteeing that you’ll be hungry again soon. And if your salad is covered with fatty foods like cheese, bacon, fried chicken, and mayonnaise-based dressing, then you might as well skip the salad and go right for a cheeseburger for all the health benefits you’re getting.

If you make the right choices, however, a salad can be an excellent meal choice. Follow the tips below to build the perfect salad.

Veggies: Add extra nutrients, crunch, and taste to your salad with an array of vegetables: sugar snap or snow peas, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, and peppers can only make your salad healthier—adding little in the way of calories but much in the way of vitamins and nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, beta-carotene, and anti-oxidants. Vegetables like celery and cucumbers might not add much in the way of nutrition, but they can make a salad more appealing.

Protein: If you want a salad to satisfy you for more than an hour, you’ll need to add some protein. Healthy choices include eggs, beans or chickpeas, edamame, and grilled fish, chicken, or shrimp. The National Institute of Medicine recommends that adults get 46 to 56 grams of protein a day, so make sure your salad includes protein.

Healthy fats: Nuts and seeds can make a great addition to your salad, as long as you don’t overdo it; a serving size is one small handful. Rich, creamy avocado provides monounsaturated fats and a hint of decadence, but keep your serving to one ounce. If you want cheese on your salad, keep it to two tablespoons; try a cheese with strong flavor, like feta or gorgonzola, to make your cheese have a bigger impact.

Fruit: Dried or fresh fruit makes a delicious accent to your salad. Try slices of apple, pear, or mandarin oranges, or sprinkle your salad with strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries. When choosing dried fruit, look for low-sugar options.

Dressing: Don’t lose the health benefits of your salad by choosing an unhealthy dressing or drowning your salad! Use just enough to taste good; if you’re not sure how much you’ll need, start with just a little, and then add more as needed. Needless to say, creamy dressings like ranch or blue cheese are the worst culprits for calories and fat. Just make sure to read the dressing label, and keep your healthy salad healthy!

Affiliate Profile: CC Vending, Inc.

CC Vending, Inc. services New York City and the surrounding counties, including Long Island, Northern New Jersey, and Lower Connecticut.  Founded in 1989, it is one of the original members of USConnect and was a VMI member prior to that. We chatted with Tim top-header_01Fitzgerald of CC Vending about the trends that he sees emerging in their region.

Q. What trends do you expect will have an impact on  your future business?

A. Regulations regarding products are going to affect trends. Packaging and labeling laws will have an impact on everyone: the manufacturer, the operator, and the consumer. The use of cashless payments will continue to increase, and we are also planning a heavy campaign with our clients to sign people up for the USConnect programs.  We also expect that clients will continue to ask for more healthy choices, but the ultimate consumer will continue to purchase traditional snacks.

Q. How does CC Vending distinguish itself in its market?

A. Technology, definitely—In our market, we are known for our use of technology. There is no other company in the metro New York area using telemetry or cashless on a large-scale basis.  We are also closing in on 4,000 SEED devices and 1,000 cashless units in the field.

We are also known as the exclusive provider to both New York City Public Schools and the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Q. What products are popular in your region?

A. Wise and Utz salty snacks are popular here, but I don’t see them often outside the metropolitan area. We have also rolled out a number of beverages developed specifically to meet the nutrition standards for the New York City Public Schools.  These products, made specifically for us, include Sonu, Lazy Town, and our newest brand, 2B Beverages.  We operate 2500 beverage machines in about 1000 NYC schools, and are expanding these offerings to other districts and health care facilities.

Q. To your customer, how would you summarize what your business is about?

A. CC Vending today is about the same ideas as when we started our business with one machine.  We listen to our customers and deliver what they want. Why just meet their expectations when you can exceed them?




A Chat with CRH Catering Company: Focusing on Fresh Food and Customer Service

Q. Tell us a little about CRH Catering Company.

A. CRH was formed in 1968 in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, and has since become one of the largest vending companies in the area.  We service the Mid-Atlantic Region including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Western Maryland, and Virginia.  We have always been a family-owned and operated business, and we are now entering our third generation.  We crh cateringare an original member of the USConnect family.

Q. What are some of the favorite products in your region?

A. In Central Pennsylvania, we sell a wide variety of Turkey Hill Tea, from regular lemon-flavored tea to pomegranate tea.  In our commissary, the most popular regional item is our Ham BBQ sandwich.

Q. What would your customers say you are best known for?

A. We are best known for the quality of the fresh food that is produced in our commissary.  Most of the food on our menu is made fresh daily.  We are also one of the few vending companies that do not operate on a “cycle menu.”  Our commissary menu has close to 100 items, all of which are offered 365 days a year.

Q. What trends do you see emerging for 2014?

A. I think that the biggest trends for 2014 will be the continued growth of cashless vending as well as micro markets.  In the next five years, 90% of our machines will be equipped with credit card readers.  We are also seeing opportunities in micro markets right now, as more customers see the benefit of having a market in their workplace.

Q. What makes your business stand out from others in your area?

A. Our open lines of communication with our customers as well as our investment in the latest technology help us stand out.  The promotions and rewards program offered through the USConnectMe card is unlike anything being offered by any of our competition in the area.

Q. Can you share an example of how this has helped grow your business?

A. Last year, I was invited to a meeting with the manager and superintendent of a new correctional facility that was opening in our area.  I assumed it was a pre-bid meeting, but when I arrived, they wanted to find out how quickly I could get 25 new machines for their facility.  They decided to give CRH the contract instead of putting it out to bid because they were so pleased with CRH’s products and service at another local correctional facility.

Keith Cordaro is the Regional Manager of CRH Catering Company.