Why You Should Always Include Bottled Water in Your Vending Machines

Water is an essential nutrient that we need to consume daily. On average, we should be consuming about eight glasses of water per day. When you’re busy at work, school, or roaming around the town it’s easy to forget to continue to drink water throughout the day. For this reason, businesses should always include a water option in their vending machines. Besides quenching your thirst, drinking water has plenty of other benefits. Let’s take a look at some of them!

Healthy Vending Machine Options

Water Helps with Dehydration

Caffeinated drinks like coffee and teas can promote dehydration. If you’re an avid coffee and tea drinker, it’s important to incorporate water throughout the day. If you are experiencing foggy memory, fatigue, headaches, or irritability, then that’s a sign that you need to start drinking water!

To help keep your body hydrated, you should always have at least one glass of water with and between meals. Plus, drinking water at these times can help keep you fuller longer and tame your hunger throughout the day!

Stay Energized by Drinking Water

Dehydration also has negative effects on your mood and energy levels. During a busy day, the last thing you need is to feel fatigued and unmotivated. To work effectively, you need to remain hydrated. Drinking water throughout the workday will help maintain a healthy heart and blood pressure, as well as, keep you energized and focused throughout your long day.

A Healthy Option to Drink Throughout the Day

Consumers are starting to pay more attention to learning about the ingredients in the foods that they eat and drink every day. Water is the healthiest beverage you can drink, so it’s only right to include multiple water options in your vending machine. Not to mention, options like sparkling water, purified water and bottled water all save you calories throughout the day.

If you’re looking to add a beverage vending machine to your business, contact Orsino Vending. We have plenty of drink options, including water options, to stock your machines with! Give us a call at (201) 871-9286!

4 Reasons Why You Should Snack Throughout the Day

When you’re talking about dieting, snacking is often a topic that gets brought to the surface. Is it right to snack? Is it wrong to snack? Well, if done in a controlled way, with healthy options, snacking is quite good for you. Here are a few reasons why!

Benefits of Snacking Throughout the Day

Snacking Keeps Our Blood Sugar Balanced

If you go 3 to 5 hours after a meal without eating, your blood sugar levels will drop. When our blood sugar levels drop, it causes our metabolism to slow down too. It’s important to schedule times to snack throughout the day because when our blood sugar continues to lower and spike from not eating, it increases our chances of developing diseases, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Snacking Discourages Overeating

When our blood sugar levels drop, it leaves us feeling starved. Once we feel this way, it’s easy to justify eating almost anything in our sight, and it causes us to ignore our diets. To prevent unhealthy binges, start listening to your body. If you feel hungry, opt for grabbing a fruit, dairy, or whole-grain healthy snack food!

Having a Healthy Snack Gets Us Through Our Workday

When we go long periods without eating, it causes us to have lower energy levels, and we feel more sluggish. Appropriately snacking throughout the day gives us the energy we need to continue our day from early in the morning until the evening. It’s very crucial, especially if you have an active job, to fuel your body with energy filling foods.

If you plan on being more active after your workday, snacking is also important before your workout. If you attempt to exercise on an empty stomach or with little food, your workout won’t be nearly as effective.

Snacking Keeps Us Safe

Not eating can be extremely dangerous. If your body is experiencing hunger, you may begin to feel nauseous, lightheaded, and dizziness. If you’re feeling this way, you can become a danger to yourself and others around you.

If you need access to healthy snacks throughout the day, Orsino Vending has your back! We offer nutritious snacks, beverages, and more to a variety of commercial clients. Just give us a call or contact us online to get a vending machine set up at your location for free!

Best Places to Install a Vending Machine

Are you thinking of purchasing a vending machine, but you aren’t sure if it’ll be profitable? Although there isn’t a direct way of knowing the success of your vending machine beforehand, there are ways to predict the best places to put your vending machine. Ideally, you should focus on areas that have a lot of traffic and little food or drink options. Here are some of the best spots for a vending machine!

Retail Stores

Often, retail stores hire many part-time employees. When you’re a part-time employee, you are usually given scheduled break times, instead of a full lunch. If you are on a time crunch, you may want to choose something from a vending machine for a quick fix. Vending machines are a convenient option for an employee to grab a filling snack and a drink before they head back to work!

Where to Place a Vending Machine

Auto Repair Shops

When you drop your car off for a repair or inspection, you never know how long you’re going to be waiting for. Most people prepare for a simple fix, however, sometimes it’s not as easy as it seems. Customers are often waiting, unsure how long they’ll be there for. Having the option to grab a cold drink, sit back, and relax, makes your wait more enjoyable.

Schools

Children spend a lot of their time at school. A snack from the vending machine is a perfect option for students to eat between classes or fuel-up before their after-school activities. It’s important to give students healthy snack options to keep them full and focused all day.

Offices

Offices are filled with a lot of people, making them an excellent location for a snack or drink vending machine. Sometimes you need a little pick-me-up during a busy workday, and a snack can be a quick fix! Also, if you have a shorter lunch break, having a vending machine makes it easy for you to purchase a nice cold beverage and something filling to eat in a short amount of time.

Once you decide where you want to place your vending machine, contact Orsino Vending to help with the rest! We have plenty of vending machine options to choose from. Give us a call at 201-871-9286!

Unique Sandwich and Chips Pairings

Sandwiches are an excellent lunchtime meal. They’re easy to make, convenient to eat on-the-go, and taste great! However, after a while, you may need to change up your same old sandwich, like adding a flavorful side! What goes better with a sandwich than a bag of your favorite salty chips? Certain chips pair exceptionally well with different types of sandwiches. Consider one of these combinations on your next lunch break!

Chips that Pair Well With Sandwiches

PB&J and Classic Potato Chips

One bite of a PB&J sandwich will bring you back to your childhood. It’s nice to indulge in a sandwich filled with creamy peanut butter and tart jelly. Take your lunch to the next level by pairing it with a bag of classic potato chips. The contrast between the chips and the sandwich is incredible. The sweetness of the sandwich makes the saltiness of the chips stand out even more!

Tuna Salad and Barbecue Potato Chips

The semi-sweet, smoky, barbecue chip is another beloved lunchtime staple. Believe it or not, it pairs wonderfully with a tuna salad sandwich. To make your sandwich extra flavorful, try adding the chips right into your tuna fish mixture. Adding chips creates some unique, bold, and smoky tastes and adds an extra crunch to your sandwich.

Meatball Sub and Doritos

When it comes to Italian food, the cheesier, the better. Your warm, cheese-filled meatball sub pairs well with the slightly spicy, cheese-dusted crisp. This mouthwatering combination is flavorful and a great lunchtime comfort food. 

Ham and Kettle Cooked Salt and Vinegar

With any sandwich made with deli meat, contrasting flavors is the key to a great pairing. The tang of the salt and vinegar chip compliments well with ham. Add lettuce, tomato, and mayo to your sandwich to help reduce the sour aftertaste of the vinegar. Together, the two balance each other out perfectly. 

There are plenty of delightful chip and sandwich pairings that you can choose from or create yourself. Next time you’re on your lunch break, stop, and look at all your options in your vending machine. At Orsino Vending, we want to provide you with snack vending machines filled with delicious choices that will pair well with your sandwich and satisfy your hunger throughout the day.

Stay Active During Your 9-5 Workday With These Helpful tips

Exercise at Work You’re probably familiar with the benefits of regular exercise—in addition to keeping the pounds off, exercise can improve mood, energy levels and self-confidence. However, if you’re like us, it often feels like there’s no time to exercise between work, kids and, well, life!

But keep in mind that exercise doesn’t have to mean spending hours at the gym. You can stay active during your 9 to 5 workday with these tips:

Commute Smarter

Instead of driving or taking public transit to work, could you walk, bike or even rollerblade? Just make sure your route is safe and dress appropriately for the weather.

Get Your Steps In

When you’re at the office, try to walk as much as possible. Every hour or so, get up and walk around the office for a few minutes. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Need to share something with a colleague? Walk over to her desk instead of calling or emailing.

Sit on an Exercise Ball

Swapping your desk chair for an exercise ball will improve your posture, strengthen your abdominal muscles and even help you focus.

Don’t Forget to Stretch

Sitting in the same position throughout the day can be hard on your muscles. Take regular stretch breaks to relieve your neck, back and wrists.

Of course, no exercise regimen would be complete without a healthy diet. At Orsino Vending, we’re proud to offer fresh food vending machines that make it easy to eat wholesome, nutritious meals at work. We’ll even set up a vending machine at your location for free! Just give us a call or contact us online to get started today.

What Time Should You Stop Drinking Coffee (And How Much Is Too Much)?

Coffee at WorkMillions of Americans use coffee to fuel themselves through the workday. But despite coffee’s many benefits, which include lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes and liver disease in addition to its effects on alertness, it’s always possible to have too much of a good thing.

Drinking coffee too late in the day can affect the quality of your sleep and prevent you from getting a good night’s rest. Moreover, drinking too much coffee at work can be counterproductive, as it may make you anxious and irritable.

So, the question is: what time should you stop drinking coffee (and how much is too much)?

Generally speaking, it takes about six hours for the effects of caffeine to dissipate, so you should probably lay off the brew in the early afternoon at the latest. Many people find that a cutoff time of 2 p.m. works best. You probably have the greatest need for caffeine in the morning, so that’s the best time for your daily cup of joe. If you need an early-afternoon pick-me-up, opt for beverages with a lower caffeine content, such as tea with milk.

In addition, it’s a good idea to limit coffee consumption to a maximum of four cups per day. Beyond that, you’re likely to feel jittery and irritable.

Have trouble limiting your caffeine consumption? Use a smaller mug to give yourself the illusion that you’re drinking more.

Orsino Vending makes it easy for your employees to satisfy their coffee cravings, whether they prefer espresso, cappuccino or a plain cup of joe. We’ve been proudly serving businesses throughout New Jersey for more than 20 years. Give us a call at (201) 871-9286 or contact us online today to learn more!

Stay Awake During Long Workdays With These Healthy Snacks

Tired at WorkIf you find yourself reaching for a bag of sugary candy at 3 p.m. or pouring your fourth coffee of the day, you’re not alone. It’s normal to feel sleepy during a long workday, but your go-to snacks may not be giving you the energy boost you need. In fact, overdo it on the sugar or caffeine and you might find yourself even more tired at the end of the day! The good news is, you can stay awake and alert during long days with healthy snacks instead.

Green Tea

This energy-boosting beverage has less caffeine than coffee and is loaded with immune-boosting antioxidants. Drinking tea and water (rather than sugary juice and soda) throughout the day will help keep you hydrated and more awake.

Pumpkin Seeds

This healthy snack is full of zinc, iron and minerals that help transport oxygen to your tired brain. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of protein, which will give you a longer-lasting energy burst.

Dark Chocolate

A square or two of dark chocolate will give you a gentle caffeine boost along with flavonoids for heart health. Just be careful not to overindulge—savor small amounts of this high-quality treat.

Fruit

Whether apples, bananas or berries are your favorite, the natural sugars and nutrients in fresh fruit will give you a quick energy boost without the eventual crash associated with refined sugars.

For all your healthy food and beverage vending needs, you can count on the team at Orsino Vending. We’ve been proudly serving customers throughout New Jersey for over two decades, offering nutritious snacks, beverages and more to a variety of commercial clients. We’ll even set up a vending machine at your location for free! Just give us a call or contact us online today to get started.

Sock Spot Vending Machine Arrives in San Francisco

Sock DrawerIf you think vending machines are just for food and drinks, think again! A unique vending machine operated by novelty sock company The Sock Spot has recently arrived in San Francisco.

This innovative touchscreen, cashless vending machine is now selling over 40 types of novelty socks at the Westfield San Francisco Centre shopping mall. Designs include socks featuring portraits of former President Obama, Albert Einstein and characters from The Lion King.

The Sock Spot also has a successful e-commerce site. According to CEO Ben Williams, the company’s expansion into physical retail with a vending machine is an “evolution” that allows it to “expand the reach of our brand, deliver a unique, online-esque experience to brick-and-mortar, and use our wealth of digital knowledge to specialize the assortment.”

Unlike the candy machines of yore, there’s no need to hoard quarters for this vending machine. The Sock Spot takes mobile payments and credit cards, but not cash.

The Sock Spot partnered with Digital Media Vending International (DMVI) to launch the initial vending machine. Additional units are in currently the works.

DMVI offers interactive kiosks, electronic lockers and digital signage in addition to custom vending machines. The company has also designed custom vending machines for major brands including Estee Lauder, PG Tips tea and FujiFilm.

For all your food and beverage vending needs, you can count on the dedicated team at Orsino Vending. We’ve been proudly serving customers throughout New Jersey for over 20 years, offering nutritious snacks, beverages and more to a variety of commercial clients. We’ll even set up a vending machine at your location for free! Call us today at 201-871-928 to learn more.

Study Finds Many Americans Struggle to Eat Healthy at Work

Healthy LunchIf you find yourself reaching for a greasy fast-food hamburger or slice of pizza on your lunch break, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey published by the American Heart Association in cooperation with the food services company Aramark, more than half (56 percent) of American workers struggle to make healthy lunch choices at work.

The survey also suggests that your lunch choices on the clock have an impact beyond your time at work.

More than three-quarters (77%) of respondents said that they’re more likely to make healthy decisions throughout the day if they eat a nutritious lunch in the workplace.

Why don’t these workers just pack healthy meals, you might ask? Well, many of us clock long hours and have plenty of responsibilities outside of the workplace, which means that brown-bagging it every day isn’t a realistic choice. According the survey, 79 percent of workers ate food from an on-site cafeteria or vending machine if one was available.

That’s why the type of food available in the workplace makes a serious difference. Most of the workers (68 percent) indicated that they’d like help from their employers to make more wholesome meal choices.

Want to offer your employees healthy lunchtime options?

At Orsino Vending, we offer fresh-food vending machines that make it easier to eat healthy at work. We’ve been proudly serving the residents of New Jersey for over 20 years, offering nutritious snacks, beverages and more to a variety of commercial clients. We’ll even set up a vending machine at your location for free! Give us a call at (201) 871-928 or contact us online today to learn more.

A Mom in Alaska Created Her Own Vending Machine for Baby Products

Changing a DiaperAs any parent knows, traveling with kids can be stressful, especially when you’re underprepared.

That’s exactly what happened to Alaska mom Jasmin Smith, who found herself without a diaper for one of her twins at an Anchorage mall. After creating a makeshift replacement out of a pair of underwear and paper towels, she came up with a better solution—and a business opportunity.

Smith created Baby Vend, a vending machine that can be a life-saver for traveling parents. The machine sells diapers, along with a variety of other supplies that parents might carry in their diaper bags, such as changing pads, pacifiers, sippy cups and changes of clothing in case of an accident. Baby Vend also carries items for breastfeeding mothers, including nursing pads and lactation cookies.

The first Baby Vend machine was recently installed at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, and Smith plans to install more around the city.

The entrepreneur has bigger plans as well, and hopes to take Baby Vend national someday. She recently attended a casting call for the business-focused reality show “Shark Tank.”

“I eventually want Baby Vend to be anywhere a parent is that travels or has family outings,” she says.

We may not sell baby products, but you can count on Orsino Vending for all of your snack and beverage needs. We’ve been proudly serving the residents of New Jersey for over 20 years, and will even set up a vending machine at your location for free. Give us a call at (201) 871-9286 or contact us online to learn more.