What you need to know about cold brew vs hot brew coffee
Cold Brew Coffee Is less acidic
Cold Brew Coffee is said to be less acidic because the coffee bean is not heated or burned. By heating the bean the coffee becomes more acidic. Cold brew coffee is less bitter because of this. Cold brew coffee is brewed over a few hours/days by having water sit with the coffee beans for a few hours/days and then running the beans and water through a filter.
Caffeine content between Cold Brew and Regular Brew Coffee
When you brew coffee by heating it, you extract more caffeine from the bean. But more water is used when brewing hot coffee. So yeah, you extract less caffeine when cold brewing coffee but when cold brewing coffee less water is used. So, it pretty much evens out, cold brew coffee has less caffeine but less water. So, it evens out when matching it with regular brew coffee. Just when ordering cold brew coffee be sure to ask them not to add water.
Which one is better on the Stomach
Cold brew is said to be easier on the stomach due to its lower acidity. Hot brew coffee is more acidic than cold brew coffee, the high acidity in hot brew coffee can cause acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion. Also, high acidity in your gut biome can cause certain bacteria’s to flourish. These bacteria’s are definitely not bacteria’s we would want to flourish. Also, cold brew coffee keeps the Crude Polysaccharides in the coffee which boost the immunity of your digestive system, reducing the chances of gut irritation.
Heating the coffee bean for hot brewed coffee
When the coffee beans are heated the pesticides in the coffee bean are also extracted. Due to the fact that heat breaks down the coffee bean a lot more, and you consume those pesticides. So, with cold brew you get less pesticides. But anyways always try to stick with organic coffee anyways. Like for Chameleon cold brew coffee which taste great and is organic.
Which one is better for your teeth
Not necessarily saying either one is good for your teeth. But between the two cold brew is about approximately 66% less acidic than hot brew coffee meaning it causes less break down of your tooth enamel and causes less staining of your teeth. Yes high acid levels break down your tooth enamel.
Cold Brew and Nitro Brew
Nitro brew coffee is cold brew coffee with nitrogen infused in it. Nitrogen is infused into it to make it more frothy. Elemental Nitrogen is an inert gas its chemically dead pretty much doesn’t do anything. Doesn’t have any negative effects. Carbonation was initially used to try to make coffee more frothy but carbonation produced carbonic acid as a byproduct. But why would you want to add more acid to a product that already is acidic, so that’s why nitrogen is used instead of carbonation. Also, nitrogen displaces a little bit of the oxygen in the coffee. Oxygen causes oxidation, so in other words although might be a bit speculative by adding nitrogen to your coffee you technically are getting rid of some of the free radicals in your coffee.
When it comes to cold brew vs hot brew it all depends on what your looking to get out of it or what you prefer. Honestly, we prefer hot brew for taste and a hot coffee is just amazing in the morning. We feel like having a cold brew is kind of like just having an energy drink. To us hot brew coffee is the reason for having coffee just the feeling it gives you. But we definitely have taken these facts about cold brew vs hot brew into account and cut down on the hot brew coffee, and replaced it with cold brew coffee or organic energy drinks. The choice is yours just here to provide some insight, if you have any questions feel free to reach out, thank you for reading.
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If You’re Serious About Getting Lean This is all you need
If you want some really good information about dieting and getting lean while maintaining muscle read on. You may think because we are a vending machine company that we have no clue about weightlifting and bodybuilding. Well were not professionals or anything but a few of us in the company have been weightlifting for over 10 years and one of us actually went through a bodybuilding prep diet/ meal plan. While he never competed, he went through the process like if he was going to compete. The reason he never competed was because to compete in most bodybuilding competitions you have to take steroids and he never wanted to do that. Yeah there is all-natural bodybuilding competitions but you have to dedicate more time and at some point most of those natural guys in those competitions took steroids at some point. Which is something this person did not want to do and has never wanted to do. Well here is what he went through. If you want to learn a lot continue on this is definitely some information you will not find anywhere else.
Well here we go. When I first started working out, I kind of did my own thing. Just ate a lot of protein and tried to stay away from carbs and that’s pretty much it. Which wasn’t to bad for not having any experience with dieting and just being about two to three years into weightlifting. I ate a-lot of protein and tried to keep my carb intake down whenever I wanted to get lean. But I always noticed I couldn’t really lose my mid-section and didn’t ever really get defined.
So, one day I said to myself you know what I got to do this right, I’m going to find someone to help me out. So, I found someone with experience in the field of nutrition/bodybuilding. I went to a nutrition shop I would usually buy my protein from and told the owner hey I need help, since I knew she was heavily involved in fitness and competed herself. I told her I want someone to guide me and take me to the next level. Someone to give me a strict diet, I want to pretty much follow what a bodybuilder does to get ready for a competition. So, the owner immediately contacted one of her employees and said meet with this guy here on this day. Little did I know I was in for a ride. I met with her employee who was a current bodybuilder and had one several physique competitions for the city we lived in and had placed high in a few NPC competitions. He put me through pretty much a bodybuilding/show prep diet for 3 months.
To start, the diet was not easy at all, it consisted of me having to eat about 45 grams of protein give or take every 3 hours with whatever other sides he put in the plan. In the morning it was like 7 egg whites by themselves then 3 hours later it was two scoops of a lean protein shake, then for lunch it was 8 oz. of chicken, turkey, or steak with whatever side he selected etc. It went on like this for 3 months. I would see him every week and he would check my weight and body fat. Aside from checking my body fat and weight he would also tweak my diet almost every week or every other week. Some weeks he would add carbs for lunch and some weeks he would take them out or add them at breakfast etc. Also, all my food while on the plan had to be weighed or measured, which I did I never ate more or less than what was on the plan. I always ate to the “T” what was on the plan. My protein, the carbs, the vegetables etc. To say the least it was very stressful, I had several mood swings and wasn’t in a good mood most of the time. Not having the normal amount of food in you that your used to having and always feeling hungry/hangry wasn’t good for my mood. Also, my energy levels were low since my food intake wasn’t what it normally was.
It was probably one of the most mentally challenging things I’ve ever done. I never realized how much not having food or changing your food habits really affects you. It was extremely hard. But I did go from about 17% body fat to 5.7% body fat in 3 months. That doesn’t seem like much but going down in body fat is not easy especially once you start going below 10%, that is the hardest. Lowering your body fat below that point I would say was like five times harder than lowering it from 17% to 10%. It requires a lot more to lower your body fat once you start going below 10% body fat.
I ended up doing the entire diet/ meal plan and I learned a lot about dieting and I learned a lot about myself as well. It took me to places I’ve never been before mentally, it challenged me in many ways mentally and physically.
Some of The Things I Learned Through-out the whole process
A-lot of people feel like they can pick up a book and learn a-lot about dieting and bodybuilding. Which is true you can. I myself had read a few books on dieting and bodybuilding. But I feel like going through the actual process with the guidance and experience of a bodybuilder was the best learning experience ever. I feel like going through it helps you remember everything and everything you learn gets in grained in your head because you had to do it all and go through the grueling process.
Here are some of the things I learned. I learned that in order to maintain muscle when dieting so strictly you need to eat protein every three hours. And when your eating protein every 3 hours it needs to be a good amount protein. It has to be your daily requirement divided by the number of meals a day (usually 6). My daily requirement of protein would go up when carbs were taken out of my diet. When going really low on carbs or no carbs in your diet the protocol is to go up a little bit more on your protein. It is believed that carbs act as a buffer to protect your muscle (prevent muscle breakdown). So, when you’re eating a lot of carbs you’re protein intake does not have to be very high, since the carbs protect your muscle somewhat. Then if your going low on carbs the idea is to raise your protein a little more to protect your muscle since you do not have that buffer from the carbs.
I learned that your diet needs to be tweaked weekly or if not at-least every 3 weeks to continue to lose fat and accomplish your goal. By tweaking your diet, it keeps your body from adapting. For example, towards the end when the diet had no carbs in it, he (my personal trainer) would change the types of protein I was eating each week. Like one week it was chicken and the next week it was fish etc. I learned that when you start getting closer to the competition or are trying to get to that low body fat percentage you need to eliminate any protein shakes or dairy products. The reason being that protein shakes have extra chemicals or some have lactose that could cause inflammation. The lactose in dairy foods can cause inflammation as well, which is something you definitely do not want when trying to get to that super low-body fat or when your preparing to get on stage.
I learned that you should eat a small amount fat with some lean protein before going to bed. I would eat 9 almonds before going to bed every day, the fats in the almonds will cause your body to absorb the protein much slower. By your body absorbing the protein much slower, the protein will last longer in your body preventing you from becoming catabolic. Catabolic is when your body starts feeding itself from your muscles, it starts breaking down muscle. The idea behind the almonds is like drinking a shake of casein protein, casein protein is slow release protein, but the reason you don’t use casein protein when prepping for a bodybuilding show or trying to get very lean. Is because casein protein has a lot of lactose which causes bloating and most casein protein powders have chemicals in them which may illicit inflammation or a reaction you don’t want.
I learned that doing steady state slow cardio doesn’t cause much muscle break down. My personal trainer told me to do about 30 minutes a day in the beginning of the program and towards the end I was doing about 1 hour a day. The reason for doing slow walking cardio was to burn as much fat as possible but not burn muscle. It is said that if you run or jog you burn fat but you also burn muscle and since the goal was to maintain as much muscle as possible, I would walk slow just to burn fat and not muscle. I would walk at about a speed of 3.3 on the treadmill with an incline of 11.0 to 15.0 not holding on to the treadmill. It took sometime to get up to 15.0 but I worked my way up there.
More Requirements from The Diet/Plan
I would have to drink a gallon of water a day to get rid of toxins and to help my body build muscle etc. I did all this dieting and then had to lift weights at-least 5 times a week for about an hour every-day. I had to stay away from alcohol because of the calories and the detriment it had to muscle gain. Towards the end of the three-month period about a month before the end of the three-month period the personal trainer told me to take a fat burner. The fat burner did not have anything illegal in it, it was just a fat burner to help me lose a bit more body fat. The fat burner at-least gave me some energy since I was lacking a-lot. It also helped get me down a bit lower in body fat percentage.
About three days before the three-month mark the personal trainer had me take water pills/diuretic pills. I had to take a certain amount each day. The day closest to the three month mark I had to take double the amount of pills from the days before. I also had to control my water intake. I don’t remember exactly but I believe I was only able to have about 3 cups of water each day, only the last couple of days before the three-month mark. On the day that marked three months where I had to check in with my personal trainer, I had to eat half a sweet potato right before seeing him before he took my final result pictures. The reasoning behind eating the sweet potato was since my body was so deprived of fluids and carbs my body would absorb the sweet potato completely and make my muscles look fuller and would cause my muscles to look more-veiny (cause me to look more vascular). And it did I felt as if I gained a pound or two of muscle. I felt bulkier in my upper torso area.
I did everything my trainer told me to do to the “T”, I followed the plan to the “T”. I remember going out with friends to restaurants for lunch, and dinner and just watching them eat. I would just be sitting there watching them eat. We would go to bars just to hang out and I would be the sober one driving everybody home. I also remember stepping out of where ever I was with my friends a bar/a movie etc. and going to my car to have my next meal that was due. I would keep my meals in a cooler with ice in my car and whenever It was snack or meal time I would go and take about ten minutes and eat my snack or meal in my car.
My End Results
Well at the end after following everything strictly I went from about 17% body fat to 5.7% body fat and about 190 pounds to about 168 pounds total. At the end when I was 5.7% body fat, I had an 8 pack in my abdomen area and you could see veins in my abdomen area. That was the best I have ever looked or the leanest I have ever gotten. With a shirt on I looked a bit skinny but once I took my shirt off, I was very, very lean or as some would say very shredded. I got down to 5.7% body fat and when considering that is not that low when it comes to bodybuilding competitions there are bodybuilders that get down to about 2- 3% body fat which is crazy. I feel like if I would have taken some type of steroids or something I would have gotten to that low of body-fat percentage but I did everything all-natural, and still do weight lifting all-natural.
In all at the end it was extremely mentally challenging but a great experience. Ever since then I feel like I re-programmed my body to eat much more -healthy than I did before. I feel like my taste buds aren’t as high maintenance as before, I pretty much can eat anything without any seasoning. Also, I notice I eat a lot of foods for their nutritional value and not their taste. I stay away from a-lot of desserts, I actually hardly ever eat desserts except maybe on the holidays. I don’t eat any fast and food and still eat protein every three hours and control my carb intake daily without any struggle. I feel like it was an amazing experience and something that taught me a lot about nutrition and myself.
If you are serious about wanting to lose fat and maintain muscle. Get with a nutritionist or a very experienced personal trainer/ bodybuilding athlete and do a physique or bodybuilding show diet. It will change your life and your physique.
Also if you have any questions feel free to give us a call, I am sure we can guide you in the right direction. Also check out our products from our vending machines. We got into the healthy vending business to be able to provide good options for people on strict meal plans like this.
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Healthy vending machines: 4 Reasons You Should Opt For Them. Healthy vending machines are the future. More and more people are waking up to the importance of consuming healthy means and staying fit.
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need to have a strong immune system and consume foods that help fight diseases. Hence, it doesn’t come as a surprise that more and more people are interested in consuming healthy meals that keep their body and mind fit and strong.
If you haven’t already used healthy vending machines or if you’re not sure why you should get one then check out this article for four reasons to opt for healthy vending machines.
Let’s get started:
#1 They Provide Healthy Snacks
The average person feels hungry about three to four hours after having a full meal. You can’t always go and have a full meal, which can force people to turn to unhealthy choices.
Healthy vending machines remove the risk by giving you options to have healthy snacks whenever you feel like having one. This encourages a healthy lifestyle and can be effective in preventing people from consuming foods that can be harmful.
These machines provide a lot of options. Your staff members and visitors will be able to choose what they like.
You can include a lot of foods such as mineral water, fruits, nuts, protein shakes, etc. You can even use the machine to form a stronger connection with the users by asking for suggestions on what they’d like to eat.
This simple trick will not only improve internal communication but also make the other party feel respected.
#2 Very Easy to Take Care Of
We know that appliances require care and maintenance that can be time-consuming and costly. This is one of the main reasons why people stay away from healthy vending machines despite knowing their benefits.
This, however, is not a concern when it comes to healthy vending machines for as long as you pick the right one. You will not need someone to keep an eye on the machine at all hours. Refill as needed and everything will be taken care of.
This is a major reason why you will see such machines in a commercial setting. Users can pay and choose what they want without having to talk to someone. These machines help reduce costs in the long-run.
#3 Help Increase Productivity
Productivity is defined as the number of services or goods that workers or employees supply per day, hour, or month. An employee who produces seven bottles in an hour is said to be more productive than an employee who produces six or fewer bottles in the same period of time.
The concept applies in the supply industry as well. A customer service agent who caters to 10 calls in an hour is said to be more productive than an agent who deals with nine or fewer calls in the same period of time.
Businesses have been dealing with falling productivity for a long period of time. There are several causes behind it including more distractions and poor diet. Employees who do not consume a healthy diet are typically lethargic and unmotivated. They also get tired very quickly.
Avocados, nuts, dark chocolate, water, bananas, and berries are some foods known to increase productivity. Providing your employees access to these foods can turn out to be very beneficial. Plus, they can be useful in an educational institution as well.
Students can get tired of lectures and books. These foods can provide them a boost of energy and help them focus better.
#4 Can Improve Loyalty
Employees prefer to work for companies that truly care for them. By installing a healthy vending machine, you can prove that you put your employee’s health first and would go the extra mile to provide them what they need.
This will push employees to feel more loyal towards you and put their best foot forward. Plus, it can also help attract new employees. Since competition is tough, businesses have to offer more than just basic amenities to win and retain employees.
In addition to employee loyalty, these machines can increase customer loyalty and retention as well by providing them more under one roof.
Healthy vending machines are available in several sizes and shapes. Whether you have a big or a small corner, you will have no problem finding a machine that fits your requirements.
Healthy Vending Machines: Those are 4 Reasons why you should opt for them, get rid of that junk food vending machine. Check out our free healthy vending machines. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have questions related to healthy vending machines and how they can help your cause.
Thinking outside the box. Jet Blue is using vending machines for books. So children can have easy access to books in neighborhoods where they are hard to come by.
1. Do your online research
Do a google search for vending machine company in my city. When you find the companies in your area look at there reviews on there google listings page. This step is very obvious but a good first step though just in case.
2. Once you’ve found a Vending Machine Company that has good reviews.
Call them and ask for references of places they currently have machines at or currently serve. Call those references to see how they like there services.
3. Ask the Vending Machine Company what machines they provide?
This is an important question because there are vending machine companies that just provide one certain type of machine and that machine may not be suitable for your needs It all depends on what you want. But a good start is a customizable combo vending machine. One that can be adjusted to fit whatever combination of snacks or drinks you want. For example some vending machines just come with a set number of drinks it can provide. Whereas there are machines that can provide all drinks or all snacks or 10 snacks, 30 drinks or vice versa, meaning each slot is customizable to fit a drink or snack. Whereas most machines the slots cannot be interchanged it is either a snack slot or drink slot from when manufactured. A customizable combo vending machine like ours lets you put whatever you want in any slot which gives you many, many options.
You also want to make sure the vending machine company provides you with newer machines with up to date technology. Besides being newer there are many reasons why you would want a newer vending machine. The newer machines come with sensors called Telemetry that let the vending machine company know immediately when an item is stuck in the machine and has not dispensed. So that they can come out quickly and fix the issue (and give a refund to whoever had the issue). Older machines do not have these sensors and it can interrupt the use of the machines, having an item stuck in the machine can make the machine inoperable.
Also newer machines usually have credit card readers and apple pay technology already installed in them, meaning you can use a credit card on the machine and apple pay technology. Newer machines use telemetry technology to let the vending machine company know of up to the minute inventory levels of there vending machines, so the vending machine company knows when to restock the vending machine. Also new vending machines are ADA accessible, they are energy efficient, and are very user friendly. Having a machine that is energy efficient is very important for you the establishment. Older machines can really take a toll on your light bill.
4. Ask the Vending Machine Company if they are willing to sign a contract?
Having a contract is important. You want to make sure there are terms for any issue that could arise, brainstorm as many as possible. For example when the vending machine company can have access to the property to service the machine etc and anything not done by the terms of the contract could be means for you to be able to cancel any relationship with that vending machine company.
5. Ask the Vending Machine Company if they customly wrap there vending machines?
If you work, live in a nice establishment, building, office, gym etc. You want to make sure you have a nice vending machine. A vending machine that does not look like a sore thumb. It would be nice to have a vending machine wrapped with nice graphics. There are vending machine companies that will wrap the vending machine with whatever graphics or logo you would like. This is a great choice to have so you can pick whatever colors you would like to match your color schemes, or have another spot to show your logo.
6. Ask the Vending Machine Company how often they restock and check on there machines?
This is very important cause you always want to have your machines stocked. This is a good question to ask the references the company gives you. Ask the references the vending machine company provided you how often the vending company goes out to there location. Again this is a very important question because if they come out when they are supposed to your machines will always be stocked. Also if there any issues with the machines you know those issues will be resolved quickly if they come out often and are on top of there machines.
There is no saying on how often exactly the vending machine company should be passing by your location but a good amount should be weekly. Although it all depends on how much traffic your machines see a day, if its a lot of traffic a week may be too little times, but on average for an average vending machine weekly is good. This is something you could put on your contract, to make sure they are passing by a minimum of times in a month or week.
7. Also ask them how long it takes them to fix any issues with the machines?
Usually 48-72 hours is a good time frame. That is the average that a good vending machine company should take. That is another question you want to ask the references they provide you, how long have they taken to respond to any issues they have had. You do not want to be waiting several days or weeks for a machine to be fixed especially if it’s a busy one. This another term you could add to your contract making sure they service the machines as they say in there contract so there are no issues.
8. Ask the Company what products they fill there vending machines with?
If it’s a junk food vending machine that’s fine, but remember healthy snacks if in a workplace provide a more productive workplace. Healthy snack machines in general just provide a more positive feeling when you see one and also make the area they are placed in look better and compliment the area. Whereas junk food vending machines give a cheap vibe. Most junk food vending machines are old rundown don’t have much technology since they are very common and are placed in any establishment (not much thinking goes in behind placing a junk food vending machine, since they are very generic). Also usually a junk food company is not going to customly wrap the vending machine for you.
These are just a few words of advice, as a vending company we provide healthy vending machines with healthy products and we provide excellent customer service which is the most important in this industry. To find out more about our vending machines Give us a call today. if you have any questions. Also follow us on Instagram. Our number one priority as a Vending Machine Company is customer service.
Most companies make it a priority to create a positive work environment for their employees. This can come in the form of team building activities, positive feedback, productivity incentives, and workplace wellness plans, just to name a few. A healthy vending machine at work is one of the easiest ways to enhance any workplace. Healthy vending at work provides easy, convenient and affordable options, and you just may be surprised to learn that it’s not just employees who reap the benefits.
Convenient access to healthier options
Stay healthy vending machines are loaded with a wide variety of healthier snacks, drinks and meals. An optional side vendor can also be added, giving the added option of eating a hot, healthy lunch without having to run out. This gives employees easy access to healthier food choices, that can support their personal wellness goals, as well as reduce the stress of running out for lunch when deadlines are looming.
When employees are satisfied, they’re more productive. And when they’re healthy, they take less time off of work due to health issues. A recent study showed that employees who eat healthy throughout the day are 25% more likely to have higher job performance, and The Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) reports that employee health has a direct impact on job performance and attendance.
Another productivity benefit to a healthy vending machine at work is? That means no sending the office manager or executive assistant out to shop for snacks and stock the break room. We will restock the vending machine every week or everyday if need be, depending on use. Employees can focus their attention where needed: on their work. We’ll take care of the rest.
Improved employee satisfaction
A healthy workforce is a happy workforce. When an employer makes sure their staff’s basic needs are within easy reach, it can be a big morale booster. Employees like to feel cared for on a personal level, and feel that their goals, both personal and professional, are supported.
Promote workplace wellness
The health and wellness of your staff can impact the success of your business through improved productivity and reduced absenteeism. However, it’s not just missed workdays that can wreak havoc on your bottom line. How effective your workers are while they’re actually at work makes a difference, and performance can be attributed to energy levels and overall health. Making healthier food choices during the workday can make a positive difference on productivity, performance, mood and morale.
Those are the benefits of having a healthy vending machine at work. Get Stay healthy vending machines at work, at no cost to your company, and see the benefits for yourself! Questions? Give us a call today, we’re happy to help! 1-305-707-5245