From food to clothing to #tbt, the old is new again movement is taking the world by storm. There is something uniquely satisfying about this trend when it comes to food. Think deep back in your memory of something you used to eat as a kid that you loved. Is it a treat you only ate on your birthday? Or a sugary cereal reserved only for the weekends? Maybe even a meal your mom used to cook only when the occasion called for it. Now imagine what you’re reaction would be if that meal or treat magically appeared right in front of you.
Here at LeanBox we are committed to helping companies and offices create great culture that centers around happy employees. That is why we are excited to introduce our “Throwback Treats” program. Each month we will be introducing a throwback item into your LeanBox kiosk. This month we are proud to announce we will be featuring Gushers across the LeanBox footprint. We promise they aren’t actual Gushers that we’ve been hoarding from lunchboxes in the 90’s!
Why is Throwback Food or Comfort Food ‘Healthy’ for an Office?
While Gushers may be the farthest thing from ‘healthy’ or ‘fresh’ there is something to be said for the nostalgic aspect that they have to offer. Certified eating psychology and nutrition expert Elise Museles says that nostalgic foods can instantly evoke feelings of comfort to help you slow down. This can be particularly helpful during a stressful day at the office. The Mayo Clinic sites unmanaged stress can contribute to a variety of health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. The Clinic also recommends relaxation and socialization as helpful ways to combat stress.
So if you’re feeling stressed at the office, step away from your computer and desk for a LeanBox break. You might find something tasty to snack on or an old treat from childhood to reminisce over with coworkers. Studies suggests that some nostalgic foods or ‘comfort food’ might help you feel less isolated in your time of stress. Jordan Troisi of The University of The South and his team found that people with strong connectedness prefer the taste of nostalgic comfort food when they experience feelings of isolation. Gushers might not be up your alley but maybe chicken pot pie or chicken tikka masala [link to LB menu] is just what you need to turn your stressful work day around.
Be sure to keep an eye out for next months Throwback Treat!