5 Healthy Catering Options (That Your Employees Will Actually Enjoy)

As the year draws to a close and we look ahead to 2016, it is apparent that healthy food and better ingredients is more than just a trend, but a long-term change that is sure to endure well past the season of New Year's resolutions. When it comes to catering meetings, better nutrition can result in improved focus and productivity. Luckily, several brands across the country have risen to the challenge of providing catering menus that are both nutritious and delicious:

5. Chipotle Mexican Grill (nationwide)
Though many might not realize it, Chipotle Mexican Grill has many healthy options available for corporate catering. Guests can create their own burrito bowls, salads, or tacos with their choice of proteins along with all of the deliciously fresh ingredients Chipotle offers. Chipotle caters corporate events ranging in size from a small get-together of six to a large-scale event for 200 attendees.

4. Off the Grid (Bay Area, CA) 
Off the Grid, the Bay Area's network of food trucks and markets offers many healthy choices for unique catered events. With the help of Off the Grid's catering team, organizers can plan guilt-free lunch or dinner options - veggie-centric and health-conscious food trucks can cater any corporate event. Allowing Off the Grid to create a memorable experience for the office gives your staff a break from the ordinary. 

3. Roti Modern Mediterranean (Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York)
People have been touting the benefits of a Mediterranean diet for years, and thanks to Roti Modern Mediterranean's "Food that loves you back" catering menu, meeting planners can reap those benefits with a variety of sandwich spreads, lunch boxes, and tasting platters. Roti's organic chickpea hummus, free-range chicken, and fresh-from-Maine salmon is all available, and each catering order is completely customizable. During the holiday season, any catering order above $100 receives a free dessert tray with an assortment of decadent bars, mini cookies, and baklava. 

2. Protein Bar (Chicago, Denver, and Washington, D.C.)
This fast-casual health-food concept was one of the first chains to focus on improving access to high-protein, nutrient-packed fast food. Since then, Protein Bar has continued to stay ahead of the curve by innovating its menu of healthy salads, bowls, and signature "Bar-ritos" to include even more flavorful items - such as the El Verde Bowl with all-natural chicken, roasted veggies, and a variety of housemade salsas; and the Korean BiBi-Q Bar-rito, with braised all-natural barbecue beef, pickled vegetables, and a Sweet & Spicy Korean Chili Sauce. Each is available on the catering menu and available in easy-to-order packages of boxed lunches for big groups.

1. Farmer's Fridge (Chicago)
Though known for its innovative distribution method - the company sells handmade, fresh salads and snacks from automated vending kiosks - Farmer's Fridge recently broke new ground with the launch of its catering menu. Customers seeking more leafy goodness at their meetings should opt for the Signature or Protein Salad Box, which comes with snacks and chocolate trail mix for dessert.
Bonnie Culbertson is an account executive at Wagstaff Worldwide.