Tips for Improving School Nutrition

veggiesWe can’t believe it’s back-to-school time already! Whether you’re a parent, kid or school employee, summer never seems to last long enough. But now that it’s over and we’re all back in the classroom, we wanted to give you some good tips to make sure the little ones eat well when they’re at school.

At Quik N’ Crispy, our greaseless hot air friers are a great investment for schools to start making healthier food without losing the taste kids love. But this isn’t the only way to keep nutrition in the forefront.

Eat Your Greens

Schools can (and should) offer salad bars to make sure every child has the option to eat their veggies. There are even ways to get a free salad bar for your school. Check it out!

Look Into Other Options

We know that budgets are tighter than ever, but there are healthier options available to help kids stay fit in body and mind. Investing in a Quik N’ Crispy frier is a great first step to reduce calories and greasy, fatty foods. You can also find alternate food vendors who use healthier ingredients and focus on nutritional health.

Eat Right and Get Exercise

A healthy diet is only part of keeping kids healthy. Schools should also take the initiative to pair healthy eating with regular exercise. Whether it’s gym class or extracurricular sports, check to see what your school offers and talk to your kids about finding something they’ll enjoy!

For more information about our hot air friers and how they can fit into a healthier regiment for your kids, give us a call today!

The Negative Impacts of Too Much Grease

fried chicken stripsGreasy foods might taste good in the moment, but have you ever noticed how run down and gross you feel after overindulging in a big helping of French fries or fried chicken? Now image what deep fried, greasy foods do to you over time.

At Quik n’Crispy, we care about the people our machines serve. That’s why we wanted to give you the real rundown on the negative effects that deep fried, fatty foods can have on your health.

Short-Term Effects of Fatty Foods

Eating foods from the deep fat fryer often results in excessive gas, bloating, and an upset stomach to name a few. But beware of heartburn as well. Acid reflux is regularly brought on by eating too much greasy food.

While the short-term effects probably won’t kill you, they can make your evening (and possibly the next morning) a real nightmare. Steering clear of the grease doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy those savory dishes you love so much, though. With a Quik n’Crispy hot air fryer, you get the same taste without the grease!

Long-Term Health Problems from Greasy Foods

Over time, greasy foods can do a serious number on your overall health. Negative effects of eating too much fatty food too often can include diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and more. Plus, eating excessive fat puts a strain on your digestive system and could lead to an increased risk of obesity and high cholesterol.

When you cook with a ventless hot air fryer, you’re taking the grease pit out of the equation! A Quik n’ Crispy fryer lets you eat fries, fried chicken, wings, and your other favorites without the grease. With 20% to 40% less fat and calories, our fryers keep you healthier.

4 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy this Summer

boy eating chicken sandwichIt’s summertime, it’s hot outside, snacks and frozen sugary treats are everywhere, and it’s downright hard to keep your lifestyle healthy. At Quik n’ Crispy, we feel your pain, but all is not lost! Staying healthy this summer isn’t as hard as you think. Check out these 4 tips to stay fit even if you sneak some ice cream now and then.

Stay Hydrated!

Probably the single most important thing you can do for your body is keep it hydrated. And it’s even more critical during the hot summer months when you lose fluids faster than any other time of the year. Drinking at least 8 cups of water a day is the benchmark, but feel free to spice it up a little if you’re struggling to meet the quota. Flavored seltzer water, juice, and eating fresh fruits are all great ways to get the liquid your body needs every day.

Exercise Every Day

You don’t need to run marathons or spend hours in the gym to get your heart pumping. Try doing 5 sets of 20 squats throughout the day. You can also try getting off the couch during a commercial break to do a few push-ups. The important thing is to exercise every day even if it’s just for 10 minutes.

Sleep Well

It’s hard to overestimate how important good sleeping habits are for your overall health. Establishing a routine is great. Going to bed early and getting up early is even better! But no matter how you do it, getting a solid 6 to 7 hours of quality sleep per night will keep you healthier in body and mind.

Eat Well

Cut the calories, pay attention to what you eat and make the effort to eat fresh, healthy food. Quik n’ Crispy can help by giving you the delicious fried food you love without the fat. Our hot air fryers don’t use oil which reduces fat and calories by 20% to 40% overall. Add some fresh veggies to the mix and you’re on your way to a healthier lifestyle. But don’t forget to treat yourself every once in a while, too!

At Quik n’ Crispy, there’s no more greasy mess, just hot fried tasty food! Give us a call today to find out more about how our ventless fries can make your home or restaurant a healthier place without sacrificing taste.

Would a Happy Hour Benefit Your Facility?

happy hourMany restaurants, entertainment centers, and other facilities all over America boast happy hour specials. These specials are usually discounts on foods and drinks during a specific time every day. Happy hour attracts many new people which, in turn, increases your revenue.

Should your business take part in happy hour? Discover three of many ways a happy hour can benefit your facility:

Targets New Business

The idea of saving money can sway a customer to choose one restaurant over another. That’s why it’s no surprise that many people choose to eat at facilities with a happy hour instead of those without a happy hour. By implementing two to three hours a day where drinks and food are served at a reduced price, you will target new business and likely increase your customer base.

Promotes Social Bonding

All people need some sort of human connection to make it through life. This is why happy hours are so important – they provide social bonding opportunities for people in all walks of life. And, since people are creatures of habit, you’ll likely see the same people at your facility often! They’ll crave the social aspect of happy hour and the delicious food you offer.

Increases Food & Drink Sales

Social bonding isn’t the only thing your reoccurring guests will crave. Thanks to your new Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer, your customers will love your healthy menu items that also taste delicious! This affordable purchase is easy to clean, safe, mess-free, healthier than grease fryers, and easy to use (your employees will love it).

Don’t have a Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer? We can change that! Contact us today with your questions.

3 Ways to Create a Healthy Work Environment

employeeBy now, you likely already know the incredible benefits of a Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer. To recap, they are easy to use, safe and mess-free, much healthier than grease fryers, and increase your revenue substantially. Purchasing a greaseless fryer is one of the ways you can create a healthy work environment.

Here are a few more tips to consider:

Let Your Team Know They’re Valued

Kitchen employees have a tough job. They work long hours and have the important responsibility of creating food for hungry customers. It’s important to contribute to the team’s morale by letting them know they are valued. This could take shape in different ways. A few ideas to help your team feel valued include prizes, team member of the month award, free meals, and paid time off.

Be Approachable

You’re the boss, but it’s important to let your team members know that you’re available to discuss their concerns. When you are approachable, more team members will feel comfortable speaking with you about a concern or question they have. Making time for your employees is a great way to increase employee retention and loyalty.

Be Dedicated to Healthy Foods

When your employees know that the food they are creating is healthy and will benefit customers, their overall work ethic and dedication to delivering quality food will be high. When a person morally agrees with a product or service, they perform above and beyond. One of the ways you can ensure your food is healthy and your employees are proud of the food they create is by purchasing a Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer. When you use an air fryer, the food is produced with 20-40% less fat and fewer calories than food from a deep fryer!

Are you ready to create a healthy work environment for your facility? Contact us today with your questions!

Make Summer Hot at Your Family Entertainment Center

Now that summer break is right around the corner, how is your family entertainment center going to take advantage of all the free time kids have? This could be the opportunity to make up the for the slower days of winter! Check out some summer marketing ideas for your family entertainment center:

First of all, increase your operating hours. The longer you’re open, especially during the week, the more business you’ll be able to bring in from kids who are suddenly at loose ends. Market your business as a safe, clean, convenient place for parents to drop their kids for a few hours of mid-day fun, and of course, make sure you train your staff to back that up.

If you have the staff, why not offer a weekday summer camp? Parents will be thrilled to find another option to keep their kids entertained, and you’ll have a guaranteed crowd. Consider offering daily and weekly rates, and sibling discounts. The more flexible you can be, the more likely parents are to choose your camp over all the others in town.

Finally, refresh your concession stand! It’s hot outside, so look to popsicles, fried ice cream, and slushies to keep customers cool and refreshed. The Quik n’ Crispy Greaseless Fryer can help here–check out our menu (desserts start on page 34) for ideas, and don’t be afraid to ask your customers what they’d like to snack on while they’re having fun. The QnC can fry, grill, bake, and more–you’ll be able to prepare summer treats for everyone.

Hospitals and Health Centers Love the QnC

The Quik n’ Crispy isn’t just making food service easier for restaurants and family entertainment centers. Hospitals and health facilities around the country are switching to the QnC for tastier, healthier food options with less grease. Here’s why:

First of all, the QnC produces undeniably healthier options. Your health center is all about promoting well-being; why continue to serve your employees, patients, and their families with greasy, fattier food? Not only does it run counter to your mission, but it doesn’t look good. Who hasn’t walked into a hospital cafeteria and wondered why everything in it was so bad for you (or worse, why there was a fast food joint on the premises)?

Of course, sometimes all people care about is taste, and the calorie and fat reduction is just a bonus. A QnC unit simply produces tastier options than grease fryers. Once people land in a healthcare facility they’re probably feeling stressed, unhappy, or worse. Lift their spirits a bit by providing food that’s crispy, delicious, and not swimming in grease.

If your hospital is struggling financially, you’re not alone. A QnC unit is cost-efficient and easy to clean, so you can devote more of the budget to the things that really matter. Check out some ways to make the most of your QnC. It’s also safer for your staff–you don’t want your employees to wind up as your patients, do you?

No matter why you choose a Quik n’ Crispy unit for your healthcare center, rest assured knowing that we’re here to help. Contact us with any questions–we want to make sure your business succeeds!

How to Spring Clean Your Small Business

Spring cleaning isn’t just good for your Quik n’ Crispy unit–your company could also use some refreshment! Spring is a good time to take stock of your small business and see what’s working, versus what you might need to correct. Check out some ways to spring clean your small business.

  • Update your online presence. Is your website informative, easy to navigate, and up-to-date? Do you have any staff keeping up with your business’ social media? Does anyone who works for you even know what social media is? The internet is how we communicate nowadays, so make sure that your web presence is helping you, not hurting.
  • Think about your staff. Do your staff members feel empowered to make your customer experience the best it can be? Are they familiar with policies and goals? Does anyone need retraining, extra guidance, recognition, or even a raise or promotion?
  • Look at your office. Clean all the little places that you normally ignore–behind the printer, under the file cabinet, between the keys on the keyboard. Organize and secure your files, especially those with sensitive information like employee files. And don’t stop at physical cleaning. How does your business email look?

Finally, check your menu! Even if you updated your menu for the new year, it’s always best to keep on top of food service options. This is a great time to consider a Quik n’ Crispy unit (or an additional unit) to really up your food service game in the spring, summer, and beyond.

Make the Most of Your Concession Stand

A concession stand can make or break your skating rink or bowling alley. It won’t help your sales if your customers have to leave to feed themselves! Here are some tips for successfully running a concession stand at your family entertainment center.

First of all, advertise. If your customers and potential customers don’t know you serve food, they can’t get excited about it. Make sure to advertise not only that you have food, but also what kind of food you serve–are you mostly serving light snacks or more hearty meals? Customers will want to know so they can plan accordingly.

When planning your menu, select options that can be cooked quickly, so you avoid long lines of cranky customers waiting for food. It’s a good idea to cater to health-conscious customers by providing and advertising healthful options. A Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer will help with both of these–not only is fast and easy, it cooks foods with 20-40% fewer calories and fat than traditional grease frying. And foods will be just as tasty and crispy as they always are!

Once you get your QnC, make sure you make the most of it. Pick foods with a high profit margin, look into second (or even third) units, and make sure your employees are clear on how to clean the QnC to prevent flavor transfer. A good concession stand will bring your family entertainment center to the next level. Your customers will love it, and your business will reap the benefits!

Spring Cleaning Your Quik n’ Crispy

Spring is here, and you know what that means: it’s time for spring cleaning! Your Quik n’ Crispy greaseless fryer is quick and easy to clean because there’s so much less oil than a traditional fryer, but there are still steps you should follow to make sure it’s clean for your customers and safe for you and your employees.Quik n' Crispy Air Fryer

First of all, are you cleaning your cooking basket and drip tray after each use? If you’ve neglected that, or just need a little refresher, check out the instructions here, starting on page 21. You’ll follow the same steps at the end of each day, plus a few additional steps meant to give your unit a more in-depth cleaning.

Deep cleaning a QnC unit basically means taking it apart, but don’t panic. There aren’t that many pieces, and we’ve put a lot of study and work into the design to make it easier to work with. Remove the following: oven basket assembly, drip tray, removable front panel, air plenum, and rear splashguard. Scrub them appropriately (see the PDF for detailed instructions) and either soak overnight or run them through a commercial dishwasher. Voila! Your QnC is good as new.

When followed properly and consistently, these cleaning steps will prevent buildup, damage, flavor transfer, and general grossness. Make it part of your business’ closing routine and make sure all your employees know how to do it–why not print out the pages of the manual and post it in your kitchen? With a little elbow grease, you’ll be able to and enjoy your Quik n’ Crispy for years to come!