Friday, 18 August 2017

Exercise For The Office

If you work in an office, chances are you'll be sat at your day for a large amount of your 9-5. It can be hard get in your exercise when you're busy, but how about fitting some desk exercises into your daily routine? You'll never have to use the "to busy to exercise" excuse again! Exercising throughout the day can help boost your productivity, and help reduce any aches and pains you may get throughout the day.

  1. Stretch! Make sure you stretch out your legs (under your desk if necessary) and your arms up and to the side regularly, to ensure proper blood flow to your limbs. Stretch your neck by touching your ear to your shoulder, holding, and then repeating on the other side. Also try a chest opener, by stretch your arms backwards. This will help prevent back pain.
  2. To work your core and arms, sit in your chair with your legs crossed and your feet on the seat. Place your hands on the armrests, such in your belly and raise yourself a few inches above the seat using your core, muscles and hands. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat 5 times.
  3. For lower-body strength, sit in your chair, and extend one leg out straight in front of you. Hold for 2 seconds. Then raise it up as high as you can, and hold for 2 seconds. Repeat with each leg 15 times.
  4. Speedily tap your toes on the floor under your desk. Do this for 15 seconds, rest for 15, and repeat 5 times.
  5. This is an easy one - take the stairs rather than the lift!
  6. If you're feeling brave, jog in place!
  7. Take a stroll when you want a break. Make a point of going to the kitchen, to catching up with a colleague, to get you out your chair and moving around!
  8. Simply standing instead of sitting will increase the amount of calories you're burning, so why not try out standing meetings, or if you can, have a standing desk?
  9. While waiting at the printer (or copier), do calf raises to get your legs working. Raise up onto your toes, pause, and then lower slowly back done. Repeat for 3 sets of 12-15 reps, or until the printer is done!
  10. This is a sneaky one, and you can do it whenever you wish. To tone your glutes, squeeze your buttocks, hold for 5-10 seconds, then release. Keep going until you're fatigued! 

Top tip!
Sitting in your chair correctly is as important as moving and getting exercise. Make sure your chair provides enough support for your body. Adjust the height so you are in a 90-90-90 position. Your feet should be flat on the floor on a foot rest, and your knees and hips should be bent at a 90 degree angle. Keep your lower spine flat against the back of the chair so you maintain proper curvature. This will help keep the rest of your back and neck upright so you do not hunch forward, which can help prevent spasms in the back and neck which lead to headaches.

Do you exercise in your office? Have any tips? Let us know @office_fruit! 

Friday, 11 August 2017

How to Spice Up Your Salad!

When we're trying to lead a healthy lifestyle, a salad for lunch seems the perfect thing. Using our salad bowl as your base, what can you do to personalise it to your taste buds to spice up your lunchtime?

You start off with a salad pot, available on our site here.
This includes a mix of cherry tomatoes, green leaf, lollo rosso, radiccio, red and yellow peppers and red onions.

From there you can add a variety of things to get your juices flowing. Why not add strawberries for a sweet twist, or even apples for crunch? We've even been known to sprinkle in some crushed cashews for a protein kick! Walnuts can also be added to introduce a different texture. You can grab all these items from your fruit delivery!

Our salad bowls are £1.80 for 180g.

What's your favourite way to spice up a salad? Let us know @office_fruit!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Meet the Team: Senior Administrator

In this week's instalment of Meet the Team, we meet Rachel, our Senior Administrator!

What is your job title?
Senior Administrator

What do you do every day at work?
I work alongside the rest of the customer service team and assist with customer enquiries. I take care of the social media and blogs for FFTO, and I also update the website alongside the developer, to make sure all is up to date!

How long have you been with FFTO?
Over 3 years - time flies!

What is your go-to breakfast?
Either a chocolate cereal like Krave or Chocolate Weetabix, or brioche with chocolate chips. Can you sense a theme?

What do you do as soon as you get into work?
I turn on my computer, load up and my emails and see what's been happening overnight with our Dispatch Unit. There's usually a coffee waiting on my desk for me from one of my colleagues as well.

Lunch at your desk, or lunch out?
Usually lunch at my desk, as I love to read while I eat! Although I have been known to go out for a stroll if the weather's nice.

What's your favourite fruit? (or fruit snack?)
I love grapes, and I also love cherry tomatoes - I can eat a whole punnet easily!

Tea all day or tea never?
I don't drink tea, but coffee is my weakness. I can have coffees all day long if I don't strop myself!

Tell us one thing no one in the office knows about you (yet!)
When I was younger I tried to teach myself Ancient Egyptian, which consisted of learning from books bought from the British Museum, and the film The Mummy! I could quote lines from the film, which earned me some weird looks from my friends...I barely taught myself to write my name in a cartouche before I gave up!

What is your party trick?
People will often ask me to translate things for them into Spanish, especially on a night out.

If you were an animal, what animal would you be and why?
An owl. I do my best work at night, and I hate going to sleep! They are logical creatures and symbolise wisdom - I am always hoping for some more wisdom in my life! They are solitary animals, and I love my "me" time.

Do you have any questions for Rachel? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 28 July 2017

Instant Fruit Ice Cream

What's this? A recipe for fruity ice cream, that is yummy and healthy, and yet only takes 7 mintes to make!? If you don't believe us, try out our recipe and put it to the test!

Serves: 4 people

2 x cups frozen berries (whichever berry you fancy, or other frozen fruits will also work!)
1/4 x cup Splendar granular or sugar
1/2 x cup milk or cream
1/2 x teaspoon vanilla

1. Use your processor to pulse the frozen berries until they are chopped fine.
2. Add sugar or Splenda while the fruits are processing
3. Add milk or cream, and vanilla.
4. Process until mixture is of ice cream consistency.
5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

And that's it!

Have you tried out this super quick recipe? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 21 July 2017

London's Coolest Offices

We know that London has some of the coolest offices around, and we bet you're as interested as we are to take a peek into London's COOLEST. We have a quick look into some of the hottest offices in London. Do you recognise yours?

Zoopla is best known as an online property listings portal, but it also owns property-related tech companies.
Zoopla's London Bridge office is designed to mimic a house. It has themed areas including a library, a living room, dining room, wine cellar, and even a tree house! The office also features a meeting room which has been decked out to resemble a swimming pool.
What do the staff think? "The office is out of this world...Gym with fresh towel service (no excuses!) Free breakfast & daily snack time (hence why we have a gym!) Games room with arcade games, pool, table football, air hockey. Ping pong with free weekly coaching."

Red Bull UK
Red Bull is an energy drink manufacturer, well known for their zany cartoon adverts, and their catchy strap line.
Their Soho offices feature a roof terrace with spectacular views over the West End. Their building also has a slide from one floor to the next.
What do the staff think? "Fantastic UK office, everyone is so friendly! Fun environment, gorgeous office with so many perks. Everyone knows everyone and is happy to help."

Innocent Drinks
Innocent Drinks is a smoothie and drinks maker.
With green AstroTurf floors and park benches, Innocent's headquarters is decked out to look like an English village fair, designed to reflect the brand's cheery, cheeky nature.
What do the staff think? "Great culture and career opportunities. Inspiring place to work full of intelligent and competent colleagues."

Bazaarvoice helps brands use web-based consumer insight.
Their office is clean, light, with a crisp design and quirky features. Includes its own coffee shop.
What do the staff say? "Good people, they try to make it fun, great office, plenty of lunchtime food options..."

TransferWise is an online international money transfer service.
Their Shoreditch office has a sauna, which is a nod to the Estonian heritage of its two co founders. It also has other standout features such as a roof terrace, table tennis, and sitting pods!
What do the staff say? "When I was offered this job they didn't tell me about all the perks you get when working here. From free breakfast, movie nights, team lunches..."

AutoTrader specialises in car sale adverts.
Their offices, both in London and Manchester, feature car-themed meeting rooms, and chill out zones, as well as real cars in the London office! These vehicles had to be lifted by a crane into the office!
What do the staff say? "Inspiring work environment, a great "family" feel with a real passion to drive a difference and create a positive change in the industry."

Moo are a design company which prints fantastically cool business cards. Their clients can even customise designs via their website.
Their Shoreditch office is a large warehouse style office, filled with colour. Even the books in the library are organised by colour instead of name! They love their randomly placed (and randomly selected!) wall hangings, which give this office a really cool feel.

Airbnb is an online marketplace that allows people to list, find and rent vacation homes. It is super popular, and has taken the travel and tech industry by storm.
Their Clerkenwell office takes "typical components of historic British settlements - the farm, the green, the market, the library, the terrace - and [distills] their key spatial and social characteristics to create a microcosm of such a community."

Do you think your office deserves the coolest office title? Let us know @office_fruit! 

Friday, 14 July 2017

Fruit flies - how to get rid of them!

We love fruit (obviously!) and all the benefits it brings, but from time to time the nectars from the gods attract some devilish friends that leave a bitter taste in mouths of office workers across the country.

We're talking about fruit flies of course! Fruit flies are those dainty little creatures that seem to float, rather than fly causing annoyance to all and sundry. The pesky little things rarely confine themselves to one area of the office, drifiting their way into every nook, cranny and desk available.

Here's how to get rid of fruit flies from your office:

  • Eat all the fruit! Fruit flies are generally attracted to fruit that has been left lying around, and seeing as prevention is always better than a cure the best thing to do is to gobble it up. Got half the office out for holidays? Contact us to reduce your office fruit delivery, even for just a week, to prevent waste!
  • Remember, fruit isn't the only culprit. Anything sweet and sticky can attract fruit flies, so make sure sugary drinks and sauces are cleaned up and put away.
  • Once you're cleaned up and have eaten all the fruit, you may still need to deal with the army of fruit flies that have invaded your office. This is where the traps come in:
    • Put out half a glass of wine - never ones to encourage wasting alcohol, desperate times call for desperate measure. The flies will flock to the wine, then you can dispose of them all!
    • Burn some incense - fruit flies don't like the thick smoky air so will head for the nearest exit (be sure to leave a window open) or meet their timely death. 
    • Use fresh bait - take a piece of overripe fruit and place it in a bowl or jar. Cover with a piece of cling film - make sure it is taut then poke some holes in the film with a fork. The fruit flies will find their way in but will then be trapped. 

Got any top tips to get rid of fruit flies? Let us know office_fruit 

Friday, 7 July 2017

History of Strawberries & Cream

Strawberries and cream is iconic, and quintessentially British, and are a symbol of the arrival of British Summertime. Each year during the Wimbledon season we consume an average of 20 tonnes of strawberries, and around 7000 litres of cream. Now that's a lot! So where exactly did this refreshing, sweet summer pudding come from, and what connection does it have to Wimbledon?

In the Tudor Era, Thomas Wolsey was close to King Henry VIII and he began building  a riverside des res, known today as Hampton Court. The kitchens within Hampton Court were one of the largest in England at the time, and were responsible for serving food for up to 600 guests twice a day. To save time, they wanted create some quick, easy desserts. During this era, the idea of adding fresh cream to strawberries was born, which at the time was an expected choice as dairy products were considered a food for the poor.

It is thought that King George V was the one to introduce strawberries and cream to Wimbledon in the early 1900's. While we do not know exactly why they started being served, strawberries were only available at that time of year, and in the lat 1800's they were a fashionable fruit to eat.

Add Wimbledon Strawberries & cream to your basket now.

Do you love strawberries and cream? Let us know @office_fruit

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