Friday, 17 October 2014

5 Reasons Why Stone Fruits Are So Good For You

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A pain in the neck - or should we say teeth! - stone fruits can sometimes be a jaw shattering surprise. But when each stone is surrounded by sweet, delectable flesh, we always make that extra effort to stop ourselves from devouring the things whole!
Delicious, healthy and with most varieties in season, stone fruits will do you a world of good when you add them to your office fruit delivery!


5. Fountain of Youth

You may think that it's only citrus fruits that has ownership over vitamin C but stone fruits such as plums and apricots are chock full of the stuff! Not only is vitamin C well known for fighting off illness, it also battles the signs of ageing by aiding iron absorption and helping the body form collagen - keeping the skin plump and peachy!



4. Strengthen Teeth and Bones

Whilst chomping on the stones may leave you in a dentist's chair, just eating the delicious flesh can keep both your teeth and bones stronger than ever. Vitamin K is the key here, with just two plums giving you a 10th of your daily allowance. This bone-building vitamin reduces the risk of tooth decay as well as osteoporosis and osteoarthritis


3. Nerve and Muscle Care

As much as we love bananas here at Fruit For The Office, we know that not everyone shares our adoration of the curvy, yellow fruit. So, if you feel you're missing out on your vital potassium intake by skipping the fruit delivery staple, just reach for two small peaches instead. Not only are peaches incredibly sweet and moreish, they also contain the same amount of potassium as a medium banana! So, reach for a stone fruit next time as the potassium will help to keep fatigue, irritability and high blood pressure away whilst also looking after your all important muscles and nerves.


2. Skip the Specs

Not only does the bright orange colour of most stone fruits make them look almost too good to eat, it also helps you keep bad eyesight at bay. Carotenoids are an antioxidant that not only supply the rich pigment to the fruit, they also help strengthen your eyesight, skin and immune system. Cooking the fruit makes more of this antioxidant available to your body so be sure to take some leftovers from your office fruit delivery home and return to the office the next day with a freshly baked peach crumble! (Not only will it put you in the good books of everyone in the office, you might even be saving them a trip to the opticians!)


1. Keeping You Regular

All stone fruits - especially their skins - are packed with fibre, which helps your body to digest food with ease. Not only will scoffing down nectarines make toilet breaks a lot less painful, you'll also benefit from feeling fuller for longer thanks to the high fibre content. Keeping your body healthy from the inside out, eating stone fruits can also benefit weight management (so be sure to add these to your diet plan!), diabetes and cholesterol.


Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know what your favourite stone fruit is!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Natural DIY Cures for Dry Skin

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Fruit is a true winter-weather-fighter. In last weeks blog, we made it clear how beneficial getting your 5-a-day can be when it comes to looking and feeling your best during the cold, rainy months. 

But the vitamins and antioxidants found in fruit aren't just miracle workers once they've been eaten - they also work their natural magic when slathered outside the body too!

Fruit face masks will not only make your skin feel soft and look incredible, they're also simple to make and are naturally free from chemicals, perfumes and artificial ingredients.

So, as it's Friday, treat yourself by taking home the remnants (if there are any left!) of your office fruit delivery and have a right natural pampering before heading out on the town to show off your new, glowing complexion (and those amazing dance moves)


Papaya Pamper

Gentle exfoliation is a must if you're suffering from dry, peeling and flaky skin. Buff away dead skin with one half of this mixture then leave the other half on the face for 5-10 minutes for added moisture.


  • 2tbsp Natural or Greek Yoghurt
  • 3tbsp Mashed Papaya


Anti-Aging Avocado

Avocados are packed full of vitamins K, B and E as well as monounsaturated fats that are all amazing at keeping the skin plump, soft and youthful. Just gently coat your face in this green goodness and leave to work for 5-10 minutes. Also, the added honey in this mask also provides antibacterial action - perfect for keeping away all the germ-filled nasties this winter!

  • 3tbsp Mashed Avocado
  • 2tbsp Good Quality Honey


Strawberry & Cream Dream

You might need to make enough of this to eat after it's done on your face! Sweet, succulent strawberries and soft, milky yoghurt combine together to become a dream team that moisturises the skin whilst the strawberry seeds exfoliate dry patches. This mix will also fade dark patches and leave your complexion brighter so that not everything has to be grey this winter!

  • 5 Fresh Strawberries
  • 1tbsp Natural or Greek Yoghurt (Add more if your skin is very dry)


Porridge Power

This breakfast blend is great for both dry and sensitive skin as the oats gently exfoliate the skin without leaving redness and the honey helps to reduce inflammation - red cheeks being a common winter skin complaint. The banana in this mask doesn't just smell amazing, it helps to moisturise and improve skin tone - this mask proves why breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

  • Half a Ripe Banana
  • 1tbsp Good Quality Honey
  • 2tbsp Oats (More or less depending on exfoliation desired)
  • Mineral Water - add a tsp at a time until mixture is creamy enough


Tweet us @office_fruit to let us know what your favourite treat for thirsty winter skin is and let us know how you got on with our masks!




Disclaimer! Just because your tastebuds enjoy these ingredients, doesn't mean your skin will! Always do a patch test before applying to make sure any of these masks won't cause an allergic reaction.

Friday, 3 October 2014

How to Avoid Getting Ill at Work

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It started slowly; a sneeze here, a cough there. But, then you shook the hand of that new guy from accounting and he definitely wiped his runny nose with his sleeve after... Then that woman kept sneezing on the tube, which we all know is really a metal germ incubator that just happens to transport you across London.

So, what can you do? You used up all of your sick days to do fun things over the summer (6 day weekend? Don't mind if we do!) and no-one likes having to be in work when they're ill.

Fruit For The Office HQ manages to stay relatively germ free year round so your office fruit supplier is going to give you our top tips on how to stay healthy - and, yes, it definitely involves eating delicious fruit, so don't say we aren't good to you!



Use a Hand Sanitiser

Think about the amount of germs your hands collect every single day: shaking a client's hand, picking up a coffee cup and even tapping on a keyboard. Inexpensive antibacterial gels or wipes can easily be left on your desk or in your bag and you can even buy moisturising antibacterial solutions so you'll not only keep germs at bay but you'll also stop the cold weather from leaving your skin cracked and dry. 


Stay Hydrated!

Water is great for you at the best of times, let alone the worst. Water will help to flush toxins out the body, keep you from getting fatigued and thin out any mucus. If you’re feeling particularly cold thanks to your cold, you can also get a lot of your water intake from warm broth, coffee or tea. (The caffeine in your coffee or tea will also keep you from feeling less like death warmed up but be careful if you're taking any cold/flu medication that also contains caffeine


Get your 5 a Day!

We're always harping on about the importance of eating healthy here but it really does keep your body fighting fit and a regular office fruit delivery is guaranteed to leave less of your office coughing and spluttering and more of you chomping and chewing. In fact, office fruit has even more benefits than just saving you from the all too common cold!

Vitamin C

Vitamin C can reduce the duration of a cold by about half a day if taken from the very beginning!
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Papaya

Antioxidants

Powerful nutrients that fight off illness caused by free radicals to keep you in tip top condition 

  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Plums
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Kiwi


Don’t Turn Straight to Antibiotics

Taking antibiotics for a cold is going to do nothing for it and may just build up antibiotic resistance later on when you really do need saving! Just stick with Lemsip and Cold and Flu Capsules and we promise you’ll feel better soon.


If all else fails, GO HOME!

If you feel seriously ill, and really don't think you can make it through the day then call in sick. It’ll save a day of bad work caused by you being unable to concentrate on anything other than how much snot your body can produce. Also, if you stay home you may even be doing your office a service by stopping your sickness from spreading to your colleagues! So, technically you're a hero by staying at home and watching telly in your jim-jams (Be sure to let your boss know the benefits of your duvet day too!)



Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know your worst sick day excuse is! Everyone at Fruit For The Office HQ can never get away with calling in with a measly cough or cold - we eat way too much fruit to even succumb to a sniffle!



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Friday, 26 September 2014

5 a Day Keeps Office Stress at Bay

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Everyone knows that we need to eat our 5-a-day to keep ourselves in tip-top condition and that delicious, fresh fruit is the perfect office snack. 

But if you're considering ordering an office fruit delivery or if your London office has just started receiving our bountiful, brown boxes then here's where you can find out what amazing things just 5 portions of fruit a day can do for your office.


5 Office Benefits from Eating your 5-a-day


1) Raises Productivity

A piece of fruit provides energy that won't leave employees crashing into fatigue just half an hour later. A banana rather than a chocolate bar or muffin for elevenses will keep everyone energised, alert and less likely to succumb to the mid-afternoon slump when work quality is most likely to drop. 


2) Appetite Suppressing

Keeping your employees full of good quality, easy to access calories from fruit not only stops the inevitable hunger and boredom induced wander to the vending machine or corner shop, it also keeps the waist line trim, which brings us on to our next benefit...

3) Boosts the Immune System

Employees that maintain a healthy diet and look after their weight are more likely to take less days off sick, thanks to the amount of illness-fighting vitamins they're absorbing from nutrient-dense fruit. By providing fruit, you're protecting your colleagues from sickness and, especially with winter on its way, you'll be sure to notice less sniffly noses, spluttering and sneezing if everyone is snacking on fruit rather than an unhealthy alternative.

4) Morale Boosting

Everyone loves a freebie and by providing fruit for your employees, you're showing that you care about their health, wellbeing and happiness. And when you feel appreciated and cared about, you're always much more motivated to work hard - especially when you've got a punnet of grapes or berries to see you through till 5pm! 


5) Cut Smoking Breaks

Studies have shown that fruit can help people to quit smoking and eating fruit is also an important cancer preventer. So, if you're getting the office involved in Stoptober, be sure to provide them with plenty of fruit to help stave off cravings, keep healthy and provide them with something delicious to focus on instead. You'll be lessening your colleagues chance of cancer, serious illness and also, less people outside smoking means more people inside being productive - and it means you can shut that door leading to the smoking area (a win-win for when it starts to get cold!) 


So, if you're the office manager, PA, receptionist or just a hungry employee that reckons your office would benefit from eating more fruit, you can place your order right now at fruitfortheoffice.co.uk

We offer Fresh boxes, packed full of a selection of our favourite fruits that come in all different sizes to accomodate the smallest or biggest of offices.

Or, we also provide tailor made boxes so you can pick whichever fruit your office fancies in any quantity you need!

If you want to know more, tweet us @office_fruit or visit our contact page to chat with a member of the Fruit For the Office team.


Friday, 19 September 2014

15 of the Most Ridiculous "Would You Rather" Questions

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Think you're the only one in your office with the Friday feeling? Dish out some office fruit at lunch to get everyone energised then try a few rounds of our 'Would you Rather' questions to rouse everyone up and get the whole office laughing - you might learn something new about your colleagues (or maybe something that will put you off your after-work drinks!)

































Got a Would you Rather for the Fruit for the Office team? Tweet us @office_fruit today and we'll answer as many questions as we can - except any rude ones, cheeky!

Friday, 12 September 2014

Why Bananas Are So Good For You

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Bananas are well known for being undeniably delicious but did you know that this fruit is hiding a few secrets? All neatly dressed up in their smart yellow suit, they're packed full of good stuff that will keep your body, skin, hair and heart in tip top condition. Oh, and did we mention they're delicious already?

Fruit for the Office are strong believers in the power of bananas and we've been sending boxes upon boxes of the things to support UNICEF at events, including London Marathon, Prudential RideLondon and Brighton Marathon.

If you think we're going a bit bananas over the long, yellow fruit, read on and find out why it's really a banana a day that keeps the doctor away!



Potassium Power

Everyone knows that bananas are packed full of potassium but do you know why it's so important? This vital nutrient helps regulate blood pressure, keeping the love muscle working at its best and reducing the likelihood of heart-related illnesses. Potassium is also great for the bones as it helps to reduce calcium excretion, keeping bones strong and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. 


Tummy Troubles

High in fibre, bananas will clear your system in no time to make sure that you maintain healthy bowel movements. So if you've been spending a lot of time thinking about the toilet, a banana could be a natural alternative to alleviate digestive problems. Also, if you've been suffering from diarrhea an under ripe (green) banana can help keep things solid whereas if your complications are caused by constipation then an over ripe (completely yellow with brown spots) will get things moving. Saves you having to buy two remedies for these common digestive problems - and you get a bit of your 5-a-day!


Brilliant B6

There's so many different types of B vitamin but the humble banana is bursting with the B6 kind. B6 has so many benefits including blood production, strengthening the nervous system, aiding weight loss, protecting against heart attacks and type 2 diabetes, preventing kidney stones and even alleviating depression. It's the vitamin that does it all and it's stuffed inside every banana ready for you to reap the benefits - and enjoy a delicious piece of fruit.


Immunity Booster

If you've been feeling the effects of every cough, sneeze and sniffle, you could be suffering from a lowered immune system. Chomping on a banana can help speed up production of white blood cells, thanks to the cytolcin it contains, which can help to strengthen your immune system.


Stop Stomach Ulcers

Excess hydrochloric acid in the stomach can cause painful stomach ulcers but bananas can not only prevent them, they can also help to treat ulcers alongside medication. Bananas help to create a thick, protective barrier in the stomach that can help to protect against impending or existing damage.


Diet Saviour

Low in calories and fat but high in nutrients and energy so bananas are the perfect snack for weight loss. They'll keep you feeling full and energised with natural sugars to keep you going without weighing you down.


Banana Beauty

High in moisture, it's great for maintaining the condition of healthy skin and hair. Just eating these potassium powerhouses will go a long way to helping you look your best but if you can bear not tasting one of your office fruit bananas and instead mashing them up into one of our easy peasy natural face or hair mask - you'll reap even more of the benefits. Who knew eating delicious food could make you so gorgeous?!


Gym Buddy

Bananas are perfect for exercising - not as extremely light dumbbells, however! Eat one an hour before heading to the gym or for a run for natural - and sustained - energy. Bananas won't make blood sugar levels spike so you won't fizzle out halfway through your workout! Then, after your workout, bananas can help with blood flow, muscle repair and even stop the dreaded cramp. Partial to a banana but don't fancy one every single day you go to the gym? Check out our list of other perfect pre and post workout snacks!


Instant Happiness

Eating delicious fruit should make you happy anyway but bananas contain tryptophan that - upon entering the bloodstream - converts into serotonin. Serotonin is the feel good chemical and gives you an amazing mood boost. So eating a banana, alongside therapy or medication, can be perfect for depression, PMS and stress. Next time you're feeling the strain at work, eat a banana as it may just make your day at the office that little bit better!


Tweet us @office_fruit or leave a comment below to let us know which of these reasons will get you eating more bananas!




Friday, 5 September 2014

How to Keep Your Boss Happy

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Whether you've been working for your boss for three weeks or three years, it may feel like you still don't know how to keep him or her happy. 

From making sure that their fruit order is absolutely spot on to sending a luxury fruit basket to that corporate client your boss really doesn't want to deal with, Fruit for the Office are letting you in on some secrets that can keep your boss from breathing down your neck and have them singing your praises instead.


Pick up the Slack

Your boss can’t do everything and it’s highly likely that they might be a bit too proud (read: embarrassed) to ask for help when they’re meant to look like the big cheese. If there’s a project you know your boss is working on and they look like they've slept at their desk to get it done - put your hand up and help out, they’ll never forget it. And if they don’t want to admit they need help? Just make sure their coffee order is doubled every morning.


Be Perfect

Overheard your boss needs someone to take minutes at meetings? Get learning online. Listened to him moan about the filing system the last office manager implemented? Take a few spare hours and organise it just how they’d like it. Office missing a first aider since Steve left? Get yourself on a one-day course. You need to make yourself indispensable, the more things you can do, the happier your boss will be and the more pay rises and promotions you’ll be put up for. Also, if your boss chokes on their elevenses, you can put your first aiding to good use, save their life with a perfect Heimlich and get in their good books in a much more dramatic, ‘I owe you my life’ kind of way. Have them say no to an extra holiday day after that!


Pick up on Pickiness

Your boss needs to know that every single thing you order is up to their – ludicrously high – standards. Take one less load of your mind and set up a repeat order with Fruit for the Office. Each piece of fruit is meticulously inspected for quality and if your boss storms in to the office one day proclaiming that they suddenly had enough of bananas (how could they?!), you can rest easy knowing that you can easily change your order by phone, email or online form. Especially when your boss realises a few hours later that it wasn't bananas they didn't like, it was plums instead. Sigh…


Deal with It


You know exactly which clients your boss does and doesn't like – because you’re always in the office to offer a listening (thinking about what to have for lunch) ear to their woes. But rather than thinking about that delicious bakery someone in Marketing recommended to you, keeping track of who they can’t bear to talk to will keep you in their good books. Screen their calls and ask them if they want to have ‘stepped out for a minute’ or ‘ran away to Switzerland’ when client-who-shall-not-be-named rings to request a conference call. Also, help keep clients unaware that the boss uses their photo on a dart board by sending a luxury fruit basket every so often – they’ll never know if they’re stuffing themselves with perfectly sweet grapes.



Have a perfectly happy boss and want to share your secrets (office witchcraft)? Or do you just have any survival tips on how to work in a real-life version of Devil Wears Prada? Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know!
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