Friday, 19 August 2016

Natural Skin Saviours

Here at FFTO HQ we're always looking for the best ways to make the most of our office fruit deliveries, and what better way than using than on our skin? Fruit and vegetables are not only great to eat, but they also have great benefits when applied to the skin topically. So check out our list below, and add some of these to your next office fruit delivery!

Cucumber 

Should you get a sunburn, or an ordinary burn, look no further than your fridge. Cool cucumber is soothing to burnt skin not just because it's cool, but it also has antioxidant and analgesic properties which promote healing and further relief from discomfort. Simply cut up, mash the cucumber, and place it over the burn, to help reduce the swelling, redness and pain.




Lemon

Lemons are a natural antibacterial, and are rich in Vitamin C and citric acid. They are great for treating skin issues like acne and blackheads, and soothing chapped lips, as well as serving as an effective skin lighter and brightener.


Pineapple 

Pineapple contains a large amount of natural bromelain, which has special benefits as it gently exfoliates the skin. Using pineapple juice or pulp topically will help clear off dead skin cells and reveal beautiful glowing skin. 


Strawberries 

Apart from a high Vitamin C content, strawberries also contain an important alpha hydroxy acid, known as salicylic acid, which makes them extra beneficial for the skin. Salicylic acid is known best for its use in acne treatments, as penetrates deep into the pores and cleans them out. It can unclog oily pores and stop pimples from forming - winner! This will also help clear our milia, whiteheads and blackheads before they turn into stubborn pimples.




Have any natural skincare saviours that you'd like to share? Let us know @office_fruit 

Monday, 15 August 2016

How to buy healthy food for less

So as a Fruit For The Office customer, you buy your fruit to have a healthy snack at the desk. But what about buying fruit and veg to eat at home? We always hear about how *expensive* it is to buy healthy foods rather than junk; but surely there are ways to buy fruit and veg but still keep to a budget? Here are our top tips to buying fresh produce for less:

1. Brave the discount shops

Shops like Aldi and Lidl (and even Iceland!) are a life saver when you're shopping on a budget. Although they might seem overwhelming, it's best to have a rummage through to see what they have on offer, and watch the pounds drop off your final bill!

2. Never buy prepared

Prepared fruit and veg may be more convenient, but the preparation racks up the cost, and also lessens the shelf life of the product. Buy whole product, and prepare it yourself, to save pennies.

3. Check the sell by, use by and quality

When you pick up an apple (or banana, or onion....) make sure to pick it up and have a good look at it. Marked produce tends to rot quicker, leaving you with less things to eat, and a potential mess in your fruit bowl! Sell by and use by dates are also a good indication of how long things will last.

4. Buy in bulk when necessary


In many places, particularly whole food shops, you can buy your product in bulk to save the pennies. This does require storage, but if you have the room certain items can be bought and stored to use at a later date. Things that are great for this are onions and potatoes.

5. Buy frozen

We're always told fresh is best, but frozen fruits and vegetables hold their nutrients, and last a lot longer than fresh.This also helps if you're buying in bulk, as you don't have to worry about use-by dates! 

6. Buy shelf-life preservers to reduce waste

There are a lot of items on the market now that can help prolong the life of your produce. From storage boxes, to ethylene gas absorbers (you know, that nasty gas that ruins your fruit and veg!), there's plenty of things that can help you get the most out of your healthy food.
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What are your tips for being healthy on a budget? Let us know @office_fruit  

Friday, 5 August 2016

All Natural Watermelon Kiwi Ice Lollies

If you are looking for a healthy alternative to ice lollies this summer, look no further! This watermelon kiwi ice lolly contains only four ingredients, and they're all fruit. Delicious!

Serves: 5 popsicles
Ingredients
  • 2 cups watermelon, chopped
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and diced
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. agave (or more if necessary)
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pour mixture into popsicle mold and place in freezer for a couple of hours. When hardened, pull out of popsicle mold and enjoy!
Credit: Jen Nikolaus
Have you tried this fruity ice lolly? Let us know @office_fruit 

Friday, 29 July 2016

The Best Fruits To Fuel Exercise

In today's post we will let you know the best fruits to eat before and after workouts, to make sure you get the most out of your effort!

Cherries

Cherries contain melatonin, a powerful antioxidant which relieves stress and helps with inflammation. It can even help reduce strength loss and muscle soreness after exercise, which means you'll recover quicker!



 Bananas

An extremely popular fruit for all exercise-lovers, bananas are not only high in potassium, but they are almost all carbohydrate. The potassium helps replace that which is lost during exercise, and the carbohydrate helps sustain your blood sugar levels while exercising. Their softness and light taste make them easy to consume even with pre-race nerves, and their natural "wrapper" makes them easy to eat on the road.



Tomatoes

Traditionally known as a vegetable, tomatoes are actually a fruit. They contain an anxtioxidant lycopene, and also contain many vitamins and minerals that are helpful to runners, including vitamin B6.


Raisins

Packed with carbohydrates, raisins are a great snack for athletes who need an extra boost of energy after burning their resources. They facilitate absorption into the body, but they also stimulate the absorption of protein and vitamins from other foods too. This is critical for muscles to recover, and makes raisins the perfect exercise food.


Kiwi

Kiwi can reduce both blood pressure, and offer a better night's sleep. They can even reduce fat levels found within the blood, which improves your cardiovascular health. They contain a wide range of minerals which are essential for replacing those lost during exercise.


Pineapple

Like the kiwi, pineapple can lower blood pressure, aid digestion, and can also massively improve bone strength. They contain 75% of the daily recommended mineral manganese, which is essential for developing and repairing strong bones and connective tissue. It also contains carbohydrates, so it is the perfect all round fruit for those iron-pumpers.




Which is your favourite fruit to eat before and after exercise? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 22 July 2016

Caramelised rum bananas and ice cream

This caramelised rum bananas and ice cream recipe is a Jamaican favourite, and is the perfect way to use up any excess bananas left over from your office fruit delivery. Using only four ingredients, it is simple, yet delicious, and bound to spice up your dinner times.

Here's how to make it..

Servings: 2
Prep time: 1 minute
Cook time: 6 minutes
Total time: 7 minutes

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons good quality butter
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas (not overly ripe/brown), peeled, cut in half and sliced lengthewise
  • 1 or 2 tablespoon dark run (or leave out for an acohol-free version)
  • Vanilla ice cream to serve
To make
  • Place the butter and sugar in a saute pan over a low heat, and stir until the sugar dissolves and begins to bubble.
  • Simmer for about 2 minutes and then add the bananas
  • Continue to simmer and turn the bananas for another minute or so 
  • Add the rum, stir and remove from heat. (If making this without the rum, just remove the bananas from the heat at this step).
  • Place a scoop of ice cream in two serving bowls, then top each with 4 pieces of banana. Drizzle with the syrup

What are your favourite banana desserts? Let us know @office_fruit 

Friday, 15 July 2016

A profile on: kiwano melon

What is it?
The kiwano melon is a traditional food plan in Africa, and belongs to the cucumber and melon family.

What does it look like?
A fully ripened kiwano has an orange rind with prominent spikes. The inside flesh is a slimy green colour, with seeds inside the jelly-like substance.

Other names?
Also known as the horned melon, jelly melon, African horned cucumber, hedged gourd, melano and blowfish fruit.

Where's it from? 
It is native to Southern Africa, but is now also grown in California, Mississippi, Chile, Australia and New Zealand.

How do I eat it?
To eat plain, cut the fruit in half, and gently squeeze one half until the slime-covered seeds ooze out. Or, you can simply scoop out the inner fruit and toss it into fruit salads, use as a garnish or add into cocktails. Only the inside is edible, so do not try to nibble on the spikes!
 
What does it taste like?
The flavour is described as a cross between cucumber, zucchini and kiwi, although as it ripens it tastes more like a banana.

What are the health benefits?
Some of the benefits of eating kiwano melon are: it aids in weight lost; protects the skin; boosts the metabolism; increases eye health; strengthens bones; optimises digestion; and speeds up wound healing.



Want to try this exotic fruit? Add a box to your office fruit delivery here.

Have you tried kiwano melon? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 8 July 2016

Ripen your avocado in 10 minutes!

We've all been there - you're dreaming of poached-eggs-on-avocado-on-toast for brunch, but your avocado just isn't ripe (read:squishy) enough! What are you going to do!? You don't have 3 days to wait until it ripens.....

Well, luckily for you we have the perfect 10-minute trick to ripen that pesky avocado until it's creamy and delicious.

All you need is:
  • an oven, preheated to 93 degrees celcius, of 200 degrees farenheit
  • tin-foil
  • avocado
All you need to do is:
  1. Wrap your avocado in tin foil 
  2. Put the wrapped avocado in your preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes, remove the avocado from the oven.
 Once you unwrap the avocado, you should find the avocado is still cool enough to hold. And, trust us, the avocado win't be hot, it will just be a softer, and most importantly, RIPER than it was 10 minutes ago!


Let us know if you try this trick @office_fruit
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