Friday, 17 January 2020

What fruit can you give to your pets?

Do you have any furry friends at home, and want to share the fruit love with them? Find out what fruits you can share with your pets!

When feeding fruit to your furry friends, you have to bear in mind that it should be done in moderation as fruit contains more sugar than vegetables. If your pet is overweight fruit should be limited, and smaller animals (like rabbits) should only be fed up to 2 tablespoons of fruit per day. Make sure all fruit is washed and remove any rind, inedible skins, seeds and pits. Having said all that, there are still plenty of benefits to feeding fruit to your pets, so let's find out which fruits are safe!

Fruit has more sugar than vegetables, so should be limited to overweight pets. make sure all fruit is washed and remove rind, inedible skins, seeds and pits.

Apples

Good for? Overweight pets, and senior pets with a low metabolism. Can be eaten by cats, dogs and rabbits
Contain? They are high in fibre and low in fat. They contain Vitamin A and C which are essential for healthy bones and tissue
Don't forget! You need to remove the core and seeds as they contain cyanide

Apricots

Good for? Cats, dogs and rabbits
Contain? They are full of potassium and beta-carotene.
Don't forget! Don't give them the stems or leaves, the stems are poisonous

Bananas

Good for? Cats, dogs and rabbits
Contain? They contain potassium which can support heart and kidney functions. They are high in carbohydrates and sugar so should be given to dogs sparingly.
Don't forget! Slice the banana into reasonable slices

Blackberries & Blueberries

Good for? Cats, dogs and rabbits
Contain? They contain antioxidants, fibre and vitamin c

Cantaloupe

Good for? Cats and dogs
Contain? They contain Vitamins A, B and C, which can help alleviate inflammatory tissues
Don't forget! The skin can carry harmful bacteria, so remove this and the seeds. Cut the melon into manageable wedges before feeding

Cranberries

Good for? Cats and dogs
Contain? They contain Vitamin C, fibre and manganese, and they can help fight UTIs!
Don't forget! They can be served raw, cooked or dried, but not as a juice or sauce as they contain too much sugar and can upset your pet's stomach

Mangoes

Good for? Cats, dogs and rabbits
Contain? They have lots of vitamins
Don't forget! You need to remove the hard middle pit as it contains cyanide. You also need to remove the skin, and serve it in small amounts as it could otherwise cause an upset stomach

Oranges

Good for? Dogs will like them, but cats will probably not be interested (author note: when I get an orange out my cats run away!)
Contain? They have lots of nutrients like Vitamin C, that can help a pet's immune system and flush out toxins
Don't forget! You need to remove the seeds, peel, leaves and stem - your dog can only eat the fleshy part of the fruit

Pears

Good for? Cats and dogs
Contain? They contain Vitamin A and C, and fibre
Don't forget! Feed them in moderation, and remove any seeds

Pineapple

Good for? Cats, dogs and rabbits
Contain?  They contain lots of vitamins, and minerals such as folate and zinc, which can help your pet's digestion and immune system
Don't forget! As they contain a lot of sugar they are best served in small quantities. Remove the spiky skin and hard core

Raspberries

Good for? They are good for cats, dogs and rabbits, but only in small doses!
Contain? They contain lots of fibre and Vitamin C, and are low in sugar. They have anti-inflammatory properties which makes them great for older pets
Don't forget! They contain small amounts of naturally occurring sweetener called xylitol, which can be fatal if ingested in large amounts

Strawberries

Good for? Cats, dogs and rabbits
Contain? They contain lots of nutrients which help strengthen your pet's immune system, and slow age-related issues
Don't forget! They can be served fresh or frozen, and raw or pureed over their normal food

Watermelon

Good for? Cats and dogs
Contain? They are almost 92% water, so they are great for hydration. They contain Vitamin A, C and B-6, as well as potassium which helps maintain healthy muscle and nerve function



What fruit do you feed your pets? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 3 January 2020

How to create successful New Year's resolutions

With another year, and another decade, coming to a close, it's the time of year where a lot of people evaluate their life and any changes they want to make. But how can you ensure you are successful with making these changes? You can guarantee success by setting great goals, and here's how you do that...

1. Make big goals

If you're making the effort to make a change, make the goal a big one. While it may seem intimidating, by setting a big goal you may not always get to the goal itself, but you will be in a much better position for trying! As they say, if you shoot for the moon, you'll land somewhere among the stars.

2. Break them down into chunks

One way to make a big goal look less intimidating is to break it down into chunks, including daily to-do lists which get you one stop closer to that goal. By taking it in smaller pieces, you can set mini-goals, and hitting these mini-goals will keep you motivated throughout the process.

3. Commit yourself

Don't go into it half-hearted, as you know deep down you will not achieve the goal, and feel even worse. If you're going to set a goal, commit yourself to making the changes needed. If you don't feel like you can commit, maybe you're not ready to make the change, and that's OK! Maybe give yourself some more time so you feel completely in the zone.

4. Reward yourself

We mentioned mini-goals above, and with hitting any goal, big or small, rewarding yourself is key. We don't recommend rewarding yourself with the thing you're avoiding (for example, if trying to lose weight, to reward a pound loss with chocolate), but having a reward will keep you motivated and happy in the process. Even if it's taking a long leisurely walk in your favourite park, or treating yourself to a face mask, there's loads of ways to reward yourself without hindering your progress.

5. Learn from past failures

If there's a particular goal that you go for every year, but fail every time, have a really good look at why you're failing. Is it your environment, the people around you, or is it actually you that are preventing yourself from meeting your goal? You may need to tweak the goal in some way to make it practical, and feasible, for you to hit it. By setting unreasonable goals every year, you only make things harder for yourself.

6. Be thankful for what you can achieve

Don't worry about perfection, just remember why you are making the change. No one out there can do things right 100% of the time, so if you find yourself getting frustrated with yourself, just be grateful that you are able to make the change that you are, and remember that not everyone has the inner strength to attempt the same thing as you.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


Did you make any resolutions for 2020? Let us know @office_fruit! 

Monday, 23 December 2019

What Have We Been Up To in 2019?

It's almost the end of 2019, and the end of another decade! We hope 2020 is a brilliant year for all our customers!

So what have we done this year? 

After receiving feedback from clients regarding our environmental impact, we decided to start working with the carbon capturing charity Forest Carbon who plants trees to offset the emissions from our vans. We are currently at 124 trees! You can always keep up to date here.

We are making adjustments to our packaging, including not using bags in our boxes when customers ask. We are in the process of changing our packaging, so stay tuned!

We sold over 700,000 bananas!

We also have an exciting launch in the New Year, so keep an eye out on our website...


What are your plans for 2020? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 13 December 2019

Profile On: Plums

In this update of our Profile On series, we focus on the plum! Plums are a staple fruit and are hugely popular, so let's find out all about it!

What is it?

A plum is an oval fleshy fruit, which is reddish, purple or yellow, with a flat stone inside, which  makes it a member of the stone fruit family.

Where is it from?

Plums are grown on every continent apart from Antarctica, but China is the world's leading producer of plums!

Where does the name come from?

The name plum comes from the Old English word "plume".

What are the different colours of plum?

The skin can be red, yellow or purple (black), and the inside flesh can be red or yellow.

When is it in season?

As they are grown around the world, they are always in season somewhere!

What are the health benefits?

They are low in calories, and fats, and are an excellent source of Vitamin C. They can help control blood sugar as they have a low glycemic index. They also contain potassium.

Did you know?

A dried plum is called a prune! Prunes are often eaten as an aid to digestion.


Do you love plums? Let us know @office_fruit! 

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

What To Buy This Christmas - Christmas Gift Guide 2019

Stuck for ideas this Christmas? Take a look at our guide and see if there's anything that might be perfect for that certain someone...

For her

Under £10
Next - Celestial Desk Diary - £3.50



I want one of those - Pineapple Bottle Opener - £6.99



From £10 to £50

La Menagerie - Sloth Necklace - £24

Anthropologie - Travel Gift Set - £48


Extravagant


Virgin Experience - Castle Hotel Escape for Two - £250


For him

Under £10


Find Me A Gift - Personalised Engraved Glass Tankard - £9.99


Arm Chair Caddy
Prezzybox - Arm Chair Caddy - £9.99


From £10 to £50


Not on the high street - Classic Kits Football Team Print - £23.50

F1 Grand Prix Simulator Race Experience
I want one of those - F1 Grand Prix Simulator Race Experience - £39


Extravagant


John Lewis - CREED Aventus Eau de Parfum 100ml - £265


What are you buying your loves ones for Christmas this year? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 15 November 2019

A day in the life....Head of Admin & Marketing

For this week's blog, I decided to let you in on how my day works here at Fruit For The Office. My name's Rachel, and I'm the Head of Admin & Marketing - the beauty of a small team is you get to wear many hats! So what does my typical day look like?

9am 

I get in and start my day by reading through my emails, either from our Dispatch Unit overnight, or from any eager customers wanting to adjust their orders. I enjoy a lovely (decaf!) coffee, and settle in.

10am 

As my job is so varied my main tasks for the day can be quite different, but usually I'll be helping the admin team with orders or queries; answering customer emails; or getting down to some marketing tasks! I usually grab a banana or a pink lady apple around this time too.

12pm 

I'll usually write a blog (as I am now!) or other content, I find this time of day the best for being creative. If we're recruiting (which we are at the moment!), I'll use this time to contact candidates and arrange interviews.

1:30pm

Lunchtime! I usually spend mine with a homemade chicken and salad wrap, and a good book :)

2:30pm 

Back to work! I reply to any emails sent over while I was on my lunch, and get back into the rhythm.

3pm

This is  my favourite time of the day, as the main part of the day is over, but there's still enough time to get some productive work in! I'll usually take a look at our social media, or start planning blog posts or other projects. If I'm flagging I'll usually grab have some nuts or dried fruit to keep me going until dinner.

5pm

One of my lovely colleagues will finalise all our orders and reports, and then it's home time! Another successful day done.


What is your favourite part of the working day? Let us know @office_fruit! 

Friday, 1 November 2019

What is vomit fruit!?

You may have heard of vomit fruit from I'm a Celebrity... but what on Earth is it!? Read on to find out...

What is vomit fruit?

Vomit fruit is a fruit that is native to southeast Asia and Australasia. It is part of the coffee family, and its proper name is Morinda citrifolia.

It is also called great morinda, Indian mulberry, noni, beach mulberry, cheese fruit, dog dumpling and starvation fruit.

Where does the name "vomit fruit" come from?

It has a particularly strong smell and taste. It is said to taste like "rotten cheese", although the taste changes as the fruit ripens. When unripe it is said to be "spicy and grassy, with hints of horseradish and parmesan". When ripe, it tastes likes "sharp cheese, lemon and vomit".  It is so bad that it is claimed that in Polynesia, shamans use the fruit to ward off evil spirits.

It has such a strong smell that it is recommended not to eat the fruit on its own.


Have you eaten vomit fruit? Let us know @office_fruit!
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