Friday, 31 July 2015

Go Nuts for Nuts!

We all love a good piece of fruit. But sometimes, just sometimes, we want something a bit more....nutty. Nuts are excellent snacks, and have all sorts of amazing benefits...

Pistachios for a satisfying snack

If you are really hungry, crack open some pistachios. Not only is it fun to crack the shells, you will also get more pistachios in a 1-ounce serving than any other nut: 49 pistachio kernels versus 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves, or 18 cashews. 

Pine nuts for appetite suppression

These little treats, though high in oil, have been studied for their appetite suppressing qualities. Throw some in a salad or top your pasta with some pesto.

Almonds for weight loss

If weight loss is your goal, try a handful of almonds. WebMD reports that several studies on almonds showed that, even when calorie counts are the same, diets that included almonds seemed to help people shed more pounds. (But we’re not making any promises!)

Walnuts for omega-3s

Walnuts are one of the few non-fish sources of this beneficial nutrient. Walnuts contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that is similar to the one found in salmon and herring. Lightly toasted walnuts are delicious on salads.

Warning: Don't go too nuts.
Nuts, in general, are calorie dense—160-200 calories per ounce—enjoy in moderation!

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You can add these nuts (and more!) to your office delivery here 

Are you nuts for nuts? Tweet us about your favourite nuts @office_fruit

Friday, 24 July 2015

Healthy Alternatives To Coffee

Here at Fruit For The Office HQ, we all love a good coffee fix in the morning. However, sometimes we just don't want all that caffeine, and it's always good to have a change.

We have found the best healthy alternatives to coffee, so you can still get your hot drink fix....

Peppermint Tea
A great herbal tea which also helps the digestive process, is naturally caffeine-free and refreshing.
Get peppermint tea for your office here

Chai Tea
Native to India, this soothing beverage is commonly made with rich black tea, milk, and a variety of spices, like cinnamon, ginger, or cardamom. A steaming hot mug of chai tea will help you get over an afternoon hump. An added bonus? Though you're automatically cutting your caffeine intake by drinking chai, the tea’s smooth, creamy flavor tricks your mind into thinking that it’s coffee!

 Lemon and Hot Water
This drink helps flush out toxins from the body, is a great source of Vitamin C, and aids digestion. You could even add a sprig of mint, to double the benefits.
Add some lemons to your office order here

Dandelion Root Coffee 
Supposedly the closest taste you can get to coffee, this unsual herbal tea is often used as a coffee subsitute. The roasted dandelion pieces give it its coffee-look. It also has the benefits of being cleansing for the liver.

Green Tea
This beverage has become known as the healthiest coffee alternative thanks to its high concentration of antioxidants. Green tea does contain caffeine, but a smaller amount than your regular cup of coffee, so you don't end up with the same jittery side effects.
We offer green tea here

Let us know your favourite coffee substitutes at @office_fruit

Friday, 17 July 2015

Staying Safe In The Sun - Our Handy Tips

Even though the British Summertime is not always as hot as we would like (read: never as hot as we would like), when the sun does come out to play, there are things we need to keep in mind to ensure we can enjoy the sun as much as possible.

1. Always use sunscreen
This includes when it's cloudy outside. For the ladies, sometimes our makeup products include SPF, so take a look at those foundation bottles. Anything over SPF 15 is fine.

2. Keep in the shade
During the sun's hottest times (11am to 3pm), we should all avoid the sun as much as possible, by sitting the shade, under canopies, or by wearing hats.

3. Reapply sunscreen if you go for a swim
Although most sunscreens will now claim to be water-resistant or even water-proof, this does not mean you can slack on the re-application.

4. Look after burns
If you do happen to get burnt, treat the pain with some painkillers (ibuprofen or paracetamol work perfectly). Sponge your skin down with some cool water, and stay out of the sun until the redness has gone.

5. Drink that water!
 Keep hydrated, and drink plenty of water while out in the sunshine. Alcohol will dehydrate you, so avoid alcoholic drinks while sitting in the sun.

6. Look out for signs of heat exhaustion
These can include headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, faintness, and dizziness. If you experience these symptoms, or notice anyone else with them, sit in a cool room and drink plenty of water.

7. Enjoy it!
As long as you follow the rules above, you will be able to enjoy the sun this Summer. Here's to a suntan!

Tweet us @office_fruit with your handy tips to keep cool this Summer

Friday, 10 July 2015

Our Top 5 Funky Fruit Animals

Here at Fruit For The Office, we like our fruit with a side of fun. So what's more fun than fruity animals?

Here's a look at our Top 5:

1. This prickly pineapple hedgehog looks good enough to eat:

2. We love these hootiful owl:


3. P-p-p-p pick up a papaya puffin!

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4. We'd love to get our teeth into this watermelon shark:

5. This kiwi swan gets top marks for creativity:

Tweet us @office_fruit to show us your favourite #fruityanimals!

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Friday, 19 June 2015

How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

Research, commissioned by Cravendale Milk, found that in Britain we drink a staggering 165 million cups of tea per day, or 60.2 billion a year. 
If you're putting the milk and teabag in first, then the water (cringe) let us show you how to make the perfect cuppa! 

1. Add 200ml of freshly boiled water to your tea bag, in a mug/cup.
2. Allow the tea bag to brew for 2 minutes. Someone once told us to dunk it 20 times exactly but this depends on your commitment to the cause...
3. Remove the tea bag.
4. Add 10ml of milk.
5. Wait 6 minutes before consumption to reach its optimum temperature of 60 degrees centigrade.
Leave it until after 17 minutes and 30 seconds (exactly!) and the tea will be past its best. 
Add Borders Luxury Biscuits for extra oomph ;) 

Tweet us @Office_fruit if you have the recipe to make a better cuppa!

Friday, 12 June 2015

Become a Technology Hero

Think you're clued up in the IT department?
A quick conversation with speccy Steve from Desktop Support about the keyboard issue that you're having will quickly bring you back down to earth; you know, the one where every time you typed nothing happened, but then it turned out to have been a disconnected wire... ah yeah...

We're going to run through basic, and we mean BASIC, support for your everyday technology woes...


RULE 1.)

If the email looks dodgy, it probably is. Didn't order a mail bride? Didn't have an accident in the last 12 months? Didn't speak with Erikka from Latvia about bedroom concerns?
DO NOT OPEN SPAM/JUNK EMAILS. Please don't forward them on either, IT's clever virus scanner will blame and shame you in an All Staff email.


"It's a bug". The most annoying and non small critter related term that a web developer could use to bamboozle you when they've made a change to the system but haven't thought of the knock on effects. 
You've asked for a new function to your customer account sign up process and suddenly, no one can create a new customer account. It must definitely be a bug, and no way related to the recent change to the customer account sign up process... 


"I didn't get your email."
Okay, we've all heard this one a few times and sometimes it just hasn't hit the inbox and gone straight to Junk. You could well have one of those cryptic email addresses so that no one can ever get it correct unless you email them - e.g.  Nine times out of ten, it actually did come through but you were so busy being hypnotized by the 36,789 unread emails in your inbox that it was overlooked. 
LISTEN and I mean LISTEN UP PAL - Delete the ones that you don't need. Surely you must feel some sort of Zen after doing this? Surely?! 
Then there's only 25,657 to say that you didn't receive, liar. Hop to it!


Excel. DUN DUN DUN...

"Once you know how to use it, it's real easy...", they all said and laughed along knowingly. Well, actually when you're asked to create Sparklines... SPARKLINES?! Who on earth knows how to do that.
So here's some random intermediate Excel things that Youtube tutorials can save your a** on:


Just don't show yourself up by asking the following questions before checking...
  • "My mouse doesn't work!" - Is it plugged into the back of your PC? Or if remote, has it got batteries?
  • "I moved my screen and now it's gone black!" - Check the power cord is in, and that you didn't touch the soft standby switch around the back, please.
  • "The numbers will not work on the side of my keyboard!" - Is Num Lock on? Press it. 
  • "It won't print!" - Have you chosen the correct printer? It is it set to CutePDF and now you have saved 100 PDF files to your desktop? Yep, that's why.
  • "My PC has turned off?!" Did you kick the plug socket, well, did you?

Tweet us with your Tech Talk @Office_fruit

Friday, 5 June 2015

Super Cool Stationery

Are you the office crazy with a secret stash of mega cool post-it notes and animal shaped pens?
YEP, our desks are like that too.

No matter how old (or professional) you are, who can resist a strawberry shaped note pad? We sourced these bad boys from the key to our stationery shaped heart, Paperchase

Do you really appreciate all the careful thought that your Office Manager has put into the office fruit delivery? It takes some serious skill to know that you need 7 Braeburn, 4 Kiwi, 14 bananas and just 16 Tangerines precisely. Gift them with a cute strawberry mug

Check out the Happy Veggies range for more cute gift ideas.

We also love the Happy Jackson stationery range. 
It has plenty of sarcasticly remarked stationery to prompt you on that To-Do list! 

Tweet us @Office_fruit with the mega cool stationery on your desk!
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