Friday, 16 November 2018

What's in Season right now? November 2018

As we all know, a change in seasons means a change in what's available, and what's delicious! But don't worry, by following your guide below you can make sure you have the best of what's available this Autumn!

Apples

English apples really come into their own this time of year, and we have both English Royal Gala and Cox available!

Citrus

Leafy clementines are so festive and good looking, but not only that, they are super delicious! This is also the time of the satsuma, and we have both in stock!

Stone fruits

As the season has changed from the Northern to Southern Hemisphere, you may notice the peaches and nectarines are a little more pricey this time of year. BUT, they are so tasty you won't regret them!

Exotic

We always get asked when persimmons are in season, and luckily they are now! Grab them while they are juicy and ripe, perfect for snack time in these colder months. You may mistake them for a tomato, but they are delicious in their own right!



All of the above fruits can be added to your office fruit box here.

What's your favourite fruit that's currently in season? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 9 November 2018

7 things we love about Autumn

We love it when the seasons change, and so we decided to look at why we LOVE Autumn!

1. The clocks go back so we get an hour's extra sleep

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2. The darker evenings feel cosy

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3. Sitting in front of a fire with a good book

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4. Watching the leaves fall off the trees

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5. Hot chocolate (sometimes/all the time with Bailey's)

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6. Toffee apples!

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7. Finally....it brings us closer to CHRISTMAS!

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What's your favourite thing about Autmn? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 2 November 2018

Grill your way to 5 a day!

Here at Fruit For The Office we're always up for trying something new, especially when it comes to fruit and getting in that very important 5 a day! We found out that if you grill fruit, it can change the taste experience completely! Grilling fruit reduces the water content, concentrating the sugar and making the fruit extra-sweet and the sugars on the surface of the fruit that touch the grill get caramelised, making them crunchy and delicious! So why not whip out that George Foreman, and try the 10 best fruits to grill for a taste sensation!

1.Watermelon
Grilling watermelon changes the flavour profile so it goes beautifully with savoury food! Why not try it with a feta salad.

2. Peaches
Grilled peaches are delicious, and are great on their own or with vanilla ice cream!

3. Nectarines
Like peaches, grilled nectarines make a lovely dessert!

4. Bananas
Warm bananas are heavenly, for a tasty grown-up treat why not accompany them with some rum, walnuts and ice cream?



5. Cherries
Grilling sour cherries sweetens them a little, and makes them perfect for use in cocktails!

6. Pineapple
Grilled pineapple is popular on a skewer, but why not let them stand on their own as a delicious dish?

7. Pear
Grilled pears are delicious with honey and chocolate; why not give it a go?

8. Grapefruit
Pink grapefruit is already a popular breakfast item, but why not make it *that* bit more interesting by adding brown sugar to the surface, and grill for some added sweetness? Top with your favourite yoghurt for the best breakfast around!

9. Mango
Mango salsa is a popular accompaniment for pork, so why not go the whole hog (pun intended!) and add grilled mango cubes to your favourite pork dish?

10. Cantaloupe
Grill a cantaloupe melon, add honey yoghurt berries and pistachios for a dish you'll be wanting to eat again and again!

All items mentioned can be added to your office fruit box here.

What's your favourite grilled fruit? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 19 October 2018

Chocolate Avocado Muffins

If you love your chocolate-y, cake-y treats, but want to still be healthy, try out our super healthy-yet-delicious chocolate avocado muffins!

Serves: 12
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes

What do I need?
2 cups all purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar/sugar alternative
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1 ripe avocado (flesh only)
5 and 1/3 ounces Greek yogurt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)

How do I make it?

  1. Preheat oven to 325 Fahrenheit. Spray a muffin tray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients
  3. In another mixing bowl, mash avocado with a fork. Whisk in the yogurt.
  4. Measure out milk, oil and vanilla and pour into avocado/yogurt mixture. Whisk together.
  5. Combine the flour mixture and avocado mixture until incorporated.
  6. Scoop into the prepared pan, filling about 3/4 full.
  7. Top each muffin with a sprinkle of chocolate chips, if desired.
  8. Place in preheated oven and bake for about 35 minutes, until toothpick comes out mostly clean and muffins spring back when touched.
  9. Let cool, extract each muffin, and enjoy!

Adapted from: https://www.californiaavocado.com/recipes/recipe-container/fudgy-chocolate-avocado-muffins

Did you try out this recipe? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 12 October 2018

Why these myths about fruit just aren't true!

We know that in this world of healthy eating, there are still some myths floating around about fruit. We searched out the 5 most popular, and debunked them for you!

Myth 1: Fresh is best

While fresh fruit is delicious, and looks great, there is no form of fruit that is better than another! Dried fruit still gives you the same amount of great taste and fibre, so why not change it up? However, do keep in mind dried fruit has a higher sugar content as it is concentrated, so you do not need as much dried fruit as fresh!

Myth 2: Juice should be avoided

Fruit juice is still a great way of getting the vitamins and minerals from your fruit, so it is definitely worthwhile including it in your diet - however, you do not get the same dietary fibre as fresh fruit, so do not rely on fruit juice to get your 5 a day.

Myth 3: Organic is more nutritious

You may know that here at Fruit For The Office we do not guarantee our fruit as organic. It has not been proven that organic fruit is any more nutritious than traditionally harvested fruit. Our focus is on high quality fruit, and organic fruit does not always meet this standard.

Myth 4: Sugar in fruit is bad for you

We can confirm that fruit has sugar in it. However, this sugar is different from the "added" sugar in other items. Added sugar lacks the health-promoting qualities of fruit.

Myth 5: Fruits are too expensive

Fruits may seem expensive, but when you add them into a varied diet, and you snack less on other less healthy foods, you may well find that your budget does not increase at all! And if you have the benefit of a fruit bowl at work, get stuck in and make the most of the fruity goodness!



What myths have you heard about fruit? Let us know @office_fruit

Friday, 5 October 2018

Healthy Banana Bread

We've all been there - a bowl full of black bananas, which you hate to throw away! Not to worry, we're here with a healthy sweet treat which will use them all up, which means no waste!

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Level: Easy
Makes: 10 slices

You will need:
low-fat spread
140g wholemeal flour
100g self-raising flour
1teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspook baking powder
300g mashed banana from overripe bananas
4 tablespoon agave syrup
3 large eggs, beaten
150ml low-fat natural yoghurt
25g chopped pecan or walnuts

How to make it:
1. Heat the oven to 160c/140c/gas 3. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin with baking parchment (allow it to come 2cm above top of tin). Mix the flours, bicarb, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a large bowl.
2. Mix the bananas, syrup, eggs and yoghurt. Quickly stir into dry ingredients, then gently scrape into the tin and scatter with nuts. Bake for 1 hour 10 mins to 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean.
3. Cool in tin on a wire rack. Eat warm or at warm temperature.



Recipe adapted from:https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2554643/healthy-banana-bread


Have you tried this recipe for healthy banana bread? Let us know @office_fruit!

Friday, 21 September 2018

Our most popular blog posts!

Here on the Fruit For The Office blog we post every week, and as we've been around for a while we have a lot of blog posts! This we decided to take a lot at our most read blog posts to see what really gets our readers interested!


  1. The Top 5 Uses For a Lemon in the office!
  2. 10 Types of Apple!
  3. 10 Types of Pear!
  4. #FitFruitFriday - 10 Top Tips for a Healthy Easter!
  5. 15 World's Weirdest Fruits!

What's been your favourite blog of ours? Let us know @office_fruit!

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