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    Impress your boss with flowers!

    July 31st, 2015

    Boss Day might not be celebrated much but impressing the boss is always important, right? Whether your boss is a male or female, you could totally win them over with flowers and, of course, hard work. If you are confused on how to make flower arrangements for your boss, then here are some ideas…

    The sporty one: If you know that your boss loves watching sports or is a big fan of a certain football club, then use the colors of the club and gift it to him/her. You can also do this for any other sport and add a card with the picture of the sport on it. You can find customized cards online. Make sure you do not go for roses if your boss is a man. Go a little tough there and pick unconventional flowers.

    The workaholic:  Is your boss always working and is the first one to leave and arrive? Then she/he might be a workaholic! The best gift to a dedicated worker is a potted plant. The plant will bring fresh oxygen and is also low maintenance. It will be less distinctive to them, and it will be a benefit for you.

    The joyful one: Gifting anything to a joyful boss is always easy. You can opt for seasonal flower arrangements and add a lot of colors. You can pick lilies, roses, orchids and many other types of flowers to make the bouquet look bright and radiant. This will make them happy!

    The cheerleader: The encouraging and understanding boss should get something additional with flowers. Maybe balloons or a best boss cup! You can give such a boss some diverse flowers to tell him or her how much you admire him or her as your superior. You can opt for sunflowers, yellow and pink roses, tulips and many others. Avoid red roses in all the situations. It could give them a wrong idea.

    The strict one: Everybody smiles looking at some beautiful flowers and so will your strict boss. They will appreciate your effort. If you know what they like, then get them those flowers otherwise pick simple flowers. White always works well with office since it seems like a formal color so white lilies are a good choice.

    The easy going one: If your boss is your friend then you are in luck. You can pick any and every flower arrangement for them and they will like it!

    Be careful when you pick any flower bouquet for your boss. If they are allergic, then just ignore every flower. You don’t want to get into any trouble later. Also, if you aren’t a favorite of his or her, then you could always gift flowers to them in a group.

    You can find a wide range of different flower arrangements related to corporate and office background on the net. Cheap flowers by online websites are money savers and fresh too. You can book it at any time without visiting the local florists. You can also get customized flower arrangements on sites.

    Chocolates demystified

    July 31st, 2015

    Some of you may be mystified by the title of this article. Well, myths surround objects, living things, places and phenomena, both mundane and marvellous. You may be surprised to know that chocolate cannot escape the net of myths either! Yes, it is true that there are false beliefs that surround this oh-so-adorable member of the food family! If you are looking to send chocolates by post this year to someone special, but they decline to accept your gift citing on or more of the following myths – then be sure to let them know that their belief is in fact just a myth about chocolate that should be discarded immediately!

    • People with high levels of bad cholesterol should give up chocolates – or those who believe this myth, you should know that the source of at from chocolate is in fact twin pronged. One is from cocoa butter present in chocolate, which does have high levels of unsaturated fat. But, the second and more important source of fat in chocolate is stearic acid, which does not have the same properties as saturated fat. So, moderate amounts of chocolate will do no one any harm!
    • High caffeine levels – If you enjoy your morning cup of coffee from the local bistro or Starbucks, then you certainly should not be saying this! Chocolate contains very little caffeine. A Starbucks grand cup of coffee has 320 mgs of caffeine whereas a rich bar of regular chocolate has just 9 mgs of caffeine; the dark chocolate version having just 31 mgs!
    • Very high sugar levels – High sugar levels means hyper active people, right? Well, this is a correct statement. But assuming that chocolate has very high sugar levels and is to be avoided by children, who tend to be more hyper active than most, is not a correct statement. Children, by nature, have a very agile mind and are eager to do everything, see everything and eat everything! Eating chocolates has nothing to with them!
    • Chocolate and weight gain – The next time a diva talks about eating a green salad and turns up her nose at a chocolate bar – remind her that a small quantity of chocolate (of the good variety and not in a fudge or poured all over a brownie, mind you!) every day, in fact, helps a person reduce his weight! The foods usually consumed with chocolate add to the weight problem, not chocolate itself.
    • Increase in stress levels – Really – this myth borders on incredulity! Everybody knows that chocolate is the “fell happy” food because some of the ingredients actually trigger that part of the brain or gets serotonin (a chemical, again in the brain) released which relax a person. So, the next time you are on a verge of a loud and long bout of crying, buy yourself a tub of chocolate and indulge yourself a bit!

    Chocolate also has nutritional value and makes for a tasty as well as healthy gift – so don’t hesitate to pack some in your next hamper!

    The Best Fruits and Vegetables to Use as Base for Green Juicing

    July 30th, 2015

    One of the best ways to improve one’s health is to consume green juices. Green juicing provide high doses of powerful minerals, vitamins and enzymes for the body.

     The base of green juicing must consist of highly hydrating vegetables and low glycemic fruit. Juicing crushes the fibres of most vegetables and fruits and makes it easier for the digestive system. The process of juicing provides highly bio-available nutrients, which get right into the body cells and the blood stream.

    Some of the best things to Juice: The best foods to juice include green apples, carrots, tomatoes, celery, cucumber, lemons, etc. which provide a lot of juice, are low in sugar and high in nutrients. Green leafy vegetables can be added like spinach, kale, water cress, collard greens and cereal grasses. You can also add herbs like cilantro, ginger, parsley, dandelion, etc.

    You must keep tabs on the amount of carrots and apple you are using to control sugar intake. Whenever you are juicing high sugar items, remember to add lime or lemon. The citrus content will decrease the glycemic impact and combat inflammatory content of sugar.

    Best fruits to juice as base:

    • Lime and lemons: This citrus fruit is rich in bio-flavonoids such as Vitamin C and Vitamin P. Vitamin P enhances the anti-oxidant quality of Vitamin C. Both of these improve blood flow and capillary permeability. This is vital for maintain blood pressure and oxygenating tissues. Swelling and edema have been controlled by these anti-oxidants
    • Green apples: These apples are sourer than red apples containing less sugar and more acetic acid. The acid has antiseptic quality and improves the functioning of the liver, gall bladder and stomach. These apples also have alkaline quality and have many good anti-oxidants

    Best hydrating vegetables to juice:

    Some vegetables are good for juicing as they have a lot of electrolytes and water and very less sugar. They must be used as foundation for your juicing process. The best vegetables are cucumber, celery and bok choy.

    Cucumbers:  They are loaded with mineral Silica. Silica is a crucial component of healthy connective tissue (skin, bone, cartilage, ligaments, and muscles). They are rich in minerals like Potassium, Magnesium and Vitamin C which have alkaline effect. They have hydrating effect because of fluid content.

    • Celery: Cleanses the body of uric acid, which helps combating gout. High potassium content helps control blood pressure. It is ideal for those who suffer from bloating and edema. It is the best base for any detoxifying regimen due to its diuretic quality. It is rich in water and electrolytes.
    • Bok Choy: This cruciferous vegetable is water rich and consists of phenolic antioxidants and electrolytes. It contains hydroxycinnamic acids- antioxidants that combat harmful free radicals in the body. Therefore, this vegetable is coveted for its anti-cancer properties

     

    These are some of the best fruits and vegetables to be used as base for green juicing. You can include these fruits and vegetables for healthy fruit hampers to be delivered to loved ones, especially those recovering from an illness.

     

    Top Vegetables and Fruits Rich in Vitamin C

    July 29th, 2015

    Vitamin C is a crucial nutrient occurring naturally. It is needed by the human body on a daily basis for diverse needs like rebuilding bones and tissue, preventing colds and flu and for synthesizing calcium. Deficiency in vitamin C for a long period will cause serious health problems.

    We have been drilled to realize the fact that citrus fruits are the best source of vitamin C. But this is only part of the story. Citrus fruits are not the only containers of Vitamin C. Vitamin C in one serving of pineapple, Brussels sprouts, papaya, straw berries and broccoli far exceeds that found in one orange.

    Here is a list of top fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C:

    • Strawberries: The tastiest and healthiest berries in nature, they are rich in vitamin C. They have high fibre and anti-oxidants, which reduce oxidative stress and free radicals. They also lower LDL cholesterol.
    • Acerola cherry: It is a tiny red fruit rich in vitamin C. In fact, it contains 65 times as much Vitamin C as an orange. When out of season, they can be had in powder form

     

    • Papayas: Rich in vitamin C, one serving holds 100% of your daily requirement. Also rich in Vitamin A, you can add this fruit to your smoothies.
    • Black currant: Blessed with a rich purple colour, it is naturally rich in Vitamin C. It contains 180 mgs of vitamin C per serving as also iron, potassium and phyto-chemicals

     

    • Kiwi: This little green fruit from New Zealand is packed with more Vitamin C than an orange. They are also rich in flavonoids and have as much potassium as in a banana.
    • Bell peppers: Another vegetable rich in Vitamin C and beta carotene. These have been studied for their cardio vascular health benefits preventing blood clot formation thus helping to control heart disease and stroke. There is 140 mg of vitamin C in half cup of raw red pepper. All peppers are rich in Vitamin C, but yellow has highest followed by red

     

    • Guavas: This fruit is rich in Vitamin C with one medium size containing 250 mg of vitamin C. It is also rich in Magnesium and potassium, folic acid and dietary fibre making it one of the most nutritious foods.
    • Brussels sprouts: Though not liked by everyone, it has a good reputation as a source of vitamin C. One cup of Brussels sprouts cooked has 50 mg of Vitamin C. It is also rich in Vitamins A and K, folate, potassium, manganese and dietary fibre.

     

    • Melons: Most melons are rich in Vitamin C. One cup of Cantaloupe gives you 67 mg of Vitamin C and also potassium and Vitamin A. One serving of water melon will give over 100 mg of Vitamin C.
    • Green leafy vegetables: Watercress, spinach, chard, turnip greens, mustard greens and Kale are all rich sources of vitamin C for your diet. Kale is the best source of vitamin C having 130 mg of vitamin C in one serving.
    • Gooseberry: One of the richest sources of vitamin C, this nutrient rich fruit used widely in naturopathy and Ayurveda. It has one of the most concentrated contents of Vitamin C

     

    Other foods rich in Vitamin C include broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes and herbs (parsley, Cilantro), etc. Include an assortment of these fruits and vegetables when you try to deliver fruit basket to a loved one, especially one who is recovering from an illness.

     

    Super Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

    July 29th, 2015

    Most people are confounded about what gift give to give on Valentine’s Day to friends or lovers. It is easy to fall back on convention and go the usual route of chocolates, stuffed animals, roses and wine. But you can get creative on how to celebrate February 14, avoiding the run of the mill ideas.

    Here are some top ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day:

    • Start a Valentine’s Day tradition: Skip the usual cheesy  habit like  a heart shaped Valentine’s Day card and start a fresh Valentine’s Day tradition like a special dinner at home with your loved one minus distractions like TV, net or mobile phone.
    • Enjoy the day alone: Enjoy your time as a single and get ready to mingle a bit. One does not need a companion to enjoy this day. Treat yourself to a bubble bath or personal spa day. Go for a long drive and appreciate scenery. If it is snowing, stay indoors and catch a game or a romantic movie on TV.
    • Gift of experience: Rather than worry about what to buy, focus on what you can do with your partner to enjoy the day. Getting outdoors and enjoying activities like rock climbing, together as a couple will help build up your relationship.
    • Roses to say “I Love You’: Nothing better to express your feelings than a bouquet of roses. From yellow roses that express friendship to a bunch of red roses to express love, flowers are a great way to celebrate Valentine’s day
    • A day for friendship: Valentine’s Day does not always signify romance. It can be a day of fun to celebrate as friends. On this day, there are many ways to show much you value your friends such as sending a Valentine’s card or organizing a grand party.
    • Remember your first date: Your first date is the time when you wooed your lady in the most romantic way. A woman appreciates it if you remember all details of your first date together. Remember your first date, do the same things and eat the same food like your first time together.
    • Sweet treat: Chocolate is inseparable from Valentine’s Day tradition. Make use of Valentine chocolate delivery in UK to send a hamper of luscious chocolates to your loved one. You can even spend the day making a chocolate recipe along with a loved one.
    • Spa day instead of stuffed animal: Instead of gifting a stuffed animal to your lover, why not book a day at a spa for a couple’s package. This way you can enjoy a wonderful day together.
    • Make a happy list: Both spouses can create their own ‘make me happy’ list such as all those things that make him/ her happy. You can use this list throughout the year to make your partner happy when he or she is having a bad time.
    • Propose or spend quality time:  Take this day to propose to your girlfriend. If you are already married, use this day to spend some quality time with each other minus any distractions.

    These are some of the top ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.