Archive for July, 2015

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.