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Let’s Laugh Day

March 19th is Let’s Laugh Day.

Some studies have shown that laughter may boost your immune system, reduce tension and help you relax.

Whether that happens for you or not who can resist a good joke? So, on Natural Let’s Laugh Day here’s our selection of tea related jokes.

Before reading them though, be warned – the old ones are the best.

 

What do you call a dentist who doesn’t like tea?

Denis

Why do Communists not drink Earl Grey?

Because proper tea is theft

How does Moses make his tea?

Hebrews it.

Why don’t Anarchists drink green tea?

Because it helps fight free radicals

Why does Britain like tea so much?

Because tea leaves?

I used to think the file Alien was about making a cup of tea

“I can’t open this milk.” “In space no one can. Here use cream.”

Liam Gallagher went into a cafe for a cup of tea. The assistant asked him if he wanted a roll with it.

What do you call Hannah Montana when she spills tea on herself?

Chamomiley Cyrus.

How  do you invite a dinosaur for an afternoon social?

Tea Rex?

 

Enjoy your Fruiteatox!

Celebrate International Women’s Day…

..and win a Giveaway.

 

The 8th of March is International Women’s Day when we celebrate the social, cultural, economic and political achievements of women everywhere as well as raising awareness of gender inequality. This year its specific theme is #BalanceforBetter

The first National Women’s Day observance held on 28 February 1909 in New York and organised by the Socialist Party of America.

The following year National Women’s Day was celebrated at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen. Here Luise Zietz  the German Socialist and Clara Zetkin the German Marxist theorist and advocate for women’s rights suggested the idea of an annual International Women’s Day.

The delegates from 17 countries all agreed and IWD was born.

Today, International Women’s Day is a public holiday in some countries and largely ignored elsewhere. In some places, it is a day of protest; in others it is a day that celebrates womanhood.

In the UK there are lots of events happening to celebrate International Women’s Day and to find one near you search for events on the IWD website

Is Fruiteatox marking IWD?

To mark this day of recognising the contribution of women and to advocate the ending of gender inequality we ae offering you the chance to win yourself a book or DVD copy of A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford.  Just go to our Instagram page and enter there.

P.S. Is there an International Men’s Day?

Yes there sure is and it takes place on November 19th each year. The objectives include promoting positive male role models and gender equality and to focus on men’s health and wellbeing.

 

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Pancake Day – a different treat

Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.

Shrove comes from “shrive” which means to “gain absolution for one’s sins and doing penance”.  It’s called Pancake Day because pancakes are a great way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk and sugar before the start of the 40 days of Lent which meant no meat, dairy product or eggs.

Annual Pancake Race allegedly dates back to 1445 when a woman from Olney, Buckinghamshire was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake, tossing it to prevent it from burning.  Today races are still run round the country with prizes given to the best flipper!

Pancakes are a good way of using up rich foods but if you don’t want to indulge in a pancake but do fancy a treat on Pancake Day try this recipe for a Sweet Omelette which Fiona Dawson kindly let us reproduce from her Instagram account.  Loads more tempting recipes there as well – check out @fionadawson

Here’s the recipe.

So if you don’t fancy a pancake on pancake day I can highly recommend a 2SP Sweet Omelette made with salted caramel yoghurt fresh fruit and chocolate spread. Pure heaven on a plate.

Sweet omelette made using 2 @clarence_court burford brown eggs, egg white separated and whisked to soft peaks and then fold in the beaten yolks together with 1 tsp @truviauk sweetener. Cooked in an omelette pan on a medium to low heat, top half then cooked under the grill.

Then fill it with salted caramel @skinnymixes syrup flavoured fat free @fage_uk Greek yoghurt, raspberries, sliced nectarine, blueberries, a drizzle of 14g @jimjams_spreads 2SP that I melted in the microwave to make it easier to drizzle inside and outside the omelette and then a sprinkle of fresh mint.

 

Enjoy it and thanks again Fiona.

Spring Next then Summer with Fruiteatox

The end of the warmest February on record in the UK reminds us that Spring is here in March and then at the end of the month the changing of the clocks. Longer days.

And after that  Summer!

And what better way to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring (and then Summer!) than to give yourself an energy boost and re-invigorate your body with Fruiteatox lemon Daytox.

Your body will thank you for the boost in energy and keeping those hydration levels up and good news, it tastes delicious.

Our ingredients are 100% natural and contain ginseng, renowned throughout the ages for its ability to energise and rejuvenate.

Chinese emperors once valued ginseng more than gold itself and often sent thousands of their best soldiers to forage for it in the wild. As well as energising and rejuvenating, ginseng’s properties are believed to include the ability to  relieve stress, improve cognitive ability and give an overall healthier condition of your hair and skin!

We aim to deliver great tasting teas to help you enhance your lifestyle and wellness. More on our ingredients here or email us any queries at info@fruiteatox.com

And you can buy a 28 day Daytox and get a 14 day Daytox FREE until 11 March here

Summer here we come!

Lantern Day – Spring’s nearly here

The 19th of February is Lantern Day in the Chinese New Year Celebrations and that marks the end of the Chinese New Year

There are many different ways of celebrating the Lantern Festival.  Houses are decorated with colourful lanterns, often with riddles written on them. The solver earns a small gift if the riddle is answered correctly. There are lion and dragon dances, fireworks and parades. Yuanxiao or tangyuan, small glutinous rice balls filled with fruits and nuts, are eaten during the festival. The festival symbolises wholeness and unity within the family.

The Mongolian New Year (Tsagaan Sar) and the Chinese New Year celebrations remind us that the coldest days of winter should be over and that here in the Northern Hemisphere the days are gradually getting longer – sorry Southern. It’s now just two weeks until the start of Meteorological Spring on 1st March.

Spring means rejuventation and refreshment. And what better way to kick that off than with a cup of Fruiteatox Lemon Daytox?

Its delicious lemon flavour and natural herbal ingredients will give you a daytime energy boost. Find out a bit more about it and its ingredients here.

There are 14 day and 28 day sizes and you can also buy them here!

Let us know what you think of Lemon Daytox either by emailing david@fruiteatox.com or by social media – links at the bottom of the page.

Look forward to hearing from you!

Photo by Jenny Le on Unsplash

Did January’s healthy eating not quite go as planned?

OK your 2019 New Year’s resolutions included healthy eating and getting fit but now February has hit you have realised that it hasn’t quite gone to plan.

No problem have a look at some of our top tips to staying motivated.

  • Set small, measurable goals – this will help you reach your overall goal in easier stages
  • Keep a food and exercise journal – MyFitnessPal is an excellent resource for this to ensure you are keeping on track
  • Try new foods, whether that’s looking down different aisles in the supermarket or discovering some new recipes online – this can help to keep your healthy eating interesting and tasty
  • Encourage your friends and family to join you – this way you can hold each other accountable for eating healthy
  • Have a healthy snack every 2-3 hours makes sure your metabolism is running (ensuring you don’t get ravenous) as well as not being tempted to have any high fat snacks when you are out of the house
  • Enjoy your favourite foods, but in moderation – to make sure you are healthy eating sustainably, do not deprive yourself of your favourite sweet treats, just make sure you enjoy them in moderation.

Our Fruiteatox range can really help you achieve your new healthy lifestyle by boosting your energy, keeping you hydrated and helping to supress your hunger.

Find out more here

If you have any favourite tips on staying motivated to eat healthily, let us know via social media!Photo by Nathan Cowley from Pexels

Let’s Talk About Detox

You may have found yourself reading this blog because you’ve over indulged over the Christmas period and your New Year’s resolution is to be more active, lose a few pounds or just eat healthier. Well you have certainly come to the right place as our 28 Day Fruiteatox bundle could be just what you need to kick-start 2019.

What is detox tea?

Detox tea includes ingredients that can help to supplement a healthy, balanced diet as well as helping to cleanse your body of toxins.

The myths vs the reality

There is a stigma surrounding the word ‘teatox’ due to some claims about its effect on weight loss. At Fruiteatox we would never want to lead on our customers and that is why we believe being honest about the health and well-being benefits of our teas is of paramount importance. Although our tea will not magically make your shed a stone over the course of 30 days, it can certainly help with the following:

  • Energy boost
  • Excellent taste
  • Increased hydration
  • Cutting sugary cravings
  • Reduce bloating.

Do you need help to kick-start your 2019?

If you need help achieving your goal to live a healthier lifestyle, Fruiteatox could be just what you need. To find out more about the ‘5 Benefits of Drinking Fruiteatox’, read our previous blog, here.

If you would like to try Fruiteatox there couldn’t be a better time. All Fruiteatox is 50% off – half price – until 8 January.

So why not take advantage of our Boxing Day Blowout and give it a go at https://www.fruiteatox.com/


5 Benefits of Drinking Fruiteatox

Winter’s definitely here now and your daily Fruiteatox provides you with a huge range of benefits. Whatever you’re doing in your busy life, Fruiteatox could be just what you need to kick-start your day and later on to settle you down before bed.

You won’t miraculously lose weight by drinking Fruiteatox alone. But it can be a valuable part of your regime to improve your health and wellness alongside eating the right diet and exercising.

So give it a try here

1. Need a morning energy boost? Or some calm for a good night’s sleep?

Lemon Daytox Tea is an ideal and delicious start to the day. Its mix of totally natural ingredients leaves you feeling fresh and ready to face nearly anything!

Orange Sleeptox Tea helps to give you a peaceful night’s sleep by helping to cleanse your body from toxins and reduce stress levels and headaches with a hint of lavender. 

2. If only something good for you tasted good too… 

We tested many, many hundreds of potential combinations of herbs and fruits to get the best possible combination. The result is a delicious tea – morning Daytox and night Sleeptox.

We source those ingredients from around the globe and our teabags are packed in a BRC accredited, Ethical Tea Partnership facility so quality is guaranteed.

You can find out more about our ingredients here   

3. Stay hydrated

Instead of having your ritual cups of coffee each day, if instead you drink Fruiteatox not only will it give you a range of benefits as mentioned above, but it will also help to keep you hydrated throughout the day!

4. Feeling Peckish?

The delicious ingredients, such as Yerba Mate from Brazil, can quickly fill you up – perfect if you get those late night urges! Fruiteatox can help you fight those cravings and is a great replacement for sugary fizzy drinks and we assure you – it’s just as delicious…

5. Reduce bloat

The herbal ingredients in Fruiteatox are all traditionally associated with beneficial effects on health. Some of them are associated with reducing the impact of looking and feeling bloated. So Ginger Root from China is traditionally associated with boosting circulation, battling bloating and relieving nausea as well as adding a zingy flavour to put a spring in your step.

Like the sound of Fruiteatox? Get your own here.

If you want to read more about Fruiteatox, browse through our other blogs here.

Four foods that will help you get a great night’s sleep

We all know how important it is to get that rest for our wellbeing and overall health but sometimes it’s not that easy to get a really good night’s sleep. If you struggle to drift off or have trouble with broken sleep, then opting for certain foods before bed can help you settle down for a restful night. Here’s what to put on your grocery list for bedtime bliss.

Sweet cherry dreams are made of these

Who’d have known that a glass of tart cherry juice could make you fall asleep faster? If you can get your hands on it then give it a try because it contains a high content of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin.

Lean mean protein

Eating foods high in lean protein, such as cottage cheese, give you a boost of the amino acid tryptophan which can help to increase serotonin levels that we need to keep high within our bodies to help prevent insomnia. We take ours with raspberries to naturally sweeten it and get a melatonin berry boost at the same time.

Toasty time

Did you know sweet potato is a great source of magnesium, calcium and potassium, which in turn are excellent to help you relax before bed? Why not include it in your evening meal to make a smart dinner choice!

Nutty goodness

Walnuts and almonds, aside from being good for us thanks to being packed with heart-healthy fats, contain their own source of melatonin, the hormone that helps to set our sleep-wake cycles. Eating them can help to increase your blood levels of the hormone and in turn improve your chances of sleeping like a baby.

 

 

Of course, a cup of night time tea always does the trick for us. Our Sleeptox tea contains stress-busting chamomile and soothing lavender to help you relax, unwind and hydrate before bed, so you can drift into a deep sleep. Have you tried it and find it helps you sleep? We love to hear what you think!

Our favourite detox breakfast ideas

Autumn’s setting in which means we all need something energising and nourishing to start the day. We’ve rounded up three of our favourite detox breakfast recipes from protein-rich breakfast bowls to wholesome nutritious smoothies packed with fibre. Eating healthily has never been so satisfying.

Blueberry-Coconut Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal

A great option for week day breakfasts, this is a super speedy option for meal prep on Sunday evenings.

Ingredients

260g steel cut Irish oats

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp fine sea salt

1 tsp baking powder

950ml unsweetened vanilla almond milk

480ml unsweetened coconut milk

240g fresh blueberries (frozen OK too, do not thaw first)

47g unsweetened dried blueberries

22g unsweetened coconut flakes

360g fresh or frozen blueberries

Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 180C with the rack in the centre. Lightly coat a 13x9x2 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl adding blueberries and coconut last. Sweeten to taste.
  2. Bake for about 1 hour. The oatmeal will appear not done when you take it out of the oven. Remove from the oven and let it cool to room temperature. Then put it in your refrigerator overnight for best results. It will thicken nicely as it cools.
  3. Heat the blueberries with a splash of water over medium high heat. When you hear them sizzle reduce heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes until saucy. Mash the blueberries against the side of the pan with a spatula.
  4. Serve oatmeal with some almond or coconut milk, blueberry sauce, pure maple syrup and honey.

 

Protein-pumped breakfast bowl

Based on trusty staples quinoa and avocado, this tasty bowl of goodness is great for long weekend mornings.

Ingredients

200g quinoa

sea salt, to taste

juice ½ lemon

1 tsp coconut oil

1 onion

2 handfuls kale

2 handfuls spinach

4 eggs

1 avocado, chopped

½ cup shelled pecans, walnuts or pine nuts

1 lemon, squeezed

2 cups, washed, fresh herbs (basil, coriander, parsley, mint)

salt and pepper to season

Method

  1. Get the oven on, at 180C. Spread the nuts on a baking tray and toast for 10 mins. Then blitz in a food processor with all the other pesto ingredients. Hey, pesto! Next, boil the quinoa in 600ml water on a low heat for 10-15 mins until it has a bite. Drain and season with salt, pepper and the lemon juice.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a frying pan on a low heat then add the onion and sauté for 5 mins until softened. Chuck in the kale and spinach, season and cook for a further 5 mins.
  3. Then, turn your full attention to poaching the eggs in a saucepan of boiling water. If this fills you with dread, you’re not alone – stir the water with a wooden spoon to create a whirlpool in the pan, then gently pour the eggs in. Poach for about 4 mins.
  4. Now, you’re ready to serve. Divide the quinoa between the bowls, then pile on sautéed greens and chopped avocado. Finally, top with a poached egg and a drizzle of pesto.

 

5-ingredient wonder smoothie

Equally good on its own or as an accompaniment to either of the above, this is one colourful immune-boosting smoothie. Makes enough for two. 

Ingredients

120 g frozen berries

30-67 g organic spinach or kale

75 g bananas (previously peeled, sliced & frozen)

7g flaxseed meal

240 ml fruit juice (a mix of pomegranate & orange works well) 

Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth. If too thick, add a splash more juice or water. For more sweetness, add extra frozen banana.
  2. Pour into serving glasses and enjoy.

What’s in our Daytox blend?

This week we’re shining a spotlight on three more of the amazing ingredients that go into our Daytox tea: ginseng, lemongrass and fennel seeds. All of the yummy ingredients that go into Daytox are 100% natural and promote good health and here’s why we select these special three to go into our blend. We’ve already posted about the benefits of two of the others, ginger and oolong tea so just click on the links to find out more about them.

Ginseng

Our ginseng comes from China and the root has been used in their traditional medicines for centuries. The main compound which really help us drinkers out is ginsenosides because it’s the one that give the root its anti-inflammatory and beneficial antioxidant properties. One study showed how taking a ginseng extract over the course of seven days decreased levels of certain inflammatory markers compared to a placebo group and another demonstrated that it can increase antioxidant enzyme activities.

Lemongrass

More than just a great addition to Thai dishes, lemongrass makes a wonderful tea ingredient due to its natural diuretic properties. This means it makes you urinate more often, helping to rid your body of excess fluid and sodium without any detriment to your other organs or any side effects.

Fennel seeds

Just like lemongrass, fennel seeds also work as a diuretic (reducing water retention and contributing to weight loss at the same time). interestingly, one Korean study found that drinking fennel tea can help suppress appetite in overweight people and this could be down to the fact that the seeds are rich in fibre which keeps you fuller for longer. 

These three amazing tea ingredients each have their own important part to play in helping you to lead a healthy lifestyle and even supporting you to reach your weight loss goals. We’ve already posted the benefits of two of the others, ginger and oolong tea so just click on the links to find out more about them.

And if you haven’t already, give our Daytox a go and find how out all these ingredients fit together to make a delicious blend.

3 quick and easy lunchbox recipes

We’ve all had those days when we’ve been stuck in a lunchtime ideas rut, haven’t we? In a bid to help you out with that and make sure you look forward to lunchtimes, we’ve rounded up three quick and easy lunchbox recipes that are super speedy to prepare and oh-so tasty. 

Quick-as-quinoa salad

Ticks all the boxes for protein and good fats and is super-filling so you won’t feel the urge to snack before dinner. All you need is 15 minutes the day before.

Ingredients

100g quinoa

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

juice 1 lemon

½ tbsp white wine vinegar

120g can tuna, drained

1 avocado, stoned, peeled and cut into chunks

200g cherry tomatoes on the vine, halved

50g feta, crumbled

50g baby spinach

2 tbsp mixed seeds, toasted

Method

  1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water. Tip into a saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 mins until the grains have swollen but still have some bite. Drain, then transfer to a bowl to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, in a jug, combine the oil, lemon juice and vinegar with some seasoning.
  3. Once the quinoa has cooled, mix with the dressing and all the remaining ingredients and season. Divide between lunchboxes.

 

Chickpeas, yippee salad

This is an all-time favourite with the Fruiteatox team and one of the recipes from our Vegan E-book. This one’s perfect with pitta bread and houmous.

Ingredients

1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 stalks of celery, diced

1/3 apple, diced

¼ cup red onion, diced

1 medium carrot, grated

½ cup kale, de-stemmed and torn into small pieces

2 tablespoons fresh coriander

2 heaped tablespoons of Dijon mustard

1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

fresh juice from 1/2 of a lemon

1 ½ tablespoons sunflower seeds

Wholemeal pitta bread

Method

  1. In a food processor, pulse the chickpeas a few times until blended but the mixture still has chunks for texture. You can also mash them in a bowl with a potato masher.
  2. Transfer to a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix thoroughly until well combined.
  3. Adjust salt and pepper to your liking.

 

Mediterranean courgette medley

Funk up your lunch with spiralised courgettes, we love the fact that they take on some wonderful zingy flavours from the lemon and garlic.

Ingredients

4 medium courgettes

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

2/3 cup artichoke hearts, halved

½ cup pitted kalamata olives, halved

3 tablespoons rapeseed oil

Zest of 1 lemon

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

3 cloves garlic minced

2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped

½ teaspoon kosher salt

Method

1. Rinse the courgette well, pat them dry and chop the tips and tails off.

2. Using a spiraliser*, make noodles out of all of the courgettes and add the noodles to a large serving bowl. Note: once you get to the last 2 inches or so of the courgettes, it will be difficult to spiral, so you can either grate it or finely chop the rest.

*don’t worry if you haven’t got a sprialiser.  You can either cut the courgette into long, thin, matchstick-like strips or shave it into long, thin ribbons.

3. Add the cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts and kalamata olives to the bowl with the courgettes.

4. Whisk together the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Pour this dressing over the courgettes noodles and toss everything together.

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