Four Simple Health and Diet Tips

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 Four Simple Health and Diet Tips

The latest diet fad and new age trend may spark your interest - but nothing beats simple good health. Looking to the past for inspiration, we are now following the simple diet and meal plans of our grandparents for less complicated and more healthy food options. Finding a fruit basket filled with simple unblemished fruit direct from the markets is the ideal way to keep in touch with natural, wholesome goodness.

Here's some easy to follow tips to keep your diet simple and healthy.

Look back at what your grandparents ate.
Most likely they did not start their meal preparation with jars and cans of sauces and a flavour base as they are now called - but instead real ingredients and simple flavours. Whist there is a place for thick sauces and decadent toppings - there is also a clean simplicity in presenting fresh food without added extras.

Sometimes the food itself doesn't need to be embellished and improved upon - like steamed broccoli is just perfect the way it is - no need for a slathering of butter. In the same way the simple gesture of offering a get well hamper for delivery to John Hunter Hospital can be just the tonic for a battered ego once you are laid up in the ward. No need for fancy balloons or trinkets - just the simple honesty of fresh fruit and a genuine personal message.

Seek out Get Help online

Just a simple Google search can reveal an amazing breadth of helpful forums, blogs and user advice so you cna start moving towards a healthier you. By adopting a whole-life approach to living simple and appreciating things like fresh fruit hampers and living without added sugar, you can certainly begin to feel the benefits within days of cleansing your system.

Simplify Your Entire Existence

In 2014, we have complicated our lives in so many ways it is sometimes difficult to get outside all the noise and pare back life to the bare essentials - like people who matter, doing a job that inspires and motivates you, and finding some sort of inner peace. When you make the change to a simple life, you are embracing the simple food philosophy also, giving the fresh benefits of fruit gift baskets full power to have an impact in your life.

I hope you can take some positives from this article about healthy food and fruit baskets and share what you have learned with family friends and your social networks. As a leading authority trusted by experts in the fields of fruit baskets and gourmet hampers, we wish you the best in making the lifestyle choices that will maximise your own health and multiply your gratitude and gratefulness.

Fruit Baskets with Apples

Australia's Best Apple Fruit Baskets
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Fresh Fruit Hamper delivery makes a smiling, stunning impression

Apples are a mainstay of the traditional fruit basket or get well soon hamper and make a bright, crunchy contrast to the other softer fruits.  Apples are absolutely authentic and original when it comes to the fruit world – they do not grow true to seed – which means each and every seed in your apple has a different potential apple variety! 

There have been in excess of 7500 varieties of different apples documented over time and of these, there are still about 150 plus still in commercial production!  That means there are plenty of different tastes, types and textures for you to choose from when you are assembling a fruit gift idea.

There is also the growing movement for apple growers to favour heirloom and ancient apple varieties over the newer variations, so the older classics are constantly evolving for the modern marketplace.  In Australia, commercial constraints like transportability, colour retention and longevity of flavour has strongly influenced the varietals available – which means you are most likely to see these Australian Apples.

Bogle – a miniature Aussie apple with golden red blushed skin – perfect for baking.

Bonza – Crisp eating apple derived from the Jonathan.

Gala – a cross originally from New Zealand, with better tasting strains like imperial, royal and regal making the best for the table.

Golden Delicious – from the US, pale green with golden flecks – ideal for eating and cooking with.

Granny Smith – Originally from a seedling in Sydney, now widespread across the world – a tart green eating apple.

Jonathan – A smallish popular eating apple that is not seen often due to it's poor storage.

Pink Lady – From Western Australia, a cross between the lady William and Delicious apple with good eating flesh.

Red Delicious – the most widely grown dessert apple in the world, with a distinctive crown of ridges around the “freckle” at the base of the core.

Red Fuji – from Japan, the most distinctive feature for this eating apple is the honey core which is a concentration of sugars – highly desirable. 

Sundowner – another WA cross, this apple is a mellow version of the pink lady with simlar long term storage abilities.

Australia boasts the ideal climate to grow apples, with a noted lack of apple pests that plague other continents and an ideal climate to ensure sustained vigorous growth.  We don't have to suffer the scourge of Apple Blight or hard to control pests like apple codling moth. 

It is the buyers perogative to ensure that a diverse range of tasty, appealing apples are brought to market by making strong preferences for these strengths and not buying product that lacks any desirable qualities.  Choosing fresh apples has become very difficult due to the long store time and prevalence of cool rooms for fresh fruit at all major fruit and vegetable markets across Australia.

But in saying that, the long term storage of apples has always been a feature of the fruit – going back centuries earlier people were in need of fresh fruit over the long dark winters.  So it is quite wrong to think that the long storage times of modern fruit are wrong or not expected – it is just part of what has worked for apples and apple growers

I am happy to say that for our Sydney Fruit Baskets we have established trusted relationships with a network of quality assured fruiterers and markets so we can ensure you get the best eating fruit in your gourmet hamper.  After all, when you make the connection with you are relying our expertise and professionalism to get the best fruit for your dollar.  And we think that's pretty special...

Mens Gift Ideas Not Expected

Mens Gifts Ideas Off the Mark       

With the best intentions and for all the right reasons, research suggests that when it comes to picking the right gift, men are still not delivering.  According to an article in the Sunday Telegraph, December 29, 2013, Men are “still getting things wrong when attempting to choose the perfect gift for their other half.”

The article notes that a staggering “42% of women return presents from their significant others as soon as they can” – which is quite an indictment on the ability of men to choose meaningful and appropriate gifts for their partners.  As an indicator of what men really think that their partners want, it demonstrates that men are out of touch with their partners and have simply no idea of what is currently in demand.

As a gift hamper and anniversary gift specialist, I appreciate that men do make some brief investigations into finding the ideal gift, but the search is often short and unrewarding simply because there is a dearth of relevant material out there.  In other words, men have a bit of a look around and then give up and resort to the old fall back of perfume, flowers or gift cards.

But it isn’t all bad news – just under half the respondents (45%) of the survey noted that they had to return the items bought for the present due to incorrect size or colour.  This is great news as it supports the idea that although the minor details may be wrong, the general thought and style was nearer to what the recipient expected.

Another big factor in buying a birthday present online is choosing a product that is for the household – like a steam cleaner or vacuum instead of a personal intimate gift for the person.  Men seriously blunder in this area, thinking that a new piece of equipment will be appreciated when in fact it is just that – a new piece of equipment.

When searching online for birthday gifts and presents delivered to work, people in Australia are just coming around to the immediacy and freshness of an artfully arranged fruit basket.  Unlike in the United States, where Fruit Baskets and Fruit Hampers have an established widespread appeal, Australia is an emerging market for designer gift baskets and hampers.  Many men would do well to choose a well thought out fruit hamper as a birthday gift for women instead of wondering which size to buy and whether or not this would offend her.

Next time you are looking online for a women’s gift or present, remember to consider the fresh fruit appeal of a fruit hamper and how sharing dew-fresh fruit direct from the markets in a wicker basket with your personal message (we can even help with writing your message!) is sure to make a smiling impact on delivery.  Oh, and you can be 100% certain that your partner will not be bringing the fruit basket back for an exchange because she did not like it!

Christmas Hampers 2013

AS OUR FINAL Christmas Blog for 2013, we would like to thank all our regulars and repeat clients for your loyalty and commitment and welcome everyone on board who has just discovered the magic of a Hunter Valley Christmas. This year has been a wonderful journey with the ongoing support and dedicated loyalty of our corporate base clientele. Thank you – you know who you are.

Making hampers is a real pleasure and getting things just right for clients is even more satisfying – there is something special about seeing off a large shipment we have worked closely with from sourcing the suppliers to adding the final detailed touches.

We still have room for some final end of season orders in 2013 and if you are looking for genuine handcrafted artisan hampers with a twist, you would be well advised to get in as soon as possible to reserve your order. Best call direct on 1300 284 684 so you can lock in your order immediately.

Our bestsellers this year have no doubt been the create your own hamper section – you guys love having final say on what goes into your gifts – and no wonder considering the average dollar spend was up by nearly a third on previous years. So far it has been a year of bigger hampers with the buyers preferring to choose their own additions to existing hampers or completely making their own from start to finish.

Thank you again for keeping alive our dream of local, regional food integrity and in turn giving our authentic farmgate producers the opportunity to share their products on the national marketplace. Every single hamper is another share of Hunter Valley produce and the passion and commitment that goes into the food and wine of the Hunter Valley. We truly appreciate your purchase and want you to know that you are making a difference right here right now.

Hunter Valley Christmas on MKR

Here's a sneak peek at the upcoming series of My Kitchen Rules where we are proud to announce a local Hunter Valley Cheesemaker features as a contestant!  Go Hunter Valley!