The FruitGuys Almanac
April 12, 2011
The word ergonomics has always called to mind carpal tunnel syndrome and back pain. But what does it mean exactly? The science of ergonomics finds the best fit between a person and the equipment she or he uses to maintain health and promote productivity. When it comes to our desks and computers, ergonomics tells us how we should be sitting and where to place our computer so that we don’t cause injury to ourselves while at work or perusing our private e-mail. You don’t need to break the bank for an expensive chair or desk to improve your ergonomic situation. Find out how to improve your ergonomics here.
Broccoli Shortcake. Mmmm, can you picture it? Golden cake, florets of green broccoli, and a cloud of sweet whipped cream… What? Doesn’t sound appealing? Do you prefer Strawberry Shortcake? But broccoli is what’s going to save strawberries from fungicides and other creepy chemicals. Organic farming practices produce luscious, great tasting berries—without the pesticides or fungicides commonly used on conventional strawberry farms. Read about the inventive ways that organic farmers are growing delicious and healthy strawberries.
Ever see a green-tinged orange and wondered if it means the orange isn’t ripe yet? The FruitGuys asked one of its farmers, Emily Ayala of Friend’s Ranch, growers of the fabulous Pixie Tangerine and other citrus, in Ojai, California to explain why “re-greening” sometimes happens to orange citrus.
Jumping Jacks get your blood pumping and warm up and tone all the muscles in your body. They can be done as a warm-up exercise before other activities, or on their own. Jumping jacks are an aerobic exercise with benefits similar to jogging but you don’t have to go anywhere! Jumping Jacks are an easy office workout.
We dare you to have just one. Make that a triple dare. Pistachios are always plural because you can’t just have one. There’s a diet theory proposed by Eastern Illinois University researcher Dr. James Painter called the “Pistachio Principle.” Dr. Painter purports that because of the effort in shelling the nuts, the typical person will eat half as much as they would an already shelled portion. Find out why pistachios are a healthy snack.
I first visited Morocco on a shoestring budget in the fall of 1984. The country was stunning, as was the national dish Couscous. I quickly fell in love with the city of Fez for its beauty, its hospitality, and its amazing food. Nonetheless, I was looking for adventure, and soon hit the road east looking to cross the border into Algeria to visit a friend. Read how a chance encounter led to a memorable meal in Morocco, and get the recipe to make it yourself here.
Imagine that you don’t have a car. Perhaps you aren’t able to afford public transportation or might have a condition that makes it difficult for you to move around easily. Now imagine that you don’t have a grocery store anywhere within miles of where you live. Imagine that you don’t have restaurants that serve healthy food. Imagine that liquor stores and fast food are the only retail choices nearby. This area would be called a food desert — a place without many options for feeding yourself or your family in a healthy and affordable way. Find out how we are participating in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution to bring greater light to this problem here.
Recipe of the Week: Grilled Portobello and Apple Salad
Try The FruitGuys TakeHome case and you’ll receive organic fruits and veggies delivered to you at work to take home, or directly to your house. The easy-to-carry case includes two free recipes each week, such as this unique mushroom and apple salad.
Support your local farmers. We buy 100% organic produce sourced from local farms to the extent possible. Our TakeHome case provides food that is good for your family, good for the farmers, and good for the planet. Delivery at your office to TakeHome or right to your home.
Last month, a small contingent of FruitGuys joined Cub Scouts from Santa Rosa and participants from the Volunteer Center for Sonoma County at Gabriel Farm in Sebastopol, CA (Sonoma County). The theme for the day was pollinators! Learn more about the importance of bees and other insects here.
The FruitGuys Participates in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution!
The FruitGuys is a proud participant in JAMIE OLIVER’S FOOD REVOLUTION, an Emmy winning series on ABC. The FruitGuys is donating a year’s supply of fresh produce to three families living in the “food deserts” of Los Angeles – an area where healthy, affordable food is hard to obtain.
Tune in for the premiere airing tonight, April 12th, 8/7c!
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