The healthy eating trend continues to grow in Australia. We’re not just talking about diet fads, gloopy green smoothies or celery juice cleanses, but good old-fashioned healthy eating. This means cutting down on sugary treats and eating more protein, fruit and veggies.

When it comes to office snacks, a fresh fruit box is rapidly surpassing free biscuits, cake and pastries in terms of popularity, and a stacked office fruit bowl is becoming a common fixture in corporate kitchens . This provides numerous advantages for your workplace. Not only is fresh fruit delicious, there are a whole load of long and short-term benefits that come from eating fruit at work, both for your staff’s health and workplace in general.

An extra dose of vitamins and minerals

We all know how easy it is to catch the office bug in winter, but having fresh office fruit on hand is an excellent way to avoid getting sick. Fruit has a huge range of health benefits and comes packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that will fortify the immune system and keep bodies feeling stronger and healthier.

Here are the most common vitamins and minerals found in your office fruit bowl, and what benefits they have:

  • Vitamin C: A strong antioxidant that protects and strengthens the immune system. Found commonly in all citrus fruits.
  • Vitamin A: Fights infections, inflammation and helps with brain, heart, kidney and immune function. Found commonly in stone fruits like apricots and nectarines.
  • Vitamin E: Strengthens immunity, eyesight and encourages healthy skin. Found commonly in berries and kiwi fruit.
  • Potassium: Supports blood pressure, cardiovascular health and decreases fatigue. Found commonly in most fruits. Try bananas, oranges, honeydew melon and apricots for an extra dose.
  • Fibre: Dietary fibre assists in bowel health, maintains blood sugar levels, overall health, and fibre is found in most fruits. Try apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries and raspberries for a boost.

A natural and healthy way to boost energy levels

It’s no secret the British love their coffee, with cafes on every corner and a seemingly endless supply of caffeine available. This can make it easy to forget there are other healthy options available to increase your energy levels. The natural and healthy sugar in fruit will keep you feeling energised throughout the day, so when that 3pm slump comes around, you don’t need to feel guilty about reaching for a snack.

Did you know eating an apple will provide you more energy than a cup of coffee? Even more reason to keep them around the office! Research has also shown that oranges, grape fruit, berries and melon can help you stay mentally focused.

Stops us from snacking on the naughty stuff

We all experience the mid-afternoon slump. The cravings for an unhealthy sugar hit creep in and you’re more tempted than ever to reach for chocolate and sweets. Having fresh seasonal fruit available in the office is the best way to curb those unhealthy snacking habits. High fibre fruits such as apples, pears and raspberries are known for making us feel fuller after eating them, meaning that we’re less likely to get hunger pangs and reach for the pastries.

Helps reduce the risk of serious illness

While there’s no single food that can prevent cancer on its own, a balanced, plant-based diet filled with fresh fruit and vegetables can definitely help lower the risk for many types of cancers, according to Cancer Research UK. Certain fruits that are very rich in nutrients and antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, vitamin E and selenium, help the body’s cells function optimally. Including regular fruit and vegetables in your diet has been said to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke risk or heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

Gently wakes up the digestive system

Having fruit for breakfast is an excellent way to break the body’s overnight fast. Light, healthy morsels of berries or citrus fruit will gently wake up the digestive system and metabolism from slumber, without wasting energy on digesting fatty foods.

Good food boosts office morale

Think link between our stomach and our brains is an important one. Our gut holds 90% of our serotonin receptors, which is one of the chemicals responsible for regulating moods. This means what we eat has a huge affect on not only our overall wellbeing, but also our moods.

Victoria Health says having a balanced and healthy diet can increase feelings of wellness and improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. They suggest keeping healthy foods readily available and on hand is the best way to encourage healthy food choices every day. This means supplying fresh, juicy fruit for your staff which helps their physical and mental health.

Here are some fun fruit facts you might find interesting. Check out our infographic below to learn more.

Seasonal fruit delivery for the office

The best thing about fruit is the fresh variety your office will receive depending on the season. Eatfirst only sources local produce for delivery to your office and this guarantees freshness, quality and supports our local UK business.

You'll always enjoy these staples in your fruit box throughout the year:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pears
  • Oranges

Depending on the time of year, you'll enjoy seasonal variety including:

  • Stone fruit such as peaches, nectarines and plums
  • Mandarins
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Passionfruit
  • Strawberries (comes in a punnet)

Ready to enjoy fresh fruit in the office?

We're proud to support local with our fruit box delivery service.

To start this healthy habit in your office, all you need to do is get in touch with Eatfirst and we will organise a weekly office fruit box delivery that suits your tastebuds and your wallet. And best of all, you'll only receive one consolidated invoice for all your fruit deliveries, making it easier for your accounts department to stay on top of payments and processes. Speak to one of our kitchen supplies consultants on 020 3890 2200 for a free quote.

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