“Honestly good snacks for the peckishly-minded!” – Harvest Box
Do you suffer from three thirtyitis?
Lapses in concentration that usually occur in the afternoon – typically 3.30pm? These lapses in concentration typically occur because you are hungry and you feel that internal stomach monster wake up and roar at you?
Well it’s time to feed that inner hungry lion with something a little bit tasty, slightly nutty and completely healthy! What is it? It is the convenience of Harvest Box! No longer do vending machines need to swap your hard earned cash for your sugary snack desk affairs, Harvest box delivers straight to your office, they can even plonk it on your desk!
Stash this box in your draw and allow yourself to go a bit nutty when you indulge in the surprise packets jam-packed full of goodness!
Do you like the Samba? They can dance with you, with their natural banana coins, coconut, mango and cashew mix or do you prefer wasabi? Packed with vitamins, mineral, antioxidants, phytochemicals & a big kick get heated with Harvest’s OMG Wasbi mix! Perhaps you aren’t a morning person and need the Rise & Shine kind of deal or you could be the complete opposite and feel like trekking through the Kokoda Trail…we could go on for hours with Harvest’s 50 different blends so be assured there is something for every office taste bud!
“I think everybody’s nuts.” – Johnny Depp
How does it work?
“You get 4 portions of snacking pleasure in each box. You tell them what you like and don’t like by rating our product range. Based on your choices, they select from a growing range of over 50 mixes of nuts, dried fruit, seeds and fill the box just for you. Each time, they will deliver a different variation to you. That means maximum flavour and variety in your munch mix and no more calorie-laden junk-stops at the vending machine.
Tell them how often you’d like a delivery and on which weekdays. Provide your details, they deliver it, as per your instructions, straight to your desk. Harvest box are the experts of easy, the kings of convenience. It’s seriously simple, nutritious snacking delivered to your desk. Fuss-free. Guilt-free.”
If one box isn’t enough for your workplace go super nutty with Harvest’s SUPER BOX – check it out here!
[Surprise Mix 1] – All about almonds (Only roasted almonds)
[Surprise Mix 2] - HB Super Mix (Cranberry, pineapple, pistachio, pepita, roasted almonds, sunflower seeds & white chocolate)
Thinking nuts are full of fats, bad fats? So you have cut them out of your diet and are sticking to a low fat, low carb, high protein kind of thing? Re-think what you are doing because you are missing out on some serious goodness…
Unfortunately, many people aren’t acknowledging any of the important health benefits associated with nuts and ‘good fats’, choosing instead to follow mainstream advice and follow a low-fat diet, which means nuts are out because of their fatty nature and high calorie content.
Yes, nuts are high in fat but they contain high levels of healthy fats that are known to have heart-protective benefits. As Lawrence Kirk, a naturopath and lecturer in diet and medicine at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine, explains: ‘What many people don’t appreciate is that the fat contained in nuts is mostly the healthiest monounsaturated type. Most nuts are quite low in artery-clogging saturated fats’.
Dr Hannah Theobald, a nutrition scientist for the British Nutrition Foundation in London, says: ‘Numerous studies have shown that replacing saturated fatty acids in the diet with unsaturated fats can lower bad, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL).’ It is LDL cholesterol that increases the risk of heart disease and strokes. The famous Nurses Health Study, which included over 86,000 participants, is an example of the heart-protective benefits of nuts. The participants in this study who ate nuts at least five times a week were found to have a 35 per cent lower risk of heart disease compared with those who rarely ate nuts or avoided them.
In addition, research conducted by Professor Penny Kris-Etherton of Pennsylvania State University, found that participants who ate peanuts and peanut butter experienced a 10 per cent reduction in triglycerides and also lowered their levels of LDL cholesterol. High triglyceride levels, like LDL cholesterol, are strongly implicated in increasing the incidence of cardiovascular disease.
The list of health benefits attached to each individual nut is endless. Other nuts that are particularly good include: pistachios for their high iron, protein and fibre content and high levels of magnesium, which helps control blood pressure; hazelnuts because they are one of the richest sources of the antioxidant vitamin E; and cashew nuts for their high iron content which is needed to make haemoglobin – the red pigment in the blood.
*Obviously it goes without saying that nuts should not be eaten by anyone with an allergy to them.
[Surprise Mix 3] - Seville (Natural orange, roasted almond & dark chocolate)
“You gotta go nuts. You never know how long this is gonna last. You get in these crazy situations and the only way you can deal with it is to not take it seriously.”
[Surprise Mix 4] - Mount Blanc (Dried blueberry, white chocolate & crown sultanas)
Snack is not a dirty word…
Snacks got a bad rap, and it’s true – snacking on food high in fat or sugar is not going to do you any favours, but if you’re snacking on healthy Harvest box snacks several times a day, then there are many benefits.
For one, snacking is a proven way to feed your metabolism, which in turn aids in weight maintenance and weight loss. It also assists in boosting your energy, as eating at regular intervals stabilises your blood sugar levels. So, instead of that mid-afternoon slump, you’ll be full of vigor and sparkle right through to dinnertime.
Consistent nibbling from your Harvest box throughout the day controls hunger pangs and keeps unhealthy temptations at arms length. You will also be less likely to overeat or binge, helping you to say no to that second or third helping, resulting in consumption of less calories overall.
So, with proper portions and healthy food choices, between-meal munching will actually enhance, rather than hurt your diet. Feeling hungry?
1. Walnuts - Boost the ability to recall, thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts contain more fatty acid than tuna and salmon – and no need to worry about mercury. Eating 1/4 cup daily provides the recommended daily amount needed to prevent depression and Alzheimer’s.
2. Almonds - Will help eliminate a headache because, like aspirin, almonds contain salicylates, the same natural chemical that will reduce inflammation and block pain signals. Just a handful will provide the same benefit as two aspirins without the possibility of stomach upsets.
3. Chestnuts - Help ease stress and are the only nut that contains vitamin C, a nutrient that helps ease stress. Chestnuts are also the nuts lowest in calories and fat. They can be eaten roasted, boiled or raw.
4. Macadamia Nuts - Are good for the heart due to the natural oils high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat – which contain oleic fatty acids and palmitoleic fatty acids. Macadamia nuts have the highest amount of monounsaturated fatty acids in a natural food.
5. Brazil Nuts - Reduce anxiety due to their selenium. Just three Brazil nuts will give you a day’s worth of this important mineral. Selenium has mood-boosting, and anti-anxiety properties.
6. Pecans - Will lower cholesterol because of their high amount of plant sterols, vitamin E, and beta-sitosterol – which is a cholesterol-lowering compound. Pecans can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by 16 percent. Pecans also have a higher antioxidant content that other nuts.
7. Cashews – Reduce the risk of heart disease due to the monounsaturated fats, which, in turn, help to lower bad cholesterol. Cashews are also rich in iron, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium and zinc, as well as phytochemicals and antioxidants beneficial in protecting us from cancer. The magnesium is good for bone growth.
8. Pine Nuts – Are appetite suppressors because they are a good source of a polyunsaturated fat known as pinolenic acid, which stimulates secretion from a hormone produced in the intestines – and signals your brain that you are full. Pine nuts also slow down the rate of how quickly your stomach empties, helping you feel full longer.
9. Peanuts - Peanuts are often grouped in the nut category, but are not on the list because they are neither nuts nor seeds, and are actually legumes (beans are legumes). However, they are worth listing with nuts due to their amazing anti-aging benefits. This is because peanuts have resveratrol – the flavonoid found in red wine and purple grape juice. Resveratrol helps to stave off age-related cell damage and boosts blood flow in the brain by as much as 30 percent which, in turn, reduces the risk of dementia and stroke. Peanuts also have over 30 vital nutrients and has a higher antioxidant content than apples, carrots and beets. Roasting the peanuts boosts their antioxidant content by as much as 22 percent.
Get started here with your first Harvest Box delivery straight to your workplace! Now you can justify your nuttiness at work! Happy Harvesting!
[Stained Pomegranate Seed - Everything in between]