We already know that GiftTree has wonderful, unique, gift baskets filled with all kinds of gourmet goodies that would please just about any one. Our gift baskets are packed to the brim with both sweet and savory treats. Some of our baskets are a bit on the decadent side, both taste wise and calorie wise. I honestly feel that the holidays are about splurging. As a person who is also trying to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight, I understand that you can only splurge so much before you undo everything you’ve been working so hard to accomplish. And trust me it is hard work, whew! So, if you’ve been struggling on what to get that person who is working to stay healthy, once again, GiftTree is here to save the day! We are offering two great new gifts, the Premium Fruit & Snack Sampler and the Harvest Fruit & Snack Sampler.
The Premium Fruit & Snack Sampler includes nine pieces of seasonal fruit, and the Harvest sampler includes three Fuji Apples, a super sweet, super juicy and super crisp apple, excellent for snacking, salads and sauces. Three Comice Pears (pronounced Co-meece), known as the pinnacle of pears, and are the sweetest and juiciest of all varieties of pears. Their flesh is very soft and is often described as creamy in texture. And three California Navel Oranges, considered the best in the world for eating out of hand. Meaty and easy to peel, the segments separate easily and they have no seeds. The Harvest Fruit and Snack Sampler gift includes 2 of each fruit. Then to top off both gifts, we have included season almonds, an incredibly healthy snack, and Chocolate covered fruit. You know, a little sweet for being so good.
Let’s talk about the health benefits of these gifts. Oranges, as most people know are loaded with Vitamin C, but did you know they also contains Beta-carotene a powerful antioxidant, Calcium, Folic Acid, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Potassium which helps maintain electrolyte balances. It’s known to be beneficial for helping ailments like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and arthritis. Oranges also can help prevent diabetes, and high blood pressure.
An apple a day can really help keep the doctor away. There is a flavanoid called phloridzin that is found only in apples may protect post-menopausal women from osteoporosis and may increase bone density. Boron, another ingredient in apples, also strengthens bones. A study on mice at Cornell University found that the quercetin in apples may protect brain cells from the kind of free radical damage that may lead to Alzheimer’s disease. The apples in these baskets derive their sweetness from fructose, a simple sugar, but one which is broken down slowly, especially when combined with apples’ hefty dose of fiber, thus helping to keep blood sugar levels stable, which helps with diabetes and weight loss.
The Pears in these gift baskets provide a very good source of fiber and are a good source of vitamin B2, C, E, copper, and potassium. They also contain a significant amount of pectin, which is a water soluble fiber, that makes them effective in helping to lower cholesterol levels and in toning the intestines. They are often recommended by health care practitioners as a hypoallergenic fruit less likely to produce an adverse response than other fruits, and are safe to introduce to infants. Not to mention they are just plain tasty!
Did you know that technically an Almond is a fruit, related to the peach and the cherry? These little fruits, which are high in monounsaturated fats, help people, shed weight and help them keep off the weight. Almonds also contain Manganese, Copper & Riboflavin that help energy production and our body’s ability to maintain it. I know, a fat that helps fight fat, and energy sustainability what more could you ask for.
Okay, after reading all these health benefits you may be asking how is chocolate covered fruit healthy. Research has shown that people who reward themselves for doing well and meeting goals tend to stay motivated in dieting therefore having greater success. It also shows that people who find balance in their diet meaning they don’t deprive themselves of things that they enjoy they just limit the amount they consume also have greater success in weight loss.
All these goodies come in a beautifuly stunning gift box.The design of the first GiftTree.com fruit box is very bold, and yet very simple at the same time. The right side of the box is a very rich, aubergine color (dark purple). The center contains a light green vertically running band that has the words “fresh fruit” emblazened upon it. The left side of the box is a very rich, dense apple green. Exactly the color of a ripe Granny Smith apple.
So there you have it, a boldly beatiful, disease fighting, and weight battling, reward-giving gift all in one.