April 4, 2016

Chaitanya B.

The miracle fruit, also known as the miraculous berry, comes from a shrub native to West Africa. Right off the bat, you may be asking yourself: why is it called the miracle fruit? There are many documented reasons that justify the name of this fruit, including the fact that it helps to increase metabolism, reduce blood pressure & diabetes, and help out with overall health. But, the most interesting claim about this fruit is that it allegedly makes everything taste sweeter! What? 8O

Fruit-2When the flesh of the fruit is eaten, molecules called miraculin bind to the tongue's taste buds causing sour foods to taste sweet. At neutral pH when you haven't eaten anything sour, you won't be able to notice much of a difference on your tongue. But at a low pH, resulting from ingestion of sour foods, miraculin binds proteins and becomes able to activate the sweet receptors, making your aftertaste sweet. This effect lasts for about 30 mins. So who knows? Maybe instead of adding more sugar to your cheesecake, you could just eat some miracle fruit beforehand :P

Just for funsies, these are the superhero transformations that have occurred in people's mouth after they've consumed miracle fruit:

Lemon -------> Lemonade

Cream Cheese -------> Cheesecake

Sour Cream -------> Ice Cream

Koolaid Mix -------> Powdered Sugar

Tabasco Sauce------->

Wait for it..............

Hot Donut Glaze? 8O

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April 4, 2016

Chaitanya B.

Woo hoo! It's Friday everyone! :D You know what that means. Nights out with friends, cocktail parties, and just adventures awaiting for the weekend. There's most likely going to be one common factor in all your endeavors: alcoholic beverages. But why are we blogging about this? Because we want to let you all know that you can incorporate your PlantOGram fruit trees into your Friday night libations! Whether you're hosting a party, or just bringing a cocktail over to your friend's, we've got some unique, fun drink options for you :)

1.) Dragonfruit Greyhoundtumblr_mnhlasL43s1s86rtco1_500Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium sized dragonfruit of your choice, squeeze out the juice in a glass.
  • 2 oz Premium Vodka
  • 1-2 oz Ginger Ale
  • 2-3 oz Cranberry juice

Mix ingredients and pour over ice into glass. Enjoy! :)

2.) Mango-Peach Sangria200907-r-sangriaIngredients:

  • 1/4 cup mint
  • 1 cup Grand Marnier
  • 2 peaches, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 bottle Viognier
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 mango of your choice, chopped
  • 1/3 cup sugar

In a saucepan, cook the sugar and water until the sugar dissolves; transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until cold. Stir in the Grand Marnier, Viognier, mango, peaches and mint and serve over ice! :)

3.) Frosted Lychee & Cranberry MartiniSlushIngredients: 

  • 8 0z. lemon sorbet
  • 5-7 lychees, skinned and pitted
  • 10-12 cranberries
  • 6 oz. vodka

Place sorbet, lychee and cranberries in a blender and pulse until well combined and smooth. Add in vodka and gently pulse until combined. Pour into martini glass and serve with cranberry shrub for embellishment, and enjoy! :)

4.) Carambola Cocktailcarambola4Ingredients: 

• 2 parts of fresh starfruit juice with mint
• 1 part of vodka
• 1 part of lime
• Ice

Mix starfruit juice and mint with water and sugar. Then, mix in the vodka and lime. Shake well and serve over ice. Garnish with a slice of starfruit for embellishment :)

5.) Guava ColadadownloadIngredients: 

1 1/4 oz. Dark Rum
3 oz. fresh Guava Juice
1 oz. Coconut Cream

Blend with 8 oz. of crushed ice until smooth. Serve in specialty glass and garnish with a kiwi wheel, a tropical edible flower or a pineapple flag. Enjoy :)

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April 4, 2016

Treat your skin to a nourishing and refreshing twist to DIY body butters. These easy steps to making your own Mango Body Butter only takes about 30 minutes and you skin will love you for it!

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Ingredients:
– 1 cup shea butter
– 1/2 cup mango butter
– 1/2 cup almond oil
– mango essential oil (20-25 drops)

Tools:
– electric mixer or whisk
– glass bowl
– mixing bowl
– pot
– storage jar with lid

Instructions:

1. Fill your pot with water so that your glass bowl sits half immersed. Measure out your two butters and place them in glass bowl. Turn your stove on to medium heat and bring the water to a low boil to melt your butters.

2. When the butters are completely melted, carefully remove your glass bowl from the pot of hot water. Stir in the almond oil and 20-25 drops of mango essential oil.

3. Chill the mixture in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

4. Once the mixture has cooled, whip it with an electric mixer or whisk until you have a soft and a creamy texture.

5.  To store, place in an airtight container and set in a cool place and it should last for about 4-6 months.

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April 4, 2016

Chaitanya B.

Fruit and yoga- they really are quite a potent combo. As PlantOGram is launching our original #FruitNYoga campaign this month, we have compiled together a list of fruit and yoga poses which, when paired together can yield amazing results! Whether you're aiming to get pregnant soon, increase your sexual libido, or just stay fit, we've got you covered! Join us for our  1st FruitNYoga, a guide on increasing your fertility, or chances of getting pregnant :)

The Fruit:27-health-benefits-of-pineapple-fruit

  1. Get yourself a ripe pineapple, preferably organic.
  2. Remove the pineapples exterior.
  3. Cut through the middle of the pineapple, from top to bottom. (Do NOT core it!)
  4. From each half, slice six to eight equally sized wedges.
  5. When you're ovulating, begin consuming one to two slices of pineapple each day.

The Yoga Poses:

Cobbler Pose

download (1)This pose helps to open up your hips and increases blood circulation in the pelvic area.

Supported Bridge Pose

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Especially in this pose, you raise up your pelvic area, in order to increase blood supply to ovaries and uterus.

Legs up the Wall Pose 

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Doing this pose helps to decrease stress levels in the lower area of your back is also a very powerful way to increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries.

Lotus Pose 

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Is known to energize the pelvic area- one of the simplest poses to increase fertility power. Also known to relieve menstrual discomfort.

Cobra Pose

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Increases blood flow to uterus and ovaries, and is known to improve overall total body circulation of blood and oxygen.

Good luck everyone! And have fun this month as you begin your Fruit n' Yoga journey :)

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April 4, 2016

Keeping your diabetes at bay isn't as much of a challenge as it once was. Nowadays, with all the sugar-free desserts, low-carb diets, and specialized exercise regimes, it's an easily manageable condition. However, sometimes it does suck having to always depend on artificial and synthetic products. We want to provide you with some natural, and fun ways help keep your blood sugar levels regulated with our 2nd edition of FruitNYoga for Diabetes!

The Fruit

There are actually a few fruit here that are awesome choices for diabetics and here is why:

Berries

[caption id="attachment_873" align="alignnone" width="300"]berries-for-heart-400x400 You're in luck if you're a berry lover! According to the ADA, berries are a diabetes superfood because they're packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and are low-carb. Three quarters of a cup of fresh blueberries have 62 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates. We've got plenty of berry bushes at our store too! Check out our blackberry bush.[/caption]

Peaches

[caption id="attachment_874" align="alignnone" width="300"]peach-image-free-1 Who doesn't love peaches? Whether you're eating it in a dessert, dipped in cream, or even cooked, it's delicious. And apparently, a good choice for diabetics too! Fragrant, juicy peaches are a warm-weather treat and can be included in your low-carb diabetic diet. Peaches contain vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. You can also get a peach tree of your own right here.[/caption]

Pears

[caption id="attachment_878" align="alignnone" width="301"]download Pears are a low-carb fruit and a wise addition to your diabetes meal plan. They are a good source of potassium and fiber. Unlike most fruit, they actually improve in texture and flavor after they're picked. These juicy, versatile fruit can be paired off with anything, whether it's gorgonzola cheese on a pizza, fig, or even prosciutto! Pick out a pear tree of your choice here.[/caption]

The Yoga Poses

We've got 4 awesome yoga poses here for you which are proven to help diabetics keep their insulin and blood sugar levels regulated.

Vrikshasana

[caption id="attachment_879" align="alignnone" width="300"]VRIKSHASANA This yoga pose is renown for helping to stimulate the hormonal secretion of the pancreas.[/caption]

Bow Pose

[caption id="attachment_880" align="alignnone" width="300"]Bow-pose-Dhanurasana1 The bow pose is known to help stimulate the functioning of pancreas and intestines, and therefore, helps control blood sugar levels. Organs like the liver, pancreas, and other enzyme producing organs will function actively by practicing this pose.[/caption]

Plough Pose

[caption id="attachment_882" align="alignnone" width="355"]halasana The plough pose stimulates the pancreas, spleen and activates the immune system by massaging all the internal organs including the pancreas. It improves kidney and liver functioning and strengthens the abdominal muscles. It also rejuvenates the mind.[/caption]

Half Twist Pose

[caption id="attachment_883" align="alignleft" width="288"]7830-171 The half twist pose is known for massaging the kidneys, pancreas, small intestines, gall bladder and liver, helping to stimulate digestion and squeezing out toxins. It's a great pose for diabetics, as it concentrates on the pancreas.[/caption]

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April 4, 2016

Homemade Yogi Tea

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1 inch piece ginger, sliced thinly
1 Tablespoon fennel seeds
4-6 whole cardamom pods, cracked
4-6 whole black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
3-4 whole cloves (do not overdo it with the cloves or it will taste like mouthwash)
Water
Black or green tea (optional)
Honey
Coconut or other non-dairy milk

  1. Add ginger, fennel, cardamom, peppercorns, cinnamon and cloves to a saucepan. Cover with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Cover, lower heat and simmer for one hour.
  2. Remove lid, add a pinch of tea if using, and let stand five minutes. Yogi tea can be enjoyed immediately, but can also be steeped overnight or all day.
  3. Before serving, stir in a few drops of honey and coconut milk. That's it!
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April 4, 2016

by Anne Fellowes

Green-Leafy-VegetablesFruit For The Soul - How Plants Benefit Your Mental Health

There aren't many bad things that you can say about fruit plants. They feed us, they give us oxygen, they make our homes and gardens beautiful. But did you know that plants - particularly fruit-bearing plants - can be good for your mental health too? And you don't even have to eat the fruit to get the benefits! It seems incredible, we know, but plants really can have a major impact upon your mental health simply by existing in your vicinity! Here's how:

The 'Nature Cure'

People have sought and found solace within nature for centuries, but it's only recently that doctors and scientists have begun to take 'nature cures' seriously. The world is experiencing a sharp rise in mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety disorders. This has driven the intellectual elite to ponder the problem and formulate theories, while the medical establishments of the world work hard at stemming the tide of sad, suffering people coming through their doors. Some thinkers - notably Richard Louv - have pioneered the idea that modern problems such as depression and ADHD can in some way be attributed to a lack of interaction with nature. And the theory is gaining a lot of traction - so much so that certain doctors are even beginning to prescribe courses of 'Naturopathy' for their depressed patients. It works, too. Studies have consistently found that patients exposed to the natural world experience significant improvements in their mental health.

Tangible Benefits

Nobody is quite sure whether it's being outside, breathing fresh air, getting exercise and so on which improves one's mental health, or whether it has something to do with the landscape and its vegetation. In all probability, it's a combination of all of these factors. However, if you can't or don't have the time to spend a lot of time romping in the wilderness, bringing nature to you in the form of domestic plants can do your mental state a lot of good. Hospitals have established that placing flowering plants within the rooms of patients can seriously lift their mood and improve their state of mind - which in itself promotes healing. And rehab centers for those people who are suffering from addictions are increasingly encouraging their patients to care for houseplants. In the latter case, caring for the plants not only brings the aforementioned lifts in mood and improvement of mental health, but helps to bestow a sense of purpose, responsibility, and self-worth.

Flower Power

One of the notable aspects of many fruit-bearing plants is that, in order to produce the wonderful, nutrition-packed delicacies they so kindly bestow upon us, they need to undergo a lot of pollinating. In order for this to go according to evolution's plan, they often put out a lot of beautiful, scented flowers. It seems that these flowers have a far deeper effect upon us than we may at first realise. Plenty of us appreciate the beauty of abundant cherry blossoms, and delight in the scent of a flowering orange tree - but our delight in these things may well stem from a lot more than simple aesthetic appreciation. Science has found that floral scents really do make us happy, and psychologists have established that the presence of flowers in a room enhances the productivity, mood, and creativity of those within. A charming study into the emotional impact of gift-giving discovered that the most 'true' smiles were exhibited by those participants which received gifts of flowers. Notably, the gift recipients also described the flower-givers in far more positive terms than they did those who gave other (sometimes more ostensibly valuable) gifts. So, if you want to make someone happy and be liked by them into the bargain, buy them flowers!

The Perfect Gift

If, therefore, you have a suffering friend whom you want to help (and want to be thought well of by them as you do so), one of the best things that you can do is to send them a fruit plant. Not only will it feed their bodies, it will also nourish their minds. While we're not claiming that plants are a miracle cure, science has proven that they really can make an awful lot of difference to somebody's state of mind.

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April 4, 2016

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Plant O Gram is the only plant and tree company in the U.S. that keeps on giving. They offer a wide variety of Fruit Trees, Dwarf Trees, as well as Cold Hardy Fruit Trees for the special people in your life with not so green thumbs. This holiday season give a gift of a tropical and exotic nature, which is indeed from nature.

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From Secret Santa gifts, client gifts and personal gifts, Plant O Gram has a tree or plant that fits your gift giving needs this Christmas. Need a gift for dad? The Dragon Fruit Plant and Mango Tree are at the top of the list, along with Pomegranate and Passion Fruit Trees. And the always the favorite and popular, Avocado Plant is perfect for husbands and even grandpa as well. For mom, wife and grandma, Plant O Gram offers Flower Plants that re-bloom every year. Such as the Michelia Alba, the Tea Plant and the Ylang Ylang Tree. Plant O Gram also offers Cinnamon Trees, which suites well as a Christmas gift. There’s nothing better than fresh cinnamon for those family Christmas recipes. Cinnamon is a great warm and giving gift for this holiday season. You can also personalize your gifts and Plant O Gram ships anywhere in the U.S. and worldwide. So you don’t need to worry if you can’t make it home for Christmas. Plant O Gram has you covered.

“The Best Time to Plant was 10 Years Ago, the Second Best Time is Today!”

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April 4, 2016

The event is over and PlantOGram made it's huge debut at the Russell Simmons ART FOR LIFE gala. Now, what was inside of those bags along with the PlantOGram gift-cards? That evening PlantOGram was surrounded by many high end and popular friends in those amazing bags. Let's introduce you to the new friends our gift cards rubbed elbows with!
IMG_66581Right smack in the center is a very familiar and popular designer, Kenneth Cole.  Kenneth Cole Products, Inc. is an American fashion house founded in 1982 by Kenneth Cole. In 1994, Kenneth Cole went public, and has been included on Forbes annual list of 200 Best Small Companies four times.

Kenneth+ColeKenneth Cole Productions sells clothing and accessories under the following lines: Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, and Unlisted. The company now operates over 90 retail and outlet stores worldwide, and sells in catalogs and websites.

A copy of Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey book is one of the reading materials offered in the gift bag. This richly illustrated full-color catalog accompanies the first major solo museum exhibition and most comprehensive survey of the artist Wangechi Mutu's work, on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from March 21, 2013, through July 21, 2013, before traveling to the Brooklyn Museum. wmbookIt comes as no surprise that guests were given a peek inside of Mutu's life and art, given that she was the gala's featured artist. There is also a copy of Hampton magazine, coverage of parties, restaurants, bars, fashion, and things to do in Hamptons. HT_COVER-Kevin-Hart-336x401And a Spring 2015 issue of Haute Time magazine featuring a cover story of famous comedian Kevin Hart and his collection of fine watches. Haute is a magazine all about the coverage of the latest and hottest luxury watches.

GLAMSQUAD is an on-demand, app-based beauty provider delivering professional and affordable hair, makeup and nails (currently available in NYC only) services to your home, office, hotel, or wherever you may be. the_dreamer_grayOperating in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, the company plans to debut in other cities soon. They gave the gala make up bags full of samples to give the guests. "When it comes to getting GLAM – one size fits all. From a busy professional booking a 7AM blowout to a new mom looking for some ‘mid-day me time’ to the young and social going from daytime to dancing, we are there to make you look and feel your best. GLAMSQUAD is perfect for a bachelorette, baby shower, sweet sixteen, or a typical girls’ night out.", as posted on their website.

For the men, samples from The Grooming Lounge are in the gift bags. The Grooming Lounge is the country's premiere solutions source for men's grooming. The Grooming Lounge was founded in 1999 by men with a lifetime of experience in the men's grooming and fashion industry. glpageimage_1

Now led by Founder Michael Gilman and the company's team of Grooming Experts, the Grooming Lounge is committed to setting new industry standards using the best customer and technical services.

There is also a great line of a new beauty product included in the gift bag. J21 Skin Care was established in 2007 and is distinguished by it's unique harmony of innovative, cutting edge scientific ingredients along with potent organic and natural actives. j21

PlantOGram was surrounded by many high end and popular friends in those amazing bags. From hot reading material, to skin care products for men and women, it is safe to say PlantOGram was in good company that evening and now many top celebs and well known socialites will be enjoying their goodies.

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April 4, 2016

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Ghost, ghouls and apples! The apple is the national fruit of October! As leaves change and the weather gets cooler, treat yourself (or someone else) to a Granny Smith apple tree from Plant O Gram.

Benefits of Granny Smith Apples:

  • Provides Energy (a great on the go snack and breakfast treat to boost your immune system for the day ahead)
  • Granny Smith apples are great for promoting weight loss
  • Vitamin C
  • Granny Smith Apples can help stabilize blood sugar levels
  • A great substitute if you can't reach for you toothbrush. The rough skin helps polish teeth.
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