January 11, 2016

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Happy New Year !

We are super excited for the start of 2016 and all it has to offer! This year we will be introducing new fruit trees to the store so stay tuned to check out the new items that will be added!

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January 11, 2016

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Eating right should take center stage when you’re pregnant. That means the foods you eat must provide as many nutritional benefits as possible. Enter functional foods, which supply all of the nutrients crucial to your well-being and your baby’s growth. Following are the most important foods to eat during pregnancy.

AVOCADOS Loaded with fol-ate, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6 (which helps baby's tissue and brain growth as well as eases morning sickness), avocados are a delicious way to get your vitamins. Spread some ripe avocado on your whole grain roll as a healthy substitute for mayo. Tip: Keep in mind that avocados are high in fat (though the very good kind) and calories, which makes them filling — but be careful not to overdo it unless you're having trouble gaining weight.

NUTS are chock-full of important minerals (copper, manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, potassium, and even calcium) and vitamin E, plus they’re easily portable, making them a filling on-the-go snack. Even though they're high in fat, it's mainly the good-for-you kind. So in a nutshell, go nuts with nuts (a little if you're gaining quickly, liberally if you're gaining slowly). Tip: Nuts are a versatile super-food — toss them into just about any dish: salads, pasta, meat dishes, baked goods and more.

MANGOS Good news if your stomach does flips at just the thought of veggies: mangos contain more vitamins A and C bite for delicious bite than a salad. It’s a perfect complement to both sweet and savory dishes. Blend it into smoothies or soups, chop it up in salsas or relishes, simply scoop and enjoy. Tip: Like bananas, this tropical favorite is also packed with magnesium, which may help relieve a common pregnancy symptom: leg cramps.

Guava the good old guava is a tropical fruit that you will mostly love biting into while you are pregnant. Most women also report having guava cravings. Guava is mostly a mommy’s food, helping to regulate your immune system and blood pressure during pregnancy. Guava comes rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Iso-flavonoids, Carotenoids and Polyphenols. The fruit helps in easy digestion while providing strength to your growing baby’s central nervous system.

Kiwi's are ripe and tasty. They come with important nutrients like Vitamin C, E, A, Potassium, Phosporus, Magnesium, Folic Acid and dietary fiber. Kiwis are known to have healing effects on human respiratory system. You are less likely to be affected by cough, cold and wheezing if you eat kiwis every day. The fruit helps in lesser blood clotting because of its richness in phosphorus content. Kiwi also felicitates easy absorption of iron.

Apple having apple helps in many ways. It enhances the immunity and strength of your baby. There is reduced risk of wheezing, asthma and eczema in your child in his later stages of life if you take apple during your pregnancy. Apples are rich in Vitamins A, E, D and Zinc.

Pear there is a lot of confusion about whether pears are good to be consumed during pregnancy or not, so we suggest you definitely check with your doctor before having. Pears contain high amounts of folate or folic acid, ideal for would be moms. Folic acid is vital to prevent neural tube defects in growing babies during the pre-natal stage.

Chikoo (sapodilla) is very good during pregnancy. Chikoo is full of electrolytes, Vitamin A, carbohydrates and energy, perfect for lactating mothers as well. Chikoo has multiple health benefits for expectant moms. Apart from helping you cope with dizziness and nausea, chikoo also prevents conditions like irritable bowel syndrome. The fruit also helps improve the production of collagen, while fighting stomach related disorders like diarrhea and dysentery.

Custard Apple perhaps this is one of the best fruit during pregnancy that can be consumed, custard apple comes seasonally. So if you are pregnant right in time when the fruit arrives, feel free to indulge. Custard apple comes loaded with Vitamin A and C, which are absolutely good for the eyes, skin, hair, and body tissues of your growing baby. The tasty seasonal fruit is also said to enhance cognitive functioning of your baby in the pre natal period of development. For expectant mommies, high fiber in custard apple helps prevent constipation and also eases the pain while in labor. The rich antioxidants present in this delightful fruit help you keep active and detoxified while preparing for childbirth.

Pomegranates the red pearly pomegranates are nature’s gift to a pregnant woman. Pomegranates contain good amounts of energy, calcium, folate, iron, protein and Vitamin C. Thus it is absolutely beneficial to consume pomegranates during the pregnancy period, be it as a whole fruit or as juice.

These are some of the fruits that should be a part of your diet while you are pregnant. Remember, a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables along with other supplements is a must. Talk to your health care practitioner to know more about your daily fruit intake. Enjoy this wonderful period and pamper yourself with some super healthy fruits. What is your favourite fruit during pregnancy? We would love to know that: Happy Pregnancy!

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November 10, 2015

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Shirley Bovshow is a garden television host, garden designer, and garden makeover expert. As a break-out talent from the garden world, Shirley brings equal parts expertise and entertainment to everything she does and is known for her visionary style and push-the-envelope thinking. She covers all things gardening, including outdoor living, growing edibles with style, indoor plant design, "Petscaping," original garden art, and small space gardening. But her specialty is teaching while entertaining and making friends with an audience.
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Currently Shirley serves as the garden design expert on Hallmark’s Emmy nominated Home & Family show. She was the designer and Co-Host of Discovery Home Channel’s “Garden Police,” and has appeared regularly on national networks including HGTV, NBC, Style, USA and major print publications. Shirley's garden design business, EdenMakers opened it's doors in 2001 and she quickly became and in-demand landscape designer in Los Angeles booking a year in advance by referrals only.

Shirley is an "expert + personality" equally at home in front of big and small audiences, live television, and behind the camera. She works in numerous media types, including hosting, speaking, voiceovers, video production, and writing for the web and print through her company, Garden World Media. Her client's include SC Johnson, NBC/Universal, Meredith Studios and Disney.

Shirley has earned the designation “Best of Houzz Designer" in 2012, 2013, and 2014 and is a Sulia.com Expert Contributor. “Eden Maker” and “Foodie Gardener” are her two top-ranked blogs, and she was named "Top 5 in Gardening" on Twitter by Cision, a platform that ranks influencers in different categories in March 2014.

Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare welcome Actress, Julie Benz as she talks about the second season of her hit show, Defiance. Author, Karen Rizzo discusses the dangers of sharing too much of your child’s life on the internet. Kym Douglas shares her favorite tips and tricks to prevent sweat from showing up. The winner of Master Chef Junior, 13-year-old Chef Alexander Weiss joins us in the kitchen. Dr. David Amron shows us the latest developments in the world of Lipedema. Cristina makes delicious Grilled Shrimp and Plums with Julie Benz. Shirley Bovshow shows you how to grow your own Bananas! Founder of Bar Method, Burr Leonard has an innovative way to help you stay fit; before, during, and after your pregnancy. Plus, we put our family members to the test on their favorite songs as they play Lip-Synch or Swim.

As a first generation Honduran/American, Shirley speaks spanish fluently and lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Larry, four children and two dogs.

When not on television, look for Shirley in the garden, hanging out with friends!

Check out Shirley Bovshow’s Garden Designing Expertise at EdenMakers.com, and follow her on Twitter @EdenMaker.

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November 3, 2015

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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November 3, 2015

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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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November 3, 2015

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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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November 3, 2015

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

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.

Peaches

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.

Pears

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.

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

VRIKSHASANA This yoga pose is renown for helping to stimulate the hormonal secretion of the pancreas.

Bow Pose

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.

Plough Pose

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.

Half Twist Pose

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.

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November 3, 2015

The Importance Of Fruit In The Diet - And Why Growing Your Own Is Best

By: Anne Fellowes

Perhaps due to the media exposure of the effects of junk food and an unhealthy diet, we're becoming more and more nutritionally aware. Everybody now knows that a healthy diet needs plenty of fruit and veg, and that we shouldn't stop off for takeaway too often! However, people might not be fully aware of just how great for you fruit can be. It's also worth noting that there are plentiful advantages to be gained from growing your own fruit, which you wouldn't get from store-bought stuff. Read on to find out more.

Fruit Enhances Athletic Performance

When we think of athletes, our minds tend to leap to muscle and energy. Muscle requires protein, and energy requires carbohydrates, so we might be forgiven for assuming that an athlete's diet needs to contain plenty of meat. As it happens, however, a lot of athletes eschew meat altogether and live a completely vegan lifestyle. Nor does it appear to hamper their performance - indeed, several prominent Olympic gold medalists are vegan or vegetarian. How do they manage this? By eating plenty of fruit. Fruit is rich in the kinds of vitamins which the body needs to run at its peak. While protein may build muscle, you really don't need much of it. It's far more important to ensure that all your other bodily systems (particularly the immune and digestive systems) are in top condition, and the best way to do this is to eat plenty of fruit. Athletes who consume a good mix of fruit are generally healthier, have stronger hearts, catch fewer infections, and experience enhanced performance in comparison with those who eat less fruit. What is more, the sugars in fruits like bananas provide a slow release of energy which will fuel any athlete for far longer than snacks containing refined sugars. If you want to be at the top of your game, athletically speaking, then swap the chips for a fruit salad.

Fruit Is What We're Designed To Eat

Human evolution is a complicated affair dating back many millenia. However, we can tell a lot about the diets which we evolved on through the way our bodies react to certain foodstuffs. Our teeth certainly indicate that we took to utilising the nutritional qualities of meat at some point during our evolutionary journey, but it seems that meat has never been eaten in the quantities in which we consume it today. Instead, our earliest ancestors filled most of their dietary needs with nuts, fruits, and vegetables - with meat as a supplementary treat. An interesting genetic mutation proves this rather neatly. Humans cannot produce their own Vitamin C. Almost every other mammal can - even other primates. Vitamin C is utterly essential to life. As sailors found out in the age of exploration, not consuming enough Vitamin C leads to the breakdown of cells and bodily functions in what is known as 'Scurvy'. Given that this Vitamin is so important, how on earth did this mutation manage to become so successful that it ultimately became the human norm? Well, it's thought that our ancestors simply did not notice that they had an inbuilt problem with Vitamin C, as they were eating so much Vitamin C-rich fruit that it was never an issue for them - until urbanisation and exploration forced people into fruit-deficient situations, by which time it was too late. Given the large part that fruit clearly played in our evolutionary history, it's perhaps unsurprising that our bodies respond so resoundingly well to it!

Growing Your Own Fruit Is Good For Body And Soul

Growing your own fruit is one of the best ways in which to get your nutritional fix. Not only are you feeding your body plenty of health-giving vitamins, you're also boosting your soul into the bargain. There are many, many health benefits to growing your own food - not least of which is the improvement it brings to your mental health. Gardening, or even just having fruit-bearing trees around and plucking fruit from them every now and again, has been proven to be an effective protection against depression, to lower stress levels, and to generally induce a more positive outlook on life. And if you do decide to really go for the gardening thing, all that digging and pruning is a fantastic workout! All in all, growing your own fruit provides all round goodness at every point in the process!

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October 7, 2015

Making your own Vanilla Bean Essential Oils is very easy and doesn't take a lot of time! You can make your own oils that will leave your home smelling amazing. You can also use you can use them to make homemade soaps, massage oils, body lotions and aromatherapy items.

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Things You'll Need

-16 ounces of organic coconut, safflower or jojoba liquid oil
-3 to 5 large organic vanilla beans
-Sharp knife
-16-ounce canning jar with tight lid
-Double boiler
-Wooden spoon
-Cheesecloth
-Bowl
-Funnel
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There are steps for COLD and HOT infusion methods to use with you Vanilla Bean Oil. Just click on the link above for further steps.

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October 7, 2015

Trees as Gifts - if you need a little inspiration...

Send a tree as a gift for a wonderful lasting alternative to giving cut flowers! PlantOGram's tree gifts can last for hundreds of years and must be one the best gift ideas in the world. With over 175 trees as gifts to choose from, browse our range of tree species to find the individual tree gift best suited for your occasion. To find out a little more about each fruit tree gift, give us a call at 877-FRUIT-DOC and speak to one our experienced consultants about finding your perfect corporate gift today!

By choosing PlantOGram.com to supply your corporate gifts you are choosing ecologically friendly products which will delight the recipient with the thoughtfulness of the item as well as with its professional presentation. As our own green credentials are excellent you can have peace of mind that you’re giving an environmentally friendly, ethically sound gift right from root to bud!
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