1. Office Fruit Bowl
One cool perk of my office are the fruit bowls. It sounds cheesy, but it is really nice having a free apple or orange as a afternoon pick-me-up. Because the office is huge, I think they get replenished twice a day for people to graze at will. Even so, I probably only catch a good selection once a week. The bowls usually an assortment of apples and oranges with an occasional grapefruit and pear. Other days they go crazy with a whole bowl full of bananas! Exciting times...let me tell you! ;)
When I'm working at my desk, I seriously always crave chocolate. It's bad sometimes, but overall I have been able to avoid raiding co-workers candy dishes. I think it would be a slippery slope to start nibbling too much. The fresh fruit from the basket, and from home, often helps me get through the day without caving in.
2. Gala Apples
I'm not sure I ever purchased Gala apples before this last year. I grew up eating a lot of Green and Braeburn apples if any at all. Then during the fall the family would stock up on Macintosh and Cortlands fresh from Wisconsin orchards. I spent a lot of weekends on an apple orchard growing up, and I still love all things apples from tree climbing to baked crisps and fresh cider.
Okay...nostalgic side track out of the way...sorry about that. Apart from orchard apples, my grocery cart rarely had apples in them as an adult. I think they were too easy for me to forget about in the fridge, and there was always a more fun fruit around, like berries or nectarines.
A while back, I tried a Gala apple from the office fruit bowl and now I'm hooked. It was crisp, lightly sweet and juicy. As a small-medium apple it also didn't make me sick of the flavor/texture by the time I finished it. (I know...crazy things turn me off). Not too long after that I noticed that Gala's were on sale at HEB, so I stocked up and started bringing them to work regularly. They were on super sale again this week ($0.97/lb) and so I went a little crazy with 10 or so. It will be interesting to see how long this Gala obsession lasts.
I know the new commercials for Cuties say they were "made for kids," but they have become one of my favorite office snacks these days. They are almost as good as a candy bar most of the time, and though I know they probably have a good amount of sugar in them (aka they are really sweet and tasty) at least it's natural. I try to save the Cuties for my afternoon snack because that when my sweets craving hits hardest, and I have been pleasantly surprised that these usually hit the spot.
One of the best things about apples and Cuties is their convenience. No cutting or Tupperware to mess with, and that's probably what will keep them around for the time being.