An Apple A Day Makes the Pounds Go Away by Nancy Schramm

Remember that old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Recent research appears to be supporting the idea that eating apples can help you lose weight.

So, they not only taste good, make a great cobbler or pie, can be center stage at Halloween parties either covered in caramel or floating in a bucket of water, and are a staple in the Flowers to Eat Strawberry Apple Banana Bliss™ bouquet, but they could help me lose weight?

How you ask?

Well, the fiber pectin in them does help you feel fuller, as well as the other benefits of having a sufficient amount of fiber in your diet. But there’s more.

There is a chemical that occurs naturally in apples, ursolic acid, that has been linked to maintaining muscle mass. In one experiment with mice, the mice that were fed chow to which ursolic acid from apples was added:

  • Gained 33% less belly fat
  • Had an 11% higher metabolic rate
  • Ran 38% longer on a treadmill exercise
  • Stored 24% less fat in the liver

More research needs to be done with humans, but what a great way to preserve  muscle mass, which is important for maintaining a  metabolic rate that is sufficiently high enough to lose weight.


Is a Franchise the Right Business Model For You? by Nancy Schramm

Rolisa creating her beautiful Veggy Medley

Rolisa creating her beautiful Veggy Medley

How many times have you thought it would be great to be your own boss, set the rules, make all the decisions, be as creative as you know you can be?

If you want to be your own boss and have the ability to decide for yourself what you will create, how you will create it, and how you will sell it, is a franchise really the best business choice for you?
If you are the creative type of person with some business experience, Flowers to Eat has classes that can help you start your own, independent fruit and vegetable arrangement business.
We are not a franchisor.
With Flowers to Eat’s classes there are no upfront franchise investment fees or ongoing monthly royalty fees. Once you have learned our techniques, you are free to modify the arrangements that you have learned and to build upon them in anyway that is beneficial to your market.
We do not limit the area that your store can cover, what new designs you want to create, what suppliers to purchase from, what days or hours your store needs to be open. These are all business decisions you should control in your own business.
Our goal is to give you the knowledge and tools to create beautiful arrangements while leaving you free to use your own business acumen and familiarity with your customer base to tailor your store to your market.
Contact us for news about upcoming classes at

Top 10 Reasons to Give a Flowers to Eat™ Bouquet

ImageThe holidays are past and the new year is underway. If you live in the Tampa, Fl. area and were lucky, you received a delicious bouquet of chocolate covered strawberries or fruit from Flowers to Eat™ over the holidays. Or maybe you were that wonderful gifter who gave a delicious bouquet from Flowers to Eat™ to someone special in your life.

It’s not too late, though, to get the new year off to a great start with a fresh fruit arrangement. Let’s play David Letterman for a minute and think of the Top 10 Reasons to Give a Bouquet from Flowers to Eat™

10. To say: Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary!

9. To say: Congratulations or Well Done!

8. To say: I Love You!

7. To say: I’m Sorry!

6. To say: Thank You!

5. Because you or they have had a bad day or because you or they have had a GREAT day.

4 Because you Know they Love dark chocolate and fruit.

3. Because a Flowers to Eat™ bouquet LOOKS so good!

2. Because a Flowers to Eat™ bouquet TASTES so good!

1. Because no one else makes those “Melt In Your Mouth Banana Bites™!

We look forward to helping you make someone’s day very special. Visit our website, to see the variety of arrangements that we offer.

CRANBERRIES, that seasonal fruit that you either love or hate, by Nancy Schramm

It’s Cyber Monday, Thanksgiving has passed and retailers are counting on us to stimulate the economy, spread good cheer and purchase interesting presents for Hanukkah or Christmas.

But let’s take a step back and talk about the cranberry.

At our house, cranberry sauce is a tradition for Thanksgiving dinner. When my children were growing up that meant the Ocean Spray jellied cranberry sauce. Nothing fancy, open the can, put the contents in a bowl, cut into serving sized pieces, place in refrigerator until dinner time. Super simple and if I remember right several of my children actually ate some.

Now that they are grown, one of my daughters-in-law makes homemade cranberry sauce and brings that, along with her famous sweet potatoes to Thanksgiving dinner. It is delicious.

Cranberries are one of the healthiest foods available to us. The array of phytonutrients that they contain are one of the reasons for this. Recent research has shown that the whole cranberry is the best choice for the complete benefits of the cranberry. Their antioxidant, anti-inflamatory, and anti-cancer properties are impressive. To read more about these aspects of the cranberry, click on this link:

My absolute favorite way to enjoy cranberries is via Cranberry Nut Bread. The combination of the tart cranberries, the crunchy walnuts, and the touch of orange flavor from orange zest and juice make for a great combination.

Here is Ocean Spray’s Classic Cranberry Nut Bread recipe. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.Image


2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
2 tablespoons shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 1/2 cups Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chopped nuts


Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan.

Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely. Wrap and store overnight. Makes 1 loaf (16 slices).

PER SERVING (1 slice): Cal. 211, Fat Cal. 54, Protein 3grams, Carb. 37grams, Fat 6grams, Chol. 18mg., Sodium 313mg.

Fruit Horoscopes

Fruit Horoscopes                                                                                                                 


Do You Think Your Love of Strawberries is a Reflection of Your Personality                 

by Derek Schramm, Ph.D

It has been said that “Life is not solely comprised of tasks but of tastes.”  With nature’s abundance of tastes, we can enjoy the sweet pleasures of produce, while helping our bodies heal and develop. 

 What is your favorite fruit? 

 The Pineapple?  If so, “You like beauty.  You carefully weigh every word that comes out of your mouth.  As a result you always know what to say, and people like you because of that.  You have no difficulties to manipulate others.”

  Perhaps you favor Apples.  “If you love apples then it means that you are hardworking and a little old-fashioned.  Your bosses like you as you are able to do whatever they require from you. You have sentimental personality, you are often sad without knowing why.” 

 These and other choice ideas about your fruit choice and personality are referred to as your “Fruit Horoscope.” The accuracy of such sentiments remains to be proven, but it is clear that we all love fresh fruit. 

 At Flowers to Eat™,  your bouquet selection is large and the quality the highest.  These gifts will put a sparkle in your friend’s eyes, as they can partake in guilt free pleasure this holiday season.

 If your favorite fruit is a strawberry, peach, lemon or kiwi, among others, and you want to read more about fruit horoscopes, this url will link you to the authoritative website. 


Grapes vs Raisins – which do you prefer? by Nancy Schramm

Flowers to Eat™ creates many bouquets that contain grapes. Green grapes, purple grapes, we use them both. Skewered in columns or dipped in dark chocolate on trays of fruit, we love to add grapes to our arrangements.


Raisins, those dried shriveled up remnants of sweet juicy grapes don’t make it into our bouquets. Have you ever seen a fruit arrangement that contained raisins?

Ok, so raisins aren’t as attractive in a fruit bouquet, but they are still packed with vitamins and antioxidents. In fact, ounce for ounce, raisins contain nearly 3 times as many antioxidents as their juicy predecessors. Antioxidants are important in promoting and maintaining good health and optimal growth, so if you choose to eat raisins, you can eat just 1/3rd as many raisins as grapes and obtain the same amount of antioxidents.  Good choice maybe if you don’t want to carry a large bag of grapes to work with you.

Raisins do contain many more calories than grapes do, though. A half cup of raisins equals approximately 250 calories; an equal amount of grapes have only 30. But, then again, you will be fitting many more raisins into that 1/2 cup than you could grapes.  Trade offs, trade offs, life is full of them.

Whichever you choose, you will be doing your body a favor munching on the grapes/raisins instead of that sugar cookie, and both really do taste great.

If you are interested in seeing a quick video of raisins turning into grapes, check out the following link. The transformation takes only 30 seconds on You Tube.