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Over 90% of kitchens in our homes and offices contain a microwave cooker. They are seen as simple to use, convenient, fast and almost everybody can use them.

Which is  why they are great healthy option for your office lunches, for those of us  with a busy work schedule. The Microwave cooker is the fastest way to get a healthy cooked lunch while at work.

Research has shown that cooking food within the microwave is one of the best ways to maintain the main nutrients in cooked food, this is because of the speed the food is cooked at and the amount of liquid used.  Microwaves work by heating up water molecules within food rather than the heat having to pass through the pan and a hob, this uses up to 75% less energy than conventional cooking.

Food that you cant cook in the microwave are generally the type of food we should try and avoid like high fat pastry and fried food.

One of the main myths behind cooking with a microwave oven is that the energy they use in radioactive, this is not true. Microwave energy is electromagnetic waves which is the same energy that zaps through your TV  and radio transmitters. There is no proof behind the theories that exposure to microwaves can cause or promote cancer.

A winter salad recipe, ideal for winter lunches in the office. Bored of the traditional soup that is everyone's got to in the winter months

Spicy lentil Salad with kale, celery and spinach to add a dash of seasonal colour.

This recipe makes up to 4 portions,
Ideal for making a batch at taking to work for your lunch.

You will need:
400g tin cooked lentils - you can also use dry lentils and cook them using your microwave.
1/4 tsp dried oregano
3 tbsp vegetable oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
or balsamic which ever you prefer.
2 garlic cloves finely chopped & crushed.
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 small red onion, finely diced.
1 medium red pepper, de-seeded and finely diced.
3 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
170g Feta cheese diced.
(Black olives optional)

If you are using dried lentils, was and place in a large bowl and add water until just covered. Cover the bowl with a plate and cook on full power for 10-12 mins, or until the lentils are soft. Drain and allow to cool. If you are using tinned lentils rinse and drain well.

Whisk together the oil, vinegar, oregano, cumin garlic and season with black pepper.

 mix the lentils together with the dressing, mint pepper and onion. Leave to stand for 10 mintutes.

Serve with feta cheese and olives.
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Working full time in a office, its often hard to find the time to exercise, however most of us have a bit of down time between tasks, as we sit at our desks we can take this time to get in a little bit of activity. We have worked with our local yoga teacher, Holly from Yoga Hero in Leeds to come up with a few stretches to help avoid the ills that can come from sitting at you desk for to long.
Desk excercises from yoga hero
Desk excercises from Yoga Hero
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Christmas is big news we all know that, but it's all one of the biggest opportunities in the year to create a relationship with your customers, people rarely forget a nice gesture in business so here's some of our top tips to help maximise sales your sales and customer base this christmas.
Give your customers a small present this christmas
1. Give your customers a small gift.
Festive customers feel more appreciated and are likely to shop with you again. A small gesture will help them remember you for future purchases.

2. Run limited time Promotions.
Offering a limited discount or a free product over a certain time period is a proven way of instilling urgency in those wavering shoppers. Its often the small, personal touches that make shoppers chose a small business over over a bigger brand.

3. Don't forget your long term customers
So many businesses, only take an interest, in new customers, offering introductory  offers to encourage purchases, however buy rewarding your long term customers with maybe a loyalty scheme, you will be amazed to see how more loyal these customers become.
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