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Stay sparky with Nurishment active!

Now that Christmas and New Year and all the festivities are out of the way, normal life can resume. For many of our student fans out there, that means one thing: revision. January is a particularly busy month; many of you will be cramming in hefty revision sessions in preparation for the upcoming exams season.

A good way to handle the pressures of exam is to find time to get outdoors with a group of friends and hit the gym, the football pitch, the swimming pool - or whatever you think will help you get back that spark.

We think that new Nurishment active will also help with your recovery. The latest member of the Nurishment family, Nurishment active is a delicious, high protein milk drink enriched with a unique blend of 22 vitamins and minerals, 35g of protein and it is low fat too! Available in a handy and convenient bottle, it’s specially formulated to help your body recover from physical activities. 

So whether it’s a physically and mentally exhausting all-nighter revising in the library, playing for the uni sports team or hitting the gym to let off some steam, Nurishment active could give your body that nutritional boost it needs to keep on top form while you’re aiming for those top marks. 

We hope you have a great 2013, here’s to the year ahead. And to all of our student fans: good luck in your exams!

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Happy Halloween!

The spookiest day of the year is upon us – how will you be celebrating? Trick or treating? Watching horror films? Or maybe just (like us), staying inside with all the lights on because Halloween, quite frankly, makes us feel just a bit jumpy!

Here are a few Halloween facts to help get you in the spooky mood!

·         The original 1978 Halloween film cost just $320,000 to make and ended up making more than $50m worldwide!

·         The first jack-o-lanterns were made from turnips rather than pumpkins

·         About 99% of pumpkins sold at Halloween are used for jack-o-lantern carving. Have you made yours?

·         Famous magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926.

·         Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween

 Happy Halloween, Nurishment fans!

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Get your pedalling shoes on!

Did you know that there are nearly 1 billion bicycles in the world, with nearly half of them in China? That really is a lot of bicycles especially in one country. Good job there is Nurishment to keep all those cyclists going!

Win A Bike

To help bring more bikes into the world Nurishment has teamed up with bike specialist Halfords to give away a bike a day. There are approximately 105million bicycles made throughout the world every year. Nurishment will be giving away 90 bikes over 90 days in free daily prize draws. (Keep an eye out for the special ‘Win a Bike’ promotional packs hitting the shops this month!!)

Here at Nurishment we like to think we are a healthy bunch and want to pass that on to you Nurishment drinkers with this fantastic daily competition. Just think of all those lovely summer bicycle rides you could go on! (When summer eventually arrives…)

All you have to do to enter is visit the ‘Win a Bike’ page of the Nurishment website, www.nurishment.co.uk/win-a-bike-competition.asp and enter your details and the batch number of your can of Nurishment.

Win Cycle Accessories

It has been 144 years since Englishman James Moore won the world’s first bike race in Paris on the 31st May 1868. Nurishment likes a bit of competition so we have also created Nurishment’s first bike race to celebrate the British love for bike races. The rules are simple – the week’s fastest lap will win £100 worth of cycle accessories. There is just one slight difference to the Nurishment Bike Race – it’s not about foot pedalling power; it’s all about finger pedalling power! Next week’s winner could be you. - Just go to the Bike Race page of the website www.nurishment.co.uk/bike-race.asp .

Give those fingers a stretch and give it a go, but don’t forget to finish all exercise with a nicely chilled can of Nurishment!!!

 

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Team Nurishment - Jason Richards-Thompson

Here’s the second guest blog post from Team Nurishment.

Jason Richards-Thompson is a triple jumper.

Hey all,

2012 has come around so fast. It seems like only yesterday I was reflecting back on what went wrong last season. Thankfully, just as I was starting winter training, Team Nurishment decided they wanted to sponsor me for the new season. So that definitely gave me an extra boost to train hard and do well as I know I am capable of reaching the top.

Five months into my sponsorship with Team Nurishment and they’ve been absolutely brilliant! Sending me Nurishment at the start of the month without fail, I’m always happy to see what flavours they’ve sent me J After a session, I seriously feel the difference the next day after drinking a can.

I’ve been really proud of the way I’ve been managing to split my time between working and training. My coach is great in that he understands the importance of my job commitments and we make sure training is structured around this. However at the same time, we still apply the same level of intensity. I haven’t missed a session since I started my new job!

As far as Indoor season plans are concerned, we’re looking at keeping it short like last year and focusing on the new techniques we’ve both learnt recently and to keep improving my leg strength and the technical aspects of Triple Jump. But the main goal is to qualify for the Aviva World Indoor UK Trials this month. After this my training will be re-focused on the Outdoor season, as that is what people judge you on really.

Until next time everyone.

Jason Richards–Thompson, Team Nurishment

If you’re a sportsperson or team who could benefit from some Nurishment support, join our winning team and enter here: http://www.nurishment.co.uk/team.asp

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Keep moving in winter!

Winter is upon us! Here at Nurishment we’re rubbing our hands with glee at the thought of several weeks packed with eating mince pies, drinking mulled wine and  watching ‘Home Alone 2’ and ‘The Snowman’ on repeat.

It’s tempting to use the festive period as an excuse to hibernate - i.e. abandon all energetic activity in favour of curling up on the sofa. After all, it’s cold and dark outside, and having the heating cranked up to the max all day makes us sleepy.

But exercising in the winter months will help keep your body healthy, release endorphins to fend off winter blues, and make you feel less guilty for eating vast quantities of roast potatoes.

 Here are our top tips for exercising in winter:

- Get an exercise buddy. Exercising with someone else will motivate you, as well as increasing safety if you are running outside when it’s dark, for example. If you do exercise outside in the evenings, don’t forget to wear high visibility clothing.

- Try something new. Make the most of winter and try a totally different form of exercise, like ice skating. Outdoor rinks pop up in city centres around Christmas, so you can soak up the festive atmosphere whilst toning your legs. Or, if it snows, shovelling snow is great exercise!

- Wear a hat if exercising outside, as you can lose up to 50 percent of body heat from here. Don’t forget to do a thorough warm up too, as your muscles can get even tighter when it’s cold.

- Try something indoors. If you can’t face the cold, try an indoor activity like aerobics, archery, swimming or squash.

Enjoy!

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Get your running shoes on!

This Sunday (20 November), the After Adoption 10k run takes place in London’s Regents Park and Nurishment is proud to be a partner sponsor.
It’s not too late to sign up – you can register between 08:15 and 09:30.

Here are a few of our top tips for getting the most out of your run:
1) Choose the right soundtrack: somehow, a run seems to go by much more quickly if you select the perfect tunes to help you on your way! Our favourites include Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ and Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’, which makes us feel like Rocky.
2) Warm up properly: in cold weather it takes longer for your body to warm up, which is essential to avoid injury. Start with gentle running or walking for at least 10 – 15 minutes to make sure your body is raring to go.
3) Fuel your run: make sure you eat something on the morning of your event to make sure you don’t run out of steam! Stick with food you have eaten previously so you know how your body will react, and make sure you stay hydrated.
Visit the Runners World website for plenty more running tips.

After Adoption works with children in the care system, adopted children and adults, adoptive families and birth relatives to improve the lives of the one in four people in the UK who have an adoptive connection.

Look out for a bottle of Nurishment Extra in your race goodie bag!

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Remember, remember the 5th of November!


We at Nurishment absolutely love Bonfire Night. Every year we come away from a bonfire with our teeth stuck together by treacle toffee, ringing ears from fireworks and cold cheeks – but we’re completely happy! 

Here are a few of our tips for making the most of Bonfire Night:

1) Find a bonfire, of course! Wherever you live, there’s bound to be one nearby – grab a group of friends and make a night of it. Don’t forget to wrap up warm, though – no matter how toasty that bonfire makes the front of your body, your back will still be cold! 

2) Host your own bonfire: the advantage of this is that you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own garden, without having to wrestle through the crowds. The disadvantage is that there’s no stall selling those impressively sticky toffee apples…. And of course, don’t forget to be safe when handling fireworks or bonfires – check a website like this one for safety tips.

3) Host an indoor party: if you don’t fancy braving the cold weather, why not take bonfire night indoors? Gather around the fireplace if you have one (or invest in one of those snazzy DVDs that makes your TV screen look like a fireplace) serve treacle toffee and parkin, and watch other people’s fireworks from your window! 

We’d love to see your Bonfire Night photos – post them on our Facebook page! 

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Banana smoothie recipe

Banana smoothie recipe

Did you know that in 2001 there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain - mostly involving people slipping on their skins? No, we’re not joking, it’s true!

Well, bananas may be (apparently) slightly hazardous, but they’re still delicious! That’s why we thought we’d bring you this simple smoothie recipe which contains plenty of lovely banana goodness. We hope you enjoy it - just be careful not to leave the skins on the floor…

Serves 1

Ingredients:
1 large ripe banana, sliced
Half a can of Vanilla Nurishment
150ml (1/4 pint) low fat natural yogurt
6-8 ice cubes
2 tbsp clear honey (optional)
Freshly grated nutmeg

Method:
1 Place the freshly prepared fruit, the flavoured Nurishment, the ice cubes and the remaining ingredients except the nutmeg in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
2 Pour into a tall glass, dust with grated nutmeg. Enjoy!

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Mango Smoothie Recipe

Sadly we can’t rely on lovely summer weather in this country. So, if the sky turns grey and rainy (which, let’s face it, is likely), cheer yourself up with your own taste of the exotic, courtesy of Nurishment!

Close your eyes while drinking this mango smoothie and you’ll feel like you’re sitting on a white sandy beach in the Caribbean…well, almost. You can even add a dash of coconut rum for that extra special cocktail experience (over 18s only).

Mango Rum Smoothie:
1 ripe mango (peeled and flesh diced)
A dash of Coconut Rum (optional)
Half a can of Vanilla Nurishment
150ml (1/4 pint) low fat natural yogurt
6-8 ice cubes
A few drops of natural vanilla extract
Freshly grated nutmeg

Method:
1 Place the freshly prepared fruit, the flavoured Nurishment, the ice cubes and the remaining ingredients except the nutmeg in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
2 Pour into a tall glass, dust with grated nutmeg. Enjoy!

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Nurishment TV ad kicks off tonight!

Look out for Nurishment – coming to a TV screen near you…

We’re very excited to be making a comeback on national TV with an ad campaign, launching tonight, that will run until the end of the month.
Kicking off at the start of the new football season, the ad features a group of guys off to play a footy match, stopping for a can of their favourite nutritionally enriched milk drink on the way. Will it help them score?!

You can watch the 20-second ad on leading stations including all Sky Sports channels, Sky Sports News and ESPN.

If you can’t wait until then, click here to watch it now!

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Exactly one year to go!

That's right – this time next year it'll be London Olympics time, and we can't wait!

Are you lucky enough to have tickets? If not, why not host an Olympics party – gather your friends, whip up some international snacks and settle in to watch some volleyball, water polo and athletics to your heart's content. Here at Nurishment we like the synchronised swimming – how on earth do they do it?

Did you know that the football used during the London 2012 Olympic Football tournament will be called 'The Albert'? It's based on cockney rhyming slang ('Albert Hall' = 'Ball') and was submitted by Robert Ashcroft from Long Eaton in Derbyshire as part of a public competition. Well done Robert!

We'd love to hear how you'll be celebrating the Olympics in a year's time – keep us posted, Nurishment fans!

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Congratulations, Keri-Anne!

A massive ‘well done’ to Keri-Anne Payne on becoming the first British athlete to qualify for the London Olympics!

After winning silver at the Beijing Games in 2008, she’s now got a place at London 2012, representing Britain in the 10km race in the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park.

It’s also great news for Stockport Metro Swimming Club, which Keri-Anne races for.

Here’s to lots more British success in the qualifiers!

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On yer bike!

The 98th Tour de France is well under way, and the cyclists are a blur of colour whizzing through the French landscape – we’ve been following their progress here: http://www.letour.fr/.

With a total of 3,430.5 kilometres to cover and plenty of mountainous inclines to tackle, we can’t say we envy them! But while the weather is (mostly) fine, why not do a little cycling of your own to show some moral support?

Whether you cycle for fitness, enjoy leisurely bike rides in the country or commute to work, laughing gleefully as you fly past stationary traffic, there’s a lot to be said for this two-wheeled pastime. Whilst hurtling happily along with the wind in your hair, you can strengthen leg muscles, reduce stress and burn calories, all at the same time!

To inspire you even more, Nurishment is offering the chance to win a £500 voucher to buy shiny new bikes for you and your family. Just visit our Prize Draw page and answer the simple question before July 31st to be in with a chance of winning – good luck!

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Keep your cool in the sunshine!

We're loving the hot weather at the moment! Let’s just hope it lasts…

The sun's out and we've seen lots of people out jogging and playing football in the park, making the most of the sunshine. It’s a great excuse to add some fun to your usual fitness routine – grab a frisbee or a beach ball!

If you’re out and about getting fit, here are our top tips for exercising in the heat:

  • Wear light, loose fitting clothes that let your skin breathe. Try cotton or special materials that are designed to keep you cool.
  • Take regular breaks.
  • Avoid exercising at midday, the hottest part of the day.
  • Avoid dehydration – drink plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise.
  • Wear sun cream, even if you’re exercising early in the morning or in the evening.

The sunny weather also means it’s time for summer holidays, barbeques and fun days out. What have you got planned this year?

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Nurishment backing Brits at Wimbledon

We know you can’t get enough of sport, Nurishment fans - whether it’s watching it or playing it – and neither can we, ofcourse! At the moment we’re spending much of our time glued to our TV screens, heads moving dazedly back and forth as we watch the Wimbledon action unfold.

This year, two young British hopefuls, Laura Robson and Heather Watson, battled for glory, but unfortunately have been knocked out of the tournament. Laura was defeated by Maria Sharapova and Heather lost to Mathilde Johansson.

Commiserations to them both, but we wish them the best of luck next time!

It’s not all over for Team GB, though. Our fingers are crossed for Andy Murray – could this be his year?

If any of you Nurishment fans are lucky enough to be at Wimbledon munching on strawberries and cream, we’re utterly jealous – but we’d love to hear about it. As for the rest of us, a cold strawberry Nurishment in front of the TV is almost as good!

Feel free to let us know who you think will be this year’s men’s and women’s champions by posting a reply – we’ll let you gloat if you get both right, and we might even send you a coupon for a free bottle or can of your favourite Nurishment flavour as a prize…

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