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Spring into action

March heralds the beginning of Spring, a time of lighter evenings and, hopefully, some milder weather to tempt us all to spend time outdoors. This year, more than ever, our thoughts will be turning to exercise, whether that is the hope of being able to return to the golf course, tennis court or gym or just looking forward to being able to get out and about in the fresh air.

Eating the right foods is especially important when exercising, ensuring that the body is stocked up for the exertions ahead or post-exercise to replenish the energy used. Whatever activity level we have, it is essential to maintain a healthy, balanced diet and nuts and dried fruit can help to keep us feeling in tip-top condition.

For example, Almonds can actually be a performance enhancer with high levels of antioxidants that provide a greater tolerance to endurance and quicken recovery times. Other highly recommended nuts for athletes are Pistachios and Pecans. Our potassium levels suffer when we sweat, and Pistachios are rich in this particular mineral as well as being full of other nutrients. Pecans may not rate as highly in the protein stakes but are incredibly beneficial to our cardiovascular system.

Many of us skip breakfast, especially if we have some morning exercise planned. However, that is probably the worst preparation that we can have for physical exertion. Missing breakfast can result in us feeling light-headed or lethargic while exercising and can also result in a lack of concentration. Winning that vital point in your tennis match against your nemesis or holing the putt that makes you a winner at golf may well depend on the contents of your breakfast bowl.

Our scrumptious Awesome Almond Granola is packed full of nutrients to help get your day off to the best possible start and get you ready for the exercise ahead, while our variety of Wild Trail Mixes could be just the tonic your body needs after a strenuous workout. You would be nuts not to give them a try.

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