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Breakfast…the Go Ape way!

Breakfast

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, does that make National Breakfast Week the most important week of the year?

Victoria Bowden - Go Ape Thetford ForestOk, so we’re getting a little too philosophical for a Monday morning, but we can all agree breakfast is a pretty major part of the day. So we asked the team at Go Ape Thetford how they power up for a full-on day in the forest. Here’s what Deputy Manager, Vic, had to say:

“We’ve all heard it before (dons whiney voice..)

 “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”

But you know what, I think they might be on to something.

Breakfast is so incredibly versatile. Hot, cold. Sweet, savoury. At the table, on the go. Eat in, Takeaway. 

That’s why I would hands down class it as my favourite meal of the lot. As a self-labelled “foodie” I get excited to go to bed, knowing what delights might await me in the kitchen in the morning! 

As Deputy Manager at Go Ape Thetford (the original forest adventure, there’s now 29 across the UK!) I am always on the go, as are all of the instructors whose job it is to make our customers experiences the best while adventuring in the forest.

l have witnessed first-hand the difference that a good breakfast can make. Last year, I introduced the ‘Banana Breakfast Club‘ to encourage others to get as enthused about their most important meal as I am. To no surprise, the results spoke for themselves. It was a great way to socialise before knuckling down to a long day in the forest. The team had chance to properly wake up, chat and nourish both mind and body to fuel them for their busy day ahead. Productivity increased, people had more energy and were in a better frame of mind to deliver the top notch customer service that Go Ape prides itself on. A win win!

Naturally, working for a company called ‘Go Ape’ where at every site there is a resident ‘Gorilla’, and head office is called ‘Banana HQ’, bananas become a staple part of the diet. It’s practically a given, And why not?! They are a great food, the unsung hero of a breakfast plate I think. You can slice ’em, dice ’em, smash ’em, fry ’em, put them in a smoothie, or just peel ’em for the easiest of on the move eats. The list of health benefits of bananas is a long one, but for us at Go Ape, their high energy and ability to stabilise blood sugar during exercise is great for keeping us going whilst swinging through the trees.

Here’s a few snaps of my breakfasts that have helped me get to where I am today. 

(Please excuse me for being one of ‘those’ people who takes photos of their food – I just love it!)

Oat and Chia Porridge

Oat and Chia Porridge, Cinnamon toasted Cashews, Caramelised Bananas and a dusting of raw Cacao

Banana and Date Breakfast Bars

Banana and Date breakfast bars made without fat or sugar

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Gluten free banana pancakes with Nutella Yoghurt

Feeling inspired? Got a favourite breakfast of your own? Share it with the Go Ape Tribe!

Feel-good drinks to try this winter

Feel-good Drinks - Top Tips from Go Ape

Has this weather left you feeling, erm, a little under the weather?

If so, then it could mean you’re suffering from SAD – that’s short for seasonal affective disorder if you didn’t know and yes, it’s a real thing.

Not only are many of us trying to battle wintertime blues, but this chilly weather’s got our immune systems working overtime as they try to fend off nasty colds and flus. Not so easy when Jack Frost comes nipping at our fingers and toes every time we head outdoors.

But, fear not. We’ve got a solution – well, a number of solutions in fact, in the form of healthy, natural winter remedies that will cheer you up and give your immune system a boost, too. So, rather than indulging in a hot chocolate the next time you feel blue, treat yourself to one of these healthier feel-good drinks instead – your body will thank you for it:

Lemony goodness

Did you know, one of the best ways to start the day is to drink a cup of warm water with lemon? That little yellow fruit is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants that boost your immune system, flush out bad toxins and energise your body and mind. The recipe’s simple: squeeze the juice from half a lemon into a cup of water (warm is better than boiling) and add honey to taste.

Minty fresh

It’s a great breath freshener, and it’s also been proven to aid digestion and alleviate aches and pains (making it a perfect post-winter’s-walk brew). Grab yourself a handful of mint leaves, roughly chop them and diffuse in a cup of boiling water. Sweeten with a squeeze of lemon or dollop of honey.

Ginger tea

Ginger: you either love it or hate it. If you’re a fan of the spicy root, enjoying it in a cup of hot water has many benefits: it helps settle stomachs, it cleanses our bodies, and it also has antitussive properties, meaning it can soothe a tickly throat. You need just 1 teaspoon of grated ginger root per cup and if you want, you could add ½ a squeezed lemon, some honey, or a cinnamon stick to enhance the flavour.

Spicy coconut tea

If you’ve a penchant for spicy things, try this immune-boosting recipe: in a saucepan, mix together ½ cup of coconut milk with ½ cup water and a teabag, along with a generous pinch of turmeric, ground clove, grated ginger and vanilla (and cayenne pepper, if you really like it hot). Allow the ingredients to simmer for five minutes before serving.

Super smoothie

Feel-good wintertime drinks needn’t always be warm! If you’re suffering from a cold or flu, treat yourself to this super smoothie and you’ll feel better in no time: in a blender, blitz together two seedless oranges, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of grated ginger, 2 teaspoons of honey and 4 ice cubes. For that additional kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Do you have any wintertime drink recipes of your own? If so, we’d love to hear them! Now, let’s go and put that kettle on…

Tech is changing the face of adventure

Suunuto

Adventure is all about pushing limits

Adventure technology gives us all the ability to go higher, further and deeper as we explore the deepest depths of the World. It’s a growing area that’s helping us all be better explorers. Our hairy friends at Suunto know a thing about adventure technology.

Suunto was born in 1936 and has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and sports instruments ever since. From mountain to ocean, Suunto gives adventurers the ability to conquer new territory.

The tech that’s now available will open people up to new adventures. And that’s what challenges should be all about…

Here’s some products from Suunto that impress:

1. SUUNTO AMBIT3 PEAK BLACK

It’s all about the journey to your summit and that’s where the Suunto Ambit3 Peak comes in. It’s the ultimate GPS watch for adventure. It guides you every step of the way, providing all you need to get on and stay safe on your exploration. Tracking your heart rate, giving you up to date weather information and allowing you to navigate using track back, there really is no better companion out there.

2. SUUNTO EON STEEL

A new era in Suunto dive computers has evolved after 75 years of insight. There’s some seriously advanced technology that display exactly what you need. You can trace your real time gas consumption and monitor tank pressure allowing maximum dive time. Suunto EON Steel will dive with you for years to come!

3. SUUNTO MOVESCOUNT APP

Designed to enrich and share those epic moments – this App will ensure they stay with you for longer as you save and share the experience. The App allows you to track every bit of activity you do – tracking your calories, speed, distance and route as you go! Don’t forget to relive and share your adventures on Facebook – just sometimes you need to brag!

Technology means you can conquer new territory

 

Need inspiration for your next adventure?

Take a look at our adventure generator. It’s design to get you inspired, a foundation for you to create, a hub for you to WIN good things and a base for you to share your adventures!

Intrigued? Go on, click INSPIRE ME and #ShareAdventure.

Dedicate Time To Exploration…

Celebrate Adventure and Explore

Children learn a lot through playing and exploring, whether it’s with their friends or on their own. But, who says exploration is just for kids?!

That’s right… adults, too, can explore and have some fun whilst doing it! As human beings we never stop learning; it doesn’t matter if we’re two, 22 or 52 years old. Playful exploration is all about trying new things, letting our hair down and enjoying ourselves – strictly no age restrictions apply!

Exploring doesn’t just mean packing your bags and travelling to a place you’ve never visited before.

Exploring simply means trying something new, whether that ‘something new’ is a hobby, sport, language or restaurant (the list goes on…).

In our opinion, exploring is less about discovering new places and more about discovering who you really are. By living life adventurously and constantly trying new things, you are exploring your potential, skills and limits. Exploring means stepping out of your so-called comfort zone and discovering what you’re truly capable of.

Only if you try new things will you be able to learn more about yourself – your likes and your dislikes. You’ll be able to learn what you’re good at, and what you’re not so good at. You may even unearth a hidden talent or two that may have otherwise gone unnoticed!

Exploring is all about getting up and doing something with our lives. When we get home from a long day at work, many of us are guilty of switching on the TV, laying horizontal on our sofas and not moving for a good few hours. Our eyes are fixed to the screen, until a rumbling in our stomachs pulls us to the kitchen. We’re so caught-up in work and other things that we forget to have fun.

Instead of sofa surfing, why not dedicate that time to playful exploration?

Of course, we all need to chill out from time to time but why not try, just a couple of times a week, to do something a little out of the ordinary?

You could don your finest apron and attempt cooking a meal you’ve never made before for your loved one. You could round-up your friends and organise an evening class, or finally sign-up to that yoga class down the road. You could even get in contact with your nearest and dearest to see who’s up for an afternoon in the trees at Go Ape!

Exploration Inspiration

Sometimes thinking of these things can be a little tricky, so grab a pen and some paper and list all the things you want to try out. Then, work your way through your list, ticking as you go.

We at Go Ape think that exploration makes for a richer life. As the saying goes, “if you never try you’ll never know.” If you never try new things, you’ll never know what you’re truly capable of. So go on, get out there and explore!

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