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Maintain those January resolutions..sign up for a fitness challenge!

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Fear is an effective motivator. The looming reality of a 26-mile marathon or even a 5k run, has the power to make even the most lackadaisical among us get out of bed, and this is the perfect season to galvanise your exercise routine by planning your next challenge, even more so when you're completing a challenge for charity to raise money for the worthiest of causes — be it completing the breath taking Three Peak walk in Yorkshire, swimming across the Thames or completing a 5k run alongside hundreds of  people being splashed with every colour of powder paint you could imagine?!

Not only should the fear of completing a challenge keep you going though, but knowing this could be the start of a beautiful new or perhaps renewed friendship with keeping fit and accomplishing  a new goal!

For the jogging and runner types, it's not too late to sign up for the Cancer Research UK 10k Winter Run, being hosted in Manchester, London and Liverpool. This is the perfect opportunity to achieve those January new years resolutions goals sooner rather than later (so long as you are comfortable with running this distance in a short amount of time - don't push yourself too hard!)


If you see yourself as more of an intermediate runner or want to achieve a new and greater goal, sign up for the Vitality North London Half Marathon


 This involves, 13.1 miles road running - North London, Greater London, UK UK
Run from stadium to stadium on this fantastic new half marathon, pounding the pavements of North London. Ending inside the Wembley Stadium... which has to be one of the best finish lines in the world!
 Help WCRF celebrate 25 years of cancer prevention research by scaling three mountains in the Pennine range, some of the most spectacular countryside England has to offer.
Summit the three Yorkshire peaks Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, whilst taking in the stunning panoramic views, the famous Ribblehead Viaduct and part of the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line enroute. The challenge also ends with a super rewarding celebration dinner..yum!   Y3P-header-image  

Finally,if you're more of a fun runner/skipper/walker or hopper! Then get ready for a 5k with a difference.. The Colour Run involves completing 5k but with a rather large amount of colour added along the way..This is the perfect run to take part in with friends, family or a great way to have a laugh with new people.


Meanwhile, London’s lidos are filling up with people defying the weather because they have open- water swims to train for. The Great Newham swim is on July 15, which is a while away, but challenges are kinda like exams — cramming is a false economy and the more groundwork you do, the better! Never push yourself too hard too close to the time. This swim is a chance to get in the Thames, which will have warmed up by July, and go from the O2 Arena to Canary Wharf. It’s clean there, apparently. You  can do anything from half a mile to two, why not complete with a partner by your side!


Our Giving Tree Snacks are the perfect way to keep you going post and pre-exercise. With no added sugar, salt or 'nasties' plus all the same nutrition as fresh grab yours now and stock up to keep you going, without feeling guilty!

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Healthy January Resolutions!

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January, the month of those revolutionary resolutions that we often can’t seem to truly keep! We all know how hard it can be to maintain resolutions and keep up the motivation and encouragement to continue.

Here at Giving Tree HQ we’ve all been discussing ours, and the same topic is brought up post Christmas..healthy eating and getting rid of those pesky Christmas pounds!

Weight loss isn't the most important factor though, we just all want to be a better version of ourselves inside, and out!

Over the festive period it is so easy to over indulge, with selection boxes up to our eyeballs, mounds of cheese and heaped bowls of crisps lying around the prezzies, it’s difficult to eat well and avoid the junk when you’re quite literally surrounded by it!

Not to worry though our lovely friends, as it’s not too late to swap that handful of naughty left over treats for a handful of Giving Tree fruit and veg crisps instead.

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We don’t want to be pushy but our snacks are really very yummy! We aim to provide the tastiest snacks for every age. Children love ‘em and they're the perfect size for lunch boxes or for the busy on the go health conscious consumer or even your granddad who may quite not believe you can now buy fruit AND veg crisps!


And to help you along the way, our lovely stockists – Wholefoods and Ocado have Giving Tree on sale this month..so now there really is no excuse!

To set you going for the New Year here are two easy recipes to follow for the perfect snack for any time of the day!

Fruity Faces: (this one is great for the kids!)


1 apple or pear (melon is also great too!)

1 bag of strawberry Giving Tree crisps


Simply grab your favourite fruit, we like to use apples or pears, carefully cut into even similar shaped pieces. Save the pips!

Now arrange into your favourite faces, perfect for children as a fun and easy way to get 2 of your portions of 5 a day!

Another favourite recipe of ours is one that is ideal for a snack at any time of the day..

Apple, Peanut butter and Yogurt swirl


1 bag of Giving Tree apple crisps

Small bowl of low-fat natural, plain, unsweetened yogurt

Sprinkling of coconut sugar  or honey (optional)

1 teaspoon of crunchy, natural peanut butter


Take a bowl and pour a small portion of yogurt (150g approx)

Ensuring the peanut butter has been at room temperature take a teaspoon full (you can add a little more if you like!) and gently swirl into the yogurt evenly.

Add the apple crisps on top and sprinkle with coconut sugar..and hey presto - A filling, fruity and fun recipe for all ages and any time of the day!

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Grab yours now, and let us know what you think of them – we love hearing from you :)

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