A couple of weeks ago the nice people at Nature Valley sent me a wonderful goody bag, full of tasty treats and perfect bits for our family woodland walks. How very lovely!
We are already fans of Nature Valley granola bars in this house. Made from wholegrain oats and with no artificial colours or preservatives they are perfect for snacking on the go. For someone like me who often skips breakfast and then finds herself ravenously hungry at about 10 or 11 am, having one of these tasty bars tucked in the handbag is a great way to stave off snacking on crisps or biscuits.
Even better, the variety pack has 3 different flavours, and each of us have our own favourite so no arguing over who has what! I love the moreish Canadian Maple syrup flavour, while Dad loves the Oats and Honey and Ruby adores the Roasted Almond bar.
Nature Valley have just introduced some new chewy trial bars to the range, and I had the pleasure of sampling these too. Moist and chewy these are perfect for lunch boxes, picnics or an anytime snack. You can choose from mixed berry or fruit and nut.
Besides the yummy bars, what I really admire about the company is their love of the great outdoors and their desire to get people out there enjoying our countryside.
They have devised an online guide called 'Secret Spots' so everyone can get outdoors and find hidden places to enjoy, whether you live and work in a city or a town you can log on and find somewhere to take a walk and get some fresh air.
Nature Valley are working with Chartered Psychologist , Dr David Lewis to encourage everyone to enjoy a little 'green time' during their day. His research shows that sitting in green surroundings or even just looking at a green view for just fifteen minutes a day, can lower stress levels by up to 60%. This in turn reduces blood pressure and heart rate, and heightens relaxation and physiological well-being levels.
There are over 2,000 free walks listed, but the site is constantly being updated and you are encouraged to share your own walks and secret spots so the community can grow. There are only a few currently uploaded for near where I live, so I shall be spending a bit of time adding a few of our favourites to the site.
So what are you waiting for - get outdoors!
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This is a sponsored post. I was sent items free of charge, however I received no other financial reward for this post and any views expressed are my own and are honest and accurate.