Join the Team: Become a PERK!ER Brand Ambassador!

A little bit about us…

PERK!ER is a young British business and one of the fastest growing healthy snack brands in the UK.. woo hoo!

We passionately create delicious, innovative and super healthy breakfasts and snacks.. which lots of people love! Our range of Quinoa bars and porridge pots are bursting with nutritious energy and packed with the goodness of superfoods. The name PERK!ER is a mash up of the founders surnames, Perkins & Turner and it is exactly how we’d like our consumers to feel too. A little perkier each and every day!

Your Role as a PERKY Ambassador (Part Time)

We are looking for exceptional brand ambassadors to join our perky team and take PERK!ER to the next level. The role will be part-time and provides great flexibility, allowing you to work when it suits you best. We are looking for Brand Ambassadors from all around the UK to help us build up PERK!ER’s awareness!

The core activity of the role will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Representing PERK!ER’s brand values, sampling our products and communicating our key benefits at to our consumers.
  • Being part of the perky team at large consumer shows such as BBC Good Food show, Be:fit London and Vegfest.
  • Sampling at retail and foodservice sites including stores like Whole Foods Market, Universities, Offices
  • Gathering information and feedback from customers at events & providing the PERK!ER team with insights
  • From time to time audit retail and foodservice sites to gain key insight about PERK!ER’s in-store presence & ensure PERK!ER is stocked and well merchandised

You Will Be:

  • Passionate about the health foods and /or Sports and fitness industry
  • An outgoing character with excellent and confident communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships
  • Highly organised with the ability to be flexible and manage your time effectively
  • Strong problem solving skills and able to spot and act on opportunities
  • Ability to gather feedback and provide insights
  • Team player

Payment: Attractive competitive hourly based payment scheme, with expenses paid. In addition PERK!ER will also give brand ambassadors the opportunity to earn extra through bonus activity.

Does this sound like the perfect job for you?

Please email your CV & cover letter to Simran (brandambassadors@perkier.co.uk) detailing why you’d love to be part of our team. Best of Luck!

PERK!ER Ambassador: Pierre’s Advice for Ultra-Marathon Training

At PERK!ER, we’ve had a busy summer supporting some of the fantastic sporting events that have been happening around the UK. As a sponsor of Threshold Sports, The perky team have loved the opportunity to go along to the events, cheer on the participants & fuel them with our Quinoa bars!

We got talking to our PERK!ER ambassador, Pierre Meslet (Osteopath & Ultra-runner), who will be running Threshold’s Race to the Stones this month, to get his advice on how he trains for an Ultra-marathon.

Pierre’s Story:

My passion for running began 20 years ago, when my table tennis coach had us running laps of the nearby park every Wednesday. I looked forward to these sessions as running always felt more natural to me than walking. I ran my first competition at the age of 12, which was a road 10km and I loved it! A few years later I starting moving onto half marathon and marathon distances.

My love for ultra-trails came about in 2015 after a friend told me about a her trip to Mount Rinjani in Indonesia. After seeing her gorgeous pictures of the summit view, I looked into it further and discovered that a local club organizes a 53km trail race with 5000m+ positive elevation. I was immediately hooked and started training. Since then, I’ve been racing distances between 10km to 100 miles, with my favourite races being in the mountains.

A little advice for First Timers…

During my first ultra-trail, I made all the beginners mistakes possible. If you are running an ultra-trail for the first time, have a little faith and enjoy the experience!  A few of my mishaps include…

  • Getting lost and heading way off track after only 10km
  • Falling into a ravine (I had to use an emergency whistle to call for help!)
  • Running out of water, dehydration, dizziness, falling again…

Despite all this, thankfully, I still managed to cross the finishing line (in over 16 hours). Mount Rinjani Ultra was an epic adventure and an amazing learning curve as a first ultra. A few weeks later I was signing up for my first 100km.

Training for a ultra-marathon

Training for such events is very demanding. It requires good planning and organisation, high levels of motivation and determination and a good support and understanding from people around you. I believe everyone needs to find their own method but for anyone looking into running ultra distances, I would highly recommend to get a coach.

I personally train with a “freestyle” approach. Rather than predetermined sessions each week, I set a target of the weekly mileage I’d like to achieve and how much elevation I need to get fit for a mountain race. I adapt my training session on a daily basis depending on how my body feels, how much time I have, the weather & how the terrain looks on the day.

I am a strong believer in knowing yourself and listening to your own body.

Top Tips:

As an osteopath I am lucky enough to use my knowledge in anatomy and rehabilitation to be proactive with recovery and injury prevention. Here are a few of my tips on how to stay injury free:

  1. Be progressive with your training!

Take your time over your training & do not increase your weekly mileage by more than 10%. Be sure to use self-massage techniques, foam rollers & stretching exercises to help your body adapt to the increase load of training that you are doing.

  1. Quality sleep & recovery is key to good performance

A constant amount of quality sleep for a week before an event is what really matters. I’d recommend a good amount to be 8 hours per night. To make sure I’m well recovered for a race, I reduce my mileage progressively 2 weeks prior to a race to make sure I am as fresh as I can be for the race.

  1. Good nutrition is to optimize the human body’s function

For good nutrition, I like to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates. A week before an event, I’d recommend increasing carbohydrates & decreasing glucose intake. One of my favourite snacks to eat whilst training are PERK!ER Quinoa bars as they are light, easy to digest and great to take on-the-go with me.

  1. Hydration is essential to maintaining tissue elasticity and prevent injury

I’d recommend around 2-3L a day, depending on the amount of training you are doing. On race day, I personally aim for 500ml per hour (weather dependent)

Next up…

My next challenges are the 100km Race to the Stones in just a few days (15th – 16th July). The route is from the Chilterns to the North Wessex Downs, going through some amazing ancient monuments and through some of Britain’s most stunning landscapes.

Later on in the year, I’ll be running the the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) (September 1st 2017) in Chamonix. This is a 100 mile trail with 10,000m of positive elevation.

If you have any questions regarding injury management, please feel free to visit my website: www.physiosteo.co.uk or email me at pierre@physiosteo.co.uk

Tips to train like an Olympian this Spring!

With winter well and truly behind us (at last!), we’re looking forward to the beauty and freshness of spring and all that comes with it. We’ve been speaking with the fantastic Keri-anne, double world champion and Olympic silver medalist in 10k open water, to find out how she keeps in shape!

 

As well as representing Team GB in the Rio Olympics 2016, Keri-anne founded Triscape to share her experience and encourage people to achieve their sporting challenges.

Want to train like an Olympian? Check out Keri-anne’s Top Tips…

“Spring is a great time to start making a few changes to get fit for the summer. Here are some pointers from my experience to help you on your way…

Aim High!

Challenge yourself by setting manageable tasks. If you can’t reach your goal straight away, break it up bit by bit, until you make it… Motivation is key!

My personal challenge is to walk 70,000 steps per week. Those long spring Sunday walks I’m sure will take me well on my way to achieving it!

Get Creative!

Getting fit doesn’t automatically mean going to the gym. You can fit your exercise in around you. There are a ton of cool workouts that you can do in the comfort of your own home, in your hotel room or at your local park. There’s really no excuses.

Check out my mobile workout, which you can do out & about below. These are some of my favourite exercises to help me keep in shape.

Make Simple (but effective) Changes! 

Simple swaps within day-to-day activities can really make a difference to your overall fitness. Something as simple as taking the stairs is a really easy way to get the blood pumping.

Since my recent move to London I have made it my mission to take the stairs at every tube, including all 193 steps at Covent Garden but my goal is to find a reason to get off at Hampstead with 320 stairs.

Planning is key to success!

I always plan for my week ahead. This includes all the activities I am doing that week. This is a great help as it allows me to figure out when I can work out. Once I know what my plans are for the week I then do a meal planner. This cuts out all the temptation to take me off track as I’m less likely to reach for a takeaway if I know what I’m eating at home.

I usually make extra dinner to take for lunch the next day. If I have to go out for lunch, my will power usually flies out the window, but having lunch with me that I know tastes great stops me from opting for fries! My favourite meal to make is a morrocan style tagine – it always tastes so much nicer the next day.

Snacking can also be healthy if you make easy and simple food swaps. Some of my favourites include:

  • Crisps for Popcorn
  • Mid afternoon latte for a fresh mint tea
  • Morning croissant for a Perkier porridge
PERK!ER Porridges are 100% gluten free. Just add water, stir & enjoy. Available from: ASDA, Morrisons & Sainsburys Supermarkets.

Find Something you LOVE!

Exercise is a lot easier if its something you enjoy and there are plenty of options out there for you to try. My passion is swimming. It’s a great full body workout as well as a chance for my brain to switch off, helping me reduce stress and boosts my mood without fail. Swimming is a low impact sport so anyone of any age and any ability can get fit swimming. Go on take the plunge this Spring!”

A bit of information about Triscape!

Visit our website: www.triscape.me and sign up to our monthly newsletter for tips, tricks and hints from all of our World Leading experts.

Triscape’s team of world leading experts aim to give all guests the confidence to take on their next sporting challenges. Olympians and Founders Keri-anne & David started Triscape to share their knowledge, passion and experience to help enable healthy and active lifestyles. So, why not take the plunge and get in touch?

PERK!ER ARE POTTY FOR PEANUTS

Calling all lovers of peanuts and all addicts of peanut butter, our brand new bar guarantees to rock your taste buds…

The PERK!ER Peanut Quinoa Bar!

Our new bar combines air-roasted peanuts, creamy peanut butter & crispy quinoa puffs to deliver a delicious taste, crunchy texture and a nutritious health hit! The perfect on-the-go snack for any time of the day (even a mid-night treat… we won’t tell!).

Our bar has been crafted with care & packed with the goodness of superfoods to give you a tasty snack that is high in fibre, packed with 6g protein & rich in antioxidants.

Can’t wait to get your paws on our newbie Peanut bar?! Find it in the free-from aisles of Morrisons & ASDA stores NOW!

So why are PERK!ER Potty for Peanuts?

(Try saying that 5 times…)

They are packed with protein & fibre:

Peanuts are great source of plant protein and contain high levels of amino acids, which are essential for the body’s growth and development. As well as this, the fibre in peanuts helps to regulate the digestive system & help you feel fuller for longer.

They give you a burst of energy:

Peanuts contain numerous vitamins & minerals, including Thiamin. Thiamin helps the body’s cells covert carbs into energy, keeping you PERK!ER for longer.

They give you a happy & healthy heart:

Peanuts are rich in many heart-healthy nutrients including: magnesium, copper & niacin, which have been shown to protect against heart disease.

Did you know…?

 

Peanuts are not technically nuts. They actually belong to the legume family and are therefore related to beans, lentils, and soy.

Fancy trying our whole range?

PERK!ER’s new Peanut Quinoa bar is available to buy in ASDA & Morrisons stores NOW! Additional bars in the range are also available in the free-from aisles of Sainsbury’s, TESCO,  Whole Food Market and selected health food stores nationwide, and online with Amazon & Holland & Barrett.

RSP from 75p for single bars and from £2 for 3 bar multi-packs.

All PERK!ER bars are gluten, wheat & dairy free; as well as suitable for vegetarians and vegans. PERK!ER bars are also free from palm oil and cane sugar

Got some feedback or fancy a chat? Get in touch! #getyourperkyon

Why we should all be Cuckoo For Cacao! (Besides the fact, it is delicious)

 Happy National Cacao Day! As Cacao is one of the key ingredients in our delicious Cacao & Cashew Quinoa bar. We wanted to share some of our reasons why we are CUCKOO FOR CACAO!

  1. It retains all the goodness!

Cacao is the raw form of cocoa that comes from the Theobroma cacao tree. Our Cacao is completely organic and is made by cold-pressing unroasted Peruvian Criollio Cacao beans. As it is never heated above 45 degrees, it keeps all the goodness. So, unlike cocoa, it retains all its vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!

  1. It keeps you perky!

Cacao contains a molecule called anandamide or the “bliss molecule”. This is known to be a mood improver and to create a feeling of euphoria. No wonder we can’t get enough of it!
cacao

  1. A great source of energy!

Cacao is one of the best food sources of magnesium. Magnesium is great for producing energy, keeping a healthy brain and combatting fatigue.

  1. It is full of antioxidants!

Cacao is rich in flavonoids. These have been linked to healthy hearts, lowering blood pressure and providing anti-aging benefits too!

cacao

  1. Our Cacao is totally natural with no nasties!

Our Cacao is naturally low in salt and sugar and has no added preservatives or sweeteners. It is also gluten, wheat & dairy free and suitable for vegan diets. It’s absolutely perfect for giving you that guilt-free chocolate-y hit.

Cacao-Cashew-Quinoa

Need to get more Cacao in your diet? Try our delicious Cacao & Cashew Quinoa bar… Crafted with care and packed with goodness to give you nutritious energy! Available in the free-from aisles of TESCO, ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsburys, and Wholefoods Market stores, and online with Amazon & Holland and Barratt.

Did you know… Cacao’s superfood powers are so strong that it was once used as currency?