News

HIIT and run workout by Lia Sweatsalot

HIIT and run workout by Lia Sweatsalot

This week’s workout is brought to you all the way from Canada by our favourite Welsh PT @lia_sweatsalot. It’s an outdoor HIIT and run combo that’s guaranteed to make you break a sweat, whilst injecting some fun into your home workout routine. Here’s Lia with the goods...⁣⁣RUN ⁣⁣Start with your run. I usually run 3km to my favourite beach in Vancouver where I stop to do the HIIT session, but you can pause half way on your favourite route. Rest for 2 mins once you get there to catch your breath.⁣⁣HIIT ⁣⁣For the HIIT section, we’re going to do the following...

Read more
VALA ambassador: Jamie Price

VALA ambassador: Jamie Price

This week we're catching up with VALA ambassador and triathlete Jamie Price. We'll find out what inspired Jamie to start training for triathlons, what he loves about them and what his top tips are for aspiring triathletes. Jamie is part of the Welsh Triathlon team and is most definitely one to watch!    Hey Jamie, can you tell us a bit about yourself? I'm 21 years old and got into triathlons when I was 16 and living on an island called Bahrain in the Middle East. From there, I travelled around the Middle East racing for the island and trying to better myself. This opened a lot of doors and gave me an amazing escape from school....

Read more
As nature intended

As nature intended

It’s pretty safe to say that most people have never tasted a combination of maple syrup, date paste, lemon juice, lime juice, powdered chia seeds, matcha tea powder and sea salt before, let alone seen it! Here's what seven natural ingredients - all free from preservatives and additives - blended together to create a 'natural' energy gel look like.⁣⁣As our base ingredients are maple syrup and date paste, expect an initial naturally sweet hit from your first mouthful of VALA with a subtle citrus aftertaste from the lemon and lime juices. It’s time to wave goodbye to the watery gels...

Read more
If you never try, you'll never know

If you never try, you'll never know

Setting a goal is scary because we often don't want to mess up or feel stupid, as things didn't work out in the way we imagined. I know this feeling well! When I had the idea for VALA, my sensible brain said "But what if it doesn't work out? Stay in the day job with a regular salary". However, the optimistic part of my brain said "What if it DOES work out? What if you create a gel that people love? What if you look back and think I'm glad I took the chance?". The advice from my family was...

Read more
We're nominated for a Wales Start-Up award!

We're nominated for a Wales Start-Up award!

I’m so excited to share with you all that VALA has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Rising Star category at the Wales Start Up Awards! Creating VALA has been a whirlwind ride and I was passionate about us being a proudly Welsh brand, so it’s really lovely to be considered for this. ⁣⁣It’s my hope for the future that VALA can offer jobs to local Welsh people that want to work in a creative or sports field. I always felt when I was younger that I needed to be in London or another major city to really further my...

Read more
VALA mint choc chip smoothie recipe

VALA mint choc chip smoothie recipe

I love hearing the unique ways that you all sneak VALA into your days. From spreading our gels on toast to stirring them into morning porridge, a popular choice has been squeezing them into smoothies. As a smoothie addict, I’m always creating new concoctions, so I thought I’d share the recipe that I’m currently obsessed with. Peep it below...⁣▪️ 1 frozen banana⁣▪️ 20 fresh mint leaves⁣▪️ 1 cup of your favourite milk⁣▪️ 1 VALA gel ⁣▪️ 1 handful of spinach⁣▪️ 1tbsp of raw cacao nibs (add these in at the end so that they stay nice and crunchy)⁣⁣Enjoy!

Read more