• Winter Warmer: Fruity Protein Porridge Recipe

    Pulsin Fruity Protein Porridge

    Comfort food is everything in winter, so try this warming protein porridge recipe to keep your diet on track and refuel after a chilly winter workout.

    Healthy Porridge Recipe

    Takes 5-7 mins

    Serves 1

    Ingredients:

    • 50g gluten-free rolled oats
    • 100ml water
    • 100ml rice milk
    • A pinch of salt
    • 10g cacao butter drops
    • 20g 70% dark choc (xylitol sweetened)
    • 25g cashew butter (optional)
    • 10g Pea Protein Powder

    Porridge toppings:

    • 5 chopped hazelnuts
    • 5 chopped raspberries

    Simple porridge recipe:

    1. Add the gluten-free oats, water and rice milk to a pan.
    2. Cook over a medium heat, until warm, add the cacao butter drops and the pinch of salt.
    3. Once the porridge nears your desired consistency, take the pan off the heat and stir in the pea protein. If it is too thick add in an extra splash of rice milk.
    4. Blend up the berries, transfer the porridge to a bowl and top with the blended berries and flaked almonds!

    Thanks to Pulsin for this great recipe!

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 Review

    New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 reflective review

    I've been running in the New Balance Vazee Pace since I reviewed them a couple of years ago so I was delighted to update my trainer collection and test the new Fresh Foam Zante v3 reflective.

    Appearance

    These trainers look exceptional and really stand out from the crowd. I love the solid reflective detail that just looks like part of the shoe. These trainers are great for running in the winter months as they are impossible to miss and reflective detailing on winter training apparel is really important.

    Reflective Detail

    A flash photo captures the reflective detail on the New Balance trainers

    These are a really modern, fresh pair of trainers and could be worn just as well as a pair of fashion trainers for every day activity as well as being a high spec pair of running trainers.

    New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 Reflective Sundried review

    Sundried Running Socks are the ideal liner

    Fit

    Unfortunately, I found the ankle really stiff. After a month of wearing them they really started to cut into my ankle and cause some discomfort. I haven't heard this from any other runners so it's possible it is just my foot anatomy. I've not had this issue from any other New Balance trainers but they do really seem to cut in. I will explore more because everything else about this shoe is great. 

    One great thing about these trainers is that there is plenty of room for your foot and they do not feel restrictive on the forefoot. After road testing the Adidas Adizero Adios 3 Running Shoes for review and continuing to run in them after testing, I found the Adidas quite narrow and restrictive. I could have definitely done with a size up, but maybe they would still be restrictive. Side by side, you can see how much more space there is in the forefoot of the New Balance trainers. This is a big plus as having a toe box that is too tight can make for some really uncomfortable runs, but the New Balance shoes have it just right. 

    Adidas running trainers review sundried

    Performance

    The sole of the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 men's running trainers is actually quite stiff, but the grip on the road is amazing. When I run on wet concrete I can usually feel and hear a slip under the foot, but this is definitely reduced in these shoes which is a big bonus. 

    New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v3 reflective

    Price

    The RRP of these men's running trainers is £95 although they are currently on sale from the New Balance website for £66. I think this is a really reasonable price for such a responsive and attractive pair of shoes. Nike running trainers can cost you well over £100, so the New Balance price point is really competitive in comparison.

    New Balance Review Test

    Tested with the Sundried Men's Training Tights Roteck 2.0

    Sundried Grand Combin Long Sleeved Training Top 

    Posted by Daniel Puddick
  • Gymshark Flex Leggings Review

    Gymshark Flex Leggings Review Activewear Fashion

    Gymshark is a UK sportswear brand gaining popularity every day. Their cute gym clothes and stylish activewear are taking the industry by storm and everywhere you look on Instagram, someone is wearing Gymshark Flex Leggings. But are they the real deal? We take a look.

    Fit

    The most important thing to look for when buying new womens gym leggings is the fit. You'll be wearing these to stretch and move, so they need to be comfortable. Not only that, if you are following the latest womens fitness clothing trend and wearing your ladies gym leggings outside of the gym as everyday casual wear, you'll want them to fit well.

    The most defining feature of the Gymshark Flex Leggings is the tight waistband. These are not high waisted leggings so the restrictive elastic waistband will sit just above your hip bones. If you have a tiny waist and very low body fat, it'll sit nicely on your figure. However, if you have any fat on your hips whatsoever it'll be accentuated and highlighted by this tight waistband and will spill over the top. While this is not necessarily a bad thing aesthetically, it can be a little uncomfortable in a practical sense as the waistband will cut into you and is not forgiving.

    The one positive aspect of the tight waistband is that the leggings are guaranteed not to fall down as you exercise. The main fabric is actually very stretchy and not tight at all. This means it'll skim over your body without cinching you in and won't flatter your curves like other leggings might. Especially in the lighter coloured leggings, any lumps and bumps you have will show right through the fabric. What it does mean, though, is if you have bigger legs, they will fit you well.

    Gymshark Flex Leggings review Sundried sportswear activewear

    Appearance

    These leggings are definitely designed with the wearer in mind. They want to flatter your form and have stylish panelling to the back to accent your curves and natural shape. The Gymshark Flex Leggings now come in several different colourways with different leg/waistband colour combinations. All of the colours are pastel and fairly muted which means they will go with lots of different exercise outfits. 

    The thick waistband with Gymshark branding is very trendy and stylish and stands out when you wear them. The colours are also very on-trend and there's something for everyone in the current collection which is still growing. There's no doubt this is a very attractive pair of leggings.

    Gymshark Flex Leggings Review street style fashion 

    Practicality

    It is unclear what the actual sporting purpose of these leggings is. The Gymshark website sheds no light on whether they are designed for running, weightlifting, yoga etc or if they are more just designed to be aesthetically pleasing and form flattering. As such, there are no glaring technical qualities that shine through to make these leggings stand out for certain sports, and they probably wouldn't be my first choice for a run or bike ride. However, the seamless design and superior comfort makes them perfect for a gym session which is what I expect they are mostly used for by Gymshark customers. They have a very simple design with no pockets or reflective trim so they would not be ideal for running and they are very thin so not great for cycling. However, the soft fabrics and seamless design would make them great for yoga with excellent freedom of movement. They'd also be suitable for gym classes and circuit training or HIIT. 

    Gymshark leggings womens activewear sportswear 

    Price

    The Gymshark Flex Leggings come in at £32 for the full length or £30 for the capri leggings. On the surface, this seems very reasonable, as a pair of other big brand leggings such as Nike could easily set you back over £50. However, upon closer inspection you realise that the more expensive Nike leggings are all highly technical with special features that these Gymshark leggings lack. The more basic Nike leggings are closer to £20 which actually makes the Gymshark ones quite pricey. When comparing prices of womens activewear, it's important to consider what they have to offer in terms of quality and technical capabilities. These Gymshark ladies leggings are very basic and so should be priced as such. Here, you are paying for the desirability and the fashion aspect.

    If you are looking for a more technical pair of womens leggings, take a look at the Sundried Ruinette Leggings which are perfect for running with an adjustable drawstring waistband and stylish reflective trim. They also feature a discreet pocket for storing your valuables.

    If you would like a super stylish pair of leggings which still feature superior technical qualities, take a look at the Sundried Ruinette 2.0 Leggings which flatter your form and are super comfortable with their soft fabric and seamless design. 

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Grenade Carb Killa Review

    Grenade Carb Killa Protein Bars Review Sundried

    Grenade Carb Killa bars are a low carb, high protein bar perfect for post-workout or just as a healthy snack. Sundried review whether they're worth the money.

    Grenade Carb Killa Nutritional Information

    Nutrition 100g    60g bar
    Energy (kj) 1493 896
    Energy (kcal) 357 214
    Fat 13.2g 7.9g
    Of which saturates 6.9g 4.2g
    Carbohydrate 22.5g 13.5g
    Of which sugars 2.4g 1.4g
    Of which polyols 17.7g 10.6g
    Fibre 11.1g 6.7g
    Protein 38.7g 23.2g
    Salt 0.75g 0.45g

     

    Nutrition

    Grenade Carb Killa bars are the protein bar that seem too good to be true. There are a lot of protein bars out there and any gym-goer will tell you that the market is saturated with bad-tasting, sugar-filled bars which people will eat thinking they're healthy. A lot of protein bars are overly dense or difficult to chew and taste awful, either that or they taste great but are full of sugar and don't actually have a decent protein content.

    The main factor that sets Grenade's iconic protein bars aside from the rest is their low carb content compared to their high protein content. Compare the Carb Killa bars to their competitor USN's Protein Delite bar which contains 9g of sugar, much higher than Grenade's 1.4g 

    While the sugar content of the Grenade Carb Killa bar is indeed surprisingly low, that's not to say it's not still full of chemicals and sweeteners. These bars contain polydextrose, xylitol, and maltitol among others. If you follow the rule that you only eat foods with ingredients you can pronounce, these aren't the bars for you!

    Grenade Carb Killa Bars Protein Review

    Taste

    In my opinion, Grenade Carb Killa bars are the best tasting protein bars on the market. They come in 11 different flavours, including cookies and cream, white chocolate mocha, fudge brownie, and chocolate chip cookie dough. The bars all contain tasty little soy crispies which add a great texture to the bar and they have the same density and texture as a normal chocolate bar, rather than being so chewy you hurt your jaw. The addition of a caramel layer increases the indulgence of these bars and they really do taste delicious. If you didn't know it was a 'healthy' protein bar, you would think it was any other snack bar. They're devilishly moreish but the 60g bars are plenty big enough to leave you feeling satisfied once you've finished.

    Grenade Carb Killa Bars Review Sundried

    Price

    The only thing that lets these bars down is the astronomical price. At £2.49 each or £29.98 for 12, these bars are definitely not cheap and you would need to ration them out throughout the month! This high price stops them from being a 'grab-and-go' snack and makes them more of a treat or special snack. That said, the price is not that much higher than their competitors, with USN's protein delite bars coming in at £2.27 each. These bars are larger, however, at 75g compared to the Carb Killa's 60g. All protein bars are quite high in price, following the trend that you seem to have to pay for healthiness these days. If you can afford to splash out, these bars are definitely worth the price, but I'd rather just eat a healthy meal. 

    Posted by Alexandra Parren
  • Nike Free RN Flyknit Women's Running Shoe Review

    Nike Free RN Women's Running Shoe Review Sundried

    The Nike Free RN Flyknit shoes are super lightweight running trainers designed for a barefoot ride, perfect for sprinting and shorter distance runs. 

    Fit

    Nike's iconic Flyknit trainers are renowned for their flexible fit and comfortable ride. The upper of the trainer is made with a single-seam Flyknit design and gives a sock-like fit to the trainer. Your feet feel totally locked in without feeling inhibited or squeezed too tight. The super flexible and soft fabrics expand and contract to suit your needs and give superior breathability too. 

    The toe box of these trainers is particularly wide and comfortable and allows plenty of room for the toes and forefoot, even on the regular sizes. This provides a super comfortable ride and allows your feet to naturally expand during the run. The heel of the shoe is rounded to mimic the natural shape of the foot and allows you to feel like you're barely even wearing shoes. The fit of these trainers really is outstanding.

    Appearance

    Nike are renowned for their attractive trainers and fashionable gym wear. Their stylish designs marry with state-of-the-art technology to bring buyers the ultimate in modern sportswear. The Nike Free RN Flyknit women's trainers are no different, and come in several attractive and visually appealing colourways. As with all Nike trainers, you can customise their appearance with Nike iD and this allows an endless choice of colours and styles to make your trainers really your own. The older versions of this shoe were available in brighter colours, but the 2017 model has seen it be toned down with much more muted tones and pastel shades. This is by no means a bad thing, and these trainers are objectively very good-looking.

    Nike Free Run Flyknit Men's Women's Trainers Review

    Performance

    The Nike Free range is designed for a barefoot ride and effortless sprinting. They are super light, weighing in at only 178g, and are very minimalistic in their design. They allow for natural movement and all the benefits of barefoot running, while still giving light support and soft cushioning under foot. The outsole is made of foam with rubber at the heel and toe for extra durability. 

    If you are a sprinter or just generally a confident and competent runner, these trainers will be perfect for you. They will allow you to enjoy a lightweight run and sprint to your full potential. I found that when doing sprint intervals in these trainers, my whole body felt lighter and I was really able to push myself. I also found they encouraged me to be lighter on my feet as I ran and I also found myself running with more of a forefoot strike to normal, elevating my posture and allowing for faster movement.

    If you over-pronate, have flat feet, or suffer from any other running issues, these shoes could potentially cause you an injury. They are definitely not designed for long distance running as they do not provide the necessary support and you should only wear them for short runs of around 5k or sprint intervals or track sessions.

    Price 

    These trainers will set you back £109.95 for the regular pair or £124.95 if you opt for the Nike iD customisation. Although this is definitely on the upper end of the general spectrum, this is pretty average for a technical pair of trainers from a brand as big and well-established as Nike. These trainers are highly technical, unbelievably comfortable, and super durable, making this price very reasonable in my opinion. The shoes are also very attractive and could easily be worn as an everyday trainer meaning that the investment is worth even more and your money will go even further. 

    Verdict

    The Nike Free RN Flyknit trainers are an incredibly attractive and comfortable pair of shoes. They perform well and may even improve your training if you use them correctly. They are definitely a must-have for any athlete or gym-goer.

    These trainers are for you if:

    • You are a sprinter, track athlete, or short distance runner
    • You are looking for comfortable, stunning trainers for everyday wear
    • You enjoy a barefoot ride or running in a barefoot style

    These trainers are not for you if:

    • You over-pronate and/or have flat feet
    • You have a small budget
    • You are a long distance runner
    Posted by Alexandra Parren