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Tried & Tested January 2014



January comes a resolution to get healthy and stay healthy, but some of us need
a bit of help to do that, and I turned to FUTURELIFE’s new ZERO, SA’s first and
only smart food formulated with no added cane sugar. Being low GI means that
you stay fuller for longer and energy will be released to your muscles more
slowly throughout your day. It’s also high in protein, contains only 1.5g of
fat per serving, and contain 25 vitamins and minerals and 19 amino acids. Apart
from grabbing a bowl each morning, FUTURELIFE ZERO is mainly formulated as a
drink with which you can make great shakes or smoothies – I visited www.futurelife.co.za
for some cool smoothie recipes that I’m trying out, although I am rather stuck
on my favourite, the apple, honey and hazelnut combo! – Lauren Van Der Vyver

GET IT: R39.99 at
Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Dis-Chem, Clicks, Checkers and Spar.



Tom-Tom Multi-Sport GPS Watch

a GPS watch that you can wear to the pub afterwards! I recently tested the
TomTom watch whilst down
in PE, and the first thing that struck me was the sleek design and lightweight
feel. After getting used to the innovative one-touch buttons cleverly placed
away from the screen, it was G for Go. The watch performed well, giving all the
data you would expect. Like any new product, navigating the screens takes a
little getting used to, but I found the display easy to read. The watch comes
standard with cycling and swimming capabilities as well as indoor functionality
for pools and treadmills. What really appealed to me was being able to wear the
watch after training and not having to plug it in and leave it there until the
next workout. Look out for the app coming soon that will enable pairing of the
watch directly to your smart phone. – Craig
Van Der Westhuizen

GET IT: R2899 at http://sports.tomtom.com/en_za



Just Popcorn

It can be hard to find a guilt-free
enjoyable snack, especially when January has you looking for healthier eating
options to go with those New Year’s running resolutions, but
Popcorn is a great option. Endorsed by the GI Foundation and Diabetes South
Africa as a lower fat, Low-GI product, this tasty treat assists in managing
irregular blood sugar spikes and sustains energy levels throughout your day. In
other words, it’s a healthy, energy-boosting snack, and offers great flavour –
I love the sour cream and chives, but also enjoyed the butter or salt and vinegar.
There are also cheese, fruit chutney, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and
Mexican chilli flavours, and a new range of sweet flavours will be launched in
2014. – Sean Falconer

GET IT: R7 for 100g
and R6 for 65g at Food Lover’s Market, Spar & 7/11 in Western Cape,
Southern Cape, KZN and Gauteng



Wintergreen Muscle Soak Granules

A hot bath can do wonders
after a hard run, but add Wintergreen Muscle Soak Granules and you get the
added benefit a muscle-relaxing mix that will help stave off cramping muscles
when you hit the big mileage in January! With a combination of magnesium
sulphate (Epsom salt), mustard powder, oil of camphor and eucalyptus oil, the
granules target your central nervous system, dialling down tension in your
neuro-muscular system. I found that using the granules the night before a run
meant I soaked in cramp-blocking sulphates that calmed my nerves and also ensured
a good night’s sleep, and then afterwards I could unwind a bit with another
soak. – Lauren Van Der Vyver

GET IT: R54.99 at
selected Alpha Pharmacies, Cycle Labs & sports stores. More info:
www.wintergreen.co.za or