Friday, 22 August 2014

The Beauty Product All Runners Need

Most days I get up and run first thing in the mooring, and if it's a short run, I will literally throw some kit on, lace up my trainers and head out the door. I'm usually outside for between 45mins and 1hr and a half (depending on if I sneak into Starbucks on my way home and walk back with a coffee).

I never used to think about the fact that I didn't have anything on to protect my face. When I'm wearing make-up I always ensure that it has SPF in, and that I use the recommended amount, yet here I am training in the middle of summer without any protection. And it's not just in summer or on your holidays that it matters.

UVA, which affects ageing is at the same strength all year round, whilst UVB rays vary in strength- they are present even during the winter. For proper protection from both the UVA and UVB rays, you need to be wearing a SPF of factor 15 year round. This can help slow down signs of ageing and reduce risks of getting skin cancer.

When you're applying your suncream, or moisturiser with SPF, ensure that you don't forget the front and back of your neck, ears and d├ęcolletage. Not only are these usually just as exposed as your face, but they will really show signs of ageing in later life. 

I've was recommended Ultrasun Face as a light, non-greasy daily SPF for the face. I've been using it on my runs, during the Three Peaks Challenge, and while on holiday in Portugal. Obviously I wash my face after running, so wash the suncream off but replace it with my tinted moisturiser. I already have a number of freckles on my face, signs of skin damage, so it was suggested that I use a factor 30 for high levels of protection. I don't love the thick texture and smell of some suncreams so was pleasantly surprised by Ultrasun- I think it smells like Play-Doh. They've also got Body and Sports formulas which would be great for skiing, sailing, long runs or bike rides. 

So next time you lace up your trainers, think about slapping on some sunscreen before heading out the door. I promise you'll thank me in the future! 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

This is the perfect sunny afternoon pudding, and makes a rather delicious breakfast treat too. The great thing about it is there's no need to pre-cook the fruit and although there is a little sugar, it's mostly natural sweetness used. The coconut oil replaces the butter needed in the crumble but you don't lose out on that all important crunch. The ideal healthy dessert recipe!

Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble

5-6 rhubarb stems
200g strawberries, hulled and roughly chopped
2tbsp agave syrup or honey
zest and juice 1/2 orange
100g porridge oats, (I used Rude Health Porridge Daily Oats)
50g wholegrain spelt flour
50g light brown muscovado sugar
1tsp cinnamon
50ml coconut oil, melted

1 Preheat oven to 200C (180C fan) mark 4. Chop the rhubarb stems into roughly 2cm/1inch pieces and toss together with the strawberries in a medium size ovenproof dish.

2 Stir through the agave or honey and orange.

3 In a separate bowl, stir together the oats, flour, sugar and cinnamon, before mixing through the coconut oil. This might look like it won't cover the oat mixture, but it will- it might be easiest to use your hands at this point.

4 Cover the fruit with the oat mixture and bake for 40-45min until crispy and cooked through. Serve immediately or at room temperature with yogurt, frozen yogurt or ice-cream.

Leftovers are great for breakfast or reheated the next day. Alternatively, you could make it in two smaller dishes and freeze one- reheat from frozen, cooking for 50-55min until cooked through.

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