Saturday, August 29, 2015

Munchy crunchy delights

I go through phases of wanting something savoury to snack on but steer clear of highly processed crisps which aren't wheat free. I was delighted to come across Veronica's Snacks which hit the spot and have the right ingredients. I also love the story behind the brand. Veronica is a mum of 3 who wanted to create a brand of healthy snacks using wholesome food. So she created savoury snack crisps with all of the flavour but less of the not-so-healthy stuff. Plus she wanted to create a gluten-free option for adults and children that have dietary restrictions.

So a range of Baked Crisps was developed with less fat, salt and a gluten-free recipe. The crisps come in 2 flavours – Sour Cream Herb and Onion and also spicy Barbeque. They have 60% less fat than regular crisps, which is a real bonus. Made from potato starch, potato flakes – corn flour, sunflower oil, salt and seasoning as well as a spice blend, milk powder and yoghurt. I really liked them but felt the seasoning could be stronger in the Sour Cream Herb and Onion flavour. Saying that though, the texture was great - lovely and crunchy, and my husband thought that these were the best! I preferred the Barbeque flavour, the taste was stronger and they were lovely and crunchy too. The best was the fact that even when the packet was opened, they stayed fresh for a few days. 

My favourites though were the veggie crisps. Roast tomato and Spanish Paprika Baked Veggie Crisps flavour - lovely and crunchy and fresh tasting too. They pack a good punch of flavour, a nice bit of spice and these would definitely go in my shopping bag.

There’s also an option for younger kids called Crunchy Creatures which are dinosaur-shaped corn puffs which are cheese flavour and these were my nearly 4 year old’s favourites! They were nice, but I found once the bag was opened, they went a little stale so the next day they weren’t as crunchy!

Being someone who can’t eat wheat, it’s super to find a crunchy crisp that I can eat without worrying about my tummy! Personally I think this is a great range of healthy snacks that hit the spot when you want something savoury and you don’t feel the guilt.

Shop online or buy them in your local supermarket which includes Tescos, Dunnes, Supervalu, Spar to name a few. See here for a list of stockists.

Friday, August 21, 2015

France's gluten-free market plays catch up!

Interesting article from Just Food on France finally playing catch-up on the gluten-free food market. Although a niche market, they are distinguishing between two types of consumers: those who are genuinely gluten-free having been diagnosed as gluten intolerant, their health depends on this diet. And another group of consumers who have decided to follow the diet because they are convinced it will improve their overall health. There is a high turnover of these consumers who are doing entry-exit to the market. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

A gluten-free bakery worth visiting!

I was lucky enough to be thrown a surprise baby shower by my family last weekend. They even managed to get me the most divine chocolate sponge and chocolate buttercream gluten-free cake that I’ve ever eaten! Fresh, spongy, chocolately heaven! It was really delicious. They got it from Antoinette’s bakery in Kevin Street, a gem of a find if you ask me. I’m very impressed my parents getting it for me! Gluten free, dairy free and sugar free and thankfully not taste free!! Check out Antoinette's Bakery if you are in the area or look on her website for lots of cake, muffin and other goodies available. I'll have to visit the bakery sometime as this cake was really quite scrummy!  

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Nuttily nice

When I first had to give up dairy, I found it incredibly difficult as used to have cow’s milk in wheat-free porridge, muesli or granola every morning. I started to try a few alternative milks, which were ok but never really hit the spot. Then I tried the alpro unsweetened almond milk and have to say I just adore it. Even if I could drink cow’s milk, I think I’d still want my almond milk! It has a really creamy, nutty texture and is so tasty and fits well with any cereal. I also use it in smoothies and it gives it a great flavour. My nearly 4 year old loves it too! It’s difficult enough to get in some supermarkets though, they only seem to stock the sweetened version.   

The benefits of drinking almond milk include that it is 100% plant-based, naturally low in fat, and has only 14kcal per 100ml. It is also a good source of vitamin E which is an anti-oxidant. Plus there are no added sugars. Ingredients include water, almonds, calcium, sea salt, stabilisers, emulsifier, and vitamins Riboflavin B2, B12, E and D2. It is also naturally lactose free and dairy free as well as being wheat and gluten free.  

I try to avoid soya as well as it doesn't agree with me, so that certainly limits what I can try. So I'm delighted that I've found a milk I can enjoy. Alpro do a large range of milks, from soya to hazelnut, coconut and chocolate almond. I haven’t tried any of these yet, but will report back once I do. See their website for more info

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Lots of people have coeliac disease they just don't know about it!

Interesting article in the Irish Independent today

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gluten-free trend not necessarily healthier

Interesting article on ABC about gluten-free trend not necessarily healthier. A lot of people decide to follow a gluten-free or wheat-free diet to be healthier, but carbs are replaced with other carbs, so not necessarily healthier. Obviously for some of us, we have to eat wheat-free so we don't have a choice! Read the full article here

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Crumble-free gluten-free rolls

PureBred Seeded Wholegrain Sandwich Rolls are not only gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, soy free, and egg free, but are also extremely low fat with only 2.3%, and amazingly contain almost 12% of fibre. It can be hard to get fibre into the diet when eating gluten and wheat free. It's also hard to find something that isn't taste free!!

These rolls are made with a crunchy, healthy combination of five grains; linseed, poppy, millet, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Their delicious natural sourdough recipe makes them the perfect tasty lunch time snack. Rice flour, tapioca flour and wholegrain maize flour make up the bulk of the ingredients as well as the seeds. Only 106kcal per roll.

Pure Bred have lots of products, I haven't tried any others yet, but once I've tried any more, I'll report back with a review. Have a look at their site for more info.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cheese please!

If you’ve been missing out on cheese, there’s a good product range worth trying. It is based exclusively on vegetable components and no animal origins. Violife is ideal for those following healthier eating habits, vegetarians and vegans, religious dietary groups as well as for lactose and soya intolerant consumers.It is available in 12 different flavours and is perfect for sandwiches, rolls etc at lunchtime.

I’ve been dairy-free for over a year now and was finding it really difficult not being able to consume cheese and any alternatives I tried just were horrible. So, I braved it and said I’d try Violife. I only tried 2 flavours, the smoked slices and the creamy with herbs. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! I really liked the smoked flavour slices. Lovely melted in a sandwich. It has an rich, enjoyable taste close to real cheese and is nice both raw and melted. It is light enough also.

The Violife Creamy with herbs is loaded with basil, so you can use it in plenty of dishes with its rich aromatic flavour. I really liked this too and used it in a good few pasta dishes and on crackers too (wheat-free of course!)

Violife is suitable for vegans and vegetarians, is dairy free, lactose free, soya free, palm oil free and gluten free. There are plenty of other flavours I’d love to try including the pizza one. For a full list of stockists see this site and follow Violife on Facebook to keep up to date on news.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Tastes like the real thing!

I had the pleasure of tasting 2 new Nestle products – Gluten Free Cornflakes and Gluten Free Honey Cornflakes. They honestly taste like the real thing! Which means they have the same great taste as cornflakes but just have no gluten! I found the honey ones very very sweet, the original were a lot nicer and tastier. They are crunchy, fresh tasting (a lot of gluten-free cereals can taste stale!) and I really liked them. Found in the main cereal aisle and a similar price point as traditional cereals. Nice to know we can buy something gluten free without paying gluten-free prices!! They include seven vitamins and minerals, including iron and vitamin D so are good to include as part of a balanced diet.

Each 30g serving has 115kcal and 0.3g fat, so good to know it isn't high in fat like a lot of gluten-free food. Ingredients include maize, sugar, dextrose and salt.

Available at Tesco and some Supervalu stores in Ireland and in Tesco, ASDA, Morrison's and Waitrose in the UK. 

To keep up to date with the latest news from NestlĂ© Gluten Free Cereals like their Facebook page. For more info on the products see here their website