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

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pure Indulgence Dessert

If you haven't already tried this, by God, it's something you need to try! It is AMAZING! I follow a wheat-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soya-free diet, so finding a dessert I can eat can be tricky, and finding one that is tasty is even trickier! Well, this little tub from Natasha's living Food is just divine!

This little cake uses raw coconut oil, raw cacao and agave to make this melt in your mouth. The coconut oil melts as soon as it hits the mouth and releases all that flavour. And a good cacao bean leaves a long-lasting flavour. Then you get the kick of mint. If you like anything mint chocolate, you will really love this. It's very heavy, you'd manage to eat about half of the tub in one sitting. I really loved this dessert. I haven't seen it in any health shops, I ordered it online from Natasha's Living Food. This one get a 5 stars from me!! Looking forward to trying the other desserts.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Warburtons wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free bread and rolls - good marks!

So the latest products I tried were Warburtons bread. They are wheat free, gluten free and dairy free. I wasn't too sure what to expect as when so many key ingredients are taken out, it can often be a real let down! The Newburn bakery has a good range of products, which includes fresh white and brown loaves as well as rolls. All of which are fortified so that they are high in calcium and provide a source of iron.

Warburtons are known for their good bread anyway, so they've dedicated a separate gluten-free bakery which apparently delivers the same taste, the only difference is they’ve taken out the wheat, gluten and dairy. I say apparently because I’ve never tried the “real” bread with my intolerances. They’ve also ensured that the bread is nutritionally good, so the bread is low in salt, sugar and saturated fat and contains under 90 calories per slice. So it can be enjoyed as part of a healthy, balanced diet.Their seeded bread is a good source of protein and is high in fibre, it also contains millet, linseed, poppy and sunflower seeds.

I tried the white bread, brown bread and seed breed as well as the rolls. I have to say the rolls were my favourite by far. They were a good size, good texture and good flavour. They tasted filling which I often think can lack from a wheat-free roll especially if it is also dairy free. They had a "bread-like" texture and I like the seeds in them too. I found the bread best when it was toasted as it was a little dry as bread. The white bread for the most part was good, but there were a good few slices which had fallen apart or the crust was coming off, so that was a little off-putting. The seeded bread was also very nice and great toasted. So, my favourite were the rolls, followed by the seeded brown bread, followed by the brown bread and lastly the white bread. I see they do wraps, so would be very interested in trying them if they are wheat-free, gluten-free and dairy-free wraps.

Warburtons are available all over the UK, like Tescos, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado,and Morrisons and if you have a look on their website, there is a where to buy page. Available to purchase in Tesco stores in Ireland. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter  to keep up with their news. See their website for a full range of products and more info. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ice-cream...but not as you know it!

My new-found love that's wheat-free and dairy-free too - Nobo ice-cream! I tried the Lemon flavour, my God, it was heavenly. This husband and wife team have made a really good product which they describe as frozen goodness. It's an ice-cream alternative, that has a similar texture and feel to ice-cream but it's made from just a few natural dairy-free ingredients. The ingredients in the lemon flavour are coconut milk, honey, avocado, fresh lemon juice, vanilla extract and fresh lemon oil. There's just a burst of lemon loveliness in your mouth! I love that the ingredients are healthy too. It's very much a feel-good product while also still a treat. My 3 year old loved it too! There are a range of flavours, like salted caramel which sounds interesting and mango and passionfruit which will be another explosion of flavour I'm sure. For more information on this product, see and a list of stockists Enjoy :-)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wheat-free and dairy-free too!

Hi All,

I've been missing in action quite a while but back on now and back reviewing products. I've also gone dairy-free for health reasons so the challenge to find good tasty food is really there now! So, if anyone recommends any good products to try - breads, cereals, goodies etc, please inform me.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Raw Chocolate Snacks

I have to say I love "discovering" new food and certainly if it is wheat free, has nutritious benefits and tastes good. I tried raw chocolate from the Raw Chocolate Co They have a great range, from chocolate bars to chocolate berries, seeds, nibs, berries and powders. I tried the variety packs of raw chocolate goji berries and also the raw chocolate mulberries. Now, I'm a goji berry fan anyway as this small berry packs in a lot of punch nutrition-wise. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn't sure what to expect with the raw cacao, but a handful of either berry would fill you up and also suppress a sugar craving, they were really tasty. To make these the very best organic raw chocolate with mulberries and goji berries are carefully selected. They are coated with raw chocolate and then finished off with a light dusting of raw cacao powder. They are available in snack packs and re-sealable packs.

Now I see that chocolate raisins are part of the range. They are a "have to" try as I am a chocolate raisin lover-they are a little bit of naughty! The Raw Chocolate Co range is available in health shops in Ireland and the UK. For more info, see their website