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

Monday, September 30, 2013

Food From Around the World!


Here's a link to a "Food From Around the World" magazine which includes an article from my good self on "The Spelt Debate" on page 7, as well as a recipe for my banana and walnut loaf on page 14. Enjoy :-)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Win some BFree wraps!





The kind folks at BFree foods have some wraps to give away! Click on this video which is a great example of what happens when you go to the supermarket looking for gluten-free food!! Please comment below and share on Facebook and 2 lucky winners will be picked this Friday!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Be Free with BFree




Bread, rolls, wraps and anything bread related can often be a challenge in this wheat-free market. They are either too stodgy, not filling enough, tasteless, too sweet or like cardboard! So, any brand in this space has a real challenge. BFree was developed to bring tasty bread that’s “good for you” to the market. Sometimes when you have a wheat or gluten sensitivity, it’s just easier to avoid bread as you just can’t find the right alternative. It’s also important to get the right nutrition when you are following this type of diet. BFree have a great range of products that are both wheat and gluten free. They have developed a recipe that replaces the gluten and wheat with natural ingredients.
 
I tried the range of products - soft white load, brown seeded loaf, brown seeded rolls, soft white rolls and multigrain wraps. I must say it's a great range. A good variety and they taste good. My favourite by far was the multi-grain wraps, simply because of the fact that I've never had a wheat-free and gluten-free wrap before!! It tasted great! No gluten, no wheat, no egg recipe. High in fibre, low in fat and only 99 calories each. At last I wasn't envious of others eating a wrap at lunchtime! And there's the possibility of fajitas etc, the options are endless. I also enjoyed the brown seeded rolls, they are a good size, texture and taste. There are lots of tasty recipes on the BFree website. Best of all, these are Irish products! Available in Dunnes, Tesco and Supervalu as well as some independent stores in Ireland. In Northern Ireland, products are available in Dunnes and ASDA, also in ASDA in the UK. All products are suitable for home freezing.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Delightfully decadent cookies!


Byron Bay Cookie Company have developed a range of gluten-free and wheat-free cookies that taste just amazing! They are perfect to have with a cuppa for anyone who is looking to avoid wheat and/or gluten. Once I tried one flavour, I had to try another two!! I first tried the sticky date, ginger and walnut and thought it was really delicious. It's perfectly spiced with the ginger and the walnuts and dates give it a great flavour, it's nice and moist. I then tried the triple chocolate fudge one, which was very tasty too. Rich, dark chocolate with chunks of white and dark chocolate throughout. And then creamy fudge. This cookie was a little too rich for me, but don't get me wrong, it's delicious! My favourite cookie was the Strawberries and Clotted cream. Sinful!!! This was just amazing. Strawberries and thick rich clotted cream with chunks of white chocolate! It won't do anything for my waistline, but it was so worth it! I let someone who isn't wheat intolerant try the cookies too and they just couldn't get over how good they were! All cookies are approved by the Vegetarian Society and certified by Coeliac UK. Available in some cafes, independent health stores and large supermarkets.

Keep up the good work Byron Bay and put me on your Christmas present list!!
 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Heinz Deliciously Gluten Free range



Heinz launched a new gluten-free range of pastas and sauces back in March this year. Called “Deliciously Gluten Free” range. The range includes three pasta varieties – Penne, Macaroni and Spaghetti and three pasta sauces too – Tomato Frito, Tomato & Basil and Tomato & Oregano. The pasta comes in a large bag at 500g and the sauces in a 210g pack and is made from corn, potato and lupin flour. They have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
The pasta sauces follow an authentic Spanish recipe, which is fresh onion and garlic cooked in a little olive oil and then some of this infused oil is blended with tomatoes as they cook, producing a rich flavour and aroma. I tried the Tomato Frito pasta sauce and thought it was very tasty and delicious heated and stirred into pasta. It had a good kick to it that sometimes packaged and jar food doesn't have. It tasted authentic with good flavour. I also tried the macaroni pasta, but unfortunately was really disappointed with it. I followed the cooking instructions on the pack, but the pasta came out gloopy and very starchy looking and was sticking together. It really put me off. Despite that the flavour was quite nice. Maybe it was just the macaroni and the other 2 pastas in the range may not be the same. Available in most large supermarkets. 

Monday, July 22, 2013

GlutenfreeRoads - The right direction when eating out



Whether it's a medical or dietary need to eat gluten-free or wheat-free, many can find eating out or travelling abroad a real challenge. The launch of the new GlutenfreeRoads website offers a one stop resource to access more than 40,000 shops, B&Bs, cafés, take away outlets and restaurants around the world that have been verified as gluten-free friendly.

The site, created by Dr Schär, is fully interactive and allows users to share feedback by reviewing different venues, both home and abroad. There's also local language translation of how to order your gluten-free meal. Simply fill in the search criteria and go from there! Users can also leave feedback and leave comments and rate the venue, which is really helpful.

GlutenfreeRoads is sponsored by Dietary Specials, the UK's leading supplier of gluten-free food. Emma Herring, Senior Brand Manager said “Following a gluten-free diet doesn't have to mean that you can't eat out. GlutenfreeRoads will help people see that many hotels and restaurants are happy to meet your dietary requirements at home and abroad. We want people to interact with the site and share their feedback and we will regularly verify and update the list of establishments using a variety of sources so that users can return and discover more and more new gluten free places for themselves.”

Check out www.glutenfreeroads.com for more information. This is really a great help when eating out and travelling.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Honest snacking with the Frank Bar



The Frank Food Company was founded in 2012 by former Everton footballer Neil Robinson. He was frustrated by the so-called healthy foods on the market, so developed his own. Using only natural ingredients with no additives or chemicals and using a fruit concentrate called EnergySmart® from totally natural fruit concentrate. The Frank bar is gluten free, wheat free, dairy free and is vegetarian and vegan friendly.

The bar itself comes in five flavours: oat, double chocolate, chocolate & strawberry, chocolate & blueberry and chocolate orange. I tried the double chocolate and the chocolate & blueberry. Its texture is fudge-like and it’s quite rich, like a brownie. Actually I thought it was very heavy, so you wouldn’t eat the whole bar in one sitting. I preferred the chocolate & blueberry, I though the fruit gave it a slight kick which was interesting and added to the texture. Each bar contains almost 4g of protein. If I’m honest, you can “taste” the protein in the bar, which makes it taste healthy. I think I’d probably like the oat bar best as I adore oats. This bar is perfect for a healthy alternative to the afternoon sugar fix and if you are trying to follow a healthy diet or a high-protein diet. For more information on the Frank Bar, see their website


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A date with a flapjack?

Have to admit, am a flapjack lover, they have to be one of the best snacks. High in fibre, energy and filling too! Not easy to find one without wheat though! I had a date and chocolate flavour flapjack from Hale n'Hearty today. I was pleasantly surprised. Sometimes, when you hear the mention of chocolate on flapjacks, you envisage it being really sweet, but these took me by surprise. The chocolate on them was dark chocolate and just a hint of it, a very nice touch. You may not be a date fan but don’t let that put you off, the dates just add the right amount of sweetness. These flapjacks are made with gluten free oats too, so they are nice and light. What I also liked was the fact that they are a nice a good size too, enough for a couple of bites and not too big and stodgy. The flavour in them is very good too, with a hint of coconut which I enjoyed. Flapjacks are a good source of fibre, rich in wholegrains, wheat free, gluten free and vegan too! See here for more of the Hale n'Hearty range and stockists. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Nice and nobbly granola

Finally a wheat-free granola worth talking about! Nature's Path have produced some new products for breakfast and they are delicious. Called Nice and Nobbly Granolas, these cereals are crunchy and are packed with great flavour. There are two flavours - pumpkin seeds, almonds and raisins with cinnamon and the other is raspberries, berries, strawberries and blueberries with yoghurt chunks. I preferred the nuts and seeds flavour as I thought the berries and yoghurt was a little too sweet for me. This one might be better as a crunchy topping on natural yoghurt where you could just use a spoon or two of granola. Both could also be added to smoothies or simply eaten as a snack on their own. Both products are wheat-free and gluten-free, have 140kcal per serving. Nature's Path are know for their great range of breakfast cereals are its products are endorsed by Coeliac UK. These granolas are a great addition to this companies range and I'd recommend you try them, you won't be disappointed. Available in Tesco in Ireland and independent health store and also Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Ocado in the UK. For more info on Nature's Path's products, see their website