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April 2017

Product Review | Nature’s Path Cereals

Nature’s Path are a gluten free cereal brand. They make many flavours, some of which imitate your pre-diagnosis favourites! Check out my Youtube live taste test to see what our first impressions were!

Berry Granola

This granola has oat clusters, a mix of freeze dried berries and yoghurt chips. Having never had “normal” granola before my diagnosis, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it’s safe to say that I thought it was delicious. These cereals are not overly sugary and this one especially was packed with flavours. The texture varied between the crunchy oats and soft yoghurt chips which made a nice change from other cereals. I would definitely buy this again.

★★★★☆

4 out of 5 stars for a delicious alternative to normal cereals. I would have liked to see a wider range of granola flavours – a chocolate and berry one would be amazing.

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Os

This cereal is a clear substitute for gluten containing brand Cheerio’s and I think it succeeds very well if this was its aim was to replicate this. I would however say that this is one of their plainer cereals – if you like stronger flavours this probably isn’t the cereal for you.

★★★☆☆

3 out of 5 stars for a good replica of Cheerios which can be a little lacking in flavour for my taste.

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Crispy Rice

Again this cereal is filling the role that Rice Crispies play in the “normal” market. I think these have a very satisfying texture and made fantastic rice crispy cakes for my Easter recipe. Again, this is a plainer tasting cereal compared to the granola, but if you liked Rice Crispies before diagnosis, these will be perfect for you.

★★★☆☆

3 out of 5 stars again for a convincing Rice Crispies substitute which just needed an extra boost to become something I would buy again.

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Chocomunch

This cereal is by far my favourite. I’m some what of a chocolate addict which makes me favour this cereal over the others. It should be noted that this cereal – whilst undeniably chocolatey and a perfect replacement for Nesquik’s cereals – is not much higher in calories or sugar than their other cereals. For example, Chocomunch contains 138 kcal and 12g of sugar per serving, whilst Crispy Rice is 260 kcal and 9.6g of sugar and the Os are 120 kcal and 3.9g of sugar. It still tastes just like the chocolatey children’s cereals I loved!

★★★★★

5 out of 5 stars for my all time favourite gluten free cereal. Enough said I think.

Choc Chip Granola Bars

These are another winner for me. Firstly, they are delicious – not overly sweet again but with the right level of chocolatey goodness and oaty texture. Secondly, they are individually wrapped and so make the ideal snack to take travelling or to university or school.

★★★★★

5 out of 5 stars for a delicious portable snack.

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Check out how you can win some yummy Nature’s Path goodies here (deadline 8th May 2017)

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Gluten Free Giveaway! Thornley’s, Nature’s Path and Prewett’s.

I’m running a giveaway on my Facebook page. To enter you must comment “yum” on this Facebook post and like my Facebook page!

Read below for the full terms and conditions and product details!

Terms and conditions:

  1. The organiser retains the right to change the nature or rules of the giveaway at any given point if considered necessary.
  2. The winner must be prepared to provide their full name and address.
  3. The winner must reply to The Gluten Free Veggie’s Facebook message within 24 hours. In the case of no reply, a new winner will be randomly selected.
  4. This giveaway is open to UK residents only. Anyone who enters from outside of the UK will not be sent the prizes if they win. A new winner will be randomly selected.
  5. The giveaway winner will be randomly selected. No favours or bribes will be accepted and will lead to disqualification from the giveaway.

The Giveaway Products!

Whilst some of Thornley’s sauce mixes are designed for meat based dishes they are all suitable for vegetarians. These sauce mixes are handy for when you need to create a quick dinner. You can be sure that these packet mixes are safe for Coeliacs as their products are gluten free! See my review of their Parsely and Cheddar Cheese sauces here.

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Prewett’s make lots of delicious gluten free biscuits! They come in a range of flavours so there truly is something for everyone. Read my review here and see my Youtube review here.

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Nature’s Path are an organic and gluten free cereal brand. They make a range of products from cereals to granola to individual bars. There are so many flavours to choose from including chocolatey or fruity products. See my review here and my Youtube review here.

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Don’t forget to check out the three companies that were kind enough to provide these products! They are all doing fantastic things for Coeliacs!

Visit Thornley’s website to see their full range: http://www.thornleysnaturalfoods.co.uk/
Visit Nature’s Path’s website to see their full range: http://naturespath.co.uk/
Visit Prewett’s website to see their full range: http://www.prewettsbiscuits.com/

 

 

Recipe (GF, V) | Easter Crispy Rice Squares ft. Nature’s Path

Sorry this a day late – sometimes life gets in the way! Here’s a little something that is really easy to make for Easter! This recipes makes about 8 chunky squares depending on the depth of your dish.

Ingredients:

100g of Green and Blacks milk chocolate (or other gluten free chocolate)

1 bag of Cadbury’s Mini Eggs

50g of Nature’s Path Crispy Rice (or as much as will soak up the melted chocolate)

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Method:

  1. Melt the chocolate being careful not to burn it. If you’re not sure how to melt chocolate, you can use a bain-marie method (using a glass bowl above warm water) or a microwave. in short intervals. I prefer to do it on a very low heat in a pan but any method is fine.
  2. Add the Crispy Rice a bit at a time and stir until you reach the desired consistency.
  3. Add half of the Mini Eggs and stir.
  4. Pour into a lined dish and top with the Mini Eggs.
  5. Place into the fridge for a minimum of an hour.
  6. Cut into squares and serve!

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Awareness | Why the gluten free fad is so dangerous for Coeliacs

Whilst the gluten free trend has increased product availability to the point where we are able to buy gluten free products in every supermarket and most chain cafes, it has had a terrible effect on Coeliac awareness.

As restaurants fall over themselves trying to make gluten free options for the fad eaters, they often forget that Coeliacs need more than just a no gluten containing ingredients (NGCI) dish to be safe. A few months ago I wrote this article about the effect of cross contamination on Coeliacs. When cross contamination is not an issue for the majority of the gluten free people that the restaurants are trying to cater towards, they can become quite blasé with keeping everything separate.

An example is the Starbuck’s brownie debacle – Starbuck’s offer a gluten free brownie, which you can see in Gluten Free Cuppa Tea’s post here is carelessly left next to the “normal” gluten containing cakes. This isn’t an issue for the trendy fad dieters as it won’t make them ill, but it completely ignores the needs of those with Coeliac disease or a gluten intolerance. It has since been discovered that if you ask them, Starbuck’s has wrapped up brownies  for Coeliacs, but the question is who are they catering for? Why are trendy gluten free dieters being catered for over Coeliacs? Why should we have to ask for them to go to get the wrapped ones?

Other high street restaurants are also guilty of this – Zizzi for example have a “Non-gluten menu”. They are not as careful with cross contamination as some of the other high street restaurants and they are not accredited by Coeliac UK. As the menu points out, they also include things of their “Non-gluten menu” that are fried or boiled in the SAME OIL/WATER AS GLUTEN. This clearly shows that they are more interested in serving those who are gluten free by choice as this is a real risk for those with Coeliac disease. Zizzi have faced a lot of backlash from the Coeliac community because of this but it seems the only changes they’ve made in recent years is point out which dishes are contaminated – is that really a good enough effort?

It’s starting to have a cyclical effect – Coeliacs aren’t catered for, so Coeliacs don’t eat out as often and so restaurants don’t see the need to cater for them. It seems clear to me that there is only one way to combat this – promote Coeliac awareness, and show non-Coeliacs the differences between gluten free faddy eaters and Coeliacs.

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Youtube | What I Ate in a Day Ep. 4

This time we went to gluten free cafe Nibsy’s and I raided the cupboards to make dinner.

Click below to watch!

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Recipes every Monday, blog posts every Friday! See Monday’s recipe here.

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Recipe (GF, V) | Vegetable and Halloumi Skewers

The sun has been shining all week and it’s making me think of BBQ season! It’s pretty fleeting in Britain but I can almost feel it! Here is my favourite BBQ side to get you in the mood (can also be made in the oven of course!)

Ingredients:

Vegetables of choice, chopped into small piece

1 block of halloumi

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Method:

  1. To avoid singeing, soak the wooden skewers in water for 10 mins before cooking.
  2. Assemble your vegetables and halloumi cubes onto the skewers.
  3. Place onto a pre-heated BBQ or onto a baking tray and into a pre-heated oven. Spray with vegetable oil and sprinkle with herbs if desired.
  4. Cook for 15-20 mins, turning half way through. This may take longer in the oven – the halloumi should start to brown and the vegetables should start to soften.

 

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Recipes every Monday, blog posts every Friday! See Monday’s recipe here.

Social Media:

Youtube: The Gluten Free Veggie – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-b7T1VFTZqYq15aPvdlNwA

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