Tag Archives: gluten free

Thank you Coles!

There are good things in life, and then there are GREAT things that follow. We think that Coles has a great thing going on as they team up with Coeliac Australia. Here at IngrediEAT, we believe that everybody should be treated the same, food allergy or no food allergy, which is why we completely support Cole’s member discount card.

Every month, Coles will post up discounts on certain gluten-free products. Registration takes less than a minute and every month the offers shall change so you will never get bored of the gluten-free goodness Coles has to offer!

To claim your card, click here http://www.coeliac.org.au/resources/coles.html.

Enjoy!

Anna

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Trick or treat

When I was ten I lived in Saskatchewan, Canada for around six months. One of the main things I noticed (other than the freezing weather and lack of avocados) was that Halloween is a much bigger deal over there than it is here. I’m talking decorated houses, elaborate costumes and lots of different types of chocolate for trick or treaters to choose from. It’s a bit of a shame that it isn’t the case here, considering Halloween is only two weeks away and can be a very exciting occasion. Regardless of where you are in the world, one thing immediately comes to mind when Halloween is mentioned- candy! Unfortunately, sweets are a bit of an area of precaution for those with gluten allergies. The good news is, we’ve rounded up a range of delicious gluten free treats for you to munch on the most terrifying day of the year.

Caramel corn popcorn

Caramel candy apples

Meringue Ghosts

Pumpkin seed brittle

Pumpkin pie

Orange chocolate coconut clusters

Candy corn popcorn balls

So get into the festive spirit by whipping up these desserts to serve to at your Halloween party, hand out to trick or treaters or polish off by yourself.

Emma

A weighty issue

When Miley Cyrus dropped a significant amount of weight from her already slim frame this April, tongues immediately started wagging about a potential eating disorder. Miley dismissed this claims, insisting that she had dropped the kilos as a result of eliminating gluten and dairy from her diet. While the singer/actress/serial dieter added that she is allergic to these products, she also recommended that everyone does the same. Yes, it is true that gluten and dairy foods are often high in carbohydrates or fat, making it a no brainer to reduce these levels when trying to shift some kilos. However, there is much research to suggest that banning entire food groups in a plight to lose weight can actually do more harm than good. Gluten free products, for instance, can have a much higher kilojoules and sugar content than its gluten-containing counterparts. This is because manufacturers may be forced to include less-than-wholesome additives to try and replicate the taste of the original product. Gluten free alternatives also tend to be lower in nutrients including iron, zinc and folate.

Slim and slimmer- Miley Cyrus before and after her diet overhaul.

Waving goodbye to dairy can also make it challenging to sustain a balanced diet. Products like cheese, milk and yoghurt are rich in calcium, protein, vitamin D and minerals including phosphorus.  Luckily, most of these health benefits can also be attained by chowing down on things like eggs and tofu. However, many dieters seem to turn to alternatives like soy, not realising that these can contain an equal amount of sugar (or even more) than full-fat dairy products. Now, it goes without saying that the Ingredieat team would never try to deter you from experimenting with gluten and dairy free foods and drinks. After all, showing you just how exciting and accessible this lifestyle can be is our ultimate goal. Our only bone to pick with Miley’s claims is that ‘EVERYONE’ should try out a gluten and dairy free diet. We believe this should only be taken on as a result of allergies, intolerances or a desire to FEEL better, not as a short-term weight loss fix.

What are your thoughts on this contentious issue, Ingredieaters? Have you ever considered nixing gluten and dairy to lose weight quickly?

Emma

Product of the week

There is a myth that Gluten-Free products do not taste good as the “Real thing” (what constitutes the “Real Thing” anyway!?) I have therefore attempted to have a week of eating gluten-free products myself. It cost me a bit more out of my pocket but I have definitely discovered some amazing products. One I would like to showcase is Three Bean’s Gluten-Free choc mud cookie.

Where? These bad boys are found across most Three Bean’s cafes across Sydney. One cafe that definitely stocks them is the one next to Mamak on Eat Street in Chatswood.

Price? $3.80. Sure they are a little pricey for a cookie, but these are oh so worth it.

Taste? This cookie literally melts in your mouth (maybe because it is made probably of 70% dark chocolate). It is rich but light at the same time as it crumbles in your mouth. I don’t know if it is just me but I find they have a subtle mint texture to them as well.

Why are you still reading this? Go out and try one for yourself right now!

Anna

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Swap, don’t suffer

Apart from being careful about every morsel that enters your mouth, figuring out exactly what to eat is the most difficult thing about being diagonsed with coeliac disease or a lactose allergy. Here at ingrediEAT, we believe food and drink are some of life’s greatest pleasures and should certainly never become a chore. And that, our lovely ingredieaters, is why we have devised a list of simple swaps you can make to more easily intergrate your allergies into your lifestyle.

Can’t drink milk? Try Almond Breeze almond milk or So Good soy milk.

Can’t eat bread? Try Lichenstein’s gluten free bread.

Can’t eat yoghurt? Try Soy Life yoghurt in vanilla creme, blueberry, boysenberry or apricot and mango.

Can’t eat pasta? Try Buontempo gluten free pasta.

Can’t eat icecream? Try Coyo coconut milk icecream.

Can’t eat cheese? Try Toffuti lactose free cheese.

Can’t eat wraps? Try Freedom Food Wraps.

Can’t eat cereal? Try Freedom Foods Ancient Grain Flakes .

There we have it!  A range of gluten free and dairy free products you can add to your grocery list next time you hit the shops. And remember, there’s no need to suffer when you can simply swap.

Emma