Gluten is found in the grains wheat, barley and rye. On the gluten free diet you can eat many foods including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, rice and potatoes. You can also eat gluten free substitute foods and processed foods that don’t contain gluten.
People follow a gluten-free diet for a number of reasons: Celiac disease. People with this condition cannot eat gluten because it triggers an immune response that damages the lining of their GI tract. This response causes inflammation in the small intestine and makes it hard for the body to absorb nutrients in food
Below a list of gluten-free products that prove you can live well gluten-free without compromising on taste or quality.
The Protein Ball Co.
These deliciously moreish 100% natural bite-size protein balls are the perfect pick-me-up when sugar cravings hits, great for those following healthy eating plans. There are 8 gluten-free flavours to choose from including Raspberry Brownie, Cherry Bakewell and Peanut Butter + Jam. Four flavours in the range are vegan and they are all vegetarian-friendly and gluten and wheat free. They also contain no soy, GMOs or added sugars.
These delicious roasted seeds mixes are the ideal snack to nibble on throughout the day and come in five yummy flavours: Sweet Chilli, Mega Omega, Mild Chilli, Salted Caramel, Honey Roasted and Warm Cinnamon. Coeliac-friendly, dairy-free and suitable for vegetarians (four flavours are vegan).
The Great British Porridge Co
Packed with health benefits and the best ethically-sourced fruit, nuts and seeds, as well as British wholegrain oats, these 100% natural, no added sugar, vegan, gluten and dairy-free instant porridges come in three irresistible flavours: Red Berry & Pumpkin Seed, Blueberry & Banana and Strawberry & Banana. It couldn’t be quicker to make, simply tear open the pack, tip out a portion, add boiling water, stir and in just 60 seconds, you are ready to tuck in! Available in Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Wholefoods Market, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and selected retailers nationwide.
St Peter’s Brewery
truggling to find a decent, gluten-free beer on the weekly shop? Stock up on St Peter’s two gluten-free bevvies, perfect for beer lovers and with full Coeliac Society Certification. St Peter’s Gluten-Free Cream Stout and Gluten-Free Suffolk Gold are brewed to the exact same standards as the original versions, but without the gluten. Gluten-free Cream Stout is a deliciously dark and aromatic cream stout, with an ABV of 6.5% while for a full-bodied golden ale, Gluten-free Suffolk Gold is a deliciously sweet, but dry beer, ABV 4.9%.
Gluten-free, suitable for vegetarians and with no artificial colours or flavours, Shaken Udder milkshakes are perfect for all the family to enjoy and made with real ingredients and blended with British semi-skimmed milk to make them wonderfully creamy. Shaken Udder is available in six tempting flavours: Vanillalicious, Salted Caramel, Top Banana, Strawberries & Clotted Cream and Ooh La Latte in 330ml bottles, as well as Chocolush, Vanillalicious and Strawberries & Clotted Cream in a family-size 750ml Uber Udder. Shaken Udder Kids are available in Chocolate and Strawberry flavours, boast less than 5% sugar.
Real Good Ketchup
Created with food allergy sufferers, diabetics T2 and the health-conscious in mind, Real Good Ketchup is the only 100% natural, no added sugar and reduced salt ketchup brand available. And it tastes amazing! With over 75% less sugar and 75% less salt than the market leader and only naturally occurring sugars, it is also vegan, allergen-free and free from artificial sweeteners, flavours and preservatives. Available in an easy-to-serve 100% BPA free recyclable bottle.
On the lookout for a tasty gluten-free banger? Then give Powters Skinny Pig sausages a try. These yummy sausages are less than 3% fat, only 97 calories each and gluten-free. Find them in Tesco, Morrison’s and Sainsbury’s, plus selected delis and farm shops. For something a bit meatier, stock up on Prize Pig sausages that are 97% pork and gluten-free.
Fairfields Farm & Ten Acre offer the yummiest selection of gluten-free savoury and sweet snacks. For delicious hand-cooked crisps, Fairfields Farm offer a tempting range of flavours including Sweet Chilli, Lightly Sea Salted and Bacon & Tomato. For those watching the calories, Lentil Bites are a great choice. These crispy lentil curls are under 99 calories a bag and come in two tasty flavours: Tomato & Herb and Jalapeño & Lime, available from Asda and Holland & Barratt. For quirky crisps, choose Ten Acre’s vegan-friendly, gluten-free and dairy free hand-cooked crisps, available from independent retailers nationwide. Finally, if you prefer a good bag of popcorn, Ten Acre produces two fab flavours: Aunty Winifred’s Sweet & Salty Popcorn and Lucia Popperley’s Cappucino Popcorn, from independent retailers nationwide.
Tired of bland shop-bought gluten-free bread, cakes and snacks? Looking for more home-made flavour? Give Davina Steel’s Gluten Free baking kits and new Bakery range snacks a try. Davina Steel’s wholesome bread, pizza and cake mixes take all the hard work out of preparing gluten-free goodies and couldn’t be easier to prepare. Simply add water, oil and yeast, then mix, rise and bake! Made using only natural ingredients and free from 13 known allergens, there are 6 easy-to-make recipes to choose from: Garlic & Rosemary Focaccia, Onion Focaccia, Chocolate Chip Focaccia, White Loaf Mix, Pizza Base Mix and Scone Mix.