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Give Me More Gluten Free Products

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.

Widely available from Ocado, Morrisons, Holland & Barratt and Amazon, £1.99 RRP per 45g bag.
For more info visit www.theproteinballco.com 

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.

Munchy Seeds

Find them in Ocado and The Co-op in handy 25g snack packs (79p RRP), 125g sharing packs (£2.99 RRP) and 450g mega packs (£8.75 RRP).
For more info visit www.munchyseeds.co.uk 

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

£3.99 RRP for a 385g bag.
For more info visit www.thegreatbritishporridgeco.co.uk

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

Available in 500ml bottles from www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk

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%.

Shaken Udder

Available from the Co-op and other outlets throughout the country, 80p-£1.00 RRP. Shaken Udder’s 330ml milkshakes, £1.35, RRP from Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Waitrose, Ocado, Booths, The Co-op, Boots and WH Smith Travel stores. For more info visit www.shakenudder.com

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

£2.00 RRP.
For more info visit www.realgoodketchup.com 

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.

Powters

£3.00 RRP per pack of six.
A full stockist list is available at www.powters.co.uk 

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

80p RRP per 40g bag
For more info visit www.fairfieldsfarmcrisps.co.uk

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.

Davina Steel

RRP £2.49-£2.99, available from Ocado and selected products in Sainsbury’s. The new bakery range includes 7 delicious savoury and sweet snacks including Lightly Salted Crostini, Orange & Choc Chip Biscotti and Gingerbread Bites.
Available from www.davinasteel.com

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.

Enjoy 😋!

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Reset The New Year In Style

For most people January is a much needed time of year to detox and reset. With December notoriously known as the most unhealthy month of the year, due to the endless parade of Christmas parties, endless amounts of mince pies consumed and the alcohol-fuelled compulsory events such as New Year’s Eve.

As we’re heading into the middle of the month, we want to make sure you’re on track to hit your Dry January goals. Only a few weeks left!

Dry January

With each year gaining more and more traction, Dry January has become a staple in the calendar for millions of people. An estimated 4.2million participated in the month-long sobriety challenge last year with even more expected to take part this year. Gone are the days when it was perceived that only problem drinkers had to take an abstinence from alcohol, with the majority agreeing that the effects of alcohol impact their life to some extent.

Effects

Going cold turkey from alcohol will bring about many positive changes, some of which you may not have suspected!

Better skin

Alcohol has been proven to break down the collagen within the skin, meaning that consuming alcohol on a regular basis speeds up the ageing process. It also means you’re more likely to breakouts and the skin looking dull and tired. We bet we’re not the only one who’ve woke up the morning after  a big night and wondered why we look so terrible! The good news is that taking a break from alcohol will help reverse some of that ageing you have experienced. On top of your skin improving, your eyes will look more bright and alert. What’s there to lose?

Improved sleep

Many people have a night time tipple to help them get to sleep, but what you may not know is that drinking actually means you have a worse quality of sleep. Drinking results in a lower level of REM sleep, which is the deepest, most quality type of sleep. Hitting that dram of whisky or that glass of Merlot on the head will see you sleeping for longer at a higher quality.

Increased mood

Linked to the last point, increasing your sleep will directly increased your mood. You’ll find that you’ll be positive more of the time and have heaps of energy to do everything you did previously plus extra. You’ll realise how many hours there are in a day, rather than writing off one day a week with a hangover. It’s also important to note that alcohol is in fact a depressant so in the long term alcohol will negatively impact your mental health. After a month without alcohol, you’ll notice how much happier you are.

More money

The BBC recently published a study which showed that 55% of British people go out at least once a week for a night out, with the highest segment being the 18-30 year olds at 73%. The average night out costs £70.56 the BBC found. Over the course of a month, this means that you could potentially save over £282. This is assuming that you only go out one night a week, and doesn’t take into account the bottle of wine you had after a tough Thursday at the office.  Who wouldn’t want to have more money!?

Lose weight

Some alcohol contains a lot more calories than you may expect. A pint of Peroni contains 235 calories and that frozen Margarita you love can contain up to 400 calories. We often don’t take calories from alcohol into account within our diet, but if you’re having one heavy night a week, you could be easily consuming an additional day’s worth of calories. If you’d like to consume less calories whilst drinking, we’d opt for a slimline G&T at 64 calories or a vodka and soda at 60 calories.

Healthier eating

To speed up your weight loss and not just rely on losing those empty calories you previously consumed from alcohol, shape up your diet and watch what you’re putting in your mouth. Myfitnesspal is a great tool to monitor your food intake, and allows you to see which food group and nutrients you need to increase of a balanced diet.

Need a healthy breakfast alternative to a sausage sandwich? We’d recommend this tasty porridge which comes in a variety of flavours from Red Berry & Pumpkin to Strawberry & Peanut butter. To add extra flavour and texture, throw in some Munchy Seeds to have a healthy and filling start to the day, that will see you right through to lunch.

Alcohol alternatives

If you find yourself at a bar and don’t want to have a sign above your head saying “I’m doing dry January” by ordering a J20, then find below our best picks of non-alcoholic drinks:

Tips & Tricks

Here’s some tips to help you stay off the booze for what can seem like a very long month:

  • Remember why you’re doing dry January – if it’s for health reasons then think about how much healthier you’ll be at the end of the month.
  • Try to do Dry January with a friend so you can support each other and create sober plans.
  • Take up a new hobby to occupy your time e.g. writing, going to the gym, learn a new instrument etc.
  • Tell as many people as possible you’re going sober so people won’t tempt you with alcohol-fuelled plans.
  • Try some of the tasty no alcohol versions of drinks.

Support

There’s a lot of resources out there to help you through Dry January. We’ve listed below some of our favourites:

  • Club Soda is an online community dedicated to mindful drinking. Whether you want to never drink again, or just be moderate with your drinking, this community will help support you through your goals.
  • The Unexpected Joy of being Sober by Catherine Gray is a hilarious, eye-opening experience of one-woman’s plight to go sober. The book combines personal experience with useful tips on how to go sober(audio version also available).
  • Dry January app helps you track how many drinks you’ve skipped and how much you’ve money you’ve saved since the start of the month!

If you think you may have a serious problem with alcohol, then please consult your GP and the AA. You can find more information here: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

Top Photo: Courtesy of Bibo Ergo Sum

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A Great British Porridge

Looking for a healthy, delicious and nutrient-packed breakfast to power up your morning? Then tuck into the 100% natural, instant porridges from the Great British Porridge Co. – as seen on Dragon’s Den!

As a big porridge fan I couldn’t be more delighted but to try those new additions.

Crammed with the best, ethically-sourced fruit, nuts and seeds, as well as British wholegrain oats, these naturally-delicious porridges come in three nutritious flavours: Red Berry & Pumpkin Seed, Blueberry & Banana and Strawberry & Peanut Butter.

Blueberry & Banana

Perfect as a quick breakfast at the desk, on the go or before the school run, whipping up a delicious hot and wholesome breakfast couldn’t be easier. Simply tear open the pack, add boiling water, stir and in just 60 seconds you can tuck in!

Strawberry & Peanut Butter

All Great British Porridge Co. products are suitable for vegans and those following a dairy or gluten free diet. They contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives

Red Berry & Pumpkin Seed

Naturally sweet, vegan, dairy and gluten free, the Great British Porridge Co’s range of delicious, 100% natural instant porridges are high in protein and fibre and full of carefully-sourced ingredients, making breakfast speedy, nutritious and delicious.

Where to buy it?

The Great British Porridge Co. is available from Sainsbury’s, Wholefoods Market, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and selected retailers nationwide.

About The Great British Porridge Co.

Made in small batches near the sea in Sussex, The Great British Porridge Co. recently appeared on Dragon’s Den and received offers from all five dragons.

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A New Way to Maintain Joints and Bones

LQ Liquid Health Joint Care

I have tried this ‘revolutionary liquid health supplement’ -as they call it- that promotes joint, cartilage and bone health, and increases flexibility and mobility. Really enjoyed this mixture of goodness including its taste.

Packaged in neat individual bottles, and designed to be taken as a daily ‘shot’, LQ Joint Care Supplements surpass the regular glucosamine-based joint health capsules and liquids already available on the market by using a combination of scientifically researched ingredients which can help joint pain sufferers maintain joint and bone health every day. 

Containing key active ingredients such as Peptan™ marine collagen (the major constituent of connective tissue in the body), hyaluronic acid (one of the main compounds of synovial fluids, the joint lubricant and ‘shock absorber’), glucosamine, chondroitin, copper, ginger, and vitamin C, LQ Joint Care has been developed specifically to stimulate joint cells (chondrocytes) and boost the vital joint compounds; collagen and aggrecan.

The unique lubricating and ‘cushioning’ properties of hyaluronic acid combined with high quality hydrolysed marine collagen (2000mg) contained in LQ Joint Care Supplements offers the ultimate in joint cell regeneration to encourage flexibility and mobility, while vitamin C (100 per cent RDA) also contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.

Daily liquid supplement containing multiple active ingredients:
Containing glucosamine, collagen, vitamin C, ginger, chondroitin, copper and other vitamins
Supports joints, the function of bones and cartilage and also has antioxidant properties
More effective than 10 – 12 pills

As more people are seeking ways to stay active for longer, many are now looking beyond glucosamine capsules, to new joint care ingredients – specifically collagen peptides. The beneficial effect of Peptan™ marine collagen on joint health1 and its ability to aid in the restoration of bone mineral density2 is scientifically proven by a growing body of studies, including a placebo controlled clinical trial.

LQ Joint Care is a pleasant-tasting cherry-flavoured (with real cherry juice) 50ml liquid supplement that can be added to smoothie in the morning, or simply taken on its own. 

Disclaimers
Food supplements should be used as part of a healthy lifestyle and should not be used as a replacement for a varied and balanced diet. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. Keep out of reach of children. If you are under medical supervision, pregnant, planning pregnancy, breastfeeding or suffer from food allergies seek professional advice before taking supplements. For allergens see ingredients highlighted in bold. Best Before End: see bottom of container. Store in a cool, dry place and avoid direct light. Tamper resistant package. Consume within 24 hours once bottle is opened.

Where can I buy it from?

LQ Joint Health is priced at £26 and available from www.boots.com