Here are the winners of the 2013 Free From Food Awards

This is great news! The awards have been announced for the latest  Free From Food Awards.

Congratulations to Bessant & Drury ice creams for winning the best free from food with their Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert.

You are about to review the complete list of the very best in free from foods in the UK (and so many of them are sold at GoodnessDirect!) Many foods here will be gluten, wheat or dairy (cow’s milk) free – and possibly all three, or they may be absent of eggs, nuts and other major allergens.

See the Free From Food Awards website for more info.

FAIR Trophy for the best free-from food 2013
Winner:
 Bessant & Drury – Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert.
Runner up: Christine’s Puddings – Frangipane Tart
Runner up: The Indian Coeliac – Paratha
Runner up: Lifestyle Catering – Catalan Pork

1. The Innovation Award – sponsored by Warburtons
Winner: Dell’Ugo – Chickpea Fusilli
Highly Commended: Lactofree – Spreadable
Highly Commended: La Zaragozana – Ambar Green (apta para celiàcos) 0.0% (non-alcoholic)
Commended: Good Wine Online – So Lo SO2 2009 Navitas
Commended: Tesco – Free From Crème Caramel

2. Plant ‘milk’, spread, cheese & desserts – sponsored by Sainsbury’s
Coconut oil and Milks:
Winner: Bessant & Drury – Lemon Dairy Free Frozen Dessert
Highly Commended: Koko Dairy Free – Original+Calcium (formerly Kara Dairy Free)
Highly Commended: Lucy Bee – Extra Virgin Fair Trade Organic Coconut Oil
Highly Commended: Provamel – Orange & Redbush Yogurt Alternative
Highly Commended: Pudology – Banoffee Pud
Highly Commended: Vivesoy – Cappuccino/Soy Milk
Commended: Clearspring – Sweet Grains Dessert Amazake
Commended: Provamel – Rice-Coconut Drink

3. Free From Breakfast Cereals – sponsored by GoodnessDirect
Winner: Doves Farm – Fibre Flakes
Winner: Hale & Hearty – Choco Jungle Cereal
Commended: Doves Farm – Cereal Flakes
Commended: Perkier – Ginger and Raisin Porridge
Commended: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Cornflakes

4. Breads and bread mixes – sponsored by Tesco
Winner: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Soft Brown Seeded Bread
Winner: The Indian Coeliac – Paratha
Highly Commended: Mum’s Mill – Quick bread Mix/Bread Flour Mix
Highly Commended: Waitrose – LOVE Life GF Seeded Sliced Loaf
Highly Commended: Newburn Bakehouse – Fruit Loaf
Highly Commended: Newburn Bakehouse – Gluten Free Brown Bread Loaf
Highly Commended: Yes You Can! – Seeded Brown Bread Roll
Commended: Biona – Organic Rye Bread with Chia Flax
Commended: Fria – Gluten Free Vallmofralla Poppy Seed Roll
Commended: Yes You Can! – Fresh White Bread

5. Grocery ambient/store cupboard – sponsored by Tesco

– pasta
Winner: Riso Gallo – 3 cereali Spaghe tti
Winner: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Elbows
Highly Commended: Cornito – Sea Waves Pasta
Highly Commended: Eat Water – Slim Noodles
Highly Commended: Riso Gallo – 3 cereali Fusilli
Commended: Le Veneziane – GF Tagliatelle
Commended: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fusilli

 sauces, pizza bases, flour stock etc
Winner: Hale & Hearty – GF Breadcrumbs
Winner: Sanchi – Tamari Soy Sauce
Highly Commended: DS-gluten free – Yorkshire Puddings
Highly Commended: Mortimer Chocolate Company – White Couverture Powder
Highly Commended: Orgran – Buckwheat Pancake Mix
Highly Commended: Orgran – No Egg Natural Egg Replacer
Highly Commended: Saladworx – Hebridean Seaweed & Lemon Dressing, Marinade & Drizzle
Highly Commended: Sukrin – Gold
Highly Commended: Womersley – Raspberry Vinegar
Commended: Innovative Solutions – GF Multi-purpose Flour
Commended: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Tikka Sauce
Commended: Sanchi – Instant Miso Soup
Commended: Tesco – Free From Pizza Bases

6. Free from foods manufactured for food service – sponsored by Livwell

– Savoury
Winner: Hotch Potch Eggs – Savoury Scotch Eggs
Winner:
Pizza Hut – GF Pizza
Highly Commended:
Proceli – Burger Baps
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice GF Fish Cake

Sweet
Winner: Glamourpuds – Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: Almondy – Tårta with DAIM
Highly Commended: Glamourpuds – Banoffee Sponge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: We Love Cake – Apricot Macaroon Slice
Commended: Glamourpuds – Raspberry Jam Sponge Pudding Pot

7. Ready Meals – sponsored by Food Heaven

pizzas, pies & pasties
Winner: Freedom Deli – Ham & Cheese Panini
Commended: Mamma Cucina – Vegetable Pizza

one pot meals – to include ‘world food’
Winner: Lifestyle Catering – Catalan Pork
Highly Commended: Amy’s Kitchen – Mexican Tortilla Bake
Highly Commended: Amy’s Kitchen – Mushroom Risotto Bowl
Highly Commended: Lifestyle Catering – Boeuf Bourguignon
Highly Commended: Tideford Organics – Organic Beetroot Soup with Crème Fraiche & Dill
Commended: Afia’s – Spicy Beef Samosa
Commended: Dee’s – Quinoa Pots with Thai Spiced Vegetables and little lentils
Commended: Tesco – Free From Three Cheese Pasta Bake

meat meal centres (sausages, meat balls, burgers etc):
Winner: Pig & Co – Lucanian Roman Sausage
Highly Commended:
Pig & Co – Hey Pesto!
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Highly Commended: Sainsbury’s – Taste the Difference Pork & Bramley Apple Sausages (Gluten Free)

8. Raw foods and superfoods – sponsored by Delamere Dairy
Winner: Orgran – Multigrain Crispbread with Quinoa
Highly Commended: Raw Health – Raw Sauerkraut
Commended: Raw Ecstasy – Activated Walnuts – Raw Chocolate

9.  Children’s food – sponsored by Asda
Winner: Bessant & Drury – Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Chocolate
Winner: Rizopia – Organic Brown Rice Pasta Fantasia
Highly Commended: Bessant & Drury – Dairy Free Frozen Dessert – Strawberry
Highly Commended: Doves Farm – Chocolate Stars Organic and Gluten Free
Highly Commended: Glamourpuds – Hot Chocolate Fudge Pudding Pot
Highly Commended: Pulsin’ – Beond Organic Açai Berry Bar
Highly Commended: Red House Foods – Georgia’s Choice Chicken Bites
Highly Commended: Tesco – Free From Chocolate Dessert Shakes
Commended: Eskal – Ice Cream Party Tubs
Commended: It’s Only Natural – Moshi Monster Poppet Raspberry Ice Lolly
Commended: Nim’s Fruit Crisps – Apple Crisps

10. Savoury biscuits and snacks – sponsored by the Food & Drink Innovation Network
Winner: Conscious Foods – Finger Millet Dippers
Highly Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Chestnut Crispbread
Commendedb Cornito – Crackers Pikant
Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Buckwheat Crispbread
Commended: Le Pain des Fleurs – Organic Quinoa Crispbread
Commended: The FreeFrom Bakehouse – Jalapeño Pepper & Sweetcorn Muffins
Commended: The Indian Coeliac – Vegetable Samosa

11. Scones, sweet tarts, Bakewells, sweet biscuits and cookies – sponsored by Yes! You Can
Winner: Christine’s Puddings – Frangipane Tart
Highly Commended: The FreeFrom Bakehouse – Chocolate Macaroons
Highly Commended: Lovemore – O’Chocos
Highly Commended: Perkier – Popping Tiffin
Commended: Lazy Day Foods – Ginger Truffle Slice
Commended: Lazy Day Foods – Belgian Chocolate Rocky Road
Commended: Lovemore – Chocolate Chip Cookies
Commended: Peace of Cake – Raspberry Abricotines

11. Cakes, cake mixes and cupcakes – sponsored by Mrs Crimbles
Winner: Waitrose – LOVE Life GF Millionaire Blondies
Highly Commended: Heavenly Cakes – Eton Mess
Highly Commended: Melsie Jane Bakes – Victoria Sandwich
Highly Commended: Sweetcheeks – Pistachio & Lemon Zest Loaf
Commended: Cakes Divine – Carrot Cupcakes
Commended: Mummy’s Yummys – Indulgent Chocolate Brownies
Commended: Rebel Bakery’s – GF Big Apple Pie
Commended: Silver Box Bakery – Brownies
Commended: Warburtons – Lemon and Poppyseed Muffins

12. Chocolate and snack bars – sponsored by Amy’s Kitchen
Winner: Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Mint Crisps
Highly Commended: BoojaBooja – Around Midnight Espresso Chocolate Truffles
Highly Commended: Winning Ways Fine Foods Ltd – Dairy Free Chocovered Raisins
Commended: Kinnerton – Luxury Dark Chocolate

13. Christmas foods – sponsored by Genon Laboratories
Winner: Hale & Hearty – Luxury Mince Pies
Highly Commended: Tesco – Free From Christmas Cake
Commended:
Sainsbury’s – FreeFrom Iced Rich Fruit Slice
Commended: The Foodamentalists – Toasted Top Mince Pies
Commended: The Heavenly Cake Company – Jamaican Rum Cake
Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – Christmas Mulled Wine Chocolates

14. Gluten-free beer – sponsored by Orgran

– non-barley beer
Winner: Green’s – Lager Dry Hopped
Highly Commended: Green’s – IPA
Highly Commended: Oak & Barrel – Schnitzer Bräu Organic German Hirse Premium GF Beer
Highly Commended: St Peter’s Brewery – G-Free
Commended: Oak & Barrel – Schnitzer Bräu Organic Lemon GF Beer

– barley-based beer
Winner: Celia – Premium Czech Lager
Highly Commended: Daas – Blond
Highly Commended: Estrella Damm – Daura
Highly Commended: Wold Top Brewery – Scarborough Fair IPA
Commended: Green’s – Export Lager Lite
Commended: Daas – Ambré
Commended: Hop Back Brewery – Crop Circle
Commended: La Zaragozana – Ambar Gluten Free

15. Products manufactured in a nut free environment – sponsored by RSSL
Winner: Eskal – FreeNut Butter
Highly Commended: D&D – Mixed Chocolate Fondants
Highly Commended: Doves Farm – Lemon Zest Cookies
Highly Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – Mint Delight
Commended: The Nut Free Chocolatier – After Dinner Orange Crisps

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These bites taste so good, you wouldn’t believe you were eating something so healthy

Nature's Store Rice Milk Covered Rice Cakes
incredibly good taste

Oh my goodness!

I just wolfed down a pack of the tastiest ricecakes ever!

Yes, I know that sounds like an oxymoron, but the good food revolution has hit the puffed up world of ricecakes with a vengeance.

Okay, the ricecakes were mini-bites and yes, they were covered with chocolate, but I’ve tasted chocolate rice cakes before and they weren’t half as enjoyable as these Rice Milk Chocolate Coated Mini Rice Cakes.

The real fulfilment came from the purity of the experience. The chocolate had been made with rice milk keeping it lactose free and adding a symbiosm to each delightful bite. Cocoa and air-bubbles, sweetness and rice – it was near heaven.

The makers, Nature’s Store, source the finest ingredients and add nothing artificial, in this case utilising organic rice from paddy fields in Italy.

I can only hope that their other products, obviously all gluten free:

… are equally as good.

(I’ll soon find out…)

Sweet prediction for 2013

It seems we may all have been hoodwinked.

We all understood that eating healthily would give us better lives.

But somehow we fixated on eliminating fats from our diet when we really needed to be giving some attention to the effects of sugar.

According to the Lovestrong health site:

Both carbohydrates and fats, though often cited as unhealthy dietary components, are macronutrients that play a vital role in maintaining your overall health. Added sugar, on the other hand, doesn’t provide much of a benefit to the body.

What does all this mean for 2013?

I think we can expect more sugar alternatives to come onto the market, so watch this space…
One such alternative already appearing is Sukrin – a natural sweetener developed in Norway from erytritol, a sugar alcohol fermented the from glucose found in pears, melons and mushrooms.
Most importantly: Sukrin has zero calroies and zero GI (ie. it doesn’t affect blood sugar – important for diabetics and dieters). And it can be used in baking too.
sukrin
A delightful sugar alternative from Norway

Sukrin is in fact only 75% as sweet as sugar, it has not artificial sacharin taste and is totally safe for sonsumption. But what I really like about this product is the diversity of products available from Sukrin…

In addition to normal white Sukrin crystals, you can also get Sukrin + which is mixed with Stevia to give  a taste twice as sweet as sugar! (In other words you only have to use half as much.)
Also there is an icing sugar version called Sukrin Melis – very useful indeed… But,  my personal favourite is Sukrin Gold, wich is composed of several natural sweeteners to make a brown caramel flavoured sugar at less than 1 calorie per teaspoon. Perfect for coffee!

Enjoy dieting or don’t do it

Dr Karg Crispbread
Eat healthy and eat well

Here’s a tip for starting a diet in 2013.

Do a little physical exercise and EAT FOOD YOU LOVE!

(In moderation of course…)

When you deprive yourself you soon find yourself giving up or, even if you do lose weight, you then compensate by eating all the food you missed and put the weight back on.

A good plan is to stock up on all the healthy foods you enjoy and eat lots more of these, but limit fattening foods to the occasional treat. Make sure you still get a little fibre and calcium too (but not too much) as these are great boosters for weight loss. Other very useful tips include keeping a food diary and joining a slimming group.

When it comes to crispbread

If you’re going to eat crispbread then find one that doesn’t make you feel like you’re eating cardboard.

Dr Karg crispbread is a excellent choice. It’s organic, it tastes great and it comes in a variety of appealing flavours, such as olive and rosemary, emmental cheese and pumpkin seed or  tomato and mozzarella. It also comes in little bite sizes so you can portion it out.

But the taste is fantastic.

You only live once, so if you’re going to diet. Enjoy it!

Have you heard about green coffee and weight loss?

If, like me, you’ve been trying to lose weight for ages you probably know all the tips and secrets.

You’ll also be frustrated that it isn’t going as well as you like!

One of the key pieces of advice is to get your metabolism working better. But how?

Exercise, sleep, curious foods, even drinking milk, all these things help mobilise your metabolism, but here’s something which has been making shockwaves with its effectiveness…

Green Coffee bean extract has been shown to boost metabolism so that tests foundpeople would lose 18 pounds over 6 weeks. Not only that, taking green coffee pills kept the weight off too.

Green coffee extract elps with weight loss
Green coffee extract elps with weight loss

Green coffee (or raw coffee) contains chlorogenic acid which works by inhibiting the release of glucose and increasing your body’s metabolic process at the same time. Neither does it leave you with the jitters like coffee might.

It’s not something I’ve tried yet, but I’m hoping to get my hands on some as soon as I can.

The best crispbread you’ve ever tasted, and it’s gluten free

The best tasting crispbread ever (in my opinion)

Many people have been asking for a particular crispbread called Pain des Fleurs translated ‘bread of flowers’.

It’s not surprising as it’s the most delicious crispbread I’ve ever tasted, with a sweet and lightly crispy texture.

And it’s also gluten free.

The reason why it’s both delicious and gluten free is that it is a crispbread made from chestnuts (and it’s also organic…) I was writing recently about the versatility of chestnuts and this is just such an example.

However, Pain des Fleurs also make crispbreads using buckwheat and also quinoa. I can’t tell you how these taste but if the quality is anything like the chestnut crispbread it has got to be pretty good.

Green Coffee Extract Found to Help with Weight Loss

Tests with green coffee saw people lose an average of almost 18 pounds and 4.4% of their body fat. Kimberly Beauchamp ND, comments on the  new findings.

With obesity on the rise, it’s no surprise that people turn to fad diets, meal replacements, supplements, drugs, and even surgery in an effort to lose weight. Most of these solutions are riddled with problems, though, and weight lost is often easily gained back. So weight-loss strategies that are safe and long-lasting always make welcome news. Enter the green coffee bean, which a study in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity claims will help overweight people safely shed some extra pounds.

What’s in the bean?

Recent studies suggest that drinking coffee could protect against type 2 diabetes and obesity, which led researchers to look for the constituents in coffee that might be responsible for these effects. They discovered that coffee contains something called chlorogenic acid, a substance that seems to influence glucose and fat metabolism. Unroasted—or green—coffee beans contain substantially more chlorogenic acid than roasted beans do.

To test the effects of a standardised green coffee extract on weight loss, 16 overweight people (average age 33 years) took high dose (1,050 mg per day) green coffee extract, low dose (700 mg per day) green coffee extract, and placebo, each separately for six weeks, with a two-week break between phases. The participants didn’t change their diets during the trial. Body weight, BMI (body mass index), and percent body fat were measured before, during, and after each period of the study.

Both dosages of green coffee extract led to significant reductions in percent body fat, body weight, and BMI. Percent body fat also decreased significantly with placebo, but body weight and BMI remained unchanged. While taking green coffee bean extract, the people lost an average of almost 18 pounds and 4.4% of their body fat. What’s more, 88% of the people maintained their weight loss four months later. No side effects related to the treatment were reported.

“The results suggest that green coffee extract may be an effective nutraceutical in reducing weight in preobese adults, and may be an inexpensive means of preventing obesity in overweight adults,” concluded the researchers.

Weight loss 101

The results of this small study were impressive but need to be reproduced in larger trials before solid recommendations can be made about taking green coffee bean extract for weight loss. Doctors who specialise in weight loss agree that lasting results can only be achieved when you make permanent lifestyle changes that include eating less and moving more. Each positive step that you take adds up to help you meet and maintain your weight loss goals.

  • Be active. Exercise does double duty for weight loss—by burning calories while you’re working out and by increasing your resting metabolic rate.
  • Make your calories count. “Empty” calories from processed foods (like chips, pastries, and white bread and pasta) add inches to your waistline. Eating whole grains, fruits, vegetables, pulses, fish, and low-fat dairy and lean meats help fill you up without filling you out.

(Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes 2012;5:21–7)

Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, received her doctoral degree from Bastyr University, the nation’s premier academic institution for science-based natural medicine. She co-founded South County Naturopaths in Wakefield, RI, where she practiced whole family care with an emphasis on nutritional counselling, herbal medicine, detoxification, and food allergy identification and treatment. Her blog, Eat Happy, helps take the drama out of healthy eating with real food recipes and nutrition news that you can use. Dr. Beauchamp is a regular contributor to Healthnotes Newswire.