Peppersmith are running Tingz round here

tingz
Lots of goodness, nothing bad

We all need a little sweetness at times.

Now, Peppersmith have come up with the cutest if ideas.

…’Tingz’ are about to get a liitle bit sweeter…

Having already made stylish gum and mints for vegans and coeliacs, Peppersmith have launched a new range of sweets especially for kids.

Tingz sweets are good for teeth because they are made with British Dental  Health approved xylitol. So they are sugar free and free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives.

Still suitable for vegans and gluten free, Tingz available in orange & mandarin or strawberry & vanilla.

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Grains galore (especially good news for couscous lovers)

I luuuurve couscous!

(Apologies for the over-enthusiasm.)

But it’s so quick to make, it’s low in fat and you can flavour them with pesto, saffron, garlic, anything.

Artisan Grains couscous
You’ll be excited if you love couscous as much as I do…

So I’m delighted to learn that Artisan Grains are offering a Pearl Couscous (slightly larger rounder grains often treated as a delicacy), and a Tri-Colour Couscous made up of golden couscous, tomato infused couscous and spinach infused couscous.

But Artisan Grains’ passion for natural grains doesn’t stop there. They also supply Royal Quinoa (again, larger than your average quinoa grain) and GoodnessDirect are soon to take on their Chia Seeds (a high energy and very nutritious grain) and Greenwheat Freekeh (a nuttier tasting toasted grain).

Look out for their variety of Nut Roasts too.

Coeliac Awareness Week: Biona Organic Rice Bread – Review

Today marks the start of Coeliac Awareness Week.

Watch Catriona doing the first review of one of our Top 10 gluten free breads: Biona Organic Rice Bread.

 

Amazing low calorie biscuits and gluten free biscuits from Doves Organic

Doves quinoa and fig biscuits
Amazing new biscuits using quinoa and fig

I’m very excited about some new biscuits from Doves organic.

Why? Because they’re experimenting with quinoa and figs for their biscuits and flapjacks.

The result is Chocolate Chip Cookies at only 47 calories a biscuit (which lower than your average digestive!) … and it’s laced with chocolate and honey.

Did I mention that quinoa is a superfood? ‘Cos it is now for me!

They’ve also created some Figgy Flapjacks with whole pieces of luscious fig.

But their genius has taken the organic bakers one inspired step further. They’ve combined the two to make some amazing gluten-free Fig & Quinoa Cookies which are beautifully baked and taste golden. (No chalky, fake biscuit taste here. No nuts, dairy or any other major allergens either.) Rumour has it more quinoa cookie flavours are around the corner…

 

Sweet intensity from the UK’s only 100% Ethically Accredited Chocolate Company

seed & bean

Bite into a chunk of Seed & Bean chocolate and enjoy the sweet intensity that follows.

At least that’s what hits you with the Extra Dark Chocolate Mandarin & Ginger bar. I can’t speak for some of the other flavours, Rich Milk Tangerine, Extra Dark and Rich Milk Sicilian Hazelnut & Almond (yet).

However, I’m sure it’s bound to be as exotic and fulfilling as my Mandarin & Ginger experience.

The cute thing is these organic and fairtrade Seed & Bean bars now come in small bar sizes of 32g each.

And, if you believe small is beautiful, then you’ll love knowing that Seed & Bean also ‘grow’ their wrappers, making them from eucalyptus trees in Cumbria, so they are compostable and biodegradable.

In fact Seed & Bean are the UK’s only 100% Accredited Chocolate Company.

Vegan hot chocolate flakes from Plamil

Now this is good news!

Plamil, makers of dairy free chocolate, have an exciting new product!

(And I’m not talking about their new sugar free strawberry and banana flavour chocolates!)

They’ve only gone and brought out these gorgeous packs of vegan hot chocolate – and they’ve done it in style…

plamil hot chocolate
Rich and smooth, vegan hot chocolate

Add 6-8 teaspoons of chocolate flakes to some simmering soya milk and you have a luxurious non milk cup of cocoa.

Plamil’s dairy free hot chocolate flakes are exceptional, and not just because of their decadent taste. They’re at least 70% organic cocoa so they taste rich and smooth, but they can also come sweetened with xylitol, which means no added sugar.

The flakes are currently available from GoodnessDirect in four different varieties (all gluten free): organic chocolate, organic mint chocolate, organic chocolate with orange and sugar free chocolate flakes.

Fry’s meat free Curry Pies – certified ‘Shudda’ (of course…)

curry pie
Fry’s delicious vegetable curry pies

I though I’d let you know about this because it’s interesting.

While taking a look at Fry’s new meat free curry pies, I noticed that as well as being approved by the Vegetarian and Vegan Societies they were also Halaal, Pareve and Shudda certified.

We may be familiar with Halaal which is guidance for the treatment of food with regard to Islam and I know a bit about Pareve, the Jewish term for food made without meat or dairy, but Shudda was new for me.

There isn’t much information on it either, it seems to be popular in South Africa and refers to Hindu vegetarian rules. That being the case, it’s not surprising that Fry’s, a totally vegan brand, and particularly their curry pies, should be labelled such.

I’m not sure if the Shudda label will take off, but it’s fascinating to see how different cultures and religions add their perspective to what we regard as everyday food.