28 July 2018

Living Gluten and Dairy Free

In the middle of last year, it became increasingly obvious that something wasn't right within my body, I won't go into details, but it was extremely unpleasant and finding the cause took months. It turns out that as well as being lactose intolerant I had also become gluten intolerant. Living a dairy-free life is hard enough, but finding out that you also have to give up anything containing wheat or gluten is doubly hard as it is in just about everything.

So if like me, you have suddenly had to give up anything that contains gluten and/or dairy don't despair below is a list of some products that I have found that taste good and won't upset your digestive system, I will continue to add to the list when I try new products.



The best advice I can give to anyone reading this is to make sure you read labels thoroughly before you buy anything, you would be amazed at the products that have gluten, wheat and dairy in them even products that you wouldn't think would contain them, I found this out the hard way.

Gluten-Free Bread

BFree Sweet Potato Wraps (there is also a Quinoa & Chia wrap, but it’s not as pliable. I haven’t tried the Multigrain yet.)

Pure Bred Hamburger buns

Helga’s Gourmet rolls

Toscano Gluten Free Pizza Base

While I really enjoy the bread listed below I don't like the fact that they come wrapped in two plastic bags. One isn't enough?

Abbot’s Bakery Soy & Linseed bread - this is the best gluten-free bread I've found.

Abbot's Rustic White loaf

Helga's Soy & Linseed is also very good

Orgran Bread Crumbs

Genius Soft White  Bread Rolls

Nonna's Bakery Half Baguette - Gluten, egg, dairy, soy, nut-free and from the list of ingredients they seem to be vegan as well. I bought mine at Munno Para Foodland and used them to make my own gluten and dairy-free garlic bread and at $5.50 for a two-pack, I thought they were reasonably priced. I'm not sure if they are available in other states but a Google search should tell you.


Biscuits

Woolworths Select Lemon & White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Woolworths Select Mint Slices

Woolworths Choc Chip Biscuits - Not only are they dairy and gluten-free they are also egg-free and soy-free.

Leda Chocolate Chip Cookies are not only delicious, but they are also dairy-free, gluten-free and suitable for vegans.

Leda Arrowroot biscuits

Cakes 

Coles Gluten-Free Banana Bread (boxed) It's very good, but a little too sweet for my tastes.

Coles Gluten Free Apple Pies (2 pack)


Pasta and noodles

Barilla GF Spaghetti

Barilla GF Fettucine

Barilla GF Penne

Barilla GF Elbows

Changs Gluten Free Wok-Ready Noodles 



Breakfast cereals

Kellogs Gluten Free Cornflakes 

Freedom Foods Muesli - Fruits and Seeds


Dairy Substitutes

Ice Cream
Weiss Real Good Feel Good bars - Pineapple and Coconut, Mango, Passionfruit and Coconut. They also make a Dark Chocolate and Coconut that I haven't tried yet.

Sanitarium So Good Frozen Dessert - Vanilla Bliss and Salted Caramel and Almond. I love the Vanilla Bliss, it's so smooth and creamy. I have yet to try the Choc Almond or Chocolate Bliss if you have let me know what you thought of them. 

Edited: I have recently tried the Chocolate Bliss and although I'm not a huge fan of chocolate ice cream it is very good.

Yoghurt

Nudie Coconut Yoghurt - Natural. It also comes in Mango and Passionfruit, Blueberry, Strawberry and Watermelon and Vanilla.

Nakula Harvest Coconut Yoghurt with Passionfruit - Thick and creamy just like dairy yoghurt. The coconut flavour isn't very strong and the only sweetness seems to come from the passionfruit itself. My only complaint is that it could have a bit more of a tang to it, it also comes in mango and natural which I will be trying next.

Edited 27.9.2019 - I tried the Nakula natural unsweetened yoghurt today and it is delicious, so if you're looking for a dairy-free substitute for natural yoghurt I highly recommend it.

Cocobella Passionfruit Coconut Yoghurt


Spreads
Nuttelex Original - It is an excellent dairy-free substitute for butter and can be used in the same way.

Milk Substitutes
Vitasoy Soy Milky Regular - My favourite soy milk
Organic Provamel Soya single cream alternative

Cheese
I have bought and tried a lot of non-dairy cheeses (and wasted a lot of money) over the years they all pretty much taste and smell the same and most of them tasted better when they are eaten hot as in a toasted sandwich or on a pizza, and the only ones that I am happy to recommend are Follow Your Heart Parmesan Style Cheese, The Alternative Dairy Company Mozzarella. If you're looking for mozzarella to eat straight from the packet, I would recommend Green Vie mozzarella flavour, it's very good.

Chocolate
Sweet William - this company makes a whole range of chocolate products including baking chocolate, chocolate bars and blocks (the white chocolate and white chocolate with strawberry pieces is my favourite), chocolate spread (which is also nut-free for anyone who has a nut allergy), and they also make Easter bunnies and chocolate Santas.

Eskal Noble Choice Dark Chocolate - I have tried both the Fruit & Nut and Peppermint and can recommend them both. 

Fruchocs Delightfully Unexpected Dark Chocolate Cherry 
Fruchocs Delightfully Unexpected Dark Chocolate Apricot - these are both gluten-free as well.