9 July 2014

The Allergy & Free From Show Haul

At the weekend, I went to The Allergy & Free From Show at Olympia. Both my mum and I have a milk intolerance and neither of us can eat wheat/gluten, unless we want to spend the day in pain and rocking the puffed up pregnant look. We went to the show with my sister-in-law as my 5 year old nephew has severe dairy, egg and nut allergies so she wanted to find some goodies for him as it's tough being that young and not being able to eat what everyone else can! I thought I would share with you some of the goodies we picked up - no drooling please!

The show was amazing because all the stands that were selling food had free samples for you to try so we spend the entire show munching our way round from stand to stand! Some of the bits we picked up, we've tried before but it was nice to try other things before we bought them!

These dough balls were possibly one of the most exciting finds of the day for me. It is impossible to get gluten free dough balls anywhere and I'm certainly not clever enough to make them from scratch! These dough balls are amazing and the flavours are so good! I definitely think I'm going to have to order more of these once we've eaten this little lot.

We picked up these goodies from the Nairn's stand. We already eat the biscuit breaks (orange and green packs) and have tried the cheese oatcakes but decided to try some other new bits too! Plus these were on an amazing deal of 5 for £5 (usually £1.50-£2 each). 

Finding gluten free cheese crackers that don't taste powdery and fake is an absolute mission. These are by far the best gluten free cheese crackers I've tasted so of course these were a must have. On the same stand they had these sweet potato crisps. I'm not usually a fan of veggie crisps but these are so good. So yummy, that we've already eaten one pack!

I doubt many of you will have heard of Optibac. I have been taking these probiotics for about 2 years now and feel so much better for taking them. In short, they are like the probiotic milky drinks you get but in capsule form and a million times better for you (maybe a slight over-exaggeration)! I take the ones in the orange box as when I started taking these my immune system was in pieces and my mum takes the ones in the blue box. We've both stopped taking these and definitely notice a difference so started up again. The ones in the pink box are for those days when you have a really dodgy tummy and just need that extra security when out and about. Yes, I'm talking poo here. They're basically a natural form of imodium. 

I can't express to you how excited I was to find gluten free bagels at the show. I LOVE bagels but they don't love me so much and instead of walking around with a bagel baby bump, I thought I would try these. They are so yummy and we've already eaten one pack of the plain and the sun dried tomato ones! 

Ok, so this isn't dairy free but who could say no to some majorly scrummy flavours of fudge? These are all absolutely amazing and I cannot begin to tell you how good mango fudge is! If you ever get the chance to try it, have some! You can also freeze these and eat straight from frozen! It's like freezing cold fudge but so so good. 

These were the freebies they were handing out at the show. We ended up with 6 gluten free chocolate muffins as my sister-in-law gave us hers and some pasta which looks strange but I'm intrigued to try it!

And the remaining random purchases. We bought this whisk which froths up any sort of milk (dairy, lacto free, soya, rice, etc) in less than a minute. All you do is pump the handle up and down and the whisk spins round super fast. The demonstration sold them to us! The other thing we bought was this amazingly yummy chocolate orange spread, which is dairy free, gluten free and vegan. It's sooooo good especially on the gluten free bagels!

Finally our non-food related purchase were these beaded hair clips which are amazing. I will be doing a separate blog post on these and how to use them so am not going to go into any detail here! 

So there you have our scrummy purchases from the show! It's so nice to be able to go to the cupboards and find some different things now rather than eating the same old gluten free bits and pieces. I definitely think the supermarkets need to cater more for people with allergies/intolerances as there are more and more people these days that can't eat wheat and dairy. 

What do you think of the bits we picked up at the show? Do you have any food allergies/intolerances? 



  1. how have i not heard about this show! all this stuff looks amazing. i need to note this down for next year!

    1. I hadn't heard of it until my mum asked me if I wanted to go! But I would definitely recommend going! X

  2. I'm definitely going to get myself some Optibac. I suffer with digestive issues, not really sure if it's a wheat intolerance or IBS (or both) but these sound like they'd alleviate some of the symptoms. Pregnant belly is not a good look when you're not pregnant!
    Great post

    1. It's amazing, I have IBS and have recently been diagnosed with IBD and Optibac has been a life saver! The daily ones just make me feel generally better but the bowel calm ones (in the pink box) are perfect for those days when you have a wobbly tummy! X

  3. Some great picks there! I avoid dairy and most gluten because of IBS so need to find some better snacks! Given me some inspiration.

    I love your header by the way, everytime I come on your blog I always notice it! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    1. Yeah these are definitely all worth a try! I hope you find something you like! Aw thank you :) x

  4. I use the slendier pasta, it's actually quite nice when paired with a sauce! They also make a rice variety too!

    1. Ooh that's good to know! I think I'm going to have to give it a go! Yeah I saw that, might have to buy some of that too! X


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