Hello there! January is almost over, and I wanted to thank everyone who’s followed me on here and my social media channels. I’ve never really thought about doing a ‘favourites’ post, but I wanted to look back on the month and reflect on what made me feel good. I’m currently writing this poorly with a cold and a horrendous ibs symptom flare up, so I’m hoping that by writing this, I’ll feel better knowing that I’ve helped someone. So, lets get started.
1. Holland and Barrett, Manchester Market Street
Now, we know Holland and Barrett are great for dietary requirements and stock plenty of free from foods such as Amy’s Kitchen, Sweet freedom, as well as a lot of vegan food and snacks. But, the reason it’s a favourite is because the one in Manchester City Centre, on Market Street is expanding! For a while now, there have been renovation works on the store next door, and eventually it’s going to merge into a giant H&B store. Boasting 2 floors, they are going to have a lot more food related things in from what the manager was telling me when I visited. It’s set to open fully in mid to late February and I will definitely be popping in for some microwave gf meals for lunch at work.
2. The Hinari Genie 8 in 1 Blender.
So, I’ve had the Breville BlendActive for some time now, and I loved it so much, but when I moved out of my parents house I left it there and never came back for it. So one of my new years resolutions was to get back on top of my nutrition, I mean, there’s only so much broccoli I can eat to get my iron in before I get sick of it, right? I was in Asda looking for baking stuff and it was totally an impulse buy, I saw it on sale from £35-ish to £22. The Hinari MB280 is practically a nutribullet, with lots of different attachments, 6 cups, a juicer, blender jug, a sprinkler for seasonings, and it can also grate cheese, grind coffee as well as chopping veggies. It’s one of the best thing I’ve purchased, and when I think of it, the price I would pay is the amount I would spend on cosmetics I never wear. Definitely a great way to help reach my nutrition goals.
3. Costa Coffee
If you didn’t already know, Costa now sell gluten free sandwiches! That means no more half filled soggy wraps and gettting one up on Starbucks because they do ready wrapped gluten free brownies too (never forget Starbucks brownie-gate). The one I tried was their chicken salad and it was lovely, no dry bread, no holes, but I still picked the cucumber out. In the cold weather, and a world where I usually get a boots meal deal and find somewhere to sit outside when I’m out and about, I know I can go in there and enjoy a lovely hot drink and sit inside with my friends when I meet up with them to go shopping. I’m also signed up to their coffee club and receive emails abut special offers and how to get extra points.
4. JUST Gluten Free Bread.
Where I live is awkward for gluten free shopping, I know Sainsburys have just launched their new freshly baked gluten free bread, but the nearest store to me which stocks it is 45 minutes away on the train. So Asda is one of the main stores I shop at, and people seem to buy A LOT of gluten free bread and almost everything is sold out. So I’m super late to the party when it comes to trying this bread. It tastes just like soft ‘muggle’ bread, no holes, light, fluffy and toasts so well. It’s definitely beating my favourite brand Schar at the minute.
5. Asda Chicken Fajita Crispbakes.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen a lot of photos of my lunches on there, involving these bad boys. They came out a while ago, but they are perfect if you want to just throw something in the oven with little to no fuss after work. I just love having them in my lunchbox with salad and sweet potatoes. They’re delicious.
6. NYX lipsticks.
Cosmetics containing gluten usually sparks debate on the forums I go on. And it’s where I get sassy about them. Yes I know if I don’t eat bath bombs or shower gel I will be fine, but I am definitely cautious about what I put on my face and lips in case I ingest it without knowing, lipstick is on for a long time so it’s inevitable that some gets ingested. They don’t advertise as gluten free, but I’ve looked on the website a thousand times and can’t find any stuff I should steer clear of on the ingredients list. I’ve never had a problem with them, plus they’re cruelty free! They’re generally quite cheap to purchase and long lasting too. And a bold lip usually distracts from my tired eyes after a glutening.
So those were six of my favourite things from my gluten free adventures this month. I’m excited to see what February has in store for me, with valentines day and all.