It’s coeliac awareness week, and I thought I would highlight one of the issues that affected me symptoms-wise before I even knew it was coeliac disease. Vitamin Deficiencies and fatigue. They still affect me from time to time, but now they’re more manageable compared to having to go back and forth to the doctors.
A few things I really struggle with vitamin-wise, is taking tablets, and I struggle to get my five a day. One thing I discovered that helped me get those vitamins in is the BIOGLAN superfoods range. Specifically the powders. Although they do capsules, I found that the powders they have are versatile and I find them fun to incorporate into my gluten free diet. And I don’t forget them!
You can buy them from Holland and Barrett, good health stores, and of course, from their online store.
I was kindly gifted some samples from Bioglan, two of which I haven’t tried before, but they are just as versatile. Each 70g pack has a recipe on the back of it, and has a few ideas on how to use them! I really enjoy experimenting with food, so these are perfect for me.
Supergreens: Body and Mind revitaliser.
This was the first one I discovered shortly after I got diagnosed with coeliac disease, and I was really keen to try this because it is a source of iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and Vitamin C, and it has a subtle apple taste, rather than an earthy grassy taste.
I particularly like to add a tablespoon into a smoothie for a revitalising hit of nutritious goodness. It really doesn’t matter what fruit or veg is in it. But if you’re stuck for ideas, they have a great recipe on the back. I just think this way is the most effective way of getting the most out of it. One, you’re getting your iron and B12 from the powder, and two, you’re getting some of your five a day!
This product does contain wheatrgrass and barleygrass, which I know some coeliacs stay away from because the advice out there can be conflicting. But wheat and barley grass are just grass, and not the grain. I’ve never had a problem with this powder, so it’s down to personal preference really. Obviously if you want to avoid this one, there are plenty of other powders available, such as the super berries!
Cacao is the most pure version of chocolate, and is packed with nutrients such as magnesium, which, as part of a balanced diet, contributes to the reduction of fatigue. And of course, since I’m ‘the coeliac sloth’, I DEFINITELY need that energy boost.
Again, you can add this to a smoothie, or even a hot chocolate. Since cacao has that incredible chocolatey taste, you can even add it to a healthy pudding, or bake some healthy energising breakfast muffins. I think this will be great to use in a healthy banana loaf recipe. Chocolate and Banana is such a dreamy flavour combination!
Flax & Chia
This is a nice mix of golden flax seeds and chia seeds. In general, I struggle to get enough fibre in my diet, and so sprinkling some of these into a smoothie or on my porridge is a great way to incorporate this.
They even have a fabulous cookie recipe on the back of the packet for inspiration which I made with them! You can even add a pinch of the cacao powder too! The best thing about this, is that the seeds are milled, so you don’t get pesky chia seeds stuck in your teeth all day.
I’m a sucker for snacking, and I love making my own snack bars from time to time. My favourite flavour combination is chocolate and Peanut butter though. I decided to put the Flax and Chia seeds in my favourite peanut butter and chocolate snack bars. Made with gluten free oats and puffed rice, this is a more nutritious way to tackle my sweet cravings. You can get the recipe for it below!
- 3tbsp Unsalted butter or milk free alternative
- 150g Unsalted Smooth Peanut Butter
- 135g Honey
- 120g Gluten free Oats
- 45g Puffed rice cereal
- 100g Dark chocolate chips
- 30g Flax & Chia
- In a saucepan over a medium heat, add the honey, butter and peanut butter, and continuously stir until well combined, and the mix looks like a runny sauce.
- In a bowl, mix together the rest of the dry ingredients.
- Pour the peanut butter mixture onto the dry ingredients, and mix well. The chocolate chips will melt at this point.
- Transfer the mixture into a traybake tin, and press the mixture down firmly with the back of a spatula or spoon.
- Leave to chill in the fridge for around 45 minutes, or until they are firm.
- Cut into squares or bars, and enjoy!
So there you have it, I really like how versatile these can be, and how easy they are to incorporate into a gluten free diet. Like I say, you can buy them in any good health food retailers or on their online store here.
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