I know what you’re thinking: “I miss proper bread!”
Bread is the number one item on most coeliac’s list of things they most miss. A soft, high-rising slice of sandwich bread that doesn’t crumble into oblivion, needn’t be stored in the freezer, and can be eaten without resuscitation by toaster!
In the years I’ve run The Gluten Free Lifesaver, the most frequently asked question I receive over and over again is for a good -no great, bread recipe. I have held back a bit, knowing how incredibly important this is, until I managed to finally succeed in making a loaf fo bread that without a doubt is the best I have come across. And this is it -this is the one!
Must read: A compelling article from The New Yorker; A woman’s winning battle with Autoimmune Disease
When I read this gripping and strikingly familiar article by Megan O’Rourke from The New Yorker, I relived my own story almost to a fault. It describes her own struggle with autoimmune disease, from a compellingly personal perspective -one which leaves no room for argument over the reality of autoimmune disease. Read More
Chocolate dipped Strawberries with almonds and mini-marshmallows; A Delicious Break from the Rich Holiday Food!
Fancy a little holiday for your tummy?
Try dipping fresh strawberries in melted chocolate, and covering them in flaked almonds and mini-marshmallows!
The bright red and green makes for a wonderful festive colour palette, but your tummy won’t have to fight a loosing battle with fats and sugars. This treat really satisfies both the eye, the tummy and indeed the body! Read More
Time to celebrate!
And so it’s finally here; Christmas Eve, in all its glory!
In between fruitcake and eggnog, a fresh, light and frosty drink might hit just the spot! Read More
Fancy a quick and easy treat?
Perhaps something sweet with a little touch of salty?
Got more candy canes than you can shake a stick at?
Whip up this super yummy dark chocolate peppermint pretzel bark, and satisfy that craving!
This incredibly tasty treat literally takes minutes to make, and it is beyond moreish.. One bite and you’ll be well and truly hooked! Read More
The Crown Jewel of all Smoothies!
Christmas is a time for celebration, a time for decadence and for luscious delights. The traditional Christmas (or plum) Pudding represents all that Christmas is about, with its lush flavours and rich ingredients. This is not a time to hold back, but one to really truly enjoy the most wonderful of treats!
To represent this sentiment, we have our very decadent Plum Pudding Smoothie. Personally I think it ticks all the boxes for indulgent holiday treat, but that’s not to say it leaves your healthy conscience with a blot; this royal treat of a smoothie will leave your tastebuds satisfied, and your body fulfilled! Read More
It’ a holly jolly holiday..
If you haven’t already, I sincerely think it’s time we all started dreaming of sleigh bells, mistletoe, time with the family, and of course all that delicious, fantastic, delightful Christmas food!
If there was ever a treat to lust for this holiday season, it would without a doubt be Nigella’s Christmas Puddini Bon-bons. Nigella’s bon-bons are rich and decadent to the last bite, cute and delectable to look at, and very Merry Christmassy!
The good news is that they are as easy to whip up as they are tasty to eat. If you have some Christmas cake or Christmas pudding leftovers, you can whip this decadent treat up in no-time! Read More
Have a very pepperminty holiday!
Peppermint goes with Christmas the way Pimm’s goes with a hot summer day. Candy canes and peppermint bark flood holiday tables and Pinterest boards..
But there’s a lot more to peppermint than a jolly good filling in your chocolate biscuit; there’s oodles of goodness for your body too!
This delicious smoothie is not only gluten-free and dairy-free, but sugar-free, paleo, low-FODMAP and vegan as well!
My grandma used to be the undefeated boss of Caramel Pudding. Her trained hands would twirl the molten sugar around the pan effortlessly, never burning a finger. Her pudding always came out flawless, velvety and golden, and always abundant.
These gorgeous little Christmas Cake Bites are a fun and decorative alternative to the traditional Christmas Cake! Perfect for parties (or portion control), these little pieces of festive fun are sure to be a great success! Read More
Eggnog is a staple in many homes during the holidays, and we couldn’t possible make a Christmas Smoothie Calendar without it!
This frosty version cuts out the heavy cream and the alcohol, though keeping the well-known and loved festive flavour. We’re even adding some fantastic nutritional benefits! Read More
If you’re making a cake this Christmas; make it this one!
This cake is to die for! Being Scandinavian I was never accustomed to the fruity and dense Christmas cakes and puddings that have found their way down to Australia from Britain. They are an acquired taste, although they certainly represent all that Christmas is about. Having grown up with light and fluffy Scandinavian desserts, I struggled to adapt to the richness of the traditional English desserts. So instead I found a way to adapt it to the Scandinavian taste! Read More
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world,
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
-Norman Vincent Peale
Visit the blog any day until Christmas, and find a new exciting and
delicious recipe fresh on the blog that day!
We’re celebrating in style this December!
Please forgive me for introducing these to you.. I take no responsibility for the over-eating that may occur as a result. Read More
Moist Gluten-free Norwegian Christmas Cake; Vanilla and Light Citrus with almonds and dried blueberries
Best cake ever!
One of my favourite Norwegian Christmas Cakes is one called “Mor Monsen” which actually translates to “mother Monsen”. Whoever Mrs Monsen was, she sure left a fantastic recipe behind!
This seasonal staple is baked in an oven tray, then cut into little squares or diamond-shaped pieces. It is jam-packed with eggs, and has a dark vivid yellow colour. It may be a cake, but all those eggs bring with them incredible nutritional value! This wonderfully golden cake tastes rich but light, with a hint of citrus and almond; such a beautiful cake that you can easily get addicted to! Read More
I love a beautiful snow globe, and they are so easy to make yourself!
All you need is a mason jar, glue, artificial snow and some glitter, and an ornament to put inside the jar. I used Christmas trees in my snow globe, but you can use pretty much anything! Read More
Here’s a healthy, yet very tasty, version of the old classic!
You really can’t get past the Gingerbread Man in a collection of Christmas smoothies; it just goes without saying. No Christmas without gingerbread!
This wonderful little drink puts the jolly into any Christmas party!
Of course brownies can be festive!
These awesome raspberry and pecan brownies for example, are super festive!
(includes dairy-free and low-FODMAP recipe options) Read More
Who doesn’t love a hot chocolate? I certainly do!
It hardly matters where you use them; there are certain spices that truly bring on that Christmas feeling! As the house fills with scents of cloves, cinnamon and ginger, you know that the jolly season is just around the corner! Read More
Let’s make snowballs!
It looks like a guilty milkshake, and it tastes every bit as naughty as it looks. -But this treat won’t put you on the naughty list!
This smoothie is not only delicious, it has no added sugar, it’s low FODMAP, dairy-free, paleo and if made with fresh coconut, also raw! Read More
A seasonal favourite in new wrapping
Mulled apple cider is such a classic, and really does warm the cockles. But what if you want to cool the cockles? Or you’d like some fantastic health benefits along with the festive flavours?
Behold the Mulled Apple Smoothie; a real treat which does so much more than just entice the tastebuds! Read More
A feast of flavour and colour!
The best companion to our delicious Norwegian Christmas Meatballs which were posted on the blog two days ago, is a generous serving of crisp and flavourful sautéed brussels sprouts with almonds and berries. Such a firework of colour and flavour, and perfectly in tune with the Christmas spirit with its gorgeous vibrant green and reds! Read More
It’s time for the third Smoothie in our Calendar!
This wonderfully frosty smoothie is bound to put a smile on anyone’s face, as well as a jolly treat in anyone’s belly! It’s fresh, creamy and super duper delicious, and makes for a great breakfast option, or just a nice little snowy treat. Read More
A Holiday Classic!
Mmm.. these meatballs are seriously juicy and tasty! Read More
We’re opening the second door of our smoothie calendar..
..to find a Baked Apple Pie Smoothie!
With its fragrant, sweet and warm taste of apples and cinnamon; this is the perfect smoothie for the cooler months. You will most definitely recognise your favourite pie as you take a sip of this delicious drink, and you can rejoyce in a multitude of nutritional benefits along the way. It is especially good for your tummy! Read More
Sugared cranberries make gorgeous decorations on any baked goods during the holidays! They sparkle as light reflects in the sugar crystals, and really add a sense of Christmas with their bright red variations. Read More
Who doesn’t love a pumpkin pie?
To kick off our smoothielicious advent calendar, we give you an old favourite in new and fresh wrapping: the Pumpkin Pie’s healthy little brother!
I really love this smoothie; it actually has that delicious pumpkin pie flavour to it so you can get your Pumpkin Pie fix, but minus the calories! 🙂 Read More
OH CHRISTMAS TREE, HOW YUMMY ARE THY BRANCHES!
This December is promising to be the most outstanding and delicious yet on The Gluten Free Lifesaver! I have a whole bunch of mouth-watering recipes lined up for you, and to kick it all off we are giving you this fantastic advent calendar jam-packed with healthy but (make no mistake!) Super Tasty smoothies!
Perhaps you want to leverage all the rich food with some healthier choices this Christmas, or you need a digestive to get your body through the silly season? Maybe you are somewhere warm this Christmas, and you still want to enjoy the classic holiday favourites, but without the hot flushes? Read More
Happy Birthday Everyone; 2 Years of The Gluten Free Lifesaver, and we’re celebrating with an awesome new look!!
It’s been 2 years already!
I can’t believe it’s been two whole years since I worked out there wasn’t by far enough quality gluten-free resources in this world, and decided to do something about it.
As we celebrate 2 years of The Gluten Free Lifesaver, I can’t help but look back at how far we have come; the blog has evolved in content, purpose and size, and I have evolved into a healthier and more fulfilled person from having worked with all of you.
2015 promises to be our biggest year ever, with a whole bunch of new and exciting features!
Quite a mouthful, but a very tasty one!
(includes dairy-free, vegan and raw recipe options) Read More
These little golden nuggets whip up in three minutes, they are super moist and naturally sweet, and not to mention super healthy! With all the goodness of banana coupled with the protein and nutrients from the egg, little can beat these pancakes both on flavour and health benefits! Read More
Do you recognise any of these symptoms?Muscle soreness? Reduced physical function? Poor posture? Reduce range of motion (ROM)? Weakness or stiffness? Joint stress?
Then I suggest you read on! Read More
These healthy treat bars are absolutely made in heaven! They are gluten-free, dairy-free, raw, refined sugar-free, vegan and utterly ridiculously delicious! Read More
Delicious Chocolate Hamper Christmas Giveaway -with no gluten, dairy, sugar, nuts or artificial ingredients!
My chocolate dreams have come true!
I have been introduced to a line of yummy chocolate in 18 varieties and flavours, which are all chocolatey goodness without the nasties! And you can win a whole hamper full of treats too! (giveaway at bottom of post) Read More
Written by Nick L. Pfeffer B.EX CEPS (bio at bottom of post)
We’re sitting ourselves to DEATH
The American Journal of Epidemiology showed that men who sat for six hours or more had a 20% higher death rate than men who sat for 3hrs or less..
But, with 8 hours a day in a job, 2 hours commuting, 8 hours sleeping and a couple of hours looking after kids or tending to chores.. where do we find the time?
That question is quickly turning into a common problem, as our lives are constantly filled with even more activities which give us even less movement. However, even if you are sitting down for most of the day, and you can’t get away; there are some very important and incredibly effective ways of catering to your body’s desperate need for activity. By following my simple exercise plan you can help your body cope with the strains of sitting down.
But why is it so terribly important that we keep moving? You might be saying to yourself: ” Can you tell me something I don’t already know?” Read More
Written by Nick L. O. Pfeffer B.EX CEPS (bio at bottom of post)
I know many of you are in my shoes; you spend hours on end in sedentary jobs, and you find it hard to keep your motivation and energy up to hit the gym after a long day at work. We all feel that way from time to time.
The trouble is, a sedentary lifestyle can cause far bigger problems that a rounded waist, and the now-famous “thutt” (rather unattractive butt-meets-thigh physique arising from the all too familiar office lifestyle). Not only does lack of movement put you at far greater risk of developing serious lifestyle related illnesses in the long run; but in the short run you can and will struggle with issues relating to shortening of muscle tissue, posture problems and a chain reaction of pain throughout your body. Read More
I’m not normally much of a coffee drinker, but the smooth taste of espresso with walnutty company, all wrapped up in velvet smooth buttercream.. well who can possibly resist! Read More
That feeling when you swallow a delicious big bite of food, whilst simultaneously realising that it wasn’t gluten-free at all..
I just did, and I’m experiencing the mini-panic that surges through my body once the food is eaten and pain inevitably awaits. Nothing I can do now, just buckle up and endure the ride.
I truly cannot repeat this enough: ALWAYS READ THE LABEL, even if you have indeed eaten it a million times before, read it again. Things do change, even ingredients in your favourite chocolate bar 😦
Wish me luck for the next week..