Note:This Gift Hamper was sent to me as a thank you for sharing in Gluten Free Joys Giveaway. I was not expected to do a review of the hamper or its services. My opinions are 100% honest.
On December 10th Gluten Free Joy, a fellow Coeliac Foodie and Blogger launched her Gluten Free Gourmet Gift Hampers. Based in Queensland, Australia, Jane also strives to bring some ‘gluten free joy’ into the lives of those living with Coeliac Disease. She has organized events, tours and more. With her most recent achievement, of course, launching her gluten free hampers with dairy free and vegan-friendly options. With over ten different options with prices starting at $35 they are a unique and thoughtful gift for the foodie in your life.
Each hamper comes in a box tied up with ribbon, its contents encased in tissue paper. The design is simple, elegant and really has a bit of a WOW factor about it. Inside each hamper, there is a complimentary gift card that you can customize with a personal greeting. There are four boxes that will cost you $35, these include a dairy free and vegan-friendly option. These boxes contain four products each. I myself, received the Just Because box – which is a simple way of saying thank you for being in my life.
Bramble & Hedge
Inside as mentioned there were four products, perfect for snacking on. The first thing is the Bramble & Hedge nougat. Made in Melbourne, the company creates some fantastic treats. The nougat bar is gluten free by ingredient and when you head to the website they state that they are gluten free. I can’t wait to try this flavour. I can’t say I have ever had anything like it before. Anyone you send this to is sure to love it. This bar online costs $15.95.
Next in the box is a delicious Charlie’s Cookie in Almond Choc and Cranberry. This is one of the two gluten free options that Charlie’s have in their individually wrapped range. The cookies are a decent size and perfect for a little sweet treat. I think I might have mine tomorrow for my afternoon snack. You can purchase them in a bulk pack of 13 on their website.
New Farm Confectionery
I didn’t need another reason to eat more chocolate but this was a really lovely treat to include in the box. The New Farm Confectionery chocolate bar is made in Brisbane and is labelled gluten free on the back. They seem to make a lot of delicious treats but this chocolate bar is a good introduction to the brand. It has beautiful gold pigment on the leaf decoration which makes it seem a little more decadent. I am not ashamed to admit this was the first thing from the box that I ate. Quite a few of their treats are included in the other hampers that Gluten Free Joy offers. A bar will cost you $8.
Whisk & Pin
Finally from our very own Blue Mountains we have a delicious nut pack from Whisk & Pin. Again another great snack option and one that I have today to cure my three-thirtyitis. These are 100% natual, gluten free and high protein. You could even add these to a grazing table over Christmas if you wanted to share. I don’t want to share, but that’s up to you. This 60g pack isn’t on the website so you can only get it in hampers. They do have a 125g pack though which will cost you $10. Going over all the products, this box is really good value as well as adorable and delicious.
Aside from the $35 boxes, there is also a medium size that ranges from $50 to $55 dollars. These seem to have five to six products in them. Finally, the large hampers start at $65 and peak at the $100 entertain me hamper. You can view all the hampers and their contents on the Gluten Free Joy website before deciding. The cut off for Christmas shipping to some Australian areas is December 17th. So if you are looking to get another gift this Christmas I would recommend ordering today. I certainly had a smile on my face as I opened this hamper, it felt special and exciting.
I’m not sure what it is but I love getting hampers, it means that it is something I can eat and use rather than something that might sit on my shelves for the next several years. Trust me if you have a foodie in your life, a hamper exactly like this is a great way to go…
Until Next Time;
Ashlee; The Aussie Coeliac.
A HUGE thank you to Ashlee for her HAMPER LOVE! She provides a wonderful resource to the Coeliac community through her many reviews of gluten free venues and products. Be sure to follow the link above to check out her blog! Jane x
This REVIEW was of the SHARING JOY HAMPER. To view the full range of Gourmet Gluten Free Gift Hampers on offer be sure to head over to our HAMPER PAGE.
Naturally sweetened with bananas and no added sugar.
3 extra large organic free range eggs
1 1/2 cups overripe banana, mashed + extra to decorate
1 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 cups almond meal
2 tsp gluten free baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
2. In a medium mixing bowl whisk eggs. Add mashed banana and melted coconut oil and whisk to combine.
3. Add almond meal, baking powder and cinnamon. Combine well.
4. Pour batter into a lined loaf tin. Top with extra banana (cut in half lengthways or into coins).
5. Bake in oven for 50-55 mins or until cooked through.
Variations: • Add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to batter. • This recipe is sweetened naturally with banana. If you have a sweet tooth add a touch (2 tbsp) of natural sweetener of choice such as honey, maple syrup or rice malt syrup.
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Research has shown that there is a strong link between those diagnosed with coeliac disease and an increased incidence of bone fractures, even for those strictly adhering to a gluten free diet. The increase is higher for coeliac females (1). This is not great news for the 1/60 female Australians out there currently diagnosed with coeliac disease.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition where bone density becomes critically low, resulting in thin and fragile bones that have an increased risk of fracturing. It is well known that there is a greater risk of osteoporosis developing for those with coeliac disease, mainly due to the associated malabsorption gut issues inhibiting the absorption of calcium and other essential vitamins (D, K & magnesium), which are the building blocks for our bones. It is also known that the coeliac autoimmune inflammatory response itself produces bone adverse antibodies, responsible for accelerating the breakdown of bone structures in the body. (2)
An added issue is the co-morbid intolerance to dairy products or lactose that many coeliacs face due to the sustained intestinal damage evident even after removing gluten from their diet. This results in the most common source of daily calcium intake, dairy products (milk & cheese & yoghurts), being removed from the diet of many coeliacs, exacerbating a reduced intake of calcium post coeliac diagnosis.
So, should we panic?
Absolutely not. But it is a reminder that we do need to take this health issue seriously, and that we need to be proactively engaging with our doctor to monitor our bone health.
A few years ago I had a bone density scan to do just that. It was shown that I have osteopenia, which is the precursor to osteoporosis. I was at the time already taking calcium supplements, as I was aware of this risk. However I have now also increased my intake of foods naturally containing calcium, such as dairy, and am aware of spreading this intake throughout the day as the body can only absorb about 500mg at once and will flush the rest out. Hopefully when I have a follow up scan it will show an improvement!
The good news is that bone health may be restored with careful monitoring of calcium intake, if instigated early enough, but it can take some time, and regular monitoring is prudent to ensure the remedial measures are being effective.
It is also important to note that the extent of the damage that may have occurred prior to coeliac diagnosis can take a while to turn around, and might influence the recovery rate once remedial measures are applied.
What can you do to prevent yourself becoming one of theses stats?
Request a bone density scan from your doctor to establish your bone health. Thankfully in Australia these scans are freely available to coeliac disease patients at no cost, with a doctors referral.
Ensure you adhere strictly to a gluten free diet to limit ongoing intestinal damage and promote healthy nutrient absorption
Increase your calcium intake throughout your day. Common sources of calcium include dairy (or lactose-free dairy products), broccoli, leafy green vegetables, fish (bones), tofu, almonds & brazil nuts, sesame seeds….
Take calcium supplements if recommended to by your doctor. Choose one which includes vitamin D as it aids in the absorption of the calcium molecules.
Incorporate weight bearing exercise into your daily routine as this increases bone strength
Cut back on salt & caffeine as both may make your body lose more calcium and bone (3)
(1) Adams, Jefferson (2014): Bone Fracture Risk Double for Celiac Disease Patients, celiac.com
(2) Shikhman, A.R. (2012): Risk Factors for Osteoporosis and Coeliac Disease, Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, Institute for Specialised Medicine
I seriously have had a CHEF explain that ‘while they don’t have a separate fryer for the gluten free chips and calamari, their oil is set at a hot enough temperature to ‘burn it off’!!!
I have also heard of restaurant staff talking about gluten getting ‘killed’ by the hot temp of the oil!!
This level of ignorance by some professionals in the food industry is obviously very concerning.
So lets establish the facts.
Gluten is a protein molecule. It cannot be ‘killed’.
Gluten can however be denatured (have its structure broken down) through extremely hot temperatures. It is thought that it requires a temperature of over 260°C for this to occur (1). Most commercial fryers are set at between 130°C and 200°C. If in fact one was set at 260°C, the food being cooked would simply burn…basically turn to charcoal!
Additionally IF gluten was destroyed in this way then the food containing gluten would also lose its glutinous structure and consistency…ie. the batter or bread crumbs would not hold together…(2)
So if your fish and chips or calamari come out with a nice golden intact crispy coating, then gluten is still very very present.
Remember, it only takes one crumb!
One crumb (50mg of gluten) is all that is required to trigger the reaction of the immune system in a coeliac to attack the lining of the intestine (3). Lets get even more specific…the gluten protein molecule is actually made up of smaller sequences of amino acids. It is one particular sequence, the gliadin component, that is known to be the trigger for the coeliac auto immune reaction, causing the gliadin-specific antibodies to go on the attack. Just ONE molecular sequence can trigger this reaction. Just one crumb.
So, regardless of the temperature of the oil, regardless of how long it is cooked for, and even if the gluten was mostly broken down (& the food was subsequently burnt and falling apart!), there would STILL potentially be enough of the gluten protein’s sequential molecular structure remaining intact within the oil/food item to trigger an auto-immune response in a coeliac.
Mind you…the coeliac at this point wouldn’t eat it as IT WOULD BE MOSTLY CHARCOAL!!
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Gluten Free LUXURY BOUTIQUE TOUR TO PARIS
September 24-27 2019
Lets stroll the Seine while we snack on a croissant or a baguette and enjoy this beautiful city together on this 3 night extension to the Tuscany Tour. Either make it an Add On and enjoy a 13 night trip to Europe (with an extra night in Florence), or just join me for this mini French escape. Either way…these 3 days will be packed full of incredible french delicacies, all gluten free of course, and the most memorable Insta worthy experiences that will have your friends drooling. For a taste of what to expect…check out my Insta posts @glutenfreejoy or FB posts @glutenfreejoy17 of my recent trip in September last year or head to my Paris Blogs! Max persons 10. Full details including pricing, accomodation and itinerary to be released soon. Direct all pre-enquiries to Jane: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gluten Free COOKING ADVENTURE IN TUSCANY
I am really excited to be joining with Sophie from In Sophias Kitchen for this authentic foodie adventure in the Tuscan countryside. Details to be released soon!
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*PLEASE NOTE: While only food establishments with a commitment to coeliac safe practices have been included as part of the tours and experiences, not all of the venues are 100% gluten free and cannot therefore guarantee against accidental cross contamination (airborne wheaten flour etc). The 100% gluten free status of each venue is stated in the Extra Info included for each Tour/Experience. You will need to determine your own level of risk in this regard.