Allergy & Free From Show 2013- Food Highlights

Saturday, June 8, 2013

For the second year in a row, I have visited the Allergy and Free From Show at Olympia in London.  This is the best place to learn about new products that those with skin allergies (like me), environmental allergies, and/or food allergies and intolerances.  It has grown in size from last year, with the added Veggie Good Food show in the same space which added a veggie flair.  I was lucky enough to chat with a few Exhibitors and have product reviews lined up.  For a complete list of exhibitors click here.  I will divide the posts into food and lifestyle (skin care, health products).

If you'd like to go to the Allergy and Free From Show this weekend, click here for free tickets.

Ms. Cupcake I met when I first arrived in London at teh Greenwich Market.  She has moved on to bigger and better things in Brixton with a lovely shop.  Her cakes are vegan and delicious!  She even has a book out for you to give it a go at home.

I was so excited to see Amy's Kitchen come over the USA at the show. Their 'No Chicken Noodle Soup' is one of my favorite tinned soups back home.  Unfortunately, they don't stock that flavor  in the UK yet.  I sampled the Hearty French Country Vegetable Soup which was yummy and perfect for a autumnal day.  They have many other products besides soup which are equally delicious.

If you suffer from IBS, there are 2 products I discovered that might help your symptoms.  The first is Symprove. It is a pro-biotic that has been tested in a clinical trial and reduced the symptoms in nearly 30% of the study participants.  A full course is 3 months long.

The other product is D'Mix by Conscious Food. This is a blend of 8 herbs and spices which you eat after each meal.  One teaspoon chewed 40 times helps balance and smooth the digestive system.  I picked up a pack of this for one of my clients who has IBS.  Hopefully will find it useful.

Sim Smith founded Knead Bakery because she has multiple allergies and intolerances, including gluten, wheat, yeast and sugar.  (Imagine trying to eat out with those limitations!)  Their Fresh Seeded Bread tastes more like an artisian bread with high fiber and lower fat (seriously it was yummy).  I also split a Double Indulgence Brownie with my husband.  It was pretty dense and very close to a 'normal' brownie with a strong chocolate flavor.  Sim suggests warming the brownie and serving with soy ice cream, which I will be doing next time!

It was so exciting to find the Alara stand.  I have been meaning to purchase some superfoods to add to smoothies and they had maca, goji berries, and raw cacao powder.  I also picked up gluten free muesli to enjoy at breakfast time.  They are London-based which is great too!

Food Heaven carry dairy free frozen dessert.  I tried the lemon cheesecake and so good! I think I will be buying these for my next dinner party as I am trying to cut milk out of my diet.

Frank! Snack Bars contacted me to review their bars.  It was wonderful to meet Richard and his team in person.  These snacks are 100% natural, gluten, nut & dairy free as well as high in protein.  I had already tried the Oat & Chocolate bar and Orange & Chocolate.  They had all the flavors so I took a small piece of Blueberry & Chocolate and Double Chocolate.  I would really recommend all the flavors for a post-workout treat.

Clive's Pies were at the show last year and are a wonderful alternative for a take away vegetarian snack.  Their brand has expanded to include pot curries and cakes now.  Stock up for emergencies when you don't have time to cook but want something healthy.

This is not a full list of the brands offered, but some I chatted with this year and last.  If you can't make it to the show, look for stockists on the brand websites.  Keep in mind gluten-free doesn't necessarily mean healthy.  Read the product labels and look at fat and sugar content.

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