Free From Food Awards pick out the very best of the Free From foods. Great Free From food should start out by simply being *great* food. Food that is delicious or nutritious (or both!) which can *also* be enjoyed by more people thanks to what is not included, be that gluten, milk, nuts or the big evil. Yeah, Celery, this means you!
Free From Food Awards are 10 years old this year. Happy Birthday! I joined the judging team last year. Veteran judges can tell how in the early years it was simply wonderful to have, say, a gluten free brownie to test. Wow! Gluten Free Brownie! Now the range is vast, diversity great and quality impressive. Products that earn a Commended, Highly Commended or Winner badge are really worth seeking out.
So when you see this badge, treat yourself!
Foods entered come from a broad range of producers. Start-up entrepreneurs, niche and artisan producers, established free from brands and the big supermarkets are all in the mix.
To earn an award a food will impress the judging panel not only with appearance, aroma, taste and texture but also with free from credentials, innovation or nutritional virtues. Judges ‘blind test’ meaning that the brands are unknown as the foods are sampled and rated and scoring is performed independently.
The following are my *personal* highlights from a ‘Food to Go’ category shared. I hope these products do as well as they deserve in the Awards but emphasize these are my opinions only! To learn about other 2017 entrants and the glorious winners follow the Free From Food Awards on Facebook and Twitter. A shortlist of the 2017 entrants will be published on 8th February and Awards announced on Tuesday 28 March.
Free From: Everything
Why I love it: Truly stunning and a definite world first.
Broccoli sprouts are the most potent source of sulforaphane and sulforaphane is strongly associated with reduced all cause mortality, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory outcomes. A serving of this juice delivers a meaningful dose of sulforaphane in a superbly convenient and versatile juice – add it to a smoothie or just drink it directly..I grow and eat broccoli sprouts several times per week partly to enjoy the health benefits of sulforaphane but this is a tremendous and incredibly innovative alternative.
Watch the talented Dr Rhonda Patrick cover sulforaphane in depth on Youtube
The folks at Vegus demonstrate a great understanding of sulforaphane. They make no wild claims and their FAQ illustrates an extremely well thought out approach to the product and packaging.
Available from: Direct from Vegus Juices
Free From: Dairy, gluten, refined sugar, soya and eggs (contains almonds)
Why I Loved Them – You do not have to be gluten-free or vegan to adore these but if you are, oh WOW! These are basically lower calorie, vegan Magnums. Their Chocolate, Ice Cream, Salt & Caramel is surely one of the most gorgeous flavour combinations in the known universe. I am willing to try their others. Yes I am.
The Ice Cream filling is not *quite* as creamy as the dairy based ice cream in Magnums but it is very close and far creamier than most dairy-free ices. The chocolate covering however is just as good. Do you have appetite for a rich and indulgent sensory treat? Find these.
Each Miiro Bar barely tips the scale at around 160 calories they say. So it seems only proper to eat 2 or 3 at a time :-P
Available From: Coming soon to Planet Organic, Whole Foods, As Nature Intended (so yeah, Londoners are okay, pester the Miiro people on their social media to demand delivery to your area!)
Free From: Everything except Brazil Nuts
Why I Loved them – I imagine these are the result of a mad scientist experiment to find out how many individually powerful flavours could be combined and still produce a pleasurable sensory experience. Banana, Coconut Aminos (like Soy Sauce), Vanilla, Maple Syrup, Beech Smoke, Any one of these could deliver a strong primary flavour. This combination should not work. Somehow it does. They offer a great initial crunch sensation too.
I enjoyed these so much I will order one of everything from The Raw Fix! They have some very unusual products. Cannot wait to try their Carrot, Pear and Ginger Granola . . . .
Available From: Online direct from The Raw Fix
Free From: Everything except soy, so gluten-free and vegan!
Why I Loved them: Intense cheese flavour combined with a crispy crunch, these are stupidly moreish, gluten-free, vegan cheesy Wotsits. My food preferences tend strongly towards the artisan and nutritious and I mostly avoid processed foods. For these I make an exception and declare that no bag can be considered safe in my presence. Beware, Quinoa White Cheddar Flavour Puffs, beware. You are warned.
Available from: Amazon in packs of 12 and potentially in Holland & Barrett stores