Firstly I want to thank everyone for your kind remarks on my last ‘styling’ post. I appreciate that you were all very gentle with me.
But, without further ado and #inothernews I was contacted recently by two companies offering me samples of their gluten-free goodies.
In the previous review I talked about my personal fave GF bread at the moment – flat rolls baked on Tuesdays by a bakery in my (neighbouring) childhood home town. I order a dozen rolls every week or two which basically does me for breakfasts and the occasional lunch. I love the bakery-made rolls as they’re great toasted.
However, now that I’ve tried Lifestyle Bakery’s GF bread rolls I’m realizing that my bakery rolls can be a bit hit and miss.
It’s not uncommon you see for them to have gaping holes in them. Yesterday’s for example, had a large airhole where the bread should have been.
Thanks to Lifestyle Bakery I was supplied with a four-pack of large bread rolls and a six pack of dinner rolls for my tasting pleasure.
Both were delicious. Thick but soft. And they smelled just beautiful. Unlike GF bread – which can be a bit heavy and well, ‘meh’ for me – the rolls have a decent amount of bread plus they’re soft. And did I mention they’re soft?! They’re also a lot thicker than the ones I buy at the bakery.
I also received a packet of pizza bases (two in a packet) and made myself a meat-lovers pizza on State of Origin night last week. I liked it a lot more than any other GF base I’ve tried in recent times. Again it was thick but not chewy and definitely not brittle, which is sometimes a problem.
The only negatives for me are that the rolls are more expensive than the ones I buy from the local bakery (which is sadly the case with all GF-specific products). The 4-pack of bread rolls or 6-pack of dinner rolls are just under AUD6.50 each. The local bakery makes a GF dozen bread rolls for AUD8.00.
They’re also not readily available. Only one outlet stocks Lifestyle Bakery products locally and on my recent visit they didn’t have the rolls or pizza bases. (The assistant suggested I return when the manager’s there and ask about getting them!)
However, I’ll definitely be stocking up next time I find some. I kept the rolls aside for special occasions (eating the less-expensive and lower-quality bakery rolls for breakfast). I’ve been taking the rolls out to lunch with me a couple of times (not as a guest… hee hee, but as a replacement for the cafe’s crappy GF bread for my steak sandwich). I also made sure I handed them over in the wrapping so they could see the brand for themselves!
Slim Secrets snacks
I was also approached by Slim Secrets to try some of their GF products. Having previously tried their chips (and loved the cheese and onion flavor) I was pleased this time to receive an array of snacks.
I love that so many of Slim Secrets products are GF and that they come in low carbohydrate and low calorie options. Years ago I loved a seed and nut bar but it was calorie-laden! The low-calorie Slim Secret snacks are perfect for just that…. a snack.
I’m not hugely fond of fruit – in general – or ‘in’ things, so I stuck to the Apple and Cinnamon bars and really really enjoyed the Vanilla Almond bars. I actually had them for dessert on a couple of occasions and they were perfect – giving me something sweet to end the night, but still quite healthy. Plus the fact that they’re chewy – in my mind – means that they’re not quickly guzzled (and I must surely burn calories doing all of that chewing! 😉 )
I generously shared some of the bars with my visiting mother and as she loves both tea and peppermint, she fell hard for this Mintabolism Boost!
Slim Secrets brand foods are available at a range of supermarkets internationally although I did notice that the my local Coles or Woolies didn’t have them. I’ll keep an eye out though because it’s not often I can be tempted by something relatively healthy AND low calorie! (And I’m a little bit in love with the butterscotch bliss fitballs. But I’m pretty sure I already mentioned that!)
Have you tried any new products lately?
I was provided with free samples of Lifestyle Bakery bread rolls and pizza bases and Slim Secrets snacks for the purposes of a review. There has been no compensation or other incentive offered to write a favorable review. All opinions expressed in this space are mine, written with the objective of giving readers my personal opinion of the products in question.