Even since we found out Jumpy had allergies, it has been a challenge to find recipes that turn out tasting nice, and even more difficult getting ready-made food I could always have an emergency supply of, to take on holidays, on our days out or to restaurants.
I am not keen on food shopping and am lucky to have my friend Cé always looking for convenience foods we could give Jumpy. Ever since she found Lazy Day Foods products in her local supermarket, she has bought quite a few goodies for our little allergy baby on a regular basis as they are her favourite treats. I can honestly say that Lazy Day Foods have helped us immensely in the route towards normality and not having to cook absolutely everything from scratch for my little girl.
Dr Sally Beattie and Emer Bustard, the brains behind Lazy Day foods, are “professional food scientists, with a personal interest in food intolerances”. All their gorgeous treats are made in Scotland. They are free from gluten, wheat, dairy, egg, hydrogenated fats. They are suitable for vegans and those with coeliac disease, a range of food intolerances or allergies. Their recipes and bakery are nut free. Their goodies do not taste like food made for people with allergies, which in itself is a huge achievement in my books! What more could you ask for?
Here is the lovely selection Sally and Emer sent me a couple of weeks ago.
What we had tried before and already loved:
When Cé bought Free From Belgian dark chocolate tiffin for my little one, I could hardly believe it was really ‘free from’ stuff. It looks like brownies and tastes like it contains all sorts of ingredients Jumpy cannot have. It is tasty, crunchy and incredibly moreish. This is Jumpy’s favourite treat. Even if the rest of us are having homemade brownies or chocolate cake, she will not try to grab what we are having as long as we leave her own cake alone!
The biscuit base in Sally and Emer’s Free From millionaire’s shortbread is crumbly, the caramel sticky, and the Belgian chocolate delicious. Our little Jumpy really enjoys half a slice of it after her lunch and I love it with a nice cup of tea. If you have some time and are thinking of making your own, head over to Vicki’s fab website (The Free From Fairy) as she has recently published her own free from recipe.
I have to admit I was rather unsure about the first box we opened. I am not into ginger in sweets and I did not expect the Free From ginger truffle slice to taste nice, but I was surprised as I found it incredibly refreshing and I thought the ginger enhanced the chocolaty treat. I might even try adding ginger in chocolate cake batter in the future! At this stage of my pregnancy (35 weeks), I tend to get heartburn at the end of most days, but the two nights in a row we had these slices for dessert, I did not get the dreaded burn. Jumpy really likes them, too, despite the heat the ginger adds to the slices.
Jumpy loves the Lazy Day shortbread and the chocolate chip version. I am not a fan, but you have probably gathered by now that I do not go for anything plain when it comes to food. It is not about me after all, it is all about the little lady!
The Lazy Day ginger snaps would have been ideal for me in those early days of pregnancy when ‘morning sickness’ (all day rather!) and nausea were quite constant (a little reminder here). Jumpy really likes munching on them in the afternoon when she needs a bit of a boost of energy with her beaker of dairy free formula.
As for the chocolate gingers, I was not sure about them hubby opened the packet but they were a hit with everyone!
The Free From chocolate orange slice has definitely become Jumpy’s new favourite. She loves chocolate, sultanas and citrus flavours so it was bound to be a winner with her! She kept pointing at the box, asking for more!
If you want to find out more about Lazy Day Foods, feel free to visit their website.