Product review: Gluten-free flapjack mix

I’ve had this box of flapjack mix in my house for at least 3 months and finally decided to open it and see what it was all about..

Wellness Warehouse launched their own brand of gluten-free mixes a while ago and I noticed that they’re in fact very reasonably priced! I think the flapjack mix was roughly R29? Not bad considering most other G.F mixes are close to R40 or R50! I think it’s because most of them are imported.

These ones don’t contain any weird artificial preservatives and additives which is nice to know:)

I was a bit hesitant to try them in the beginning because in my experience all gluten-free flours that I’ve baked with have left a very ‘crumbly’ product. These were not crumbly in the slightest! I did notice however that the actual mix contained quite a bit of raising agent (as the texture was a bit too “cake-like”) and I found I needed to add at least double the amount of milk the recipe called for, just to thin down the batter and allow for a flatter and more even flapjack.

The only ingredients that you need are 3 eggs and some milk. I used soy milk just because I like the flavour.

Taste-wise they were great but it must be noted that you need to season the mix with a pinch of salt before cooking. I decided to flavour my ‘jacks’ with dried strawberries and simply stirred them into the batter.

I served them with a drizzle of honey and a few raw almonds. They were delish and made about 20  medium size flapjacks.

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Snacking on the go

I was in a real rush the other day but was so hungry!!! You know, when your stomach starts to grumble and make funny noises when you’re in the queue at the bank? Yeah, that kind of hungry.

Anyway, I happened to be in close proximity to the Lifestyle Centre in Kloof Street and so made a quick dash to Wellness Warehouse. I found these in their “temptation aisle” (you know, where you see all the chocolates and yummy treats). Since I often only find carb-loaded packaged snacks, I decided to grab them. Plus, I love chickpeas! In fact my dad always finds a way to make a joke out of it. Like when my parents come to visit, he’ll look in the fridge and say,

“Where the chickpeas??!” Funny man.

They have a really nutty flavour when roasted and are so crunchy and actually (believe it or not), are rather filling too. They cost about R11 which is a bit more than a packet of chips, but hey- let’s look at the health factor!

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Wellness Warehouse Green Living Store

Last week Thursday was the launch of Wellness Warehouse’s new Green Living Store in the Lifestyle Centre on Kloof Street. My, my, my! I was overly impressed by the offering of all the AMAZING products!! There was also a 10% discount on every single item for the duration of the evening, so you can imagine how I could have easily walked out with half the shop. But I didn’t. Sadly.

The atmosphere was relaxed and casual, while a live band entertained everyone with a few upbeat tunes. A highlight for me was also the cocktail bar where cute ‘movember-d’ barmen artfully mixed up some very tasty (and interesting!) concoctions. I had a Beetroot Martini. The oxymoron in it left me amused…

The canape’s were also very “Wellness”y with little fruit skewers, gluten-free mini quiches, marinated mushrooms topped with little Caprese salads and raw chocolate fudge (which was devilish!). There were also cute strawberries dressed to the nines in little ‘tuxedo’s’! The entire Wellness Warehouse team really put a great deal of effort into the event and even gave everyone a small Spekboom plant to take home as a gift. Bless their cotton socks 🙂

I caught u with Sharni– who looked positively dazzling in a flow-y summery green dress + wedges! and then spent much of the evening eating raw chocolate fudge and obsessing over Breaking Dawn with the affable Janine while we both ‘Oooohhh’ed and ‘Aaaaaaah’ed over all the cool products.

Have a look!

Everything in the store; shelves and light fittings etc is recycled

Director of Wellness Warehouse makin' a lil speech!

Beetroot Martini

Yummmm

pretty fresh flowers

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Freeze-Dried Apple Crisps

These are amazing!!!

 

 

Head on over to  Wellness Warehouse and find out what I think of them!


Love Water

So, I have a tiny secret..

I’ve been sneakily sipping this for the past few days

What it is, you ask?

Well, let’s just say it was given to me by an old wrinkled woman who said that if I drank it every morning for 7 days I would meet a prince with an impressively large bank balance, who would look into my eyes, sweep me off my feet, and whisk me off into the sunset with him…

okaaaay okaaaay!

I actually just bought the water myself.  Are  you happy now?! 

I spotted it yesterday and let me be honest- whoever does the marketing had me hook, line and sinker!!

Firstly, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t taste like the water that comes out my kitchen tap, but how gorgeous is the bottle?!!  you can read all about the initiative on Terri’s blog (she was involved with the project).

I’m totally going to use the empty bottle as a vase! So cute.

They come in three different..umm.. flavours??

-Love

-Peace

-Abundance

You should really try it, and even if no princes magically appear- don’t you think it’d be  cool to check out  people’s reactions when they see you walking around drinking  “love water” ?! 

I do!

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Tragedy!

Do you have anything in your life that you truly cannot live without?

I do… and it’s called peanut butter!  I realise that this is actually my first post dedicated to good old PB…but trust me, it won’t be the last! You see I am quite addicted. I cannot let go. I’ve tried. I really have. I even tried giving it up for lent- for Jesus! But sadly, that too was unsuccessful.

Although Peanut butter is seen as “healthy” if eaten in moderation (and it is relatively healthy, don’t get me wrong!), I have come to understand that with me and PB…there is no moderation. Nope. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was clogging up my arteries right now. Terrible thought, but true.

So today as I was whipping up my usual snack of peanut butter and banana on toast, I suddenly saw that the PB was almost finished.  I could see the bottom of the jar! A small panic attack occurred at this point… followed by a deep breath. Only one thing to do – get to the grocery store stat!

Now I’m a bit of a PB ‘snob’.  I only like to eat natural PB without added sugar, which inevitably means I end up paying more for my beloved bottle of creamy nuttiness  Some would say that forking out between R20 and R30 for a ‘spread’ is just going a bit far. But I think, if it’s something you love and are really into- (like clothes or food or art or pampering yourself), then why not pay a bit extra to get what you really want.  It’s all about what’s best for you and what your priorities are. (It appears mine might seem a bit distorted?! eeek).

At the moment my PB of choice has to be the Natural Crunchy peanut butter from Wellness Warehouse which retails for around R22 a jar. I used to be a fan of the Organic peanut butter from Woolworths but they have been having some trouble with their distribution as it was an imported product so most of the stores have stopped stocking it. 

There are so many ways in which to use peanut butter and if you enjoy it and keep reading this blog, you will see just a few examples of how I like to eat this delicious, sticky, protein-rich goodness.

Ok, must dash! Need to get to Wellness Warehouse before it closes. 

Oh the things we do for the things we love!

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