Friday Favourites - Gluten-Free Snacks Feature

Here at The Amazing Blog, we love enjoying delicious snacks throughout the day to keep us focused and energised. For our readers with dietary restrictions, we understand that quality gluten-free snacks are not always easy to find. To solve this problem, we made it our mission to search for gluten-free products that taste great and won’t harm your body. Here are our top four favourites out of the products we discovered. 

All of the snacks from The Foods of Athenry ere a big hit here at the office, especially the cookie shots! They make a variety of delicious treats, many of which are gluten-free, so your whole family can enjoy their yummy snacks. The Foods of Athenry is a family-run business based in West Ireland. Their gluten-free snacks include a variety of different breakfast cereals, cookies, crackers, flapjacks, grab & go bars, biscuits, cakes and scones. Their gluten-free products are certified by the Coeliac Society, since all of the snacks have the crossed grain symbol on the box. Since some of their products do contain gluten, they avoid cross-contamination by using two separate bakeries. You can shop all of their gluten-free snacks here, where you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of products. 

Perhaps the most nutritious item on our list, we loved the healthy olives from Urbangrains. The two varieties we sampled were the Black Kalamon Olives and the Green Olives. Both olive flavours are organic and are marinated in olive oil and oregano. Since they’re harvested by hand and are delicately prepared without being processed, the quality is top-notch. We could tell the difference in taste between these olives and other types of olives you might find while at the grocery store. They were a satisfying snack on their own, although they would complement a plate of cheese and crackers if you’re in need of a larger snack. Head here to get a few packs of these Greek olives for £3.

Everyone at the office agrees that a yummy chocolate spread is the perfect finish touch on top of a biscuit or piece of toast. Our new favourite chocolate spreads are from Jim Jam’s, a family-owned business that strives to eliminate all of the hidden sugars found in many common spreads. All of the spreads made by Jim Jam’s are gluten-free and contain no added sugar, so you can rest assured knowing you’re providing your family with the highest quality available. The side of each jar contains an easy “choccie milk” recipe, so you can enjoy the spread in more than one way. At the office, we tried the Milk Chocolate spread and the Hazelnut Chocolate spread, and we highly recommend them both. Find out which retailer nearest you sells the Jim Jam’s spreads here. A few popular places from their list are The Co-Operative food and TK Maxx.

Last but certainly not least, we enjoyed the double chocolate gluten-free cookies from Angelic Gluten Free. Each one contains less than 75 calories, have around 30% less fat in comparison to other gluten free cookies and are made with dairy-free chocolate chips. Plus, they have the same amount of taste and flavour you’d expect from cookies with gluten. We loved how perfectly portioned each cookie was; they weren’t too big or too small. They came in a package that made them easy to serve and share with others, or you can keep them to yourself if you’d rather. Head to the Angelic’s website and use their store locator to find the shop nearest you where you can purchase the cookies.

Opatra Dermisonic

Here at The Amazing Blog, proper skincare treatments are highly valued. We generally stick with our standard cleanse, tone and moisturise routine daily, but sometimes we need something more advanced, similar to treatments we might receive from a beautician. Professional skincare device brand Opatra has the solution for a more advanced skincare regime that has professional results, but done in the comfort of your own home. It is with their revolutionary DERMISONIC skincare set.

The DERMISONIC combines five key elements into one multi-tasking device. These include: Ultrasonic therapy to increase the production of collagen, vibration massage to accelerate blood circulation, Ion+ electrical charges to remove impurities and dead cells, Ion- electrical charges to allow skincare products to penetrate into the skin more effectively and LED light therapy for anti-ageing benefits. When I tried it I was particularly impressed with how easy it was to use, plus how quickly I felt it working on my skin.

Before using this device, you'll need to cleanse your skin thoroughly and apply the appropriate cream or serum. The three different light options – red, green and blue – all offer a different benefit. The red light brings anti-ageing technology, the green light assists with providing anti-pigmentation benefits and the blue light helps acne suffers with its anti-bacteria wavelengths.

The main feature of this clever kit is their DERMISONIC device, with four buttons to operate the system according to your skin, along with a charger and cord. It also contains protective eye-wear, cotton squares for cleaning the device as needed and a serum (mine was the Dermiserum AntiAging). What we like that it offers a  'salon treatment at home' option and we'd certainly suggest it as a must for anyone who has regular salon facial - just think how much money you'll save!

Pick up your own DERMISONIC device here for £295.

Contour Cosmetics - Contour Kit

Here at The Amazing Blogwe are obsessed with new makeup innovations. One of the latest trends in makeup artistry is contouring, which allows you to define certain facial features, like your cheekbones. For a long time, contouring has been a tricky mystery, but thanks to Contour Cosmetics, anyone can master the technique.

The kit includes six easy-to-blend shades designed to complement every skin tone, from fair to dark. Every set includes a portable instruction booklet to show you exactly how to apply the formulas correctly to achieve a flawless finish. Contouring allows you to highlight, illuminate and enhance your natural features, and this set is the perfect way to achieve your desired results with ease.

Along with the contour kit itself, Contour Cosmetics makes their specialty sculpting and blending brushes designed for use with the contouring makeup. The flat-topped, circular blending brush helps to give you smooth, even coverage, while the sculpting brush offers extra precision and definition to your look.

At the office, we adored the simple packaging of the kit, as well as how creamy and smooth the formulas are. It was easy to apply the makeup properly, so we finally learned how to master contouring. Each shade applied smoothly and without hassle, so we looked fabulous all day long.

Pick up your own Contour Cosmetic kit on the brand’s website for £42. The sculpting brush (£14) and blending brush (£21) are also available for purchase on their website.

Heathcote & Ivory - Lily of the Valley Collection

Our team here at The Amazing Blog love a good British brand, and Heathcote & Ivory is one of our favourites. They produce quintessentially British toiletries and are renowned for their fine fragrances and design.

 The Lily of the Valley collection is one of their latest releases. The invigorating scent instantly transports you to a fresh spring day in a field of white, dewy flowers. The floral scent is fresh, green and delicate with woody undertones.

 Another great thing about Heathcote and Ivory products are the beautiful, modern designs. This collection utilizes white and green shades, as well as adorable photos of lilies, on the packaging of the products. The pretty and feminine design make the collection a very welcome addition to your bathroom or vanity. The products offer a luxurious scent, but are still affordable compared to their competition.

 To get your hands on some of these floral treats, head here to purchase whichever products from the collection you desire. Our top picks are the Luxury Hand & Nail Cream (£5) and the Eau de Toilette (£8).

ESTHECHOC Beauty Chocolates

Our team here at The Amazing Blog will never turn down some delicious chocolate and other yummy sweets. In our search for the next innovative treat, we came across ESTHECHOC from Cambridge Beauty Chocolate and knew we had found our newest chocolate obsession. We nearly fell off our chairs when we heard that the clever team at Cambridge Beauty Chocolate created a chocolate designed to make skin look younger.

ESTHECHOC chocolates are the result of 10 years of research related to how cocoa can be used to fight free radical damage to skin. The formula contains 70% cocoa dark chocolate and represents a combination of two of the most powerful antioxidants with pleotropic anti-ageing properties: cocoa flavanols and marine carotenoid astaxanthin.

The delicious treat contains only 38 calories per square, and it tastes as delicious as your favourite dark chocolate treat. It has a distinctly intense, rich flavour that simply melts in your mouth.

Head here to get your own supply of ESTHECHOC so you can look great while enjoying some delicious dark chocolate. Eat one chocolate every day for three weeks for best results.