Last weekend we attended SalAIA 2013 (Food Intolerance and Allergies Fair) in Madrid. As usual every year in this event we discovered some interesting gluten free products and producers. We also took this opportunity to talk to a our fellow bloggers and people related to the gluten-free lifestyle in Spain.
Well, now without further ado, our findings:
Casual fruit is an interesting gluten-free fruit based snack. It’s lyophilised (freeze-dried) crunchy fruit pieces packed like a small bag of chips. Lyophilisation guarantees the total conservation of the fruits’ nutriments without any oil, added sugar, gluten or preservatives.
There are 3 different fruits: apple, berries and pineapple. We try them all and in my humble opinion pineapple is the best one :-)
The product is manufactured in Spain by a company in Barcelona called “Snack Saludable, S.L.” and is sold in their own online store, in many stores in Catalonia and in the fruit section of Alcampo and Eleclerc hypermarkets.
This is a very interesting product.
I had read before about this gluten-free cereal originated in Ethiopia, but now it is grown and sold in Spain. The company Saluteff sells it in two formats: flour and flakes.
Teff is a natural source of proteins, minerals, amino-acids, vitamins and fiber. You can consume it daily adding a spoonful of flakes to yogurts, juices or shakes. I tried the flakes and reminded me of the wheat bran that I use to add to home made bread, years ago when I was not celiac. The gluten-free diet is poor in fiber so I guess it’s a good complement.
You can buy it in their online store and on their web there are recipes that use this cereal to prepare bread, hamburgers, Ethiopian bread, pancakes and so on.
If you want to know more about this cereal look in You Tube, there are many videos about it.
Have you tried Teff? Please tell us.
At the stand of my friends Ana and David from Foody, besides catching up, I discovered a few new things. What I liked the most is a little bag to toast bread without contamination. They also can be used to heat a small pizza slide. They are made with a material that resists high temperatures and they can be reused around 30 to 40 times. I bought a two unit pack for 2,90 Eur.
At the stand of my friend Iñaki from the Eco-Diet store (Logroño, La Rioja), besides tasting their delicious pâtés, I found something new that I loved: a gluten-free mix to prepare “tortilla de patatas” (Spanish omelette). It contains fried potatoes and, depending on the choice, onion, vegetables, chorizo, cod or boletus. You just have to add 3 or 4 eggs, according to your personal preference and in a few minutes your tortilla is ready. Iñaki says it’s very good. We haven’t tried it yet but we’ll let you know as soon as we do.
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