Winners and Losers

The Allergy Brothers are not very well at the moment so there is going to be a reduction in posts until they recover.  In the mean time, here is a photo of our competition winner.  We’re glad she was pleased to receive her hamper!


A stack of free from foods next to a small boy's clothes laid out as if he is wearing them.

Win Allergy Little’s Height in Free From and Vegan foods!

It’s been a year since we started the Allergy Brothers blog, and two months since we made the switch from Tumblr to Word Press.  It’s been a surprising, humbling, and exciting experience to log in and see the visitors, views and followers totals increase each day.  In two months, we have had well over a thousand views by nearly 200 visitors from the UK, Canada, USA, Australia, Sweden, Japan, The Netherlands, South Africa, France and Turkey.  We really appreciate you all.

A stack of free from foods next to a small boy's clothes laid out as if he is wearing them.

To celebrate The Allergy Brothers blog’s first birthday, we are giving away Allergy Little’s height in products.  You could win Choc Shots Orange Spice flavour chocolate sauce (RRP £3.69), Betavivo oat heart cereal (RRP 85p), Nothing But Pea & Sweetcorn snack (RRP £1.19), Nothing But Pineapple & Grape snack (RRP £1.19), Suma Culinary Coconut oil (RRP £2.65). Orgran Apple & Cinnamon pancake mix (RRP £2.89), Hale & Hearty Corn and Rice Rigatoni pasta (RRP £1.95), Alara Into The Garden Active, Organic, Gluten-free muesli (which will be featuring in a recipe later this month)(RRP £4.99), and an Allergy Adventures activity pack with stickers (RRP £3.50, please note ours will ship without pencils or craft straws).  (Allergy Little is a bit of a fidget pants so, rather than trying to get him to lie still, we used his favourite clothes to show his height).  He’s a smallish four year old, but that equals over £20 of freebies!

This competition has now ended.  We will be drawing the raffle soon and contacting the winner.  Thank you to everyone who entered!

Photograph of Kale-Os packet

Inspiral Kale-Os (Tomato & Pizza Flavour) & Thanks To All Our Readers

Hello/Bonjour to our readers in the USA, Australia, Canada, France, and here in Blighty!  I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who has been reading the blog.  We relaunched the blog just two weeks ago, and since then it has been so exciting logging on every day and seeing how many hundred views we have had.  So thank you; we really doing appreciate you popping by our little corner of the internet.  I had a massive backlog of product reviews I wanted to do and the packaging pile is now at a manageable level of clutter so we might not be blogging quite as regularly!  However, we are hoping to be able to do some more in-depth posts now the Allergy Brothers are back at school and nursery.  Also I will have time to test some new recipes.  Finally, I really want to work on the accessibility and look of the website.  Plus, I need to finalise our big birthday surprise to celebrate the blog’s first birthday.  Busy times, but happy busy!

And now to the product review…

Photograph of Kale-Os packet

Ingredients: Curly kale (73%), Extra virgin olive oil (10%), Sundried tomatoes (6%), Deactivated nutritional yeast, Palmyra blossom nectar, Himalayan crystal salt, Lime juice, Basil, Tomato juice powder, Garlic, Black pepper, Oregano.

I wish the packaging hadn’t said kale crisps because that made me think of crisps!  In comparison with a slice of delicious, greasy, fried potato, these are disappointing.  The kale isn’t even that crisp.  However, if I wasn’t making that comparison then I would have been really happy.  They are flavoursome and tasty, while still being green and leafy.  In fact, I didn’t even use them as crisps.  I used them as a convenience food and mixed them with some rice and vegan cheese to make a quick meal.  A thing the packaging did get right though is that the crisps are packaged in special ecobags that can be composted at home.  So yay to Kale-Os as a superfood ready meal!

The Primal Pantry Hazelnut & Cocoa Raw Paleo Bar

Hazelnut_Bar-500x182Ingredients – dates, hazelnuts, almonds, cocoa powder, vanilla powder, almond oil.

I couldn’t get a photo of this bar (I took the photo from The Primal Pantry website). I ate it as a snack during the break at my first Tai Chi workshop. Obviously, as I was meeting a new group of people, I wanted to be undercover and pass as “normal”. I thought photographing a snack bar might be a bad first impression.

Anyway, moving on from my neuroses, this bar was yummy. Sweet but not cloying; it provided an energy boost to get me through the second half of the session.

Raw Organic Food Bar (Chocolatey Chocolate Chip flavour)

INGREDIENTS: cashews, agave syrup, dark chocolate chips, brown rice protein, BioSprouts.

Little wouldn’t even try this; he said that it smelt too much. I didn’t notice anything so I went ahead and tried it. I was quite impressed as it tasted like healthy, chocolatey fudge. I wasn’t impressed by the presence of a trade marked ingredient, BioSprouts, because I wasn’t really sure what this was and that makes an Allergy Parent nervous.