Brown rice malt syrup is gluten free, suitable for vegans, and it’s made from brown rice and is therefore a complex carbohydrate that is low GI and provides energy over a slow and consistent period of time. It’s a great alternative to honey and it has a delicious natural caramel flavour. The best bit is that rice malt syrup has an amazing ability to make ingredients become crunchy when baked. This ingredient is one of my favourite baking discoveries and it’s available in the health food aisles at Coles and Safeway (Woolworths) supermarkets.
I love a good hot chocolate but I don’t like the extra calories you get from café versions of this winter comfort drink. I came across T2’s White White Cocoa when I was waiting for a friend in the city and it was pouring with rain. T2 had just released this product and had taste samples in store and needless to say it won me over. This loose-leaf white tea is flavoured with cocoa and coconut pieces and you don’t need to add any extra sweeteners. It’s simply perfect with a dash of milk and because it’s on the pricier side, it really is a nice wintery indulgence and a great alternative to hot chocolate as you know it.
Slim Pasta spaghetti is 11 calories per serve (100g), it’s low carb, low GI, gluten free, egg free, soy free, high in fibre and it’s made from a vegetable called Konjac which has been consumed in Asia for centuries.Read more
I love the multitude of flavour that can be extracted from a vast variety of chillies. You get the hot punch of a birds eye chilli that is so different from the smokiness derived from chipotles.Read more