Gluten Free Geek

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Slim Secrets Gluten Free


Unfortunately having Coeliac Disease I never lost lots of weight and if anything after going 100% gluten free have put on weight as being gluten free does not mean low fat!   Often to compensate for the lack of gluten products can have more fats or sugars added and also are not necessarily very high in fibre or nutritious.   One thing that is tricky is to find a gluten free snack to eat on the go, after the gym or on the road.   Slim Secrets “Wanted Less Than 100 Calories” snack bars fit the bill as can carry in my bag for after gym coffee instead of the gluten free cake.   They are also good to have at work in my drawer if hunger strikes or if someone brings in cake I cannot eat.   I like the cranberry, choc ‘n’ nuts best but the vanilla almond is tasty as well.   Slim Secrets also have Low Carb Fit Balls which are choc mint and these are only wheat free but actually don’t contain any gluten in the ingredients so  assume it must be gluten contamination in production that stops them being labelled gluten free.   All the bars and snacks have chia seeds which are a super food.



Slim Secrets also do a range go gluten free low fat chips.   I am more a sweet tooth than savoury but like chips occassionally.  I snuck some into the cinema today as nothing at the snack bar is gluten free, even the popcorn can have gluten in the flavouring.    The sea salt ones are nice but prefer the flavoured salt and vinegar or cheese and onion.   Slim Secrets can be bought at the supermarket, Coles in Bunbury stock some of the range, or ordered online here.

Slim Pasta


I had the chance to try Slim Pasta and was a little apprehensive but since the Angel Hair pasta is gluten free thought I would give it a try.   I first used it cooked and cooled to make a smoked salmon and avocado salad and was surprised that it tasted great and was quite filling.   I also tried it with a tomato based sauce with chorizo and was equally delicious though think prefer it in the salads cold.   The latest Weight Watchers magazine has a recipe for Chargrilled Paprika Prawns with the Slim Pasta spaghetti but thought would give it a go with the angel hair pasta as this is the only one that is gluten free.   Slim Pasta can be found at Woolworths or order online from

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies


Found this gluten free recipe in Healthy Food Guide and they are delicious especially if take two and make a sandwich with some gluten free vanilla ice cream! 3 Weight Watchers pro points per cookie.

1 cup light peanut butter (make sure GF)
1 egg
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon GF baking powder
85g dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Combine peanut butter, egg, sugar and baking soda in bowl, mix well.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Line baking tray with baking paper.
Using your hands shape 24 teaspoonfuls of cookie  mixture into balls and place on tray about 5cm apart.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until cookies are lightly browned on top.
Remove and allow to cool on a tray  for at least 5 minutes.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Yummy GF Cookies!

Coffee is Gluten Free!


Thank goodness coffee is gluten free!   We bought a new Nespresso machine this weekend.   Made myself an iced coffee as too hot for cappuccino today.   Nespresso has some new flavours, check out the website here, so made a couple of shots of vanilla and caramel coffee and put in fridge too cool.   Added ice cubes, coffee and 250ml of skim milk to the Thermomix and made a coffee slushy!    Tasted delicious and cold.   If like iced coffee sweeter added some organic raw sugar when blending.

Weight Watchers ProPoints = 2 (without the sugar!)

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