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Top 10 Best Hot Cross Bun Recipes for dietary and lifestyle choices

Top 10 Best Hot Cross Bun Recipes for dietary and lifestyle choices

  1. 20 Best Gluten Free Hot Cross Bun RecipesHot Cross Buns - titled
  2. Gluten Free Dairy Free Hot Cross Buns
  3. Hot Cross Buns for people with multiple food allergies
  4. Gluten Free/Low Sugar Hot Cross Buns
  5. Paleo style Hot Cross Buns
  6. Grain Free/Dairy Free/Sugar Free Hot Cross Buns
  7. Homemade Hot Cross Buns
  8. Sugar Free Hot Cross Buns
  9. Low Carb Hot Cross Buns
  10. Vegan Hot Cross Buns



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Top Danger Foods this Easter if you are Following a Colour Free Diet

Top Danger Foods this Easter if you are Following a Colour Free Diet

Following a colour free diet this Easter, doesn’t mean that you give up the natural foods we all love to help us celebrate this time of year. What it does mean, though is being mindful about trying to make informed Topfooddangersthiseaster titledchoices and eliminate dangerous dyes that are added to the food you choose.

Food dyes are a relatively new additive. They came into common use when food processors decided to capitalize on our visual nature. At one time, food dyes were natural – beet juice, for example, was used to create red coloring. Of course, food processors are always looking for ways to lower their costs, and artificial dyes are considerably cheaper than natural ones.

In the States, FDA standards for approving food colourings are fairly low. If the risk isn’t actually proven beyond any doubt, the dye gets FDA approval. The laws are similar in Australia. This doesn’t mean that the dye isn’t harmful, just that cause and effect can’t be inextricably linked.

Breakfast Cereals

Did you know, for example, that a bowl of rainbow-colored cereal can contain compounds that can cause allergic reactions, and have even been implicated in neurological illnesses?  Red 40, Blue 1, and Yellows 5 and 6 have been linked to allergic reactions. Granted, this isn’t common, but it’s reason enough to avoid dyed foods whenever possible. Studies have also indicated that these dyes could cause hyperactivity in some children. Additionally, these dyes along with Blue 2 and Green 3 have been shown to cause cancer in lab animals. Yellow 5 was also linked to mutations.

Eggs, biscuits, cakes, chocolate can all be laced with colours and flavourings that can be extremely harmful to a child or anyone in fact.  But, in little bodies, the reactions are often amplified.  Head butting, erratic behavour, inability to control oneself, unable to follow directions, headaches and or pains in the stomach are a few of the milder reactions that can be experienced.  Pure chocolate is dye-free.

I get it, it’s natural to find colourful food appealing – as humans, we’re visual creatures. Think about what draws you, for example, to produce in the supermarket – you like bright red strawberries, yellow bananas, blueberries, dark purple grapes, cherry red tomatoes, brilliant green peppers, and so on. You wouldn’t want to eat, for example, a grey carrot or a beige peach.

Some soups and even some meats contain dyes.

Colourful marshmallow candies, coated chocolate, jelly candies and waxy candies, to name just a few, all contain dyes.

Soft drinks and Icecream are also obvious offenders when it comes to containing high levels of food dyes or artificial colours.  It’s what makes them so appealing.

Yoghurt is usually thought to be a healthy food, but read the labels on the fruit varieties – many of them contain little fruit and rely on dye to give the appearance of higher fruit content.



Please get into the habit of reading the labels on anything that’s processed.

Generally speaking, if a food looks really colourful, and it’s not a fresh fruit or vegetable, it could contain dye. When in doubt, give it a pass.

In our article archives on What Can I Eat we have some further tips on how to follow an additive free diet. Our directory contains great options food and product choices this Easter.


7 Tips for Allergy Friendly Easter Ideas for Kids

7 Tips for Allergy Friendly Easter Ideas for Kids

With Easter fast approaching parents of kids with allergies start to worry about what they can give their kids for Easter, especially parents who have not done it before. It gets particularly hard for kids who can’t have7 tips easter chocolate. We don’t want our kids to feel left out. It just takes a little bit of planning to make the day special for them. Just make sure you’re prepared with school age kids for all of those Easter eggs that end up at school too!

Here 7 tips

Look for dairy, gluten and nut free chocolate alternatives.

  • Make your own chocolate eggs or treats using a ‘safe’ chocolate.
  • You don’t have to focus on chocolate – make or buy some healthy treats and wrap in Easter cellophane and tie with ribbons. You could even use Easter moulds so it is still Easter themed.
  • You can of course bake safe Easter biscuits or cupcakes using your favourite base cake or biscuit mix (check out the pantries of for some packet mix choices on the market)
  • If your kids are on a really restricted diet get some empty plastic eggs and fill them with a small toy. A bit like the Kinder Surprise idea.
  • Think about books for young kids.  There are lots of Easter themed picture books available.
  • Other non-food inexpensive Easter gifts include Easter hairclips, soaps, bath bombs, stickers, bunny ears, soft toys, cups and plates etc.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family to not exchange chocolate eggs this year. Your friends and family are generally relieved that they don’t have to worry about what to do.

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Have a happy and relaxing Easter!

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