Wholesome Cook
Birthday + Entertaining

Harmful Food Additives and How to Avoid Them, 6 Additive-free Dip Ideas, Gluten Free Muesli and More!

Question: How many ingredients would you expect to find in a bowl of macaroni and cheese?

Two, maybe three, four including some pepper and salt? Erm…wrong. I’ve counted a mere 25 in the most popular brand of the convenient packet-stuff mac & cheese… Keep reading to find out a few good ways to avoid most of them. 

What I’m loving at the moment:

1. Portable charcoal grilling… September. In Australia, it means only one thing: Spring! It has finally arrived, and with it though a tad late, Wholesome Cook’s new look. Have a look and let me know what you think…

It also meant that on Father’s Day we got to road test our brand new Bodum FYRKAT charcoal grill – small enough to fit on the tabletop, portable and oh so pretty in red. Smoky burger perfection, great for grilling veggies too.

And, I should mention this if you are heading into Fall as well, it’s perfect for toasting the occasional marshmallow on a stick! For more Fall recipe inspiration click here.

2. Online Food Photography Series. I absolutely loved reading through Sylvie’s Summer Food Photography Series. Naomi Robinson of Bakers Royale kicked off the series with a fantastic post on Prop Hunting. So many fab tips!

3. Gluten-free cereal discovery! My breakfasts been made a whole lot better thanks to Brookfarm’s delicious Gluten Free Macadamia Muesli with Cranberries which is also completely preservative free. Brookfarm also make a super tasty Gluten Free Porrij made with the goodness of millet, amaranth, quinoa and flaxseed. What’s not to love?

4. Speaking of quinoa…

Sherilyn of Whole Promise posted a delicious recipe for a Pumpkin Quinoa Bread – I am yet to bake it, but I can already see it will be gone in no time. Stay tuned as Sherilyn will be guest posting on Wholesome Cook in October… grain-free bread anyone?

How to stay away from food additives and these sometimes toxic ingredients.

As the days are getting longer and the weather starts to warm up we begin to think of spending more time outdoors, having picnics in the park and lazy Sunday barbecues at home. This means plenty of snack foods such as dips, chips and other additive-laden “inventions” are going to be making their way onto our tables. 

But do not be fooled by health-claims made by food companies (how many ingredients do you  ingredients in a packet “mac & cheese” earlier). Instead, go organic. Organic products are the quickest way of ensuring there are no artificial or harmful ingredients in your food. Otherwise, read labels and check out My Healthy Food Guide for a snapshot overview of food additives to look out for or have a look at this in-depth article on other ways you can do to reduce unnecessary and harmful food additives.

5. I mentioned chips above. While I do not condone eating them by the packetfuls every night in front of the telly, I do sometimes crave them. And there is good news for regular-flavour chip lovers out there. The Natural Chip Company is now making chips in regular flavours like original, salt & vinegar and chicken that are preservative and flavour enhancer-free. They are also supposed to be artificial colour-free but a quick scan of the Chicken flavour reveals it contains Caramel1. If you are more adventurous with your flavour selection, from what I’ve read, Red Rock Deli Chips are similarly mostly additive-free too. To avoid excess additives in most regular-brand chips, stick with original (aka plain, salted).

6. Six Additive-Free Dip Ideas for Spring Summer and All Year Round. Oh yes; tasty, so quick to make and much more additive-free than their store-bought counterparts. Did I say quick to make? You’ll be able to entertain in no time.

5 Ingredients: Roasted Avocado Guacamole | Wholesome Cook

Roasted Avocado Guacamole

Basic Red Salsa | Local Kitchen Blog

Thai Chilli and Lime Hommus | Wholesome Cook

Vegan Tzatziki (Dairy Free) | Cajunlicious

Smoked Salmon Dip | Wholesome Cook

Baba Ganoush | The Healthy Foodie


Subscribe to receive Recipes to your Inbox:


Courtney September 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

I love the ‘new’ look, Martyna! You are so professional now. Can’t wait to browse through all the recipes I’ve missed out on. :)

Martyna @ Wholesome Cook September 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

Thank you Courtney! It’s good to see you back too. xoxo

Anne S September 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

Thank you thank you thank you Martyna. This is a great post! 25 ingredients in Mac & Cheese? That’s ridiculous. Well done for fighting the battle against additives.

Lisa P September 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

I only just found your website but already know I will be back. I’m not sure what it looked like before, but it’s beautiful. We are tryingto eat a lot healthier nowadays so your recipes will become ours too. I’m off to check out your e-book now. XO

Eha September 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Martyna, I simply cannot believe that people would find this news and kudos to you for highlighting the facts again! I simply fail to understand what the time problem is in making/gathering/cooking a happy/healthy/sustaining and tasty meal from scratch – it does not take any longer!! Surely we are talking about food, food, glorious food! :) !

anna September 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Love the new look Martyna! And thanks for sharing that post on props hunting. While I’m not always hunting :), its so nice to be inspired by all these great blogs you’re sharing! I love the sound of that quinoa bread. xx

PB and Peppers (@JenatPBandP) September 21, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Everything looks so good, especially the Thai Hommus!!

Tina September 21, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Great post! and yes, glad to hear that red rock deli chips are additive-free, i love that brand!

ROBYN LITTLE September 23, 2012 at 3:30 am

This is the third comment I have left on this post and nothing is appearing! Very frustrating indeed. Nevertheless, the Thai Hummus is still as delicious as the first time I said it was!

caroline November 17, 2013 at 10:16 pm

only the sea salt red rock deli chips are additive free, the other flavours contain msg. same with the natural chip company.

Couscous and Blood Orange Mini Cakes | Wholesome Cook August 24, 2015 at 7:45 pm

[…] I remember going to sleep, feeling incredibly inspired by Sherilyn’s recipe mentioned in Saturday’s post. By the time the sun came up, I had already entertained the puppy enough for her to let me be and […]


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.