Special Diets

There are times in your life where you may need to more closely monitor the ingredients and nutritional content of food you are eating. Oakhouse Foods are proud to offer a range of meals for special diets, including gluten free, soft foods, free from dairy and many more.

  1. Mini meals with maximum flavour

    Whether we’ve been feeling under the weather or simply felt the effects of the summer’s heatwave, it’s not unusual to find our appetites shrinking. But that doesn’t mean we don’t still crave our favourite, hearty dishes. That’s where our Mini Meals come in.  Why we lose our appetite Feeling hunger pangs lessen with each passing birthday? You’re not the only one. Many of us find medical or dental treatments can dull our sense of taste and smell. Less physical exercise, especially in warmer weather, often leaves us feeling less peckish than usual.
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  2. Make dining with dietary needs easier

    When you need to cut certain foods from your diet, keeping meals both interesting and nutritious can often be tricky. At Oakhouse, we’ve made it easy for you to enjoy the foods you want and need . We offer a huge range of meals that cater for different dietary needs, from gluten free to low sugar. We cater for 22 special diet’s. So, you won’t need to sacrifice great taste for great health. Gluten free For most, gluten can be eaten as part of a healthy, balanced diet. But 1 in 100 people in the UK suffer from a condition called Coeliac disease, caused by a severe reaction to gluten. This dietary protein is found in a lot of household products, such as pasta, bread and cereal. But sometimes it’s added to foods you might not expect, like some sauces and ready meals. If you suffer from coeliac disease, it can be tricky to find enough suitable meals, and you can get stuck eating the same dishes day in, day out.
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  3. Oakhouse Foods' puréed meals range

    At Oakhouse Foods we are proud to offer a wide range of 37 puréed meals and desserts. We recognise the importance of providing a choice of softer foods, in order to provide a satisfying and tasty meal for customers with dysphagia or those who temporarily need texture modified foods. Browse the full range of category c puréed ready meals online. If you would like to discuss your requirements with us first, please contact your local branch for more information and we'll be happy to help. All meals in the range have full nutritional information on each page, so you can be confident what is in the meals before you buy.
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  4. Meat Free Monday and beyond...

    If you've thought about trying a diet with less meat there are plenty of benefits to going vegetarian or even just cutting out meat one day a week. Meat Free Mondays are a great way to incorporate vegetarian meals into your diet and make a difference to your health and to the environment. Health benefits There are many health benefits to eating less meat including having a lower risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Vegetarians tend to have lower cholesterol and eat less saturated fat than those who eat meat every day and following a more plant based diet often makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight. Because of these health benefits, vegetarians and vegans also live longer on average than those who eat meat every day. Watching the pennies Eating veggie can be kinder to your pockets with lentils, pulses, fruit and veg often cheaper than buying meat. And there are plenty of tasty meat substitute products available these days, making it easier than ever to enjoy meat-free versions of your favourite meals.
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  5. Dysphagia: tips for encouraging eating

    If you’re caring for someone with dysphagia, mealtimes can be a worrying and stressful time. We share some simple tips for helping those with swallowing difficulties rediscover the pleasure of food. Try to make sure food look as appealing as possible. Food should be visually enticing, especially if you're trying to encourage someone to eat more. If it needs to be texture modified, why not try blending the different parts of the meal separately so they look more appetising.
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  6. Super summer smoothies

    As the weather gets warmer, we take a look at some refreshing, flavour-packed smoothies to help you keep cool.  If you find getting your 5 a day can sometimes be a chore, try drinking, rather than eating them. Digging out the blender and making a juice or smoothie is a simple, tasty way to pack loads of fruit (and even vegetables) into your daily diet. And because smoothies are thicker than other liquids, they’re also a great refreshment option for people with difficulties swallowing.
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  7. Oakhouse Foods expands puréed meals range

    This article was published in 2015. Read a more recent article about our puréed range. Oakhouse Foods has developed its offering of puréed dishes suitable for a Category C texture modified diet, in a move designed to bring a better standard of food to those with limited mealtime options. Company founder Tony Blood said, “Food choices for those with dysphagia are restricted but we believe that puréed dishes can and should be appealing, enjoyable and satisfying just like any other meal. Our range of puréed meals has already proved to be extremely popular, and we’ve now added more choice including mini meals and desserts as there is a clear need for good quality and varied puréed options. Being able to enjoy an appetising meal is vital to a person’s quality of life, and we’ve taken great care to make our food is as appealing and as tasty as possible.”
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  8. Going gluten-free the simple way

    For those who follow a diet without gluten – whether because of Coeliac disease or a wheat intolerance – finding quick and easy dinners can be a challenge. But with Oakhouse, there’s no need to spend hours in the kitchen each day, thanks to our selection of delicious, gluten-free ready meals. Many people who have to avoid ingredients containing gluten – such as wheat, barley and rye – choose to prepare meals from scratch. However, for anyone who finds it difficult to cook each day, it isn’t always easy to find simple-to-make, gluten free dishes. That’s because gluten can crop up where you least expect it, in anything from soups and sauces to some supermarket ready meals.
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  9. Enjoying mealtimes with dysphagia

    Having a stock of easy-to-prepare, puréed ready meals can be a real help if you suffer with dysphagia. It means that you or the person preparing your meals can spend less time in the kitchen preparing food of the right consistency, and more time making sure you get the nutrients you need.
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  10. Discover World Vegan Month and Easy Vegan Meals at Oakhouse Foods

    Veganism is a much misunderstood lifestyle. Often seen as just a more extreme version of vegetarianism, there are a lot of misconceptions about choosing to live a life free of animal products. Read on to learn more about World Vegan Month and the delicious vegan ready meals Oakhouse Foods has to offer. World Vegan Month runs throughout November and celebrates the founding of the world’s first vegan movement, which began back in 1944. The word vegan was picked by the founder, Donald Watson, which, unsurprisingly, took inspiration from the word Vegetarian.
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