Tesco Low Fat Apricot Yoghurt – Lactose free (LF)

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Before I was diagnosed as lactose intolerant and therefore began avoiding dairy, I wasn’t too bothered about buying yoghurts.  I really could take or leave them, unless they were a fancy creation.  However, I realised that as someone who doesn’t eat dairy, I needed to make sure my calcium intake was up to scratch.  I have never enjoyed milk, and as such would never drink a glass of it, or include it in anything where I could still taste it.  For this reason, I began to include yoghurt into my diet to help with my calcium intake.  Most soya ones have calcium added to them, and any that are lactose free yet made with cow’s milk contain as much as they usually would.

This yoghurt was a great find at Tesco.  There seems to be a lack in the variety of flavours that lactose and dairy free yoghurts come in, and I often get bored with the selections available.  I just had to try this apricot one.

The yoghurt was very thick and creamy in texture, and had a decent amount of apricot pieces.  It had a pleasant taste – not too sweet or sour, with a subtle amount of fruitiness. As with other lactose free products, you may find it quite rich to begin with, but it really is worth giving it a go.

Tesco own brand lactose free yoghurts also come in a few different flavours, including raspberry, strawberry and cherry.

Rating: 5/5

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Tesco Lactose and Gluten Free Granola Yoghurt (LF, GF)

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Upon a recent trip to Tesco, I was pleasantly surprised to see a large increase in dairy and lactose free products.  Some of these included a new range of lactose free products made by Tesco.

Purchased from: Tesco

Dairy/lactose free: Lactose free only – contains cow’s milk, so not suitable for someone with a milk allergy, but fine for the lactase challenged among us.

Description of product: A pot of plain yoghurt, made from cow’s milk with added lactase enzyme.  It comes with a sachet of oat granola (gluten free) and a spoon for eating on the go.

My review:

I was really excited when I saw this product on the shelf.  Sometimes breakfast can be a little boring and I find myself stuck for ideas.  I try to include plenty of dairy substitutes in my diet to make sure I have enough calcium, and often include a yoghurt at breakfast time for this reason.

The granola on top is a red berry flavour, so combines freeze dried berries with oat granola, like you may find in similar breakfast cereals.  Along with the granola is a pot of plain yoghurt, made from cow’s milk with lactase enzyme added, to help us lactase challenged enjoy it without any side effects.

I added the granola to the yoghurt and mixed it together.  Even though there didn’t seem to be a large amount of granola to begin with, when mixed together there was a good yoghurt to granola ratio.  I enjoyed having the different textures of the crunchy granola and smooth yoghurt together.

The yoghurt itself had a lovely creamy texture and taste to it.  I don’t think I have had a dairy or lactose free one before that has tasted as good as this one.  If you are not used to eating lactose free, rather than dairy free, you may find the taste too sickly at first, but once you get used to it, it is most enjoyable.

I was surprised at how filling this product was and I didn’t need anything else to add to my breakfast.  If you wanted to, you could probably add some fresh fruit.

Rating: 5/5

 

Easter special – Moo Free Bunnycomb Easter Egg. (DF, LF, GF, V)

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If you are bored of just eating plain chocolate, whether this be dark or milk substitute, this egg is the one for you.

Purchased from: Holland and Barratt

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free and packaging states suitable for vegans

Description of product: Milk chocolate substitute egg, studded with honeycomb pieces, with a packet of dairy free buttons included.

My review:

There are more and more dairy free products on the market, particularly chocolate ones.  However, most of these are quite plain in nature, and sometimes you may want a variation on this.

Having come late to lactose intolerance, and being a self-confessed chocaholic, I miss different styles of chocolate bar, for example, Crunchie, Mars bars, and Kit-Kat.  This is where Moo Free come in quite nicely.

Moo Free create a range of different flavoured chocolate bars, including honeycomb, orange and mint.  I have enjoyed their chocolate bars on many occasions when I’ve needed a chocolate fix.

This Easter egg is the same as the honeycomb chocolate bar that they sell.  The egg is not huge, but it is good quality.  The addition of the honeycomb pieces that are studded throughout the egg create a crunchy texture and a delicious taste.  As a milk chocolate substitute, it is quite sweet and the honeycomb adds to this.

I like the way that the egg includes a packet of chocolate buttons.  This could make it a really nice gift for a child (or a big kid!) as it provides a similar package to most of it’s dairy counterparts with the sweets and egg combination.  I would definitely not feel left out if I received this egg as a child.

Moo Free eggs also come in orange chocolate (another favourite) and plain, so there is plenty of choice.

If you fancy a different feel to your Easter egg this year, then dig in!

Rating: 5/5

Easter special – Aldi Dark chocolate bunny (DF, LF)

.bunnyMost dairy free goodies come with a large price tag.  However, I was rather excited to find this delicious dark chocolate bunny in Aldi, at a bargain price!

Purchased from: Aldi.

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free.

Description of product: A dark chocolate hollow bunny.

My review:

Fed up of missing out on the Lindt chocolate bunny every year?  Then this one is for you!

I really like the packaging of the product, and the fact it is a little different to an Easter egg.  I think for the bargain price, it is really detailed and I love the little bow around the neck.

The chocolate itself is a less bitter dark chocolate, and as such has quite a sweet flavour to it.  I was also impressed with the thickness of the chocolate.  You may think that as it is so cheap, it would be quite thin, but you do get a really good amount of chocolate.  The bunny holds it shape well, and won’t break easily.  I think this is really important if you intend to give it as a gift.

All in all, a fantastic bargain buy for Easter.  Why not buy five?!

Rating: 5/5

 

Tesco Free From Chicken Tikka Masala (DF, LF, GF)

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I’m not usually one for ready meals.  The stomach issues I have mean that it is difficult to find ones that have appropriate ingredients, and I have got so used to cooking from scratch that I often find the flavour of ready meals too bland.

However, I came across this one in Tesco, and as it was reduced, I decided to give it a go and was pleasantly surprised.

Purchased from: Tesco

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free.  As well as being free from milk, it is also free from egg.

Description of product: A dairy free chicken tikka masala curry, with rice and quinoa.

My review:

This curry was fairly mild, so suitable for those that don’t like it too strong.  Although it is made with coconut milk, you couldn’t really taste the coconut, so don’t be put off by this if it isn’t your favourite.

The curry sauce was very much like a tikka masala, and to me tasted no different to one that would ordinarily contain dairy based cream or yoghurt.

I really liked the fact that rather than just having plain rice with it, there was a mixture of pilau rice, brown rice and quinoa which was mixed with spinach and herbs.  The rice was not spicy, but added another dimension to the flavours already in the curry.

Upon looking at the ready meal, I didn’t think it would be a big enough portion.  However, I actually found it was just the right amount and very filling.

It was also easy to cook, and can be cooked in the microwave, so a good ready meal to take to work if you fancy a hot meal at lunch time.

Although a ready meal is not something I choose to eat often, it is great that companies are beginning to create a selection that can be eaten by those with dietary requirements, and these can be great for a busy lifestyle sometimes.

Rating: 4/5

Caramel rice squares (DF, LF, GF) 

In a break from my Easter egg tasting mission, I have come across this lactose free lovely.

Purchased from: Asda

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free

Description of product: A gluten and dairy free version of a millionaire’s shortbread, but made with a crisped rice style base. 

My Review:

If you are anything like me, it’s the occasions when you want a bit of a treat, or something a little different that you really miss just being able to help yourself to whatever you like. Although ranges are improving all the time, the options can still be limited. In addition I am always looking for something I can take to share with non-lactase challenged friends. 

When I came across this product, I was looking for something a bit special to take to a friend’s house for a coffee. I was surprised to see that these caramel squares are dairy as well as gluten free, as often the addition of caramel means that it contains dairy. 

The squares are a good size. They are quite rich so one at a time is probably enough. The base is made from a crisped rice style cereal, and it is good with dairy free caramel and chocolate layers, giving it a good mixture of textures. 

The combination of flavours is also a classically good one. I would say that the chocolate is a slightly darker one, but it’s not bitter at all. The caramel does not have a strong flavour, but it does taste very close to the real thing. There is a good ratio of chocolate, caramel and crispes. 

This does have the feel of a more special treat, and is great if you fancy something a bit different. 

Rating: 4/5

Easter special – Asda Free From chocolate egg (DF, LF) 

Purchased from: Asda

Dairy/lactose free: Dairy free. I think this egg is also vegan, but check the packaging to be sure! 

Description of product: A dairy-free milk chocolate substitute egg with chocolate orange discs. 

My review:

I have lots of positive things to say about this delicious find! 

The egg is made of a milk chocolate substitute, and has quite a good flavour to it. I wouldn’t say it tastes exactly like dairy chocolate, but it is quite close. It has a very sweet taste to it, so if you are not keen on the more bitter dark chocolates around, this might be a good one to try. 

Most dairy-free eggs tend to be small in size, but large in cost! However this one is the opposite. I was really impressed to see a decent sized egg at last, probably at least the size of a regular medium Easter egg. To make this even better, it had a small price tag in comparison to other, even smaller, dairy-free eggs I have found. 

It comes with chocolate orange discs, which I was really pleased about, as it makes it more like a standard Easter egg. Again, the discs are made with a milk chocolate substitute and are therefore quite sweet. However, the orange flavour was perfect and reminded me of a Terry’s chocolate orange. 

For cost and flavour, this is a good egg to try. 

Rating: 5/5