Strawberry dairy free milkshakes

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Milkshakes are one of those things that I love as a treat.

I’ve always felt that there are two types of milkshake, the thick ice cream type and then of course the runny milky type. Either way, I love them…. and just can’t get enough.

As is in their name milkshakes unfortunately consist of a lot of dairy!

This poses a problem to those of us who are dairy intolerant, or choose not to eat/drink dairy.

Luckily for us, a few companies have produced options to keep us covered. Now I have found there’s more ranges/brands producing dairy free chocolate milk. Dairy free strawberry alternatives are a little harder to come by, but I much prefer this or banana to chocolate.

Ocado had two choices on offer in small carton sizes:

Koko

A dairy free alternative made from coconut milk. These are a long life, carton sized option which come in a pack of three.

At £1.49 it is the more expensive of the two, but not by a huge amount. Coming in three flavours which consist of strawberry, chocolate or original.

The cartons are tall, but thin which meant that they took up less room in the fridge or bag when taking to work.

Handily it is UHT so not necessary to keep in the fridge, however personally I think it really does need to be chilled before drinking.

The straw that comes with it is a collapsible type one, this can be a bit of a nuisance when drinking if the straw is a bit dodgy. As I had one carton where the straw just kept folding up whilst I tried to drink.

As for the taste, the strawberry taste is subtle. It’s refreshing and light and not too sweet for early in the morning.

However once swallowed I find it has a bizarre after taste, it definitely is not of coconuts. So I cannot work out what it is, but that’s then all I could taste.

Unfortunately this strange after taste put me off of them, and I found I was disliking the drinks more each time I had them purely for that reason.

These might be enjoyable for some, but definitely not me and will not be purchased again.

Alpro

Next up was Alpro’s long life strawberry milk. Again, this comes in a pack of three with the two flavour alternatives of chocolate or strawberry. At the price of £1.35 from Ocado it is the cheaper of the two.

The Alpro cartons are pretty sturdy and I’ve taken them around in my work bag etc with no concerns over them breaking.

Again this drink is long life, so does not require being kept chilled. However to enjoy it best, it should definitely be cold before drinking.

On first impressions the Alpro strawberry milk is much sweeter, it was also thicker with a lot more flavour to it.

The main noticeable thing about this one compared to the KOKO alternative is that there is no horrid aftertaste. The sweet strawberry taste remains the same, and is nice and refreshing.

This drink will likely be the preferred choice for children, and it is definitely the preferred choice for myself.

I’ve continued buying this, and will continue to do so.

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Review: Tesco free from chocolate eclairs

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I think the hardest thing for me since getting diagnosed is missing out on certain ‘desserts’ pastries, cakes etc. I’ve often stared longingly at my gluten eating friends/family as they devoured delicious looking sweet treats.

Tesco’s then introduced gluten free profiteroles, amazing you say….. unfortunately these are not dairy free. So I continued to stare longingly as others are those cream filled eclairs etc.

I recently got told about Sainsbury’s free from chocolate eclairs. I loved these SO much. Unfortunately there is not a Sainsbury’s that is easy to get to. So I was pleasantly surprised to find free from eclairs in Tesco.

These are free from wheat, gluten and dairy. The box comes with four eclairs in, larger than Sainsbury’s offering (although less in the box)

These are in the free from freezer section of Tesco’s, and are really handy to keep in the freezer….not that they last long as I eat them all far too quickly.

I’m quite bad and enjoy these still frozen, as the cream seems to taste even better like that.

The pastry is light and works well with the ‘cream’. There is lots of chocolate on top of these, and they are all stuffed full of cream.

These are definitely not a healthy treat, but they are delicious.

Review: Moma Almond Butter & Salted Caramel porridge

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Breakfast on the go is the stuff of nightmares for coeliacs.

Grabbing something quickly, or needing to pack something. There’s not a great deal of options.

I’ve tried a few instant porridges that are both gluten and dairy free, and have so far not been hugely impressed.

Moma have released a couple of flavours, the first one I decided to try was the Almond Butter and Salted caramel.

I will hold my hands up and admit I have a sweet tooth (excessively so) I’ve tried a few things lately that were salted caramel flavoured and I hated them.

Therefore I was not sure what to expect with this porridge.

The porridge comes in a handy little pot, all that’s needed is some boiling water, and to let it sit for a while.

Looks wise….. it doesn’t look particularly appetising. It also takes quite a while to firm up and become less watery.

However once it’s been sat for a while, although it doesn’t look particularly pretty. It does taste good.

It is not excessively sweet, and I actually enjoyed this.

There are caramel pieces as well as bits of dates which contrasted each other well.

Whilst it won’t win any awards for its looks, it does taste good.

It’s a very quick and easy meal to make, and would make an ideal emergency food item to take on holiday etc.

Review: Planet Organic- Paleo Granola – Caramel Apple Pie

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Browsing Ocado for new products I came across the Planet Organic granola options.

At £6.99 they are not a cheap option, and definitely a treat as opposed to something you want a full bowl of each morning.

I decided to go for the Caramel Apple Pie flavour, a lot of the reviews on Ocado stated that there was too much cinnamon in this.

Me being such a huge cinnamon lover, I naturally had to buy some.

Completely grain and dairy free, this was a great option to try. It’s full of other good ingredients

The box is a simple, clean design. Showing clearly what it is free from.

The granola smells delicious, and there are lots of apple pieces running through it.

As it’s not a cheap granola I’ve been mixing it with another granola I have from Tesco (Deliciously Ella Nutty Granola) this has meant both have lasted much longer.

This also means the cinnamon is not as overpowering.

The cinnamon is quite strong in this, and if you are not a fan of the stuff then this granola is probably not for you.

The Apple pieces contrast deliciously with the cinnamon, and it is quite a filling granola.

There’s not meany ‘crunchy’ pieces like in normal gluten containing granolas.

But this is a delicious free from, paleo alternative.

Well worth the money but only if mixed with another granola, so it lasts longer.

I will try the other flavour alternatives, but probably not every shop and that is purely because of the steep price.

Review: Drink me Chai – Free From Chai Latte

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Everybody loves a comfort drink, mine is a soya chai latte.

Unfortunately making one at home has always been time consuming using a chai teabag and soaking for a while. That is until I came across the Drink Me Chai drinks in Tesco’s.

Clearly marked up as free from, this provides an instant chai latte drink.

The pot it comes in is a cute little blue design, that is nice enough to have left out on a kitchen counter top.

Upon opening the lid you’re hit with an extremely strong smell of cinnamon (which I love!)

I then make up approx 200ml of heated cashew or soya milk. Before adding 3 tsp of the chai mix.

Throughout mixing, the cinnamon aroma stays strong, and you’re left with a light brown looking drink that smells strongly of spices, a perfect winter drink.

The drink itself has a strong taste of cinnamon, it’s very warming and is delicious. It is sweet enough that it does not need any added sugar, without being overly sweet.

This drink has become my go to comfort drink, especially when trying to avoid any caffeine or have been drinking too much tea.

Not only do they do the pot of it, but they also sell sachets for on the go chai!

Tesco Extra – Pitsea – New finds

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So last night on the way home I needed to stop off at Tescos to use the loo’s. Whilst there I thought I would grab a box of cereal.

Unfortunately I came across lots of new items….. as well as a few bits I know I love.

I was hugely excited to see Paxo are now offering a stuffing mix. This will normally be £2 but is on offer for £1 currently.

Aah! bisto also have a new gluten free offering, which I thought I would grab to try.

I also grabbed the box of lucky charms which is marked up as gluten free!

To top all of this off I went down the Xmas aisle and spotted this:

A nice selection of free from bits for

Xmas. All easily marked up as to what they’re free from.

Tesco’s continue to improve, but Tesco Pitsea has one of the best offerings by far.

Review: Solo Chocolate Salted Caramel Meal Replacement

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I’m terrible for skipping meals out, as long as I’ve had cereal in the morning I’m content.

This is not healthy, and with the long shifts I work means I’m often going long periods without any food or just surviving on rubbish.

I came across Huel (which I will review shortly) and Solo shortly after.

Both options are meal replacements giving you the vitamins, fibre etc that you need in a quick and easy alternative.

Both are vegan and gluten free, although Huel also comes in a non gluten free version (so be aware)

Solo do single meal packs for £2, for you to try. This is a good way to see if you’ll like the flavour. I ordered a couple of flavours and the first one I tried was the chocolate salted caramel.

Now having played around with Huel I’ve learnt that I cannot stand these drinks when made up with water. So I make them up with soya milk or a nut milk.

This one I had Tesco’s own brand soya milk to hand.

The powder itself appears finer than Huel with less ‘bits’ in it.

However when trying to mix it up in a shaker it did not blend well. There were huge lumps throughout the mix no matter how much I shook it up.

I tried drinking this as had not brought any food in with me, to work. However with the flavour and the fact that it just would not lose the large amount of lumps left me feeling slightly ill.

I will give the Solo vanilla mix a go at some point soon. But so far I am sticking with Huel.