Review of Provamel Blueberry Yogurts

I enjoy a yogurt most days as part of my packed lunch or as an extra addition to fresh fruit. The choices of vegan yogurts seems to have rapidly expanded. You can now easily pick them up from your local supermarket. Despite this I tend to buy the same yogurts so I thought that was about time that I tried some new yogurts. My first choice was Provamel blueberry yogurt.

I liked the style of the packaging. It’s simple cream background with blueberries cascading into a thick creamy yogurt. Onto the ingredients list. The yogurt is clearly labelled as being gluten free and lactose free. The only allergen listed is soya. There is a may contain warning for almonds and hazelnuts.

On opening the yogurt I was greeted by a medium consistency creamy yogurt. I was a little disappointed by the lack of aroma I was expecting to smell an aroma that I associate with blueberries. Instead I got a slightly sweet artificial aroma that I would describe as berries. On placing the spoon into the yogurt it was slightly creamy in texture with pieces of blueberries intermingled within this. On eating the yogurt I was hit by two textures. The slight creamy texture from the yogurt itself which was very pleasant but this was combined by a horrible grainy texture from the blueberries. I found the grainy textures tad off-putting if I’m honest. I was expecting squishy slightly juicy blueberries not a grainy texture. I found this to be very disappointing. As for the flavour there was a hint of blueberries but nowhere near as strong as I had hoped. In fact I struggled to finish the yogurt, I did finish all four pots in the hope that maybe the grainy texture was a one-off sadly this was not the case. These have to be one of the most disappointing yogurts that I have tried in both terms of both flavour and texture.

So would I recommend this yogurt? I’m afraid not. They seemed to lack any real blueberry flavour and the intermittent grainy texture from the fruit pieces wasn’t very appetising. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegan diet I would perhaps try a different yogurt instead. Sorry Provamel this yogurt just wasn’t for me.

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Review of Provamel Organic Unsweetened Soya Milk

Well my mission to try some new alternative milks which are suitable for a dairy and or lactose free diet failed. So I thought it was about time that I got back on track and restarted this mission. For a long time I enjoyed soya milk as part of my diet mainly with my breakfast. Then I discovered almond milk and have been enjoying unsweetened almond milk instead. I thought that was time for a change and decided to try soya milk again. On returning from my recent holiday I realised that I had no milk at home so I popped into the local co-op to see what choices they had. The only option was Provamel soya milk so the decision was made for me.
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It is UHT and comes in a 500ml carton. I personally found the packaging design to be a little dull and uninviting. The main colour of the carton is a cross between grey and beige. There is some milk cascading across the front with three soya beans underneath. To the bottom of the carton it is labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet and is marketed as being CO2 neutral. The ingredients list is on the back of the carton, with water and hulled soya beans being listed. The soya is clearly highlighted in bold. It is labelled as being gluten free and lactose free underneath the ingredients list.
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On opening the carton I noted a slight nuttiness aroma to the milk. It poured easily into a glass and was the typical cream colour you get with soya milk. It was nice and slightly thick in consistency but not creamy. On sipping the milk it smooth in texture and tasted a little nutty very similar to other brands of soya milk I have previously tried. I naively thought its flavour might have been a little more distinct being that it was organic and more expensive in comparison to other brands that I have previously tried. That said it didn’t taste artificially sweet like other brands that I have previously tried. So maybe I am being a little unfair.
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I also warmed the milk for 90 seconds in the microwave ready for my famous Weetabix test. It microwaved well and did not separate, or form a skin to the top of the milk. It was absorbed easily by the weetabix. On tasting the Weetabix it tasted just as a Weetabix should the milk did not impact on it’s flavour. For me personally this is a big plus because a couple of milks that I have previously tried have made my Weetabix have a slight artificial sweet flavour. This is not good I like my Weetabix plain and sugar free.

So would I recommend this soya milk, yes I would. It comes in a smaller size which is great if you are away or do not use enough soya milk and a 1 litre carton is to big. It’s flavour was spot on it tasted as soya milk should and didn’t come with that artificial sweetness that you can sometimes get even with unsweetened milks. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free, lactose free, or vegan diet why not give this soya milk a try. So thank you Provamel for producing another soya milk that I can enjoy.

Review of Provamel Oat milk

Well I am trying to encourage myself to be more adventurous and try different varieties of dairy free milks. Recently I discovered hemp milk and really enjoyed it. I have previously tried an oat based milk and I was a little disappointed by both by the taste and texture. So I thought that I best try an alternative brand as to not dismiss this variety of milk. I opted for Provamel as I like their dairy free products and because it was on offer.
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On opening the carton there was a faint nutty aroma noted, which seems to be a common theme with the various milks that I have tried. On pouring the milk into the glass it had a thin to medium consistency and had a slightly cream colour. This was different to the other oat milk that I had tried which was thin and slightly watery.
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On sipping the milk it had a fairly neutral non offensive taste slightly nutty maybe but I felt I couldn’t really taste the oats. I then tried the milk heated in the microwave for the usual time to have with my weetabix. It heated well and didn’t separate or produce a skin layer to the top. A good sign if you might be considering using this milk when a baking cooking a sweet of savoury dish. It mixed well with the weetabix and produced a similar consistency and texture to the other milks I have tried. Now on to the flavour it changed the weetabix slightly with a slight sweet nuttiness being noted. On drinking it chilled in a glass, it had a fairly non descript neutral flavour, with a faint hint of nuttiness. So I would I have this milk again, yes I would. It’s always worth trying a variety of the same milks because what I am discovering is that they can vary. So if you are dairy / lactose free like me or follow a vegan diet why not give this milk a try. Thanks Provamel.

Review of Provamel yogurt

In the quest to find other dairy and lactose free yoghurt I have been visiting health food shops. I found a brand called provamel which I have not tried before so I thought I would give it a whirl they are both lactose and gluten free whilst being suitable for vegans. I opted for the four packet of raspberry and vanilla flavour which cost £1.78.

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Each yoghurt is 125 g and has 93 calories and contains 10.8 g of sugar. The yogurts were fairly thick and creamy in texture with a small amount of fruit noted. There was a subtle taste of both raspberry and vanilla whilst not tasting either too sweet or artificial in flavour. The size of the yogurts are perfect to fit in a lunchbox. I tried mine both plain and with fresh mixed berries which made the yoghurt go further and made and nice afternoon dessert. In summary I  would buy these again if I was unable to source my usual yogurt.