Friday, 25 July 2014

CoYo Raw Chocolate Yogurt

I think that the market for vegan yogurts is expanding here in the UK and all I can say to that is About Time! It is a nuisance to find delicious tasting dairy free yogurts. I am making an effort to try as many different types as possible so that I don't get too bored with what I'm eating (a rut that I often find myself in).

CoYo yogurts as you will have guessed are made me coconut milk and they are unbelievably thick, thicker than Greek yogurt and I love this about them, I was really worried that they would be watery, but no, they are incredibly thick and creamy. I tried the cocoa flavour and initially I wasn't too impressed with it because it wasn't very sweet and was actually a little bitter, but as I continued eating it it started tasting better and better. It worked incredibly well when I dipped banana  chips into it! 
If you are expecting it to taste like a bar of dairy milk then you will be disappointed as it is unsweetened cocoa powder that is used rather than actual milk chocolate as you would expect from a Cadburys Pot of Joy. 

Rating - 7.5/10
Calories - 155 per 100g
Buy Again - I think so
Vegan - Yes!


Friday, 18 July 2014

Freedom Vanilla Marshmallows

Marshmallows are probably the one thing that I miss most about being a vegetarian. I don't miss bacon or sausages or steak (okay I do sometimes have the odd craving for steak with chunky chips and peppercorn sauce, but I digress) but I do miss the foamy goodness that is marshmallows and sweets in general! 
I have been trying to hunt down these marshmallows for absolutely ages so whilst in town I went into the local Holland & Barratts and I spotted them, so I quickly went to the counter to buy them. 

Now, onto the review. They don't look like marshmallows if I'm honest, but they do smell lovely, with strong vanilla hints that are a good sign. The marshmallows themselves are incredible, seriously. I cannot get over how delicious they are, they taste just like regular marshmallows and the texture is just as good. The texture was my main concern as I was worried that they would be like Haribo Funny Mix but no, they are light and fluffy and just magical!
I can't wait to try the other flavours and products that Freedom has to offer!



Rating - 9.5/10
Calories - 339 per 100g
Vegan - Yes
Buy Again - Yes!!!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Chia Pods

Chia seeds are very good for you with all sorts of health benefits and as a result this is quickly becoming the next big superfood. They are full of protein, omega 3, calcium whilst being relatively low in calories, so what's not to love? Well on their own they have very little flavour but they are versatile and rather good at taking on flavour as they swell up and resemble tapioca. 
I have been wanting to try chia seeds for a while but didn't really trust my cooking abilities to make my own chia pudding so when I spotted this Mango Chia Pod in Tesco I just had to pick it up! Now be warned they are rather expensive at over £2 for one small pod.

Now onto the review, flavour is quite nice albeit a little muted, it is free of any artificial sweeteners or sugar so it does have a lovely natural flavour which was live and refreshing on a warm summer day. The pudding part itself was lovely and thick and somehow quite creamy despite being devoid of any cream or even dairy products.

I can't wait to try the rest of the flavours that are available but I don't actually know where I would get them from




Rating - 8/10
But Again - Yes
Vegan - Yes
Calories - 164 (Vanilla) , 149 (Mango)


Friday, 4 July 2014

New Heinz Beans Meals

Beans are a staple part of my diet so whenever there is a new product out that involves beans I get a little excited (strange I know). So I was thrilled when I spotted these in my local Asda. Now they were a tad expensive in comparison to regular beans but this is probably to be expected as they are new and seem to be intended as a meal rather than just to go on your jacket potato or with your cottage pie.

Goodness me these are spicy! Delicious and full of flavour but incredibly hot so they are definitely not for those with a delicate palate. Normally I am not a big fan of spicy food but these are an exception as they manage to be flavoursome, with rich tomatoey tones in the sauce that help to mellow out the otherwise overwhelming heat.

Now the Chilli flavour was a lot milder in terms of heat and had a variety of different veg in it like sweet corn, kidney beans, peppers etc so it was very filling. It did taste a bit generic and like most vegetable chillies but that isn't a bad thing because it was still very tasty and packed with flavour.

Rating - 7/10
Buy Again - Maybe
Vegan - Yes
Calories - Around 157 per half a can