“ Brand: Cow & Gate / Age: 6 months „
When my boy was tiny, I was scared stupid by a dental talk about the horrors of many yoghurts aimed specifically at the children's market, due to the amount of sugar included in them. Sure enough, when it came to weaning, I searched high and low on the supermarket shelves and couldn't find any products without sugar in them. So for months, I went through the faff of pureeing fruit and adding it to pure unsweetened natural yoghurt. Now this was OK, but really there is more to life than constant pureeing. A friend realised my dilemma and recommended these yoghurts to me, so off I popped to Waitrose and found these on the shelf. Sure enough, emblazoned across the packaging is the message that there is no refined sugar included, so I popped them in my trolley and went home. When I got home, I was pleased to see that the yoghurts are a generous 90g size, which are a good sized dessert, rather than the traditional kid's size which just give you two teaspoon fulls. The yoghurts come in four flavours - raspberry, banana, strawberry and mango, and each yoghurt has at least 12% fruit puree in them. The resulting taste is a really fruity, tasty yoghurt, loved not just by my boy, but also, chief taster - Mum! The yoghurts are sweetened by either apple or pear juice concentrate rather than sugar, so although they are sweet enough to enjoy, you can actually taste the fruit rather than the artificial overly sweet flavour of sugar that most kid's yoghurts taste of. As you can probably tell, I am a real fan of these yoghurts. As well as no refined sugar, these yoghurts also are GM Free, have no additives, colours or preservatives, gluten free and suitable for vegetarians, so you can feed your wee one these with a clear conscience. These aren't the cheapest product on the market (around £1.60 for four) and I have only been able to find these in Waitrose so not that widely available, but well worth seeking out to miss out all that pureeing!
There are so many yogurts aimed at children in the shops, and I found it hard to find one that didn't have added sugar when I was first starting solids with my daughter. A friend of mine recommended trying Rachel's, so I went to have a look. The packaging is clearly aimed at babies, with bright clear colours and design. You can't mistake what you're getting. A four pack will cost you around £1.50, but the pots themselves are slightly bigger than the little stars ones so you get more in each serving. This has been great for my daughter the yogurt monster, who would happily eat all four pots in one sitting if I'd let her! The yogurt itself is lovely and thick and creamy, with just the right amount of added fruit puree and fruit juice. The four flavours you get are raspberry, banana, strawberry and mango, but the focus is on the yogurt itself, which is made from organic whole milk. The added juice is minimal, and is just right for making it taste nice and not as sharp as plain yogurt can sometimes be. The smooth texture with no lumpy fruit bits is perfect for little ones just starting with solids, though the amount may be a bit much at first so you might need to finish it yourself- which is fine as they taste so nice I happily do that when needed! I love these for our whole family, and often buy them as lunchbox treats for my husband and I, as well as my two children. I'm relieved to finally have an alternative to the added sugar market that seems to have taken over yogurt.
These Rachel's yogurts come in a pack of four ( raspberry, strawberry, mango & banana) & are very much aimed at mums buying for their babies. The cardboard sleeve has a big baby picture on, & there's a nursery-inspired pattern. The yogurts are made with organic whole milk & organic fruit, with no added sugar at all & no bits. In fact apart from milk, fruit & fruit juice the only other ingredient is rice starch as a thickener, so there's no worrisome additives. All the yogurts are thick & creamy. They're an appetising, delicate colour & sweetened with just enough pear or apple juice to take away any yogurty sharpness without being oversweet. The banana variety is made with 15.5% fruit; the rest have 12% fruit, so there's a really nice natural fruity taste that doesn't overwhelm. Each flavour is quite distinct - mango is my favourite. It's a smart move for Rachel's to aim these tasty, healthy yoghurts so squarely at the baby market, but it's almost a shame too, as the packaging is so babyfied it might deter anyone older from trying them. They're suitable for children aged six months and older, but the organic wholesome ingredients, lovely flavour & lack of sugar mean I'd happily buy them for myself or my kids - the pots are a decent size too.
Okay, I'll come clean: I'm 27. I don't have any children. These are *not* my first yoghurts, having eaten hundreds, if not thousands, over the past three decades. And, yes, since they were rebranded from "Little Rachel's", when I pick a pack of "My First Yoghurts" off the shelf, I do sometimes think about inventing myself a child and loudly announcing that they'll love these... But. These are one of only two brands of yoghurts I know of that have no added sugar, sweetened only with fruit and fruit juice. Despite the name, it isn't only babies who need to worry about eating sugar - those of us with hideously oversensitive bodies, do too. While these yoghurts seem to have become harder to source recently - my local Tesco (a Metro) no longer stocks them - they're usually worth it for sugar-free adults or discerning babies looking for a treat. However, while I've been loyal to the brand for a good few years now, it's clear that the first thing you notice after a few packs of these is the variability between batches. I assume this is a natural side effect of the preservative-free recipe, but packs vary between super-sweet and smooth - frankly, the sorts of yoghurts that are too good for babies! - to being lumpy and hideously tart. There have been batches I've wolfed up in a sitting, and batches that went straight into the bin. While some variation is expected - and encouraged - is chemical-free foods, it seems bizarre that there is no consistency at all between packs. Additional problems come from the packaging - sold in packs of four, it can sometimes be a real struggle just to split the pack into portions. I recently saw a pack of "big" Rachel's yoghurts with a "now with better pack snap!" flash on the front, however, so this looks like a problem the dairy are aware of and addressing. And who am I to complain if I sometimes need to eat an extra yoghurt because I can't separate them...? While I don't fully understand the rebranding of the product - while understanding the need to make the yoghurts clearly different from more toddler-directed products, is it really necessary to turn them into an item an adult must feel slightly shameful about buying? Surely I'm not the only adult eating these, and there are phrases with less of a connotation of being six-months-old that could have worked just as well for a name? - I do remain loyal, not least because the more products on the shelf not filled to the brim with junk, the better, and not just for the kids. It's just a good thing that the babies can't complain about lumpy, sour yoghurts.
When my daughter was about six months old and id started weaning I began to look around for a suitable yoghurt to give her. I spent some time looking at the different brands specifically marketed to give to babies and came across these yoghurts. Most people had recommended the old faithfulls like petit filous or little stars but when I looked at the nutritional value section it was evident that they were quite sugary little devils and had over 10% sugar in them, added sugar at that. The Rachel's youghurts appealed to me as they do not have any added sugar in them and they gain their sweetness form the addition of fruit juice which seems much better to me. They are also below 10% in their sugar content. The yoghurts come in a pack of four and each has a different flavour including interesting ones like mango and banana. They are deliciously creamy with no pieces in them and my daughter loves them. they cost around £1.50 for four so not too bad money wise but the only thing is considering they are marketed for babies the pots are really big, my baby could never finish one, so there is the potential for a fair bit of waste unless you do a hoovering up act !!!!!!. In summary these yoghurts are great and I would heartily recommend them, my whole family like to eat them.
(These are now called Rachel's Organic My first yogurts.) I first noticed these while browsing the chilled yoghurt section in Tesco. On closer inspection I was pleased to see they didn't contain any added sugar like most yoghurts do, and even better they were organic, so I bought a pack of four for my daughter to try. She absolutely loves them and has one most days. The yoghurts come in packs of 4 x 90g clear plastic pots, packaged in a card sleeve. The pale lemon yellow sleeve features a photo of a cute baby, and pictures of raspberries, a banana, a strawberry, and mango, indicating the individuals flavours inside. It says "Organic wholemilk yogurt with fruit puree, sweetened with organic fruit juice concentrate." They are suitable to feed your child from 6 months onwards, are gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians. They do contain cow's milk, so aren't suitable if your child has an intolerance or allergy to this. There are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives in the yoghurts. On the bottom of the sleeve it says they "contain probiotic cultures to help maintain a healthy digestive system," but doesn't say what type of cultures or how many, so it's impossible to know whether they're at the levels needed to be of any benefit. The nutritional information varies with each flavour, so I'll give rough values per 90g pot- Energy kj = 369-387 Energy kcal = 88-93 Protein = 3.7-3.8g Carbohydrate = 12.1-13.1g Fat = 2.8g Fibre = 0.1-0.4g Sodium = 0.04g Calcium = 167-172mg Ingredients are similar for all four flavours - Strawberry, raspberry, banana, mango- Organic yogurt, organic puree (strawberry, raspberry, banana or mango, between 12-15.5%), organic apple juice concentrate (pear in the banana flavour), organic rice starch, organic lemon juice. The yoghurts are thick in texture and deliciously creamy and smooth. Each one has a good, strong fruit flavour. There are no fruit bits in them. I used to buy ordinary Rachel's Organic yoghurts for me, but found they were too sweet. Because these don't have added sugar they are just right. The banana one is my favourite, and I've been known to eat one when we've run out of "adult" yoghurts! They cost £1.45 for 4 x 90g pots. Made by: Rachel's Dairy Ltd., Aberystwyth, SY23 3JQ www.rachelsorganic.co.uk
Organic wholemilk yogurt with fruit purée, sweetened with organic fruit juice concentrate.