“ Brand: Nestle / Type: Yoghurts „
In an attempt to look for a low calorie breakfast that I can take to work, I've tried everything. I do my grocery shopping by the fortnight, so can't be having food that will go off quickly, either. Cereal was too much of a hassle in the office, crisps weren't healthy enough, biscuits went stale once opened, and cereal bars were too expensive considering that they weren't all that filling.
Then, I discovered Munch Bunch Strawberry and Vanilla - the BIG fromage frais. It'd been an idea I'd considered for some time, to take a dairy product to work for breakfast, but of course they don't often keep for two weeks. My idea had been to freeze such products to keep them longer, but I'd also heard that yoghurts didn't often defrost too well, and I knew that whilst fromage frais did, they were aimed at young children and therefore too small to be filling or enjoyable. Discovering the 90g Strawberry and Vanilla Munch Bunch has changed my life (okay, so maybe that's more than a bit dramatic, but it gets the point across!).
Now, I buy four packs of these fromage frais every fornight (they're around £1.50 a pack in major supermarkets), freeze them, and defrost one per morning to take to work. They take about an hour and a half to go from frozen solid to slightly frozen, and they're absolutely delicious (much like Campino sweets!). They also contain less than 100 calories per pot, and have as much calcium as a 100ml glass of milk.
Sure, these fromage frais might still be aimed at people far younger than myself (after all, they're "great for growing kids") but as an office worker with no time for breakfast at home, they're also my perfect (and tasty) solution to a healthy breakfast on the go.
I was looking for our usual yogurts with Thomas and his friends when I realised that there are no more of them in Sainsbury's but they had a new one: Nestle Munch Bunch Sally Strawberry and Vanilla. It was on offer for 74 pence so I decided to buy my kids one to try it.
This Fromage Frais comes in four 90 g plastic pots. All of them are coloured half red and half yellow. I read in other reviews that it is available in strawberry and banana combination as well. In our Sainsburys it wasn't available yet.
Price and where to buy
Now in Sainsbury's it is on offer, you can buy them for 0.74 pound instead of 1.49. I think they are available in most of larger supermarkets.
After opening the first one I found that it is quite a thick Fromage Frais. It has lovely strawberry smell. It is a layered yogurt, but I found that the layers are vertical not horizontal as I read in other reviews. My sons eat 1 each day, so I opened and fed them with about 12 and found that all of them were vertically layered. They are large enough for giving them only one pot a day. My sons love them.
Fromage Frais, Sugar, Cream, Strawberry Purée (2.5%), Modified Maize Starch, Milk Mineral Concentrate, Flavourings, Thickners: Guar Gum, Locust Bean Gum, Xanthan Gum, Acidity Regulators: Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Colours: Carmine, Caramel.
Energy: 107 kcal/100 g; 96 kcal/pot
Protein: 5.8 g/100g; 5.2 g/pot
Carbohydrate: 14.2 g/100 g; 12.8 g/pot
Of which sugars: 13.7 g/100 g; 12.4 g/pot
Fat: 3.0 g/100 g; 2.7 g/pot
Of which saturates: 1.9 g/100 g; 1.7 g/pot
Fibre: 0.1 g/100 g; 0.1 g/pot
Sodium: 0.1 g/100g; 0.1 g/pot
Salt equivalent: 0.1 g/100g; 0.1 g/pot
Calcium: 133 mg/100 g; 120 mg/pot
To be honest I haven't read the ingredients until now. I check the ingredients of biscuits and crisps, but I just put these into my basket. The thickners and acidity regulators make me worry. I don't think they are too healthy. I will check the ingredients of other yogurts made for children.
They don't contain bits, so you can give to babies as well. I found this product so delicious and yummy and my children love it. I am confused. They love it and will ask me to buy them more, but it is not healthy enough. I have to check the other ones. I hope I will find one that doesn't contain so much exotic ingredients.
According to Wikipedia Guar gum is the ground endosperm of guar beans. Its seeds are dehusked, milled and screened to obtain the guar gum. It looks like plain flour and has almost 8 times the water-thickening potency of cornstarch. Chemically it is a polysaccharide composed of the sugars galactose and mannose. It is not self-gelling but calcium (or borax) can cross-link guar gum to make it to gel. Guar gum is effective in promoting regular bowel movements and decreases cholesterol levels. In the summer of 2007 high dioxin level was found in guar gum. Dioxin is a chemical compound used in fertilisers and fungicides. It can be carcinogenic in large doses.
According to Wikipedia Xanthane gum is a polysaccharide too that is produced by fermentation of glucose or sucrose by the Xanthomonas campestris bacterium. Xanthane gum produces a large increase in the viscosity of liquids. Most often it appears in salad dressings, sauces, ice creams, beverages. It helps to prevent oil separation by stabilizing the emulsion, although it is not an emulsifier. It helps suspend solid particles such as spices, creates pleasant texture in ice creams. You can find also in toothpastes where it serves as a binder to keep the product uniform. It is used also in gluten-free baking. Some people have allergic symptoms to Xanthane gum: intestinal gripes, diarrhea, temporary high blood pressure, migraine headaches. Some people allergic to corn may also react to Xanthane gum.
I wanted to give 5 stars to this product, but after checking the ingredients I cannot give more that 3 stars. I will check the other children yogurts and add my info to this review.
After checking we switched to Müller Little Stars.
Thanks for reading!
These are relatively new yoghurt out on the market, so I thought it may be useful to review them. They are available in 2 different 'Double' flavours Strawberry and vanilla and Strawberry and Banana. I am reviewing the aforementioned as I am not a big banana fan!
These are available in pots of four from Munch bunch, a name I have always trusted, and to be fair they didn't disappoint. The yoghurt is split one of top of each other so you have to delve in deep if you want a mixture of the two flavours, otherwise it's kind of like eating strawberry yoghurt and then a vanilla one! The flavours are similar to other yoghurts designed for kids quite mild and sweet.
The good thing about these yoghurts is that they are great for kids who are learning to eat by themselves. My daughter is 18 months and she can manage these really easily as they have a thick consistency. They are also better than the average fromage frais / yoghurt out there as they are a little bit bigger so they serve as good transition yoghurt for toddlers, where normal yoghurts are still too big.
I bought these on offer and they were two for £2.00 I think normally they retail for about £1.50 per four , which is a bit pricey but I'd say they are a high quality product so worth it .
Useful to know:
Cals - 115 per pot
Fat - 2.7 g per pot