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I love all sorts of yoghurt and I like to eat one at breakfast most mornings, either that or I will eat one just before bed at night. I tend to opt for the fat free or lower fat variety, whenever possible and lately I have been eating quite a lot of the Activia yogurt, particularly the rhubarb variety. I buy these yogurts on packs of four from tesco and often I can get them on special offer whereby I pay only two pounds for two packs of four. Each of these pots contains only one hundred and fifteen calories so they are perfect if you are watching your calorie intake. The reason I love these Activia yogurts so much is that they actually taste so lovely and yummy. They are rich and very creamy and they do really have quite large pieces of rhubarb in them. With sa lot of fruit yoghurts you really have to strain your eyes to see the fruit, but not with these ones. They are perfect if you are after something sweet and yet low in calories and they are the perfect treat for the entire family to enjoy. I have also tried the other fruit flavours however i always seem to revert back to the rhubarb variety every time. I would really highly recommend them.
Rhubarb has always had a bad press and for the life of me I don't know why .I grow rhubarb in my own garden and nothing quite beats that home grown taste and satisfaction of being able to feed your own family .So maybe I'm bias when it comes to reviewing a product that contains rhubarb ,but regardless of flavour I will always look for the Activa brand when purchasing Yoghurts .Whether it is the standard four pack Activia yoghurt or the delicious intensely creamy range in those handy little plastic pots (great for raising seeds in the garden) you can always be guaranteed that the quality and taste will be second to none .There will always be cheaper own brand options on display on Supermarket shelves and believe me I have tried a few , but none of them can compete with the flavour of the Activa brand . To be honest most major Supermakets have special offers on Activa so if you shop wisely ,chances are you can purchase them for around the same price as an inferior quality product
Then there's the health benefits. I've been buying this brand for around two years now and I am convinced that by taking these yoghurts regularly my previous digestive problems have all but left me .Rhubarb has never had it so good and neither have I !
I'm sure I never originally set out to buy rhubarb yogurt. I don't really think it the sort of thing that would catch my eye in a shop and that I would think "oooh, rhubarb yoghurt, I must try that!". If I remember rightly, I first tried Activia Rhubarb yoghurt when it was sent as a "substitution" when I was online shopping. In other words,I'd ordered something else and ended up getting rhubarb yoghurt as the assistant thought it was the closest match to what I'd asked for.
Now I'm hooked. It is easily my favourite flavour in the Activia range. For those who haven't tried it, Activia is the creamiest yoghurt you can imagine, very indulgent and satisfying, with bits of fruit swirled into the mix. They make various flavours, some quite unusual, such as prune, fig and cranberry, but rhubarb beats them all hands down.
It evokes childhood memories of rhubarb and custard, all creamy and comforting...yes, it is definitely a comfort food.it is lovely and sweet, but not sickly, and a pot is quite filling, you couldn't eat loads in one go.
At the moment, tesco is selling the multipacks of Activia for 2 for £2. This is really good value, considering the quality of the product.
The yoghurts come in green tubs, with a picture of rhubarb on the front. The side of the tub has the ingredients and nutritional information, as well as numbers you can ring to contact the company.
The nutritional info is as follows per 125g tub:
These would be quite good if you were on a diet, because they are satisfying, and if you crave something sweet, these would be better than filling up on junk!
Activia contains an active culture Bifidus Actiregularis, and if you have seen the hype on the ads, they claim that if you eat 2 pots of Activia each day, you can "improve digestive transit". Now, I'm not really sure what that means, I think they are saying you will get less gas, and I'm not really sure whether this is true or not! I buy Activia for the way it tastes, not because I believe their hype about being less windy!
Once you have tried Activia, other yoghurts seem really thin and tart tasting. Activia spoils you and makes you feel special. These are MY yoghurts. Everyone else back off!
Right so I have just eaten a pot of Activia Rhubarb yoghurt and you know it wasn't that bad....in fact it was rather yummy!
I have been eating activia for quite a while now however I eat it simply because I happen to like yoghurt not because I believe in any of this bifidus actiregularis nonsense!
Reviewing this product simply as a rhubarb yoghurt I can say that it tastes nice, not overtly rhubarbery but had a really nice light creamy texture. This isn't one of their low fat yoghurts but it is still only 3.2% fat however it is over 12% sugar so not the most healthy yoghurt on the market.
Reviewing this product as a yoghurt which can beat bloating or whatever - well not so much. Like I say, I have eaten these yoghurts for a long time but never noticed any improvement in 'bloatedness'. If the yoghurt didn't make this claim then I would score it 4 out of 5 but as it does make this claim which it doesn't live up to I am only going to score it 3 out of 5.
Out of the ones I've tasted, is my absolute favourite of the Danone Activia range. I think rhubarb is another 'love it or hate it' food and I love it, so rhubarb in a yoghurt is absolutely gorgeous for me.
You can buy these either as a pack of 4 (125g each) for around £1.60, or I think you can also buy them as part of a larger pack, mixed with other flavours. I get mine from Tesco's but I presume you could get them from most major supermarkets.
The idea behind Danone Activia in general is that their products are supposed to help Digestive Transit which helps stop feelings of bloating and helps your food go down properly. I can't say I've experienced very noticeable and dramatic results in this way - it's not a miracle cure so if you stuff your face these yoghurts will not take away the pain I'm afraid! I would probably choose instead to lean on the idea that they are a light dessert that you could eat easily after a meal without creating / adding to any bloating or full feelings.
The taste of these rhubarb yoghurts is, in my opinion, delicious. They are not in the 'Fat Free' range which means that they are more creamy than this lower fat range but while not being especially fattening. You can definitely taste the rhubarb and although it isn't a massively strong taste, it is a very distinctive taste so if you think you may not be too keen on rhubarb steer clear of these. I love this distinctive, sweet taste and the soft, creaminess of the yoghurt.
Going back to the nutritional value for a minute - in one pot there are 115 calories and 4g fat (of which 2.5g is Saturated Fat). While this isn't particularly high, you can get a lot of even lower fat yoghurts so if you're watching your weight you may opt for them. Furthermore, it's quite a small pot so you have to bear that in mind, and not sneak to the fridge for another one (like I have been known to do!) making it 8g fat rather than 4.
Overall I think they make a delicious dessert - not as good as some kind of double-chocolate-caramel-crunch or something equally as wicked, but still extremely tasty and not very bad for you at all.
I am not really a yoghurt fan but I am a rhubarb fanatic. Activia has been heavily advertised for at least a year so was definitely a product I was aware of, I knew that it purported to help with bloating, who can forget the cringe worthy 'I just don't feel myself' adverts, and that it aimed to 'improve digestive transit.' Exactly what that means I wasn't sure and in actual fact am still none the wiser but lulled in by the marketing spiel and a slight swelling of my tummy after a heavy weekend of eating and drinking I spotted them in the Tesco aisle. I convinced myself that a sweet yoghurt at the end of my meal might stop the sweet/chocolate/wine cravings later on the evening so gave them a go.
I was struck by the sheer amount of flavours they had on offer, Firstly this a winner for me as they suggest having one a day and frankly yoghurt is not that exciting. And then I spotted it, Rhubarb. At that moment price was no object and a four pack became mine for the princely sum of £1.55, they were also (and still are) on special offer so I bought two packs for £3.00.
Each pot is 125g and contains 115 calories. As you might expect the product contains milk but is also produced in a factory that handles nuts and wheat. Not all that helpful for people allergic to nuts as I suspect you find this a lot and have to weigh up whether to take the gamble.
The pots themselves struck me as being old fashioned. Dark green with Activia clearly written on the front as well as Danone, who is the manufacturer. The picture of the rhubarb looked cartoon like and most unappetising, maybe I am too easily swayed by the simple, attractive, modern shape and design of the Muller Light packaging but Activia looks a little unloved. The lid is a standard, very thin foil lid but the pack is protected by a cardboard sleeve so you shopping banging around in your shopping bags shouldn't damage the product.
The all important bit. When you peel back the lid you met with a nice looking, creamy yoghurt. Slightly beige in colour and with clear evidence that actual bits of rhubarb are lurking in every pot. Things were looking up! I always eat yoghurts with little spoons as I like to treat them as a dessert and my first spoonful was immensely satisfying. The yoghurt is creamy, and has a very mild, delicate but distinct rhubarb flavour. Largish chunks of cooked rhubarb float around in the pot and I resisted the urge to eat these first. As rhubarb is a fibrous fruit you do find much smaller bits from the rhubarb which helps add to the impression that this is a natural and healthy product. The product is not too sweet but was also a nice end of a meal.
Well I cant say it immediately helped with my swollen tummy but I have been enjoying them, I don't really buy in to claims that bifidus actiregularis helps aid digestion. Surely if we have been managing without them for this long they must occur naturally in our diet anyway or we don't really need them as much as the adverts tell us. Of course if they work for you than carry on!
For me it's a lovely tasting yoghurt and I will be buying them again. It contains 21% of your recommended intake of calcium so great for boasting your intake (especially us ladies as we are more prone to bone diseases). If you are a fan of rhubarb you cannot go wrong with these but as the flavour is delicate I don't think it would put you off unless you are a rhubarb hater.
In summary I have not been convinced by the marketing but the taste has won me over.
In order to beat the bloat I've been trying various different products which I thought might have helped me. One brand I've been sampling in the past few months is Activia! One of the products I've been "lucky" enough to sample is the rhubarb bio yoghurts.
These can be found in all supermarkets, including Asda, Sainsbury and Tesco. We tend to buy ours from Tesco now though but this is simply because it is closest to us! They can be found in the yoghurt aisle alongside the yoghurts such as Muller Light and Shape. They are on the middle shelf in my local Tesco so I assume they will be in the same place in every one but its worth having a little look about.
They come in packets of 4, and each yoghurt weighs 125g. This isn't a huge amount of yoghurt but it is pretty average for the dairy treat! The 4 pack costs £1.56 normally however at the moment there is an offer on and you can get twp packets for only £3. This is only a saving of 12p but if you are watching the pennies then it is worth taking advantage of.
The 4 yoghurts come held together in a cardboard outer packaging. The packaging is a green colour which reminds me of luscious fresh green grass. This adds to the natural feeling of the product. On the cardboard packaging there is lots of product information as well as some interesting looking pictures of stalks of rhubarb. Personally to me these weren't too appealing as they didn't look to juicy, sweet or tempting! The packaging does have a very natural feel to it and probably would appeal to those on a diet. The light green of the wrapper provides a light and airy feel to it too and overall the packaging is very tempting!
The pots are made of plastic and follow the same pattern as the outer cardboard packet. The lid is made of a special foil which seems different to other yoghurts. It peels back really easily and doesn't spray you with too much yoghurt, in fact none at all. Each pot has its own picture of the rhubarb stalks on them! This is again is really not that appealing or tempting.
The lids can be removed easily and the yoghurt is not up to the brim therefore none is left behind on the lid, unless they have been shaken that is. First of all you see the delicious looking yoghurt. It is a dark pink colour, with some lighter pieces through it! The yoghurt looks quite bitty though with bits of rhubarb in it, obviously. It also looks quite thick and doesn't have that annoying watery layer on top of it that yoghurts often have. There was a delicious creamy smell coming from the yoghurt too but a distinct fruit aroma too!
The creamy yoghurt tastes very much like rhubarb however in my opinion there was a raspberry taste to it too! A definite tang combating the strong sweetness. It is a very creamy however there is a strong sweetness to it too. The yoghurt is completely is very lumpy though and the of rhubarb were quite annoying! Personally though I think I prefer muller rhubarb yoghurts!
Overall I did enjoy them but they weren't the best and not my favourite fruity yoghurts. I think I will be sticking to Muller in terms of taste. They didn't help my bloating at all either.
One pot of this yoghurt contains 122 calories and 344of fat. This is really quite a lot for a yogurt of this size and I'd definitely rather go for the tastier Muller version which is under 100 calories for a whopping 200g!