“ Manufacturer: Alpro / Type: Milkshake „
Being dairy-free has it's downsides (not many, but a few) and so when I had to give up my much loved milkshakes no matter how much I worked at making my own milkshakes, they didn't have the same flavour or consistency of my much loved dairy milkshakes.
Then on a random trip to Holland and Barrett I found these carton's of Alpro shakes sold for 50p a pop (given this was a few years ago and they've probably since gone up in price - blame the credit crunch!). I thought I'd give them a go and I was pleasantly surprised.
Having not long given up dairy for a dairy free lifestyle I didn't notice the difference in taste, texture or flavour. At first the banana milkshake was my favourite flavour. It has a very strong banana flavour to it, but not overwhelmingly so. So far I've only seen the chocolate and strawberry flavours sold in packs of 3 in Tesco of this brand and have only ever seen the banana flavour sold individually.
This particular flavour is packed with added calcium, vitamins and omega 3 - perfect choice for children who might not like the soya milk taste. It comes with it's own straw and can be folded completely flat for recycling purposes.
I have been lactose intolerant for seven years and many places do not supply readymade milkshakes that have no dairy within them. This is very frustrating for someone who used to love a nice large milkshake as a child from a takeaway, or as refreshment whilst on a shopping trip in town.
At home wanting a milkshake is not so much of an issue. All it requires is some instant milkshake powder along with some soya or rice milk, either that or some fresh fruit with the latter in a blender. While this is all well and good, this does not solve the craving for a milkshake when outside.
This is why I am thankful for the Alpro Soya Banana Shake. While it is small it does the job. I first discovered this product at university in the campus shop. The small carton was reasonably priced at a mere sixty pence. While it only contained a few mouthfuls I was grateful as at least there was an alternative, even if it was the size you would expect to see in a pre-schoolers lunchbox. The shake is nice and works well especially in a banana flavour.
Despite being pleased with this products taste I was disappointed at the size. I cannot seem to find the Alpro Strawberry or Banana Shake in any decent size just in tiny cartons, whether it is in a supermarket or a corner shop. This is a disappointment as it is not only children that drink milkshakes.
There are coffee shops that do sell milkshakes of a soya variety but it is as if I am being punished for being lactose intolerant, as they boost the price of a regular milkshake by a pound or more. Even though it is organic soya milk I feel as if I am being conned out of my money. Due to this I feel that there should be decent sized, reasonable priced soya milkshakes available in the various supermarkets.
I'm lactose intolerant, so getting calcium into my diet can be difficult. I don't like plain Soya milk, so rice milk goes on my cereals. However, for a quick snack/drink I do enjoy these Alpro Soya milkshakes, inparticular the Banana flavoured ones.
You might think that a soya milkshake wouldn't taste like a normal milkshake (think of a "thin" milkshake, rather than a "thick" shake such as those at McDonalds), but in my opinion, these don't taste any different. They taste nice and include calcium and vitamins. They are very handy if you have a kid (or "big kid" like me!) who is lactose intolerant and needs a bit of calcium.
The milkshake comes in a small carton (250ml) with a straw attached to the side. They are a great size for popping in a lunchbox! You will find them stored on shelves in shops/supermarkets so they don't have to be served cool, however I do like mine after it's been in the fridge or coolbox.
These cartons come in packs of 3 and can be found in local shops, supermarkets and health food shops. My local health food shops sells them for £1.34 for a pack of 3.
Other flavours include strawberry and chocolate, however I think the chocolate ones taste quite bitter.
Alpro Soya Banana Shake Ingredients:
Water, Raw cane sugar, Hulled soya beans (6.4%), Concentrated banana juice (1.2%), Flavouring, Calcium carbonate, Sea salt, Acidity Regulator: Monopotassium phosphate, Stabiliser: Gellan gum, Vitamins: Riboflavin and Vitamin B12.
Energy value : 71Kcal/298 KJ
Protein : 3.3 g
Carbohydrate : 9.9 g
of which :
* sugars : 9.9 g
* lactose : nil g
Fat : 1.8 g
of which :
* saturated : 0.3 g
* mono-unsaturated : 0.4 g
* poly-unsaturated : 1.1 g
* cholesterol : nil mg
Fibre : 0.6 g
Sodium : 0.05 g
Calcium : 120 mg
* vitamin A : 0 µg
* vitamin B1 : 0 mg
* vitamin B2 : 0.24 mg
* vitamin B6 : 0.00 mg
* vitamin B12 : 0.15 µg
* vitamin C : 0 µg
* vitamin D : 0.0 µg
* vitamin E : 0.0 mg