If you have read my blog before you will know I suffer with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and it can have quite a detrimental affect on my life at times. Luckily *touches virtual piece of wood* I’ve not had an attack for quite some time and I put this down to cutting out cows milk as much as possible and moving to almond milk. That said, it is nothing like normal milk so when St Helen’s Farm asked if I wanted to try their goats’ products I jumped at the chance.
St Helen’s Farm sent me their full range including some beautiful china mugs and a goat toy for Cadbury to play with! He’s absolutely loves his new friend although is in the process of trying to remove its eyes. He has a real issue with eyes on toys for some unknown reason.
So why goats’ milk? You can read more HERE but goats’ milk has less allergen proteins, is digested easier due to smaller fat globules and is lower in lactose than cows’ milk. It still contains lots of calcium, is low in cholesterol and is ‘blood pressure friendly’ so there really is no excuse for not giving it a whirl.
I am a cheese lover, I’m not going to deny it, and goats’ cheese is one of my favourites. The usual one I get is soft and quite mellow in taste so I was excited to try this version. It is mature so much stronger in taste with a firmer texture. This cheese was my favourite item in my hamper, I just loved it and broke it into pasta as well as sprinkling it on top of my bolognaise for a hint of richness.
The day before my hamper had arrived a colleague made cupcakes and brought a batch into work. She is planning her 21st (I know, shoot me now) birthday with a black and white theme. The frosting was virtually white and, being a cake baker at times, I asked how she had managed to get the usually creamy looking icing so light. Her reply? Goats’ butter. How ironic that my hamper then arrived the next day! I didn’t get round to making cakes but the butter itself is creamy with a slightly lighter taste than normal butter. It helped to keep the frosting light tasting too so the cupcakes weren’t too heavy on the stomach.
I used the yogurts on top of my fruit in the mornings and the milk went perfectly in my breakfast smoothies as a replacement for my almond milk. Goats’ milk has a similarly creamy texture to cows’ milk so it is the closest I have tried to it.
After trying the products I paid close attention to my body, gut and bowel activities. Whilst I haven’t had a particularly nasty IBS attack for a while I do suffer bowel problems (pretty sure you don’t want more information) and bloating regularly. I’m pleased to report that, whilst trying these products, I didn’t suffer either of these things. Whilst I am a huge fan of almond milk due to the unique taste I love the wide range of St Helen’s Farm products so will certainly buy them again. They are widely available at Sainsburys, Tesco, Waitrose, Co-Op and Ocado so plenty of places to hunt them down! Now please excuse me whilst I go and search for the eyes from Cadbury’s toy…
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