Showing posts with label Drink. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Drink. Show all posts

Hofmeister Lager is Back - Review and Giveaway

Yes indeed Hofmeister is back!  Helles lager is slow-brewed colder and longer than most other beers today. Hofmeister is brewed in Bavaria Germany using natural mineral water.

Hofmeister is made according to the 1516 Reinheitsgebot German Beer Purity Law, which states that only three ingredients can be used to make beer. And while using so few ingredients doesn’t make things easy, it does result in an incredible lager.

Bottles of Hofmeister Lager

So what did we think?
This light golden coloured lager is easy to drink, nice and refreshing and when poured into a glass it has a nice frothy head. Yep we love it, especially Paul (the husband) as used to drink Hofmeister years ago so he's certainly glad to see it back!

Where to Buy:
Currently, you can buy Hofmeister over at Amazon or via their Shopify page. Please drink responsibly.
For more info pop over to the Hofmeister website.

You can find Hofmeister on social media:
Twitter: @hofmeister_beer
Facebook: @hofmeisterbeer
Instagram: hofmeister_beer

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Official Cobnut Season is Here

Cobnuts are my favourite kind of nut!  When I was a kid we used to go and stay at a farm in Wales and pick cobnuts; that's not all we did, I'm just saying.  My dear dad who's sadly no longer with us, absolutely loved cobnuts so I when I see them I think of him and he'd have loved this little lot that were kindly sent to me from Potash Farm in Kent.

It might be just me but I hardly ever see cobnuts in shops other than in Waitrose last year; hopefully they will have them again this year. Actually official cobnut season starts on August 22nd, St Philibert’s Day and the arrival of the August Bank Holiday normally signals the beginning of the cobnut-picking season but many crops are already ripe this month!

Kentish Cobnuts

Native to Kent, cobnuts, a cultivated hazelnut, were favoured by the Victorians who enjoyed them as an after dinner accompaniment to vintage port. They have been grown around St Marys Platt in Kent, since the early 1800s where Potash Farm is situated, and by the turn of the century an estimated 7000 acres had been planted in orchards known locally as plats.

Potash Farm attends regular shows throughout the year such as RHS Taste Of Autumn held at Wisley, 16 Farmers Markets on a monthly basis where pot-grown cobnut, almond, sweet chestnut and walnut trees can be bought or ordered, as well as the other Potash Farm products.  You can read more about
Potash Farm over at kentishcobnuts.com.

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Beef Chilli with Dark Beer and Chocolate

As everyone knows there are a trillion billion 'Best Beef Chilli' recipes out there and many include the addition of chocolate.  Chocolate goes so well in any good beef chilli recipe, but until now I'd never added beer. Well let me tell you this was good stuff and I'll be making it again!

I know there's a long list of ingredients but half of them are just spices; I say this is the perfect make ahead recipe too which means it's a great meal to cook for friends. Whether you serve it with rice or potato wedges and a side salad, or even tortilla chips it's bound to be a hit.

Beef chilli made with beer

Purity Brewery are based in Warwickshire and very kindly sent me some of their Saddle Black beer. I was asked to make a recipe using it along with a few more cans to drink which made the husband pleased as it meant he dinner and beer!

Expedia have come up with this lovely 'Beer Map' of the UK and Ireland's Best Regional Breweries;
Take a look to see which breweries are nearest to you.

All the beers and ales shown on the map are not only great to drink but also to cook with too.  After reading about Purity Saddle Black I discovered that the roasted malts used to craft it give it a taste of chocolate is how my Beef Chilli with Dark Beer and Chocolate recipe came to mind. So yes, beer is not only good for drinking but for with cooking too!

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Homemade Raspberry and Vanilla Flavoured Water - No Added Sugar

Making your own flavoured water is easy, healthy and also good for you as there's no added sugar.  One big brand name in the bottled flavoured water business were recently found to have 27.5g of sugar in its standard 500ml bottle of lemon and lime water - that's equivalent to almost seven teaspoons.  All the more reason for making your own!

Raspberry and Vanilla Water

There's no real recipe for this as it's so simple!

For every glass you will need:
a handful of fresh or frozen raspberries
a quarter of a teaspoon of Vanilla extract  
250ml water


How to do it:
Whiz the raspberries in a blender - takes two seconds.  The add the vanilla extract and water.  Whiz again for a few more seconds.
Now, if you don't mind the raspberry seed just serve straight away or chill in the fridge till later.
But if you're fussy about the 'bits' just strain through a sieve and again serve straight away or chill.

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Cocktail Recipes - The Perfect Mix

Christmas and New Year are the perfect excuse for a cheeky cocktail or two.  But of course a cocktail is good at any time of the year; in moderation of course.

Whether the refreshing flavours of a good Mojito is what you're after, or a colourful Sangria to remind you of summer, check out this innovative Cocktail Wheel.  It's so easy to use - to find the recipe of your choice just click on the name of the cocktail and the necessary ingredients plus correct measurements needed to create the perfect cocktail are revealed.

So now you're armed with the recipe, all you need now is some stylish cocktail glasses to show of your cocktail making skills.  I especially like these Margarita glasses from House of Fraser.


Margarita glasses are also perfect for making the most ordinary dessert look stylish.  Back in the summer I made a Cherry Ice Cream Sundae but for Christmas you could use these glasses to serve up small slices of Christmas pudding with Brandy Butter; just an idea but I may well have to give it a go!

Happy cocktail making - please drink responsibly.

Disclosure:  I received a set of cocktail glasses from House of Fraser.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.
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National Curry Week - Perfect Rosé Wine Parings from Provence Wines

Just in case you didn't know, it's National Curry Week.  Personally I can't think of anything better than a nice cold glass of Rosé to cool down a lovely spicy curry.  Provence Wines have come up with this really delicious looking recipe for Curried Mussels and they've also picked a few of their wines that are the perfect match with curry.


Image supplied by Provence Wines.

Château La Gordonne, Vérité du Terroir, AOP Côtes de Provence, 2015 – £14.99 from Ocado

A bright pink wine showing notes of raspberry and redcurrant that seduces with its elegance and its freshness from the nose to the palate.

Manon, AOP Côtes de Provence, 2015 - £9 from Tesco

Boasting a brilliant pink colour, this delicious dry Rosé from sunny Provence is bursting with  aromas of  pit fruits and white flowers. The mouthfeel is rich yet refreshing with a silky structure and lingering finish.

Château d’Ollières Classique, AOP Coteaux Varois en Provence, 2015 - £12.99 from Selfridges

Château d’Ollières lies between Aix and Nice. Crisp, well balanced with a bouquet redolent of soft spices, this Provençal Rosé comes from a region that is synonymous with this style of wine.

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Judge Double Walled Highball Glasses

I say milkshakes and hot sunny weather are made for each other.  It's such a lovely day here again that I've stopped all housework to make banana milkshakes.  So it's also a good time to tell you about these thermally insulated Double Walled Highball Glass from Judge Cookware.  They're perfect for keeping drinks cold.  Hot drinks stay hot whilst the exterior remains cool to touch; ice cold drinks like my Extra Creamy Banana Milkshake stay nice and cold without any producing condensation. Great for food photography!


As milkshakes go banana milkshake is my favourite.  
Makes 4 good sized milkshakes. 
3 nice big bananas, 700ml milk, a few generous scoops of vanilla ice cream and about 3 tablespoons of banana milkshake mix (I used Nesquik).  

Put the lot into a blender and whiz for a few seconds - that's it job done.
Of course these Highball glasses and the Tumblers are more suited to long drinks, beers or cocktails and milkshakes; for hot drinks there are Cappuccino, Espresso and Latte glasses which I have previously reviewed; click here to read my review and I think you'll agree they are the nicest looking Latte glasses ever!  

Scratch and heat resistant (0 to 100°C) and made from borosilicate glass.
Dishwasher safe
Available as a set of 2 glasses (350ml) 
Product Ref JD640 

For more information and to find your nearest stockist please pop over to Judge Cookware.
Twitter @JudgeCookware

Disclosure:  Many thanks to Pam and Judge Cookware for sending me the glasses to review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write anything positive.
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Christmas and New Year Drinks and Treats - Budgens Supermarket

Budgens supermarket have kindly sent us some truly lovely Christmassy products to try.  They have a fantastic range of drinks to entertain your guests in style.

It's great to start Christmas and New Year off with a nice glass of bubbly, but it doesn't mean you have to spend a fortune; La Gioiosa Prosecco is £7.99 or the Mionetto Prosecco is only very slightly more at £8.99 both in our opinion equally good so we decided we couldn't pick a favorite.

   
Rosé sparkling wine is great with a starter course but is just as nice served with dinner.  Seddlescombe Organic English Sparkling Wine at £24.99 - okay this is a little on the expensive side but having checked the price on the net Budgens is the best price and it is an organic wine produced to strict EU Organic standards.


Stocking fillers and gifts such as this cute Lindt Santa is just £3.00 and at the time of writing, are on offer; 2 for £5 so even better.

The Monty Bojangles Berry Bubbly Truffles at £3.00 are amazing; raspberry and popping candy cocoa dusted truffles - yes they fizz in your mouth!

If you like Turkish Delight and you like Chocolate, then these Mr Stanley Chocolate Enrobed Turkish Delight (the best of both worlds) and the price is £8.00 a box.

Little bit about Budgens:
Budgens is believed to be the oldest supermarket in Great Britain. Initially a small, local grocer, the company has expanded and over time the Budgens name appeared on a number of stores throughout the South of England, establishing a reputation for servicing the local communities around England’s high streets and suburban towns with quality products.

In 2015, Budgens became part of the Booker Group and today Budgens has over 150 stores and are known for their great quality food and drink.

Budgens also have a luxurious range of party food too that's well worth checking out.  To find out more and to locate your nearest store pop over to Budgens.

Twitter @DiscoverBudgens

*Please note the prices I've mentioned in this post are subject to change.

Disclaimer:  I was sent the above products to try.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  I was not required to write a positive review.
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How to Make the Perfect Liqueur Coffee

Hands up who doesn't like a nice liqueur coffee at the end of a special dinner - not many I people expect!  The perfect after dinner drink at Christmas, Thanksgiving or of course New Year.

But how do you make the cream float on top?  Well it's actually really easy; follow my recipe for success.


Aldi have some seriously good priced Wines, Beers and Spirits.  Exclusive to Aldi this Chevalier Cognac is a great price at just £15.99 for a 70cl bottle.

Of course if you don't like Cognac you can make liqueur coffee with Whisky, Grand Marnier, Tia Maria,  Cointreau, Bourbon, Drambuie, the list is endless.
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Beer52 Craft Beer Club - Review

Beer52.com is an online company that delivers exclusive small batch craft beers to your door.
Members are sent a selection of either 8 or 10 great beers every month, along with a little snack as well as a copy of their magazine Ferment.
Having been sent a box to try, I can tell you we think this is an amazing beer club to join.


On opening the box you find a few money off vouchers for various online retailers (very useful) along with a nice surprise snack.....Metcalfe's Popcorn Crisps are to be recommended!
Read on to find out more and how to get £10 off of your first box!
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Strawberry Blueberry and Apple Vitamin Drink - Sage by Heston Nutri Juicer

Strawberries, Blueberries and Apple are a great combination and make a thirst quenching vitamin packed healthy juice drink.  The Nutri Juicer from Sage by Heston Blumenthal makes juicing easy and I'm so pleased to have been sent one.

Since my mission to loose 9lb in 9 weeks my eating habits have changed and, as an update, I have actually managed to loose 4lb in 4 weeks not too amazing but at least I'm on track!
 

Fresh fruit is packed with nutrients, so my juicer was out of the box, all parts cleaned, instructions read and then after a quick trip to the shop to pick up some fruit I was ready to make juice.
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Weetabix Breakfast Smoothie with Berries and Chia Seeds - Lose 9lb in 9 Weeks

For anyone that doesn't know,I am trying to loose 9lb in 9 weeks.  Can I do it?  I say yes I can!  Why 9 weeks; because we going on holiday and I want to look better.
Although we don't eat junk food and do eat more veg than I care to mention.  BUT we do love cheese and eat far too much of it and it has to stop.  Not entirely but we do need to cut down, not just to lose weight but to stay healthy.

Smoothie

Everyone knows that eating a lot of bread is a sure way of piling on the pounds and usually for breakfast I have two slices of toast.  On the days I go to work in my morning break I have another slice of toast.  We get 15 minute break which isn't time to eat properly but I know I could do better, it's just for quickness I think.

At weekends when I'm not working we (me and Paul the husband) have a bacon and egg sandwich and that too has to stop.
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Roundup - Charcuterie Wine and Recipe Books!

A roundup of new and exciting food related products that I've been lucky enough to receive this past month - please note they are listed in no particular order.

The Carnivore Club


This is British Charcuterie at it's best; each box delivered to your door from Carnivore Club contains between 4-6 handcrafted cured meats from top artisans.
Our box arrived in perfect condition and the contents were from Deli Farm Charcuterie in Cornwall.  Our box contained Sliced Coppa, Spicy Chorizo, Pancetta, Devil's Poker (a spicy salami stick) Garlic Salami and Coppa Chops.

I must say we're really impressed with the whole thing from the packaging, delivery and quality of the meats.  The Carnivore Club is a great way to try many different cured meat products and also to learn about them too.  A really helpful booklet is included in each box and explains more about the supplier and the products included in the box.   

Subscription members pay £29/month and sign up for a 3 month minimum, and can cancel anytime once that period has passed.  However, if you don't want to join the club you can order a single box for just £32

The Carnivore Club is also available in the USA and Canada.  Treat yourself or send a box as a gift.

**I have a discount code for my readers - to receive 20% off your first purchase - please use Oil20 at checkout.

Carnivore Club Twitter @carnivoreclubUK


Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse


If you're craving junk foods and feeling sluggish and tired then this is the book for you.  Daily Greens 4-Day Cleanse by Shauna Martin.  You don't need to starve yourself on the Daily Greens cleanse and you can make these green recipes in your own kitchen, anytime you want.

The book says; reset your body, lose weight, or just give yourself a much-needed energy boost.  I really need an energy boost and I really ought to have a go at the 4-day cleanse.  A great book packed with interesting information and healthy recipe ideas.   

Hardback
Author Shauna Martin
Price £14.99
Published by Race Point Publishing Quarto

 
The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook


More than a mix of rich history, gorgeous beaches, and warm blue waters, the countries along the Mediterranean Sea and their people have a history of living longer and healthier lives and you can too!  By simply following a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, nuts, beans, fish, fruits and vegetables, even drinking wine with meals, you can prevent diseases and prolong your life.

The Ultimate Mediterranean Diet Cookbook integrates the latest research and clinical findings with 100 delicious, authentic, easy recipes and Mediterranean lifestyle tips while dispelling any myths and misinformation.

I really like this book, I love Mediterranean food so the recipes are just my kind of thing. Fresh colourful food from all over the med.  Also it's great that the book contains gluten free variations of some recipes.

Paperback
Author Amy Riolo
Price £14.99
Published by Fair Winds Press Quarto


Wilde Thing wine by Lisa McGuigan


Fourth generation of an Australian wine dynasty, Lisa McGuigan launches her self-titled collection of wines in the UK. Lisa combines a wealth of wine knowledge and a flare for fashion to launch an Australian wine that speaks to consumers rather than intimidating them. 

Now I know very little about wine but what I do know is we both loved this.  Nice and refreshing and really easy to drink.  Perfect for sharing a bottle in the garden on a nice summers day or, if you ask me, any day for that matter!

Wilde Thing RRP: £7.00
Chardonnay Pinot Grigio
Clear pale straw in colour
Aromas of apple and pear combine with peach on a fruit forward nose
Palate: Apple and peach on the palate are complimented by a long refreshing finish
Food pairing: Fresh seafood or a mango salsa

For more information and where to buy pop over to Lisa McGuigan Wines
Twitter @lmcguiganwines


i heart Wines 

The grapes for the 2013 i heart Pinot Grigio were sourced from all over Hungary.  This is a fresh, crisp, dry white wine.  Delicate citrus aromas and lemon and lime flavours, with great balance and freshness on the palate.  Best served chilled - a great match for grilled white fish, seafood salads, chicken dishes or simply on its own.

As I mentioned before I know very little about wine - all I know is I either like it or I don't and this Pinot Grigio was easy to drink and very refreshing and yes I really liked it.

i heart Pinot Grigio £6.00
Light and Crisp

For more information and where to buy pop over to i heart wines
Twitter @iheartwines

Disclaimer - Many thanks to the brands mentioned for sending me these products to try.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Regional Favorite Cocktails - Mix Share WIN

As part of its mission to shake up summer, thebar.com has found that drinkers in London and Scotland favour the Mojito, the Welsh can’t get enough of G&T and Midlanders are split down the middle, equally favouring Pimm’s & Lemonade and G&T!

Photo supplied by thebar.com

Northerners (25%) and Midlanders (32%) say they’re inspired by holiday experiences when it comes to choosing drinks - but southerners (20%) are more likely to be influenced by recommendations from family and friends.
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Kinetico - FREE Simple Water Recipes eBook

Water is of course essential for life, but most of us probably don't drink enough of it.  It is recommended that we drink more than a litre a day; but you may prefer water with a hint of flavour to it.  Shop bought flavoured waters can be full of sugar so I find it's far better for you to make your own.


My Carrot and Orange water is very simple to make as are the other recipes in the Kinetico eBook.  The Simple Water Recipe Book is FREE to download and share - click here.

Kinetico are World NO.1 in water treatment and have the largest dealer network in the UK.  They have a range of water softeners and water filter systems to suit your needs for perfectly filtered water on tap 24/7
and can also filter your tap water to reduce the hardness, ions, calcium and magnesium, in your water and helps to prevent limescale build-up in your kettle, iron and food steamer, keeping them in pristine condition for longer.  Water will be better for you and your family to drink too.

To find out more about pop over to the Kinetico website.

Twitter @KineticoUKltd

Disclaimer: I received payment for my time creating a couple of recipes for the eBook.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Sponsored Video Unrush your World - Yeni Raki

With the busy lives we all lead these days, it’s so hard to find time to cook and eat without rushing, but we really should try to take more time, even if it’s only possible at the weekend.  
The weekend is possibly a time when we can sit down as a family or with friends to eat together and chat over a drink or two; a great way to relax.   


Yeni Raki the world’s leading aniseed spirit brand is the perfect drink to enjoy with good food and they’ve partnered with top London chef, Ollie Dabbous to bring the spirit’s traditional slow dining culture outside of its native Turkey.

Together Yeni Raki and Chef Ollie have created this short video in which he prepares the most beautiful looking BBQ lamb dish to take to his raki table.  Ollie cooks shoulder of Romney Marsh lamb served with violet mustard yogurt on a bed of cracked wheat and pine nuts served covered with vine leaves – now how good does that sound? 

To prepare the lamb dish he covered in salt for 2 hours then it’s rinsed, dried, rubbed with olive oil and then cooked on a BBQ oven for 4 hours until smoky and tender.  Ollie believes food isn’t meant to be rushed and eating isn’t meant to be hurried; and his dish certainly isn’t rushed and definitely the spirit of slow. 

Yeni Raki is hosting a series of slow-dining dinners where top restaurants across the UK capital create their own menus of food that’s paired with the drink to encourage the experience the spirit of slow.

You can find out more about the campaign by following the campaign on #unrushyourworld and @YeniRakiGlobal or pop over to the Yeni Raki Global Website.

This post is sponsored by Yeni Raki.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  
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ALDI Turns 25 - Celebrate with Shooting Star Cocktail

Aldi supermarket chain has created four lovely cocktails to celebrate their 25th Anniversary in style! 

I must say I'm a big fan of Aldi's fruit and veg; they really are loads cheaper and excellent quality too.  Last year I took it upon myself to do a quick post about how to save money on supermarket shopping showing how much I saved compared to the same shop in one of the larger and very well known supermarkets.        


Back to the celebrations;  Aldi very kindly sent me a hamper with the ingredients to create their cocktail named Shooting Star - Vodka and fruit juice create the perfect base for a cocktail, and a dash of Prosecco adds a subtle sparkle.

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Get Sunshine Ready - Florida Grapefruit Smoothie Recipes

Just look at these delicious smoothies all using Florida Grapefruits - a super fruit!  They're so nutritious and high in vitamin content.  Grapefruit is good for our immune system too; One-half of a medium grapefruit or an 8-ounce serving of grapefruit juice contains at least 100 percent of the Daily Value for vitamin C, which helps support a healthy immune system.  A properly functioning immune system is necessary to help your body resist disease.


We probably all need to eat more fruit and research shows that 79% of women in the UK blame rain and cold weather for making them feel unproductive, but only 39% of these women eat their daily allowance of fruit in the winter so this isn't going to help!

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Maple Syrup and Vanilla Bean Smoothie

Whizzed up in no time at all, tastes GOOD and is nice and healthy too.  You don't need much maple syrup in order for this be to sweet, so fear not about a few calories and give it a go!


I use the Froothie Optimum 9200 Next Generation POWER Blender simply because I believe it's the BEST blender out there.  It crushes ice in seconds and is easy to use too, it has three speeds and three timer settings including a handy pulse button.

As I'm an ambassador for Froothie if you order anything on their site (excluding the Healthy VibroFit) you can get FREE Delivery as long as you add this 'Free Ambassador Delivery 2403' in the comments section of your order; the delivery cost will be credited back to your card.
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Sponsored Video by the a2 Milk Company

Do you, or do you know someone, that suffers with indigestion or a bloating feeling after drinking milk?  If you do then it may be caused by the A1 protein that is present in cow’s milk.

I have to admit until now I’d never heard of such a thing, but I’m now wondering if there are a couple of people that I work with that could be suffering from  an intolerance to A1 protein without realising it.  For example, I’ve heard them complain that the bread we‘re supplied with in work for making toast etc. tends to makes them feel bloated so they avoid it, but perhaps the bread isn’t the cause after all and the milk is to blame?    

So what are A1 and A2 Proteins?
A1 and A2 beta-casein are genetic variants of the beta-casein milk protein that differ by one amino acid. The A1 beta-casein type is the most common type found in cow's milk in Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand.  For some reason (something to do with the breeds used for dairy farming) it isn’t present in cows in France.

The a2 Milk Company developed a test which determines whether a cow produces the A2 or A1 type protein in its milk.  Dairy farmers that have this test done on their cows allows the a2 Milk Company to give them a license to prove their cows produce only A2 beta-casein protein in their milk and that  A1 beta-casein protein type isn’t present.

Of course there’s nothing peculiar about a2 milk, it‘s just is pure cow’s milk from British dairy’s and the only difference is that it’s easier to digest because it naturally contains the A2 protein and no A1 protein.  Nothing else has been added or taken away so it’s all okay and is suitable for the whole family to enjoy.
Drinking a2 milk could make a huge difference to millions of people who couldn’t enjoy milk in the past.

Take a look at this amusing video produced by the a2 milk company;


 

Intolerance of A1 Protein is not to be confused with Lactose Intolerance;
A1 protein in milk has the potential to affect other parts of our body too, causing skin conditions and excess mucus whilst lactose intolerance will only affect the stomach.  Therefore please note that if you have been diagnosed lactose intolerant then a2 milk will not be suitable for you.

A2 milk is currently available in Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Whole Foods Market.
You can find out more over at the a2 Milk FaceBook page.

This post is sponsored by A2 Milk.
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