A few weeks ago I was sent this amazing hamper full of St Helens Farm goats milk products*. Goats' milk products are something that I have never tried but also something I had heard a lot about in relation to helping your digestive system. With someone that does suffer from digestive problems I was really excited to try out the full range from St Helens farm. The reason these products are much better for your stomach than cows milk is because they contain easily digestible fats and proteins, they are lower in lactose (something in dairy products that is usually the main suspect in digestive issues), it also has many other health benefits, to name a few it's naturally lower in cholesterol, a good source of key vitamins and blood pressure friendly. If the benefits alone don't make you decide to give goats a go I don't know what will!
It arrived in the cutest cool bag, definitely going to proudly use this for picnics in the summer!
The hamper also came with its own little goatee beanie baby awww! I thought this was the cutest touch, I still have a basket full of beanie babies I used to collect when I was younger, anyone else?!
The packaging is just super!
Milk is something I use every day for breakfast to make my porridge. In the past I thought dairy really was causing me problems so I switched to soya milk for about 2 years, I really didn't notice much difference and if you aren't used to it soya has a really unusual and acquired taste. With the goats' milk I didn't notice much difference in taste at all, I felt the taste was much purer and less sweeter than cows milk. If you're looking to switch from cows milk I would recommend goats' milk over soya milk any day, when I switched to soya I also worried about not getting enough calcium too and with this I didn't have to worry about that.
I'm not too much of a fan of flavoured yoghurts but found these delicious, especially the blossom honey! They are much thicker than dairy yoghurts and helped fill me up for longer. Needless to say I just cant get enough of their gorgeous packaging!
I eat natural yoghurt every day anyway as it's such a good probiotic for your stomach, I definitely recommend anyone to have a spoon a day if you have digestive problems, it really helps to line the stomach. This was one of my least favourite products as to me it just tasted a bit unusual, but then it is one of those things that you have to adjust to and get used to the taste, it's just like switching to anything though that is a healthier alternative.
The cheese went down particularly well in my house and I love nothing more than some cheese and crackers as a snack! The thing I noticed most about the goats milk products is that everything is a lot whiter in colour. The cheese itself has a lovely smooth and fresh taste, the mature cheese has a much stronger flavour so either one of these is suited for peoples preferred taste.
St Helens Farm Goats butter and spreadable goats cheese*
I usually stick to a normal spread for my bread etc and haven't used butter for a long time! I really enjoyed trying out the goats' butter, it didn't have any strong taste to it at all and would definitely use it again. The spreadable goats' cheese is a great alternative to Dairylea which is a cows milk version, it has a great texture and is very similar in taste to the cheese itself.
So, what was our overall opinion on trying Goats milk products? Myself and my whole family loved testing out all of the St Helens Farm goats milk products. From the moment the hamper arrived I fell in love with the beautiful packaging, with the bright colours and cute iconic goat picture. I definitely did have misconceptions before about trying goats' milk products and had an image of it tasting farmy (if you know what I mean?!) in my head, how wrong could I be! I loved all the products, especially the milk, flavoured yoghurts and hard cheese. I didn't have as many digestive problems as normal but would need to keep it in my diet for a bit longer to give definite results. St Helens Farm really has changed my view about goats' milk products and I will definitely be repurchasing in the future, the benefits of these products are commendable, but does not in any way deter from the great taste of the products!
Would you give goats' milk products a go? What alternatives have you tried to dairy products? Do you like their packaging?
*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been sent to me for review. However, all opinions in this post are 100% my own