Actimel – Strawberry Flavored Dairy Drink

Actimel (also known as DanActive in the United States and Canada) is a ‘probiotic’ yogurt-type drink produced by the French company Danone.

The first time I ever tried this stuff was in Germany about 10 years ago and have been obsessed with it ever since! Based on the name, you might assume this is just your average, run-of-the-mill, Strawberry Milkshake but it’s not. If you’re Middle-Eastern, chances are you’re familiar with Laban. This stuff kinda’ tastes like a fruitier version of Laban. Actually, I believe Fruit Flavored Yogurt Drink would be a more accurate description. It’s actually tart and delicious with the just right amount of sweetness. Imagine your Pomegranate Flavored Frozen Yogurt from Pinkberry had melted and instead of tossing it out, you just poured it into a glass, chilled it in the fridge and drank it afterwards. It might not be everyone’s cup of Tea Dairy Drink, for example my older sister isn’t a huge fan of Pinkberry and as such, thinks this stuff is horrible but I personally love it!

It comes in the cutest little plastic bottles! The design on the packaging is pretty blah but how cute are those little bottles? I feel you could rip off the sticker and totally re-purpose the bottles… maybe use them for storage (mini-pens, travel-size makeup brushes, etc…) or as planters or whatever else. This has nothing to do with anything but even after you’ve guzzled emptied out a bottle, it still smells amazing… up until you toss it out (lawl).

I’ll be honest. The fact that they keep going on about how this stuff has Vitamin B6 + Vitamin D and contributes to the normal function of the immune system, makes me feel as virtuous as Buddha when I drink it. For those who are Vegan (I’m not) or have Vegans in their life (I don’t), you know the level of smugness I’m talking about ;)

You can purchase these in packs (generally 4 per pack in Kuwait) or just a single drink. Since the availability is a bit iffy at my local co-op, I tend to buy these at Sultan Center in packs. That way, I don’t have to worry about it for awhile. They expire in a little under a month.

My friends are always chastising me for drinking this stuff as they firmly believe that it’s marketed towards children (I mean my sister’s kids do love this stuff and the bottles really are tiny) but I don’t feel that should stop me from loving Actimel Strawberry Flavored Dairy Drink. It looks cute, smells great and is quite refreshing!

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