Inspire – Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

On March 2, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Chocolate PB Fudge

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge is creamy milk chocolate with a swirl of real Peanut Butter. It rocks!

  • Mixes instantly and completely with a spoon
  • Zero sugar & zero fat
  • Created to blend with just four ounces of water

We know what qualities it takes to make the perfect protein, and we’re proud to bring you Inspire Pure Whey Isolate Protein Drink. Inspire is a thin, smooth, small-volume protein drink offering excellent taste & convenience. We use 100% pure whey isolate as it offers a clean unflavored background for luscious espresso, coffee, & premium flavorings.

So I broke down and bought some BariatricEating protein samples when they created a pack of 5/$10 deal.

In any case, I remember when I tried the Candy Cane Inspire protein (of which I still have quite a bit left…) and the promise of “spoon stirrable” that wasn’t quite there, I decided to use my blender ball cup for this sample.

Inspire protein blends in 4oz of water — which I’ll admit is nice for early post-ops struggling to get their protein in with a minimum of space and volume.  Not having to drink 20oz to get the 26g of protein is a plus.

So cutting open the pouch and the immediate whiff is a nice cocoa smell — with a faint tinge of peanut butter.  Kinda like my PB2 smell when I first opened it.  Very pleasant.  I mix it up and immediately notice that I need to shake longer than the initial 15 seconds as I can still see some small lumps on the inside of the cup.  So I shake for another 30 seconds — and it’s now pretty smooth.

Chocolatey Peanuty Buttery Goodness?

Whiffing is more peanut butter than the powder — but nothing like a jar of Jif.  And the taste is good.  It’s a bit more understated than I expected — but nothing that is too understated.  I think I expect a bit more flavor based on the smells that I get from the powder, but I’m not disappointed.

The texture is pretty smooth and creamy, but is thin.  Not “milk” thin, but certainly is not a shake by any stretch of the imagination.  If you want something thick to fill a more mature pouch, think about adding ice or something to make this more viscous as this by itself isn’t it.  The taste is there, but it’s not filling in of itself.

It’s got pretty decent stats:

Stats

So this protein has a pretty good flavor, mixes smoothly in a blender ball cup, and has a good amount of protein for 4oz of liquid.  It is a bit pricier than some of the competitors, so if money is a factor then perhaps this isn’t an option.  I’d try a sample before getting a full-sized bag.  If you are looking for satiety, this may not be the option for you — but if you are looking to supplement protein around food, or if you are a baby post-op, then this might be a good choice.

14 servings cost $19.99,
Available at BariatricEating

Chike — Orange Creme

On March 1, 2010, in General Nutrition, Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Chike Samples

Best Tasting Nutritional Shake. Guaranteed.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, stay in shape, eat healthier or looking for a high quality protein supplement – Chike is the perfect answer.

Eating right is the key component to a healthy lifestyle. Let’s face it – with the fast pace of modern life, it’s not always easy to make the right choices when it comes to what you put in your mouth. Chike is the perfect solution for getting all of the nutrients of a healthy meal in a delicious, convenient protein shake.

Pour, Shake, Drink & Go!

It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s tasty. It’s healthy. No more
compromises. No more excuses. Invest a few minutes for a lifetime of benefits. Your future is waiting.

Orange Creme

Success with a camera, computer, and everything!  This makes me happy!

So I’m almost done with my Chike pack of samples.  I’ve done the banana, strawberry, and chocolate – and I’ve liked all three of those so far so I had high hopes for the Orange Creme.

The powder did not make me nauseated like the chocolate did.  This is already a good sign.  In fact, it had a pleasing orangy scent to it.  Nothing over-powering like I’d find at a Bath and Body Works (not that I don’t like Bath and Body Works.. just not something I want to drink if you catch my drift, yannow?)  Knowing how well these mix up, I only use my little green shaker rather than my massive blender ball shaker cup — cause let’s face it — those are a pain in the ass to clean.

I shake it up, go to take a picture, figure out that while the card will read in the computer (And why exactly won’t the MemoryStick? — this bears examination, but not NOW), the husband has run down BOTH camera batteries for the DSLR that I use.  And of course, I don’t touch HIS DSLR that uses a different battery that, of course, is charged.  So I charge a battery and go try to g33k out with the kids while we look for the International Space Station out in the front yard in the 40 degree NC chill (yes, you can see it if you hit the right time.. and yes, I am g33ky enough to know when that is…)

So come back in to take a photo and take a drink.  And the taste is alright.  It’s not spectacular.  It’s not horrible — don’t get me wrong by any account — but it’s not anything that I’d say “wow” about.  There’s not an over-powering whey taste, so that’s a big ole plus, and it’s not overly sweet, overly orange, or overly .. well, anything.  So that’s all, perhaps a good thing as well.  If you’ve found everything to be overly — EVERYTHING then this should be something to try.  I am burping a bit of orange 5-10 minutes after my last sip of this stuff, which is not terribly unusual.  I tend to be more sensitive to colors and flavors than most (which is why I absolutely hate chewable vitamins!) but may not be a problem for you.  I have a bit of an aftertaste in my mouth that is faintly orange-ish — but again, isn’t OMG WHERE’S THE SCOPE bad.  Just there.

Now, I should preface (although preface would have been way up there..?  Don’t mind me — it’s been a day with a bruised cornea, kay?) by saying that we drink very diluted Tang through the day (and not the SF kind, either.. that’s why it’s heavily diluted!) as our drink of choice when it’s not water.  So my “fake orange flavoring” taste buds may have been keyed for THAT rather than THIS.  I don’t know.  But I know that this was not what I was expecting when I drank it.  If I were to drink this more often, I probably would mix it WITH my Tang rather than water to get a stronger orange flavoring, and probably have it for my “lunch” shake (because we know that Andrea’s coffee is a requirement for the first 6 hours of breath).  It’s not bad — just not my favorite.

Just like the other Chike’s, this is thinner than most shakes making it ideal for those trying to push protein (new post-ops, longer outs trying to supplement around actual food) but not so much for satiety.  My mature pouch is now saying “What’s for dinner?” and I finished it less than 20 minutes ago.  Think slightly thicker than milk.

Nutritional Facts:
Chocolate Bliss Strawberry Burst Orange Creme Banana Magic Very Vanilla
2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops
Amount per Serving (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g}
Calories 190 280 190 280 190 280 190 280 190 280
Calories from Fat 35 50 35 50 35 50 35 50 35 50
Percent Daily Value
Total Fat 4g* 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8%
Sodium 210mg 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13%
Potassium 240mg 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 28g 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84% 56%

INGREDIENTS: Whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, natural and artificial flavor (includes annatto and turmeric added for color), soy protein isolate, sunflower oil, maltodextrin, polydextrose, corn syrup solids, magnesium phosphate, cellulose gum, soy lecithin, dextrose, sodium caseinate, salt, mono- and diglycerides, potassium phosphate, calcium phosphate, sucralose, medium chain triglycerides, acesulfame K, ascorbic acid, zinc sulfate, alpha¬tocopherol acetate, tocopherols added to protect flavor, niacinamide, L-selenomethionine, reduced iron, calcium pantothenate, copper gluconate, manganese sulfate, vitamin A palmitate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, chromium chloride, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium molybdate, phytonadione, vitamin 03, vitamin B12.

If you’ve not tried Chike, it’s well worth the money to get the samples.

15-serving tub runs $26.50; 28-serving tub runs $45.50; 20 single servings run $37.50

Available at ChikeNutrition.com

Chike — Chocolate Bliss

On March 1, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Chike Samples

Best Tasting Nutritional Shake. Guaranteed.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, stay in shape, eat healthier or looking for a high quality protein supplement – Chike is the perfect answer.

Eating right is the key component to a healthy lifestyle. Let’s face it – with the fast pace of modern life, it’s not always easy to make the right choices when it comes to what you put in your mouth. Chike is the perfect solution for getting all of the nutrients of a healthy meal in a delicious, convenient protein shake.

Pour, Shake, Drink & Go!

It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s tasty. It’s healthy. No more
compromises. No more excuses. Invest a few minutes for a lifetime of benefits. Your future is waiting.

Okay.  I took a picture of the Chocolate after I mixed it.  You haveta believe me.  I swear.  I didn’t use my normal camera — I’m not sure why, but I decided to use my little Sony that uses a MemoryStick.  And while this isn’t normally a problem since my laptop has a stick reader built into it, when we reloaded it, for some reason the stick reader doesn’t want to read.  And with it being a Sony?  Well, it uses a proprietary cable that, of course, is lost somewhere in the house.  This teaches me to 1) not try to save time by using the smaller camera rather than the huge DSLR, and 2) check to make sure things actually, you know, WORK before I plan on doing things.

With that said, I have to say that when I first opened up the Chocolate Chike, I was nauseated by the smell.  Honestly I thought it was going to be bad.  Now, I *lurved* the banana and strawberry flavors and so this was a big shock to me.  But the scent wasn’t good for me at all.  I’m not certain why.  But I continued on.

And I’m glad I did.  After the initial nose-disagreement, the tongue liked the taste.  It was very good.  So I don’t know what was up with the ‘ole sniffer, but it didn’t compute with what happened with the liquid form.

Like the others, this is thinner than most drinks — so better for earlier post-ops I would think trying to get their protein in without much filling of the small, irritated pouch.  Additionally, it would be good for further outs trying to maintain a higher protein score while still eating “real” food as well.  I see this as a possible staple in both worlds.

Nutritional Facts:
Chocolate Bliss Strawberry Burst Orange Creme Banana Magic Very Vanilla
2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops
Amount per Serving (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g}
Calories 190 280 190 280 190 280 190 280 190 280
Calories from Fat 35 50 35 50 35 50 35 50 35 50
Percent Daily Value
Total Fat 4g* 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8%
Sodium 210mg 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13%
Potassium 240mg 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 28g 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84% 56%

INGREDIENTS: Whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, natural and artificial flavor (includes annatto and turmeric added for color), soy protein isolate, sunflower oil, maltodextrin, polydextrose, corn syrup solids, magnesium phosphate, cellulose gum, soy lecithin, dextrose, sodium caseinate, salt, mono- and diglycerides, potassium phosphate, calcium phosphate, sucralose, medium chain triglycerides, acesulfame K, ascorbic acid, zinc sulfate, alpha¬tocopherol acetate, tocopherols added to protect flavor, niacinamide, L-selenomethionine, reduced iron, calcium pantothenate, copper gluconate, manganese sulfate, vitamin A palmitate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, chromium chloride, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium molybdate, phytonadione, vitamin 03, vitamin B12.

All-in-all, I think this is a good protein to try if you are in the market to try.  You can get samples, 5/$7 so you aren’t out a ton of money for a tub that you might absolutely hate.  It’s worth the money to try the samples.  I’m a HUGE advocate of samples.  (You hear that bariatric community?  Samples!!!)

If you’ve not tried Chike, it’s well worth the money to get the samples.

15-serving tub runs $26.50; 28-serving tub runs $45.50; 20 single servings run $37.50

Available at ChikeNutrition.com

Chike – Banana Magic

On February 18, 2010, in General Nutrition, Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Chike Samples

Second in my series of Chike samples – I really liked the Strawberry Burst.

All mixed up and ready to go...

Best Tasting Nutritional Shake. Guaranteed.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, stay in shape, eat healthier or looking for a high quality protein supplement – Chike is the perfect answer.

Eating right is the key component to a healthy lifestyle. Let’s face it – with the fast pace of modern life, it’s not always easy to make the right choices when it comes to what you put in your mouth. Chike is the perfect solution for getting all of the nutrients of a healthy meal in a delicious, convenient protein shake.

Pour, Shake, Drink & Go!

It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s tasty. It’s healthy. No more
compromises. No more excuses. Invest a few minutes for a lifetime of benefits. Your future is waiting.

This is much like the Strawberry.  It mixes extremely cleanly — there are a few lumps, but very few.  It’s thin like banana-flavored milk, not like a shake would be.  This is fine, just don’t expect it to be a thick shake like the BSN Lean Dessert.

It doesn’t have a strong protein taste, and doesn’t leave a strong protein after-taste, either.  It does have a bit of a protein after-taste, but nothing that leaves you saying “Mmmmm PROTEIN!”.  You say “Yummy fake banana flavor!”  (Which, BTW, I love.  I’m not for real bananas, but fake banana flavoring?  I’m all about.)

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Chike – Strawberry Burst

On February 16, 2010, in General Nutrition, Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

(I had a wonderful review all typed out and was adding photos — and my computer, that is already limping along, died.  This re-enforces the fact that it will be reinstalled this week.  Because otherwise I’ll kill someone.)

Many many samples to go through...

I have a bag on the top of my fridge — it happens to be from Whole Foods, but it could be from anywhere — that has a ton of samples that I’ve purchased or have received over the past couple of months that I have said I would review and blog.  I just haven’t done it.  I’ve been in need of a carb detox so this is that week.

Chike Samples

Best Tasting Nutritional Shake. Guaranteed.

Whether you’re trying to lose weight, stay in shape, eat healthier or looking for a high quality protein supplement – Chike is the perfect answer.

Eating right is the key component to a healthy lifestyle. Let’s face it – with the fast pace of modern life, it’s not always easy to make the right choices when it comes to what you put in your mouth. Chike is the perfect solution for getting all of the nutrients of a healthy meal in a delicious, convenient protein shake.

Pour, Shake, Drink & Go!

It’s fast. It’s easy. It’s tasty. It’s healthy. No more
compromises. No more excuses. Invest a few minutes for a lifetime of benefits. Your future is waiting.

I’ve never had Chike before.  Sure, I’ve seen the ads on OH saying “Order your free samples Now!”  And FYI – not QUITE free, you still have to pay $6.95 for S&H.  But $7 for 5 shake samples isn’t bad at all.

In any case, as you can see, there are 5 flavors here to try.  Now, I’m all for flipping of coins (not that there are many 5-sided coins) but the toddler picked Strawberry for the first flavor.

Mixed

Now, I put this in a blender bottle with the full intention of needing to put the little ball in.  I mixed it without the ball at first to see how well it mixed truly expecting lumps.

There weren’t any.  None.  Nada.  Honest.  I was shocked — and then impressed all as hell.

First whiff gives me hope – a nice subtle strawberry smell.  Nothing overwhelming that I can smell across the room.  I hate drinks that overpower me.  Taste is the same.. very good strawberry taste without being too strong.  What I would imagine strawberry milk to taste like if I would, you know, actually drink strawberry milk.  It isn’t sticky sweet at all but has quite a wonderful flavor.

It’s thin — like milk is.  It mixes with 7oz of water — and only slightly thickens up.  This is not “shake-like” at all.  For a newbie pouch trying to get in protein and fluids, it’s ideal.  For a more mature pouch trying to replace a meal — maybe not so much in terms of satiation.  For a mature pouch trying to supplement protein, or hydrate during a workout — it’s a good option.

It does have more calories than some protein supplements — but given the vitamin profile, I don’t have a problem with it:

Nutritional Facts:
Chocolate Bliss Strawberry Burst Orange Creme Banana Magic Very Vanilla
2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops 2 Scoops 3 Scoops
Amount per Serving (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g} (48g) {72g}
Calories 190 280 190 280 190 280 190 280 190 280
Calories from Fat 35 50 35 50 35 50 35 50 35 50
Percent Daily Value
Total Fat 4g* 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9% 6% 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8% 5% 8%
Sodium 210mg 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13% 9% 13%
Potassium 240mg 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10% 7% 10%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5% 4% 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20% 12% 20%
Sugars 3g
Protein 28g 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84% 56% 84%

INGREDIENTS: Whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, natural and artificial flavor (includes annatto and turmeric added for color), soy protein isolate, sunflower oil, maltodextrin, polydextrose, corn syrup solids, magnesium phosphate, cellulose gum, soy lecithin, dextrose, sodium caseinate, salt, mono- and diglycerides, potassium phosphate, calcium phosphate, sucralose, medium chain triglycerides, acesulfame K, ascorbic acid, zinc sulfate, alpha¬tocopherol acetate, tocopherols added to protect flavor, niacinamide, L-selenomethionine, reduced iron, calcium pantothenate, copper gluconate, manganese sulfate, vitamin A palmitate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, chromium chloride, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium molybdate, phytonadione, vitamin 03, vitamin B12.

So this is a GREAT option to try.  If you’ve not tried Chike, it’s well worth the money to get the samples.

15-serving tub runs $26.50; 28-serving tub runs $45.50; 20 single servings run $37.50

Available at ChikeNutrition.com

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