Mix1 – blueberry-vanilla

On April 8, 2010, in General Nutrition, Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Blueberry-Vanilla

philosophy:

It seems our days have become increasingly packed with events as we juggle family, work, and fitness leaving less time to focus on eating right throughout the day.

There are many nutritional products claiming to deliver amazing benefits but in reality fall short on balanced nutrition. With this in mind, we started mix1 with the following mission: to create the highest quality all-natural products that promote health, wellness and performance through truly functional nutrition.

mix1 products deliver all-natural balanced nutrition with multiple benefits in a convenient way. We use the right balance of ingredients, at efficacious levels, to provide the maximum benefit to your body.

Dr. James, ND, co-founder

Someone was talking about how great this stuff was, so I looked up the company.  I decided to drop them a line about their product and they sent me a few samples to try.  In no way did they pay me for the review (other than giving me some yummy stuff!) and they did not ask for anything in return.  Well, other than my honest opinion.  I suppose that counts?  And if you’ve been reading me for awhile — honesty is something that I come by fairly easily.

So lucky for you, I’m avoiding food right now due to the continual knife-in-gut syndrome I keep having.  So that means more protein-shake reviews.  Yay!  or.  Something.  We’ll go with it.

Did a jog cause that gets my mind off my gut and head and hands and when I came back in I pulled this baby out of the fridge.  And, well, took a picture of it cause that’s the way I do things now.  It’s a sickness I tell you.  And it’s all Beth’s fault.

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Mix1 – mix berry

On April 5, 2010, in General Nutrition, Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Mix Berry

philosophy:

It seems our days have become increasingly packed with events as we juggle family, work, and fitness leaving less time to focus on eating right throughout the day.

There are many nutritional products claiming to deliver amazing benefits but in reality fall short on balanced nutrition. With this in mind, we started mix1 with the following mission: to create the highest quality all-natural products that promote health, wellness and performance through truly functional nutrition.

mix1 products deliver all-natural balanced nutrition with multiple benefits in a convenient way. We use the right balance of ingredients, at efficacious levels, to provide the maximum benefit to your body.

Dr. James, ND, co-founder

Someone was talking about how great this stuff was, so I looked up the company.  I decided to drop them a line about their product and they sent me a few samples to try.  In no way did they pay me for the review (other than giving me some yummy stuff!) and they did not ask for anything in return.  Well, other than my honest opinion.  I suppose that counts?  And if you’ve been reading me for awhile — honesty is something that I come by fairly easily.

Okay.  So today is another knife-in-the-gut day.  After hour 6 I decided to go for a jog to hope the pain of a good side stitch would help stop the pain elsewhere.  And it worked for awhile.  So anyway.

I come in from a particularly hard jog and decide to try out one of these new RTD protein shakes I have from Mix1.

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Looks like the regular stuff...

Welcome to Kay’s Naturals! We are dedicated to bringing to you, our customer, better alternatives to traditional snacks and cereals. Made with a better balance of soy protein, fiber, carbohydrates, and good fats, our products are delicious and uniquely satisfying snacks and cereals that can actually help curb the appetite, whether at home, at work, or at play.

After Weight Loss Surgery, or when someone goes on a diet, many times the complaint of “I can’t have my bread, my cereal, my snacks..” comes up.  Thanks to Kay’s, at least cereal and snacks are back on the list in a healthier fashion (and Julian Bakery has the bread covered as well..)  I like products that make me feel less like a surgically-altered freak and more like a normal human.  This is one of them.

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Oikos Chocolate Pleasure

On March 16, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Chocolate Pleasure? Really?

Sometimes you just need chocolate. This yogurt has it all – high protein, no fat, organic purity but creamy, delicious and decadent. Your chocolate fix has never been so good for you. Stinygiasou (to your health) – Gary

So I had heard about this stuff but not seen it in my grocery store.  People wondered if it would be a good snack.  Given the amount of sugars, I’m guessing they hadn’t really seen it, either.  But we’ll get to that down the road.  When it hit my grocery store, I decided to pick up a 4-pack because I’m looking for alternatives to Cadburry eggs, despite the fact this might be higher in sugar than I really want to have for a *health food* but it could be worse.

And then tonight, I read a negative review on it and so I had to try it.  I mean, that’s just ample opportunity in my mind.

Well-stirred.

The chocolate is on the bottom so you have to stir it.  On the top is pretty standard Greek yogurt.  The bottom looks like thick pudding.

First taste is kinda what I expected — chocolatey-flavored sour cream.  Not terribly wonderful in of itself.  But having had tons of Greek yogurt in the past, I know what to do.

Why yes, I AM a Splenda whore..

All I needed to add was one Splenda to make this taste good.  And yeah, it tastes pretty good.

But let’s look at stats:

chocolate – Oikos organic – Greek yogurt

Serving Size 1 container
Amount Per Serving 113g
Calories 110
Calories from
Fat 5 %                       Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g                  0%
Trans Fat 0g                 0%
Sat Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg        0%
Sodium 55mg               2%
Potassium 140mg      4%
Total Carbohydrate 17g  6%
Dietary Fiber less than 1g  4%
Sugars 16g
Protein 10g                    20%
Vitamin 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 10%
Iron 2%*
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
OUR FAMILY RECIPE:

CULTURED PASTEURIZED ORGANIC NONFAT MILK, ORGANIC SUGAR, ORGANIC COCOA, PECTIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, ORGANIC CAROB BEAN GUM.  CONTAINS FIVE LIVE AND ACTIVE CULTURES INCLUDING L. ACIDOPHILUS, BIFIDUS, AND L. CASEI.

It’s a little high in sugars for just 4oz — and if you are an easy dumper, this might just be all it takes with the combo of lactose and actual SUGAR.

But if you don’t dump and you’re looking for a chocolate fix and it’s between this and a snickers — THIS at least has protein, fewer calories, and no fat.  So if you’re going to be bad, this is a better choice.

Keep in mind that for a mature pouch?  4oz is a drop in the bucket.  So I’m off to find something more filling.

Available at grocery stores.  I think I paid $4.39 plus tax for 4 4oz servings.

Julian Bakery – Smart Low Carb Bread

On March 14, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Low Carb Bread?

*Rated Best Low Carb Bread of 2010**

We ship our low carb bread nationwide and also offer our bread in local stores listed below. All of our grains are fresh ground daily. We use whole grain in this unique low carb formula to make a complete protein LOW CARB BREAD. We bake our bread fresh and then ship it to your door. If your on a low carb diet or looking to maintain or lose weight then this bread is ideal for you as it only has 1 Net Carb per slice.

There is no other bread like it on the market. This low carb bread is simply perfect for taking in the proper amount of daily fiber and protein with 12g of protein per slice and 12g of fiber. The bread has a net 1 carb which allows you to be carb conscious on a low carb diet. This bread has sprouted organic grains increasing the fiber and moisture of the bread and making it easy to digest.

So I saw this bread mentioned online and wondered if it would be too good to be true.  I looked at their website — and also noticed that they carried some specialty breads that are soy-free.  Now, I know that soy-free bread sounds kinda “duh”?  But really — if you have a loaf of bread in your house, go look at the ingredients right now.  No, really.  Go look.  I’ll bet you a Flintstones vitamin that it has soy in it.  Cause they all do unless you buy specialty bread.  And my kids?  Well I wouldn’t say they have an allergy because they won’t end up in the hospital if they eat soy or milk.  They have an intolerance.  One we try to avoid.

So I made an order in hopes that it wouldn’t suck.

And it came in — it looked soooo good.

And then.. my life exploded.  EGDs, CTs, etc.

But when I felt adventurous, I decided to give this stuff a whirl.  And .. wow.

Evening Snack for one..

I have to say — I like it.  This is good stuff.  This is not a white bread by any stretch of the imagination — so get that out of your head.  This can most likened to a heavy wheat bread that still has all the oats still in it.  Every once in awhile you’ll get a seed in a bite — but it’s very pleasant.  It’s got a nice flavor that even my kids like (although THIS variety is not soy-free, so they only stole small pieces and do not get to have much of it) and if a 2 year old will eat it — well, it’s not horrible.

What I really like about this stuff?  I’m a bread WHORE.  I love it.  I need it.  It sets off all sorts of bells and whistles in me — and I crave it.  We go out to eat and the baskets of bread beckon to me like sirens in the sea.  This is LEGAL BREAD my friends.  Totally legal.  And get this — it’ll help that problem your calcium and iron cause go down the drain.

Nutrition Facts:

*Organically Grown

Serving Size: 1 Slice
Servings Per Loaf: Approximately 14
Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 109 Calories from Fat: 9
% Daily Value**
Total Fat: 1g 2%
Saturated Fat: 0g 0%
Cholesterol: 0mg 0%
Sodium: 140mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate: 13g 7%
Dietary Fiber: 12g 48%
Net Carbs: 1g
Sugars: 0g
Protein: 12g
Vitamin A: 0% Vitamin C: 0%
Iron 7% – Calcium 4% – Thiamin 8%
**Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie a day diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Smart Carb No. 1

Ingredients:

Sprouted Whole grains of *kamut®, *spelt, *wheat, *rye, *millet, lentils, lots of eggs, Organic Non-GMO soy milk protein, flax, sesame, *quinoa, *amaranth, wheat gluten, 7 grain flakes, oat bran, sea salt & yeast.

Note: Diabetics should take readings before and after eating this bread as we have found some diabetics are more sensitive to this bread than others despite our bread having one net carb. We do have thousands of diabetics who eat this bread that have Type I and Type II diabetes. To read a review from a Type 2 Diabetic Customer Click Here

Did you see those stats?  12g protein, 13g carbs with 12 being fiber?  1 net carb folks.  1!  For BREAD.  And it doesn’t taste like ass or a cardboard box!

It does have a catch — and of course you knew there would be one.  It’s $7.99 a loaf, with a loaf being about 14 slices, plus shipping.   Now, if you compare this to an average loaf of bread, this would be expensive.  However, if you view it as a protein source (and, at 12g per SLICE, it is) then it’s cheaper than many protein shakes.

The shipping can kill you if you only get one loaf at a time.  The key would be to stock up and freeze a bunch, thus saving shipping if you don’t live locally.  But this?  This kills my “OMGIWANTBREAD!” craving and would help keep me from noshing on bagels.  To me, that’s worth a bit of extra planning and some extra money.

And yes, I will be buying more.  Just as soon as I figure out which of the soy-free breads my kids like the best..

Available from Julian Bakery, $7.99 per loaf

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