VHT Extreme Smoothie – Vanilla Creme

On December 13, 2009, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea
Vanilla Creme

Vanilla Creme

Rich thick Chocolate Dream, delicious Strawberry Supreme or incredible Vanilla Cream all with 35 grams of protein and only 5 or 6 grams of carbohydrates. Whether you’re dieting or looking for a healthy snack, Extreme Smoothie is so good it’s hard to believe it’s so good for you.

So I commonly will check out the protein aisle at my grocery store, just to see what they have.  Hey, by doing so, I found out that not only did they start stocking one of my favorite RTD protein drinks on the market (ISS Oh Yeah! Milkshakes) and found this little can on clearance along with a sister can not on clearance.

Now, I have to say, when you see this:

Clearance...

Clearance...

It doesn’t really inspire a whole lotta hope for taste.  But I’m adventurous and so I picked it up anyway.

I have to say, upon opening it that it *popped* like it is a carbonated beverage.  I swear, it fizzed and gurgled for a minute.  I wondered if it was bad for a few minutes.

It passed a sniff test — not too bad.

I gotta say, it’s not “extreme” or really “smoothie-like” in my opinion.  Extreme to me conveys something more than this bland vanilla-ish flavor.  And smoothie to me means something that is thick and has something other than a milk-thin texture.

But on first taste, it’s not bad.  It does leave the protein after-taste in my mouth, which while isn’t horrible, isn’t pleasant either.  And I don’t know what exactly is in it to do it, but 2/3rds through, and my pouch is saying “no more” and there’s some icky feelings going on down there.  Kinda a burning sensation on my pouch — and this says something to me because I normally have a pretty tolerant pouch.

If you can get past the lackluster taste, the protein aftertaste, and the potential pouch burning issues.. well, the stats look pretty decent (which is why I picked it up in the first place):

Stats

Stats

Ingredients: Skim milk, water, calcium caseinate, natural and artificial flavors, cellulose gel, sucralose, dipotassium phosphate, cellulose gum, carrageenan, and FD&C red #3

So, would I buy these again?  Nope — not even at the way discounted price of $1.02.  There’s another one in my fridge — a different flavor, and I’m hopeful it’s better.  We’ll see.  But vanilla gets a thumbs down from me.

Available all over, including Amazon, for about $3.50-4.00 a can.

Building Blocks Chewable Calcium Orange

On November 29, 2009, in Minerals, Reviews, by Andrea
Orange

Orange

New formula and great new orange taste! BuildingBlocks Chewable Calcium Citrate contains 600 IU vitamin D and 200 mg of Magnesium for enhanced absorption. Daily serving size contains 1000 mg of elemental calcium in four great tasting chewable orange flavored tablets. BuildingBlocks Chewable Calcium is formulated as calcium citrate with Vitamin D and Magnesium included in the supplement for optimal calcium absorption. Calcium deficiencies occur with gastric bypass because the main area of the gut responsible for calcium absorption is bypassed by the surgery. Deficiencies also occur because the small gastric pouch no longer produces sufficient amounts of stomach acid required for optimal calcium absorption. Because of negligible production of gastric acid, calcium citrate, rather than calcium carbonate, is required for optimal absorption. Formulated in four great tasting chewable orange flavored tablets.

I’m digging out stuff from my OH ATL swag bag for reviews cause the babies are asleep and I’m avoiding the laundry that needs to be done and the dishes in the sink.  This is only the first of many that we got for free from the vendors at the show.

One of the things we got was a chewable calcium from Building Blocks, orange flavor.  This isn’t as tart as many chewable vitamin C’s, but it’s quite tasty, and I could totally see using this as a supplement.  The downside?  They have a limited amount of calcium per chewable, so many doses per day if you want to reach the ASMBS recommendations of 1200-1500mg of calcium for AGB and VSG, 1500-2000mg for RNY, or 1800-2400mg for DS.

Each tablet contains 250mg of calcium citrate, 150iu of D, and 50mg of magnesium.  So for those who don’t want to whip out a calculator, for 1500mg for RNYers — that would be 6 tablets, 2000mg for DSers would be 8 tablets, and 1250mg for AGB’s would be 5 tablets.

So yeah, it tastes great — but it’s a bit pricey for 6 tablets a day — and for those of us taking 2000mg — 8 tablets a day.

12o tablets from Building Blocks runs $15.95, and 360 tablets runs $38.28.

Monin Sugar Free Dark Chocolate Sauce

On November 18, 2009, in Reviews, by Andrea
Mm.. chocolate?

Mm.. chocolate?

I have to admit — I’ve had this before I bought it.

In Books-A-Million’s cafe’s Joe Mugg’s, they sell a Sugar Free Cafe’ Mocha using this product.  At first, I thought — WTH, I’ll try it.  It will suck, but I’ll give it a shot.  The barista let me put a little on my finger to let me try it.. which was a shock because I was expecting it to be some of the runny syrups that everyone uses in their coffees (including me, yes).. but no, this is the consistency of Hershey’s syrup.  But sugar-free?  What?  No, it would taste like rubber, right?  It would suck, right?

RIGHT?

No, it didn’t.

So I had a skinny mocha made with this.  Shared with Sam, who also really liked it.  It was good.  Had another one, at a later date.  It was still really good.  Had to order.  Thus I did.  Here it is.

The consistency is just like Hershey’s syrup.  No, not kidding.

Syrup-y

Syrup-y

Chocolate!

Chocolate!

Gave some to my parents who are in town visiting and they agree.  Husband and grandparents all agree this tastes like Hershey’s — none could really tell it was sugar free unless they looked at packaging (well, they knew I was mega-excited, so that was a major clue).  Thoughts are already popping through my little brain as it sits on my counter, with pump installed.

And yes, don’t worry — cause I bought the 64 ounce container.  Why buy 16oz when for just a fraction more you can get 4x as much?!?

Okay, so the downfall — and yeah, of course it had to have one — is that the first ingredient is malitol.  For many postops, this is an evil evil sugar alcohol.  It’s hard on the gut, can cause tear-causing gas, a rift in your relationships (personal, professional, offend random people in elevators…, etc.  I’m lucky — I have to practically inject the crap to have much effect — but for others it should practically be taken with iron to help keep things moving.  So if you’re particularly sensitive, then hey, take it with your ferrous sulfate (and that rusty metal pipe for your iron).  Of course, I only plan on using a small bit in my coffee to add a touch of flavor, but that’s just me.

Stats

Stats

NUTRITIONAL FACTS
Serving size: 1/2 fl oz (15 mL)
Amount per serving
Calories 40 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber g 2%
Sugars 0g
Protein g
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0% Iron 3%
Allergen Information
contains: milk
*Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

INGREDIENTS: maltitol syrup, water, cocoa powder (processed with alkali), modified food starch, chocolate liquor, natural flavors, contains 0.5% or less of the following: sucralose, salt, citric acid, potassium sorbate (a preservative), coffee extract, mono- & diglycerides, xanthan gum, acesulfame k

So yeah, I lurve it.  I will be adding it to my coffee for a special treat — and have some other ideas to think about.  Hey Eggface, maybe you could come up with some ideas?

Cheaper to get directly through the Monin site ($16 for 64oz, $3 for the pump, plus shipping) — but available also from Amazon.

Believe Italian Cappuccino

On November 15, 2009, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

Disclaimer – I got this from the OH Atlanta convention.  Theresa from Bariatric Eating was handing these out, along with the Calcet creamy bites (which might be where I got mine, I’m not certain..)  BE doesn’t know I’m doing this review — in fact, I’m not certain Theresa knows who I am, and she certainly didn’t know I was going to be blogging about the product when she handed it to me.  Actually, neither did I.  It took Beth several conversations over the course of the weekend to convince me to do so.  So basically, again, no product endorsement was asked for, implied, or anything else.

Italian Cappuccino

Italian Cappuccino

Italian Cappuccino, is a Splenda-sweetened espresso latte, with 20 grams of protein, a blast of natural energy and a hint of caramel goodness.

You have never tasted anything quite as delicious as Believe, our new ready-to-drink sensation. Smooth and delicious coffee lattes filled with healing protein & natural energy – packed in premium glass bottles, they’re a pleasure to sip.

Believe is perfect for a busy morning or afternoon break – these deliciously bold coffee protein beverages invigorate the body and mind with pure natural energy. Bliss in a bottle that’s actually good for you!

We’ve infused the finest coffee with natural flavorings and 20 grams of protein, making Believe a smart alternative to skipping a meal or eating fast food. Enjoy a bottle either chilled or over ice; wherever you are it’s pure perfection.

So I’ll be honest — I opened this expecting it to be exactly like the Buxx drinks in the same containers.  I’m not certain why, given that this is good for me and those, well, aren’t.  But my mind saw the bottle, the packaging and thought “mmm.. creamy coffee goodness..”

Well, not quite.

It’s thinner, much much thinner.  It’s sweeter, to me, than the Buxx drinks, and this comes from an admitted Splenda whore.  To me, it leaves an aftertaste — kind of a gritty aftertaste on my tongue, like a dry taste, but not horrible.  This might just be me because I handed it to the hubs, who does not like diet anything and he said it tasted much like the Buxx drinks to him.  So maybe my tongue may be broken, or overly-sensitive, or something else.  It is nowhere near as strong as Click is, so if Click is too much for you but you like your coffee, then this might be a good alternative to try.

The statistics are really good for the drink:

Italian Cappuccino Stats

Italian Cappuccino Stats

So would I drink this again?  Yes.  In fact, since I have one in my fridge, I will be drinking it again.  It’s not as strong as the Click, which might be great for people who aren’t into the massive espresso need like I am.  It’s definately something I would drink, and would consider buying again.  And let’s face it, the stats are super.

Available at Bariatric Eating.

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