I’m catching up on a ton of reviews that need to be done.  I’ve posted a ton of Celebrate reviews of late, and don’t want to give the impression that I dislike Bariatric Advantage in any shape or form, so I’ve decided to push some of their stuff up on the list a bit to make things seem a bit less one-sided.

Bariatric Advantage has sent me several fun boxes of stuff to review — including some new formulations that I’ll be doing week-long and month-long trials on (including the multivitamin crystals that seem to be HOT!) but wanted to get some perennial favorites out of the way first.

I’ve always loved the Calcium Citrate Chewy Bites — but have never done full reviews on the Lemon and Chocolate.  Time to rectify that now.  First up: Lemon.

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Adult Gummy Vitamins

On January 10, 2011, in Fat Solubles, Minerals, Reviews, Vitamins, Water Solubles, by Andrea

For all the vitamins that are out on the market, the newest “craze” are the gummy “vitamins.”

First came the gummies for kids to help get kids to take them.  I get the reasoning.

But then they made adult vitamins using a gummy formulation.

And post-ops who thought Flintstones were good enough?  Now thought gummies were a great option.

And just like Flintstones.. they aren’t.

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Multivitamin, Calcium, and Protein -- all in one!

As part of the samples box Vic over at Celebrate sent me, there were some of the new ENS shakes that include protein as well.  I’ve not tried them yet, so I’m looking forward to putting them in my blender bottle and giving them a whirl.

First up is the Vanilla Cake Batter.

Celebrate says:

Created for surgical weight loss patients, our ENS (Essential Nutrient System) shake contains a high potency multivitamin, 500 mg of calcium citrate, and 25 g of whey isolate protein in each pack. Our integrated formula provides maximum solubility and ensures that the vitamins and minerals are readily bioavailable. This product is the best option for patients immediately following surgery.

* The vitamin and mineral content of each pack is equal to taking one chewable multivitamin, plus 500 mg of calcium, plus 25 g of protein.
* Due to the nature of the formulation, this product is appropriate for any surgical weight loss procedure. As with any of our other delivery systems, you may need additional supplementation based on surgery type.
* It is recommended to be blended with 8 oz of cold water, shaken, and consumed but can be mixed with as much or as little water as you want. It may also be mixed with milk.
* Each pack also contains 4 g of soluble fiber, added electrolytes and a 500 mg antioxidant blend, and a 200 mg green tea blend.
* Like our other products, taste is important and this has a delicious vanilla flavor that will make you think that you are drinking a glass of milk flavored like cake batter.
* Since quality is a critical element of all of our products, we utilize an ultra refined whey isolate protein that scores 100 on the PDCAAS scale.

Who would benefit from this product?

1. Early post-operative patients – Since this may be diluted to taste, there are virtually no issues with taste aversion.
2. Athletes – If you are a surgery patient turned athlete, this can help to flavor that boring water that you need to drink. Water is critical and taking your vitamins and calcium while hydrating makes it easier.
3. Anyone looking for a convenient alternative to pills or chewables.

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B12

Celebrate says:

NEW – Quick-melt tablets! Dissolve in your mouth in a minute! Delivering 1000 mcg of vitamin B-12, this great tasting sublingual tablet will ensure that you are receiving proper levels of this critical vitamin.

This bottle contained 90 sublingual tablets, so I did another 30-day test with them.  And again, as someone who does not like chewable vitamins as a rule, I was shocked.

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Celebrate Calcium Plus – Cherry Tart

On January 5, 2011, in Minerals, Reviews, Vitamins, by Andrea

CalciYumm!

Celebrate says:

With a great tart cherry taste, smooth texture (no grit) and the most effective bone health formulation available in a bariatric supplement – what more can you ask for?

I had enough of these suckers (a whole bottle) to do a 30 day trial, and again I was shocked at the results.

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