Box o Goodies

At the Houston OH event, Shannon from Revival Soy asked if I’d like to do some reviews for them.

I said sure if she’d send me some samples.

She fixed that problem very quickly with a box of goodies..

I usually try to get my reviews done in order of arrival.. but since I’ve been so bad at getting my reviews done at all, I’m having to mix them all up a bit to change the pace so I don’t get bored, and so YOU don’t get bored, either.

First up – Crazy Lace Non-Naughty Nibbles in Smaller Chin Cheddar (say that ten times fast..)

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Think Thin Bites — White Chocolate Raspberry

On January 31, 2010, in Protein, Reviews, by Andrea

White Chocolate Raspberry Bites

thinkThin™ bites are 100 calorie, sugar-free snacks for portion control snacking on the go. Having one thinkThin™ bites counts for just 2 Weight Watchers points. thinkThin™ bites have 5-8g of protein, 0g of sugar, no gluten and are high in calcium. thinkThin™ bites are perfect for consumers looking for healthy snacking solutions any time of day.

thinkThin™ bites bars offer a wide range of benefits:

  • 0g Sugar
  • 5g-8g Protein
  • 100 calories per bar
  • 2 point value per bar
  • Gluten Free
  • High in calcium
  • Portion control for weight loss
  • Fortified with 17 Essential Vitamins & Minerals
One of my favorite stores to just look around is Whole Foods.  Well, it was before they unveiled their new Employee Incentive program.  I’m still thinking about my shopping at Whole Foods — especially since I have alternatives like Trader Joe’s and Earth Fare within the same city as my Whole Foods — it wouldn’t be a big deal for me to change stores.  But I digress.
Anyway, one day I was perusing the “Energy Bar Wall” as I come to call it at my Whole Foods and found this line of products by ThinkProducts.  A ton of new bars and things that I can’t wait to sample — including these little bites.  In fact, looking at the website, there are several flavors that I did not see at my store that I’m quite put out about missing out on.  I’ll have to keep looking for them or look into finding them somewhere else.
The bite —
The bites themselves aren’t a horrible size.  They are a good size for a pouch – I’d say a bit small for a normal human, a bit small for a mature pouch (I could easily eat two), and a good size for a baby pouch.  Not too sweet, either — which would have been a wonderful delight shortly post-op for me when all of my protein things were SOOO overly sweet that I gagged.  If it had “protein” in the name I think they had added a cup of artificial sweetner to cover the icky taste of the protein.  This isn’t the case here.  A nice subtle sweetness.
Deconstructed..
These are raspberry flavored — but you don’t see massive raspberry in them.  There isn’t red stuff gooing out of every bite, which is nice.  You know it’s real raspberry, though, because I do have raspberry seeds stuck in my teeth afterwards.  It’s a bit annoying, but is nice to know that this is REAL and not artificially flavored like so many other bars are out on the market these days.
So looking at all of this, you’re thinking it’s got crappy stats — right?
NOPE.  I like these stats.  And I have to wonder — Where was this company before, and what’s the catch?
Stats
INGREDIENTS:

Protein blend (whey protein isolate, soy protein isolate, calcium caseinate), glycerin, maltitol syrup, coating (maltitol, palm kernel oil, sodium caseinate, dairy oil, soya lecithin, and natural flavors), peanut butter, crisp rice (rice flour, rice bran, rosemary extract), water, canola oil, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavors, raspberries, lecithin, inulin, citric acid. Vitamins and Minerals: ascorbic acid, d-alpha tocopherol, niacinamide, zinc oxide, vitamin A palmitate, electrolytic iron, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, copper gluconate, riboflavin, thiamin mononitrate, biotin, potassium iodide, vitamin B12. Contains milk, soy, peanuts.

ALLERGY INFORMATION: Manufactured in a plant that processes peanuts, nutmeats, soy, milk, eggs, and fish products.

Carbs in thinkThin and thinkThin Bites

A lot of you are interested in the carbohydrate count in our bars, and many of you have written to ask us what percent of the total carbs in our bars are actually “fiber-carbs” or “sugar-alcohol” carbs.

To make it easier for you to calculate carbs in our bars, we will be changing our nutritional panel on our wrapper and boxes to identify how much sugar alcohol and fiber our products contain. You will then be able to quickly calculate how many remaining carbs there are (that are not fiber or sugar alcohol).

Now, this wonderful tasting product does have malitol in it — most sugar-free things that don’t taste like ass do.  It’s one of those things that one has to accept in the sugar-free world.  But it’s not the first ingredient, so if you aren’t overly sensitive, then perhaps it’s worth a shot for you to try these out for a snack — or for a sweet-tooth fix.

Something I really like about these is that they have a WONDERFUL mix of vitamins and nutrients in them.  While we don’t absorb 100% from food and while I don’t advocate not taking your vitamins — I think any snack that gives us a good complement of vitamins — including some of the more obscure ones like copper and phosphorus — is a great thing to add to our day.  It’s hard enough to get everything in — especially when we are early out — all of our liquids, our vitamins, our protein — so if we can combine somethings together then that’s quite a shiny win.

All-in-all a nice little snack that gives a good little bit of protein in the mix as well.  I’ll be getting some more of these for me — and will be looking forward to doing more reviews of this company.

I got this box at Whole Foods — box of 5 — for 6.39, making them 1.28 plus tax each.

You can get them directly from the company for a bit over $1 each after discounts.