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Explain to me -- subscription boxes -- bariatric samples?

A friend just pointed out weight loss surgery themed subscription box service, you know -- where you sign up to have a selection of samples (I am guessing these are sample sizes based on the photos given on the website that is at the moment very limited...) sent to you each month.  For your payment -- a flat-fee of $34.95 -- you are sent 8 - 12 sample-size products for the bariatric patient.  

I can see the niche of people who'd want this.  Hi.  

I was curious enough to throw my email on their mailing list, but I wonder are free samples worth $4 each?  Maybe, I suppose if they have been sourced for you and shipped to you?  How long of a commitment is this kind of service?  I'm not the kind of person that throws out $34.95 for a box of I Don't Know What's Coming in exchange for grocery money -- however -- I could be swayed.  

Don't think I am picking on this service just because it's "bariatric" I have no clue who's pimping it -- I say the same thing about the underpanties boxes -- the snack boxes -- all boxes -- I see them as profit machines for the person behind the curtain.  :)  I would simply like to know WHY it is worth the cost since some of it is free to the consumer already.  Show me. 

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

I have been drinking a variation of this pumpkin protein shake at my gym since before Thanksgiving -- and I adore it.  I finally decided that since my kitchen is ( is a long story) finally half-complete -- the blender is coming back out.  

It's shake time.

  • 1-2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk  (30 calories per cup)
  • 1/4 cup real pumpkin puree 
  • 1 serving low-carb vanilla (... or cinnamon, oatmeal, coookie, the possibilities here are pretty endless...) flavored protein powder, any brand will do, low sugar, low carb!
  • cloves, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon to taste  or "pumpkin pie spice" would work, just a few shakes, less is more - to taste
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or sugar free maple syrup
  • Splenda or Stevia if needed
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • Crushed ice

1. Pour all ingredients into blender, blend.  





No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls

It is currently pushing 90 degrees inside my house.  Hold me.   Wait.  I take it back.  Don't touch me.  

Go cook something.  I found this on USP Labs - No Bake Peanut Butter Balls -

Intriguing.  Maybe I'll have the kids make it to keep busy for five minutes whilst we melt.


  • 1 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1 scoop vanilla  (...a favorite right here!) or chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 cup whole oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates or blueberries
  • 2-3 Tbsp. dairy or coconut milk 


Combine ingredients in a large bowl, adding enough milk until a doughy consistency is reached. Roll into bite-sized balls and refrigerate until served.

Yields 12 balls

Per ball:

  • 151 kcal
  • 7.8 g carbs
  • 10 g fat
  • 7.8 g protein

High Protein Coffee Giveaway - Closed

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I like Chike. <-- GO READ MY REVIEW.  
The winner is ...
Particularly when it is pushing 100 degrees outside and I have little-to-no appetite and must get my high-quality protein in.  An ice-cold refreshing coffee drink packed with protein is amazing -- either poured over iced or made in the blender.

I thought we should give some away today.  Want to win a canister of Chike Coffee Flavor and a BlenderBottle?
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  • Go like Chike and let them know I sent you!  "MM + BBGC Sent Me To Like Chike" 
  • Leave a comment on this blog post so I can pick a winner!
  • Your prize will ship from Chike.  G'head.  Share, win.  The more love, the more prizes next time.

That is all!

Thank you!

Product SQUEE! Coffee + espresso flavored whey protein isolate with ONE CARB.


The risk of showing me something I can't share immediately is this.  I go and blog about it anyway.  Now, you get this blog post with no links that makes you want to buy the product that you cannot have just yet.
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Gastric Bypass Supplements - Click to Nature's Best - Isopure 

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Isopure  -  NEW FORMULA WITH ONLY 1 GM OF CARBS AND 80MG OF CAFFEINE PER SERVING  Nature's Best PERFECT LOW CARB ISOPURE contains 50 grams of 100% Whey Protein Isolate. Any and all impurities typically found in most whey proteins have been removed to provide you with a great tasting, lactose free, glutamine enriched, state of the art carbohydrate free protein supplement.

Nature's Best set out to create a product that didn't hide anything from its customers. We wanted you to know that you're purchasing the best product available on the market. Our protein source is clearly identified as 100% Whey Protein Isolate. We didn't try to confuse you by listing a protein blend that doesn't tell you how much of the product is superior whey protein isolate and how much is whey protein concentrate or sweet whey or some other inferior protein source.  Furthermore, ISOPURE contains 0g of sugar and is instantized so it can be taken anywhere and mixed with a spoon."

  • 100% Whey Protein Isolate
  • 50 grams of protein
  • Espresso or Colombian Coffee Flavors 
  • 80 grams of caffeine
  • 1 carb

Would you be reacting like I am over here?!   SQUEE!  SQUEE!  OMG!


Gastric Bypass Supplements - Click to Nature's Best > Isopure 

I'm having a proteinspasm.   Coffeeproteinmakers you better raise your game.  We TOLD you - THIS is what we were looking for!  Review to come. 

Peanut Butter Cup Protein Shake

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Mr. has a new go-to drink.   He's been working out - and drinks this right after the gym.  This recipe is based off of a sugary-drink the gym makes.  

The kids BEG for it.  #winner.

Oh. Yes. She. Did.

Hold the Press Releases, Suz!  

How do you go from not paying your taxes, failure to ship orders since 2011, closing your store, foreclosure, shutting down all communication to... THIS?

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Winner picked! Team MM BBGC Walks From Obesity - Giveaway #4! About Time Protein


The winner is Rebekah L.!  Thank you all!  Watch for the next contest - later today!

I am heading to Dallas, Texas in October for the Obesity Action Coalition's Inaugural Event and I am super excited about it. And, to top off the event, we are having a Walk From Obesity!  

Please consider (once again, because you are awesome, and we have raised thousands of dollars before!) a small donation to Team MM and the Bariatric Bad Girls Club?  

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Protein Quality Chart


Via Wikipedia

After bariatric surgery you need to eat protein every day to speed wound healing, and to preserve your lean body mass.

Foods that are high in protein should always be eaten first during meals. The recommended long term post-surgery protein intake may vary from 50/100 grams per day depending on your individual needs and diet plan provided by your surgeon or dietitian.   Ask them.

Protein quality matters, and you might need to use protein to supplement your diet.    What are the best sources of protein supplements?

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Chike High Protein Coffee Review - Coffee Flavored Whey Protein Isolate


 So here's the thing.  I've been had.  

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Mmm! Chike Coffee Protein Giveaway!

Picking a winner NOW!

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In combination with my upcoming reviews of all things coffee and protein, I am giving away the deliciousness that is coffee and protein.  

Did you follow that?  I get samples.  I share.  

Because I like you.

This giveaway is for a hugetastic Chike Blender Bottle and three packets of Chike in it's new High Protein Coffee Flavor! 

Description: Chike Iced Coffee is officially here! With 2 Espresso Shots, 20 grams of Whey Protein, 23 Vitamins & Minerals & only 2 grams of Sugar - it's the perfect drink to kickstart your day or fight the midday slump! The excuses for skipping breakfast are officially over!

Caffeine: Each serving of Chike Iced Coffee is equivalent to a cup of the leading premium coffee.

You want?

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UNJURY Protein Can Reverse Weight Regain?

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I just saw this ad rolling across a weight loss surgery website.

Read it again.

"Unjury Protein Can Reverse Weight Regain After Weight Loss Surgery... when used three times a day."


Hello from the department of OBVIOUS THINGS, if you stop EATING FOOD and DRINKING PROTEIN SHAKES instead of three solid meals?  You're going to lose weight.  It's called a Very Low Calorie Diet.

Or. How To Sell 6-9 Canisters Of Protein To The Desperate Each Month -

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I am learning about this very thing.  It's called sales.  

Protein Shake Sampler Giveaway

Picking a winner NOW!  Closing comments!  Picked!  Kim S.

I am floating in samples.  I need to share. Reverse-1265713754_floating_cat  

I got guilty at ASMBS -

"So, when are you going to post about ______?"  

Oh, right.  I have the stuff here.  Lots of stuff.  

In fact there a ton of things here that I know you will love and Just Why Haven't I Posted About Them Yet?  Is it because I am full of procrastination?  


 Here's the first installment (of lots!) of the MM Has Too Many Samples She Needs To Try And Review But She Needs Motivation To Do So, Giveaway!  

Does this work for you?

Included in this giveaway -

  • OhYeah! Total Protein System in Chocolate Milkshake, Cookies + Creme and Vanilla Creme, and an OhYeah! Blenderbottle

Click to buy -

  • And samples of every flavor of Big Train's Fit Frappe!  

Click to buy -

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Do anything listed below AND leave a comment on this post to let me know what you shared, for a shot at winning.  I will pick a winner by SUNDAY NIGHT.  If you do not reply with a shipping address -- I will repick within three days.  KTHANX.

  •  Follow me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway-  "Enter the @meltingmama Protein Sample Giveaway!"
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Bariatric Advantage High Protein Meal Replacement in Chicken Broth


Savory protein for the win.

Well, hello there protein.  How have you been?

 I'm in that precarious spot that I seem to find in the winter.

Hibernation mode.  (It happens.)

I have gained a few pounds -- about 5-7 lbs -- which triggers my internal post WLS alarm that SCREAMS "CUT IT OUT!  You know better, woman!"  Weight gain sparks me to pay attention to what I am doing each day.  

What have I DONE to cause this?  What has slipped into my routine that wasn't there before?  

It's pretty clear this time, but I refuse to allow it to get out of control.  (That is another post.)

What do I DO about it?  OMG! SCREAM?!  Freak out on Facebook!?  No.  For me, cutting back a little is easy-peasy.  I may replace a few excess calories with protein shakes -- for one thing.  (See also:  biting off my husband's head for the baking of the sweet-carbs!)

Today I cracked open a container of Bariatric Advantage's High Protein Meal Replacement in Chicken Broth flavor.

WAIT.  KEEP READING.  Don't you go clicking away 'cause you done think hot protein is ewwyucky!  You might have had a Bad Experience With Another Savory Protein Brand, but hear me out.

It's good.  Really.  

I opened the container, assuming I'd be too distracted with the protein smell to go ahead with the taste-test, but that didn't happen.  Score one.  The protein powder is a very light yellow color with specks of what appears to be the tiniest herbs you have ever seen.  It smells like chicken boullion powder or cubes, and a bit of whey protein.  My nose was not offended, I carried on.

I added two scoops of the powder for 150 calories and 27 grams of protein, to a BlenderBottle near-filled with water warmed in the microwave.



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 I allowed the water to cool just slightly -- in case of protein malfunction.  The water was nice and warm when I added the protein and BlenderBall.  I shook it very, very well.  Again, a reason to NOT OVERHEAT YOUR WATER OR YOUR PROTEIN.  


What resulted was a slightly creamy chicken protein soup.  Due to the fact that it's a protein replacement -- it's not entirely clear like typical chicken BROTH.  It tastes just the same:  creamy chicken boullion.  There is zero aftertaste of protein, and I am very pleased.

To be honest - however - I had prepared a little bit of chicken boullion to ADD to this protein replacement JUST IN CASE I did not enjoy it.  (Because, I haven't always had a good experience with savory proteins -- and I do not like to waste.)  

I added a touch of the broth after a few sips, and it was A FREAKING AMAZING with it.  That said, I am a salt-fiend.  I adore the creamy, buttery flavor of a boullion cube, and that mixed with the protein, kicks arse.

I love you chicken high protein meal replacement.  

The details -- you get 27 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber in one two-scoop serving of this meal replacement:

Nutrient Amount % DV
Calories 150    
Protein 27 g 54%
Carbohydrate 8 g 3%
Fiber 5 g 20%
Sugars 0.5 g  
Fat 1.5 g 3%
Saturated Fat 1 g 5%
Cholesterol <5 mg 1%
Potassium 180 mg 5%
Sodium 1300 mg 54%
Vitamin A     50%
Vitamin D     50%
Vitamin E     50%
Vitamin K     50%
Vitamin C     50%
B1     50%
B2     50%
B6     50%
B12     50%
Niacin     50%
Biotin     50%
Pantothenic Acid     50%
Folic Acid     50%
Calcium     15%
Copper     50%
Iodine     50%
Iron     35%
Chromium     50%
Magnesium     20%
Phosphorus     15%
Zinc     50%
Selenium     50%
Manganese     50%
Molybdenum     50%
Nutrition information is per 1 serving.

Bariatric Advantage says --

The Bariatric Advantage High Protein Meal Replacement soup comes in a 21 serving tub with a measured scoop to make accurate dispensing easy. Each 150 calorie serving provides a full 27 grams of protein, with only 7 grams of carbohydrate (of which 4 grams are fiber, and less than a gram is sugar) and 1.5 grams of fat. One hundred percent of the protein is from a high quality whey protein isolate (There is no soy protein, only a small amount of soy lecithin to mask aftertaste). Fortified with between 15 and 50 percent of the DV for 23 essential vitamins and minerals, this comforting soup makes a perfect meal replacement for those seeking to control calories.

They're right.  It's good.  It's good for us.  

I would certainly give it a try if you're seeking a savory option to your sweet or fruity shakes.  This product is perfect for pre-operative eating plans, and early post op.  It's way better than a can of cream of chicken soup.

  • Product - Bariatric Advantage High Protein Meal Replacement - Chicken Broth
  • From - Bariatric Advantage
  • Price - $2.85 per serving
  • Pros - 27 grams of protein, 150 calories, 5 grams of fiber... in a comforting, savory broth blend.
  • Cons -  
  • Rating - Pouchworthy, MM


Stage 3 of a sample Bariatric Gastric Bypass Diet - Soft Foods

Always default to your bariatric surgeon and nutritionist's post surgical eating plans, however, when in need of a reminder, there are various plans online that you can fall back on like this sample one adapted from Duke Health -

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Peanut Butter + Banana Protein Shake!

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  • Directions: Place ingredients in blender & blend until smooth. Adjust liquid for desired thickness of shake.
  • Preparation Tip: Slice up ripe bananas, place in ziplock bag & freeze. Use frozen banana slices in place of or in addition to ice.