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Protein Shake Sampler Giveaway

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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!  

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Included in this giveaway -

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

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

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More protein, better flavor?


Ad text reads, "you talk, we listen, more protein, better flavor!"  I hope so.  

Proteinex is a high-protein supplement that you take in tiny two tablespoon doses.  

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Shall we give it a go?  

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


New Egg Beaters Flavor -- Florentine

I'm reading egg PR this morning.  

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Conagra Foods is releasing a new flavor of Eggbeaters:  Florentine.  It will be available in big box  grocery stores later this month.   You can find it on the Congra website soon, it's not there yet.

Eggbeaters are a common post weight loss surgery food of choice with 4 grams of lean protein per serving, and the flavored options are cool.  I think this flavor in particular would make super mini-muffins and quiche-like snacks, or even in lasagna.

PR -

Egg Beaters is bringing a fresh idea to everyday breakfast routines with new Egg Beaters Florentine. Now a tasty, Italian-inspired meal is as easy as shake, pour, and scramble. Egg Beaters Florentine is the newest variety to join the line of flavored Egg Beaters and it makes a delicious entry. With a blend of spinach, tomato, onion, mozzarella cheese and Italian herbs, Egg Beaters Florentine is sure to spice up your everyday healthy breakfast routine.

Like all Egg Beaters varieties, our Eggs Florentine is made of real, all-natural egg whites and is the perfect solution for anyone looking to eat a filling breakfast without the extra cholesterol, fat or calories of shell eggs.

In fact, one serving of our Eggs Florentine contains 4 grams of filling lean protein for only half the calories of a shell egg.

"Consumers enjoy new variations of everyday foods, and current trends show Italian flavors are becoming more popular at breakfast," says Jill Dexter, Egg Beaters Brand Manager for ConAgra Foods. "For those who want to experience rustic Italian taste for fewer calories than an Italian breakfast made of real eggs, Egg Beaters Florentine provides a healthy and convenient solution in just one easy pour."

Egg Beaters Florentine provides a fresh take on eggs and is delicious in a variety of quick and tasty recipes, such as a spinach frittata or Italian breakfast sandwich.

For a savory brunch entree, try using Florentine to make Mini Mushroom Egg Bakes. Simply line muffin tins with thin slices of ham and fill with sauteed mushrooms and onions, cheddar cheese and Egg Beaters Florentine. Bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees for a delicious breakfast treat.

Perky Jerky - The Action Packed Snack

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Who knew?  I should take up long distance running so I can run-on-this.  Can you imagine MM Runs on Espresso + Kicked Up Beef?  OO

"Perky Jerky is the new high-protein, ultra-premium, functional food for active lifestyles taking the nation by storm. We start with premium all natural beef (no MSG, no nitrates), and add our 7 ingredient marinade, which includes Guarana, a little berry from the Amazon that is commonly found in energy drinks.

It’s low fat, low carb, low cal and loaded with protein. No preservatives, no sodium nitrates, and no added MSG. Check out our nutritional info here

We spent years perfecting the recipe and have made the best tasting jerky in the world, bar none. But don't take our word for it. Try it and see for yourself what the fuss is about.

Whether you’re pounding the keyboard or pounding the pavement, hitting the highway or hitting the slopes, don’t forget your Perky Jerky - The Action Packed Snack!TM"

PS. I think the Perky Jerky peeps are a little bit   nuts. I like that.

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 -

Continue reading "Stage 3 of a sample Bariatric Gastric Bypass Diet - Soft Foods" »

Crusted Prime Rib + Horseradish Sauce (Mimi MM, please to make this for me?)

WANT.  NOW.  Massage your meat and send it over.  Okay.  I'll do it.  At some point.

Recipe via Tyler Florence on the Food Network -


  • 1 bone in prime rib beef roast, 3 ribs, about 6 pounds
  • 5 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/4 cup grated fresh or prepared horseradish
  • Leaves from 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • Leaves from 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups canned chicken or beef broth


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Lay the beef in a large roasting pan with the bone side down. (The ribs act as a natural roasting rack.) In a small bowl mash together the garlic, horseradish, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, and olive oil to make a paste.

Massage the paste generously over the entire roast.

Put the pan in the oven and roast the beef until the internal temperature of the meat registers 125 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer (medium-rare), 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove the beef to a carving board and let it rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Pour off some of the pan drippings and place pan on stove top over medium-high heat.

Add the white wine and bring to a simmer, scraping the bits on the bottom of the pan. Reduce the wine by half. Whisk in the flour, then add the broth and continue to cook, whisking until sauce thickens into a gravy, about 10 minutes.

OR -- instead of using the dripping gravy -- or alongside -- try this!

Horseradish Sauce
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup prepared horseradish
  • 2 cups 0% Fat Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and black pepper

        Mix and refridgerate.

Black + White Quinoa Dressing With Butternut Squash and Pecans for the holidays!

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Quinoa.  You're not eating it yet, are you?  Here is a recipe worthy of your Aunt's holiday table and your post WLS belly.

World's Healthiest Foods -

Not only is quinoa high in protein, but the protein it supplies is complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. Not only is quinoa's amino acid profile well balanced, making it a good choice for vegans concerned about adequate protein intake, but quinoa is especially well-endowed with the amino acid lysine, which is essential for tissue growth and repair. In addition to protein, quinoa features a host of other health-building nutrients. Because quinoa is a very good source of manganese as well as a good source of magnesium, iron, copper and phosphorus, this "grain" may be especially valuable for persons with migraine headaches, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Black and White Quinoa Dressing With Butternut Squash and Pecans -

Source - NY Times

The light-colored version of quinoa is a fluffier grain than the black version, so it’s almost as if there are two completely different grains in this colorful mixture.

  • 1 cup regular (golden) quinoa
  • 3/4 cup black quinoa
  • 5 1/4 cups water, chicken stock or vegetable stock
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 pound butternut squash, cut in small dice
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup lightly toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

1. Keeping the quinoas separate, wash in several changes of water. In separate saucepans, combine the golden quinoa with 3 cups water or stock and the black quinoa with 2 1/4 cups water or stock. Add salt to taste, bring to a boil, cover and simmer 15 to 25 minutes, until the quinoa is tender and the grains display a coiled thread. The black quinoa takes longer to cook, and the thread will not pop out of all of the grains. Drain through a strainer and return both quinoas together to one of the pots. Place a clean kitchen towel over the pot and return the lid. Let sit while you prepare the other ingredients.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy skillet and sauté the squash, stirring often, until it is tender and lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and transfer to a bowl. Turn the heat down to medium and add the remaining oil and the onion. Cook, stirring often, until the onion begins to soften, about 3 minutes, and add a generous pinch of salt and the celery and thyme. Cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes, until the onion is completely tender and the celery is just tender, and add the garlic. Stir over medium heat until the garlic smells fragrant, 30 seconds to a minute, and transfer to the bowl with the squash. Add the quinoa and the remaining ingredients and stir together. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to an oiled or buttered baking dish and cover with foil.

3. Warm for 20 to 30 minutes in a 325-degree oven before serving.

Yield: Makes about 7 cups, serving 12 to 14.

Advance preparation: The entire dish can be made up to 2 days ahead. Cooked quinoa will keep for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator and can be frozen.

Nutritional information per serving (12 servings): 173 calories; 1 gram saturated fat; 2 grams polyunsaturated fat; 4 grams monounsaturated fat; 0 milligrams cholesterol; 24 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 13 milligrams sodium (does not include salt to taste); 4 grams protein.


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.

Whey Protein NOT Soy Protein Helps Weight Loss

Want to lose more weight -- use whey protein or milk protein -- not soy.  That's what a new study says -- and article I found at WebMD suggests whey, or milk, protein may offer people who want to slim down a slight edge over soy.  And, frankly, most milk proteins taste better than soy.  That's just my opinion, and I am a soy-milk user.

WebMD -

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Human Nutrition Research Center randomly assigned 90 overweight and obese middle-aged adults to one of three groups. The first group was asked to add protein drinks made with whey to their normal diets, the second group drank protein drinks made with soy protein, and the third group drank carbohydrate drinks.

Study participants weren't told which group they had been assigned to.  All the drinks, which were drunk twice daily, at breakfast and dinner, had the same number of calories: 200. They also all had had 52 grams per packet, for a daily total of 104 grams of added protein or carbs.

Researchers tracked participants'physical activity levels, weights, waist sizes, lean and fat body mass, and blood levels of hormones related to hunger and metabolism.

They also had people keep records of the other foods they were eating. The researchers made sure participants were drinking the shakes during random urine tests for levels of a chemical tracer they had added to the powders.

Seventy-three people completed the study, which is published in the Journal of Nutrition.


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Sugar in your protein bars?

Sugar While at the first support group meeting I've attended in years, I heard something that made me do a Scooby-Doo double-take.  Ahhh-roo?

The dietician was discussing protein bars.  

She was pretty much dissing them, as she suggested that her patients tend to fall back on them as CANDY and fail to remember eating them and eat meals on top of them.  

Then, they bitch about gaining weight.  Well, yes!  Protein bars are a calorie-dense source of food and usually a MEAL.


 You do not need to eat a protein bar as a snack -- it's usually enough to be a meal.  

I digress, because I AM A FAN OF THE PROTEIN BAR.  

I eat them, AS MEALS.  As snacks, on occasion.  

I always have one in my bag, for emergency purposes.  Right now, there is a Pure Protein Bar and a Proti-Thin Wafer Bar in my bag.  Typically, I am a half-a-bar eater.  Either one stick, one-half, of any one type.  But, this is what gets me:  HER SUGGESTION!  

Her suggested protein bar choice was "anything under 14 grams of sugar."

WAIT.  WHAT?    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  I had a realization.  First, nutritionists don't GET IT.  You have to HAVE THE ANATOMY to understand it fully, or at least tweak your advise to the surgery.

Do you realize WHAT that leaves for choices?  CANDY!  Many of these bars are just as "bad" as candy.  Vitamin-candy!

14. GRAMS. OF. SUGAR. IN. A. BAR. AT. ONE. TIME?   Did you not just have weight loss surgery?

Here's an example of one of my fave "chocolate fixes:"

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I am seven years post op.  I cannot eat this entire bar without dumping.  22 grams of carbohydrates and 14 sugar grams.  

Why on earth would a early post op even CONSIDER something like this?  For what it's worth, I can't have these in the house, as THEY ARE CANDY.  It's a treat.  One-half, as candy, once in a while.  Say, we're out, I want a Hershey's Bar?  I might grab THIS instead.   (That is, if I don't have any real stuff.)

There are A LOT of protein bars that fall in this category, anything you find on the grocery store shelf is PROBABLY very high in sugar.   Read your labels.

And, someone says, "Oh, but I don't dump, I just feel a little sleepy."  What are you EATING?  That's usually a clue.

Did you nutritionist give you a guideline for SUGAR GRAMS per food item?

Shameless good deal post.

I love this stuff, not an ad.  I am passing along the message.

"We would like to thank all of our customers for their loyalty and wish you a Happy New Year! To show our appreciation we have decided to offer a special gift from us here at SDC Nutrition, Inc."

  • Enter promo code 'newyear' with any 2lb container purchase and you will receive 12 assorted Fill Shake n Go bottles for FREE with your order.
  • This is a $29.98 value and our way of saying thank you for a great 2010.
  • Offer ends on Friday December 31st


About Time Whey Protein Isolate


Bacon Egg & Cheese Breakfast Muffins

You know I am not a breakfast eater.  I would be a breakfast eater if food magically appeared in my face approximately 1-3 hours after waking each morning.  Otherwise, I do not eat anything until lunchtime.  But, something like a BACON, EGG and CHEESE breakfast muffin might change my mind, especially if it were ready to go, low carb and tasty.

Please let this be tasty.


Source - Sugar Free Low Carb

⅔ cup cottage cheese
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
¼ cup coconut flour
⅔ cup almond meal
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons water
5 eggs, beaten
3 strips bacon, cooked until crisp, fat blotted with paper towel, then crumbled
½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray or grease muffin cups.

In mixing bowl, combine cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, coconut flour, almond meal, baking powder, salt, water, and beaten egg. Mix in crumbled bacon and cheddar cheese.

Fill muffin cups 1/2 to 3/4 full. Sprinkle muffin tops with additional shredded cheddar cheese, if desired. Bake 25 -30 minutes, until muffins are firm and lightly browned. Can be served hot or at room temperature.

Makes 12 muffins
Carbs per muffin: ~ 2g


About Time 100% Whey Protein Isolate

About Time 100% Whey Protein Isolate is a low calorie high protein ZERO carbohydrate protein supplement.  WHAT?!  Wait!

"The time for compromising taste or nutrition has ended. One sip of About Time Whey Protein Isolate, and you’ll know this is something special. No chalky aftertaste. No artificial sweeteners. Just a clean, natural protein supplement with a taste you’ll appreciate and a superiority your body will feel. Delicious enough to mix with just water, great in skim milk, a smoothie or added to your favorite yogurt. Professional athletes, weekend jocks and active people of all ages have discovered About Time is great before or after a workout, and an ideal snack between meals.

All protein supplements are not equal. Unlike most other products, About Time is cold-pressed micro-filtered whey isolate which means the protein is absorbed more efficiently into your system. Most other protein supplements offer misleading labels and health claims, but About Time keeps it simple and 100% natural. Just look at the label – only 4 ingredients! For those managing diabetes, be assured that About Time is sweetened with Stevia, a naturally occurring no-calorie sweetener that does not affect blood glucose levels. A 2-pound container of About Time 100% Whey Protein Isolate contains 32 servings. No artificial flavoring. No artificial sweeteners. Each serving contains 101 calories, 24 grams of protein and 0 fat."

The nutritional profile makes it perfect for post weight loss surgery patients. Vanilla

It boasts:

  • 100% All Natural
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No Growth Hormones
  • 25 grams of whey protein isolate in every scoop
  • Naturally sweetened with Stevia
  • No Artificial Sweeteners
  • Lactose Free, Gluten Free
  • Zero Fat, Zero Carbs

About Time is available in seven flavors:

  • Birthday Cake
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon Swirl
  • Mocha Mint
  • Peaches + Cream
  • Strawberry
  • Vanilla

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I screwed up.

I dumped one packet (like the one above) into 16 ounces of water, and realized after, that the suggestion was to use 8 ounces of water.

Instead of re-doing it, I just added another packet.  The calories in this About Time protein are so low, that it's only 200ish calories for two servings, and 50!! grams of protein.

What I have now, in front of me, is a Strawberry + Birthday Cake Protein Shake (two separate flavors) made with 16 ounces of water and nothing else.  I typically go with just. water. when I am trying to review a protein powder, because I like to doctor my shakes up after I get the gist of what they are Meant To Be on their own.

The smell of each flavor, before adding to water was merely sweet, no real pungent protein smell at all.  Dumped into my cup, it's a very fine powder with no clumps.  Mixed with too much water, it was very thin, and not at all sweet.  Mixed CORRECTLY, it's slightly creamy, but not at all thick.  There was no foaming even when I shook the crap out of the cup.

Mixed, it's a slightly thinner than a typical artificially sweetened protein powder, but still thick enough that it's not like a clear protein powder base.  Since I mixed two flavors, I can't really tell you if the Strawberry is great by itself, however, I CAN taste the vanilla from the "Birthday Cake" flavor, so the two mixed is YUMMY.  My only complaint is a slight dry lip feel afterwards, like most other whey proteins, but it's not really feeling that way IN my mouth.

One serving would have given me 102 calories, ZERO CARBS and 25 grams of protein.  Since I'm having two because of my mistake, I'm have 204 calories, ZERO CARBS and 50! grams of protein.  That, my friends, kicks protein ass.


This product is sweetened with Stevia, a natural plant based sweetener, and I can't tell.  Had you said it was sweetened with anything else, I wouldn't have known.

If you're looking for super low carbohydrate protein product that is naturally sweetened, About Time Protein is one to try.  After weight loss surgery, it's pretty imperative that we keep the carb level low and the protein level high, and two servings of this product would hit close to the minimum protein requirement for most early post ops.  I find that it's easy to sip, and not leaving any aftertaste, so as a new post-op, this would have gone down smoothly I bet.

And, remember that Consumer Reports biz about METALS in protein?  About Time tested their product:

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Click to enlarge -- basically - there's nothing in it.  THUMBS UP.

I found a review from one of my Obesity pals on their website just now, LOL --

The best proteins ... so far July 19, 2010
Reviewer: Hala from Greenville, SC United States  

I have been using a lot of protein powders.  And tried and use many different brands over last 10 years.  These ATW proteins are unreal... there are so good.  My biggest problem is not to use too much per day and to make sure I get them before I run out - I really hope that they are as natural as the company claims they are - they just taste too good to be true..."

  • Price - Varies by product
  • Get $10 OFF with promo code "meltingmama" on 2 LB containers!
  • Pros - NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS!?!  Very low calories per scoop of 25 grams of protein.  ZERO carbohydrates, whey protein isolate, no lactose.
  • Cons - Slight dry lip feel.
  • Rating - WICKED Pouchworthy, MM.


Bariatric Advantage's ProJoe Review

We Are Not Going To Discuss My Espresso Machine.  OKAY?  With that in mind - I think I am going on a coffee protein bender.  

Bariatric Advantage was lovely to send me some of their new ready to drink protein, Pro-Joe.  

ProJoe is a healthier twist on your favorite brew. Each serving of these delicious coffee and tea drinks provides you with a full 20 grams of protein and only 5 grams of carbohydrates. You also get an added nutritional boost of vitamins A, C, D, B1, B5, B6, B12 and Calcium - definitely not your typical coffeehouse drink! Only $25.99 per case of 12 saving you over $5 per case! .

I have been hesitant on posting about it.  Why?  Because it is apparently identical very similar but not the same as another ready to drink protein product in the Bariatric marketplace that costs more.  It is, however identical to a product that used to be Wicked Famous in the Bariatric world'o'protein.

Pro-Joe comes in a glass bottle, not unlike the Starbucks Bottled Frappuccino - so you COULD pretend and think you're having something oh so naughty.  It comes in three flavors -

Vanilla, 12 count ($ 25.99)
Mocha, 12 count ($ 25.99)
Chai, 12 count ($ 25.99)

The cover, reminded me of Gerber baby food, and I was brought back to jars of bananas for a moment.  *sigh*  But, I got over it and shook 'er up.  

First, I tried the Mocha Latte, for no other reason than seeing the word MOCHA.  ;)  (I am a mocha fiend.  I have taken to a very bad habit at The 'Bucks.  "Add a pump of mocha."  They do not carry sugar free mocha anymore.)

The smell of the Mocha?  Vaguely coffee like, milky, 

DISCLAIMER!  Let it be known, I drink a SERIOUSLY STRONG cup most of the time.  It would cause most of you distress to even consider.  

I might have expected a little more punch to it - but that is likely because I am a crackhead.

The Nillacinno smells like melted vanilla ice cream.  Really.   Digging this smell.


The Mocha was a bit like coffee milk, not very strong at all.  The Nillaccino is VERY vanilla, with just a touch of coffee.  I have not opened the Chai - as I would bounce off the ceiling right now.  I like the Nillaccino more than the mocha.  I will let you know about the Chai.

Texture?  Thin, "milky," not unlike a cup of regular coffee (aka, "Can I have a regular?) with milk, with a slight grainy feel to it.  Grainy might not be the right word -- but there is something to it.

Then, I realized again, This Is A Protein Product.  I had forgotten.  Protein is protein.  Protein has protein-y qualities, and cannot be completely dissolved to zero.  It leaves the slightest touch of protein mouth feel.


What are the ingredients in ProJoe?

Mocha: INGREDIENTS: Brewed Arabica coffee (coffee and water), EasyGest protein blend (milk protein concentrate and whole grain brown rice protein), carageenan, dipotassium phosphate, natural and artificial flavors, calcium hydroxide, caffeine, Ace-K, sucralose, niacin, pantothenic acid, cyanocobalamin, pyridoxine HCL.

Chai: INGREDIENTS: Brewed tea (tea and water), EasyGest protein blend (milk protein concentrate and whole grain brown rice protein), carageenan, natural flavors, dipotassium phosphate, calcium hydroxide, caffeine, Ace-K, sucralose, niacin, pantothenic acid, cyanocobalamin, pyroxide HCL.

Nillaccino: INGREDIENTS: Brewed Arabica coffee (coffee and water), EasyGest protein blend (milk protein concentrate and whole grain brown rice protein), carageenan, dipotassium phosphate, natural and artificial flavors, calcium hydroxide, caffeine, Ace-K, sucralose, niacin, pantothenic acid, cyanocobalamin, pyroxide HCL.

The nutrition stats -

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20 grams of protein in a single 9.5 ounce bottle is pretty cool, and as a early post op, would have likely been a life-saver for me.  I was sipping on Iced Coffee pretty early out -- had I the brains to ADD PROTEIN to it?  HA!  (Keep in mind, that was SIX YEARS AGO, where I was told Carnation Instant Breakfast is IT.)  

I would suggest this product especially to newbie post op WLS'ers who are feigning for their old coffee fix.  Had you quit drinking your "light with cream lotsa sugar" coffees?  This might give you a bit of that back, with healthy stuff added.  For fiends like me, you might have the urge to throw this in the blender with more espresso.


  • Product - Bariatric Advantage's Pro Joe
  • Via - Bariatric Advantage 
  • Pros - 20 grams of protein,  having a protein "shake" than isn't really like a "protein shake," low sugar, zero fat, a bit of caffeine, vitamins, glass bottle that makes you high-class ;)
  • Cons - Not as strong as this crackhead wants, protein is detectable, mouthfeel.
  • Rating - Pouchworthy, MM