Jay Robb High Protein JAYBAR Fudge Brownie

I really hoped this tasted good, because it's all natural, made with awesome ingredients.  And, it's sweetened with agave, which is low GI and delicious.

But.  No.

I took a bite and a half and spit it out.   Fudge Brownie?  Not so much.  I didn't taste chocolate at all.  I rarely spit food out, but this was all wrong texturally and taste wise.  Maybe it was stale?  I don't know, but I could not chew it well, and it was just very odd.  I think I called it crunchy raisins, because that is what it tasted like at that moment.  It was very hard, then chewy and gummy.

I have another flavor to try.  I will give it another shot.  I want to say it's just not my thing because I am not a nut-butter fan?  I like other items made with various butters, but this was just weird, I hope it was just stale.  Maybe I'll have more to add when I taste the other one.

JayBar Fudge Brownie Protein Bar
Serving Size: 1 bar (57g)
Servings per box: 12

Calories 220
 Calories from fat: 90
Protein 14g
Total Fat 10g
 Saturated Fat 1g
 Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 150mg
Potassium 233mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
 Dietary Fiber 6g
 Sugars 10g
 Sugar Alcohol 5g (from xylitol)
 Net carbs = 12 grams

Carbs are the actual carbohydrates that impact blood
sugar levels). (Total
carbs 22g minus 5g fiber minus 5g sugar alcohol =
12g *Net Carbs)

All New Ingredients

Organic almond butter, organic agave syrup, whey
protein crisps, (whey protein isolate, whey protein concentrate, tapioca starch,
calcium carbonate), whey protein isolate, hydrolyzed
whey protein isolate, xylitol, cocoa powder, gum
arabic, almonds, natural flavors, and sea salt.

  • Jay Robb High Protein JAYBAR Fudge Brownie
  • Via – GNC?  I don't really remember where I got this one, I've had it sitting in my "to try" drawer for a while.
  • Price – $2.99
  • Pros – All natural ingredients.  A change from the artificial.  This is a good thing.  Also, seems to be good for diabetics – agave syrup as the sweetener is low GI.
  • Cons – Sticky hard texture, hard to chew, bizarre flavor that does not resemble "fudge brownie."  Lots of carbs.
  • Rating – Neutral, I think I got a bad bar. I hope it's just that I got a stale bar, let's put it that way for now.  I will try this other bar and make my determination.

Chike Meal Replacement Protein Powder

First I opened up one 1/2 serving sample pack of the Very Vanilla flavor. 

It smelled, very, vanilla.   (Wow.  I am so wordy, yeah?)

The directions stated to mix with four ounces of water and shake.  I couldn't find my shaker cup, so I used my blender.  I dumped the protein powder in the blender with exactly four ounces of water and blended.  The resulting drink was quite thick and creamy.

You can see how thick the shake was just with water:

I drank the 1/2 serving shake on it's own first, it was creamy vanilla, and there was hardly any "protein taste."  My first impression was a light ice cream.  This powder required NO additional flavoring or "doctoring up," which is what I do to many powders that have a distinct protein aftertaste. 

When it was gone, I realized I wanted a full serving, and I might as well make this a MEAL.  Chike is a Meal Replacement.  I took another sample bag, and decided to go for a big shake.  I added another 1/2 serving to the blender, with ice, eight ounces of water and four frozen strawberries. 

Blended, and poured it into my cup, making a huge mess.  The baby came in and demanded "somah dat in my cup?"  We shared.

Mixed like this with NO additional milk or sweeteners, it was AMAZINGLY simple and good.  Sure, I could have just made the "Strawberry" flavor, but I wanted a big shake with ice, it's just my preference.  It's long gone now, the baby drank a sippy cup of "Mama's Ice Ceem"  and I finished mine.  There is no aftertaste or weird mouth-feel.

Nutrition can be found at Chike's website, and here's a blurry screen shot of the PDF:
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You could use one, two or three scoops depending on your needs.  I just had two in total, for 28 grams of protein.  Chike does contain carbs and sugar.  1.5 grams per scoop.  I have a sneaking suspicion THAT IS WHY IT TASTES SO GOOD.  Other proteins have sugar too, it's not like this is the only one, however, if you're on super low carb diet, this could potentially add up.  Hardly, though, if you're using it as a total meal replacement.  I am unlikely to follow-through with protein drinks unless they taste good enough to forgo other things, you know?  I like many, I love FEW.  The ones I end up loving – have carbs.  (OR CAFFEINE, just saying.)


Now Liquid Cal Mag Live Review

Sorta.  I just got a bottle of this from my new UPS man, who asked me, "So this is a regular thing, eh?"  Yeah.  I think my driveway pisses him off, because he has to walk down from the street.  Today we have snow, so much that school was canceled.   (Not much.) 

This is what I have.  I am afraid of it.  That's my honest truth. 

Supplement Facts
Serving Size:
1 Tablespoon
Servings Per Container:

Amount Per Serving
Calories – 40
Total Carbohydrate – 9 g
Sugar Alcohol (as Xylitol) – 2 g

Vitamin D (as Ergocalciferol) – 400 IU 

Calcium (from Calcium Citrate) – 500 mg
Magnesium (from Magnesium Citrate) – 250 mg
Boron (from Boron Amino Acid Chelate) – 1 mg

Other Ingredients:
De-ionized Water, Glycerin, Xylitol, Malic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Natural
Blueberry Flavor, Potassium Sorbate (as preservative), Grape Skin
Extract, Cellulose and Mixed Tocopherols (soy).

Contains no: salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, milk, egg, shellfish, or artificial colors or flavors. Vegetarian/Vegan Product.

Recommended Use:  As a dietary supplement, take 1 tablespoon 1 to 2 times daily. Can be taken undiluted, or mixed with water or juice.
Shake vigorously before use.
Refrigerate after opening to preserve flavor.

It comes in blueberry and lemon.  I have blueberry.

I is afraaaaaid of this.  I'm afraid of all liquid vites.  I am going slow.  I opened the bottle, cold from shipping, I poured it to see the consistency, I sniffed it.  There is the tiniest smell of blueberry.  TINY.  It is viscous, sort of like medicine, what's that stuff you take when you can't poop?  Yeah, a little like that. 

Now I have to taste it.  Getting up the strength. 

Let me procrastinate a bit more.  This liquid Cal-Mag supplement has the RIGHT KIND of calcium that gastric bypassers need, citrate.  According to the ASMBS, we need 1000-1200 grams of calcium a day, so you'd take two servings of this a day.

So. Yeah.  Um.  Shall I taste it now?

It's going in.  I told you – it's thick-ish. 

It makes me pucker.  Now I taste the berry flavor, whoa.  Much like every other calcium citrate product, (barring some!  See my other reviews.) you can feel the calcium suspended in the product.  But, IT ISN'T BAD.  I could definitely take it, straight.  They suggest mixing it into a drink, nah.  It's edible without doctoring it up.  I might have had trouble as a new post-op trying to get this down, but it's just fine at this stage.  (The "I can eat damn near anything I want," stage.)

  • Product – Now Liquid Cal-Mag, Blueberry
  • Price – $7.49 at Netrition, $7.99 at Gastric Bypass Supplements (Local to me)
  • Pros -Not horrible, puckery, good supplementation, probably good absorption?
  • Cons -Texture of calcium.
  • Rating – Pouchworthy, MM.

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Nectar Sweets Syntrax Vanilla Bean Torte.

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I don't know how I got this far into my post WLS life without reviewing any of this line of proteins.

Syntrax Nectar Sweets, in Vanilla Bean Torte, today.
  I went to get some information from the manufacturers website, and it scared the crap out of me "PRODUCT!"  It speaks.  Yikes.  (The website had automatic AUDIO, website owners – DO NOT DO THAT.)

Upon opening the sample pack, it smelled amazing, intensely vanilla.  The powder is super light and fluffy and I anticipated a delicious shake.  I mixed it with, as directed, eight ounces of cold water, and shook it in a shaker cup.  It blended to a nearly perfect clear consistency, but with foam.  It has specks of vanilla bean, I don't know if they're real vanilla bean, but they are there!

Again, this powder, even mixed smells super.  A M A Z I N G, even.

I took a sip, the initial taste WAS vanilla and good, but then it tasted odd to me, right after getting it in my mouth, it was weird.  Weird also was the shade of yellow.

I let it sit in my mouth like I am wine-tasting.  Thin, and slightly sour-ish.  Sour isn't the right word, but I am puckering and making a bad face.  Maybe had I mixed it with milk – it was be a better choice?  Probably, but I do not drink milk. 

Then, after drinking a sip, and sitting a moment, I got the dry sticky lips and icky after feel.  I am sipping it still, trying to see if it's just me.  Still sipping.  It's not changing.

Ah well.  This is another flavor that I will add to the "good if I doctor it up" list.  If I add ice, a touch of milk, and something, maybe frozen blackberries, it would be fine, because it IS sweet enough.

Imagine what would happen if the Nectar name,
and the superior quality and taste that it symbolizes, was fused to
sweet, scrumptious, epicurean delights that a person might find in a
high-end candy boutique or bakery. The result would be an irresistible
protein shake with zero sugars and zero fat that would be an absolute
pleasure to consume.

Good news is now at hand! No longer do you
have to imagine! We have taken all of the great things about the
Nectar™ product line and have combined it with incredible sweet flavors
that are out of this world delicious. Let us introduce you to Nectar
Sweets, the epitome of gourmet taste in the form of the healthiest
protein drink ever created.

As with the entire Nectar™ lineup, expect
only the exceptional with Nectar Sweets™. Expect exquisite and
full-bodied gourmet flavors, expect zero sugars and zero fat, expect
instant mixability with only a spoon, expect the highest quality
Promina whey protein isolate, and expect an experience that makes you
feel like you are on top of the world.

Syntrax Nectar Sweets Vanilla Bean Torte has a PERFECT set of nutrition stats.  I suggest adding it to skim milk, to balance out the protein feel and maybe a touch of fruit?  Because – LOOK:

2.04 Lbs. Vanilla Bean Torte
Supplement Facts
Serving Size1Level Scoop (26g)
Servings Per Container 36
Amount Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 100
Calories From Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%*
Saturated Fat 0g 0%*
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol <5mg 1%*
Sodium 160mg 7%*
Potassium 190mg 5%*
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%*
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%*
Sugars 0g
Protein 23g 46%*
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 150mg 15%
Iron 0mg 0%
Phosphorus 100mg 10%
Magnesium 32mg 8%

Other Ingredients
Protein Isolate (A Milk-Derived Protein; Promina Brand; Ultrafiltered
And Undenatured; Includes Beta Protease Peptone, Lactoferrin,
, Natural And Artificial Flavors, Vanilla Bean Powder, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Acesulfame-K, Sucralose
  • Product – Syntrax Nectar Sweets Vanilla Bean Torte
  • Price – $20.95
  • Via – Gastric Bypass Supplements
  • Pros – Smells like ice cream, real vanilla specks, great nutrition, affordable, comes in other flavors, the chocolate is really good…
  • Cons- A bit of protein mouth feel
  • Rating – Pouchworthy, MM

No phony gimmicks! Just pure value! Bob’s Discount Furniture.

When we moved into this house, we needed furniture. 

We still do, but that's not what I am talking about.  There's a big 31 store furniture chain that we got sucked into because of the "low prices" after going to another store and getting serious sticker-shock.
Also, "Bob's Discount Furniture has been named “Furniture Retailer of the Year."  That right there is a selling point, no?


Maine Cottage Foods Low Carb CHOCOLATE!


I am a chocolate enuthsiast, we know this.  I eat chocolate nearly every single day.  But with my gastric bypassed anatomy, I am really not supposed to indulge in the sugar-sweetened type.  To avoid this, I eat the darkest possible chocolate I can, and sometimes it’s bitter.  I deal.  I will do anything to keep my chocolate available, EXCEPT eating grocery-store variety ‘sugar-free’ candy.  I WON’T GO THERE.  I have gone there, that’s why I say I WON’T.  Most sugar-free candies and chocolates are sweetened with sugar alcohols in such high quantities that it cause serious, um, distress.

Enter low-carb chocolate made with NO MALTITOL.  I have tried some in the past – I ate my body’s weight in another brand of low-carb chocolate once!  Hee-hee.  I have been on the hunt for more variety.  I found some.  Low carb, low glycemic CHOCOLATE. 

Maine Cottage Foods, purveyor
of the greatest variety and the highest quality sugar free, low carb,
low glycemic and gluten free chocolate, cupcakes and brownies anywhere.  (Okay.  I believe you, let’s try it.)

here is freshly made in small batches using genuine, low carb
ingredients, the highest quality sweeteners and natural oils. Our
principle is “Premium ingredients enhance enjoyment, promote diet success, and support good health.” Therefore, we use no sugar, no maltitol, no isomalt, no polyglycitol, and no trans fats.
Maine Cottage Foods sweetens with erythritol, the only natural
sweetener that is truly non-glycemic as well as non-caloric (max 0.2
kcal/g). Because all our treats are safely sugar-free and
maltitol-free, they are truly low glycemic and offer diabetics,
athletes, and the weight-conscious healthful, first-choice alternatives
to sugared treats.

But, Beth, what is erythritol?

Erythritol is an all-natural, no-calorie alternative to sugar.
It looks like sugar, feels like sugar, and bakes and tastes like sugar.

While its name may seem terribly scientific, erythritol is found in
nature at low levels in grapes, melons and pears and can be found at
higher levels in fermented products like wine.  Each day, it is
estimated that we consume somewhere between 30 and 100 mg of naturally
occurring erythritol in our regular diets.

Since the late 1980’s, erythritol has been used as an ingredient
in foods and beverages in Japan, and was more recently approved for
use in the U.S. and Canada. These approvals were based on extensive scientific
studies reviewed by an expert panel of independent doctors and scientists.

Erythritol does not
cause undesired gastrointestinal effects under its intended conditions
of use. Based on clinical studies in which erythritol was administered
with foods and beverages at daily doses up to 75-80 grams, there are no
discernible issues. That means you can have multiple servings of per
day and not feel an effect. Compared to the other sweeteners classified
as sugar alcohols, erythritol has the highest digestive tolerance,
which is 2 to 3 times better compared to xylitol, lactitol, maltitol
and isomalt, and 3 to 4 times better compared to sorbitol and mannitol.

Please note that we use oligofructose, a probiotic fiber,
as a sweetener since it also happens to naturally taste sweet.
Therefore, one of our chocolate bars has an amount of fiber comparable
to a bran muffin, so you can skip the All Bran cereal if you want. All
our milk chocolate is high in calcium, with the milk crunch bars being the highest. All our desserts and trail mixes contain trace amounts of sucralose. We have found that this very minimum amount makes the sweet taste more pleasant. 

Prebiotic fiber is good for your gut.  Sure, chocolate has calories.  Low carb usually doesn’t mean low
calorie.  This is something to be savored.  But, do note the high fiber
content in the chocolates, from Oligiofructose.  High fiber AND low
carb is super.

More about Maine Cottage Foods sweeteners can be found here.

But, how does it taste?  It can’t be as good as my REGULAR chocolate?

Actually, quite tasty and satisfying.  Creamy, not waxy.DSC_0784

Really.  This is not an ad.  It’s yummy.  I tried the Mint Dark Chocolate Bark first, because, that’s my preferred flavor.  It’s a nice deep chocolate flavor, and a creamy consistency that melts slow in your mouth.  If you choose bark, you can add in your choice of nuts and fruit.  My bark has chopped almonds in it.  (My husband took a hunk off of this Mint Dark piece and deemed it, “Really good, I can eat this.”  That’s your man-review.) 


The chocolate is available in countless varieties, milk or dark, with or without nuts, fruit, and in specialty sizes as well.  You can get “Teenies” which are individual foil wrapped pieces of chocolate, in varied flavors.  My bag of Teenies had a single piece of cinnamon flavored chocolate that I would totally like to see again.  The Teenies were especially good, having just a small piece at a time
is great for portion control and throwing in my bag, instead of what I
HAVE been carrying around.


In addition to the chocolates, Maine Cottage Foods also has low-carb baked goods, like small and larger brownies!  These are made with ground almonds instead of flour, with no preservatives  Click here for the nutrition stats.


Photo:  MCF


So, yes, I liked the chocolate.  I could definitely indulge in these low-carb treats in moderation.

  • Product – Maine Cottage Foods Chocolates
  • Via – http://store.mainecottagefoods.com/index.html
  • Price – Varied.
  • Pros – A million varieties, choose your own, creamy, tasty, low carb, fiber, no sugar!
  • Cons – Not cheap.  Although it’s not waxy sugar-free grocery store crap either.
  • Rating – Pouchworthy, MM.