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 (…it 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
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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 http://www.meltingmama.net/wls/2013/06/high-protein-coffee-giveaway.html" 
  • 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. 
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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?


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?