Aaron and I receive a catalog from a company called Bariatric Choice (click their name to go to their website - cause it's awesome!) They offer 12 week plans, 8 week plans 4 week plans, and 2 week plans for dieters, kind of like Nutrisystem or MediFast. Now I've never tried anything from NS or MF, so I don't know about price comparisons. Perhaps I'll do some poking around on their respective sites and put in a comparison later.
Anyway, I saw in their catalog (I love getting catalogs in the mail *lol*) that they have a live chat customer service option. I said, "what the hell" and popped in for a chat with a very nice lady, whom I will refer to as "M." I told her about Aaron and I, our story, and that we run a blog. I asked if the company would consider sending samples to us for review to be posted on the blog. I was totally expecting a "no" because we're not a super big blog.
She said yes.
Well, that made me feel like a kid at Christmas time. I always love getting packages in the mail. It cheers me up, even if it's not a package with fun stuff (I'm even happy when I get samples of detergent, even though I don't use it! I'm a simple gal, I guess.)
Yesterday, I was very nervous. Auditioning for a musical will do that to you every time. We stopped at the post office to get the mail, and we had a HUGE package. I mean HUGE. I took it out to the van, and Aaron and I opened it...and it was STUFFED full of lots of goodies!
Yeah, that's the stuff they sent! They are totally awesome!
So, of course, we couldn't WAIT to dig into the cornucopia of deliciousness, so Aaron pulled out a cookie, and I snagged a snack bar:
Aaron LOVES cookies. His mom makes some really good ones, but we can't eat them anymore. Unfortunately for us, they are way too sugary (but excellent to share and for special occasions. I'm sure we'll be splitting one for the holidays, and we plan on doing a blog post of the recipe and our lower sugar version eventually.) So when he bit into this cookie, it was soft, chewy, and very yummy. He said that they taste like the cookies you get in a two pack at the front of the grocery store (you know, when you're in line to check out and you get bombarded with the impulse buys). He loves those and thought he had to give them up. In fact, he hadn't had one in several months, I think since before his surgery. He was driving when he started eating the cookie, and he just smiled and his eyes got really wide. He told me flatly, "We are SO buying a few boxes of those! They are SO good! These cookies he gives 4 out of 4 stars :) They have 165 calories, 15 g of protein, 6 g of fat, and 14 net carbs. He highly recommends them!
I adore cinnamon raisin oatmeal cookies. I used to hate them as a kid. I always felt like if it didn't have chocolate that it wasn't worth my time. As I grew older, my tastes changed, and I now LOVE anything cinnamon, raisin, or oatmeal (with the exception of cinnamon liquor - I made myself really REALLY sick on that stuff when I turned 21). Anyway, this bar was the thing I wanted to try first. At first bite, it was SO creamy and sweet, it could have easily been a frosted cookie. It was chewy, and satisfying. I honestly felt like I could have given this bar to ANYONE and they would have never known it was a protein snack bar. It was THAT good! I give it 4 out of 4 stars, and I have already added a box of these to my shopping list for our next payday. They have 150 calories, 10 g protein, 4.5 g of fat, and 16 net carbs. It's definitely a buy for me!
Well, that's it for the day! We've eaten more things than this (I had a shake last night, another bar this morning, and one more last night). I'm going to pack some to take with us, and I'll try to put in a review or two tomorrow!