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Product Reviews, June 2007: The Spotlight Is On Meal Replacements, Part 2!

The following reviews cover meal replacement bars and cookies. Learn more from this descriptive review about great products such as Chef Jay's Tri-O-Plex Duo bars, Cookies, and PowerBars!

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Review Of Chef Jay's Tri-O-Plex Duo Bars

-> What's In It?

    Serving Size: 1 Bar
    Servings Per Container: 12

    Amount Per Serving:

    Total Calories 359
    Calories From Fat 99
    Total Fat 11 g 18%
    Saturated Fat 2 g 12%
    Trans Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
    Sodium 130 mg 5%
    Potassium 102 mg 3%
    Total Carbohydrates 41 g 14%
    Dietary Fiber 4 g 16%
    Sugars 16 g
    Protein 24 g 43%
    Calcium 60 mg 6%
    Iron 3 mg 20%
    Vitamin E .4 IU 2%
    Folic Acid 15 UG 4%
    B12 15 UG 18%
    Phosphorus 60 mg 9%
    Magnesium 72 mg 23%

-> Ingredients:

    CJ Protein Blend (Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate, Milk Protein Isolate), Fruit Blend (Fruit Juice, Natural Grain Dextrin), Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Water Canola Oil, Marshmallow Filling (Sugar, Rice Flour, Wheat Starch, Corn Starch, Titanium Dioxide and Lecithin), Almonds, Graham Crumbs, Honey, Chocolate Chips, Vegetable Glycerine, Coco Processed with Alkali, Natural and artificial flavors. Contains 2% Or Less Of The Following: Plum Puree, Lecithin, Monoglycerides, Organic Soy Butter, Citric Acid, Caclum Propionate, Potassium Sorbate, Salt, And Sucralose.

    Nutritional Facts and Ingredients may vary between flavors.

Chef Jay's Presents:
Tri-O-Plex Duo Bars

Tri-O-Plex bar is a great tasting, nutritious protein bar - high in taste, high in protein, high in fiber, and relatively low in sugars. Chef Jay has just revolutionized the bar industry - turned it inside-out and upside-down.
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-> Chef Jay's Tri-O-Plex Duo Bars Review By Matt Canning:

    Many people begin a workout program and are unaware of the importance of nutrition as part of an effective overall bodybuilding routine. There is an expression that goes "abs are made in the gym and not in the kitchen" and while this is true for abs, this statement can be generalized to include every muscle group - nutrition is truly 90% of bodybuilding.

    What I mean by this is that if you follow a perfect bodybuilding diet and slack off in your training, you will make far better gains than putting yourself on an intense workout program and not eating a proper bodybuilding diet. The "secrets" of a bodybuilding diet are basic - eat a lot of healthy whole foods and eat frequent small meals which include these foods.

    Of course I can go on here, but my point is that the basics truly are most of it and there really are very few "secrets", if any. Some people have difficulty following these basic routines, and for them, there are a variety of supplements which might be of interest to them.

    The Chef Jay's Tri-O-Plex Duo Bars are a great supplement for those wishing to fulfill their nutritional quota with a great tasting treat - each bar contains a whopping 359 calories! That in itself is almost enough to qualify as a small meal, and with the addition of a glass of milk and a piece of fruit you would really be able to say that - if eaten alone, 359 calories is still pretty good!

    Only 99 of these calories are from fat (11 grams of fat in total), which is better than I've seen of other protein bars. Each bar contains 24 grams of protein, and that will be what is most likely of interest to those wishing to include protein bars and supplements in their diet, and an additional 41 grams are from carbohydrates.

-> Taste:

    The flavour which I tried was "Rocky Road", and the Duo Bars also come in "Bursting Peanut Butter" flavour. Despite all the advances in nutrition over the years, it is virtually impossible to make a protein bar taste comparable to a candy bar since the high density of protein and relative lack of fat, carbohydrates, and sugars makes it difficult to engineer such a product.

    The Chef Jay's Tri-O-Plex Duo Bars are about as good as I've seen yet though, and contains a filled center which gives a boost of flavour in addition to a bar which would already be pretty tasty even without it. The bars do not go down as easily as chocolate bars, nor would I expect them to.

    I have to be honest - I have been so regimented in my diet over the past few years, that I find it very easy to eat large quantities of very boring foods, so while the flavour is a treat for me, I could just as well eat cans of tuna to get my protein and be just as satisfied.

    I like to try a variety of products in order to share my honest reviews of them on this website, and the Tri-O-Plex bars are no exception. I enjoyed the taste of the bars, and while I suppose there was some degree of aftertaste, I wouldn't have even noticed had I not been consciously checking to see. Often protein bars will leave a mild aftertaste and these bars do as well, but nothing that I think would really bother anyone.

-> Incorporating The Bars In A Complete Diet:

    My recommendation for how to include these bars in your diet would be to eat them by themselves in between meals with whole foods, or eat them with a piece of fruit or another healthy and simple food item to create a simple and quick snack.

    Using the first example, you may wish to eat a bar between lunch and supper, or you may wish to eat the bar as your supper with separate items. This schedule assumes that all of your meals are small relative to portion sizes we are accustomed to - most people do eat larger meals for lunch and supper, but eating smaller meals is a good habit to get into.

-> Digestibility:

    I had no problem whatsoever digesting Chef Jay's Tri-O-Plex Duo Bars. I should point out that I have never had problems digesting any protein products, or for that matter, any bodybuilding supplements at all! Maybe I'm just lucky, but it hasn't happened yet, and hopefully never will.

-> Overall Review:

    Chef Jay's Tri-O-Plex Duo Bars get my recommendation. They taste good and contain the nutrition that I am looking for in a protein bar. I especially liked the density of calories and protein in each bar because some bars contain far less calories - as much as 100 calories less and a lot less protein.

    If you check below for purchase information and you will see that one box of 12 bars costs $22.99 which works out to $1.92 per bar. To me, this is worth it if you like TASTE. Personally, I like these bars, but could just as easily feast on a can of tuna or a Tupperware container of steak and rice!

    The steak and rice would take some time to cook though, and tuna tends to offend some people unfortunately, so some of you may be turned off by those choices.

    As always, never let supplements be the main part of your diet, as they should only "supplement" your diet as the name suggests. For those of you who like protein bars, I would bet on you like the Tri-O-Plex Duo bars. They are tasty and nutrient rich and everything that I want in a protein bar.

Review Of Chef Jay's Tri-O-Plex Cookies

-> What's In It?

    Serving size: 43g
    Servings per Container: 2

    Amounts per Serving:

    Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (1)
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size (43g)
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 139 Calories from Fat 27
    Total Fat 3g (5%DV)
    Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV)
    Trans Fat 0g (0%DV)
    Cholesterol 20mg (6%DV)
    Sodium 150mg (6%DV)
    Total Carbohydrate 17g (6%DV)
    Dietary Fiber less than 2g (8%)
    Sugars 11g
    Protein 11g (20%DV)
    Vitamin A 2%
    Vitamin C 0%
    Calcium 10%
    Iron 6%
    Percent Daily calorie DV are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

    Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (2)
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size (85g)
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 278 Calories from Fat 54
    Total Fat 6g (10%DV)
    Saturated Fat 2g (10% DV)
    Trans Fat 0g (0%DV)
    Cholesterol 40mg (13%DV)
    Sodium 300mg (12%DV)
    Total Carbohydrate 34g (12%DV)
    Dietary Fiber 4g (17%)
    Sugars 22g
    Protein 22g (40%DV)
    Vitamin A 4%
    Vitamin C 0%
    Calcium 20%
    Iron 12%
    Percent Daily calorie DV are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Tri-O-Plex Cookies Chef Jay's Presents:
Tri-O-Plex Cookies

The Tri-O-Plex Cookie is a great tasting, nutritious protein bar - high in taste, high in protein, high in fiber, and relatively low in sugars. Chef Jay has just revolutionized the bar industry - turned it inside-out and upside-down.
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-> Ingredients:

    High Fructose Corn Syrup, Rolled Oats, Raisins, Brown Sugar, Whole Liquid Eggs, Soy Protein Nuggets (Isolated Soy Protein, Tapioca Starch, Salt), Protein Blend (Soy Protein Isolate, Whey Protein Isolate), Canola Oil, Polydextrose, Unsalted Butter, Wheat Flour Water, Vanilla Extract, Sweet Dairy Whey, Baking Soda, Arabic Gum, Salt, Ground Cinnamon, Soybean Lecithin, Sucralose

-> Allergy Statement:

    Manufactured in a facility that processes various egg, corn, milk, wheat, soy, nut, and seed ingredients.

-> Chef Jay's Tri-O-Plex Cookies Review By Matt Canning:

    I have recently been reviewing a lot of supplements in an effort to provide the visitors of with the most accurate and detailed information possible.

    First and foremost, I want to provide honest reviews, and give rich details explaining how I incorporated each of the supplements in my diet. These days, most people are all about convenience and more often than not convenience means golden arches.

    Health conscious free market enterprises like Chef Jay's have come out with a variety of products aimed at providing healthful products which take the form of various "junk food" type items based on external appearances. But don't get things confused! Chef Jay's products are nutritionally sound, despite looking like tasty treats.

    Each package of Tri-O-Plex cookies contains two cookies which has a total of 290 calories. So each cookie is 145 calories and contains 10 grams of fat, 22 grams of sugars, 1 gram of dietary fiber, and last but not least, 20 grams of protein. See above for more detailed nutritional information on the product.

-> Taste:

    The flavour which I tried was "Oatmeal Raisin" although the following flavours are also available through Chef Jay's:

    • Chocolate Chip
    • Double Chocolate Chip
    • Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
    • White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut

    The reason why I tried the oatmeal raisin flavour was because I like oatmeal cookies and wanted to see how they compare. I will say that for the most part, they are similar to oatmeal cookies you can buy anywhere else, but do leave somewhat of an aftertaste which is hard to describe, but those who are used to eating protein bars and other similar products will know the type of aftertaste I'm talking about - it's to be expected in such products and didn't really bother me.

-> Incorporating The Bars In A Complete Diet:

    Since these cookies basically look and taste like dessert, I would recommend eating them as such - eat one cookie after a meal to get some extra calories in so that you can have a nutritious dessert which is good for the body and for the mind.

    Another option would be to eat two cookies alone or with a piece of fruit and glass of skim milk for instance. These are just examples, as there are many ways to incorporate the cookies in a balanced bodybuilding or weight loss diet.

-> Digestibility:

    Like every other product I've ever consumed, I've had no problems at all digesting the Tri-O-Plex cookies. I've never had a problem with any product and didn't expect a problem here and I'm happy to report that my prediction came true.

-> Overall Review:

    Chef Jay's Tri-O-Plex Cookies are Matt approved. =) My only comment is that they are somewhat high in sugar, but that is the cost to be expected for those seeking flavour in their nutritional supplements without artificial sweeteners.

    I would personally much rather have a product with sugar in it than chemical sweeteners for the main reason that we as human beings have been processing sugar in our bodies for years and years and we now have adequate knowledge about the effects on our bodies.

    Chemical sweeteners have not been around for nearly as long and a lot of research is inconclusive, so I would prefer to avoid those sweeteners if possible, although a lot of supplements contain them, so it is kind of difficult to completely avoid them while making an effort to review a variety of products.


    For a box of 24 packages each containing two cookies, the cost is $22.89, which works out to just under $1 for each package of two. This is a good price taking into consideration everything, so it will be up to you and your budget to determine whether or not you will want to include them in your diet.

Review Of PowerBar Triple Threat Layered Bar

-> What's In It?

    Serving Size: 1 Bar
    Servings Per Container: 15

    Amount Per Serving:

    Calories 230
    Total Fat 8g 12%
    Saturated Fat 4.5g 23%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 5mg 2%
    Sodium 190mg 8%
    Total Carb 30g 10%
    Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
    Sugars 15g
    Other Carb 11g
    Protein 10g 20%

    Vitamin A 0%
    Vitamin C 100%
    Calcium 15%
    Iron 15%
    Vitamin E 100%
    Thiamin 50%
    Riboflavin 50%
    Niacin 50%
    Vitamin B6 50%
    Folate 50%
    Vitamin B12 50%
    Biotin 50%
    Pantothenic Acid 50%
    Phosphorus 15%
    Magnesium 15%
    Zinc 15% Copper 20%

-> Ingredients:

    Chocolatey Coating (Sugar, Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil, Alkalized Cocoa, Whey, Nonfat Milk, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla), Caramel (Corn Syrup, Sugar, Cream, Water, Fructose, Palm Oil, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Disodium Phosphate, Natural Flavor, Carrageenan), Corn Syrup, Trisource Protein Blend (Whey Protein Isolate, Calcium Caseinate, Soy Protein Isolate), Maltitol Syrup, Glycerin, Soy Crisps (Soy Protein Isolate, Tapioca Starch, Salt), Peanuts, Peanut Flour, Natural Flavors (contains sesame), Peanut Butter, Oat Fiber, Inulin, Maltodextrin, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Almond Butter.

Triple Threat Layered Bar PowerBar Presents:
Triple Threat Layered Bar

Fuels like a PowerBar, tastes like a candy bar, this great tasting snack will keep you going between meals, whether at work or play. Layered for those who want a more nutritious "candy bar" experience.
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-> PowerBar Triple Threat Layered Bar Review By Matt Canning:

    Lately I've been trying a huge array of protein powders, weight gain powders, and protein bars and all sorts of other products to the point where I feel like I am eating and drinking all of GNC every single day! For the most part, I find that supplements are mostly all comparable but every now and then I run into one which impresses me far and away more than the others.

    I can honestly tell you that the PowerBar Triple Threat Layered Bar is exactly that type of product! I've tried as many protein bars as I can sink my teeth into during this past month and I FINALLY came across run that is nutritious and tastes great.

    The other bars were quite tasty, but just not quite as good as your average dessert. The PowerBars were the first bar I ate yet which tasted almost exactly like a candy bar. It tasted like junk food so you would never know that it was actually a pretty nutritious bar just by eating it!

    Each bar contains 230 calories which to me is slightly low end for what I would hope for in a bar. Ideally, I like bars that are 300 calories or more. Couple a bar of that calorie density with with a banana and a glass of skim milk and you have a nice little bodybuilding meal in front of you!

    At 300 calories, you can also even eat the bar by itself and still get a decent amount of energy to carry on throughout the day. For non-bodybuilding purposes, that spike in energy would be even more important, whereas bodybuilders would probably want a little more than that.

    There are eight grams of fat in each bar and 10 grams of protein. The protein is a little low and there are 26 total grams of carbohydrates, 15 of those grams being from sugar. It was after looking at the nutritional information that I realized why the bar tastes so good.

    It is just slightly lower in protein than the average bar, and just slightly higher in carbohydrates and sugar and that equals a better taste.

    I shouldn't be surprised - it is almost impossible to engineer products that meet the exact nutritional demands people want and also taste fantastic. Something has to give, and it can go either way - you can opt for a little less taste but a few more grams of protein or a little more taste and a few more grams of carbohydrates and sugar. It is the same with just about every bar.

-> Overall Review:

    I really liked the taste of the PowerBar protein bars, but the protein content was a little lower than I would like. I don't go out of my way to avoid carbohydrates, but there were a high quantity of sugar in the bars as well. I guess you can't have it both ways!

    I would also check out the ISS Research Oh Yeah! Nutrition Bars if you are interested in another very delicious protein bar.

Oh Yeah! Bars ISS Research Presents:
Oh Yeah! Bars

Now there's one health bar that tastes so good, you'll swear it's bad for you. No kidding. It's that good. Oh Yeah! Bars are jam packed with protein and loaded with roasted peanuts.
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    So there you have it - a protein bar which tastes like junk food but also has a little less protein than you probably want in a bar. It's a tradeoff, so you have to decide what is best for you and what meets your goals.

    The price for the PowerBar protein bars were great though - you can get a box of 15 bars for $18.99 (see link below for details). I tried the caramel peanut flavour and loved it. I'm sure the chocolate caramel bar is just as delicious!

For all products shown above: *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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