This past month I got to try a couple of new Medifast foods, so I wanted to share my thoughts on those. I also compiled a list or 'ranking' of what I, personally, think are the very best and worst Medifast foods.
I'll start with 3 product reviews.
First, there were the Strawberry Crunch Bars. I have tried every other flavor of bar and they were all good to one degree or another, but I'd heard many people say they did not like the Strawberry Bars AT ALL so I waited awhile to try them. Here they are:
Well, I am not a big fan of any of the powdered shakes. I think they taste bitter and they don't satisfy me, so I don't drink them. So how do these rank? The chocolate one was fine. I did chill them before drinking, and I thought the chocolate shake tasted almost exactly like a canned chocolate Slim Fast. But the vanilla one I did not like AT ALL. It had the same unpleasant (to me) taste of the powdered vanilla shakes, and I only got about 1/3 of it down before resorting to 'doctoring.' I poured the rest into my mini blender with some instant coffee, sugar free caramel syrup, and ice, and gave it a whirl. The result was MUCH better, but doesn't that kind of defeat the whole purpose of having a ready-to-drink shake in a carton?
More Medifast food reviews, with pictures are located here. I've reviewed almost every food they offer.
I've been eating Medifast foods five times a day for 15 weeks, so I have a pretty good idea what *I* think are the best and worst foods they have. I do frequent a Medifast forum and have noticed that there are just as many people who LOVE a specific food as there are who HATE it; tastes really vary. There are some foods that get almost universal thumbs ups or thumbs downs; I noted those in my list. But even my own tastes have changed and things I used to really like are not favorites anymore, while I learned to like things I didn't like at first.
So here are the Medifast foods I have tried, in order from BEST to WORST:
Chocolate Pudding (I make this into a shake or a 'Frosty' and have it every day)
Honey Mustard Pretzels (I really love these and eat them every day)
Hot Cocoa (I love this made with coffee, over ice in the summertime)
Peanut Butter Crunch Bars **(a universal favorite)
Chocolate Crunch Bars
Cranberry Mango Drink (great shaken in a water bottle with ice; travels well)
Mint Chocolate Crunch Bars **(a universal favorite)
Brownies (these grew on me, but I don't have them very often)
Lemon Meringue Crunch Bars
Chili Nacho Cheese Puffs
Fruit & Nut Crunch Bars
Caramel Crunch Bars
Cinnamon Roll Crunch Bars
------------------Anything between this line and the next, I don't LOVE but would eat again.
Chicken & Wild Rice Soup
Cream of Chicken Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup
Smores Crunch Bars ** (a universal favorite, but too sweet for me)
Oatmeal Raisin Crunch Bars
Dutch Chocolate Ready-to-Drink Shake
-------------------- Anything below this line I don't ever want to eat again. I put a * by the ones that people often dislike.
Cream of Broccoli Soup *
Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal *
Strawberry Shake *
Orange Creme Shake *
Strawberry Crunch Bars *
French Vanilla Ready-to-Drink Shake
Blueberry Oatmeal *
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal *
Dutch Chocolate Shake (other people seem to love this, but it tastes bitter to me)
Dark Chocolate Antioxidant Shake
I did not try the Peach Oatmeal or a few powdered shake flavors (french vanilla, Swiss mocha, banana creme, cherry pomegranate) because I strongly disliked all the other oatmeals & shakes. Since I'm allergic to crab, I won't be trying the Crab Soup, and since most people seem to hate the Tomato Soup I probably won't try that either. The only other things I have not tried are Tropical Punch, Iced tea (in Peach and Raspberry), and Maintenance Bars.
The nice thing about these foods is that they taste good (the ones I like do, anyway) without being SO GOOD they make you crave them. None of these foods trigger me or make me want to eat more and more. After I eat a Medifast meal (each food item is considered a meal), I am satisfied for 2-3 hours until my next meal. And I love that I get lots of fresh veggies, lean protein and healthy fat every night for dinner, which I prepare myself from scratch. I have some great recipes to share, and I am working on a page to link all my recipes on this blog so they are easier to find.
Incidentally, I was recently approached by a PR company asking me to do NutriSystem and blog about it. I turned them down. I have found something that is really helping me with my journey and I plan to continue Medifast for as long as it is beneficial to me. And then, I'll transition to a low carb, high protein, whole foods diet with plenty of exercise.
*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free.*
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