First up, Original Pancakes. As with most Medifast foods, they come in a packet of powder and you add water. The pancakes call for 2 oz water, and then you shake them 5 times in a shaker cup and pour them into a hot pan to cook as you would regular pancakes. You can make 3 small pancakes or one large one. This is what I ended up with:
I use Vermont Sugar Free Low Calorie syrup, which has 15 calories per 1/4 cup (I only use 2 Tbsp as a condiment). Some people like Walden Farms brand, too. Anyway, I thought they were pretty good. Very similar to regular pancakes, but not as fluffy. It's a small portion but it satisfied me until my next meal in 2 hours. The next time I made them, I did this:
Two larger pancakes and a Morningstar Farms soy sausage patty. This was great! Very filling. The sausage patty is 1/3 of my Lean so I subtracted it from my dinner protein.
The pancakes are not super fluffy, but people have had success adding a little baking powder to them before shaking, or simply letting the shaken batter sit for 20 minutes before cooking. They say that gives you fluffier pancakes. I'll try it next time.
Then I got a box of the Chocolate Chip pancakes. These are a little higher in calories (20 more) than the Original. The chips are teeny tiny but plentiful and make a very similar pancake as above. However I also tried making it into a chocolate chip muffin. You add the 2 oz water (I used Club Soda to make them fluffier), shake, and pour into a round glass dish or a coffee mug sprayed with Pam. Then nuke it til done. Mine took about 1 minute 45 seconds. I got this:
Pretty good! I think I like them as pancakes best, though.
Now about that Soft Serve. I have only tried one flavor, granted, and will likely go ahead and try more flavors, but so far this is not on my favorites list. It comes in Peanut Butter, Coffee, Mango, and Mint Chocolate flavors; I got the Peanut Butter. Now, I am a MAJOR peanut butter fan. LOVE the stuff. But I was kind of disappointed in this on a couple of levels. It comes as powder in a packet. You are supposed to crush ice in your blender and then blend the mix and water into the finely crushed ice. Well, my blender won't crush a small amount of ice very well, and I ended up with chunks:
You can kind of see the ice pieces and how it is runnier than the picture. But hey if it tastes great, no problem! Sadly, I did NOT find it very peanut-buttery. However, I have to say that there are as many people who love the flavor of this meal as there are who don't. I guess you'd have to try it yourself to find out.
I saw a tip on making the ice cream without chunks on the Medifast forum: use an ice shaver... the kind that you make snow cones with. So I went ahead and got one. It makes fantastic "snow" and vastly improved the texture of the ice cream, but it was still a bit runny and has sort of a gelatinous feel to it. And the flavor was the same. Sorry, don't like this one at all. But at least I have happy kids making snow cones out of ice and juice!
That's it for today! If you are planning on ordering anything from Medifast, you can use the coupon code LYNESC50 for $50 off a $275 order, good through 8/31. No, I don't get anything out of it if you order... I just figured someone could use the savings!
(I am still on the beach enjoying my vacation! I wrote this post before I left. See ya when I get back!)
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