Friday, August 13, 2010

New Medifast Food Reviews

Last month, Medifast came out with some new food items: four flavors of "soft serve" ice cream and two kinds of pancakes. I was excited to give them a try, since each of the six new items counts as a Medifast 'meal' (I eat five meals per day plus a home-cooked dinner of lean protein, veggies, and healthy fat). I have tried three of the products so far, so here's what I think.

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!)

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free.*


Debbie said...

Have fun at the beach and the pancakes do look great.

Lori said...

You are so good. Thanks for your abscentee posts!!

Cupcake Quandry said...

Those pancakes actually look pretty good!

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

My hubs and I love making WAFFLES out of that Medifast pancake mix.. we add baking powder and some egg beaters... Oh.... sooo good!! :)

Peanut butter soft serve is okay... I enjoy it. I'd like to try the mango.


Melinda said...

I love the pictures- the muffin looked delicious!

Anonymous said...

Sorry you didn't like the PB softserve - I think it is great! I use the ice shaver and I'm happy with the results. It's not perfect..but it is satisfying, and a nice treat for s summer day. The fact that is is not "instant" actually is good for me. I find the bars a little "too" convienent and have a hard time not eating more of them than I should. ~Kim

Anonymous said...

There is NO WAY to get pancakes from this mix that resemble what is on the box. They completely deflate when removed from the pan-
more like a soggy crepe.

I was massively disappointed in all the new products. I bought the pancakes on the assumption they had perfected a high protein pancake – WRONG! It is a watery mess that requires the addiiton of other ingredients to give it a real pancake consistency.
I was left with something like a thin crepe- not enough to satisfy anyone. The brownies had terrible consistency and were tiny. To top it off, I just broke a tooth on their Honey Mustard pretzels- something was unusually hard and snap! cracked a tooth on it.
I guess that is one way to lose weight- break your teeth. If this is the best the medifast laboratory can cook up, most people would do better to buy protein powder and experiment with their own recipes.

Lyn said...


It sounds like you might not have followed the directions. Some people mistakenly add 1/2 c water to the mix because that is what all the other packets call for, but you're only supposed to use 1/4 c. As you can see from my pictures, they came out fine for me.

Not everybody likes all the Medifast foods, but usually they don't have so many issues with everything. Sounds like Medifast is not for you.

Please be sure and come back with a link to your blog when you get those recipes perfected. I am sure lots of us would love to follow your weight loss success!

JettSetter said...

Have you tried the "new and improved" pretzels? I am very disappointed. I just ordered 3 boxes of each flavor as they are my favorite and was not pleased when I opened them and saw they'd completely changed! Love to see a review on them from you!

Alan Grimm said...

I know McDonald's pancakes (sadly, a favorite of mine) have Sprite or 7-Up in the mix to help them rise. I saw you did something similar with club soda and the chocolate chip pancakes. The originals might benefit from some diet 7-Up or Sprite Zero.

Anonymous said...

I put mine in a bowl and microwave it for 1 minute!

JeannieEss said...

make the peanut butter soft serve into a SMOOTHIE--- its really good that way - just 8oz water a d a few cubes of ice