Monday, November 15, 2010

Medifast Meal Mug Review

This one's for those of you who are on Medifast! I will be putting up another post later as well, but wanted to get this out there since Medifast is releasing this new mug today.

Medifast sent me their new "Meal Mug" (for free) last week so I could get a chance to use it for review. It is advertised as follows: "this ingeniously designed mug-and-spoon set is perfect for Medifast meals, hot or cold, wherever you are. It's dishwasher and microwave safe, and features the Medifast or Take Shape for Life logo." Price is $7.95 and they are being sold on the Medifast site along with a couple of new Holiday items: Coffee House Gift Box and Season Spice Set.

Okay, so it comes in a box but does not have any directions, so I just used my common sense and used it to prep Medifast foods "as directed." First off, it is plastic. I wasn't sure if it would possibly be ceramic by the pictures. Here it is:

It's cute, and nice, and has a fitted gasket on the lid to keep it firmly in place. I really like the cute spoon that snaps in place on the lid and comes off to eat your soup or oatmeal. It's just under a Tablespoon in volume, too, which could come in handy for measuring in a pinch.

Here's a top view, which brings up something important. It is not *sealed* as in airtight or spill-proof. There is a space for sipping your Cocoa or what have you (which is nice!) and an additional small hole for venting (good idea) BUT do not think you will put your soup in here and take it to work and it won't spill if you stick it in a lunch bag. You'd have to stick some plastic wrap in there between the lid and mug to assure no spillage.

So I made my cocoa in it and that worked just fine. I used it in two ways: one, I put the Medifast food in and added boiling water to soups, cocoa, etc. Two, I put water in it and stuck it in the microwave. It IS microwave safe and the mug has enough room that my soup did not boil over (I do stop and stir occasionally though). I was not sure if the lid is microwavable or not, so I nuked things without the lid. The plastic did get a little warm, but not too hot to use. The spoon is fun to use and handy. I liked it.

What I didn't like:

When I made my chili in this mug, it left the infamous "red ring" inside, even after repeated washings:

You can kind of see the light ring inside the mug here.

Now let me state up front that I am not a fan of microwaving food in plastic. I do not have any Tupperware, Gladware, etc in my home. I have Pyrex glass containers in various sizes that I always use when I microwave food, and I have taught my children not to microwave their food in a plastic dish. I know that may sound extreme since the FDA tests plastic containers and determines just how much plastic "leeching" into our food is "safe," but I'd rather not risk it. So I use glass. But I do use plastic dishes for warm foods sometimes and I will use this mug occasionally for things like puddings and things I just add hot water to. I do wish the base was ceramic, though. Then it would be perfect!

Things to consider:

If you are not broadcasting your diet to everyone at work, be aware these is a large Medifast logo on this mug.
It is a nice size (holds about 14-15 ounces of fluid) but it will not fit in your cup holder in your vehicle.

Bottom line, I think this is a good item for people who are eating Medifast meals at work, as long as you don't mind nuking food in plastic. I think it is worth the $7.95 price tag.


-J.Darling said...

I'm thinking this could be really handy for folks just starting Medifast. You know, the first time you look at a Medifast supplement meal and you say "that's it?" because you're so used to eating/drinking out of oversized dishes. This might help downsize the mind game a little. ;)

I personally still love (and routinely use) my Thinnerware stuff. Google it! It's pricey, but AWESOME!

Anonymous said...

If you spray the plastic cup with non-stick Pam or coat it with olive oil before putting tomato-based food in it (or any plastic), your chili or soup will not leave a stain.

Theresa said...

thanks for the review Lyn! Trust you to measure the spoon's volume. You're a smart cookie. :)

Anonymous said...

If the plastic gets warm from the food inside getting warm, that is ok. But if the plastic (handle) gets warm on its own without being warmed by the food, it is NOT microwave safe no matter what it says. Same with glass. Just a little known food-scientist fact that not many people know. I'm a geek what can I say?

Anonymous said...

American Dietetic Association will be selling this very same Soup Mug for National Nutrition Month this year--14.99--so Medifast's price is a good one.