Monday, April 4, 2011

Just Some Muffins... and a Comparison

Here are the muffins I made the other day. I make them from Medifast packets of oatmeal and I think they are delicious! From left to right: apple cinnamon, blueberry, peach, and maple & brown sugar.

Medifast oatmeal muffins recipe

For you Medifasters, the recipe:

Oatmeal Muffin

In a small bowl, combine one packet of Medifast oatmeal with 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/8 tsp baking powder. If you want, add a few shakes of cinnamon. In a measuring cup, mix 1/3 cup of water with 1 tsp white vinegar. Quickly combine wet and dry ingredients with a spatula, mixing just until combined. Place in a small baking dish sprayed with Pam (I used a 5" round glass dish). Bake in a toaster oven (or your big oven) at 350 degrees for about 16 minutes or until the top is firm, not mushy or wet. Cool in the dish for a minute or two and then turn out onto a rack to cool.

These can be frozen or kept in the fridge and rewarmed. I actually like to eat them cold because they taste better to me that way. These are SUPER filling and yummy. Maple & brown sugar is my favorite. Each muffin counts as 1 Medifast meal and 1 condiment.

A lot of times people on the Medifast boards ask if they can substitute regular packets of oatmeal from the grocery store for the Medifast oatmeal packet. I get asked similar questions sometimes on my blog about what the difference is. So I thought I'd do a little research.

I went online and looked at the Quaker instant oatmeal nutrition facts. I decided to compare the Quaker Lower Sugar Instant Oatmeal to the Medifast oatmeal, since the other Quaker types were quite a bit higher in carbs and sugar. I am comparing 1 packet (33.3 grams) Medifast oatmeal to 1 packet (34 grams) Quaker Lower Sugar oatmeal, both in Maple & Brown Sugar flavor.

stats for Medifast / Quaker:
calories: 100 / 120
fat: 1.5 g / 2 g
sodium: 135 mg / 290 mg
potassium: 280 mg / 110 mg
carbs: 15 g / 24 g
fiber: 5 g / 3 g
sugar: 1 g / 4 g
protein: 11 g / 4 g
vitamin C: 35% / 0%
long list of other vitamins & minerals: 15-60% / 0-20%

So basically the Medifast oatmeal has more protein, fiber, potassium, and nutrients and less calories, fat, sodium, and sugar than the Quaker low sugar oatmeal. Just thought this was interesting! I am thinking it would be fun to compare a Medifast brownie to a Betty Crocker one sometime, too.

Heading off to bed now... see you in the morning!

*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with its products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning their products. Medifast states an "average weight loss of up to 2 to 5 pounds a week."*

18 comments: said...

What I find interesting is how much different nutritional information can vary from one product to another!

Sue said...

If you were making them without do you think you would make them?

Lori said...

I love it how you provide such a great service to those doing medifast, even though I'm not doing it.

You take the time to do the research and lay it all out in such an easy to understand way.


Lyn said...


That is going to be the new adventure for me... finding, developing and trying new recipes when I am off Medifast. I will definitely not go back to my old muffin recipes, as delicious as they are. I think I will use things like ground flax to add nutrition, healthy fat, and fiber. Reduce sugar of course... I am still on the line about what sweeteners I will use. I do not give my kids artificial sweeteners, so maybe mashed banana and a bit of honey or agave. I think for the protein component I will add powdered milk, egg whites, maybe even some protein powder. Maybe I will end up writing a low carb high fiber cookbook in maintenance!

❦ fitcetera said...

Please, I'm begging you, do NOT compare brownies!!! :D

I can handle a bowl of oatmeal but the second it's in the form of a muffin, my brain screams "Want them all!"
I wish I could be "normal".
The Larabars turned in to a fiasco.

I'm going to have to do what you suggested a couple of posts ago and try to string together a bunch of days without sweet stuff to kick this binge behavior to the curb. Last week was a total write-off and it's bleeding in to this one.

Sue said...

Thanks Lyn.

I follow a no sugar and no flour diet. We have been on this journey almost the exact same time and I started my journey at 5 pounds higher than you. Right now I am about 10 pounds heavier than you.

You are a gift and I enjoy and can sympathize with everything that you feel. Truly.
Thanks for all you do for us!!

Sue said...

ps...Keeping away from sweeteners, too. Well..doing the best I can when I can! I don't let my kids have them either. Thinking mashed bananas might be a great option!

Laura said...

If there is that much difference in oatmeal, I'm guessing the brownie comparison will be a eye popping!

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timothy said...

medifast is definately lower, still 1 muffin would be half my carb allowance for a day (20) you take total carbs of an item and subtract the fiber from it so the medifast would be 10g total carbs. not bad for an occasional treat. thanks darlin it's great how scientific this post is, knowledge IS power!

Anonymous said...

I've been on Medifast products for almost 2 months and I have found your website by far the most helpful! Thank you so much for taking the time during your journey to help the rest of us!

Amelia said...

Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe! I ordered a box each of apple cinnamon and maple & brown sugar oatmeal and could not stomach it. These muffins were so yummy! And thanks for the comparison, I wouldn't mind seeing the brownie one haha! I do love the MF brownies.

Kristen Marie said...

Thank you for this post! I HATED the oatmeal when I 1st tried it 2 weeks ago. So pastey. Tried the apple cinnamon yesterday, and it wasn't bad at all on it's own. I think the maple & brown sugar could use some help in another form though, haha. So, this is what I will experiment with. I'd LOVE something more portable to eat on the road too. Seems perfect!

Kate said...

I laughed when I read the warning on your main page NOT to make oatmeal your first Medifast meal. I started today and made exactly that mistake! Maybe I'll try the muffins. Thanks for everything on here!

Anonymous said...

I have no idea how whey protein powder factors into Medifast, but I have been adding half a scoop of Vanilla whey protein powder (Designer Whey is my fave) to my oatmeal for years. It is amazing what a huge difference it makes to the texture of the oatmeal.

Kim said...

Thank you for this recipe! My husband recently began Medifast and he thinks this is the best thing he has had to date. I didn't have white vinegar so I used apple cider vinegar, added some cinnamon and cooked it in a small ramiken. I look forward to trying some of your other recipes.

Heidi Wood said...

I have to tell everyone that your muffin recipe was amazing! I HATE the oatmeal (brown sugar) on its own but made into muffins, I really enjoy them. I put them in the fridge and ate them for breakfast with a bit of warmed, sugar free, syrup. Really wonderful. Thank you so much for all of these great ideas. I could eat this anytime. Now I might have to order more oatmeal...

Kim said...

I ordered oatmeal because I have always loved oatmeal. My order hasn't arrived yet....but meanwhile, my sis, when she heard I was starting Medifast...she brought me two full boxes of oatmeal from her cupboard. I tried it and about gagged. Horrible., I found this blog...and saw something mentioned about I stirred a tiny amount into my oatmeal and what a difference. Now, I'm excited to try the muffins. I have four boxes of this stuff...gotten figure out a way to eat it.