It's been awhile since these "new" Medifast foods have been released (August, I think), so I figured I'd do a review for those interested.
First, we have Spiced Pancakes and Sugar-Free Syrup:
Like other Medifast products, they come 7 packets to a box. The Spiced Pancakes are just like the Original and Chocolate Chip Pancakes; you add water to the powder, shake it up, and cook it in a nonstick pan to get 3 small or 1 large pancake. The syrup comes in little packets that you open and pour over your pancakes, like so:
The texture is the same as the other Medifast pancakes, but the flavor is even better! I had made "spiced" pancakes before by adding cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to the Original Pancake mix, but these are much tastier and you don't have to count the spices as condiments, either. They also make the best mug muffins (recipe on my tips page).
Now about the syrup. I had been using Vermont Sugar Free Syrup that I buy at WalMart on my pancakes. It tastes about the same as the Medifast Syrup, both are sweetened with sucralose and have almost identical ingredients, and nutrition stats are about the same (4 calories and 1.25 g carb/Tbsp for Vermont, 2.5 calories and 1 g carb/Tbsp for Medifast). One Tbsp of either counts as 1 condiment. So the deciding factors are: cost and convenience.
Medifast syrup is $4.50/box of 7 packets, which totals 7 oz syrup. This is 64 cents an ounce.
Vermont syrup is about $3/bottle at Walmart for 12 ounces. On Amazon , it is 22 cents an ounce.
Medifast syrup is in packets, which is more convenient for travel or taking to work. However, each packet contains 2 Tbsp syrup, which is 2 condiments. Since I only use 1 Tbsp on my pancakes, what do I do with the rest? The packets do not reseal and are hard to save. I dump the rest in my Vermont syrup bottle to save for later. Vermont syrup is just in a typical syrup bottle, easy to measure out any amount you want.
So thumbs up on the pancakes, thumbs down on the syrup because of cost and ease of use.
Now the new Bites. They come in BBQ and Cheese Pizza flavors:
They come in little bags, one meal per bag, 7 bags per box, like other Medifast meals. Here you can see the Cheese Pizza Bites poured into a bowl. The BBQ Bites look almost exactly the same. They have the same crunchy texture as well. The Bites are crunchier and more dense than the Medifast puffs are. They are also a little drier in the mouth, and make you drink a lot of water with them.
I have mixed feelings on these Bites. Sometimes when I start to eat them I think they aren't very good, but after eating a few they grow on me. Other times, I start eating them and think they taste yummy, and after a few, I really do not want the rest. Actually, the first time I had them I thought "nope, not going to eat these!" and put the rest of the bag away and had something else. Those were the BBQ variety; I am still not a fan of those, but a lot of people do like them. The BBQ ones are a little sweet. The pizza bites are very pizza-ey and better tasting to me, but still not as good as the Puffs. I don't plan on ordering any more Bites of either variety. I prefer the Puffs.
That's all for now. Medifast will be releasing three more NEW foods in November and I will review those here as well. You can see more of my Medifast reviews via the links on this page.
*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.*
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