First, we have Hearty Vegetarian Sloppy Joe. This is a nice, warming meal for fall and winter. Like most other Medifast meals, it comes in a packet and you add water and then cook it in the microwave or on the stovetop. Since the box shows it in a mug, I decided to try cooking it in a small coffee mug.
Follow the directions on the box and use a deep microwave container to avoid a biiiig mess! Anyway, once it was cooked I went ahead and spooned it into a mug to show the amount you get:
Looks like a pretty small amount, and it is. This mug holds 8-10 ounces of water, so I am guessing this makes about 5 ounces of sloppy joe. But you know what? It is really tasty. I liked it a lot. It has a nice intense flavor, is made from soy protein (thus being vegetarian) and has little bits of onion and bell pepper in it. If you were really hungry, you might want to add some vegetables (subtracted from your Green portion), which is what I did. Here it is with 1/2 cup of sauteed peppers and tomatoes added:
Much more substantial! You could also wrap your sloppy joe in lettuce leaves to eat it as "tacos" or "wraps". It is very good, I like the texture and enjoy this very much. I like to add a teaspoon of vinegar to it to give it a little kick. Thumbs up on this one.
Next: Orange Blend naturally flavored fruit drink. This one makes me happy because its protein is derived from whey protein isolate and dried egg whites, not soy. (It does contain traces of soy in the form of soy lecithin). It's a powder you mix with water to make a drinkable meal with 90 calories, 12 g of protein, 12 g of carbs, and 4 g of fiber. The directions say to mix it in a glass, but mine didn't dissolve well using that method. So I stuck it in the mini blender instead with a couple of small ice cubes:
This drink is very similar to the Cranberry Mango Drink Medifast makes, in that it is sort of light and milky in color (not the bright orange you see on the box!) but has a tangier, orangey flavor that is bright and sunshiney. I love the taste, which is reminiscent of Tang but not as sweet. I have never found the Medifast cold drinks to be especially filling, but they are wonderful on those not-so-hungry days or when you are sick. The Tropical Punch was my choice often when I had the flu... very soothing to the throat and easy on the stomach and a good way to get that protein and nutrition in. I like this Orange drink even better than the Cran Mango or the Punch. Thumbs up!
Finally, the much awaited Chocolate Chip Soft Bake. This is a chocolate chip cookie you bake or microwave in a little tray, just like the Medifast Brownie. You mix the powder with 2 Tbsp of water to make a dough and press it down in the tray (using a wet finger makes this SO much easier). This cookie has a completely different texture than the brownie, though. It is somewhat chewy and seems to get chewier when cooked longer, and is softer when cooked a shorter time:
It's actually quite good. Maybe even better than the brownie. They did a good job with this one, I think. Not too sweet, doesn't cause cravings. You can eat it warm or let it cool (I think it is better cooled) or you can just eat the cookie dough without baking it. It is soy protein based and is a little higher on the carb side (15 g) but I think it makes a nice ending to a successful day. Thumbs up on this one too.
Would you like to try these new Medifast foods? Whether you are already on Medifast or are thinking about trying it, you can enter my giveaway to win one box of EACH of the three new Medifast foods! Each box contains 7 meals for 21 meals total. There will be FIVE winners chosen from the comments on this post. Anyone age 18 and older in the US can enter (sorry non-US-ers, Medifast's rules), but I would really like to see someone win this who really wants to use it to change their life and get healthier. Three winners will be chosen at random (using random.org's random number generator) and then two winners will be chosen by me (based on the comment you leave). To enter please leave ONE comment on this post (any additional comments by the same person will be deleted). Tell me why you would like to win! Be sure and leave me some way to contact you via your blog or email. Any comments containing spam or linking to commercial websites will be deleted. Winners will be chosen on Friday November 18th before 6pm and will be posted by the following day. Good luck!
*FTC-required disclosure: Medifast provided me with the reviewed products for free. They also are providing all of the Medifast meals for this giveaway.*