Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Update, and New Medifast Smoothies and Tomato Basil Bisque Review

Just a little update...

My feet are still at least 90% better. I am walking a minimum of one mile twice a day (so getting 2-3 miles a day in) plus making an effort to bike for 15 minutes as well. I don't always get the biking part in, but the walking is a pure joy and I would do more if I could! My doctor told my not to push it, and not to walk on any hills. He wants me to stick with flat ground and ice my feet directly after each walk. So far, so good! I am absolutely loving being able to walk again. I am so so so thankful.

My eating is good. I have been going to the farmer's market each week and thoroughly enjoying my serving of fruit each day: fresh local cherries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries. I even got a couple of early peaches last week! I love peaches. I also get the veggies, like the carrots I shared with you the other day, salad greens, sweet onions, all kinds of summer squash, and even some local greenhouse tomatoes. All of it is a delight, and I love just chopping up a variety of things and putting them in a pan to cook, adding whatever protein I have on hand afterwards (chicken, steak, eggs).

Last week Medifast came out with two new meals: a Pineapple Mango Smoothie and a Triple Berry Smoothie. They sent them to me to review, so I thought I'd do that right now along with a review of the last "new" meal they made available back in April: Tomato Basil Bisque.

The Smoothies come in packet form and you put the powder in a blender and add water and ice to make a cold, frothy drink. The first one I tried was the Triple Berry. It has yogurt powder in it along with bits of real freeze-dried strawberries and blueberries:

new Medifast smoothies

It is *really* good! This one is my favorite of the new meals. And it's whey based (not soy protein), which makes me very happy. In fact all of these new meals are whey based. I have been trying to limit my use of soy, so having more whey options is great. Anyway, it tastes like a creamy yogurt berry smoothie and is very refreshing. I will probably drink this every day over the summer. Nutrition stats for one smoothie:

100 calories, 11 g protein, 12 g carbs, 5 g fiber, and no fat.

Next I tried the Pineapple Mango Smoothie. This one has little bits of freeze-dried pineapple in it so it is like a real fruit smoothie too, but it doesn't have the yogurt powder in it so it is more like a fruit/juice smoothie. It, too, is very good and refreshing. The pineapple flavor is predominant, but you can also taste the background mango flavor. This one has similar stats but is 90 calories and 14 g carbs.

Then there is the issue of this "bisque" they sent me. Medifast already makes a Cream of Tomato soup which I do not ever eat as soup because I do not like the flavor, but it makes a good flatbread when baked (recipe here). The bisque is going to be replacing the Cream of Tomato. Here it is:

new Medifast Tomato Basil Bisque

Pretty, huh? After I took this picture, I chucked it down the sink. I did take a bite first, and I thought it was *horrible.* Oh my gosh. The description says it has "chunks of fresh tomato." Not so much! It does have chunks of something, dry and chewy. The ingredients lists dried tomato flakes and basil so I guess that's what it was. I thought the whole flavor, texture, and experience was just awful. Sorry, Medifast. This one goes right to the bottom of the pile as the worst Medifast meal ever, in my opinion.

Maybe it would be better "soaked" like other soups are (add water and wait an hour or more before reheating and eating). Maybe it can be doctored up with spices. Maybe some folks will *love* this new soup! Hey, anything's possible! If you are on Medifast and want to try it, you can order one packet in your monthly order and give it a try. I haven't tried cooking with it so that might work too.

Anyway, big thumbs up to both Smoothies! Yikes to the new bisque. ::shudder::

Getting ready for another mini-vacation trip this weekend! I will be gone for four days and hope to do lots of walking in state parks with the kids and dog. Life is good :)

Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any medical improvements noted while on the program are related to weight loss in general, and not to Medifast products or programs.


Anonymous said...

You are right. That Tomato Bisque is atrocious. I can't wait to try the smoothies!

crissyf918 said...

I love the tomato bisque! I think it is really good and so much better than Medifast's other tomato soup version.

Anonymous said...

I am a big fan of the tomato basil bisqure, but I find the texture much improved after blending the soup in either a blender or a blender bottle. Upon stirring the whey protein seems to clump, rendering it an unappetizing mess.
Try prepping the soup via blender... Good luck! :)

LuckyLady77 said...

Love the honesty in the soup review!!That's how I feel about the oatmeal's I tried to doctor them up but still want to Spackle the walls with it...

Ann in Edina said...

I like the smoothies but DON"T mix it up and then wait a few hours to drink it (I tried taking one with me to a swim meet, where I wouldn't have a blender and ice). The whole berry smoothie turned blackish, and the berry "seeds" turned into purply-black spit wads. That is exactly the taste and texture. Spit wads made of notebook paper.

Cherie Dearbaugh said...

I was not a fan of the soup at first but hated to waste a box whole box. So, I tried using my immersion blender on it and it really helped. I work outside the home so I usually heat my soups in the morning and take them with me to work in a thermos. so one morning I just pulled out my immersion blender and it really worked out well. I'd recommend adding a bit of extra liquid but it certainly helped to whip it up. Got rid of those nasty chewy chunks! Good Luck!