Sunday, July 28, 2013

New Medifast Chewy Bars Review

About a week ago, Medifast introduced two new meals to its lineup: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Bars, and Cookie Dough Chewy Bars. They sent me a couple of boxes to review:

Medifast Chewy Bars

Each bar is considered a meal on the Medifast diet plan and contains the correct ratio of protein/carbs/fat/fiber along with an appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals to fit into the Medifast plan. Like other Medifast meals, they come 7 to a box and are individually wrapped. Medifast already has an extensive line of Crunch Bars in many flavors, and they're really good. These are a completely new texture... soft and chewy. I expected them to be like other protein bars I've had that are on the market. I'm not a fan of most commercial protein bars so I wasn't sure if I'd like these. But I did! They are softer and chewier than other protein bars I've tried and have a really great texture that reminds me of caramel. In fact, the Cookie Dough bar tasted very much like vanilla caramel to me. But I like the Peanut Butter bar better; it just had a richer flavor. Here's the Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Bar, unwrapped and cut:

Medifast Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Chewy Bar

Yum, right? It really is. Actually, these bars might be slightly triggering for me. After I eat a Medifast meal I am usually satisfied and go about my day not thinking about food. With these, there is a lingering "I want another one" thought. It's easily dismissed, but they are so good that this is the one Medifast meal I could see myself overdoing. I'll be saving them for a special treat.

The bars have very similar nutritional profiles so I will just share the stats for the Peanut Butter flavor. One bar contains 110 calories, 3 g fat, 15 g carbs, 11 g protein, and 5 g fiber.

Disclosure: I receive free product in order to evaluate and comment on my experiences on the Medifast Program. Medifast products and the Medifast Program 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...

That looks amazing! I am also on Medifast and find it so exciting that I can lose weight eating things like this (plus meat and vegetables, of course!) Thanks for the picture. I will place a few boxes in my next order.

i should be full said...

Thank you for mentioning the fact that some allowable foods trigger you. I think it's so important to stay aware of how the foods we eat influence our state of mind and I always wonder with weight loss foods that are made to mimic junk food if they actually help or hurt. Of course, it's different for everyone, but I always find that when I'm eating something that's supposed to be like a cookie it becomes a COOKIE in my head and then whatever benefit it has gets lost in my eating disordered mind. Personally, I've had to restrict "bars" to "on the run" convenience foods in my purse or "dessert" or else they start to trigger me big time. As always, thanks for keeping me aware of my process!

Lyn said...

i should be full~

yeah, I think it is a texture thing here that is triggering, along with the sweet. It is almost *too much* like caramel. Well, I'm not complaining, because they taste really great but I am saving them for occasional use. The other sweet Medifast foods are not as sweet as this one and are so unlike the real thing that they don't trigger (for example the Medifast brownie was, for me, an acquired taste. It was okay but not very sweet and not at all the texture of a brownie, so it does not feel like I am eating a *real* brownie when I have one). I agree that the bars are great for traveling, though, so that's when I will probably eat them.

Evangelista Nick said...

Looks amazing! Imagine this 10 times bigger! : )

Karen said...

The cookie dough bars are not gluten free. Even a tiny amount of gluten would trigger me and the inflammation. Most of the newer MF foods contain gluten.

Lyn said...


I noticed that; wheat flour is listed in the ingredients. They are also partially soy based. The protein comes from soy and whey, with about 5.5 g soy protein per bar. That's about half as much soy as in the other soy based meals, so I think a peanut butter bar on occasion will be okay. I do try to consume mainly soy free or very low soy and gluten free Medifast foods. In case anyone reading this comment is interested, here's the list:

Soy Free and Gluten Free:
*Hot Cocoa
*Chai Latte
*Cappuccino/Calorie Burn Cappuccino
*all Soft Serves
*Cream of Tomato soup
*Orange Drink
*Cranberry Mango Drink
*Tropical Punch
*all Teas
*Cherry Pomegranate shake
*Dark Chocolate antioxidant shake
*(low soy) puddings 3g soy
*(low soy) pancakes 5g soy

Honib1 said...

I am on MF now and I love it... cant wait to try new bars!!!

Danny said...

I got these new bars in my last shipment and I gotta say, don't love them. They have a weird aftertaste as well. When I read your blog post I was waiting for them to come in and I thought "oh crap, I hope these don't trigger me as well". They don't at all Thankfully. I'll finish them off but won't reorder.

PS - first post and wanted to say I really, really enjoy your blog. Thank you for writing it!

Jennifer said...

My favorite meals! Don't trigger me at all but I still only allow myself one a day. Great on the go. Down 20lbs. In 3 weeks on MF!!