I’m on my last 15 pounds to lose, but wanted to try out a few new meals. The problem is that the return and exchange process is rather cumbersome and didn’t want to do this. So instead, I decided to buy individual flavors to try out. I really wish TSFL/Medifast would have a pricing system similar to some grocery stores where they allow you to mix and match six packs of microbrews. But my guess is that TSFL wants to make a few extra pennies from people who only buy one or two meals.
In any event, if you aren’t sure if you’re going to like something, I would recommend doing just that: buying one or two of those meals so you don’t have to worry about returning them.
Now onto meal reviews. I really wish TSFL/Medifast has a review section like every other website. But you’ll have to rely on websites like this one…
Parmesan Cheese Puffs – 1/4 stars
If you are expecting cheese puffs to be like the puffs you get at the grocery store, think again. The Medifast puffs (regardless of flavor) are more like densely packed Cheetos than puffs. But, with that in mind, let’s talk about flavor. The Parmesan puffs are rather bland. They have a very light flavor, which means that you get a lot of the soy protein taste. I would recommend adding some coarse black pepper to this mess if you end up getting it.
Chili Nacho Cheese Puffs – 3/4 starsUnlike the Parmesan cheese puffs, these are packed with flavor. They are spicy in the same way that ranch dressing is spicy. While the mouthfeel is the same with these puffs as they are with the Parmesan puffs, they are still more flavorful than the Parmesan. I’m going to add these to my food rotation. The puffs in general has the added benefit that it usually takes longer to eat these meals. This is due to the fact that the bite sizes are smaller and you naturally stop between bites to wipe your hands. But this is also why I don’t give this meal more than three stars. It’s messy. Bring a napkin and prepare to wash your hands after.
Dark Chocolate Antioxidant Shake – 1.5/4 stars
Since I liked the Dutch Chocolate shake, I figured drinking the Dark Chocolate Antioxidant shake would be just as good. In addition to the chocolate, it includes extra Vitamins A, C, & E. In my opinion, they should add these vitamins to ALL of their shakes. But it’s hard to imagine why this meal went wrong. I’m not a huge fan of dark chocolate, but figured it wouldn’t taste that much different than Dutch Chocolate, which is pretty rich. I made the mistake of buying an entire box of this. I’m going to keep it, but I don’t plan on buying this one again.
Cherry Pomegranate Antioxidant Shake – 1/4 stars
This shake is surprisingly bad. It has a very strong cherry flavor. Notice I say flavor and not taste. The cherry flavor is similar to cherry flavored cough syrup. Yeah, it tastes like cherry, but you still taste the poison that is the cough syrup. I plan on skipping this in the future.
Orange Cream Shake – 3/4 stars
I wanted to give these a try, so I bought two individual packets. I’m glad I did! The orange cream is a great addition, especially if you like Orange Cream ice cream. When I make shakes, I typically use the shaker jar and add about a cup of ice after everything is blended and shake again. This makes the drinks extra cold. It takes on a more milkshake-like consistency but it is still a liquid. Since it’s cold, it’s much more refreshing. This is especially true for the orange cream shake. Drinking this cold reminds me of the days I would eat ice cream and doesn’t make me miss it quite as much. I’m adding this to my rotation.
Mocha Shake – 3/4 stars
It’s spring time so I wanted to try some more coffee-flavored stuff. I love iced coffee so I gave the mocha shake a try. I’m glad I took the risk and bough an entire box of this. This shake is just so delicious I probably good have all five meals on the mocha shake alone. Now, I’m not a big coffee drinker, so it’s important to note that it has just a hint of coffee flavor with much more chocolate and vanilla taking the palate center. If you’re missing iced coffee due to this diet, I recommend giving this a try. And just like the orange cream (and any of the shakes really), add a cup of ice AFTER blending for a colder beverage.
Cranberry Mango Fruit Drink & Tropical Punch Fruit Drink – 0/4 stars
Again, bought two of each. These are just flat-out gross. I was very skeptical of these to begin with. Over the last four months, I’ve noticed that you really need a lot of flavoring to mask the soy protein taste. These drinks, unfortunately, don’t do this. They are very thin and don’t dissolve well. You want to drink these like Hi-C and Hawaiian Punch, but they are just gross. I would skip these.
Coffee Soft Serve – 3/4 stars
Like the mocha, I wanted something that was going to taste more like coffee. I’m glad I tried these out, My only complaint with the soft serves is that they require a lot of work. The blender should be cleaned after each use. So this can get annoying pretty quick. You should get a very good quality blender because it would be easy for it to break after a few regular uses. I wouldn’t make these more than once a day. But outside of this, the soft serve was very delicious and great to have on a warm or hot spring day.
Here is my preparation instructions: 1) In a blender, put in 1 1/2 (1.5) cups of ice. CRUSH them until you stop hearing ice chunks. 2) Remove 1/2 cup of ice from blender. Throw the rest out. Put the 1/2 cup of crushed ice back in. 3) Add 1/4 cup of cold water, followed by the packet. Blend for 30-45 seconds, stopping and scrapping as needed.
What I found is that it’s impossible to measure 1/2 cup of crushed ice. It’s much easier to crush more than you need, measure it out, throw the rest away.
Mixed Berry Cereal Crunch – 3/4 stars
I didn’t get cereal because I thought you had to have milk with them. While TSFL/Medifast recommends almond milk, I wanted to avoid this all together since I was about convenience. Having a bowl to clean was something that I wanted to avoid. But then I realized you can just eat the cereal! So glad that I gave these a try. The mixed berry is a cross between Cheerios and Fruity Pebbles. You can eat them just like you would the cheese puffs. A great for your mid-morning meal or your last meal of the day.