This week Medifast did a 6 o'clock news teaser, announcing via a graphic on its Facebook page that the company will soon be offering five new menu items.
Since the only clues are that the meals are 1)exciting and 2)new, I have absolutely no idea what they might be.
For those not familiar with the Medifast diet, a replacement meal can be anything from a chocolatey or fruity shake or bar to a crunchy snack or savory entrée.
Medifast already offers plenty of shakes and bars to satisfy most taste buds; so I'm hoping the new menu items are in the snack and hearty meal product lines.
From the Facebook shares I've seen, some people are guessing mashed potatoes and popcorn. Those items would be okay in my book since the potatoes could be morphed into a more elaborate meal with the addition of a low-fat Laughing Cow wedge, veggies and/or lean protein.
Popcorn made right would be a welcome addition for us movie fans who smuggle in our snacks to avoid walking out of the theater as wide as the screen. I'd also like to see a chip-like option, something with the texture of Pringles and the flavor of Kettle Chips (I'm not asking for too much, right?).
What I'd most love to see are some new hearty meal options. The new Medifast ziti marinara, which emerged solo on the scene last November, was a huge hit with me and other MFers. It has become my go-to lunch when I'm not on the go.
But why stop with Italian food? How about a Mexican inspired hearty meal, like enchiladas, or a spicy curry dish? Or maybe go back to Italy and give us a pizza-ish flatbread meal?
Whatever Medifast introduces is sure to create a lot of excitement among Medifast followers, including those of us on maintenance who still like to include one or two Medifast replacement meals in our daily diet or do a 5&1 or 4&2 program if a few pounds dare to creep back on.
You can purchase Medifast replacement meals directly from Medifast Centers, the Medifast website or -- for no extra cost -- through the co-branded website of a Medifast TSFL health coach. Medifast does not recommend purchasing its products from third party vendors, but if you choose to do so, you can find them on both Amazon and eBay.
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