Monday, January 12, 2015

Turning Medifast Foods Into a Chinese Menu

The skinny on combining Medifast replacement meals

The photo above has no relevance to
this blog post, but I thought the babies
were adorable.
Remember those old Chinese dinner menus where you picked one from Column A and one from Column B?

For some reason, I think of those every time I see the imaginative ways Medifast dieters combine the weight loss company's various replacement meals.

Many Medifast blogs and vlogs, along with several Medifast Facebook groups to which I belong, contain ideas for combining the replacement meals to create unique recipes that are superior to either of the meals from which they are made.

For instance, combining the Medifast chile with the Medifast macaroni and cheese masks the slightly off flavor off the mac cheese and creates two meals of the more palatable chili mac. You can further Martha-ize this dish by adding Sriracha sauce and a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese for a very doable lunch.

One reason people combine Medifast meals is to use up their stock of replacement meals they are not so crazy about. For instance, one of my Facebook chums puts the Medifast chili cheese puffs into her Medifast tomato soup to simulate the soup and crackers experience.

Find the recipe for this tempting
"ice cream" shake here
The main reason MFers combine two replacement meals is to obtain the flavor of one and the texture of the other, similar to a botanist breeding apricots and plums to get pluots. Savvy cooks add a pancake packet to a chocolate chip, brownie, blueberry or gingerbread soft bake packet to obtain a higher rising muffin or doughnut that retains the more intense flavor of the soft bake.

One of my favorite Medifast vloggers, Andrea Santoro (aka Medifast MetallicaMom), demonstrated on her YouTube channel last fall a variety ways you can modify the gingerbread soft bake by adding other replacement meals, such as the cappuccino calorie burn and vanilla pudding. She also combined the Medifast gingerbread soft bake with the spiced pancake mix to make donuts in her Babycakes Donut Maker.

Last year I lost all of my excess fat on the Medifast program before I knew about all these recipe hacks; but I did manage to try a few of them. One of my favorites was adding the brownie soft bake batter to a chopped up crunch bar and then rolling the mixture into balls, yielding two dessert meals. After freezing for as long as I could wait, I ate half of my Medifast chocolate fudge crunch balls and saved the rest for the next day.

Of course, you can get way fancier by adding a bunch of Medifast friendly flavorings when you combine replacement meals. On Get Skinny Be Happy, a Medifaster named Christopher featured a recipe for an Ice Cream Blizzard Shake, which combines the Medifast vanilla shake mix and Medifast chocolate chip cookie or brownie soft bake with butter nut and amaretto extracts, ice and water.

Though it was easier for me to comply with the Medifast 5&1 Plan by keeping the program simple, I had only 35 pounds to lose. If you have more fat to melt, you are more likely to get bored after a few months. So if trying new recipes helps you stay OP (on plan), go for it.

Just remember, when you combine two meals, you make two servings; so don't eat the whole thing at one sitting. And try not to get carried away with too many condiments because they could stall your weight loss.

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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