Medifast Recipes

This Medifast recipes section owes a huge debt of gratitude to the Medifast community. I have tried my best to give proper credit where it is due, but some of these recipes were created a long time ago. I have broken them down into a few simple sections for ease-of-browsing.

Lean and Green Recipes

Lean and Green meals are an essential part of the Medifast 5-1 plan. But, unless you are an experienced cook it can be difficult to come up with ideas. This list of recipes will get you started!

The Bakery

You can use the pre-packaged Medifast foods to make all kinds of delicious foods including muffins and pancakes!

Shakes and Smoothies

Are you getting tired of Dutch Chocolate shakes? The basic Medifast shakes are the jumping-off point for these delicious recipes.

Soups and Chili

There’s nothing better than a hot cup of soup on a cold winter day. These recipes will jazz up the Medifast soups in a variety of different ways.

Update: I am continuing to update the collection of recipes. Thanks to everybody who has sent in recipe suggestions for the site and free eBook. If I haven’t added your recipe yet, I will get to it very soon. Also, be sure to check my collection of Medifast Recipes Videos. They are pretty cool, and I will be adding to this collection as well.

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Amanda February 21, 2010 at 8:28 am

Cookie Recipe –Soft cookies (reminds me of banana bread)

1 package peach oatmeal
1 package banana shake
1 package egg
Splenda for sweet taste
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp chopped walnuts
3/4 water add slowly (dough will be more runny than normal cookie dough

combine dry ingredients
add water, you can be the judge on how much I actually put a little less than 3/4 c in my cookies. Mix and let sit for 5 minutes as it will thicken. Spoon on to cookie sheet that has been sprayed with pam or you can use parchment paper as well. (have not tried myself) Bake at 350 for 15 min. You be the judge, bake til cookies are brown on top. Makes 6 cookies. Enjoy 3 cookies a day due to the fat content of walnuts. IF you skip walnuts feel free to count 2 cookies as one medifast meal.

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nancy flynt May 19, 2010 at 5:53 am

Can’t find bacon saly any where…any ideas????? Love your website!!!!!

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JoAnne Stevens July 8, 2010 at 5:51 pm

I assume you mean bacon salt. You can buy it on line through Amazon or http://store.baconsalt.com/

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Judy Crawford July 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Tastefully Simple has a “Bacon-Bacon” spice that is delicious. My husband and I use it in the eggs and over salad.

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Judy April 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Our Dillons/Kroger store has it. It’s displayed with the spices and seasonings.

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beth October 12, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I found it at Cost Plus World Imports (Seattle area)

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Tammy December 9, 2011 at 8:00 am

I found some on line at drugstore.com its JD’s brand name just ordered it didnt try it

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Emily Reed August 27, 2010 at 5:29 am

I have recently “re-started” medifast (lost 16 pound in one month before and didn’t transition and gained it back. :( my fault). This time, I was looking for a better way to make muffins that had a better “muffin like” texture than the oatmeal recipe I have used in the past. I was super pleased to find that medifast not only has brownies, but pancake mix as well! My mind went straight to baking with those. I still love the brownies and the pancakes on their own, but I enjoy making muffins with them to switch it up.

Chocolate chip mini muffins:

1 packet choc chip pancake mix
1 packet splenda
2-3 oz water
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp vanilla (or banana for banana choco chip!) medifast pudding mix (maybe work without this option)

bake @ 350 for 15-16 min- makes 3 mini muffins or 1 regular muffin

I have also done the same recipe above but added a packet of the medifast brownie mix and a couple more tbsp water- makes 6- 7 mini muffins that are more like chocolate choco chip muffins.

I know this may not be very creative to make muffins out of the pancakes, however the texture is perfect muffin texture!

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Bethlynne December 13, 2010 at 12:15 pm

thanks for the muffin recipes!

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beth May 17, 2011 at 4:39 pm

How many meals are you counting these muffins if you are using the pudding mix?

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Donna Black May 10, 2013 at 8:32 pm

how many medifast meals per each muffin?

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CATHY January 8, 2011 at 11:29 am

Just started Medifast and am frustrated with the mug I purchased
and how much I am losing my soup as it overflows. Any ways to
avoid this?

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Christopher January 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

Hi Cathy! Thanks for stopping by. The soup is tricky. I hadn’t made it in awhile and I completely forgot about its propensity for overflowing. I made a huge mess in the microwave. I use a huge bowl and keep an eye on it, particularly towards the end. I stop and restart the microwave a few times to keep it from going everywhere.

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Kendra January 19, 2011 at 8:03 am

I “soak” my soups with hot water and put it in a thermos. It keeps it warm and then I put it in a bowl for about 30-45 seconds and it’s perfect. The soaking allows for some of the items to soften (like the chili and stew) and just makes everything else taste better. Hope this helps!

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Nicole February 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I found that by using an electric kettle (or a regular tea kettle on the stovetop) and boiling water separately, rather than using the microwave, it works MUCH better! Simply put the contents of the soup packet into the mug, then add the water after it boils, stir, and let it seep for a couple of minutes. Works perfectly every time! Same thing for the hot drinks like the Cocoa and the Chai Latte…

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Kelle March 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Here is what I do with my soup as I was tired of half of it spilling out in the microwave. If you mix your soup about an hour ahead and let it sit, it will absorb the water it needs to plump out all the goodies. Then you only have to heat it a minute in the microwave and it is ready to go.

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Lisa August 5, 2011 at 10:36 am

You may have seen this already, but I learned this from one of the other websites, and it has helped me greatly with the soups! I put in a bit of hot water and stir to make a paste, then add the rest of the water – seems to work much better.

Luz March 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Keep your eyes out for 400 ml “beaker mugs”. They are easily had on Amazon and there are some Ebay sellers that have the ones that have markings for ounces and cup graduations. The measurements right on the glass are great … the handles stay cool and as long as you watch what you are cooking – boil overs aren’t likely (you can see the liquid creep up the cup). That is all I use to make my warm Medifast products.

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katsakiddo May 14, 2011 at 9:08 am

I found that I can set the power to 1/2 level and cook for 5 minutes, with stopping and stirring twice then let sit for 2 minutes. I put a dash of cajun spive and cilantro and voila! For the tomato soup I dash with parlsey, cilantro and spray with ICBINB just before serving. Cooking at lower heat setting for longs works great for the oatmeals and cappacinno as well. Enjoy and thanks for these postings.

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Lamscan November 22, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I bought a cool touch microwave bowl (you can get it on line for about 9 dollars plus tax. It is the perfect size and makes it easy to cook the soup and then eat from the same bowl without burning your fingers. I also sometimes add an egg white and 1/4 baking powder to the soup (it is pasty) and press it in the bowl heat for 90 seconds. It comes like bread or muffin. I add 1 ounce of cheese toast it and enjoy!

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Macco September 17, 2011 at 10:48 am

I was so confused about what to buy, but this makes it unedrstaandble.

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LT January 29, 2011 at 2:11 am

Hello, I just cook the soup about a min and a half or less and let it sit for a few minutes, depending on the microwave, their suggested time can be too long. Same thing happens w/ their oatmeals. Just cook things less time and let hem sit a few minutes.

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Karen August 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

If you add the water to your soup and let sit in fridge for two hours(when you have your snack) then all you have to do is heat to desired temp. No overflowing.

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Jenn B September 18, 2011 at 9:45 am

I’ve been using a 2 cup glass mixing cup that has a handle. You can get these anywhere and many of you may already have one. I leave it at work so I’ll always have something to use. Works well for the oatmeal and the soup for me. I also let the soup soak for a few minutes too before microwaving.

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Cathy October 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm

The first day I had boiled over soup and oatmeal in my microwave.
So now about an hour before we are going to eat I put the package of powder and the water in a pot and let it soak. Then when ready just cook it up on the stove. Better flavor, and better cooking control.
Oatmeal and soup taste a whole lot better.

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maria June 27, 2012 at 5:10 am

I make my soup in a 4 cup measuring cup….It rises to 3 cups, and doesn’t overflow. .. then pour it into a bowl. Saves allot of cleanup.

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kim Charboneau October 23, 2012 at 4:03 pm

We simmer it on the stove the night before so we can just warm it up in the microwave the next day when we need it. Less mess and tastes better!

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pam February 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

I purchased a Sistema microwave container at TJ Maxx that has a little pressure release vent on the top. I put in the water & soup, let it soak for at least an hour, pop the vent & microwave for about 90 seconds= no mess!

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Karen February 10, 2013 at 6:43 am

The best two ways u have made the soup are 1. Pouring the mix into a thermos and adding boiling water and stirring well. I do this when I have my first meal and its perfect (no hard bits) by the time I have it as my third or fourth. Didn’t work so well with the broccoli one. 2. I got one of those crockpot lunch warmers. I mix my soup up and plug it in when I get to work and perfect by lunch.

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Julie Johns January 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I am missing the daily logs!

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KatieSue March 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm

I have to say THANKYOU!!! i have been on medifast for about a week now, and i enjoy most of the foods, but i know i will soon grow tired of eating the same thing, and i love things like muffins and french toast and smoothies! this so awesome and gives me more hope to accomplish my goal!!!

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kathy March 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Has anyone tried just drinking a brownie packet as a shake?

Would like to make shakes using scrambled eggs also.
I had read about the eggnog with a vanilla shake/pudding and a packet of eggs.

Thought this might work also with other flavors like banana or strawberry to make flavored egg creams.

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Kim April 2, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Yes…I made it today. I didn’t really like it. All the Chocolate chips stayed in the bottom…so kinda weird.

Brownies made into truffles? Heaven!

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susan March 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Can anyone help me with the pancakes? I think they are pretty gross, can they be used to make anything else? I can’t stand the oatmeal but now I’ve found some recipes that I can make to turn it into something else. I’m hoping to do the same with the 2 boxes of pancakes that I have.

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Joy March 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Add cinimon it makes it tast like french toast. I also coat my fry pan with either olive oil or flax oil

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susan April 4, 2011 at 9:52 am

Thank you, I just used the splenda and cinnamon and it was much better.

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graceann March 29, 2011 at 10:59 am

Hi Susan, I too hated the pancakes but now I love them made this way (not sure if this is cheating at all but it beats throwing the packets out, right?):
I use almost the full1/4 cup water, then add a splash of FF milk, one packet of Splenda, two to three shakes of ground cinnamon, then diced up a sliver, and I mean a sliver, of an apple. I cook this on a stove top skillet as one large pancake. I can eat this every day for breakfast. Please try, hope you like it.

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Diana Enns April 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

I added a dribble of vanilla flavoring to the pancakes and 1/8 tsp of baking powder…..then used some smuckers sugar free preservative (about a 1tbls spead across……..actually like it……
RE: oatmeal – I added cinnamon and splenda – helped but I also drink my half-caf coffee with a little bit of fat free coffeemate (french vanilla) and I used just a bit of that and it really added to the flavor and thinned it a bit.

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pam July 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I add butter buds to the oatmeal and sprinkle it on the pancake before the syrup. Makes me think I have the real thing.

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Emily June 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

I use the “I cant believe its not butter spray” and sugar free syrup :) I too make one big cake and coat the skillet with some olive oil.

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Jane March 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I put 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder with the water and mix, stir, and let the mix rest for a few minutes. After I cook them I put Walden Farms Sugar Free Blueberry Syrup on it.

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Mary April 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions. My husband started Medifast 2 1/2 weeks ago and my own creativity doesn’t go too far. (he has lost 14 lbs). Also, I am afraid I am “cheating” adding spices to the Medifast meals. I keep making the same Lean and Green meals and I don’t want him to get tired of the same old bake chicken, fish and grilled bison burgers! You have all given me new hope I can make his meals more tasty!

Good Luck to all.

Mary

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Marty May 21, 2011 at 11:35 am

hi everyone…started medifast 2 1/2 weeks ago and have lost 14 lbs. I am very encouraged with the results, and will continue. I have tried everything in the 4wk kit, and seem to like it all…even the oatmeal! However, I have 2 boxes of soft serve ( mint and mango) and I just cannot seem to like it even a little. Is there a trick or a recipe that someone has to get me thru these boxes? My next order will be custom, so I can eliminate it all together! But until then I need your help!!

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Diana Enns June 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Re: mint and mango soft serve – for the choc mint, I put some ice iin the blender and chop it up and then pour in cold left over coffee and add the mix……….it’s like choc mint. I do the same thing for the mango only I use Diet A&W Creme Soda for my liquid…….

Hope this helps

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joanie August 5, 2011 at 1:05 am

Diana
I’m new to this on your mint and mango soft serve how much ice, cold water,and coffee do you use? same with a&w does it have to be creme soda and do you add ice to this thanks

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Betty May 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

Does anyone have a recipe or suggestions for enhancing the beef stew?

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Roni June 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I was just talking to my friend about this today. She said she added a little of the beef “Better Than Bouillon” to her stew and it ended up being her favorite thing. (Find it in the soup aisle, in a jar and is like a paste.) I haven’t gotten the stew yet, as I’m still working on my first variety pack.

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Crystal July 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I mix my stew with water and 1 tsp. of beef granules, let it sit in the fridge overnight or for serveral hours and then cook as directed. It is delicious! I mix all my soups with water and let sit overnight in fridge, since they are freeze dried, they need some time to absorb the liquid.

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Cathy May 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Hi – today is my first day using my new medifast products…..getting ready to fix my first lean & green dinner …..any ideas on what to use for a healthy fat salad dressing?

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dianna August 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

I saw a recipe for toco salad using low fat ground beef or ground turkey. Mix lettuce, tomato, gr onion. Top with salsa which is allowed. Add toco seasoning to cooking beef.
Top salad mixture with beef and enjoy.
I make a wonderful Toco Salad using Thousand Island dressing. I wonder if you could add a little fat free Thousand Island to the salsa?

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Kim October 30, 2011 at 9:59 am

Great idea! I forgot about Taco Salad– do you think we can use the Morningstar Veggie “beef”crumbles too? I has some left in the freezer

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julie barnum September 6, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Walden Farms!!! great dressing,syrups,alfredo,bbq sauce,catsup etc… found @ Fred Meyers and online sugar free, fat free,calorie free, gluten free,carbohydrate free,cholesterol free :) )) how they make it taste good I dont know but i love it!

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Lisa D September 23, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Kraft, Light Three Cheese Dressing with reduced fat is what I use and it tastes great

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Lisa D September 23, 2011 at 6:53 pm

That should be, Kraft Light Three Cheese Ranch Dressing with reduced fat

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Rachel January 27, 2012 at 7:29 am

I like Kraft Free Zesty Italian. It’s great on any number of things, to include taco salad. I also use it as a baste for chicken.

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Marie May 22, 2011 at 6:38 am

Someone told me how to make a neat lemon meringue pie using apple cinnamon oatmeal as “crust”, and I think sugar-free lemon jello, etc. She said she posted it here but I can’t find it. Anyone have that recipe?

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Jane June 12, 2011 at 10:34 pm

My husband has lost about a hundred miles and I have helped. The pie sounds great. Let me know. I have several recipes and I am perfected a couple of these, but he is eager for a new treat.

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Barb June 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Love this website! Thank you, Thank you!! I’ve lost 38 lbs in almost 5 months, and I’m happy – although I’d been anticipating a faster loss. I enjoy the convenience of the foods and haven’t done a lot of experimenting with recipes so far. However, I’m definitely not a fan of the pancakes or the pudding – and I’m thrilled to discover that some of you have ‘fixed’ them! Yay!!!
Re: soft-serve – that’s actually one of my favorites. I’ve only ordered the coffee flavor – and while I like it fine cold – I REALLY like it hot! I put about 2 cups of water in a four cup pyrex measure, add 1 pk. coffee soft serve and one packet Splenda. Beat until blended with Cuisinart stick blender ($20 @Costco at Christmas w/3 attachments!) and microwave for about 3 minutes. It’s like creamy milk/coffee and keeps me full for 3 hours. This also helps get in some more of my 100 oz of daily water:) If you use the stick blender to make frozen soft-serve it will double in volume. The stick blender is a big deal with this eating plan.

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Kim October 30, 2011 at 10:15 am

Thanks for the idea- my soft serve never comes out right but I have a few packets left – now I have a new way to try them!

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shannon June 19, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I am on day 2 and tried the peach iced tea, I do not like it at all. Any ideas to make it taste better?

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Lisa D September 23, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I took the peach tea and drank it warm, it reminds me of a peach cobbler juice warm out of the oven, just no peaches or dough!!

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Gloria July 1, 2011 at 5:43 am

I started Medifast 5 weeks ago after deciding my weight loss from gastric bypass had stopped and I need to loss more! I lost 247 lbs from the bypass and maintained the loss for 10 years, but need to lose about 100 more…..Being a chemist means my kitchen often looks like a lab when making some of my meals! I like to make up a lot of shakes and puddings using different flavorings and freeze them.
Favorite Shakes:
Chocolate/Cherry Shake- 1 package Dutch Choc. and 1 package Cherry Pomagranet
(makes 2 shakes) Mix in shaker jar with 1 cup water, then pour 1/2 mixture and 1/2 cup water, 7-8 ice cubes in a bullet blender and then freeze.
Irish cream- Dutch Choc. shake, 2 TBS Torini SF Irish Cream syrup into 1 cup water, add 7-8 ice cubes and blend. Can be frozen in sealed plastic glass for later…take out
and let sit for 1 hr. shake and drink or microwave 1 min. shake and drink. (must be a microwave safe container!

Pudding favorite:
Butterscotch – 1 pkg. vanilla pudding, 2 TBS Walden Farms Caramel Syrup into 1/2 cup water, shake in shaker cup, pour into covered container and freeze. Remove from freezer 1 hour before serving and it is like eating a pudding pop!!!

Happy experimenting everyone!!!

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dianna August 21, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Where do you find Walden Farms. I live in a smallish town and have not found it.
Thanks for input.

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Diana September 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I get the Walden Farms items at my Fry’s/Kroger store…

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Jean September 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm

We also find Walden Farms items at Fred Meyer in our town. I have also found a few Walden Farms items at a Super Walmart. The only place I can find the Marshmallow dip, which we add a spoonful to our shakes to make it thicker, is at Fred Meyer. I think you may also be able to order these items online thru Walden Farms.

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Carol November 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Does walden farms count as a condiment or a healthy fat if it is fat and carb and everything free??

Margo August 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I get mine at Drug Emporium.

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Jean July 20, 2011 at 1:13 am

My favorite salad dressing is Wish Bone Balsamic Breeze Vinaigrette Dressing Salad Spritzer. 1 Calorie per spray. Delicious! They also have Italian and Ranch sprays.

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Jean September 9, 2011 at 1:48 pm

This is also my favorite salad dressing. The only place that I can find this is at Fred Meyer/Kroger stores.

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The Healthy Couple That Travels July 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Aloha from Michael and Lorelei on Maui!!!! Michael has just lost an amazing 54lbs. in under 3 months and I have lost 100lbs. in just a year’s time…. It’s all about the journey…And now I have someone to share that journey with!!!!

Check our video…. But check back often on the site because we will have more videos and blogs coming up…All of our posts over the last year can be found on facebook on Lorelei Williams.. Aloha…my number 808-250-8698

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Lorie August 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

I have been on Medifast for 8 weeks and have lost 21 lbs. I was getting Hungary for good old fashioned hamburger casserole. I made my family the draditional pasta casserole and here is what I did for me. It was great and took care of my craving.

5oz brown lean hamburger. (I brown it in a colander in the microwave to get all the fat off)
1pkg cream of broccoli soup mixed with 1/3 cup water
1/8 cup chopped onions
1cup frozen broccoli
Salt and pepper t taste

Add all ingredient together in medium fry pan. Cook until broccoli is tender. Add 1pkg tofu pasta. Cook until heated through.

Count as: 1 Medifast meal
1 lean
2 vegatables

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printstar September 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Hi All,

I new to MF. 6 days in so far. Like this site. Here are my finds so far…

Dark chocolate shake is good with a teaspoon of instant decaf coffee, ice cubes and water blended in a small blender.

Hot chocolate is good with a dribble of almond extract added.

Pretty much eating all hot meals in my 1 and 2 cup Pyrex measure cups.

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Marie B October 14, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I can not wait to try this!!! thank you for posting!!!!

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Marie B October 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I meant the above reply for Lorie :)

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Lorri Hibbert September 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Crusty Chicken
I rolled the new Medifast chese pizza bites in the bag before I opened it. I used 4 oz of chicken that I dipped in one beaten egg. Then I dipped the chicken in the pizza crumbs. I sprayed the pan with Pam and cooked for 3 minutes per side. I threw away the extra egg, but put the few crumbs left on top while cooking. I ate this with a serving of canned green beans as a contrast to the spicy chicken.

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Thelma October 2, 2011 at 10:52 am

I have only been on medifast 11 days and am very happy with m loss of 11 pds. I don’t have much of an imagination to add things to make a better taste but so far I am liking what I have tried. I will be checking hee often for ideas.

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Racehorse October 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I have been on MF for a month and love it. I’m so proud to have lost 15 pounds and it is so easy.

I ordered the Raspberry/Acai essential flavor infuser and it is horrible and bitter. I’ve tried others and they were great. Anyone has a similiar experience or thoughts on how to make it better?

Love the orange creme shake and live on the oatmeal for breakfast.

This is a great site. I need some kind of recipe for turkey burgers, of course without the bun. Suggestions??????

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Taylor October 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I just have to say thank you to everyone here. I started Medifast yesterday through the TSFL program with a coach, who is just fantastic. But this website made me feel so much better. I am really missing some of my favorite things – especially pasta (I’m Italian). I hear (and hope) it gets easier with time! The first meal I ate was the oatmeal, and that was a HUGE mistake for me. Ick. But now I have some great ideas on what to do with the oatmeal and tons of other stuff! Really, finding this was such a stroke of luck and I’ll be back often. I’ll post anything great I learn, too.

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Marie B October 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I am almost done with my second week of Medifast and I have to say, so far so good! I am happy I found this website with so many great ways to make the food more satisfying!! I found the chocolate chip pancakes to be pretty bad….any fun ways to flavor them up a bit? Help! :-)

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Rachael March 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I add a few walnuts to my pancakes and just a tiny drizzle of honey (obviously try not to do that too often but it does make it taste better)… YUMMM! I too hated the chocolate chip pancakes but the walnuts made them taste much better… Just a small amount though becuase of the increase in calories and fat.

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Lisa October 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Hi. Thanks for all the good ideas as I am just starting out and am having a difficult time enjoying the taste of many of the meals, as is. I really do not like any of the salty/chewy type meals. (pretzels, puffs,etc). It’s the texture that stops me from getting through the bag, no matter Joe how hungry I am. Any suggestions for when I have that chip craving? Thx!

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Jlhcat April 9, 2012 at 10:50 am

Lisa, have you tried Kale chips? Wash the Kale, pull the leaves from the stem and tear into bite-size pieces. Dry with paper towels and put on baking pan in single layer. Spray with Butter Pam and sprinkle with Mrs. Dash or spice of your choice. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. This gets a crunchy texture and Kale is sooo good for you.

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Carol November 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I love it that we r all in this together. I am only on day 6 but I have lost 13 lbs and I love all the recipies and support on this site. Thanks for the ideas everyone and keep em conning! Im sure I will have some to share eventually too

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d.dorrier December 14, 2011 at 8:36 am

something very interesting i have discovered. (i’m sure others have already discovered but am quite proud of myself) since all the “powdered” medifast recipes have the same base, i have been able to create things with out all these add ins (baking powders, salts, etc.) for instance i made a chocolate muffen by adding 1/4 cup water to the dutch chocolate shake and cooking in microwave for 2.5 min. it came out moist and pretty darn good. better than drinking a cold shake on a COLD morning :-) cant wait to experiment more. thanks for all the good ideas in this site.

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Sandra Houtz December 15, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I haven’t joined yet … trying to to choose between MF and Nutrisystem … any one wanna help me decide? soon :)

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dot May 22, 2013 at 11:42 am

hated nutrisystem food yuck and didn’t lose as much as with medifast .medifast is so much easier to do and works I do mostly puddings and shake with ice makes a thick shake and I donot get hungry

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Sharon January 8, 2012 at 11:07 am

My hubby and I started 1 week ago, and of course he has lost 8 lbs and I have lost 3 lbs. One of our combined favs are Southwest eggs made as omelet with the Vegetarian sloppy joe as filler. We split it our course, and have a tsp of salsa on top. Yummy. I am seeking out other combos such as this so please post what else you all are doing!

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Sarah from Upstate NY January 15, 2012 at 7:35 am

Hi everyone!
Brand new to this Medifast thing–safely made it to Day 5 without cheating. Have lost 6 pounds as of this morning (5’7″ starting weight 167, goal is 145, 34 yeas old) Planning meals and Medifast concoctions in advance has been a lifesaver to me. My tips, so far, for any newbies are:
–get a new giant water jug. I got a 74oz jug with a sport cap at Walmart for $3 and it’s great!
–start the day with the oatmeal–VERY filling
–my favs are peanut butter crunch bar, caramel nut bar (only 1 a day but I could eat 5 a day!), chocolate shakes blended with ice and a teaspoon of instant coffee
–HATE the honey mustard pretzels with a passion. Literally gagged them down with 20oz of water!! What is up with those things? Ugh!

Love the recipes on here…feel like this is pretty easy! Even resisted the popcorn/hot pretzel/cotton candy/beer! temptations at a hockey game last night! With ease, actually!
Thanks again!
Sarah
84 days until Spring Break!

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Lisa February 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

Hi, Sarah. I dip the honey mustard pretzels in various mustards. My favorite is a deli style horseradish mustard. I’m not a huge fan of horseradish, but this combo really does taste great with the pretzels. Good luck!

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Gayle January 25, 2012 at 11:55 am

Hi Everyone, I have been on Medifast for a week now and I lost 7 lbs! It was hard at first but am getting use to it. I am glad to be able to have ideas on how to use the Medifast packets to make something different to eat. Good luck to everyone who is on Medifast!

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Rachel January 27, 2012 at 7:15 am

HELP with EGGS please!!! I just started today and the plain eggs are HORRIBLE!!! I added salt and that didn’t help any. I’m at work, so I’m limited on how creative I can get until I stock some thing up but I couldn’t even eat half of them. The smell is also horrendous. Any recipe ideas would be greatly appreciated!!!

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Lisa February 15, 2012 at 10:46 am

Hi, Rachel. I’ve found that in order to make anything on this plan taste good for the long haul you have to doctor it up a bit. I add the following ingredients to the eggs: 1 tsp. minced celery & a dash each of garlic powder & black pepper (before cooking). After cooking, I add about a 1/2 tsp. of green onion, a TINY amount of Kraft shredded FF cheese & Hormel Real Bacon Bits. Makes all the difference in the world! Play around with it a little & I’m sure you’ll find a combination that works for you. Good luck!

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Dale July 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm

HI. it took me a coupe of try with the eggs too. Best advice I can give is to cook on the stove in a small frying pan MUCH better that when you cook in the microwave. Added some onion powder which also helped.

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Linda February 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Mix eggs with water and let them soak for a while. Saute veggies (celery & green onion) in a pan sprayed with Pam. Take out the veggies and cook the eggs; then add the veggies back in. Some salsa helps, too. And breathe through your mouth ;-)

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Carolyn February 24, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I add a half serving of egg beaters, try the southwestern. You can also add chopped red pepper and onion to just medifast serving.
Always do scrambled, never microwave, use Pam and scramble in fry pan. i also add a liitle hot sauce to my plated eggs

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Ashley February 27, 2012 at 9:29 am

I love the EGGS! I just add a little bit of hotsauce (Counts as 1 condiment)

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April July 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Hi, I know this is a bit late, but I use Mrs. Dash garlic & herb. Love it. Add it before you put it in the microwave.

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Brenda July 30, 2012 at 3:36 am

This is my 5th day on MF. I don’t mind the eggs (both the original and southwestern) cooked in the microwave, but I tried something different today. I did the eggs according to directions, added 1 tbsp. dried seasoning blend (onions, bell peppers, garlic, parsley), onion tops, 1 tbsp. salsa, MSG free seasoning to taste, and a few drops of olive oil, mixed all ingredients well and poured into a zip-lock bag. Drop this bag into a pot of boiling water and boil for 15 minutes. Cut open bag and “roll” out eggs – now you have an omelet. Note: You can use the salsa on top of the cooked omelet.

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Linda February 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Yea!! Great ideas for always keeping my meals new and interesting!! Thanks to everyone.

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Marielle February 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

If you are craving for a pasta, there is a shirataki noodle that is 20 calories, no-oodle noodle and miracle noodle with no calories. you can find that at whole foods and Hmart. That can be your free food. It’s good with the sloppy joe and add tomatoes, celery and pepper as a part of your greens. You can also use the tomato soup for a sauce, diced some tomatoes and blend it and add ground meat. ;)

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Nikki M. February 22, 2012 at 11:56 am

Hello all! I am soooo excited to get started on this program. I have my food arriving Friday and I can’t wait. I was just wondering if anyone can tell me when I can/should start using these recipes? Since I am going to be in my first week, can I use these variations right away or do I need to wait until my body starts adjusting? I know my TSFL coach told me to try to stick to the program very strictly to see the desired results. Thanks in advance for any help or advice!

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Michele February 23, 2012 at 12:46 am

Just finished week 3 and have lost 10 lbs. I am a bit of a food snob, so this has been difficult. Admittedly, I’ve had a few cheats due to Bdays, etc. I am not a fan of the oatmeal or soups, at all…. I did accidentally find that the cappucino is better cold than hot. I filled my shaker with water to make a shake and acidentally added a cappucino instead of a shake mix. Its a little quirky and foamy after shaking at first….but if you let it set for about 5 min. and stir gently before drinking, its wonderful. When I fixed it hot, half of it foamed and overflowed and the fiber was very noticable and gave it a sludgy consistency. Try it cold.

Any suggestions for the oatmeal or soups? The consistency of the oatmeal was awful and the taste not much better.

I like chicken and veg stir fry or a big veg omlette for lean and green. I use the egg beaters and it is a big serving of eggs. I don’t even bother with the MF powdered eggs when I can have the egg beaters. I even used 2/3 protein portion of egg beaters and throw in 1/3 protein serving of grilled chicken. The chicken and veggie omlette filled up a regular dinner plate. I couldn’t eat it all.

Many fast food places have a grilled chx salad with mixed greens, cucumber and a few tomatoes. Just watch out for added bacon and cheese and be sure to use you own dressing or read the dressing labels before using it…the majority are not good for you.

I also have made a home-ade chili with ground turkey or chicken, low salt canned diced tomato, onion, green chilis or bell pepper, a little water and a bit of taco seasoning or add your own seasoning. With the chili powder and other powdered spices, you don’t miss the salt. Would also be good with frozen veg meat substitute crumbles…just be sure to check labels for other carb filler additives and carb counts.

Also when I got my initial shipment there was vanilla shakes that I didn’t like much…. I added cocoa powder and coffee for a great treat.

On Dr. Oz today he talked about teas that help with wt. loss. The audience members that taste tested said they were very mild and they didn’t even need sugar. He specifically mentioned Pu-ehr tea that shrinks fat cells, he recommended 2 cups in the morning, White tea, 2 cups at lunch that boosts metabolism, and Chickweed tea, 1 cup with early dinner for late night appetite suppression. He also talked about coconut palm sugar that regulates glycemic index without highs and lows that cause cravings and fat storage. It is used 1:1 just like sugar, just better for weight loss.

Keep on sharing, please.

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Heather March 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Here’s what I did with the cappucino:
Used my kruerig using my StarBucks house Blend and made a cup of coffee. I let it cool to room temp and then mixed it with one Truvia and a cappucino packet with the mixer jar with the ball in it. I pour it into my travel mug so its ready in the am and when I’m ready to drink it, I just throw it in the microwave. No weird texture no protein lumps!

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Crystal March 28, 2013 at 9:10 pm

love the info about the teas! you had me at “shrinks fat cells”- i will look for them at the whole foods store.

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Jennifer March 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Any suggestion for Green sides? I’m not a veggie person at all. My parents, Aunt Uncle, cousin and her husband are all on this diet with great success I’m on day 2 and loving it, but I don’t want salad every night. My mom suggested a coliflower garlic mash, (like mashed patatos) and it was great. I’m having a hard time find just green recipes though. Any help would be great thanks!

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Marissa March 18, 2012 at 9:33 am

A great green side is roasted cauliflower. For 1 serving:

1/2 cup of cauliflower
1/4 tsp olive oil (or just spray with a little PAM to cover)
Pinch of salt, pepper, garlic
1/4 tsp balsamic vinegar

Preheat oven to 450
Coat cauliflower in olive oil or pam
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic
Place on cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper as liner
Cook about 15-20 minutes

Take out and coat with the balsamic vinegar (add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese if you want)
Put back on sheet and cook about another 10 minutes until dry.

These are delicious! I typically double or triple the recipe because they’re so tasty.

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pam May 5, 2012 at 11:35 am

What about the chai latte? Any suggestions to make it palatable?

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April July 23, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I love the chai latte. The trick to making the hot drinks is to heat the water separately first. Put the mix into a mug. Add about a Tablespoon of the heated water and stir into a paste with a whisk. Once it is mixed well add the rest of the water. You can also add the sugar free coffee syrups to improve the flavor!

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pam May 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

Sounds great. I am on my way to get cauliflower.

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Kelly March 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Try making a homemade marinara sauce. Pomi tomatoes (nothing added), celery, onion, garlic, spices and just about any green veggie cut very small in a food processor for a filler. If you want, make it a meat sauce by adding browned ground turkey.

If just vegetable sauce, it’s wonderful over chicken breast or other green vegetables (like broccoli). You are allowed a little parmesean to make it feel more authentic. If you have non-dieters to feed, you can put it over whole wheat pasta and they’re none the wiser ;)

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dkchiles July 22, 2012 at 10:27 am

I thought we couldnt use canned tomatoes. If so then what is a serving size of marinara sauce and what does it count as?

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Rose April 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I started the MediFast program a little over two weeks ago, and for the most part haven’t been struggling too much. I want to thank those who have been sharing recipes, but I also want to suggest buying the Medifast Lean & Green Meal Cookbook from the Medifast website. There are some wonderful recipes in there. I’ve been pretty much using it most evenings, and since I am the chef of the house, my parents are benefiting from healthy eating as well.

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joanie May 8, 2012 at 12:41 am

I’m starting this tomorrow and after reading all these recipes I’ll be trying something new every night,if any one has recipes to share please email them to me I would really like that. Ive got a lot to lose, and need help to do it from people that know how it works :)
my e-mail is jmgs55@aol.com

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M June 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

I started Medifast last week and I’m liking it, but some of the flavors I’m finding a little difficult. I didn’t think I could get through the mango soft serve (bad ordering on my part) but today I managed to make it into something like a mango lassi which is pretty good! I wasn’t measuring but here goes: 1 packet mango soft serve, 1.5 cup ice (add more if desired), 3/4 can of diet ginger ale, 2 tbsp almond milk, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom (I guess you could also use cinnamon or nutmeg). Blend until frothy. Comes out sort of like a shake. I also threw in a few slices fresh mango since it’s mango season, but mango is high in sugar so be wary. You can also use a bit of salt to taste (it brings out the flavors).

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Akren5 June 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I am new to Medifast, on day 3 right now and I’ve already lost 2 pounds! Since I’m only on day 3, I haven’t tried a whole lot of the meals, but a couple of them that I have tried, well, let’s just say that there is no way I will be able to eat them again. EVER. I don’t want to waste the remaining meals, though, so if someone can please recommend some recipes for the chocolate mint soft serve and the blueberry oatmeal, I would greatly appreciate it!

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pam August 1, 2012 at 4:27 pm

I mix the eggs, let them sit until the next meal (2 1/2 -3 ) hours; then cook in a skillet coated with cooking spray and you can’t tell them from “real” scrambled eggs.

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malissa james October 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm

i was just was looking for ideas on new receipes and ran into this site saw some good ideas and enjoyed the support and feed back comments one month on the medifast plan and i am loving it.. any receipe ideas for mango sft serve dont enjoy the taste..

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never2giveup October 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm

love the website a great support and feed back system one month into the program. i have some mango soft serve and not enjoying it any receipt ideas?

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Jalita November 13, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Hi everyone! I was wondering if you could tell me a good way to fix the soft serve?

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Glenda Eppinette December 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

I’m starting this diet right after I get over the flu, around Jan. 8. After reading all these recipe suggestions, I look forward to giving this diet a try. If any one has recipes to share please email them to me I would really like that. I’ve got a lot to lose, and need help to do it from people that know how it works
my e-mail is eppiegf@bayoucable.com

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Crystal March 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

My Husband and I started MF 14 days ago, I have lost 12 lbs and he has lost 15 so far. we have have found our favorite meals and others we wouldnt order again, but appreciate all of the tips to make them easier to eat. We are excited to have found a system that works and to finally be in control of our eating habits (even if it only has been a short periodof time). The MF system has a philosophy that we hope to use for the rest of our lives to help us get and stay healthy.

`Favorite breakfast is chocolate shake blended with water and ice every am. since its cold i drink it slow and it keeps me full for 3 full hours. Helps me start the day off right.

`bar for 2nd meal (love cinnamon, peanut butter, and lemon)
`chilli puff for 3rd meal
`pre-made dutch chocolate shake for 4th meal
`bar for 5th meal
`lean and green meal

Question: Having a hard time drinking powdered shakes with water in blender bottle. The only way i can drink it is if blended with ice (which i do not have at work) or the pre-made shakes but they are very expensive ($3 per shake!!) any suggestions? maybe make the night before and leave in fridge? Thanks for the help.

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