Medifast Shakes

Medifast Shakes Review

Medifast Shakes are the foundation of the Medifast Diet. I think it’s amazing that the company has introduced so many other types of food into the weight loss program, and I’ve tried almost all of them. Having such a wide variety allows you to really customize your eating plan and add quite a bit of variety to it. Lately, I’ve been focused exclusively on the shakes and the crunch bars. It’s part of an overall desire to simplify my life – and it’s been working pretty great.

Although I’m sure many people will disagree with me, I still think the shakes are the easiest and best tasting option out there. I drink the shakes when I’m at home and take the crunch bars with me when I’m on the go. The shakes are super-simple to prepare and actually fill me up better than the other foods.

Medifast Shakes are available in 5 flavors.

Here are my super-quick shake reviews:

  • French Vanilla – This is probably my favorite. It has a simple, light and clean flavor. I can drink these all the time and not get tired of them.
  • Dutch Chocolate – I like this one quite a bit. It’s definitely rich and chocolate-y (is that a word?)
  • Banana Creme – If you like bananas, this is pretty damn delicious. Reminds me of banana pudding. I like this one a lot, but would get burned out on it if I drank these all the time. Nice for a change of pace.
  • Orange Creme – Tastes kind of like orange sherbet. This is nice for breakfast, but probably wouldn’t want to drink it everyday. Sometimes it reminds me of the flavor of children’s chewable aspirin that I ate when I was a kid.
  • Strawberry Creme – Not so crazy about this flavor. A very sweet, synthetic strawberry flavor. It’s not disgusting and I would drink it in a pinch, but probably wouldn’t intentionally choose it.
  • Swiss Mocha – I hate this one and can’t bring myself to drink it. Not sure what it is, but something about the Swiss Mocha just really turns me off.

Everybody’s tastebuds are different, so don’t rely on me as the definitive judge of which flavors are good. I know people who absolutely LOVE the Swiss Mocha. So try a variety and see what works for you. Once you figure out the combination that works, you can adjust your orders to eliminate the stuff you don’t look forward to eating.

My enjoyment of Medifast Shakes has increased 100x since I bought a Rocket Blender and started using it on a daily basis. I mix them up with some ice cubes and the result not only tastes better, but seems to actually be more filling. I know a lot of people swear by the Magic Bullet, but you might try checking out Best Smoothie Blender Reviews to see which one looks like the best fit for you.

{ 62 comments… read them below or add one }

Jocelyn September 19, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I just started Medifast (today is day 10) and I stumbled across your blog. Lots of great info. Thanks! Even though you’re not doing Medifast at the moment, I thought I’d give you another Shake recipe to try when you go back OP. I had this last night for “dessert” and it was really good.

Rootbeer Freeze:
1 packet French Vanilla shake
1/2 cup diet rootbeer
1/2 cup ice
Blend in your Rocket Blender or Magic Bullet. Yummy!


Christopher September 22, 2009 at 11:54 am

Hi Jocelyn. Thanks for visiting! The Rootbeer Freeze sounds great. I’m kind of scared to try it in my Rocket blender, but I’ll take your word that it will not explode from all the carbonation. I’ll try this one out and will add it to the Recipes archive if it’s okay with you. I’ll even take some pictures in case it does explode!


Jocelyn September 23, 2009 at 9:16 pm

I’ve made the Rootbeer freeze in my Magic Bullet several times, and no explosions yet! Feel free to post the recipe. Now I just need to find a recipe to make those vanilla puddings taste better.


jen February 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I ran out of shakes, and I felt the same way about that gross vanilla pudding. Here is what I did. I turned them into shakes. I used 1 medifast shaker cup full of ice, 8 ounces of water, and a shot of davince sugar free syrup (I love the white choc or the caramel) – blend it all up in the blender, and presto, a shake!


Dawn September 24, 2011 at 10:14 am

I like the vanilla pudding if I add a bit of cinnamon to it.


Sandy Kachel October 25, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I just tried this as a smoothie:

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

2 tbl caned pumpkin pie filling
1/8 tsp nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice
1 pkt of french vanilla MF shake

blend together in blender and enjoy.

I don’t know the specs of pumpkin pie filling but it is low in calories and sugars.


jen February 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm

You can also use canned pumpkin, it is a lot better for you, and less expensive, than the filling.


hope September 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

is the canned pumpkin/ filling allowed as a condiment or healthy fat?


Della January 3, 2010 at 8:23 am

The best afternoon “pick – me – up”,

Chocolate Mocha Shake

1 Chocolate shake pkt
8oz cold coffee

Mix and put in fridge for 30 min to and hour. Sitting awhile turns the grainey texture into nice and creamy.

I save the left over coffee from the morning pot in the fridge or I get a vente coffee at Starbucks in the morning, drink half and put the other half in the fridge to use in my 2pm shake.

Also for a mocha smoothie, instead of water I fill an ice tray with coffee and use coffee cubes instead of ice cubes. For and added “wow” try adding imitation rum flavoring ….mmmmmm very good!


Stephani February 13, 2010 at 12:51 am

Here is a GREAT vanilla pudding recipe ! — “Soft serve Vanilla Ice Cream

1 Medifast Vanilla Pudding
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 oz. Fat Free Cream Cheese (this will count as your “snack” for the day)
1/2 cup cold water
1 cup ice

Blend all ingrediants in blender, then freeze until desired consistancy! This is Really good and you can make it with the Chocolate pudding as well.


Amy June 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm

I’ll have to try this! (I can’t stand the puddings as they are.)


Roni June 7, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Amy, I just had my first pudding today. I made mine at work and put it in the fridge for almost an hour, and thought it was probably better than eating right away. I think letting it sit gets rid of that grainy texture.


Chris January 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

I had read on line to let it sit too, and after taking it out of the frig two hours later it was very good. Mine was the chocolate.


getskinnybehappy February 17, 2010 at 7:59 pm

This sounds great! I a definitely going to try this out.


Annie Wagner July 25, 2010 at 5:59 pm

I too like the shakes the best. In fact I now buy only the vanilla by the case. I sometimes mix a can of diet soda with the shake (not in the blender, though) and it makes a “float”. I also have a variety of the coffee syrups that I add to change the flavor. I start every morning with a shake and don’t get hungry at all. I have been off the plan for a while as I have been sick this year, but am just starting back on it now. So glad I found your sight. Thanks!


Christopher July 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm

The vanilla shakes are great! I have stripped down my whole menu to vanilla, chocolate and banana shakes and an assortment of the crunch bars for when I’m wat work. Sorry to hear that you’ve been sick, and I hope you are feeling better. I would love to hear updates about your weight loss. Keep in touch!


Tammy July 27, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Thanks so much for the great ideas! I have been on the program for almost 1 month and all the recipes were getting quite boring. Now I’m excited to go home and, try a few new recipes.


Ann August 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I will be starting Medifast next week and was wondering if some of these recipes are okay for me to try right away, looking for anything good to make that will be okay till I get to my goal.


Karen September 22, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Does anybody have any ideas how to make the “Softserve” more palitable?
There is just something about the taste that doesn’t feel right, we have tried the peanut butter and the choc. mint.


Christopher September 23, 2010 at 8:49 am

I have been a little out of the Medifast loop and totally missed the release of the Softserve foods, but I will definitely be checking them out.


Kristy October 18, 2010 at 1:06 pm

I love the soft serve mixed with the puddings. I just mix them with water and then freeze in the shaker jars. Eat 1/2 at a time. I like to eat whet they are about 1/2 way frozen.

The chocolate pudding with mint soft serve is good
Vanilla pudding with peanut butter ss or mint ss is yummy!
Chocolate pudding with peanut butter ss is good!
Banana pudding with peanut butter ss is good!

They are my favorites


Mary February 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I am going to have to try this I can’t eat the SS as they are. I will try mixing with pudding. Thanks for all the great ideas and tips


pam June 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I really enjoy the soft serve and don’t find them grainy at all. I make them in the bullet with a little water and lots of ice. Process untill no more ice cubes.


Deedee June 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Karen, the chocolate mint soft serve is a whole lot less minty if you had twice the water and make more of a shake out of it. I don’t like the soft serve chocolate mint, but love my chocolate mint shakes.


Peggy March 20, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Oh yes I never did eat the soft serve the way it was designed. I always make it into a shake but I’ve never tried the Chocolate Mint!
I LOVE the Peanut Butter that makes a great shake. Just add water, Ice, and a little extra sweet with Stevia and YUM!


Beth November 5, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Hi, I am enjoying your recipes. I am a “newbie” but seem to be doing okay. I have been mixing the shakes, heating them in the microwave, and adding to my morning coffee — makes a great latte!


Norman June 14, 2011 at 10:12 am

Now that’s something I hadn’t thought of. Thanks!!!


Dina January 31, 2011 at 12:16 pm

German Chocolate Cake Shake

1 packet of Dutch Chocolate Shake Mix
1/2 cup Ice
1/2 cup water
1/2 tsp of Almond Extract
1/2 tsp of Coconut Extract


Maria February 3, 2012 at 10:33 am


Thankx so much for this recipe… I drink this all the time!! It’s like eating cake!


Kat November 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

This recipe rocks I rushed out and got my coconut and vanilla extract. It’s delicious. The shakes are the most filling and a no brainer!


Angie May 13, 2011 at 10:51 am

Hi, I’m trying to find recipes using the pudding mixes. Any suggestions?


pam May 27, 2012 at 6:57 pm

I use the Bullet and “grind” a bunch of ice cubes until there are no solid cubes left; add about 2 ounces of water and the chocolate pudding and blend so more. It tastes like fudge. I think the longer you blend the shakes and puddings, the less grainy they taste.


Amy June 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I love those Sonic Creamslushes, so I froze icecubes of grape flavored Crystal Light and put a few along with about 1/2 cup of the liquid Crystal light and blended it with a Vanilla shake. Not bad at all!

You inspired me to start a blog:


Chrisr712 June 25, 2011 at 11:33 am

Love these ideas. Just this AM I was making my shake in a hamilton beach personal size blender and I threw in a few frozen berries…. wow, I almost needed a spoon. the cappucinos are also good if you make them in the blender with ice.


MommosSkinny May 20, 2012 at 8:10 am

Chrisr712, fruit of any kind is not allowed on the 5&1 plan. It will totally take you out of fat-burning and it takes 3 days to get back in. If you want those flavors, you might try finding a sugar-free soft drink in a similar flavor and combining your Medifast shake, 4-5oz. of the soft drink, and 1c of crushed or cubed ice in a personal blender. Blend until smooth. It’s very thick and very good and only counts as 1 meal. The other option is to combine the mix, same amount of 4 oz water, 1c ice and 2T S-F fruit DaVinci syrup. Same procedure. Add 1 Condiment.


Nancy July 11, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I am just getting started with medifast and love all the ideas.
Help me my lean and green meal… Any ideas? Eating out ideas.


Tiffany September 18, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Chinese: Order steamed chicken or shrimp and veggies. Pick out any carrots and corn. Most restaurants have this on the menu. I just sprinkle a little soy sauce & eat the meat with hot mustard.
Mexican: fajitas w/o tortillas or rice & beans
Mongolian Grill: pick out meat & veggies just don’t put sauces on it, very tasty
Vietnamese: I order the grilled chicken or shrimp bun w/o the rice noodles, they just double up the fresh veggies. Siracha sauce.


Scott July 18, 2011 at 8:35 pm

My favorite is a Dutch Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie.

1 packet Dutch Chocolate Shake Mix
1+ cup water
1/2+ cup crushed ice
1 Tbsp chunky peanut butter (optional snack)

Blend to desired consistency in convenient bullet cup with handle 🙂


Faith June 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

Thanks for the recipe… Sounds yummo!


Rhianna February 9, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Can’t have peanut butter on plan, but you could substitute 2 Tbsp of PB2 (counts as an optional snack).


Sonja Smiley August 8, 2011 at 8:45 am

I am new on the Medifast Diet. Lost 8 pds. in 4 weeks. Need all the help with recipes I can get. Have enjoyed reading these recipes. Need help with Lean and Green.


Chrisr712 October 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I’ve been off Medicare for swipe. First for vacation then for a knee replacement. I’m thrilled that I did not gain any weight and actually went down another 5 lbs. Now I’m back to serious business and expect the same success I had earlier. I’ve lost 40 lbs and would like to lose another 10 or 20 . So glad I found this thread.


Billy December 3, 2011 at 8:58 am

They all sound very tasty but I would go with the French Vanilla. Probably the tastiest.


Faith June 14, 2012 at 12:55 am

Does the Vanilla have an aftertaste at all? I’ve been sticking to the chocolate, Swiss mocha, and peach iced tea.


Peggy January 21, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Baked Apples

4 Red Apples
1 Package of Sugar-Free Syrup
1/4 tsp Butter

Heat oven to 375°F. Core apples. Peel 1-inch strip of skin from around middle of each apple, or peel upper half of each apple, to prevent splitting.

In ungreased 8-inch square glass baking dish, place apples upright. Place 1/4 teaspoon of the butter and 1 tablespoon of the syrup in center of each apple. Pour water into baking dish until 1/4 inch deep.
Bake 30 to 40 minutes, spooning syrup in dish over apples several times, until apples are tender when pierced with a fork. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

I think next time I will sprinkle a little Splenda to give it a bit more sweetness.

This makes a nice side dish with grilled chicken.


Ben Ballinger April 24, 2012 at 5:28 pm

You do realize apples are not supposed to be eaten on this diet plan, right? They contain sugar and will take you out of ketosis and hurt your results.


Jillian March 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I’ve always had a hard time with my coffee, I am the type of person that cannot drink it black. I also found the swiss mocha shake to be gross. However one day I decided to take my swiss mocha packet, mix it with about 3oz of water and dump it in black coffee which I brew with cinnamon. Add a tbs of fat free vanilla creamer. DELICIOUS. I can drink it everyday! Works with vanilla or dutch chocolate as well. Enjoy!


Ben Ballinger April 24, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Most flavored creamers are filled with sugar. I would suggest switching for unsweetened vanilla almond milk which will contain next to no calories and be natural and much better for you.


Jessica July 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I use the sugar free non dairy version when I must have flavored cream in my coffee. Someone else also suggested to me that I add a bit of whatever flavor extract I want to a bit of vanilla soy milk and a packet of splenda. My favorite it to use the hot chocolate to make a mocha with, frothing it instead of microwaving it gets rid of all the lumps, and it tastes far better to me than using a packet in a cup of coffee. I also add a tablespoon of sugar free flavored syrup such as Davinci.


Celia March 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I lost a lot of weight many years ago when all there was was shakes and broth. I have about 20lbs to get rid of so I am turning back to Medifast. My favorite shake is Dutch chocolate with diet A&W Cream Soda. Another thing that adds flavor is a teaspoon of unsweetened Kool Aide. Enjoy….


pam May 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I think the chai latte is awful. Unfortunately, I ordered 2 boxes. When I need to get the 5th meal in, I mix it with water and chug-a-lug it down. Any recipes to make it more palatable?


MommosSkinny May 20, 2012 at 8:15 am

Try mixing it in a personal blender for the best texture. I prefer my mixed with about a ¼ c crushed ice and then served over ice.


Robyn June 6, 2012 at 8:52 am

I did the Medifast diet about 7 years ago and did great until last year when my thyroid went nuts. In 5 months I put on 45 lbs. So I’m back to Medifast and looking for my old favorite shake recipes. I’m finding that they all require this DaVinci syrup or that Torani syrup. So I went in search of syrup. I found one 5 oz bottle of Torani raspberry and Cost Plus, all others were 24.5 oz bottles. I couldn’t find the small ones anywhere, even online. I really didn’t want to buy a big bottle of syrup I may not even like! Then I remembered what I did 7 years ago… little bottles of extract or flavoring. For example to make a pina colada shake I added a little coconut flavoring, a little rum flavoring and a little Splenda or stevia to a vanilla shake. Those little bottles go a long way and are much cheaper than Torani. Play with them, make your own favorites. Also 1/2 cup of crushed ice is just not enough IMHO. Add a full cup of ice, blend, and have a nice thick, satisfying smoothie. Happy blending, and let me know if you come up with any wonderful combinations. Best of luck with Medifast. (and no, I am just a regular chubby person – I don’t work for Medifast)


Faith June 14, 2012 at 12:52 am

Thanks for the tip on the full cup of ice. I will try that in my Hamilton blender. I just started MF and on week 4. I need to experiment with the extracts again.


sue July 11, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I add a little instant coffee to my chocolate shake made with ice in my Bullet. Great flavor!


ChristinaM August 10, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Does anyone know if you can eat the Brownie mix without baking? I used the packet like a shake and blended it with peanut butter, ice and water. I love it but not sure if it includes anything that needs to be baked…


KAREN O December 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

someone on line freezes her brownie mix for a couple of hours, after mixing it up and eats it like fudge. I have tried that as well as eating it raw and I am still alive – it’s like eating cookie dough. yum !


Robyn January 31, 2013 at 2:37 am

Make a choc chip shake. Brownie mix, 1 cup water, 3/4 cup crushed ice, 1 tbsp ff cream cheese, splenda to taste. Blend in bullet. The little pcs of choc chip don’t blend completely and it’s almost like having a java chip frap at starbucks.


Ronda September 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I have been doing medifast for almost 2 weeks now I have lost 9 lbs first time I have seen any weight come off with any ease while trying to diet. Reading his has motivated me to change up the medifast. I used the chocolate pudding crushed ice and a few ounces of water using my mgic bullit blended it up it was very thick then i added a splash of carnations suger free French Vanilla coffee creamer mixed again till well blended to my surprise it tasted like a frosty from Wendys. Thanks for all the tips!!


Deb April 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Can we have the sugar free coffee creamers???If so..I am so excited! Black coffee has been the pits! I put splenda but still…love my Sugar free Italian cream creamer!


Jill April 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Yes, you can have sugar free creamers! 1 tablespoon counts as one condiment.


Helen April 29, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Does anyone know if Medifast contains any ingredients that cause blood thinning? I have lost 50 lbs on Medifast. I recently had to have a surgery and my doctor asked if I was taking any kind of blood thinners because I just oozed blood during surgery. Since I have been unsure of any blood thinning agents in Medifast I have laid off of the diet while in post op but I am in need of more protein for healing so have been wanting to get back on the diet. However, I am to soon have another surgery and am not sure if it is safe to use pre op. Does anyone out there know?


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