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Here are some Tips that I have gotten from other people, and ones that I have found on my own.  If you have any you would like added, let me know!

The following is a list of snacks you can have on the program:2 dill pickles, 3 celery stalks, 1 c Sugar-free Jell-O, 1 Sugar-free Popsicle, 1 Bouillon, 1 Packet of Medifast Crackers, or 1 Medifast Fast Soup

You can have coffee, tea, and diet sodas but make sure to limit to 3 a day. You can use artifical sweeteners such as Splenda and Equal. You can also use low-fat dairy creamer and 1-2 tbsp of skim milk.

**Question regarding lumps in Hot Drinks** The best way to prevent lumps in the hot drinks is to first add cold water (2 ounces) and pour packet into mug or shaker jar. Then stir and make sure powder completely dissolves. Then you want to add an additional 4-6 ounces of hot water (not boiling).

You can do one of two things to get rid of the lumps. Get a magic bullet express and blend all your hot drinks. Or, mix them with room temperature water and then microwave for 1 minute. I drink the chai all the time and the first time I followed directions on the packet, I got exactly what you got,lumps. If you do not want to buy a magic bullet express, a regular blender will work too. The magic bullet express really makes everything very creamy. Hope this helps!

Regarding the "lumps" in the hot cocoa, capp and chai.... you can do a couple of things... the best way is to take your product and put it in the shaker jar and shake it up... THEN put in the microwave to heat it up... the other way is to NOT ADD BOILING water... that is what makes it lumpy...

The ounces of meat Medifast recommends are the cooked ounces.

The lean and green meal can be eaten at either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Just make sure to get all 5 Medifast meals and the lean and green meal in every day. Make sure to also get at least 64 ounces of water. You should be eating something ever 2-3 hours.

Add a chicken boulion to the chicken and rice, and a beef boulion to the chilli or ministrone. I add extra water and it makes a bigger portion and a lot more flavor.

I too found that coffee maker hot is perfect for the cream soups and and cocoa !!!

Don't give up on it though, it really is good. I add a small amount of broccolli and freshly shedded parmesian cheese to my cream of broccolli soup and that is really good. The chicken and wild rice and chicken noodle soup is best when you cook it like the chili. For much longer than it says on the directions. Just check it every 3 minutes. I also add celery, green peppers and onion to the chicken noodle soup. It makes it seem like you are eating more.

The minestrone soup was a challenge for me too! I found the trick is to prepare it 1/2 hr before serving! It truly takes that long for the pasta, etc. to hydrate properly, and the flavor to come out. MUST be done on the stove top. Add the soup mix to 1 cup of water in a small pan. Bring to a boil. Simmer three minutes. Turn off the heat, put cover on pan, and let rest for 1/2 hour. Then warm up again and serve. I think you will find it is pretty good. I do all of my soups and oatmeals on the stove top. I think the product done in the microwave is inferior every time.

Oh yes the minestrone was the first thing I tried on medifast and was like oh dear this isnt going to work but then some one shared a tip to add an extra cup of boiling water and beef bouillon cook it then turn it off and cover, half hour later it was actually good! I even ended up ordering more, so there you go, I haven't tried the chili yet but am sure with extra tlc it too will be good. My fav is the chicken noodle soup. Happy New Year to all!

I have some cream of chicken soup too. It's not my favorite but it's really not that bad if you doctor it up. Hope you are using just warm water to start. I put the package in a bowl with a few heaping Tablespoons of warm water and use a wire wisk to blend it into a cream. This helps with taking the lumps out. After it forms a creamy mixture, pour the rest of your water in and continue to stir until well mixed. Then I add about a tsp. of instant powdered chicken boullion to it and stir it around. Then I pop it back into the microwave for 30 seconds or so to heat it up a little more. I like my soups hot. It really isn't that bad this way.

Discovered something accidentally that was actually good! I mixed 2/3 cup water with my chicken noodle soup instead of a whole cup. Turned out to be like a chicken/rice dish...something I miss. Someone might want to try it for a "break" from regular soup!

Minestrone Soup: Mix and put in a Thermos bottle for a couple of hours before eating.

 

I'd ordered the chili but hadn't tried it yet, when I saw your post! I put a can of chopped tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, then cooked it with the lid on it for about 1/2 hour on the stove. Took quite awhile for the beans to soften, but it was really tasty. Only ate about 1/2 of it before I was full. Thanks for the tip!

I had the same problem with the chili. I add 5-6 ounces of water to the chili and diced onions, celery and green peppers and cook it for what seems like ever! I cook it 3 minutes and stir, 3 minutes and stir, 3 minutes and stir, and continue this until it is thick and then I cover the bowl with a plate and let it sit while it cools and then it is really good and filling and the beans are no longer hard. I think the cooking directions on the chili need to be changed.

I LOVE the Chili - this is how I fix it. I mix it first with water and nuk it for 1 minute. Then I add 2T. vinegar, (I use apple cider) 1T. Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 C. canned diced tomatoes, chili pepper to your taste, garlic powder, salt, pepper, sometimes I add some chopped mushrooms and onions. Put it back in the microwave for 1 min 30 sec., cover and let sit for 10-15 min. Then I nuk again for 1 minute right before I eat it because I like it hot! It's delicious this way! Just remember to take some away from your "green" meal if you add the tomatoes, onions and mushrooms, although it's very minimal, maybe 1/2 C. tops.

 

Makes shakes ahead of time and let sit in refrigerator for about an hour to make them thicker.

Add cherry jello to vanilla shake with ice and blend. (already made jello)

The hazelnut syrup is also good in the banana shakes or pudding - banana bread flavor!

I like to make the vanilla shake with prepared sugar-free Tang (instead of water) in the blender with ice. Makes it taste like an orange smoothie.

If you are using sugar-free Jell-O, Crystal Light or Kool-Aid to flavor you shakes you want add in as a powder and blend with the shake and water.

**Medifast Update** You can heat up the shakes if you choose to. In order to heat them up you first want to mix it with cold water and then heat for a minute and a half in the microwave.

I like to make the vanilla shake with prepared sugar-free Tang (instead of water) in the blender with ice. Makes it taste like an orange smoothie

I use the chocolate shakes hot. I do add the Da Vinci syrups to them to change the flavor a little. They are really good hot.

Here's a new recipe I tried that is YUMMY! Mix English Toffee SF DaVinci Syrup with choclate shake, blend well with ice, and you get a great treat! Kind of like chocolate Turtles candy! :)

With the vanilla shakes, I mix them with diet black cherry soda or diet root beer and they taste just like an ice cream soda!

Try adding "Torani" or "Davinci" flavored "sugar free" syrups to the shakes. My favorite is vanilla shakes with Torani sugar free egg nog syrup.

I've tried the egg nog flavour and it is terrific. I mix 1 tbl. with the vanilla shake, nutmeg and cinn. to taste. I even have it hot sometimes. It tastes just like the real thing to me.

I'm with you on the white chocolate syrup - I have used more than half a bottle - I love it in the hot cocoa - talk about a decadent treat. I also like the Kahlua which kinda a coffee flavor in the hot cocoa and the vanilla shake.

Banana Shake: 2 packets Splenda and Hazelnut syrup.

Add packet Cyrstal Light On The Go to shakes.

I am not a big fan of the shakes, but you have to use them up. I use the syrups but also warm the shakes up. The chocolate and vanilla shakes are good in coffee. Also, as you read the boards, shakes go great with the oatmeal in the cookie recipe. If you like the shakes cold, they are better made ahead in the blender and refrigerated for a while before you drink them. They are much creamier this way. Hope this helps you use up your shakes.

 

***Medifast Recipe*** Egg Nog Shake 1 packet of French Vanilla Shake 6-7 oz of cold water 1 teaspoon Egg Nog Sugar Free Syrup (DaVinci) to teaspoon Sugar Free Butter Rum Syrup (DaVinci) - teaspoon Sugar Free Spice Blend Syrup (DaVinci) Couple dashes of Nutmeg (optional) --Makes 1 cup. Mix the water and vanilla shake (powder) together. Add the flavorings and top with nutmeg.

Here's the recipe for a CINNABON SHAKE - and it's dee-lish!! 1 tsp Butter Buds and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon added to the vanilla shake powder, add to the H2O, and YUMM-EEE!!!

Add 1/2 to 1 packet of "Crystal Light On the Go" Classic Orange flavor to the vanilla shake...it tastes just like an orange creamsicle.

You can mix the shakes with diet sodas. Just make sure to limit your diet sodas and coffee to three a day. Also make sure to get in the 64 ounces of water.

orange-pineapple and strawberry creme. I like to mix it and leave it in the freezer for about 30 minutes then I eat it with a spoon

Banana Pudding: Add nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla extract.

Add tsp. sugar free flavored syrup in puddings.

I freeze my pudding for an hour and than mash it up it is just like a pudding pop, or ice cream.

I love carmel in choc pud. and raspberry in choc pud. too.

I had trouble getting the chocolate pudding to set as well. I couldn't decide if it was the amount of water I was adding or the temp or what. Here is what finally works for me. I make 2 packages at a time with just slightly less than 1 cup of water. I put it in the blender and add 1/4 tsp. of mint extract. Then I divide it into 2 servings and put it in the very back of my fridge (coldest part) for at least 24 hours. Sometimes it's in there for a couple of days before I eat it. This gives a good pudding consistency and I love the choc/mint taste.

Regarding the oatmeal...I HATE it runny (I refer to it as "gruel"!) Funny how consistency makes such a difference! I have one particular bowl I use...OK, I've just measured it. It takes a scant 2/3 c. water. Put in oatmeal, add water, stir, microwave one minute; remove,add splenda and cinnamon, stir again. Yum. And to think, it's so icky otherwise! (One min. works for this microwave; it's fairly powerful. You may have to experiment once or twice.) good luck. It's nice to have something warm on these cold mornings!

Oatmeal Muffin Recipe 1 Packet Medifast Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 1 tbsp vanilla extract 1/8 tsp salt 1/2 tsp canola oil 2 tsp cinnamon 1 packet Splenda 1/8 tsp baking powder 1/2 c water Pre-heat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together. Add extra water, if necessary to get medium think consistency, enough to fill three mini muffin cups. Spray cups with no fat cooking oil before filling and bake for 12-14 minutes at 350.

You can make oatmeal cookies with the apple cinn. oatmeal: 1 package app.cinn.oatmeal 1/4 tsp cinnamon 3 tsp splenda 1/8 c. water 1/8 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Mix all dry ingredients. Add extract & water. Stir until moistened. Set aside for 5 to 10 min. to get right consistency. Place on pan spray with pam. Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes. (I usually make 3 cookies) They taste great. You'll feel like you are getting a treat. Make sure you get them golden brown. They will be spongy but still good.

The Brownie recipe requires 8 packets of product and the Oatmeal Muffins requires one packet. The Medifast team would like to look into this recipe to make sure the 3 oz portion is the correct serving size. All recipes need to be approved to make sure they following the 5 and 1 guidelines. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to come up with this new and exciting recipe and Medifast just wants to make sure we are providing you with the accurate serving size. (from Medifast)

***Medifast Recipe*** Pumpkin Pie 1 Packet Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 1 Packet Medifast Multigrain Crackers 5 oz water 1/4 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice (to taste) 3 teaspoons Splenda (to taste) Mix Oatmea, water, spice, and sweetener together. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir thickened mixture. Chill in freezer 10 minutes and spoon onto crackers. Remember this counts as one Medifast meal and your 1 snack for the day.

Tuna salad using tuna, onions, celery, tomato, and MF ranch dressing (I used the low-fat recipe on the dressing instructions) It tasted just like tuna salad w/mayo..

If you add a bouillon to your Medifast meal that counts as a Medifast meal and your one snack for the day.

You can have a sugar-free popsicle. That would be your one snack for the day.

Try to find low-sodium bouillon. I had been using regular bouillon in my soups everyday and then happened to read the sodium content - 1100g in one bouillon cube!! I found a low-sodium version with only 5g. A little higher in price but I think it is better to have less sodium intake.

To make a shake with diet pop....

Always add the packet to the liquid, never the other way around.

Whether it is soup, oatmeal, pudding or a shake that you are making - liquid in the container first - water or diet pop then add the packet to the water/pop.

To make a shake/soda: slowly stir the packet into the pop - it will be foamy and fluffy...if you make it in the blender...pour about 4-5 ounces of diet pop into the blender, add a packet of French Vanilla Shake mix, put the lid on the blender...slowly begin to whirl and increase speed. Add the rest of the diet pop and some crushed ice. Whirl until thick and icy. It is wonderful

 

This morning I had pancakes. I put about 1/3 c. of water into the apple cinnamon oatmeal mix, stirred it and let it sit for a couple of minutes until thick. I spooned "blobs" onto a teflon skillet that I had sprayed with Pam. As they browned on one side, I flipped them over. It didn't take long, but you do have to stand there and watch them so they don't burn. I put them on a plate, sprinkled them with Splenda and cinnamon that I had mixed together. I felt like I was at the fair eating one of those deep fried waffles....well, almost!

 

Oatmeal Pancakes

1 pkt Medifast Oatmeal
3 tsp Splenda
1/8 tsp baking powder

1/3 cup water
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat pancake griddle or pan.

Mix all dry ingredients together. Add extract and water. Stir until moistened. Set aside for 5 minutes to allow ingredients to achieve appropriate consistency.

Spray pan with butter flavored Pam. Pour mixture onto pan and spread out to form a pancake. Cook over med/low heat until set on one side. Turn to set on opposite side. Turn up heat to Med/High and brown on both sides.

Top with "I can't believe it's not butter" spray and sugar free syrup.

 

1 Vanilla Medifast Shake
8 oz cold coffee
crushed ice
vanilla extract to taste.

Blend it up and drink. I use a lot of crushed ice to make it nice and thick.

 

I usually do 1/2 of a can of soda in blender with enough ice to make a thick shake, then put in a tall glass and slowly pour the rest of the soda over it, kind of like a float. My favorite sodas are canfield's diet chocolate and cream soda. Happy Floating...

 

It’s Legal Punkin’ Pie!

Ingredients
1 packet Medifast-Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
1 packet Medifast-Multi-Grain Crackers
5 oz water
teaspoon + Pumpkin Pie Spice (to your taste…Leopard Woman likes a tad bit more!)
3 packets Splenda™ (to taste - )
(Optional: Squirt a teensy tinsy bit of Redi-Whip™ or a teensy blob of Fat Free Cool Whip™ on top)

Directions
Mix Oatmeal, water, Pumpkin Pie spice and Splenda™ together. Microwave on high 2 min. Stir thickened mixture. Chill in freezer 10 min and spoon onto crackers…

Enjoy this tasty treat – it is so good that is seems sinful, but it’s not!

You may crunch up the crackers and add a snort of water and press them into a plate sprayed with Pam and then spread the pie filling on top of the crust and eat it that way, too.

Created by Leanne Edwards

 

Yummah Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies

1 pkt Medifast Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
tsp cinnamon
2-3 packets Splenda sweetener (I prefer 1 packet)
1/3 cup water
1/8 tsp baking powder
tsp vanilla extract

Pre-heat oven to 350.

Mix all dry ingredients together. Add extract and water.
Stir until moistened.

Set aside for 5-10 minutes to allow ingredients to achieve appropriate consistency.

Place spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet (spray with Pam or use the Release Aluminum foil) and bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until cookies have browned. You may need to bake them longer, depending upon your personal likes.

 

I too cook mine on top of the stove.. I put a cup of water in a pot and add the c.noodle soup, then 1 chicken bouillon cube and a few pieces of chopped onion, chopped celery(optional) and black pepper.. stir and bring it to a boil, cover with a lid and simmer for about 7- 8 minutes or so