I'm surprised they make you gag. The shakes were my first meal, the dutch chocolate, and I loved it. Mix it in a blender with ice cubes or try a shake cake. The recipe is on the forum somewhere..
I like to add a few ice cubes and about 5 oz of water and shake it a lot. Then put in fridge and every time you open the fridge, shake it some more. then eat the next day. The chocolate was so thick and delicious, I was sad it was all gone!..
I'm with u, I may belong to one of the minority groups that hate shakes I never really liked them, they appeared chalky to me all the time....though soaking them for sometime helped....nowadays i'm having atleast 2-3 shakes a day, I put some instant coffee while blending them, that makes it taste good, though i've to try it the way Alisa mentioned above........
I drink mine mixed into coffee or blended with ice. Either way, the shakes have to be blended in the magic bullet to make them smooth and creamy. For me, just shaking isn't enough...
Do you have to have lots of shakes each day, I am waiting for my kit and drinking shakes sounds like it would be pretty boring after a while, especially if they taste terrible...
You don't have to have any shakes at all if you don't want to. I found them drinkable, but not tasty at first. But after a few weeks, dutch choco shake became one of my favorite Medifast meals (blended with ice)..
I stopped drinking them for a while in favor of bars and puffs, but just recently rediscovered my love of the dutch choco shake! I would say if you don't like them in the next week, just hold on to them. You might love them in a month or two..
It might be hard to imagine that now, but it happened to me over and over again with the Medifast food - I hated the puffs and the pretzels at first, now I crave them!..
Thank you all for your quick responses. I've tried the dutch chocolate so far and the french vanilla. I just shook them with 8 oz of water in the little shaker that comes in with our kit. I'll have to try blending it with ice and I do like coffee so that may be helpful as well. I hope I can find some way that I don't feel like I need to chug it just for the sake of getting it down...
Insert shake mix into Ninja blender.
Put ice in up to one layer over the top set of blades.
Put a tube of Starbucks VIA instant coffee in.
Put about an inch of water in it.
Blend it until the ice stops clickin'.
Pour it up.
And you have on fine tastin' drink...
I agree that you will most probably grow to like the shakes blended with ice. However, here's the recipe for the "shake cake." Hope you like it....
1 shake, any flavor.
1 TBSP Eggbeaters or beaten egg.
2 TBSP water.
Tsp baking powder ( condiment).
Mix in small glass or ceramic bowl (no need to spray) until smooth. Cook in microwave for 1 minute and then 30 seconds at a time until done...
I love to put mine in the magic bullet BUT I load that thing w/ice so it's so thick it's like a shake then I take my chocolate mint bar crush it up and stir it in..and wala..a blizzard....
[COLOR="DarkOrchid"The Cakes sound good, and I think that was my problem the first time I tried the shakes... I used water and just tried to shake it... wasn't freezing cold or anything so it just tasted disgusting to me. Those options with ice and the cake idea should be able to help me out with the Shakes! I really appreciate all of your responses. Can't wait to try them out! It's so nice to see how well all of you are doing on your way to achieving your weight loss goals, definitely inspiring for myself who just began Medifast on Friday! [/color]..
This is my favorite: Dutch Chocolate shake plus a shake of ground cinnamon, mix it in the blender with a full cup of COLD water and crushed ice....yummy!.
Or you can add an 1/8 tsp of sugar free Kool Aid powder in the black cherry flavor to the Dutch Chocolate shake, and blend it up....a cool black-cherry chocolate shake; delicious!..
I like to keep a bag of Sonic ice and blend my shakes with a cup and 1/2 of ice and 1/2 cup water until it is as smooth as ice cream. It makes a lot...
I buy Walden Farms (in the diet sections of stores) chocolate syrup and add a glob of it to the shake mix. I use the Medifast blender, which is like a Bullet blender. I also drink the Dark Chocolate Shakes rather than the Shake 55 mix. I buy SF raspberry syrup at WalMart and add about a T. of it to the shakes at least once a day. If you don't have a blender, buy the Medifast shaker with the metal ball inside, for it mixes it up really well too.
And just the last two weeks I've fallen in love with the Blueberry and Cherry shakes. Never in the world thought I would try them, much less like them. But after nearly 6 months on Medifast foods, I wanted something different. I generally keep about 35 different Medifast foods in my pantry and boredom has not hit me yet.
Great idea about the cinnamon addition, too, and I'll try that one for sure. And the Kool Aid powder in the cherry is nothing I would have figured out. THANKS for that tip...
TexasLiz: I cannot take credit for the Kool Aid...I picked that hint up from somewhere else, but it's a good one to share!.
By the way....where do you find Dark Chocolate flavor shake?..
I love the vanilla shake with Vanilla Ice Cream flavored Capella drops. I whirl it in my blender with lots of ice, thicken it up, then sit it in the freezer for a while. Delicious...
Try using diet cream soda instead of water in the blender. YUMMY!!..
I'm new too and have to say that I'm not loving the texture of the shakes if I just shake them either. Seems the blender is the way to go..
I'm finding SO many helpful tips to make the food more enjoyable by looking through the message boards. It's very inspiring to see so many folks so dedicated to changing their lives!..
Another thing you can try is blending a shake, and then pouring it into a popsicle mold and leaving it in the freezer until it hardens. Some people freeze the puddings to get an ice cream/fudgsicle consistency, but you can freeze the shakes too, for various flavored ice pops. If you don't have popsicle molds, you can try using an ice cube tray to suck on one at a time, or you can try small paper cups with a popsicle stick in them as a kind of makeshift mold, and then peel/tear the cup away if it won't separate easily.
Good luck with whatever you try! There are so many creative things that you can do with the Medifast food that I'm sure you'll find something you like as long as you keep experimenting..
I freeze my shakes for an hour before eating them, then stir well again before eating. The resulting consistency is similar to frozen yogurt. I find taking the time to do this makes the shakes much more palatable...
I add a TBL of fat free cream cheese to mine, blend in magic bullet and it gives more of an ice cream texture and no chalky taste. YUM, I love the dutch chocolate. I also add sugar free syrup. Kahlua to the chocolate and instant cofee to the swiss mocha. I also add PB2 once in a while to the chocolate!..
Hi There! I mix mine with diet coke (french vanilla) and drink it down! Love it! If you're a Diet Dr. Pepper person, try that. Try mixing the chocolate or strawberry or orange (not my fav) with Diet A&W Cream Soda. Beware that the pressure will build in your shaker and explode all over you and your kitchen! I bought the larger shakers from WalMart (Rubbermaid) and I use those - shake it coupel of times and release the pressure, shake more and release and shake a lot and drink. Once you get going and SEE the results - you'll motivated to love the shakes! Although I did like them from the beginning, but ony with Diet Coke. Let me know what you think! Good luck and keep your eye on the prize!..
Here is one more for you...pick up different flavors of extracts at your grocer's. I just blended a Dutch Chocolate with an 1/8 tsp of peppermint extract, a few cubes of ice and one cup of cold water. I would have used flavored sparkling water if I had a flavor that would have gone with the chocolate. I placed it in the freezer and I will have "ice cream" for breakfast.
I am new here as well and I just keep searching the boards for any and all suggestions. I save the recipes and that way I can refer to them as needed..
Just don't give up...if I can learn to love (tolerate) the oatmeals and chicken noodle soup...you can get with the shakes...LOL..
I use a lot of ice and more water than recommended, and blend. This morning I made a shake this way with the chocolate pudding and orange extract. OMG it tasted like those orange dark chocolate balls you get at xmas. Of course, my taste buds may be a scootch suspect at this point as I've been on Medifast for a week and a half - many things are extremely delicious when you're living on 900 calories/day!!!!..
I haven't been through all the responses to this thread, but I have found that the colder the shakes are, the better they taste. Definitely in the blender with ice is good, but I also like to mix the vanilla shake with either diet cream soda or diet root beer plus ice. Whatever you do, don't mix with a soda in your regular little shaker cup. Remember what happens when you mix baking soda with vinegar? Well, the same frothy, overflow experience occurs with soda and Medifast shake! Yee haw!..
I made this yesterday, yum!.
M/F Dutch Choc. Cookie.
Dutch Choc. Shake.
1/2 tsp baking powder.
1/2 tsp Splenda (optional).
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder.
Enough water to mix into ball (1/2 cup?).
Pam spray cookie sheet. Plop cookie onto sheet.
Bake 350 for 12 min..
Let cool b4 removing from cookie sheet.
There's also a Shake Cake recipe somewhere on the boards...
Try sugar free flavored syrups, too. There are soooo many flavors out there. The best place to buy them is at a large liquor store like BevMo. They have dozens of flavors and the big bottle is around 5 bucks, much cheaper than buying the small ones at the grocery store...
Thanks for the post, I have not tried the shakes because I hate the idea of the aftertaste... with so many great ideas I will try it now..