I didn't notice much difference either way, my main reason for jazzing thigs up was needed a change...
I made the muffins with my peach oatmeal, because I usually don't have time to make oatmeal in the mornings, and a muffin is "grab and go". I found the muffins to be plain, lacking in any flavor, but I guess I could've added a bit of sugar-free syrup to punch up the flavor..
I've added syrups to the shakes (I tried Root Beer in the French Vanilla shake yesterday), but I find that they're so sweet on their own that when I add syrup, they become cloying. Perhaps the Capella flavor drops would be a good move since they don't add sweetness on their own, but I haven't sprung for any of those. I see a coupon advertisement from Capella every now and then, so perhaps I'll give them a try sometime..
I made Italian flatbread with the Cream of Tomato Soup just to see what it was like, and it was glorious. So I suspect I'll be doing that from now on, turning it into a pizza, rather than eating it as soup, since the soup is just "blah", and I really miss bread. I'm a carb-o-holic!..
I went in streaks. I love the simplicity of the program to just "grab and go" and that's what I mostly did. But when I got bored or needed to chew more, I'd do some "baking".
Whatever fits in your life and helps you be successful... that's the right way for YOU!..
In the beginning, I tried a lot of the recipes. I stuck w/a few of them mainly to have meals-on-the-go when I was on the road.
I used FitDay to log EVERYTHING in & all those spices, baking powder/soda, Splendas, SF syrups, etc. really do add up. I found that using a few of the recipes each day meant that I had to choose lower carb veggie selections to stay well under 100g carbs/day. I opted for packets & water so I could have my beloved broccoli, baby bellas & green beans...
I doctored things up a lot. Some things I ate plain, like choc pudding, dutch chocolate shakes, bars, hot cocoa. But most everything else I added extracts, s/f syrups, diet soda. I also made the banana bread a lot from the oatmeal, and I add cinnamon and a little salt to oatmeal everyday; and a bouillion to all the soups. I added a little onion and tomato to the chile..
I've done just fine..
I have "my own rule" and that is I can only jazz up or add extra to one packet a day!..