I am on a Medifast liquid diet before surgery. It's a vanilla flavored powder that mixes with water. I've quickly tired of the recipe book purchased. I purchased the following extracts or imitation flavoring: almond, vanilla, orange, lemon, strawberry, banana, maple syrup, peppermint, mint, cinnamon, and rum.
I remember once when I was doing Slim Fast and got really tired of the taste I added some coconut extract and it was like drinking a pina colada, which tasted pretty darn good. I'm sure in time that would get old too, but hope it helps. Good luck with your surgery.
Ask your doctor if you can add a tiny bit of orange juice concentrate (or orange/mango concentrate). If not, then maybe the orange flavoring would work. This would taste a bit like an orange Julius!
The Crystal light orange flavoring you mentioned might work too. You can also add a bit of really high quality vanilla to it. Bourbon Vanilla Beans are the best. There's nothing like real high quality vanilla to make something taste great!
If you have any "ethnic" grocery stores, (especially East Indian) near by they usually have quite an assortment of flavoring syrups. These are supposed to be mixed with soda water, but they would be an easy way to add flavor to your drink.
When I was doing something similar I used pumpkin pie spice for flavoring.
Maybe you could try adding in a small amount of instant coffee granules along with ice cubes to your vanilla powder mix and blend it all in the blender for a sort of iced cappuccino drink.
I was also on Medifast. I added international foods instant flavored coffees. There are many varieties that are also sugar free.
I was on the liquid diet before surgery. I put mine in a blender with ice and made it like a slush. I added a couple of strawberries It was better then the extract.
When I was on Medifast I got all the flavors and mixed them with diet soda. Orange with peach (diet-rite). Chocolate with Canfield Fudge, strawberry with raspberry diet-rite, vanilla with orange soda.
When I was on medifast, the only way I could drink the vanilla shakes was with lime juice (which you are allowed to have) and a bit of diet 7-up. If you ever have to do it again, the chocolate is a lot easier to drink.
Perhaps I didn't completely understand your question, but I do Medifast now and it comes in a plethora of other flavors besides vanilla. Are you getting just the one flavor through your doctor? You can order all the other flavors on the internet without a doctor's prescription or anything.
To Clear up Any Confusion: I only have Vanilla Flavored Shake. I'm tired of just Vanilla. I use most of the extracts I purchased. I was hoping to get a recipe of sort for putting several extracts together to make a shake that tastes good. My experimentation has gone haywire sometimes. The shake packs are expensive so I hate to throw any out.
The orange julius sounds like a great idea. I've done the cocount. It just hit me that I should swing by a snow or ice cone shop to ask if they can give me ideas or google snow cone flavors.
Those are all awesome answers. I will start mixing then report back.
My husband is about to go on the Medifast liquid diet next Friday before his surgery in March. I cringe because I know he will get so bored with these shakes, which is why he has failed at most diets... he gets bored. He knows this is the last straw, so any ideas I can give him to make these shakes interesting will be good.
I used diet fag. They had cholate. But I can't find it now. I need to do this diet. It works. I have fibromylasia and excercize other then swimming is quite painful. But ID find something to maintain activity. . it was 0 calorie fag. Many flavors. And yes a. slushie