Sometimes I hear from people who crave a specific type of food and are worried that they won’t be able to have that food when on the Medifast diet. An example of this is salty foods. You might hear a comment like, “My perception is that most of the food offered at Medifast is sweet. Shakes and bars come in flavors that make them dessert-like. But what is offered to everyone?” people who like salty foods like chips and pretzels? Because I don’t really have a craving for sweets. I have a craving for salt. What’s in it for someone like me?”
When on Medifast, he eats five of the diet meals and one lean, green meal. In addition to this, you are allowed two snacks on the approved list each day. One of these snack options is dill pickles. You can have two pickle spears in addition to your five diet meals. That’s a pretty salty option.
Plus, Medifast offers its own meal and snack options for those who want something salty. They have several types of crackers (Garden Vegetable, Multigrain, White Cheddar and Apple Cinnamon Crackers). There are also several types of pretzels (honey mustard, cheese pizza, cinnamon and barbecue). Also, there are puff pastries that are kind of like chips in the chili cheese nacho and parmesan flavors. These are all really decent options based on savory snacks, but have been modified to be very diet friendly. For example, Chili Nacho Cheese Balls only have 110 calories, but they also have four grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein.
Also, you are allowed to salt and pepper your food within reason. You can have three servings of salt and pepper per day. Those serving sizes are 1/4 teaspoon of salt three times a day and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper three times a day. So you can salt your eggs for breakfast, your chili for lunch, and whatever lean, green meal you choose to have.
But to answer the question posed, the diet offers some good salty-type snacks. Also, you can have two pickle spears per day and you can salt and pepper your food within reason. I hope this helps. I think this diet does a good job of covering both the salty and sweet bases so that you at least have some “safe” foods to eat as alternatives to their full calorie counterparts.