Nutrisystem meals & menus: Like other meal-delivery diets, Nutrisystem is based on the monthly delivery of pre-portioned prepared meals. Because their meals are the foundation of the diet, it’s really important to be familiar with the menu, so let’s take a closer look!
About Nutrisystem Meals:
Nutrisystem provides almost all of your (6 daily) meals and snacks each month, which is why it costs more than a do-it-yourself diet like Weight Watchers. In fact they provide your entire menu except supplemental fruits and veggies and several weekly “flex meals” which you prepare yourself or eat out.
Their meals are generally high in protein and fiber and low in carbs which helps to regulate your blood sugar and stop food-cravings. The six meals and snacks add up to between 1200-1500 calories per day for a gradual weight loss of 1-2 pounds per week for both women and men, all for about $10 per day
There are 3 meal plan levels including: BASIC, CORE, and Uniquely Yours; the main difference being that you’ll pay more for increased variety of food.
Nutrisystem categorizes their meals into four groups: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. By default your first month’s menu is the pre-selected “Favorites Pack” (top-rated meals & snacks), but the Core (most popular) and Uniquely Yours plans give you the option to substitute meal choices or customize your own menu.
Food Categories & How to Sort Meals:
If you’re looking to customize your menu, it’s easy. Just click “view menu,” choose a meal category like “breakfast,” and then click “filter by” for sorting options. You’ll get a list of all meals which can be filtered by:
- Low sodium
- High in protein
- Frozen / non-frozen
- Food allergies (milk, wheat, etc)
Click on any meal to get more info including customer reviews, nutrition facts, and ingredients. You can learn a lot from the thousands of reviews and ratings for each meal from real customers. While some meals are a big hit, other foods should clearly be avoided! (less than 3 stars)
*Note, there are not many gluten-free meal options
Food Nutrition & Ingredients?
Nutrisystem puts together a menu that’s high in protein and fiber and low in carbs while staying within the FDA’s recommendation for sodium. You can see the exact ingredients and nutritional info for every meal within the “View Menu“ section of their site:
Every day of Nutrisystem meals contains about:
- Calories: 1200-1500
- Carbs: 170g
- Protein: 77g
- Sodium: 1900-2300mg
- View more: Is Nutrisystem healthy?
For a sample menu, put together 3 meals & 3 snacks from below:
There are over 30 breakfast meal options including muffins, waffles, bars, and oatmeal. Here are Nutrisystem’s best rated breakfast meals:
Fuel up on protein and fiber while skipping all trans fats with these tasty meal options for lunch:
Who says dinner has to taste like you’re on a diet? Check out these top-rated dinners like pizza, roasted turkey, stuffed chicken breast, and pasta:
Favorite Desserts & Snacks:
Protein bars, cookies, and ice cream are among the most popular snacks and desserts for customers with a sweet tooth. Fill out the 3 snacks on your daily menu with favorites like:
Weekly FLEX Meals:
So, what are “flex” meals? Nutrisystem knows the flexibility of enjoying home-cooking and restaurant food are a must in a successful weight loss plan. Besides supplementing your daily meals with fresh fruits and vegetables, you’ll also choose a flex breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack every week.
The idea with these meals is to teach you to learn good eating habits and not always be dependent on prepared food. After you reach your goal weight you’ll add more food from the grocery store and healthy meals from restaurants.
Do You Enjoy Cooking Your Own Meals? If so, Nutrisystem provides hundreds of seasonal recipes for flex meals. Like their prepared meals, you can sort these by meals by breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snacks.
Maybe you just want to add a twist to Nutrisystem’s prepared meals?
If that’s the case, check out their “Tasty Takes on Nutrisystem Meals” for ideas of how to add more flavor and spice to meals you already have. Customers also call these, “Nutrisystem meal hacks or ideas.”
My Thoughts on Nutrisystem’s Meals & Menu:
Nutrisystem is a good diet option for women and men who want structure and convenience. This makes the diet a popular choice with busy people, but might leave others wanting more freedom with their menu.
While Nutrisystem is the most popular meal-delivery diet, you can also consider the South Beach Diet (cost / coupons) and Bistro MD (good menu!) for meal delivery alternatives. If you are considering signing up for Nutrisystem, here’s their best promotion:
If you enjoy cooking and eating out, then maybe a meal-delivery diet isn’t the best option for you. In that case, consider #1 rated Weight Watchers for more of a DIY approach to weight loss based on counting points.
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