When you choose to do the NutriSystem diet, there are many things that you will feel overwhelmed with. One of these is that the system comes with three meals a day and one snack for women or three meals a day and two snacks for men. Of course, there are going to be times when you might not want to eat pre-packaged foods all day long. NutriSystem offers you the chance to add some fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet, along with a few additional choices when you need a new snack idea that is going to help you curb your snack cravings.
- 1 What are NutriSystem Snacks?
- 2 How to Choose the Best NutriSystem Snacks for You
- 3 1.Apple and Nut Butter
- 4 2. Cucumber and Hummus
- 5 3. Blended Frozen Banana and Cherries
- 6 4. Honey, Berries, and Cottage Cheese
- 7 5. Strawberries, Cottage Cheese, and Rice Cakes
- 8 6. Honey, Peaches, and Yogurt
- 9 7. Hardboiled Egg
- 10 8. Chocolate and Banana “Candy”
- 11 9. Healthy Pineapple Whip
- 12 10. Healthy Ice Cream
- 13 The Best Choices for Snacks When You Are Not Home
- 14 A Look at Our Favorite NutriSystem Snacks
- 15 The Top NutriSystem Snacks When You Need Something Salty
What are NutriSystem Snacks?
NutriSystem snacks are the perfect choice for you when you are busy, overwhelmed and hungry. Sometimes you do not have access to the snacks that come with the meal plan and other times you might just want to eat something that is not a part of the meal plan.
You might even occasionally find yourself stuck with only vending machine choices. The biggest thing that you should remember is that it is okay to eat lightly throughout the day when you are doing the NutriSystem plan. You can eat foods that are not “NutriSystem” foods, but you still need to make the right healthy choices.
Instead of running into your local gas station and grabbing a bag of chips to hold you over, you are going to learn the tools that you need to find success in healthy snacking. Many convenience foods come at a high cost to your overall health. This means that you are putting excess sugar, fats, and carbs into your body. Plus, many of these seemingly innocent small packages of snacks have much more sugar in them then you should be consuming in an entire day.
Just because you want to be able to snack or you get stuck without your pre-prepared foods does not mean that you can’t stick to your plan. It is possible for you to stick to eating healthy and delicious snacks.
How to Choose the Best NutriSystem Snacks for You
There is a wide range of different NutriSystem snacks for you to consider. You can have the most success by trying out the snacks that match your cravings. There are sweet and savory snacks as well as frozen treats and salty snacks. So, you really can have a lot of tasty options with NutriSystem snacks.
Best of Guide
We have compiled a list of the best NutriSystem snacks that you need to try. These snacks are all approved on a diet and all of them are low in calories. The biggest thing to remember is that if you are trying to avoid weight gain while dieting, you have to stick to a low-calorie model. This means that while you can eat foods that are not on the plan, you will have to ensure that you are making these choices in the best and most healthy way possible.
By doing this, you will reach your goals. The best part will be the feeling that you get when you step on the scale or when you fit into those jeans that have been in your bottom drawer for far too long. Here is a look at ten of the healthiest snacks that you can have when you are at home. Don’t worry. We are going to share some of our favorite snacks on the go as well!
1.Apple and Nut Butter
If you are feeling that slump that comes from being hungry and needing immediate energy, then an apple with nut butter might be the best choice for you. Take a medium apple and cut it into slices. Then simply measure a tablespoon of nut butter to dip your apple slices in.
This snack will be less than 200 calories, and with the average peanut butter, it will be 165 calories. When you are following the NutriSystem plan, this snack contains one PowerFuel and one SmartCarb. The best part about this snack is that it is delicious and will leave you feeling satisfied.
- 1 x Medium Sized Apple
- 1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter (natural without added sugar or salt is the best choice for peanut butter)
- 165 calories
- 1 x PowerFuel
- 1 x Smart Carb
2. Cucumber and Hummus
During a rough afternoon, one of the best snacks that you can find is cucumber and hummus. This snack is a great savory and delicious choice. You can have one cup of cucumber slices and a quarter cup of hummus for just 125 calories.
In addition to this, if you still need a little more to eat, a piece of light string cheese is just 60 calories, which totals out to 185 calories total. This is still under 200 calories but offers you everything that you need to beat that mid-afternoon slump.
With NutriSystem, this snack will count as one Vegetable and one SmartCarb. However, if you have added a piece of string cheese, you will have a PowerFuel as well.
- ¼ cup hummus
- 1 cup cucumber slices
- 1 piece of light string cheese (optional)
- 125 calories, 185 calories (with optional string cheese)
- 1 x Vegetable
- 1 x SmartCarb
- 1 x PowerFuel (with optional string cheese)
3. Blended Frozen Banana and Cherries
There are going to be times when you want a frozen and delicious sweet treat. Combining one tablespoon of almond butter, a small amount of water, one half of a cup of frozen cherries and a half of frozen banana in a blender is going to offer you a sweet treat that does not sabotage your diet. This treat will remind you of sorbet, and it will fit into your NutriSystem lifestyle as one PowerFuel and one SmartCarb. It has 189 calories total.
- ½ banana
- ½ cup frozen cherries
- 189 calories
- 1 x PowerFuel
- 1 x SmartCarb
4. Honey, Berries, and Cottage Cheese
Combining two teaspoons of honey, a half cup of cottage cheese, a half cup of sliced strawberries, and a half cup of blueberries is a great way to beat that sluggish feeling that you get when you are in between meals.
This snack packs a powerful punch, and if you are feeling adventurous, you can actually blend this snack together for a very sweet surprise. You will be shocked at how much this snack tastes like a bad-for-you dessert. It is a few calories under 200, and you get to count two Extras, one PowerFuel, and one SmartCarb.
- 2 teaspoons honey
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- ½ cup sliced strawberries
- ½ cup blueberries
- Under 200 calories
- 1 x PowerFuel
- 1 x SmartCarb
- 2 x Extras
5. Strawberries, Cottage Cheese, and Rice Cakes
Let’s face it; you are going to have days where you do not stick to a meal plan or a lifestyle change. There are days when life is going to get in the way from your goals and will cause you to rethink your overall ability to enjoy a good healthy snack. While that is sure to happen more often than you will want to admit, this snack is one that you can prepare ahead of time so that you are never without something healthy on hand.
You can have two whole grain rice cakes (without salt!), a half cup of strawberries, and a quarter cup of cottage cheese and still are consuming less than 200 calories. With the NutriSystem lifestyle, this snack counts as two Extras, one PowerFuel, and one SmartCarb.
- ½ cup strawberries, sliced
- ¼ cup cottage cheese
- 2 whole grain rice cakes, unsalted
- Under 200 calories
- 1 x PowerFuel
- 1 x SmartCarb
- 2 x Extras
6. Honey, Peaches, and Yogurt
Commercial flavored yogurt has become very popular lately. The biggest problem with these commercially flavored yogurts is that they add extra sugar, flavoring, and other ingredients that seriously boost the calorie count.
If they are not boosting the calorie count, then chances are there are still some additional ingredients that are not the most healthy. Plus there is the fact that a small cup of yogurt typically does not satisfy anything and leaves you wanting more to eat. This is one favorite snack that you will find yourself falling back to again and again.
Combining a medium peach that has been cut into small pieces with a six-ounce container of Greek yogurt and a teaspoon of honey is an excellent way to power through any late morning or afternoon slump. This snack is still under 200 calories and will count as one Extra, one SmartCarb, and one PowerFuel.
If you’d like to add just a little crunch to make it feel like a true treat or just because you love an extra texture, then top it with one tablespoon of low-fat granola. The granola will add one Extra and 24 calories, which puts you just over 200 calories.
- 1 x 6 oz container of plain Greek yogurt
- 1 x Medium Sized Peach, cut into small pieces
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon low-fat granola (optional)
- Under 200 calories (without optional granola), Just Over 200 calories (with optional granola)
- 1 x SmartCarb
- 1 x PowerFuel
- 1 x Extra (without optional granola), 2 x Extras (with optional granola)
7. Hardboiled Egg
A hardboiled egg is often considered to be an indulgent snack while on a diet. Two hard-boiled eggs have just 154 calories and are a powerful source of protein that is going to leave you feeling fuller longer and help you to have a better snack option.
Eating two hard boiled egg counts as two PowerFuels. This makes it a great choice. If eating two eggs seems a little excessive to you, you can eat one egg with a half cup of edamame for another great high protein, low-calorie snack.
- 1 x Hardboiled Egg and ½ cup edamame OR
- 2 x Hardboiled Eggs
- 154 calories
- 2 x PowerFuels
8. Chocolate and Banana “Candy”
There are days when you are likely to want nothing other than candy. Let’s face it, we have all been there and when we are dieting it might feel as though we can never have candy again. This could potentially lead to problems with overindulgence in candy when given a chance.
However, if you make your own candy with bananas and chocolate, you will not only thank yourself, but you will stay within your calorie range and kick those sugar cravings to the curb. This “candy” simply requires you to take a medium banana and cut it into one inch thick slices. Then you line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Next, melt two squares of at least 80% dark baking chocolate and melt them in a double boiler. Once this is done put a small amount of chocolate onto the parchment paper and then top it with the banana. Add a small amount of chocolate over the banana and put into the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to harden. If you do not eat them all, you can put them into the freezer. There are two servings per banana.
They count as 2 Extras and ½ SmartCarb. If you add a half cup of fresh strawberry slices and toss them in a bowl, you will have 1 SmartCarb. If you like a little texture to your food, there is always the option to roll the chocolate coated bananas in crushed peanuts. If you have two tablespoons of crushed peanuts that will add a PowerFuel to your snack too!
- 1 x medium banana, sliced into 1” slices
- 2 x Dark Chocolate Baking Squares, Melted
- 2 Tablespoons Crushed Peanuts (optional)
- ½ cup Strawberries, sliced (optional)
Under 200 Calories Per Serving of Bananas and Chocolate (½ of the banana coated in ½ of the chocolate is a serving), Just Over 200 Calories (with added strawberries or added peanuts), Just Over 250 Calories (with added strawberries and added peanuts)
- 2 x Extras
- ½ x SmartCarb (without added strawberries), 1 x SmartCarb (with added strawberries)
- 1 x PowerFuel (with added peanuts)
9. Healthy Pineapple Whip
There are literally hundreds of blog posts that talk about the pineapple whip that you get at a certain mouse-themed vacation destination. Of course, you can find recipes that attempt to copy this delicious treat. However, these recipes are not healthy, and then this is something that no longer constitutes a healthy treat that you can have as part of the NutriSystem plan.
The great thing is that we have come up with a delicious recipe for a version of pineapple whip that not only mimics the original but also offers you something sweet and delicious when you are craving a delicious dessert.
The best part is that this treat is actually under two hundred calories and as one SmartCarb. You simply need to combine one cup of unsweetened almond milk with four cups of frozen pineapple (make sure that your pineapple is just pineapple and does not contain sugar or sweeteners) in a high powered blender.
You will want to blend these in a high powered blender to ensure that you get that creamy and smooth consistency that truly makes this snack feel indulgent. This recipe makes four servings, and you can store in your freezer. To get the right consistency, just re-blend before eating.
- 4 cups of Frozen Pineapple (no sugar or sweeteners added)
- 1 cup unsweetened Almond Milk
- Under 200 calories per serving (the recipe makes four)
- 1 x SmartCarb per serving (the recipe makes four)
10. Healthy Ice Cream
Ice cream is one of the most popular American treats. Some people literally eat a bowl of ice cream every single day. Of course, we cannot all eat a bowl of ice cream a day while trying to maintain a lower weight and stay healthy. However, we can make our version of ice cream that is delicious and healthy.
The best way to make your healthy ice cream is simply by combining one half of a banana, one-half cup of frozen fruit, and a small amount of liquid in a high-powered blender until creamy and smooth. This treat comes in at under two hundred calories, tastes delicious, and once you are used to it, you are not going to miss the traditional ice cream because you have something just as delicious to eat that is actually healthy. This delightful snack offers you one SmartCarb.
- ½ Frozen Banana
- ½ Cup Frozen Fruit
- Small Amount of Liquid (just enough to combine in the blender)
- Under 200 Calories
- 1 x Smart Carb
No matter what type of snack you are looking for, there is something for you with healthy NutriSystem snacks. The above ten snacks were just some of our favorites. They were all delicious, and none of them left us feeling deprived or like we didn’t have a snack.
The Best Choices for Snacks When You Are Not Home
Finding delicious snack foods on the go can be tough. Thankfully NutriSystem offers their own line of snacks that are perfect for when you are at home or on the go.
Some snacks would not be appropriate when you are home because they are frozen, but there are a lot of options that can be kept in your car, your bag, or even just carried around in your lunch box.
Below are some of the best snacks for when you are not home including some of our favorite NutriSystem snacks. Best of all, each of these is not only delicious, but they also come in at under two hundred calories per serving.
Fruit chips are a great low-calorie snack that you can find in vending machines and at gas stations. One thing to remember is to always check for serving sizes and to read the label for ingredients. Some of these contain sugar which quickly packs on the calories and makes these less healthy.
Vegetable chips are another excellent gas station choice. You will want at the labels and ingredients. This will help you make a solid decision that you can feel good about. Again, be sure to look at the number of servings and to eat a serving when you are enjoying this snack.
Instant oatmeal is a delicious snack. While most people think about oatmeal as a breakfast food, you can enjoy it as a snack. It can quickly be made in the microwave at the gas station, and it offers you a variety of different nutritional elements to keep you on track and feeling full.
Raw Vegetables and Fruit
One common trend that is catching on at gas stations everywhere is healthier snack choices. Today, you can walk into most gas stations and find delicious fresh fruit and vegetables. Just keep in mind that while fruits and vegetables are always a healthy choice that the dips that they often come with are not. Opt to throw the dips away simply.
Most gas stations also carry string cheese. While choosing low-fat string cheese is a way to reduce the calories by thirty calories, even a regular piece of string cheese is only ninety calories which makes it a great choice at gas stations when so many other tempting snacks are much worse for you.
Many gas stations also are starting to carry Greek yogurt. This means that you can still find something that tastes sweet and sinful that is really quite healthy. While you can choose another low-fat yogurt, Greek yogurt has so much additional protein that it helps to keep you feeling full longer and helps to resist the urge for additional snacks.
Protein bars are a tough one. They are a great choice as a meal replacement if they are higher in calories, but if you find a lower calorie version they can be a great snack as well. Just remember to always look at the calorie count and if you are eating it as a snack, make sure that you choose one that is under two hundred calories. The ones with higher calories are a great choice for replacing a meal and avoiding fast foods or pizza.
A Look at Our Favorite NutriSystem Snacks
NutriSystem features an entire line of snacks and desserts that you can have one of each day. There are so many to choose from that it will help you to keep from getting bored. Here are a few of our favorites from a few different categories so that you can find a snack that is going to meet your snacking needs.
- The Top NutriSystem Snacks for on the Go
- Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt Nut Bar
- Milk Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Walnut Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Chocolate Cake
- Toffee Crunch Cookies
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookie
- Peanut Butter Cookie
- Chewy Peanut Bar
- Chocolatey Pretzel Bar
- Cheesecake Flavored Bar
- Sweet and Salty Snack Mix
- Golden Pound Cake
- Thin Mint Crisp Bar
- White Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Chocolate Caramel Bar
- Snickerdoodle Cookie
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Red Velvet Whoopie Pie
- Coconut Almond Bar
- Chocolate Cashew Bar
- Fudge Brownie
- Chocolate Chunk Cookie
- The Top NutriSystem Snacks for Your Sugar Craving
- Ice Cream Sandwich
- Lemon Zest Cake
- Chocolate Brownie Sundae
- Orange Cream Bar
- Chocolate Cupcake
- Fudge Bar
- Cinnamon Coffee Cake
- Butterscotch Cake
- Stuffed Apple Pie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie
- Stuffed Chocolate Pie
The Top NutriSystem Snacks When You Need Something Salty
- White Cheddar Popcorn
- Sweet Jalapeno Chip
- Whole Grain Pretzel
- Smokey BBQ Snack-A-Rounds
- Honey Mustard Pretzel Bites
- Sweet and Tangy Flavored Meat Stick
- Salt and Vinegar Snack-A-Rounds
- Garlic Parmesan Snack-A-Rounds
- Zesty Herb Snack Mix
- Bacon Ranch Chip
- Cheese Puffs
As you can see, NutriSystem offers a full line of snacks and desserts that gives you many choices to pick from. You will love that you can have a snack or a special treat without having to worry about sticking to the plan. If you are not creative or do not want to take the time to make your own snacks, they are providing you with a simple alternative, and you only need to purchase and store in your cabinet or freezer.
Losing weight is never easy. Sometimes maintaining the weight after your loss can be the hardest thing for you to do. The best thing about the NutriSystem plan is that it is not just a diet, but a lifestyle that you will be able to follow for the rest of your life. Keep in mind that you can use your own foods to maintain the weight loss as long as you follow their guidelines.
Of course, while there are always tons of ideas about meals and how to make your meal count within a specific calorie count, the area of snacks and treats is often overlooked. While many people go for a certain period without eating snacks and treats, it is unlikely that you are going to go longer than a month or so without eating them.
So instead of having to do without, you can simply learn to have healthier snacks and treats and the best times to eat them too. Thankfully, NutriSystem is a solid plan that makes this all possible for us!
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