By: Ava Alderman: I often have people ask me if certain foods or additions are allowed on nutrisystem. People often do not want to have to give up their favorite foods and are looking for a way to still keep their favorites while remaining in compliance with the diet.
One item that I am asked about a lot is butter. And this is completely understandable. Butter adds flavor to just about anything. Plus, many people are interested in adding butter to their vegetable add ins to make them more palatable.
Someone might ask: “I usually have buttered toast for breakfast. And I will dip my broccoli in butter at my meals. I have also been known to fry foods in butter. Will I still be able to do this? This is important to me because I’m going to have a hard time eating the vegetables if I can’t.”
If you want to stay completely in compliance in the diet, you can have a butter substitute. In their grocery guide, nutrisystem lists butter substitute as an extra – meaning that you can have three servings of this per day. The particulars are that it is listed as non-hydrogenated oil spread. And the example brand given is benecol. But there are certainly others. You just don’t want whatever butter substitute you choose to include the hydrogenated oil. Many people like to use “I can’t believe it’s not butter” spray or butter buds sprinkles. These are popular choices because they actually taste pretty close to real butter and they melt pretty well too.
The serving size of this is one tablespoon. So that gives you three tablespoons to work with in any given day. Now, I know that this person said she liked buttered toast, but you have to keep in mind that you will be eating a nutrisystem breakfast. They do offer a bagel so you could have a butter substitute on top of that. And you could certainly spray your broccoli with any substitute that you like. Or, you could melt the substitute and dip your vegetables into that.
I know that you would probably prefer real butter, but it’s much higher in fat. And you might be surprised at how far some of the substitutes have come. Many people find that they quickly become used to the substitutes – so much so that they come to find the real thing too rich when they go off of the diet.
No one expects for you to have dry toast, though. You may just have to experiment with which substitute you like best, but you can usually find something that’s quite acceptable. If you’d like to see the nutrisystem grocery guide on the nutrisystem website by following the link here: Jump-start your weight loss with the ALL-NEW FAST 5 – FREE with Nutrisystem My Way program! The grocery guide is under the “tools and community” link.