By: Ava Alderman: I sometimes hear from people who don’t understand why they have to add groceries to their nutrisystem meals when their package already came with desserts and snacks. I might hear a question like this one: “I’ve been looking at the instructions on the nutrisystem website and I am kind of shocked that they want me to add in food with every meal. Why am I having to eat snacks with each meal when nutrisystem provides me with snacks and desserts? This just seems redundant.”
It might help to know that nutrisystem classifies the grocery additions differently than the snacks. The idea of the groceries is that they provide fresh, healthful food, that when added to the prepackaged foods, make a very nutritionally complete meal. It’s not a snack that you are taking in with these meals. It is just adding something to complete the meal. And, the serving sizes for these additions are extremely small. It might be as simple as adding milk to the cereal (for a dairy add-in) or adding fruit to the top of your waffle. This is very different from eating a separate snack. For example, the serving size for almonds used as a grocery addition is two tablespoons. That’s pretty much a topping as opposed to a snack. For grapes, it is one cup. If you’re having apples, it is one medium apple. For milk, it is one cup on the non-fat variety. These small additions simply complete your meal.
But this is very different than eating, say the nutrisystem popcorn, pretzels, or cheese puffs and as your daily snack. Besides, having both the grocery additions and the snack / dessert option allows you to eat more so that you are not nearly as hungry. Many people resist grocery additions because they think that it takes more work and costs more money. Honestly, it isn’t as difficult as people sometimes make it out to be. Many times, you can use food you already have at home. We are not talking about a lot of food here. You probably already have low fat milk, cheese, and fruit for the rest of your family. You probably already have yogurt and cottage cheese. I don’t think that you need to make a special trip or buy a lot of additional items to make this work. Because the serving sizes are pretty small and it is not specialty or expensive foods that they are asking for. Plus, it means that you are getting fresh food with every meal and are taking in a wide variety of different types of foods. The snacks provided by nutrisystem are meant to be a treat and to also allow you to eat between a meal if you are hungry. This is different from the groceries that you add in and at AT THE TIME of your meals. I hope this article helped. But having both snacks and the add ins really are for your benefit and they really do make the diet easier. You can see the latest nutrisystem coupons here. You can see the grocery guidelines on the nutrisystem website here: