By: Ava Alderman: I’m often asked about the side items that you are asked to add in with your nutrisystem prepackaged meals. Many are confused as to which types of foods should be added. One of the food categories that I am often asked about is that of power fuels. People often want to know what they are, how often you are supposed to eat them, and how much you get to eat. I will try to address these concerns below.
What Are Power Fuels: Essentially, this is grocery sides which include very high quality protein in quantities small enough that you are benefiting from the protein but not adding in too many calories. The company is very good about giving you a grocery list of food along with how much of that same food makes up a sensible serving. Examples of power fuels are meats like: 2 ounces of ham; 2 ounces of fish; 2 ounces of turkey; 3 ounces of shrimp; or 2 ounces of low fat lunch meat, to name just a few examples. You can also get this type of protein with cheeses. Example are things like: one piece of string cheese; one cup of low fat cottage cheese; a forth of a cup of Parmesan cheese; or a slice of low fat cheese. You can also meet this requirement with nuts. Examples are things like: 2 tablespoons of almonds; a tablespoon of peanut butter; or 2 table spoons of pistachios. You can also choose quick and easy meals like prepackaged yogurt or nutrisystem’s new protein shakes. The idea is to eat high protein foods that are also low in calories and fats.
How Many Power Fuels Do They Want You To Have Each Day?: Currently, the guidelines suggest three power fuels per day. People often tell me that they think it will be challenging to fit these in, but it really isn’t all that hard. Even if you don’t go with the diet’s protein shakes, this is just as easy as adding milk to your diet cereal or oatmeal, a side of yogurt or string cheese to your diet lunch, a handful of nuts for a snack, or some lunch meat sliced up and mixed in with your dinner. You can add in these side items with any meal or use them as any snack.
If you find this a little difficult or short on time, I’ve found that a wonderful way to pack in two power fuels at once is to wrap lean lunch meat around string cheese. It’s kind of like a little sandwich, but you are skipping the bread so you aren’t getting too many carbohydrates. Yes, you are taking in two power fuels at one meal and this isn’t ideal. But this is a yummy and filling snack that just takes seconds to prepare and I believe that it’s much better than skipping one of your power fuels.
In addition to power fuels, you are supposed to add in categories of side items called smart carbs as well as greens and extras. If you want to know more about how nutrisystem works, check out the nutrisystem review website or this free ebook.