The other day, I received an email from someone who said that she’d just spent a large amount of time trying to locate Nutrisystem products in the frozen food aisle of the grocery store. She’d seen the lean cuisine section, the weight watchers section, and the “smart ones” selections, but, no matter how hard she looked, she couldn’t find what she was looking for. She asked: “am I wrong in thinking that Nutrisystem sells frozen meals? If they do offer these, where can I buy them?” I’ll answer this question in the following article.
The Company Does Offer A Frozen Food Line, It’s Called Nutrisystem Select: Many of this diet’s foods are prepackaged but not frozen. However, the company does have a new line of frozen meals out. These meals are touted as being “restaurant quality” and they are decent tasting and pretty convenient. However, these meals are not sold in grocery stores. Like all of the diet plan’s products, you have to order this option online also. But, this isn’t as bad as it sounds. They usually have the food to you in only a few days and sometimes they do offer free shipping if you can find the correct coupon.
Cost Of And Choices On Nutrisystem Select: This plan is just slightly more expensive than the company’s regular plan which does not include the frozen foods. For example, the monthly cost of the basic regular program is $299. For the Select program, you’ll pay about $369 instead. However, both of these plans usually offer coupons that will bring this price down. And many people feel that the extra cost is worth it because many find that the foods taste a bit better.
They also give you a lot of choices with this plan. A few of the examples of the offerings for breakfast are french toast, egg sandwich, vegetable frittata strata, and pancakes. (You are also allowed to have some of the regular choices too, like the oatmeal, muffins, scones, cereal, etc.)
For lunch and dinner, just a few examples are chicken and shrimp Alfredo, ravioli, margarita pizza, chicken fajitas, steak and cheese melt, ham and cheese panini, Asian beef, and beef with portabella mushrooms.
The desserts include apple and peach crisp, a fudge sundae, an ice cream sandwich, a chocolate bar, and blueberry parfait, to name a few. Whether you feel that these frozen entrees are worth the extra money is going to be an individual choice. They are quite convenient requiring only rewarming, or in the case of the ice creams, just taking off the wrapper.
I’m sometimes asked what is the difference between going with the Nutrisystem frozen foods or just buying some of the frozen foods in the grocery aisle like lean cuisine. There’s actually a noticeable difference in the nutrition and carb / protein content. Your Nutrisystem results and success is based on your body getting into a metabolic state called ketosis. In order to get there, you have to consume higher amounts of protein and lower amounts of carbs. If you look at the carb content in frozen foods like lean cuisine, you’ll see that the protein content often is not high enough to get you into ketosis. Also, they tend to have a much higher salt and carbohydrate content.
So, sure, you may be eating a low amount of calories, but that’s not all you need to do (at least for most people) to get the results that you want. The protein, carbohydrate, and fiber content must be satisfactory to get into ketosis and most of the grocery store offerings just don’t fit the bill.