Wondering about Nutrisystem Power Fuels?
Want to know what they are and how they figure in to the Nutrisystem diet?
That’s what today’s post is all about – Power Fuels and what you need to know including examples and snack suggestions for you.
So let’s get started with some basics:
What are Nutrisystem Power Fuels?
On Nutrisystem you’ll be eating several Nutrisystem meals per day. You’ll also be adding in a few of your own small snacks. Nutrisystem breaks these extra foods down into 4 different categories: PowerFuels, SmartCarbs, Vegetables, and Extras.
You can read more about SmartCarbs here.
There’s a good reason they do this. By designing your own snacks every day using the Powerfuels- Smartcarbs-Veggies guidelines, you’re training yourself to build slim, healthy eating habits that will stick with you over time.
This is one of the reasons I love the Nutrisystem diet – they don’t just give you the food, help you lose weight and then leave you on your own.
The diet actually teaches you how to design healthy meals and snacks – so that you can lose the weight AND keep it off in the future.
So what are Powerfuels?
Powerfuels are high-quality proteins that have the essential amino acids that your body needs.
They also include nuts and nut butters that contain healthy fats.
It takes your body longer to digest Powerfuels, so they keep you feeling full and satiated as you go about your day.
How Many Powerfuels A Day?
On the regular Nutrisystem diet both men and women should be adding in 3 Powerfuels a day. Nutrisystem also gives you the option to add extra protein shakes. You can use one of these shakes as one of your Powerfuels for the day as well.
One Powerfuel should be approximately 80 – 120 calories per serving with at least 5 grams of protein.
If you’re doing a Nutrisystem Flex Meal day (a day where you get to create your own meals) you’ll be adding in PowerFuels as follows:
Nutrisystem Powerfuel Options
Some examples of Powerfuels include lean meats, eggs, fish, low fat dairy items, nuts and nut butters. You will get a full list of Powerfuel ideas and serving sizes with your first Nutrisystem order.
However here is a partial list of Power Fuel options you may want to add into your diet:
1 Slice Low Fat Mozzarella
1 Large Egg
3 – 4 Egg Whites
1 Cup Non-Fat Yogurt
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1/2 Cup Low Fat Cottage Cheese
1 TBSP Almond Butter
2 TBSP Almonds
1 Cup Almond Milk
2 TBSP Brazil Nuts
2 TBSP Peanuts
1 TBSP Peanut Butter
2 TBSP Pistachios
2 TBSP Macadamia Nuts
2 Oz Chicken Breast
2 Oz Lean Beef
3 Oz Crab Meat
3 Oz Mussels
2 Oz Lean Pork
1/2 Cup Water-Packed Tuna
2 Oz Turkey Breast
More PowerFuels Tips
Make sure to vary your choices of Powerfuels throughout the week to give your body a diversity of different nutrients.
You can have your Powerfuels as snacks – or you can add them to different meals if you are pressed for time during the day.
If you’re out for dinner and get stuck, just remember that each Powerfuel should be about 80 – 120 calories per serving.
My Favorite Snack Ideas:
Want some ideas of how you incorporate Powerfuels and SmartCarbs into your diet?
Here’s a short list of some of my current Powerfuels-Smartcarb snacks just to get you started:
Sliced Apple with Peanut Butter
Hummus with Baby Carrots and Celery Sticks
Greek Yogurt with Strawberries
Lettuce wraps with Tuna, veggies and Hummus
Small Whole-Wheat Pita with chicken breast, lettuce and tomato
1 Nutrisystem Chocolate Turbo Shake
Need more ideas?
Here’s a great video below showing you more about Powerfuels and giving you some ideas about various snack options:
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