I sometimes hear from folks who are having a hard time envisioning exactly what they will be eating on Nutrisystem. One aspect of the diet that I am commonly asked about is the snacks. People sometimes assume that they have to provide their own snacks, which is not the case.
I might hear a comment like: “what are the approved snacks on Nutrisystem? Am I given a list? What types of foods will I get to eat? Are we talking about carrot sticks and hard boiled eggs here or is it real food?”
It is definitely real food and, for the most part, you do not have to provide your own snacks or buy any groceries in order to make up your snacks. (You will need to buy a small amount of groceries so that you can add in fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy with your Nutrisystem meals.) This is a very small requirement. You may add in milk with your cereal or grapes with your pizza. It's basically just adding fresh food to your prepackaged meal. And, these additions are not the same as snacks. The additions are eaten with your meals. The snacks are eaten in between your meals.
When you order a Nutrisystem package, you're given breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts. The snacks and desserts are really grouped together in the menu. But, for the purposes of this article, I'm going to divide them. Because to me, generally you do not think of a snack as something sweet. Now, plenty of people use the desserts for snacks. But to keep this from getting confusing, I'll first list what I currently consider to be non sweet snacks on the menu. There are cheese puffs, nachos, pretzels, popcorn, and a snack mix.
As you can see, this is not celery and carrots. These are real snack foods that most people would enjoy. Now, I'll list the sweet options. These are categorized as desserts but, as I said, many people eat the desserts as snacks. There are many different types of cookies, cakes, and puddings. There is even ice cream and sundaes as well as an apple pie. So, if you were picturing yourself having to eat only fruits and vegetables as your snack, you're likely to be quite pleasantly surprised. This is real food that tastes good. Granted, the portion sizes are somewhat small. But this is a fair tradeoff for getting to eat snacks and desserts that you would not typically associate with a diet.
But to answer the question posed, you get to eat normal and good snacks. And you do not have to provide them yourself. They are sent with your package. The groceries that you have to buy for add ins are for your sides at your three main meals.