Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nutrisystem Diet!

Hi everyone!

Yeah...I know, I know...Where in the world have I been?  Well, I started school so I haven't been able to do much in the way of beading or blogging.  But I decided today to add a post or two just to keep in touch. 

I wanted to lose some weight this year and I really wanted to put my all into it...this time.  Wanted to join Nutrisystem but I can't really afford it right now.  The good news is, I found some 1 week boxes in Walmart that gives you a chance to try out the food and determine if the diet is right for you.  So I bought a few of those.

I'm sure a lot of you are also out there wondering about doing the same thing and hesitating because of the potential taste of the food, so I am going to be your guinea pig and put the foods from NS that I eat in a little "Food Blog" so you can have some idea of what to expect.  Don't worry, I'm still working on some beading but I'm also studying so it will take longer to put new pieces up that I'm working on. 

Before we start, I need to let you guys know a few things.  First, the food portions are small.  I mean SMALL.  So if you're looking for a huge slab of meat on a plate, forget it.  Second, you have to buy fresh fruits and veggies and a couple of other things to supplement the meals.  I've been having mostly fruit cups in natural juice, spring greens, frozen veggies and yogurt. 

So, here we go! 

Double Chocolate Muffin

This was the first item I tried. I have to say that I am very pleasantly surprised. The muffin is the size of a cupcake, which is the size a muffin should be, before bakeries and coffeehouses started supersizing them to three times their size.  The muffin is dense in texture but somewhat moist.  There is a lot of chocolate flavor, and it actually reminds me more of a brownie than a muffin.  I had this with my morning coffee.  I finished this with a positive outlook to the NS diet.

White Bean Chicken Chili
With the exception of a tad too much cumin, this is actually a very good chili variation.  The chicken is tender, and there is a nice thickness and comfort-food feeling to it.  It comes in a 1-cup size container that reminds me of the instant Chunky soup microwave soups.  As I said before, you have to supplement these with a vegetable or something so I had some spring greens with a touch of olive oil and vinegar and seasoning. This made a very nice lunch. Tip: Spice this up with a dash or two of tobasco...I dare ya!! 

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
First off, if you're looking for these to taste like those yummy sandwich "O's", be prepared for a touch of disappointment.  That being said, they are not bad as a diet cookie.  My advice to those (like me) who like taking the cookie apart and eating the cream: Don't.  The cookie itself does that have that intense chocolate wafer cookie taste, but it is missing the sweetness.  And--keeping in mind that wafer cookies are dry by their very nature--the reduction of fat in these cookies makes the wafer parts VERY dry.  The cream is passable and again not as sweet as our favorite "O's".  My advice to you is to eat the cookie as is.  Eating it with the sandwich intact kind of boosts the sweetness factor (a little) so that the cookie is passable as a somewhat sweet-tooth tamer, albeit with faint thoughts of "I wish these were real Oreos" snack.

Chicken Noodle Soup
This is another meal that comes in one of those 1-cup size Chunky-like containers that you microwave.  I had a small roll with this one and it was pretty tasty.  Keep in mind as you eat this, that the pasta is a bit mushy, but  if you are a Campbell's or Lipton soup fan, it's really not a deal-breaker. 

So, that's all for now.  I'll be back with a new set of foods for you next time!  I'll try to take more pictures so you can see the packaging if I remember.  Toodles!!!