Some Quick Notes About Nutritional Information – Nutrisystem vs. Diabetic

Just a quick FYI for anyone not on Nutrisystem who may find this blog:

Nutrisystem is similar to the Diabetic Exchanges or Diabetic Choices in that they divide food into several categories based on Nutritional value.   The main difference seems to be that Nutrisystem’s main emphasis seems to be on calories rather than grams of carbohydrates.

To Clarify:

1 SmartCarb:  80 – 120 calories, with 1 g or more of fibre

1 PowerFuel:  80 – 120 calories, with 5 g or more of protein

1 serving of Vegetables: 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked (excludes starchy vegetables like potato, corn, sweet potato, chickpeas, kidney beans, etc.) (suggested:  4 servings per day)

1 Extra: 10 to 35 calories per serving (maximum 3 per day)

Free Foods: 10 calories or less per serving (Unlimited)

Tortilla = 1 SmartCarb, Salsa = Free, Egg = 1 PowerFuel, Red Pepper = Vegetable (partial)

In addition, I may occasionally mention that something is equivalent to a Nutrisystem entree.  These generally break down as follows:

NS Breakfast: 1 SmartCarb and 1 PowerFuel (average 150 calories)*

NS Lunch:  1 SmartCarb and 1 PowerFuel (average 200 calories)

NS Dinner:  1 SmartCarb and 2 PowerFuels (average 230 calories)

NS Dessert:  1 SmartCarb (average 130 calories)

When I refer to a Snack in this blog, I mean 1 PowerFuel and 1 SmartCarb, because as a woman on the diabetic or “D” program, that is what my morning and afternoon snacks consist of.

* Calorie averages from a .pdf found on Nutrisystem website, indicates pub. date of 8/3/2012, last accessed October 6, 2016.  Meal breakdown from NuMi app flex meals.

Please note – these comparisons are based on personal observations, and provided for clarification purposes.  They are not based on official publications and I am not a nutritionist or diabetic educator.

Take care, folks!

Northern Sunset


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