Nutrisystem Success: What You Need to Know

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If you’re on Nutrisystem® Success® transition plan, you’ve already taken major strides toward reclaiming your health and happiness. And, because we want to ensure that the success you’ve found sticks around, we’re here to help you maintain your amazing results.

With Success®, you’ll gradually replace your Nutrisystem meals with Flex meals and snacks you prepare all on your own. This will help you practice preparing healthy meals and get ready for life after Nutrisystem. Feeling a little apprehensive about going it alone? No worries—you don’t have to! The best part about this plan is that it comes with color-coded containers designed to help you perfect portion sizes and ensure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy while you maintain your weight.

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Here are some suggestions for what to put in your containers, by color. Don’t forget to read through the guide you received with your Success order for even more ideas. And, if you’re a Nutrisystem customer who is ready to transition to Success, call a Nutrisystem Weight Loss Coach to learn more about the program.


Fill your purple container with all your favorite fruits, which are full of fiber and nutrients like vitamin C. Choose from fresh, frozen, canned or dried fruit, or even 100 percent fruit juice. Just note that if you do opt for fruit juice, you should only fill your purple container halfway since one serving is a half cup or four ounces. Also be sure to limit your fruit juice to only one of your purple container choices. Here are some fabulous fruit options for your purple container:

  • Apple, one medium
  • Banana, one medium
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Orange
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

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Your green container is for your non-starchy veggies, which are low in calories and packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Since these veggies are so beneficial to your body (and are great options when snack attacks strike!), we’re giving you the green light to veg out and eat as many of them as you choose! Here are some suggestions:

  • Asparagus
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce greens
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Pumpkin (½ container if pureed)
  • Snap Peas
  • Vegetable Juice (½ cup low sodium)
  • Zucchini

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Your orange container is for your whole grains, starchy vegetables, beans and legumes or, what we at Nutrisystem refer to as SmartCarbs. Some good options for your orange container include:

  • Barley
  • Beans
  • Bread, sourdough or whole grain, 1 slice
  • Cereal, whole grain, fewer than 5 grams sugar
  • Couscous, whole wheat
  • English muffin, whole grain, 1 muffin
  • Hummus, fill ½ container
  • Lentils
  • Oatmeal, steel-cut or rolled
  • Pasta, whole grain
  • Potato, red, white or sweet
  • Quinoa
  • Rice, brown
  • Roll, whole wheat
  • Yam

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Your pink container is for your meat (and meat substitutes) and dairy PowerFuels. There are plenty of great options for your pink container, including:

  • Almond milk with added protein,
  • Beef, lean, trimmed
  • Cheese, low fat (stick with 1 slice or ¼ cup shredded)
  • Chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • Cottage cheese, 1% fat, no salt added
  • Edamame
  • Eggs (whites, 3-4 large; or 1 whole egg)
  • Fish (fatty options: salmon, tuna, etc.; white options: cod, halibut, tilapia)
  • Scallops
  • Seitan
  • Soy milk, low fat, 1 cup
  • Tofu
  • Turkey breast, boneless, skinless
  • Veggie burger, one patty
  • Yogurt, Greek, nonfat (5-6 ounces)
  • Yogurt, regular, nonfat (6-8 ounces)

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Your white container is for those PowerFuels that are comprised of healthy fats, like nuts and nut butters. Here are some examples of foods you can include in your white container:

  • Almond butter, 1 Tbsp.
  • Avocado, 1/2
  • Cashews
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pecans
  • Pistachios
  • Tahini, 1 Tbsp.

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In addition to the foods in your containers, you can also add in Extras, low calorie optional add-ins that you can use to add flavor or texture to your meals or satisfy cravings. These food items range from 10 to 35 calories per serving. You can enjoy up to three Extras per day. Here are some examples of Extras:

  • Balsamic Vinegar, 1 Tbsp.
  • Chocolate Syrup, sugar-free, 1 Tbsp.
  • Coffee Creamer, fat free, 1 Tbsp.
  • Honey, 1 tsp.
  • Jelly, sugar-free, 1 Tbsp.
  • Ketchup, 1 Tbsp.
  • Oil (canola, olive, peanut), 1 tsp.
  • Maple syrup, sugar free, 1 Tbsp.
  • Popcorn, 1 cup

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Free Foods

These are condiments, beverages and spices that have fewer than 10 calories per serving. These foods are unlimited. Here are some examples:

  • Butter spray
  • Capers
  • Coffee, black
  • Iced Tea, unsweetened
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Herbs
  • Hot Sauce
  • Lemonade, calorie free
  • Mustard
  • Salsa
  • Soy Sauce
  • Tea
  • Vinegar