When the day gets away from you, it’s easy to let hunger get the best of you. The drive-thru is known for its convenience and instant gratification. But is it your only option?
In a large study funded by the National Institutes of Health, a strong relationship was found between consumption of fast food and a risk of obesity. That’s probably because a seemingly small meal containing a hamburger and fries can contain 800 calories. Add a soda and it’s like you’re consuming a day’s worth of calorie, fat and sodium in just one sitting.
It’s not just your waistline at risk. A Harvard report in 2010 showed a higher risk of diabetes and stroke with regular fast food consumption. And the
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics published data in 2003 that showed frequent consumption of fast food correlated with lower intakes of vitamin A and C, dietary fiber, milk, fruits and vegetables. It’s quite simple: Every meal you consume that is not well-balanced takes away an opportunity to consume the nutrients your body needs.
Luckily, there’s a suite of meals perfect for your busy day. There is a large selection of fast Nutrisystem lunches with flavor to hit every craving. Each dish is ready to go and perfectly portioned to deliver a well-balanced lunch with the nutrients you need to keep your weight loss on track.
Helpful hint: Just click on the name or image of the Nutrisystem lunches to see more information or purchase. Here are the 11 Fast Nutrisystem Lunches significantly better than drive-thru:
When lunch time sneaks up on you, grab a nutritiously satisfying meal in a pinch. Nutrisystem’s Double Chocolate Caramel Bar packs easily in your bag for lunch in a rush. Silky, chewy caramel pairs perfectly with crunchy chocolate crispies. Did we mention there’s semi-sweet chocolate pulling the whole meal together? Eat chocolate for lunch and feel good about it! Seven grams of heart healthy fiber and 10 grams of muscle-building, stomach-filling protein will keep you on track until your next meal. Be sure to add in a fresh salad or veggies if you can! For more information, or to purchase, click here. >
A protein packed bar that also tastes good? Nutrisystem’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar is just that. Peanut butter, sweet crispies and real whole chunks of dry roasted peanut combine in a sweet milk chocolate to bring back memories of candy bars at recess. When you’re on the go and craving something sweet, you don’t have to feel guilty about it! Enjoy every bite of this purse-perfect lunch filled with 11 grams of protein and five grams of fiber. For more information, or to purchase, click here. >
Trail mix isn’t just for the outdoorsy types. Trail mix can make the perfect fast lunch! Chocolate, nuts and fruit create a well-balanced on-the-go meal perfect for your busy day. Salty cashews, crunchy almonds and rich peanuts are a good source of vitamins and antioxidants. Ten percent of your iron and 100 percent delicious. With the Trail Mix Bar, you can enjoy creamy milk chocolate too—all while filling your belly with 12 tasty grams of protein to keep you on track for weight loss success. For more information, or to purchase, click here. >
So you have a little time, but not a microwave? Pack your tuna salad and its ready to go! Eat it with a delicious whole grain roll or throw it on top of a bed of greens. Spices and herbs can really make this lunch gourmet. Nutrisystem Tuna Salad is packed with onion, pickles, spices and water chestnuts. It’s a classic favorite with a twist. Tuna is not only a great source of protein (it packs in a whopping 13 grams!), it’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, too! The American Heart Association recommends eating fish with heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids twice a week. So serve it up! For more information, or to purchase, click here. >
Pack your lunch the night before and have a quick and easy sandwich waiting to get you through your day. Nutrisystem’s Sweet BBQ with Pulled-Style Pork takes deliciously lean pork and smothers it in a sweet and savory barbecue sauce. It’s Southern-style ready in a pinch. Enjoy on a small whole grain roll for a one-handed lunch. Fourteen grams of protein will keep you satisfied and aid you on your weight loss journey, taking all the guess work out of the day! For more information, or to purchase, click here. >
Being prepared is half the battle. Throw a delicious Chocolate Covered Cherry Bar in your bag and you can check preparation off of your to-do list. When hunger strikes midday, you can forgo the fast food lane and reach in to your bag for a protein powered, super satisfying sweet take on lunch. A crispy center will give you the texture your mouth craves, while decadent chocolate and cherries create a sophisticated flavor your mouth will water over. Each bar has five grams of fiber to keep your meal heart-healthy and waist-friendly. Ten grams of protein are just a bonus for keeping your muscles happy and stomach content. With all this sweetness, it’s hard to believe this lunch is diabetes-friendly, too! For more information, or to purchase, click here. >
Skip the mall food court and Chinese takeout meals. Loaded with fat and sodium, they don’t compare to Nutrisystem’s Spicy Kung Pao Noodles. Asian-style noodles will satisfy any craving. A new favorite among Nutrisystem lunches may emerge as spicy soy sauce adds depth to your lunch. Under 200 calories and loaded with 10 grams of protein, this meal is easier than takeout and a healthy option that will leave you guilt-free. For more information, or to purchase, click here. >
While your coworkers may be heading to the drive-thru, you can feel good about having a healthy and satisfying meal ready in seconds with the Nutrisystem Hamburger. An all-beef patty sits perfectly on a whole wheat bun—the perfect combination to provide a well-balanced meal, full of protein and fiber. The rest is up to you. Add condiments and veggies to make it your daily special. The drive-thru never looked so mouthwatering! For more information, or to purchase, click here. >
When everyone wants Mexican, you can be ready to satisfy your craving with a Southwest Fiesta Melt from Nutristystem. This melt is ready in seconds and conveniently frozen to allow you to stock up. Get all the spice you crave in this blend of brown rice, black beans, sweet corn and satisfying cheese. The delicious whole grain crust will help you meet the recommended daily requirements of fiber. Low in calories and full of protein, this fast Nutrisystem lunch makes you a complete winner. For more information, or to purchase, click here. >
Pizza meeting? Bring your own and save the guilt for another day! Nutrisystem has a delicious Four Cheese Melt that is ready in seconds. A blend of Parmesan, cheddar and mozzarella cheese will keep your craving away. Perfectly seasoned tomato sauce and whole grain crust will be the envy of the lunch room. You won’t even know you’re packing in 33 grams of whole grains to keep your heart healthy. Twelve grams of protein will keep you satisfied and on your way to your weight loss goals. For more information, or to purchase, click here. >
There’s something magical about the combination of crunchy graham crackers, soft marshmallow and satisfying chocolate. Nutrisystem has taken the s’more and put it into a convenient on-the-go lunch bar. Enjoy 14 grams of protein in this heavenly bar to keep your weight loss goals on track. It’s diabetes-friendly, too! For more information, or to purchase, click here. >