12 Nutrisystem Foods That Are Healthier Than the BBQ

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better than the bbq

There’s nothing quite like a summer BBQ. Dining outdoors with friends and family is an experience that creates lasting memories—and you certainly don’t want to miss out. Even so, the food served at your typical summer BBQ is generally far from healthy. So what delicious swaps can you make that are healthier than the BBQ?

Fortunately, Nutrisystem has a simple solution. Our frozen entrees are healthier and such an easy choice to either take on-the-go and heat up at your next BBQ, or to dine on before you leave, that you won’t be tempted to overeat.

All 12 of these frozen Nutrisystem foods are healthier than the BBQ choices but won’t leave you feeling like you missed out on some deliciously satisfying flavor.

1. Hamburger >

Healthier Than BBQ hamburger

Hamburgers are the quintessential BBQ food but generally packed with fat and calories. That’s not the case for our Nutrisystem hamburger—an all-beef patty in a soft, whole wheat bun that’s healthier than the BBQ hamburger. It’s high-protein and full of flavor, as evidenced by its great reviews. Bring your healthier hamburger along to heat up at your next BBQ—or eat it beforehand so that you show up full and satisfied.

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2. Italian Sausage and Turkey Pepperoni Pizza >

Healthier Than BBQ Italian Sausage And Turkey Pepperoni Pizza

Pizza on a healthy diet almost sounds too good to be true, but not with this high protein and high fiber pizza. It will set you back only 260 calories and fill you up before hitting—or hosting—your next BBQ.

3. Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pizza >

Healthier Than BBQ Chicken and Bacon Ranch Pizza

If you’re looking for a pizza that’s a little bit different than your typical red sauce kind, this may be the choice for you. With real bacon, spinach, and a layer of creamy garlic-ranch sauce, it’s full of flavor while also packing in 19 grams of protein. At under 300 calories, it’s a diet-friendly choice that will satisfy your cravings for flavorful food.

4. Grilled Chicken Sandwich >

Healthier Than BBQ Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Looking for that hot-off-the-grill flavor in a lower-calorie choice? Our white meat chicken sandwich delivered on a hearty whole grain bun is great to bring along to your next BBQ or to eat before you go so that you aren’t tempted by hot dogs and full-fat burgers. At only 200 calories and with 13 grams of protein, this sandwich is a healthier choice that won’t leave you feeling like you missed out on something better.

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5. Margherita Pizza >

Healthier Than BBQ Margherita Pizza

There’s nothing quite like the classic taste of a margherita pizza. While this version is just as flavorful as the traditional version you know—it’s also only 250 calories and packed with protein, making it a diet-friendly choice.

6. Cheesesteak Pizza >

Healthier Than BBQ Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

Cheesesteak and pizza on a healthy diet? You can have the flavors of both with this combination pizza that also happens to be high in protein and low in calories (only 250 to be exact). This pizza features a layer of creamy cheese sauce topped with mozzarella cheese, tender seasoned beef steak, peppers and onions.

7. Steak & Cheese Melt >

Healthier Than BBQ Steak And Cheese Melt

Much like a Stromboli, this melt features grilled steak and savory sautéed onions and peppers with a blend of cheeses—all stuffed into a whole grain pocket. It may only be 230 calories, but it will help you feel full and satisfied with 6 grams of fiber and 12 grams of protein. Have one before your next cook-out and you won’t be tempted to snack on anything else.

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8. Chicken Fajita Melt >

Healthier Than BBQ Chicken Fajita Melt

If chicken is more your meat of choice, then you’ll want to try this melt, which combines savory chicken with mozzarella cheese and seasoned vegetables—all tucked into a whole wheat pocket. With 10 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and only 220 calories, it’s a healthier choice that you can feel good about.

9. Italian-Style Sausage and Peppers >

Healthier Than BBQ Italian Style Sausage and Peppers

This classic Italian favorite is hearty and filling—but usually not one that would be considered a healthy diet choice. However, our version is low in calories and packs in 18 grams of protein. The secret is the use of chicken sausage, which is still full of plenty of flavor but without all the excess fat and calories

10. Mac and Cheese >

Healthier Than BBQ Mac and cheese

Mac and cheese is the comfort food of choice for many—but it usually comes with lots of fat and calories. That’s not the case for our version, which has only 210 calories and 5 grams of fat and is a healthier option than the side at the BBQ. It’s also a good source of protein and will help you feel full before hitting your next big BBQ.

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11. Black Bean Polenta Enchilada with White Meat Chicken >

Healthier Than BBQ Black Bean Polenta Enchilada White Meat Chicken

This whole wheat enchilada combines chicken with black beans, polenta, Chile Verde sauce and cheddar cheese—all with an extra kick of flavor and spice from Anaheim peppers, jalapenos and some garlic. It’s a high-protein and low-calorie meal that will fill you up.

12. BBQ Chicken Melt > 

Healthier Than BBQ BBQ Chicken Melt

Packed with seasoned chicken and tangy BBQ sauce, this flavorful melt is all wrapped up in a hand-held whole grain roll that you can take on-the-go to your next cook-out or simply eat at home. With 14 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber and only 200 calories, it’s a choice that’s healthier than the BBQ.

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