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So, weekends are on your own. I way prefer this. Years ago my wife and I did the full plan and the auto-ship thing. We ended up with a ton of uneaten, expensive food.

On this plan I can accomplish several goals. On this, I order food when I'm ready so, if we go on vacation I don't have a shipment sitting on my front porch in the rain for a week and I'm not accumulating a lot of expensive food I can't eat. I know I have two days a week to plan out potential restaurant trips. The weekends on your own works far better for me. This plan teaches me to eat right even when not eating Nutrisystem's food and I'm getting better at it.

The weight loss is not real fast. I am on week 11 and I have lost 21 pounds. But, there was no starvation involved. I eat a lot of salads and I always keep good apples around to snack on. I haven't been exercising any more than I was before.

On the weekends I may cheat a little but, I never go crazy. I haven't had a regular soda, any sweets outside of Nutrisystems snacks and I order wisely at restaurants. There are lots of Nutrisystem compliant options wherever I go. For example, I can go to McDonalds. I'll order a hamburger, the base model, a side salad with fat free dressing and a diet coke.

It's enough food and, in my world, is Nutrisystem compliant. On my weekends I eat a lot of salads and grilled fish or chicken.

Nutrisystem is pretty wonderful in one aspect, may favorite: I realize that I had be programed to expect too much food. We're eating too much food, period. On my first morning this round of Nutrisystem I opened the granola cereal packet and dumped it in a bowl. I thought "This ain't enough". But, guess what, it was. The process of re-programing myself took a couple of weeks, maybe that entire month to really get used to portion control.

But, now I have gotten used to it I like it. Now when I go to a restaurant and see how much food they put on a plate it just gets me. No wonder Americans can't control their weight.

We are programmed to think that we need way more food than we do. Also, now I really enjoy food so much more. My taste buds must be working better but, I enjoy food more while eating far less and no cheap, junk foods. My weekday looks like this. I have become fond of the muffins. They are easy and quick. I go to work and eat lunch about 1: Lunch is a small Walmart salad, the ones that come with everything including the fork, and my Nutrisystem entree.

I may also eat a nonfat yogurt but, not always. Middle of the day, if I really feel hungry I will eat an apple. About two hours from dinner time, if I'm really hungry I'll drink a Nutrisystem shake My favorite is the vanilla with crushed ice. For dinner I'll eat another Walmart salad and another entree and maybe another nonfat yogurt. At about 9pm I eat my Nutrisystem snack, the carrot cake is fantastic.

And that's what a regular guys week looks like on Nutrisystem. I have no kitchen skills so preparing complex and healthy meals can't happen. Therefore, Nutrisystem works for me. I basically have two choices, low carb or Nutrisystem. Low carb works for me but, it can be pretty brutal and it's too much meat for my taste.

BTW, Nutrisystem offers a vegetarian plan. My Nutrisystem weekends on your own looks like this: Mornings I eat cereal. I like one bowl of Special K redberries with fat free skim milk and my two cups of coffee, sweetner no cream. Lunch on Satuardy, if I'm at home is a salad and maybe some watermelon.

Dinner is usually at a restaurant. I like salads and I have had some awesome salads. We went to a steak house last Saturday and I had the small grilled Salmon, a baked sweet potato and a salad. If we go Thai I get fresh salad rolls, I love em. We keep sugar free jello cups in the fridge all the time as a snack.

It's a free food so.. Anyway, maybe this information will help someone. I know for me my healthy lifestyle fell apart at the grocery store. Nutrisystem takes care of that for you. I go to the grocery store a lot these days but, it's all small purchases. There's four grocery stores between work and home so I don't mind. I don't buy foods with a shelf life for the most part.

I would say that we actually save money on Nutrisystem because during the week we don't eat out at all and we don't buy very much from the grocery store. Our monthly expenditure is either cheaper or a wash but, Nutrisystem isn't costing us anymore than we were spending a month anyway.

A shift in the slow cooker can make any cut of meat more succulent and flavorful. In this set-and-forget recipe, budget-friendly chicken thighs are stewed with a few sweet and spicy ingredients for a delicious gluten-free dinner. Not here, and you won't even miss it. A combination of mushrooms, lentils, and walnuts makes these veggie burgers meaty and protein-rich. For a few cents more, add a whole wheat bun to serve this healthy vegetarian recipe as a sandwich. This cheap and healthy meal is light on the pocketbook and heavy on the satisfaction.

With 49 grams of muscle-building protein, this minute meal will keep you full for hours. Instead of refried beans, this flavorful Mexican entree calls for a tasty and creamy cauliflower puree to act as the "glue" for the steamed veggie toppings.

If you're hungry and have leftovers handy, feel free to toss on some chicken or shrimp, too. Just 20 minutes is all you need to pull off our all-in-one chicken and pasta dinner. The combination of veggies, angel hair pasta, and high-protein chicken covers all the bases at dinnertime.

Dive into our cheesy quesadillas for your next Mexican night. They're filled with good-for-you veggies, plus cilantro and lime to heighten the fresh Mexican flavor without adding excess calories. Make it an entree by adding your favorite protein. With this cheap healthy recipe, we grant you permission to eat cranberry sauce year-round! Perfect to pack for lunch or as a light, summery dinner recipe, this main-dish salad explodes with fresh flavor.

Heart-healthy tuna and fiber-rich beans join with peppery greens, fresh herbs, and a citrusy dressing for a healthy salad recipe that's a cheap easy meal. Whitefish is a lean source of protein that's mild in flavor, and it easily complements stronger flavors like the chili powder, garlic, and lime in these tostadas.

Even with our homemade chili-lime cream, this dinner recipe rings in at just calories for two tostadas! Noodles made of nutritious zucchini, yellow squash, and carrots combine with silky Alfredo and savory basil pesto sauces for a "pasta" dinner that's actually healthy! Chicken and more veggies keep calories low and protein high with 26 grams per serving.

That's up to you. No matter when you eat this healthy meal in a bowl, it's a cheap and easy recipe under calories. Start planning your next chili night! Add everything to the slow cooker, and come home to a healthy dinner loaded with veggies and 8 grams of fiber. Sticking to healthy meals on a budget often means skipping restaurant fare.

With this restaurant remake, you can enjoy dining-out flavor while saving money and calories. Not only does our healthy pasta recipe ring in at under calories per serving, but it also requires just 20 minutes of prep. Make it a family dinner recipe by adding more or less chili powder to suit your kids' tastes. Spiced and seasoned veggies—grilled to bring out their natural sweetness—star in our fajita dinner recipe.

You can find the produce year-round, so enjoy the healthy recipe anytime you seek a cheap dinner. A meatless sandwich that's also a cheap and easy meal. Oh yeah, it's also loaded with fiber and protein thanks to garbanzo beans. Whole wheat noodles, no-salt-added canned tomatoes, and shrimp make this delicious meal surprisingly low-cal. Use frozen shrimp instead of fresh to cut the cost of seafood. When it comes to cheap easy dinners, it's hard to beat this protein-packed vegetarian soup recipe.

A hint of Cajun seasoning gives the healthy dinner its bold flavor. Enjoy a light supper with this simple meal that's loaded with protein and veggies—you'll feel satisfied even with smaller portions. Plus, you'll definitely save money dining in rather than out at a Mexican hot spot. A high-fiber, high-flavor soup recipe is the perfect fuel on a chilly night. The addition of salsa verde and a good dose of cumin give this budget meal unique Mexican flavor. Whip up a delicious Mediterranean salad in 20 minutes with a few simple ingredients, including chicken, feta cheese, olives, and tomatoes.

It's the epitome of easy, healthy dinner recipes. Gnocchi, a traditional Italian dumpling, joins sweet corn, arugula, and a plethora of savory seasonings to make one delicious dinner that you'd never guess is budget-friendly. The addition of veggies to the dish adds extra nutrients to this healthy vegetarian recipe.

Make expensive meats go further with some help from additional protein-rich ingredients, such as tender French lentils. Spice up this savory soup with a smoky blend of cumin and cayenne for a flavorful and inexpensive healthy meal. Two pans and 20 minutes later, a serving of this tasty low-sodium dish fulfills 20 percent of your daily iron requirement.

You likely have most of the ingredients on hand, saving you gas money from a grocery trip. Grab prewashed packaged spinach to make meal prep even faster. Even though the package says it's washed, be sure to rinse the spinach in a colander before using. Turn a classic pork chop into a tangy, tropical meal. Orange marmalade creates a mouthwatering and easy!

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