Recipe: Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad #NSNation

Happy Fourth of July! If you’re still scrambling to figure out what to bring to a potluck tonight, Nutrisystem has you covered with this yummy recipe that everyone can enjoy since it’s on-plan!

Nutrisystem Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • Calorie-free pan spray, as needed
  • 8 oz. chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 2 Tbsp. low-fat ranch or low-fat bleu-cheese dressing
  • 2 tsp. hot sauce
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce, chopped or shredded
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, shredded or diced

Directions

  1. Spray grill and chicken with pan spray. Heat grill or broiler and grill chicken to internal temp of 165F.
  2. Whisk together in a medium bowl, the salad dressing, hot sauce and Worcestershire. Set aside.
  3. Toss together in a large bowl, the lettuce, tomatoes and carrots. Hold chilled.
  4. Dice chicken, toss with dressing and allow the chicken to marinate 30 minutes.
  5. Portion lettuce mix and top with the diced chicken.
http://www.notquitesusie.com/2012/07/recipe-grilled-buffalo-chicken-salad-nsnation.html

I LOVE Buffalo Chicken so I’ll be making this recipe very soon!

&Don’t forget to check out the tips for staying on Nutrisystem during BBQ season!

Want to join me on my weight loss journey with Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog

{&Be sure to check out my friend Amy from MI Savings Mama who is also taking the Nutrisystem journey!}

Note: Nutrisystem is providing me with their food in exchange for me blogging about my experience. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

My Three Favorite Nutrisystem Resources #NSNation

One of my favorite things about Nutrisystem is that they offer several tools to help you along your journey. With every membership you receive access to the online community, which includes forums & support, and has many other resources as well. Below are a few of my favorites:

Recipe Center

The Recipe Center includes recipes created by people that actually work for Nutrisystem as well as other people on the plan. You can find hundreds of recipes to try {there are currently 714 member-submitted recipes & 40 straight from Nutrisystem’s kitchen} if you really want to cook without going off the plan. I have used this resource a LOT as I love cooking!

Tracker and Profile

On the left, under my profile picture, you’ll see options to log FIVE different things: my “daily 3” {3 activities at 10-15 minutes each}, my exercise, weight, journal, and measurements. It’s hard to see progress day to day, but when you look from the start to the finish it’s way easier to see how far you’ve come!

Salad Bar

Then there’s the dining out guide, which lists what are good choices and what are bad at various types of restaurants. You can see the list of cuisine types on the left- there’s a list for pretty much anywhere you’re going! This is awesome for those times that you can’t avoid going out {business lunches, social gatherings, etc.} so that you aren’t paying for it on the scale that week!

These are just the three resources that I find that I use the most- there are SO many more to be utilized! I love that Nutrisystem doesn’t just send you food & expect you to figure it out- they really are there to help every step of the way.

Want to join me on my weight loss journey with Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog

{&Be sure to check out my friend Amy from MI Savings Mama who is also taking the Nutrisystem journey!}

Susie’s Note: Nutrisystem is providing me with their food in exchange for me blogging about my experience. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

Nutrisystem Recipe: Teriyaki Chicken & Cranberry Salad Sandwich #NSNation

One of the things that sets Nutrisystem aside from every other diet is that you receive all of your food for the month- and don’t have to cook anything. Other than adding in your power fuels {things like low-fat yogurt, egg whites, and fat-free milk}, smart carbs {things like hummus, most fruits, & whole grain breads} and vegetables, everything is already done for you. This is super helpful for many people because it takes out the guess work & takes away the excuse of healthy food being hard or time consuming to make.

I, however, have to cook anyway. I still have a hungry fiancee & son to feed, so I still cook. &Sometimes, I have what they’re having- after all, I spent the time cooking it, I should get to enjoy it, right?! I cook healthy foods almost all the time, but it still keeps me from sticking to the plan. So I went back onto Nutrisystem’s website to find plan-approved meals that my whole family will like! I’m making this one next week:

Teriyaki Chicken and Cranberry Salad Sandwich by Nutrisystem

Teriyaki Chicken & Cranberry Salad Sandwich

Ingredients

  • Calorie-free pan spray, as needed
  • 8 oz. chicken breast, boneless, skinless
  • 1 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. teriyaki sauce, reduced-sodium, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. cranberry juice
  • 1/2 small onion, sliced in thick slices
  • 1/4 cup celery, diced
  • 4 Tbsp. cranberries, dried
  • 1 tsp. fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 small whole-wheat buns or 6" whole-wheat tortillas
  • Sugar substitute, if desired

Directions

  1. Place chicken breast in medium-size Ziplock-style bag. Add 1 Tbsp. of teriyaki sauce and all the cranberry juice to the chicken. Seal bag. Toss bag back and forth several times to mix the marinade and coat the chicken. Refrigerate overnight.
  2. Coat onion slices with a light layer of pan spray, and grill or broil until softened and slightly charred on the edges, approximately 6 to 8 minutes. Dice onions and place in medium-size bowl.
  3. Stir celery, cranberries, mayonnaise and pepper into onions. Cover and refrigerate.
  4. Remove chicken from bag and discard marinade. Lightly spray chicken with pan spray and grill or broil until internal temperature is 165F. Cool slightly then dice. Add chicken to onion mix and stir to blend. Add sugar substitute if a sweeter salad is desired. Serve on buns or tortillas.
http://www.notquitesusie.com/2012/06/nutrisystem-recipe-teriyaki-chicken-cranberry-salad-sandwich-nsnation.html

I found it on the Nutrisystem member center- I love how many tools their website has! There’s a forum, a recipe center, plenty of trackers, and so much more to help you stay on track.

Want to join me on my weight loss journey with Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog


Susie’s Note: Nutrisystem is providing me with their food in exchange for me blogging about my experience. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

New Nutrisystem Foods! #NSNation

So as I shared last week, I’m still going along on Nutrisystem even though I took a couple of weeks off by accident. &Let me tell you, even though it was only a couple of weeks, it has been HARD getting back on track! I totally broke the habit & while I’m eating healthy foods still when I go off-plan, I’m definitely not doing as well as I had with sticking to the plan. I’m trying really hard though, so fingers crossed!

Last week I only lost .5 lbs, but there were some yummy NEW foods in my kit this month that I am looking forward to trying!

Nutrisystem Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Nutrisystem Cinnamon Roll

Cinnamon Roll

Nutrisystem Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet & Sour Chicken
{I don’t think this one is new to Nutrisystem, but it’s new to my Fresh Frozen Favorites Kit and I am obsessed with it!}

Nutrisystem Red Velvet Whoopie Pie

Red Velvet Whoopie Pie

They all look so good- they’re definitely motivation to stick to the plan since they are the plan!

Want to join me on my weight loss journey with Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog

Susie’s Note: Nutrisystem is providing me with their food in exchange for me blogging about my experience. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

Surviving (and Enjoying) the Summertime BBQ Season While On Nutrisystem! #NSNation

So, if you’ve been following along on my Nutrisystem journey, you may have realized that it’s been awhile since my last update. I’m still on the program, but I actually took a break for a couple of weeks. I was still eating at least 1/2 of my meals of Nutrisystem foods, but I was not 100% on it. Between it being my last weeks of work, my first week back as a stay-at-home-mom & the fact that I ran out of room in my freezer & couldn’t reorder all led me to just kind of step away for a couple of weeks.

The good news is that I didn’t gain any weight while “off” the plan. The bad news is that I didn’t lose any either.

Anyway, I have a new shipment on it’s way to me right now but in the meantime I wanted to update you all &let you know where I stood on my journey!

Now, to help kick off the Summer {&to keep me motivated as I restart the program}, the lovely Meredith from Nutrisystem has agreed to let me to share her tips for surviving the BBQ season while on Nutrisystem! {If you’re not on Nutrisystem, you can still use these tips with healthified versions of the foods!}

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1.  Bring your “BBQ-esque” Nutrisystem meal of choice- Nutrisystem’s Hamburgers, Chicken and Hot Dogs are great on the grill! That way you still feel like part of the BBQ eating festivities while staying on program.

2. Wheat rolls and buns- this way you give everyone a healthier option.

3. Following the guidelines of your grocery guide – create a garden salad with all your favorite vegetables with various dressings on the side. That way everyone can choose what dressing is best for them, but also always you to get in your add-in additions while on program. To make a complete meal, top with some grilled chicken.

4. Grill some vegetables on the BBQ- A fun way to do this and to have the kids get involved is to make vegetable shish kabobs. Then all that is left to do is toss them on to the BBQ and it makes a great side dish (or condiment too!)

5. Try to steer away from items drenched with BBQ sauce as this will only add in extra calories and typically is high in sugar and sodium.

6. Make sure to have iced water on hand-  Toss in some slices of citrus fruits (i.e. oranges, lime and lemons) or even cucumbers too. This makes it different and is quite refreshing!

7. For dessert you can have your Nutrisystem Dessert with the group, but also have a healthy option such as fruit salad or fruit kabobs for you and your guests with yogurt dipping sauce. The kids can even help out with making them!

What are your tips to stay on track during BBQ season?

 Want to join me on my weight loss journey with Nutrisystem? Join today by calling 1-888-853-4689 or by visiting http://www.nutrisystem.com/nsblog


Susie’s Note: Nutrisystem is providing me with their food in exchange for me blogging about my experience. All experiences are authentic & all opinions are my own.

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