Nutrisystem Week 3 Update Plus 4 Yummy Ways to Eat Your Veggies! #NSNation

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Woof Woof Papa and I just completed Week 3 on Nutrisystem and even managed to stay on track during Halloween. Honestly, I’m not a candy person anyway so the yummy desserts that come with the Nutrisystem program are more than enough to satisfy my sweet tooth…and hubby used super-human will power along with lots of air popped popcorn to keep from derailing his amazing progress!

I’m so proud of him and if you want to see how much we lost, just skip ahead to the end. I thought I share some tips and ideas that we’ve been using to make sure we get all the veggies we are supposed to be eating as grocery add-ins on the program. I’ve actually found this to be more challenging than I expected and drinking V8 Juice is one solution, but we’ve come up with 4 favorites to share with you:

arugula salad on pizza
Arugula Salad on Pizza: You can use any type of salad greens you like, but I’m a big fan of arugala, and it holds up really well on a warm dish. I LOVE the tastes and textures of salad and pizza together but my hubby keeps his separate. Usually I just dump it all over the pizza but I pushed it to the side so you can see! Nutrisystem pizzas are delish, too! My dressing is red wine vinegar with a tiny bit of olive oil and fresh ground black pepper.

veggies with hummus
Raw Veggies with Hummus: Use your favorite veggies; we like carrots, celery and cukes or zucchini if we’ve got it. Have as many as you’d like since vegetables are unlimited, but stick to 1/4 Cup of hummus since that equals 1 SmartCarb! This is one of our favorite snacks to eat while watching tv…especially football games. You can add a little hot sauce to the hummus to give it a kick if you miss your buffalo wings!

bed of spinach

Entree on a Bed of Baby Spinach: This is so easy. You just put baby spinach in a bowl and dump your heated Nutrisystem entree on top! The heat will wilt the spinach, and you can pop it back in the microwave if you like it more cooked. This is the Chef’s Table Arroz con Pollo, but it works great with any heated entree!

apple slaw

Apple Slaw: As with the veggies and hummus, this one also uses a SmartCarb along with vegetables so you can skip the apple if you’ve already used your allotment for the day. We use bagged cole slaw mix but you can shed or chop your own cabbage and carrots if you want. Add apple, cider vinegar, and a little bit of sweet mustard or fat free mayonnaise if you have it. We like this side with the Citrus Glazed BBQ Pork dinner entree but it works as an afternoon snack, too!

So, now that we’ve shown you some of our favorite foods and tips for eating your veggies, we’ll let you know how we did this week! Hubby lost an unbelievable 6.8 pounds this week, and I lost 4.2 pounds which was much more than I expected. At the end of Week 3, Garry has lost a total of 20.6 pounds (he’s really been working out hard) and I’ve lost 9.6. I’ve been walking daily but not working out too hard, since I tend to injure my joints pretty easily and don’t want to have a set back!

Liz and Garry Week 3 Nutrisystem weight lossIf you are also following Nutrisystem or another weight loss program we’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment with tips, questions or just to say hi! If you missed any of our previous Nutrisystem posts, just click here to catch up!


  1. The Arroz con Pollo on a bed of spinach is such good idea. yum! You are doing great! Congrats on the success!

  2. I love your ideas and think I will try some of them as I enter my second week on Nutrisystem! You guys are doing great!!! Looking forward to reading more of your posts as we go along this journey together!!

  3. I love the spinach idea. Such good tips for yummy food!

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