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I know I should probably post these questions on the maintenance threads (although I'd still like to lose so technically not maintaining here) but truth is, this board is so much more active..

I just came back from Target where I bough 3 different things I was thinking could work. I'd love to get your opinions:.

Kashi Go Lean Cereal.

140 cals (is this too high in comparison to Nutrisystem cereal?).

1 gram fat.

85 grams sodium.

13 grams protein.

Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal.

160 cals ( I was thinking I could make it w/water & milk to reduce cals from just milk).

3 grams fat.

270 grams sodium.

7 grams protein.

Cliff Mojo Bars.

180 cals (maybe too high for breakfast, but maybe could use as a lunch bar?).

8 grams fat.

220 grams sodium.

9 grams protein.

Obviously, I'm still trying to adjust to the flex program. Thanks for your help!.

Jeanie..

Comments (19)

Your question was: Substitute foods on Nutrisystem Flex.

A lot of people eat the Kashi cereal. I eat the Weight Control oatmeal with just water. And it looks like the Cliff bar could be subbed for one of the Nutrisystem lunch bars, if I'm not mistaken...

Comment #1

I use the Kashi Go Lean Cereal and use 3/4 cup (which is the Calorie-Watchers Serving on the top of the label). 110 Calories, 1g fat, 8g fiber, 5g sugars, 9.75g protein...

Comment #2

All three of these are healthy choices and fit within the Nutrisystem stat ranges for breakfasts or desserts...

Comment #3

Thanks everyone, glad to hear I am making some good decisions on my own..

Pam- I saw that box on the top where it was 3/4 cup, very smart of Kashi!.

Michele- I didn't even think about using them as a dessert option, but I like that idea.

Thanks again everyone!.

Jeanie..

Comment #4

Isn't the bar too high in fat? 8 grams X 9 calories each makes it 72 calories from fat, that is 40% of calories from fat......

Comment #5

I too eat the Kashi Go Lean. I usually end up with the full cup instead of the weight watchers 3/4 cup portion. I have to be more diligent about getting it down to 3/4 though...

Comment #6

I use the Kashi & keep it in a plastic container...I bought individual measuring cups so I keep the 3/4 one in there. Otherwise I would tend to go heavy handed. LOL..

Comment #7

Just had the Kashi for breakfast. Great cereal and higher protein than the Nutrisystem cereals. It is basically the only cereal that keeps me full because of the high protein.

I make the Quaker Oatmeal with water and sometimes add a splash of milk. I make it in the micro and it thickens up nicely (and I add a lot of water)..

I bought a box of Target's Archer Farms High Protein Cinnamon Cereal (it was the only one with good protein stats) last week to try. The calories are a little higher - 3/4 cup serving: 180 calories, 2g fat, 26g carbs, 3g fiber and 15g protein. You could use 1/2 cup of cereal and be right in the calorie range of Nutrisystem breakfasts and still be high in protein. Otherwise 3/4 cup with the 1/2 cup (20 cals) of the unsweetened Almond Breeze milk is great too. I thought this was a nice change of pace from the regular Kashi cereal...

Comment #8

I'm addicted to the Kashi Go Lean. Unless I have a Paul's Bundt Cake (usually on Sunday), my everyday breakfast is 3/4 cup Kashi Go Lean, 3/4 cup blueberries (I probably eat more fresh blueberries than anyone on the planet!), 3/4 cup Fage Total 0 Greek Yogurt..

A note about the blueberries: I like them equally fresh or frozen, as long as I freeze them myself. I hoard fresh blueberries in season and freeze them in Ziploc bags. They are just as good as the day I purchase them for months and months. I use them for breakfast, in salads, snacks, desserts. I swear, it is a wonder I haven't turned royal blue (like eating too many carrots turn you yellow/orange)!..

Comment #9

All three sound good to me. I personally (like Pam) LOVE the Kashi Go Lean and use it when I need a Nutrisystem breakfast entree break..

Comment #10

I'm a big fan of special k high protein. It's very good with a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Sometimes I add a frozen banana and sometimes raisins (like raisin bran)..

Jen..

Comment #11

I love the special K high protein too.

Pam, I never have good luck with fresh blueberries because they don't seem to be ripe in the grocery store. When they do ripen at home, there are still a lot that stay hard. They are not juicy at all and certainly far from sweet. I am not from blueberry country so I have a lot to learn about blueberries. Suggestions on ripening??..

Comment #12

Interesting, catbarn. I've never had that happen...they are always fully ripe. I buy them at Costco, at supermarkets, at blueberry farms, all over, and have never in all these years gotten hard ones! Where are you located? I'm in California and the blueberries come from Oregon, California or Chile...

Comment #13

I got this from Pickyourown.org :.

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened. White and green colored blueberries will not ripen after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO ripen after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to ripen)...

Comment #14

It is one gram too high for a breakfast, but within range for a dessert...

Comment #15

Pam, big thanks for the freezing blueberries tip. We buy lots of fruit, especially this time of year, and I love blueberries. I think I'll start hoarding and freezing after our trip to Costco this week. Wish I'd heard sooner as I'm not a big fan of frozen fruit you find in the stores and I can think of no reason why blueberries wouldn't freeze beautifully...

Comment #16

Like Pam, I have never had an issue with blueberries not being ripe. I eat fresh blueberries year round even when they are insanely priced. They certainly taste better when they are in season and harvested locally. Blueberries do not ripen once picked. I may occasionally see a red (unripe) berry in the container, but otherwise they are fine. Turn the container over and make sure there aren't any squished ones on the bottom.

I buy containers in bulk and put in the refrigerator, rinsing only before eating. Horrible..

Comment #17

I have bought the kashi with twigs,,,,,,lol,,,,,that coach recommended and I like it a lot,,,,its loaded with protein,,,,,,,,,,,,,is the kashi go lean, just another type of cereal or is that the full name of it???..

Comment #18

That is the one, meemax, the one with the twigs...

Comment #19

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