After an extended holiday break gorging on turkey, stuffing and all the fixings, we’re back at it with another review! We’ve had a lot of requests for the Nutrisystem shakes, despite it not following exactly with our criteria. In the end, we gave in and decided to let you guys know what we thought of them. It took a while, however, to get our hands on just the shake. If you’re looking to buy these shakes ‘A La Carte’ here’s a quick tutorial, of how to pull it off. We know, we know, buying a product shouldn’t be so difficult as to require a tutorial, but here we are.
Go to their website. On the top left of the page, you will see a ‘how it works’ button. Click there. Then click one of the ‘men, women, diabetic’ options on the list (doesn’t matter which as you’re not going to end up buying the plan. Now on the right there will be Core, Silver, and Vegetarian pricing. Click ‘buy now‘ on any of them. When the next page comes up, scroll down below the package pricing options and you will find a link labeled ‘A La Carte’. Click there, the protein shakes are under vitamins and supplements tab.
When we bought A La Carte, we’ve been expecting a call from a NutriSystem rep ever since we ordered; to tell us the benefits of their full program, but it hasn’t happened yet…so…there’s a plus! Let’s get to the review!
If you jump through the right hoops you can get this product for $1.43 per shake. $10 for a 7-pack, which is normally a 10! So what was our problem? 2 things: One, the difficulty required to find the store on this site. We weren’t happy with it. And secondly, in order to buy the product ‘A La Carte’, you are required to give your current weight, and desired weight loss. Now, as they market this as a protein shake, you would think people that want to supplement a muscle-gain routine might want to try this shake. Nope! If you put something in the field like, “I’m 6’3, 140 lbs” it will refuse to let you move on claiming that your numbers are inaccurate. You are far too skinny to be using their program. You can always just fudge the numbers, but then….what’s the freaking point of these fields or requiring it?
Alright, NutriSystem markets their shake as a protein shake, and not a meal replacement; we can see why. The shake contains 1 gram of fiber for blocking hunger and…
well, that’s it. This shake isn’t meant to be used for replacing meals unless you’re willing to go hungry. Nobody was full after a shake. You’ll need to add lots of extra fruits or peanut butter to get anything to fill you up. Which means more calories.
This shake contains only 110 calories and 15 grams of protein. That’s a good start, but a terrible end. We say end, because that is pretty much the only mentionable nutritional value in this shake. There are 6 grams of sugar per serving…8 grams of carbs, but pretty much no vitamins and minerals to supplement replacing a full meal. It should be noted that it’s not meant to be a stand alone product. They’re really trying to get you on the $300 per month full program, which includes balanced meals. But even then, these shakes add very little beyond protein to your health.
We tried the strawberry for a taste of something different. 6 grams of sugar is low, which is good, but they use Sucralose as well to sweeten the drinks. In the end, these were a bit sugary to us. If you’re going to use a 0-cal sweetener, you don’t need to add sugar as well.
In conclusion, if you’re thinking about NutriSystem, then you should be thinking of using the full program. Buying the shakes A La Carte wasn’t worth it for us. We would like to reiterate that we do know that this is a protein shake, and that it’s not supposed to be used A La Carte. We got a lot of requests for it though, and we’re nothing if not accommodating!