Hmm... I need to find out myself. I don't know what is the answer to that question. I'll do some Googling and get back to you if I bump into an decent answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably can answer it..
If you have dinner figured out well, then you have lunch too really. Alot of lunches can just be smaller versions of dinner entrees. I have a bunch of lunch recipe on my recipe board that your free to look at and see if anything looks good to you. I tend to do alot of sandwiches on Whole wheat, sugar free, light bread and lunch meat and cheese. There are also ff hotdogs, wraps that you can make Latortilla factory tortilla or Josephs' lavish wraps, you can make your own soups really easily and freeze leftovers for a fast and easy meal. But often times I'll do a recipe that I would normally have for dinner, for lunch, just in a smaller portion.
My recipe and support board:.
The other thing to remember about low vs medium vs high glycemic is that nothing stands on it's own...so when it comes to the (relatively) small amount of starchy carb you are adding, it gets "averaged in" with the other carbs and minimized with the protein..
Where you start to get into glycemic problems would be eating "just" high glycemic foods...which we don't do on this sort of a program. So if your lunch starchy carb is garbanzo beans on your salad (or corn or peas) or a couple slices of lite bread on the side, it's not a glycemic problem as they get averaged in/diluted with the low glycemic lettuce/salad veggies..
If you do a google search on glycemic index, you'll find sites that explain this in more detail...
What pankitty said look at the glycemic LOAD of a meal (the combination of foods).
I highly recommend getting this book - it's a very straightforward guide to Low GI eating and weight loss..
The New Glucose Revolution Low GI Guide to Losing Weight: The Only Authoritative Guide to Weight Loss Using the Glycemic Index by Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller..
She covers GI, glycemic load and also portion control..
Thanks for all your replys. I was wondering if I could also eat some weight watcher meals or Lean quezine (spelling) meals?..
Sure for the closest match to the Nutrisystem dinners, go with the Lean Cuisine SPA selection meals - they use whole wheat pasta & brown rice.
If you go onto the Lean Cuisine website, then you can get a list of the entrees that they offer which are low glycemic index meals. All you need to do is click on the Spa Cuisine meals and find the Lemongrass Chicken. Click on it, and you will see a gold Low Glycemic Index icon. Click on that and you will get a list of the entrees that Lean Cuisine has to date that are low G.I. Just scan down to the bottom of the page for the list..
I hope this helps. I use these entrees as replacement dinner entrees quite often..
Its been awhile since I have checked this post. Now I am confused about something. If I eat one of these Lean cuisine meals for lunch, am I supposed to only eat half,because the calories are usually 300 or more, and the Nutrisystem meals are less than 200?..