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The Perfect Portion


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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,

*These tips are for Jenny Craig members who are on the maintenance phase of our program

 
Take summer up a notch by grilling your favorite fruits and veggies. The grill isn’t just for searing meat–you can create scrumptious roasted vegetables and fruits fit for a summertime side or lip-smacking dessert. . From peaches to corn, here are five tips for grilling summer fruits and veggies.
Non-stick trick
Having a peach or pineapple stick to the grill can be a sad, burning mess Be sure to add a light spritz of non-stick vegetable cooking spray to avoid sticking. Olive oil spray can add wonderful flavor to hearts of romaine, asparagus, zucchini and yellow squash, without the loaded calories.
Season it right
The grill will already add a roasted and smoky flavor to your fruits and vegetables, so there is no need to add any salt or butter. If you’re looking to boost the taste, add fresh summer herbs, such as basil, thyme, rosemary and chives.
To peel or not to peel?
Most vegetables don’t need to be peeled before being placed on the grill. Not only will you keep key nutrients inside, but you also won’t dry out your veggies. Keep the husk on the corn to insulate it and allow the steam to cook the kernels.
Wrap it up
Not a fan of the char from a grill? You can still utilize the barbecue by placing your fruits and veggies in a foil bag before cooking on the grill. Try a handful of summer berries with a dash of Jenny Craig Breakfast Syrup and then sealed in foil to create a colorful compote for Jenny Craig’s Chocolate Lava Cake. For a delicious side, you can also foil wrap and grill some summer squash, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and a handful of freshly chopped basil.  
Get creative
Turn summertime fruit into a light dessert straight from the grill. Ideally, fruit should be firm and barely ripe for the grill. Create a mouth-watering peach or apricot cobbler by halving stone fruits, brushing with Jenny Craig’s Breakfast Syrup and then grilling until caramelized. Or for a kid-friendly dessert, make fruit kabobs that include sliced bananas, strawberries, pineapple and watermelon.
 
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,

If you’re saddling up your car for a road trip this season, don’t fall off your plan by succumbing to gas station junk food. Whether you’re heading to the beach, camping or meeting up with family a few hours away, it’s a good idea to think about what Jenny Craig items you’ll need to make sure you don’t fall off your meal plan.
 

 
While Fresh & Free Additions, like celery or cucumbers, and our snack bars are great as car-time snacks, here are 5 essential Jenny Craig foods you need when you hit the road:
 
Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit. Perfect for picnics at any location, the Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit comes with white meat chicken, celery and dried cranberries pre-mixed in creamy Greek yogurt dressing. The kit comes with crackers, but add other vegetables, like more celery or radishes to continue with the delicious mix of crispy and soft textures.
 
Tuna Dill Salad Kit. A classic meal with a twist, as this Tuna Dill Salad Kit packs plenty of flavor with a Greek yogurt and dill dressing. This salad kit also includes wheat crackers, but you can add lettuce and tomatoes for a Fresh & Free Addition.
 
Hummus. Crackers are a great vessel for protein-rich dips, and our Classic Hummus & Wheat Crackers combo is a great example of that. This portable snack packs a powerful flavor-punch with chickpeas, ground sesame seeds and a hint of garlic that also pairs well with carrots, cucumbers and peppers.
 
Cheddar Cheese Crisps. Road trips are all about on-the-go type foods, and our Cheddar Cheese Crisps are ready for wherever you go! You’ll have a satisfying bite not only because of the savory cheddar cheese flavor—the texture of the crisp is like a cracker and potato chip combined.
 
Cookies. Our Iced Oatmeal Cookie and Lemon Cooler Cookies are sweet and will have you smiling with every bite.
 
Being prepped for your road trip and your final destination allows you to focus on spending quality time with your loved ones.
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


 
With so much going on in life—projects at work, spending time with friends and family, daily errands, etc.—it’s easy to get swept up in everything and feel like you’re running on empty. Stress comes in many forms, and can pile up to make you feel overwhelmed, tired and frustrated. When you feel stressed out, it’s easy to get derailed from your plan. Part of your wellness journey is to find alternatives so you can focus on creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself overall, which means monitoring your emotional health and how it impacts your physical health. Here are 4 creative ways to deal with stress:
Pursue a passion project.
Finding something you’re passionate about can easily turn into a hobby. If you like painting, take an art class. If you enjoy learning about history, find a biography to read. Once you find something that ignites your curiosity or gets you excited, you’ll make time to incorporate that passion into your life.
Say “no” more often.
Committing to too many things throughout the week can cause stress. If you have too many social events one week, reschedule one for the week after. You may be able to apply this at work, too—sometimes “no” just means that you should shift around priority projects, or communicate your needs to your coworkers to assure them that you’ll get to the task when you can.
Step away from your cell phone.
Smartphones have let us stay connected with our loved ones through multiple social media apps. Sometimes it’s just nice to step away from your phone to have some time to disconnect and focus on yourself and the people immediately around you.
Make lists of tasks and events—and cross items off.
Lists are great tools to prioritize tasks and events for the week, and you can check off each item as it’s completed. You can also make lists of your goals for the next year or a list of your favorite movies, songs, books or inspirational quotes that you can turn to when you need a little pick-me-up.
 
Putting yourself and your needs first can allow you to curb your stress and feel successful and confident in your wellness journey! Keep an eye out for more ways to combat stress, and feel free to discuss strategies with your Jenny Craig consultant.
 
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*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average lose 1-2 lbs. per week.

By Julie F.
 
The moment in my life that inspired me to lose weight was when I took a good look at a picture of myself from the holidays. I didn't realize I looked that big! I had previously been on the Jenny Craig program 10 years ago, which proved successful for me.
However, life got busy and several traumatic incidents over the years derailed my healthy initiatives including losing several close family members and a friend. On top of that, both my teenage daughters in their “hormonal rage” years made it even more stressful. I felt lonely, angry, disrespected and sad, which resulted in too many “emotional eating” events.
 
I made the decision to do something about the weight. I called my Jenny Craig center in Leesburg, VA. Lucky for me, my favorite consultant, Rochelle, was still working there from my previous weight loss journey. Rochelle's positive vibes, as well as cheering support from family and friends, helped me. In 7 months, I lost 28 lbs* and 30 inches. I went from an almost size 16 to size 8! Go ME!!!
 
As the pounds started to disappear and the dress sizes became smaller, good things started happening in my life. I reconnected with an old boyfriend from 30 years ago whom I dated in my early 20's. Together, Richard and I are making better choices in our meal selections and portion sizes, thanks to what I have learned on the Jenny Craig program. In 2016, Richard and I got married and I was proud of myself for being at a healthy weight for that special day.
 
The positive weekly encouragement from Rochelle has been amazing, including, those times where there was an oops or two in my weight loss journey.  Rochelle helped motivate me and keep me focused.
 
I also owe my weight loss success to Jenny Craig's tasty, wide variety of meals, snacks and desserts. There was no boredom there! Jenny Craig has a great, easy to follow program, that has not only proven once, but twice to be successful for me. Positive Attitude + Determination + Jenny Craig = Success!
 

 
*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
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Get your day going with Blueberry Pancakes and Sausage. Combine your Breakfast Syrup with fresh blueberries and lemon zest for an epicurean drizzle to remember. 
 

 
Ingredients 
Jenny Craig Blueberry Pancakes & Sausage
Breakfast Syrup
1/3 lemon, zested 
1/4 cup blueberries 
 
Directions 
1. Saute berries over medium heat for 1 minute or until the berries release their natural juice. 
2. Add Breakfast Syrup and stir gently. 
3. Add half of the lemon zest. 
4. Lightly crush berries, allowing them to color the syrup mixture
5. Prepare Blueberry Pancakes & Sausage as directed 
7. Garnish with remaining lemon zest. 
 
Per Serving
Blueberry Pancakes & Sausage (2 starch, 1 protein, 1/2 fat)
Breakfast Syrup (1 Limited Free Food) 
+1/2 Fruit
1 Free Food 
 
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My husband and I thought nothing could ever destroy our love for food. However, we were wrong— and two years ago, it morphed into our worst nightmare.
 
Like any horror film, it started out like any normal day. Then, I got the call that would change everything—my husband, Sean, suffered a serious heart attack and was undergoing surgery at a nearby hospital. I felt scared, anxious and uncertain on what to do. When we got married, we became a team that would face and conquer whatever the world would dish out. All those years of happiness and overeating turned into pounds, which then slashed my world into pieces.
 
All the specialists agreed that Sean needed to lose weight. In order to tackle this huge initiative, we needed the expertise of a great weight loss consultant. We found that in our Jenny Craig consultant, Daniella. She worked with us and developed a game plan that implemented a healthy balance. And her role constantly changed to meet our needs. When I felt that I couldn’t do it, Daniella was my cheerleader. There were times that I got off track and gained a few pounds, but Daniella could comfort me and get me back on the program.
 

 
We learned to celebrate the small wins, such as the healthy choices we piled into our grocery cart and becoming more active such as walking the dogs after dinner. These small victories might not seem like a winning touchdown, but they were all yards gained toward the end zone. Halfway through the year we were really able to feel and see the results. I no longer needed my hypertension medication or a break after walking up the stairs. Sean’s constant back pain subsided, and he was able to get off his cholesterol medication.
 
People we hadn’t seen for a while didn’t even recognize us and new people we met thought we were much younger. Turns out, we didn’t need to go on a quest to find the fountain of youth. We just needed to eat right and exercise. After a year of hard work under the direction of Daniella, I lost 63lbs* and Sean lost 22lbs*. Thanks to Jenny Craig, my husband and I are off the bench and enjoying the game of life. There’s an underdog in all of us. Let the consultants of Jenny Craig be your guide. Get started today to reach your goal!
 
*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Jenny Craig News,

Our professional chefs and nutrition team have been crafting some delicious new additions to the Jenny Craig menu. You’ll be saying ‘yum!’ to these savory foods that are soon-to-be-favorites. 
Creamy Penne with Vegetables

This premium edition and classic comfort dish features penne pasta, zucchini, tomatoes, broccoli, and carrots delicately combined in a rich Parmesan and Romano cheese sauce.

“We get many requests for new vegetarian dishes so we are excited to introduce a Creamy Penne with Vegetables,” Lindsay Ostenso, Jenny Craig Brand and Products Director, said. “It’s everything you love about the Chicken Fettucine, but filled with crisp vegetables all in a creamy, cheesy sauce.” 
Cheddar Cheese Crisps

Bursting with cheddar cheese flavor and a bunch of crunch, these tasty crisps are enjoyable anytime, anywhere!

“Part cracker and part potato chip! Our new Cheddar Cheese Crisps are a little of both,” Ostenson said. “Crispy satisfaction and my new snacking favorite!” 

Look for these new foods coming to your local neighborhood Jenny Craig Center or Jenny Craig Anywhere delivery.
 
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Move More,


Just like choosing healthy foods and watching your portions is important for weight loss, incorporating activity is just as important for your overall health. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, physical inactivity for long periods of time can impact many health factors, such as blood pressure and blood sugar.

Here are nine ways to get some activity—all for free:
 
1.   Warmer weather means you can get out to the park.
Meet friends or family at the park for a day of play. You can bring a ball or Frisbee to toss around or climb on the play structures with your kids or grandkids, then eat a delightful picnic (don’t forget your Jenny Craig-friendly snacks!).
 
2.   Get a dog.
Dogs are great companions for walks, and also love to play with toys. You can toss balls, play tug-of-war or run around with your dog—and then relax together!
 
3.   Soup can arm lifts.
Instead of having your cans of soup sit in your pantry, use them for some arm lifts during a commercial break. You can also substitute the soup for milk, laundry detergent or water jugs as well. Simply sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your elbows straight and at your sides. Bend your right elbow lifting your right hand toward your shoulder. Be sure to focus on your bicep muscle. Lower your hand back to your side, and repeat on the opposite side.
 
4.   Watch a workout video.
Whether it’s a stretching video or a simple leg workout, watch something that will inspire you to get moving. You can work out at your own pace and you’ll feel great afterwards too! Check local programming or online for some free options.
 
5.   Make chore time workout time.
Need to scrub the bathroom down, dust the house or vacuum? Turn on some upbeat music and try to do these activities as quickly as possible. You can also throw in a few push-ups, jumping jacks or squats between rooms or floors if you want as well!
 
6.  Stretch with some yoga.
These stretches can make your body and mind feel refreshed. You can learn many yoga poses by looking up images online or watching a video.
 
7.   Speed walking.
Aim to get 10,000 steps a day. If you have a break during work or running errands, incorporate some speed walking to get your heart pumping. If you happen to be shopping, try to take the stairs instead of an elevator. You might also consider taking an extra lap around the mall while running errands as a way to get in some extra steps.
 
8.   Dance at home.
It’s fun to let loose and dance the night away—especially from the comfort of your own home. If you have kids at home, you can put on some music and get everyone involved in a dance party.
 
9.   Download an app.
There are plenty of apps out there that encourage you to exercise. You can find ones with unique workouts to match your goals or even an app that encourages you to walk by setting up friendly competition amongst your friends. Spend some time looking for the right app for you.
 
If you’re looking for more ways to get moving, talk to your personal consultant at your nearest neighborhood Jenny Craig center. We look forward to helping you eat—and move—your way to a healthier you.
 
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