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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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--Consultants to the Grand Prize Winners can receive $2,000 and more
--This year’s contest is open to current and former members – anyone who has successfully lost weight with the Jenny Craig program and has kept the weight off
--Active consultants who have had success with the Jenny Craig program are welcome to enter
--Visit JennyCraig.com/SuccessContest to learn more and enter!
 
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No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is open to legal residents of the US, Canada (excluding Quebec) and Puerto Rico, age 21+. Essay and photo submission required to win. 8 Grand Prize Winners receive $5,000 gift card + Jenny Craig food + gift pack + photo shoot and travel (ERV of $7,475). Up to 8 accompanying consultant finalists receive $2,000 gift card + gift pack +photo shoot and travel (ERV of $4,300). 15 semi-finalists and their consultants receive Jenny Craig food + gift pack (ARV of $50 for consultants and $225 for members). Entries accepted 5/16/2017-6/19/2017. Sponsored by JC USA. Contest is subject to official rules, visit jennycraig.com/successcontest.
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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 55lbs* and Sean lost 12lbs*. 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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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,


We all know how hard it is to stay on track and fight the temptations at social events and BBQ’s, so with summer here we have some great tips that will ensure you make it through with your weight loss plan unscathed.

Master BYO
By taking your own drinks, like this delicious mint julep mocktail, you won’t be tempted to indulge in the calorie-laden alcoholic drinks. While you’re at it, take some veggies to grill on the barbecue and other Unlimited Free Foods so you know you will have options. 
 

 
Stick to the green
If you can’t take your own Jenny Craig foods, stick to greens, garden salads and avoid creamy potato and pasta salads. Swap rich desserts for fresh berries and summer fruits – think watermelon, passion fruit and strawberries!

Don’t go hungry
If possible, eat beforehand. Have your Jenny Craig meal or snack before you go to avoid feeling hungry
and being tempted by party foods.
 

Be prepared 
Go in prepared with the Polite, Reason, Polite tactic. It allows you to have a cordial way to say no when friendly peer pressure occurs. For other ideas talk to your consultant for a plan of attack for the day. 
 
 
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The great news is, even on a week when you think you haven’t been successful, know that when you walk into your local neighborhood Jenny Craig, you are entering a “judgment-free” zone. Your consultant understands that every journey has some bumps in it. In fact, many Jenny Craig consultants are former members that have had similar experiences too and empathize with what you’re feeling. While having a lapse matters, what matters more is learning about the “why” behind your choices so you can have a new, more effective plan to move forward.
 
Here are some of the top reasons you may be feeling nervous about your next consultation, and some ways to let go of the guilt for any setbacks in your weight loss journey.
 

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1. You've gained a little weight back.
Seeing the number on your scale plateau or even bump up a little can be disheartening. But remember, your weight fluctuates every day, and there are many factors as to why your weight may have climbed up or not changed at all. Instead of feeling discouraged, consider feeling open to understanding what drives your own personal fluctuations. Then think of steps you can take to make a new plan. Trade the discouragement for a sense of confidence and control about new choices you can make for next week’s plan.
 

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2. You've had a lapse.
Did you go off the planned menu and indulge with friends? That’s okay. Just because you fell off the wagon once doesn’t mean you can’t get back on and learn from this experience! Your consultant can help you stick with your planned menu and provide healthy tactics to utilize in the future.
 
“It’s not the lapse, it’s what you do with it,” said Jenny Craig Sr. Director of Science and Behavioral Interventions, Lisa Talamini. “If you take it as a sign of personal weakness, you’re more likely to give up on the program. However, if you take it as a single event, to analyze and figure out what to do differently next time, it can be empowering.”
 

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3. You haven't lost a lot of weight or what you expected to lose this week.
You've been sticking to your menu, but the weight is only slowly coming off. The menu is designed to help you lose 1-2 pounds per week, and there may be weeks where you don’t fall into this range. Remember, all the ways to measure your success – inches lost, changes in clothes size, more energy and so much more! All of these are evidence that you are continuing to lose weight and move toward your goal - every measurement, not just pounds lost, is something to celebrate with your consultant.
 
It’s key to keep a positive perspective when overcoming any weight loss challenges. Don’t let a single week/event set you back. Look to your consultant to help you reframe your mindset and keep you focused on the bigger picture – your end goal. One step, one week at a time, through both the wins and challenges, your consultant is there to help see you through to your desired weight and healthy lifestyle.
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One way to add variety to your Jenny Craig meals is with Fresh & Free Additions, our list of vegetables and fruit you can pick and choose at a moment’s notice that keeps you fuller longer due to being rich in fiber and water content. In fact, you have an unlimited amount of vegetables to choose from to bolster your meals.
 

 
If you’re looking for staple vegetables to add to some of your meals, here are 3 awesome starting points:
Spinach
Spinach can be used as-is or cooked, making it perhaps the most versatile leafy green around. You can create a spinach side salad with tomatoes, onion and Balsamic Vinaigrette, or build a bed of fresh spinach to place your Cheesy Potatoes & Chicken on top for a subtle crunch. Steamed spinach can be added to your Cheddar Cheese Omelet, as well as any lunch/dinner entrée, like our Beef Merlot.
Cauliflower
Steamed and roasted cauliflower are classic preparations, but this vegetable has become trendier because of its adaptable flavor and texture. Cauliflower can be thrown into a food processor to create “rice” that is easy to cook. Add riced cauliflower flavored with cumin, cilantro and a toss of lime to your Chicken Street Tacos. Chop and steam your cauliflower and add it to your Chicken Tortilla Soup for a nourishing and filling meal. You can also pair cauliflower rice with the Asian Style Chicken for a tasty, protein-packed meal.
Bell Peppers
For a splash of color, red, orange, yellow and green peppers are the way to go. Not only are they great raw as a crunchy snack, but you can add fresh or cooked peppers to your entrees, too! Roasted peppers are great to top your Breakfast Scramble, Grilled Chicken Sandwich or Chicken Fettuccine, making it another vegetable that can be used throughout the day.
 
If you’re looking for more inspiration for your Fresh & Free Additions, check out the guide to Perfect Vegetable and Spices Pairing!
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,


Just in time for summer! Enjoy this refreshing and minty classic with this fun recipe. 
 
Ingredients:
-   ¼ cup pineapple juice
-   ¼ cup orange juice
-    ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
-    ¼ cup diet ginger ale
-   15-20 mint leaves
-    ½ cup ice
 
Directions:
1.       Gather all materials, suggested materials include: 1 shaker, and 1 mason jar.
2.       Fresh squeeze lime, and pour into shaker.
3.       Add pineapple, orange juice, and diet ginger ale to shaker.
4.       Chop mint, and then add to shaker.
5.       Add ice to shaker.
6.       Shake it up!
7.       Pour into mason jar, and add ice.
8.       Garnish with mint leaves or lime wedge.
 
Exchanges:
-  1 Fruit Exchange
 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,


Part of the weight loss journey is celebrating yourself throughout the process. One of the biggest moments during your journey is when you notice how your clothes are fitting you—or really, not fitting you anymore! Clothes that you wore before your weight loss will get looser and baggier, and will hide your new shape.
 

 
We encourage everyone to celebrate milestones throughout the weight loss journey, and one of the ways you can celebrate is with buying new clothes or tailoring your current clothing.
 
When you go clothes shopping, consider finding items that can be easily tailored later, as well as making sure you have a few basic pieces along the way. Here are the best clothes for transitioning weight loss.
 
1. Dresses. Dresses are always a fantastic staple to have in your closet. They can be dressed up for work or kept casual for a day out with your family or friends. You can also belt a dress to define your waist. Matte jersey is one fabric that may experience some shrinking with washing, which in this case plays well for a body in transition.
 

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2. Button down shirt/blouse. Button down shirts can be tailored as you continue to lose weight. They also provide a few options for work/play, as you can tuck them in during work and wear it out with a great pair of jeans.
 
3. Stretchy pants. Stretchy pants are not only comfortable, but they can also adjust to your changing body! Look for what type of band these pants have, such as an elastic waist or sweatband with a tie, so you can continue to wear them at different sizes.  Avoid pants that are too baggy.  Many stores carry stretchy pants with a slimmer leg for a flattering look.
 

 
4. Undergarments. Get measured every few months for a proper fitting bra, and look for a band that can be easily adjusted.
 
5. Jeans. Another basic item that can be easily tailored as you reach your goal. A dark wash may look more slimming, but look for jeans that flatter your shape. Jeans with 2% stretch will also help slim over your figure and not feel as tight from the get-go.
 
6. Accessorize!  Fun accessories can add a splash of color and trendiness to any outfit and can be worn at any stage in your journey.  Look for patterned scarves, statement necklaces and bold earrings.
 
Just as your body transitions, so does your mindset: You’ll be feeling more confident with how you look and feel. And you should feel proud of your success as you’re one step closer to your goal weight.  
 
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