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    Kick up the heat with your Tuna Dill Salad Kit and fill it in a delicious tomato! This dish was a winner of our 2016 Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest for 5 Ingredients or Less. 
     

     
    Ingredients
    Jenny Craig Tuna Dill Salad Kit
    Jenny Craig Salsa Ranch Dressing 
    1 tomato, washed and cored 
    1/4 jalapeno, finely chopped
    Black pepper to taste
    1/4 cup sliced, peeled cucumber 
     
    Direction 
    1. Mix Tuna Dill Salad with jalapeno and pepper. 
    2. Stuff Tuna mixture into cored tomato
    3. Drizzle with Jenny Craig Salsa Ranch Dressing.
    4. Crush Tuna Dill Salad Kit crackers over top of tomato or serve on the side. 
     
    Exchanges
    per serving 
    Jenny Craig Tuna Dill Salad Kit
    Jenny Craig Salsa Ranch Dressing 
    (1 1/2 Starch, 1 Protein, 2 Fat) 
    +1 Veg, 3 Free Foods 

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    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
     
    I weighed my heaviest at 175 at a height of 5'1. I have always been a heavy weight person, but never did anything to change it. I always thought this is how I would be in life and there was no way to change it. I had always been a chubby child and had always been okay with my weight and just had accepted myself.
     

    My Jenny Craig Moment
    One day I was at work, I had looked at my entire self in the mirror and couldn't believe how much of myself I truly let go. The next day, I had gone to the doctor for a physical and he confirmed that I was morbidly obese and needed to lose a lot of weight or I would get diabetes. Shortly after that, my parents had sat me down and told me that it would be in my best interest to lose weight so I would feel better about myself and not have any health risks.
     
    After this event, I had made it my life mission to lose weight and get into the best shape to become a better me. I knew my mom was on the Jenny Craig program and was doing pretty well on it. I had decided to call the program when coincidentally Joy, her consultant, called my home to confirm my mom's next appointment. That phone call changed my life forever!
    My Journey
    After that, I started on the program and followed it. Joy and every consultant I had thereafter changed my life for the better. Everyone at Jenny Craig for the past two years have taught me better eating skills and have taught me to manage the program and make it my own. I was able to maintain the program and understand what healthy eating finally meant. I was able to eat the food from the program and maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle.
    My Results
    Over the course of 11 months, I had lost about 45 lbs* from being on the Jenny Craig program and also following a kickboxing routine. I started out as a size 12 in clothing, weighing 175 lbs and have since lost 45 lbs! I can't express enough how the Jenny Craig program has changed my life!
     

     
    I never thought this could actually happen and never thought I would see the day that I would become skinny, but healthy! I had completed my mission! Every day I get stopped by people I know and they tell me how great I look. I always tell others, it's not a one day change, it’s a lifestyle change, you have to stay committed and focused— the outcome is worthwhile! Jenny Craig changed my life, but more importantly SAVED my life! I am so glad I made that phone call to change my life two years ago. Thank you everyone at Jenny Craig!

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    5 Unique Ways to Remix your Mac n Cheese

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,

    Macaroni & Cheese has been a staple comfort food item, and has taken on a new life over the past few years with creative recipes that elevate the dish.

     
    At Jenny Craig, we’ve always known that the better the food, the more satisfied you’ll feel. That’s why we worked with over 40 professional chefs to create a menu that will never leave you feeling like you’re missing out. Our savory Macaroni & Cheese combines elbow macaroni with cheddar cheese sauce, an additional shredded cheddar topping and a side of green beans and carrots, and while it’s already delicious, it’s always fun to find new ways to enjoy its classic flavor using your Fresh & Free Additions. 
     
    Here are 5 unique ways to remix your macaroni entrée:
    Broccoli Macaroni & Cheese
    A classic pairing that you’ll adore. Complement the carrots that already come as a side with steamed broccoli and a dash of pepper in your mac & cheese. Broccoli adds additional nutrition to your meal and a tender crunch with each forkful of macaroni.
     

     
    Roasted Pepper and Chipotle Macaroni & Cheese
    Go for a southwest flavor with this recipe. Roast one halved red pepper on a baking sheet in a 450 degree oven until blackened. Let the peppers cool at room temperature, then peel. Purée the peeled peppers with a pinch of chipotle spice. You’ll have a vibrant red mixture to stir into your macaroni that will leave your eyes—and taste buds—delighted.
     

     
    Wisconsin-Style Macaroni & Cheese
    Mix in a teaspoon of spicy brown mustard to give a surprise punch to your Macaroni & Cheese. You can also sauté onions with nonstick vegetable spray until glistening or caramelized for a truly zesty bite with more vegetable goodness.
    Buffalo Macaroni & Cheese
    For those looking to add literal spice to their macaroni, add roasted cauliflower florets and stir in a dash of hot sauce and a splash of vinegar to create a buffalo-sauce-inspired mac and cheese.
     

    Mexican-Inspired Macaroni & Cheese
    For a flavorful zest to your macaroni entrée, stir in 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro and 2 tablespoons of diced tomato.  
     
    While these are only a few unique ways to spice up your mac & cheese, your Fresh & Free Additions allow for tons of possibilities to discover flavor combinations that you’ll love to add to any of your Jenny Craig meals in minutes. Take these as inspiration, and make sure to reference your Fresh & Free Additions list to discover your favorite combination today!
     
    Sources: 
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/articles/50-mac-and-cheese-recipes
     

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    It’s often misconstrued that you only need to join a weight loss program if you have a lot of weight to lose, but that’s absolutely not the case! “The person who just wants to lose 10 pounds has felt the same frustration and challenge that someone else who has 50 pounds to lose has experienced,” said Jenny Craig’s Senior Director of Science & Behavioral Interventions, Lisa Talamini.

     
    We offer a support system with proven results. Many of our Jenny Craig consultants have also been in your shoes, and can discuss what works for the last 10 pounds. Our equation for success also includes more than 100 delicious foods and a meal plan with your goal in mind.
     
    “Ultimately, it’s not about how much you have to lose—it’s about finding what works,” continues Talamini. “And Jenny Craig has clinical proof that it does. Losing those stubborn 10 or so pounds means more than a drop in a dress size—it signals reduced risk for diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure and ends the cycle of gain, lose and regaining, which can be so frustrating.”
     
    Joining Jenny Craig allows for you to discover a community of people who are currently working on their own weight loss or have been through it before, and are invested in your success.
     
    We’ve been able to support members with various weight loss goals, and look forward to helping you with yours. Learn about their success stories, then call 866-706-4042 or find a local neighborhood Jenny Craig center near you.
     

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    Picnic with your Jenny Craig Food

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,


     
    Is there anything better than a picnic with friends and family on a sunny summer’s day? We don’t think so either. That’s why Jenny Craig has several on-the-go menu options that are perfect for your next picnic. Whether it’s a day at the beach, a hike to a lunch spot in the mountains, or just an afternoon at the park to play catch with the kids, check out these five portable Jenny Craig foods to bring with you on your next outing.
    Tuna Dill Salad Kit
    If you’re dining alfresco at the park, bring along the Tuna Dill Salad Kit with your picnic blanket and your favorite tunes. This salad kit features premium tuna salad with a dill and Greek yogurt dressing and crispy wheat crackers. For a unique pairing, stuff the Tuna Dill Salad into a hollowed out tomato or yellow pepper, then serve over a farmer’s market green salad with crackers on the side.
    Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Anytime Bar
    Don’t forget to pack a pick-me-up snack for your next picnic in the mountains! Jenny Craig’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Anytime Bar is the ideal food to keep you fueled for any activity. A crunchy peanut butter bar topped with chocolate morsels and a peanut butter drizzle packs an 8 gram protein punch, as well as a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, to give you the energy you need to keep up with the group.
     

    Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit
    This on-the-go salad kit is perfect for your next beach excursion! The Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit combines white meat chicken with a creamy Greek yogurt dressing, sweet cranberries and crunchy celery and is served with crispy crackers. Pack it up with a stack of romaine or endive leaves and you get an easy combo of ingredients for refreshing lettuce wraps.
    Cheese Curls
    Everyone loves Jenny Craig’s Cheese Curls, and it’s easy to taste why–a delicious, crunchy snack seasoned with cheddar cheese and sea salt. Yum! One of Jenny Craig’s best-sellers, this is the ideal snack to take to your next park outing.
    Fresh & Free Additions
    Don’t forget to eat your veggies! Pack up some carrots, celery sticks and dip them in Salsa Ranch Dressing, or sprinkle some lemon juice and pepper on your cucumbers or snap peas for a savory treat.

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    We love to hear about your experience with the Jenny Craig program. Here are a few bloggers who recently tried our program and not only lost weight, but also loved the experience*. Here’s what they had to say:
     
    Tove from Mama in the Now  
     
    “I am blown away at the service I received and how incredibly awesome I feel I am so proud to have been a part of this. THANK YOU again— the lessons our kids learned were so powerful too. I was proud to teach them about Jenny Craig and why I chose to join the program.” 
     
    Jenn from From Comeback Momma 
      
    “Really enjoyed this program. Had no idea how successful the program would be for me. Thanks, Jenny Craig!!”
     
    Kaysha from Style Weekender 
     
    “Loved the ease of getting meals. The staff, especially my consultant, were exceptionally supportive and that made my experience such a delight.”
     
    Rachel from Rachel Teodoro
     
    “I had so many great discussions about this program with friends and family. My first blog post even encouraged a friend of mine to join our local Jenny Craig. I didn't know it until I ran into her in the office for my last consult!”
     
    *Bloggers received promotional consideration

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    Life has a funny way about it. There can be a moment of time where you are achieving a string of accomplishments, goals and experiencing joy all around you, and then all of a sudden something happens that diverts your attention from your goals or gets you down. When life presents a challenge, it’s normal to want to seek out something comforting to diffuse your stress. For some, that comfort is food that is not a part of your meal plan. Left unattended, a lapse can turn into a relapse, which typically results in regaining weight. 
     
    While weight gain may make you feel disappointed, the thing to recognize is that it’s OK if you have yo-yoed in weight. 
     
    “Life happens, and it sometime takes you off track,” says Lisa Talamini, Senior Director of Science & Behavioral Intervention. “Even everyday distractions can lead you to fall into a lapse. That’s why it’s essential to stay consistent with your weekly consultations. Your consultants can help you stay in tune with what’s most important to you – keeping your personal goals a priority.” 
     
    Talamini also mentions that a lapse is just a single event, where you can lose sight of your goal. If stress is your trigger for unplanned eating, then it’s a matter of finding non-food-based, but equally rewarding alternatives that enable you to proactively prevent a relapse from ever happening.
     
    “Too often, people think of it as an excuse to quit, when what you really need is just to restore your focus,” she said.  
     
    Life can get in the way, but the important thing to remember is that you have support whenever you need it. Many of our Jenny Craig consultants are former members who have been on this journey before, and have dealt with many of the challenges you may be dealing with now. They can help you find ways to restore your focus and get back on track for your weight loss goals. Schedule an appointment to meet with your consultant at your local neighborhood Jenny Craig center.
     
     

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    Do Plateaus Happen?

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Move More,

    You step on the scale. The number is the same–and it’s been the same for days. Despite following your plan, the scale just won’t move in the right direction. It seems like you’ve hit the dreaded weight loss plateau. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week. Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged and fall back into old habits. Instead, talk to your consultant and check out these ways to get back on track and past the plateau.
     

     
    Stalled out
    Being stuck at the same number on the scale happens to everyone at some point during their weight loss journey. It’s totally normal. Weight loss plateaus happen because your metabolism naturally slows down as you lose weight. After your body has burned up glycogen stores (carbohydrates) in your muscles and liver, you’ll see a significant drop on the scale due to water weight loss. Then, as you lose weight, you’ll also lower your calorie requirement and this can translate to slower weight loss on the scale. And remember, a few days isn’t always enough time to make a scale budge.
     
    Push past the plateau
    If you’re dissatisfied with the number on the scale and are frustrated by hitting a plateau, talk to your Jenny Craig consultant. Your consultant is there for you and can help guide you in the best direction to kick start your weight loss once again.
     
    Sweat it out
    Add just 15-30 minutes of walking or other physical activity to burn extra calories. Consider increasing the intensity if you’re doing a workout, which will help push past a plateau by burning more calories for the same amount of time. Try adding resistance exercise to tone and build muscle to boost your metabolism, since stronger muscles mean more calories burned. Weight lifting, circuit machines and bodyweight exercises are all options as well. 
     
    Eat your greens
    To stay satisfied, fill up on fresh vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli and more from Jenny Craig’s Fresh & Free Additions list. These foods are rich in water and fiber to keep you feeling full longer with fewer calories. The fuller and more satisfied you feel, the less likely you are to have a potential lapse.
     
    Mix it up
    Look beyond the gym for getting extra physical activity and burning more calories. Finding new ways to move is fun and mixes up your day. Try taking the stairs at work, mowing the lawn or raking leaves, having a daily dance party in the kitchen with your kids while making dinner, vigorously vacuuming and cleaning the house, and riding your bike to work to squeeze in more exercise throughout your day.

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    Non-food Weight Loss Reward Ideas

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,

    From birthdays to job promotions and every celebratory moment in between, there seems to be a trend that all these milestones have a food element associated with them. While reaching milestones in your body weight loss journey should be celebrated, part of this journey includes figuring out other ways to reward yourself outside of food. So instead of celebrating your progress with junk food, choose a non-food reward! Here are seven rewards for weight loss milestones to put an extra pep in your step and continue to motivate yourself toward weight loss goals:
    1. Revitalize your wardrobe.

    There is nothing like buying a new pair of jeans when you’ve dropped a size. Celebrate yourself by buying a new article of clothing or have an outfit altered for every 10lbs dropped. Now those are great incentives we can get behind! You can also make room in your closet by donating clothes that are overly baggy.
    2. Get your hair styled.

    Whether that means getting a haircut or a blowout, we’re all about it! This great reward can also add a boost in confidence about your overall appearance.
    3. Pamper yourself.
    This weight loss reward is relaxing and fun! A massage or a manicure/pedicure are just two ways that you can take an extended amount of time to devote to yourself for that much needed me time.
    4. Plan a field trip for yourself.

    Celebrate all the hard work you have put in by planning a field trip for yourself. Your field trip can take any form. Take a walk along a body of water, go window-shopping at your favorite stores or visit a museum.
    5. Join a Club.
    Find some like-minded individuals who want to celebrate being healthier too. Join a walking or fitness club, meetup or even exercise your mind by joining a book club. You’ll have fun and it will keep you motivated, inspired, and healthy!
    6. Take yourself out on the town.

    Whether it is going to a movie, a concert, or checking out a new art exhibit, you deserve a fun night out! Take a friend, significant other or family member and enjoy a night to celebrate your healthy lifestyle and weight loss progress.
    7. Buy a new item for your house.
    Have you been eyeing an amazing sectional couch or a new coffee table? Now is the time to treat yourself with a new furnishing for your house. Reward your healthy behavior and hard work by indulging in furniture instead of food!
     
    Use these non-food weight loss reward ideas to stay on track to hit your ultimate goal weight and continue on the journey to long-term success. If you’re looking for other ideas on how to reward yourself instead of with food, ask your Jenny Craig program consultant! Visit your local neighborhood Jenny Craig center or meet with your consultant via phone or video chat, where we’ll happily brainstorm, keep your motivation strong, and celebrate your healthy weight loss program milestones with you.
     

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    *Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
     
    Twin sisters and Jenny Craig members Christine & Keisha B. share their weight loss journey in PEOPLE’s 100 lb. Weight Loss feature.* “My doctor said I was morbidly obese,” Christine shares with PEOPLE in the May 29, 2017 issue. "I grew up with food as an expression of love, so I had to change the way I thought about eating." 
     
    After being inspired by her twin Keisha’s success on the program, Christine joined Jenny Craig and was paired with her own consultant. The pre-school teachers give each other support to stay on track and now have a different outlook on food. “You have to make a commitment to be good to yourself,” Keisha tells PEOPLE.
     
    Read more about their journey here!
     


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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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    Ways To Deal With Stress That Work

    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. As the saying goes, life is tough, but so are you. Even though there will be many stressful situations throughout the day, there are many positive ways to monitor and manage your stress levels. Curb the negative effects of stress with these creative stress management activities.
    1. Get Moving
    The National Institute of Mental Health suggests getting regular exercise and movement to cope with stress, even if it’s just walking for 30 minutes every day. Physical activity releases brain chemicals, called neurotransmitters, which triggers happy feelings to lessen stress, ward off anxiety and can even reduce pain. Feeling extra stressed out by a deadline at work? Even stretching with some yoga poses for 10 minutes can relieve muscle tension.
    2. 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. A few other stress management activity ideas include writing a poem, volunteering, or redecorating your home.
    3. 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. This technique may help relieve you of certain unnecessary work-related stressors in your daily life!
    4. 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.
    5. Make Lists of Tasks & 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.
    6. Get A Good Night Sleep
    Did you know that if you are tired, you are more easily agitated as well as less patient? If you are tired because of lack of sleep, it may increase stress or make it harder to deal with stress throughout the day. For adults, it is recommended to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep at night in order to feel rested for the day1. Getting proper sleep is one way to help deal with stress as you are well-rested and better equipped to handle the stressors that materialize2.
    7. Spend Time With Your Pet
    With their friendly faces and lovable demeanor, pets offer a wealth of therapeutic traits that can reduce levels of stress hormones3. If you’re dealing with a particularly stressful day, take your dog for a short 10-minute walk. Seeing your pup appreciate the walk and enjoying the little things will help you come back with a refreshed perspective and may help provide some stress relief.
    8. Deep Breathing
    Another way to combat stress is to engage in deep breathing. Deep breathing helps to activate your body’s natural relaxation response which in turn helps to lower your blood pressure, slow your breathing, increase your levels of nitric oxide, and decreases your metabolism 4. When you are feeling stressed, perform abdominal breathing for 20-30 minutes to act as a stress reliever and bring yourself into relaxation mode.
    9. Avoid unrealistic and negative expectations
    Life has many unexpected twists and turns so you can’t always expect everything to go as planned. But don’t doubt yourself either! Stay positive (because you can do it), go with the flow, be flexible and lean on your family and friends for support. We know that life can throw many curve balls. However, frequently checking in with yourself, finding healthy ways to take care of yourself, keeping a positive perspective during stressful times, and utilizing these stress management tips can help you stay balanced and resilient.
     
    Putting yourself and your needs first can allow you to curb your stress and anxiety and feel successful and confident in your wellness journey! Keep an eye out for more ways to combat stress, and feel free to discuss stress reduction strategies with your Jenny Craig consultant.
     
    Sources:
    1https://sleepfoundation.org/press-release/national-sleep-foundation-recommends-new-sleep-times
    2https://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/tips-reduce-stress  
    3http://www.health.com/pets/pets-relieve-stress  
    4https://www.stress.org/take-a-deep-breath/
     
     

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