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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 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.
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. 
-   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
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.
-  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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Take your taste buds on an international stroll with Chicken Faux-Lo-Mein. Add roasted spaghetti squash to your Asian Style Chicken for a low-calorie dish that is full of flavor!

Jenny Craig Asian Style Chicken
1/2 of a spaghetti squash 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Cut spaghetti squash lengthwise and scoop out seeds.
3. Place cut side down in a shallow baking dish.
4. Add a little water and cover with foil. 
5. Roast in the oven for 40 minutes or until tender.
6. Prepare Asian Style Chicken as directed. 
7. Using a fork, remove squash and place in a mixing bowl. 
8. Add the prepared Asian Style Chicken, mix and serve. 
Per serving 
Asian Style Chicken
(1 Starch, 1 Veg, 1 1/2 Protein, 1 Fat)
+1-2 Veg  
Recipe by Amy T. from Parma Heights, Ohio 
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Having snacks on hand to bridge the hours between meals is a great way to keep your hunger at bay and your metabolism active. As you look around for snack ideas, there is one Jenny Craig snack everybody has to have—our Cheese Curls!

Why are our Cheese Curls so popular? 
•    Crunch factor: These curls are delightfully crunchy and light, making them the ultimate snack food that still fills you up.
•    Cheesy: We use natural cheddar cheese flavoring and a light sprinkling of sea salt, making this a savory snack.
•    Low calorie: As opposed to similar snacks, you can eat the whole bag knowing that it’s only 130 calories! Plus, these curls are low in saturated fat. 
•    Perfect to pair with other snacks: Bolster your Cheese Curls with Fresh & Free Additions, like a half-cup of jicama, carrots and radish for an additional crunch.

For more information on our bestselling Cheese Curls, visit our food menu.  
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,

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As you lose weight, it’s easy to turn to the scale to gauge your weight loss, however there are so many other areas where you can measure your success! Let’s look at other ways to measure your weight loss success.
Looser clothes
Are you starting to notice that your clothes seem looser and baggier? This is one of the easiest ways to gauge that you’ve lose weight. See if your belt loop has gone down a notch or two. You can also grab clothes that have been hiding in the back of the closet to try on. Try those jeans that seemed a bit snug a few weeks ago and give them a try – you might be pleasantly surprised.
If you still want to view numbers to measure success, you can also take your body measurements.  Do this at the start of your weight loss journey so that you have a benchmark.  You can find measuring tape (the soft kind) at many stores with healthcare sections, crafts outlets or online. Here are some areas you can begin with:

•    Waist: Measure at the narrowest area close to the navel.
•    Hips: Measure around the widest part of the hips
•    Upper thigh: Measure around the fullest part of your thigh
•    Bust: Measure all the way around, and be sure to line up the tape measurer for an even measurement.
You’ll want to measure yourself every few weeks in order to see how many inches and centimeters you’ve lost.
Take a selfie
Measurements and scales show a lot, but seeing is believing! Comparing pictures of yourself before and during your weight loss journey allows you to see the progress you’ve made over time, and you can celebrate how different you truly look from where you started to where you are now.
Overall feeling
The expression of getting some “weight off your shoulders” absolutely applies to weight loss. Not only are you literally feeling lighter, you may be feeling more energetic during the day, have more stamina when walking up stairs and feeling less stressed overall. Feeling great about these changes is another way to motivate you toward your goals.
Jenny Craig would love to be a part of your weight loss journey. We celebrate our members as they reach their goals, and love to be part of their success. Check out these inspirational stories, then call 866-706-4042 or schedule a free consultation at your local neighborhood Jenny Craig center to find out how Jenny Craig can help you with your weight loss. 
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,

Indulge your sweet side with parfait perfection. Layer on crumbles of your Chocolate Muffin with nonfat yogurt, fresh raspberries and cinnamon for an irresistible sweet with a hint of spice.
Jenny Craig Chocolate Muffin
½ tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne
6 oz plain nonfat yogurt
¼ tsp non-calorie sweetner
1.       Defrost your Chocolate Muffin and microwave 15 seconds.
2.       In a bowl, crumble muffin into small pieces and mix in cinnamon and cayenne.
3.       In a separate bowl, mash raspberries with the back of a spoon and mix in sweetner.
4.       Layer into a bowl or small cup. Muffin first, then yogurt and finally raspberries.
5.       Repeat until you have used up all ingredients.
Per Serving
Chocolate Muffin (1 ½ Starch, 1 ½ Fat)
+1 Milk
1 Fruit
3 Free Food
Recipe submitted by Kelsey M. from Brooklyn, New York
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By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,

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All eyes will be on you on your wedding day. It takes a lot of planning and organization (flowers, venue, guest lists, you name it), and one of those plans may be to lose weight so you can confidently walk down the aisle while feeling—and looking—your best.
For all those grooms- and brides-to-be, Jenny Craig would like to offer a few tips on losing weight before your wedding.
Speak with a Jenny Craig Consultant
A dedicated personal consultant understands that you want to look your very best on your important day. They can help you identify your unique challenges that may be slowing down your goals and work with you to create strategies and techniques to help you overcome those hurdles. Think of them as your motivator and constant resource throughout your journey!
Easy ways to get moving
Planning for a wedding adds another to-do into your day, so find opportunities to step away from the traditional planning table and get moving! You and your partner can discuss plans while going on a weekend hike or romantic sunset stroll. Plan exercise dates with your friends – grab those bridesmaids or groomsmen - that will make it more fun for you and allows you to multitask. You can also take a moment with these 10-minute exercises, which makes it even easier to get moving on a busy day.
Don’t stress
That phrase may be hard for you to hear, but stress can impact weight loss. Stress impacts your quality of sleep and your mood, which are important factors to your overall well-being. It can even cause stress eating! Be mindful of your eating habits during this time and find ways to de-stress, such as exercise, deep breathing, conversations with loved ones or massages, will allow you to step away from whatever is causing you to stress and allows you to re-evaluate it with a fresh mind.
Sleep can easily be overlooked, but it impacts the quality of your day and can impact your weight loss. Aim for 7-9 hours per night to allow your body and mind to reset.
Eat right

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When losing weight, making healthy choices for nutrient-dense food and paying attention to portion size is key. Luckily, Jenny Craig takes care of all of that work for you, with over 100 menu options that cover breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks and dessert. We work with more than 40 professional chefs who use high-quality ingredients to help you eat deliciously while losing weight. Plus, you can add Fresh & Free Additions to your meals to help you stay fuller longer as you plan your special day.
Planning Your Wardrobe
When you have weight loss in mind, one of the biggest questions is when you should get your dress or tuxedo. The answer depends on your goals and desires for your special day. If a custom gown or specific gown is what you’re envisioning, make sure to begin fittings right away, since gowns take time to arrive to your store and have alterations done. If you want to wait until the last minute for a gown, expect to buy off the rack one month before your wedding. For men, tuxedos should also be considered as soon as possible, but you can wait up to two months prior to the ceremony.
For more information on how Jenny Craig can help you with losing weight before your wedding, schedule a consultation at a Jenny Craig center near you or call 866-706-4042. We would be thrilled to join you on your journey to your special day!
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We want to help you become the healthiest and happiest version of yourself. Here’s a snapshot of what to expect on the Jenny Craig Program.

Typically, the biggest weight loss you’ll see is in the first week. By reducing calories, carbohydrates and sodium, your body will typically respond with a 1 to 4 pound weight loss. It’s mostly water weight, but it’s a great start!
By the second week, your body starts losing less water and burning more fat. The drop in weight this week will be a little smaller but will represent more actual loss of weight, because you’re losing fat, not water. Enjoy your win - one of many you’ll experience on your weight loss journey.
By week three, aim for an average weight loss of 1 to 2 pounds per week*, or 1% of your body weight. If you lose weight more rapidly, you’re likely losing more muscle, which isn’t healthy.
Taking your measurements monthly also allows you to see the loss of inches.

Important Milestones 
5% and 10%:
By losing as little as 5% to 10% of your body weight, it’s possible to reduce your risk for weight-related diseases such as diabetes 2. You’re starting to get healthier.
When you’re halfway to your goal, you may be ready to learn how to eat on your own by starting with one day a week. Of course, your consultant will be there for continued support throughout your journey.

Congrats, you’ve done it! After celebrating your achievement, your consultant will introduce you to the maintenance phase of your program. Here, you’ll learn unique skills to help you keep your weight off and help sustain your healthy lifestyle. And you’ll see – Jenny Craig is committed to your success.
*Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs per week.