The majority of your meal planning is already done, thanks to your Jenny Craig pre-planned menu. But to truly make your meal complete, you need to go grocery shopping for your Fresh & Free Additions! We know how grocery shopping without a list can go – you end up buying everything down the aisle, which can easily break your budget and block your weight loss progress! To help prevent that and to stay on track, here are eight healthy and versatile foods to include:
Broccoli is so diverse—roast it to create a crunchy treat or blanch or steam it to bring out its bright color. We personally love it stirred into the Chicken Fettuccine or you can enjoy steamed broccoli on the side with some red pepper flakes and lemon juice for a zesty and flavorful bite!
It’s funny to think vegetables can be trendy, but cauliflower has been a hot food item for a few years now. You can toss it into the food processor to create rice or cut huge chunks to resemble a veggie “steak.” Plus, it can take on tons of flavor—try it roasted with some curry powder or a touch of hot sauce for a bit of spice and beautiful color!
3. Spaghetti squash
One spaghetti squash can make multiple meals in a snap. Once you roast and create the “spaghetti” strands with a fork, you can mix spaghetti squash into your next leafy salad or top it with your Spaghetti with Meatballs for a delicious and filling dinner.
Whether it’s raw or sautéed, kale is a green that is great cold or hot. Its subtle bitterness complements sweeter items, such as carrots or tomatoes, and can also add a textural crunch when baked in the oven.
Cucumbers have a bright crunch that works well in salads or as a tasty snack with your Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit. Cucumbers also have a sweet, grassy flavor, so you can drop slices into your water for an added touch of freshness.
Tomatoes can cross cultural cuisine boundaries. Create a fresh Mediterranean salad with cucumbers, teardrop tomatoes and oregano, a Mexican salsa with diced tomatoes, red onion and jalapenos or roast tomatoes with garlic to create a fresh Italian sauce for your spaghetti squash!
Onions come in a variety of types, so you can mix and match depending on what you want to use them for! White onions will be sharper and more pungent (and are great in pasta sauces). For a crisp bite in a salad, go with a red onion not only for their color, but for their thin slices, too.
Mushrooms have umami—that meaty flavor that gives a decidedly rich flavor to any dish. Top off your Beef Merlot with sautéed mushrooms and onions, or buy Portobello mushrooms to bake and fill with garlic and kale or other cooked greens.
While these eight vegetables and fruits can be used in multiple ways and can easily become household staples, remember that these are just a delicious sample of what you can experiment with by reading your Jenny Craig Grocery Guide! Aim for colors and choose a new fruit or vegetable to mix in. Visit our Recipes page for more veggie inspiration and keep an eye on our Facebook page for more ideas. Happy eating!