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  • Kari - Jenny Craig

    A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine1 recognized Jenny Craig as a potential treatment against obesity through its weight loss and weight management program. Further, the study "Mechanisms, Pathophysiology, and Management of Obesity" underscores the key elements of treating obesity which include live counseling, a low-calorie diet, physical activity and behavior modification – all of which are fundamental elements of the Jenny Craig program. Obesity is a leading cause of chronic diseases.
    Within the study, researchers Dr. Heymsfield and Dr. Wadden provide a thorough review of the causes, health consequences and treatment of obesity. Their review underscores the complexity of the condition and the challenge its epidemic proportions present to the healthcare system.
    "We are gratified that Jenny Craig was specifically named as a commercial program for physician referral. The study is further validation of the importance of regular contact with a trained counselor to provide behavioral strategies, set goals and engage in problem solving for both weight loss and weight maintenance. All of these are key components of our one-on-one personalized approach," said Monty Sharma, CEO of Jenny Craig.
    In particular, the study references that a commercial weight loss program, such as Jenny Craig, can be prescribed by physicians if the program's safety and efficacy have been reported in peer-reviewed journals as is the case with Jenny Craig. According to obesity researcher and Jenny Craig Science Advisor Frank Greenway, MD, "Most physicians recognize obesity as a chronic disease. They recommend diet and exercise for weight management, but need referral resources to support their patients to succeed. The highly respected New England Journal of Medicine recommends that referrals be made to weight loss programs that have evidence of safe and effective weight loss published in high-quality medical journals. Only two programs were mentioned as fulfilling that criteria and Jenny Craig was one of those."
    For more information, visit the full press release. 
     
    1Heymsfield, Steven B. & Wadden, Thomas A. Mechanisms, Pathophysiology, and Management of Obesity. (2017). New England Journal of Medicine, 376:254-266. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra1514009
     
     

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    Smart Food Tactics to Shave off Calories

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,


    You may already be choosing to eat healthier alternatives throughout the day, but some of your choices may be adding more calories than you think! Once eating leafy greens, lean proteins and whole grains feels like second nature, it’s time to focus on the smaller choices you make throughout the day that may be inhibiting your weight loss or weight maintenance plans. Let’s look at a few food tactics to shave off calories.
    Drink up!
    Thirst and hunger signals can be confused as one for the other since the same part of the brain figures out both! Instead, save some calories by drinking a glass of water and waiting 15 minutes before eating anything. You could also pair water with a light snack like veggie sticks that you can enjoy with Classic Hummus & Wheat Crackers. This will help you curb calories by making you feel fuller faster.
    Eat Mindfully.

    Utilizing mindful eating practices allows you to slow down and savor the flavors of your meal. This prevents you from overeating and controls cravings. Small steps such as eliminating distraction when eating, acknowledging the flavors of the food and stopping when you feel satisfied, can cut calories and reframe your relationship with food.  
    Measure your condiments.
    Condiments are delicious and easy flavor boosters. That being said, you can shave off calories by paying attention to the fat content and serving size. While some condiments, such as ketchup, hot sauce, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce, are considered unlimited, others such as barbeque sauce, salad dressing and some spreads, like cream cheese or mayonnaise, are categorized as limited items in the Jenny Craig program. Limited items contain less than 35 calories per one tablespoon serving, and our list has options that can be mixed and matched. To control total calories, add in no more than three servings of limited free foods per day.
    To make it easy, take advantage of Jenny Craig’s pre-portioned condiments, like our Lite Table Syrup that are delicious with our whole wheat Blueberry Pancakes & Sausage or our Balsamic, Ranch and Salsa Ranch Dressings that are light in fat, but big on flavor.
    Eat snacks.
    Snacks are the bridge from one meal to the next, and provide energy between the hours of eating larger meals. Look for snacks that offer protein, fiber and vitamins like our Chocolate Dream Shake that can be a delightful post-workout snack, or our Yogurt Dream Bar for a bit of crunch that will last you until lunch or dinner.
     
     
    [SOURCES]
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/441564-difference-between-being-hungry-and-thirsty/
    http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/nutrition/healthy-eating/eating-to-boost-energy
     
     
     

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    5 easy ways to maximize your movement

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


     
    Do you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to work out? Is your schedule maxed out with no time for you? Relax and remember that every step counts. Every time you move your body, you burn calories. When you walk the dog, clean the house or run errands you could be getting closer to your weight loss goal.
     
    Here are five easy tips to maximize the activities you're already doing:
     
    1.    When cleaning, put on some fast music and move to the groove. You might finish the cleaning more quickly, freeing up your time for something else. And you'll be burning more calories to help you lose weight.
     
    2.    You burn more calories standing than sitting, so take standing breaks whenever you can. You could also try standing up during conference calls.
     
    3.    Take the long way to the bathroom or kitchen. Always take the stairs between floors. Try to squeeze in a 10-minute walk on your lunch break. You'll clear your mind as well as burn some calories.
     
    4.    When running errands, park as far away from the entrance of the store as you can, and power walk in and out. When the kids do their after-school activities, why not get involved too? You can walk around the field or area outside their class while they are occupied. Make it your habit to keep moving whenever possible.
     
    5.    No time to get to a class or the gym? Workout at home with an exercise DVD, resistance bands or free weights.  You can even use a simple chair for some triceps work!
     
    Remember, any activity is good activity. Look for little ways to burn a few extra calories every day and it will add up to feeling better and getting you closer to your weight loss goals.
     
     
     

  • Kari - Jenny Craig

    Since 1983, Jenny Craig has changed lives around the world. The company was built on the belief that successful weight loss and weight management can be achieved through a supportive consultant and healthy and delicious food. Mrs. Jenny Craig co-founded the company 34 years ago with her late husband, Sid Craig.
    Mrs. Craig began to realize the need for weight loss services after the birth of her first child when she found she had gained weight. Through her own combination of diet and exercise, she shed the baby weight, but found there weren't enough options for people who wanted to lose weight in a supportive environment. Mrs. Craig had worked at a local gym where she developed an interest in weight loss and nutrition. This interest eventually led to the opening of her own gym, and then in 1983, her first Jenny Craig Weight Loss Center. Mrs. Craig took what she learned through her own weight loss journey and years of working in the weight loss industry to create a comprehensive approach to weight loss.
    Today, there are more than 500 locations in North America and the Jenny Craig brand continues to help people reach their weight loss goal. In fact, an independent study in Annals of Internal Medicine* ranked Jenny Craig as one of the most effective weight loss programs due to the fact it resulted in greater weight loss at 12 months than those assigned to control groups. Additionally, Jenny Craig has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Weight Loss Diet Plans for the seventh year in a row, as well as a top diet for Fast Weight Loss and Easy Weight Loss.
    No other weight loss solution compares to Jenny Craig’s premium personal support plus worry-free eating that includes delicious, real food. Anniversaries and deals like this don’t come around that often so act now. Let’s start your journey together.
     
    *Gudzune KA, Doshi RS, Mehta AK, Chaudhry ZW, Jacobs DK, Vakil RM, et al. Efficacy of Commercial Weight-Loss Programs: An Updated Systematic Review. Ann Intern Med. 2015;162:501-512. doi:10.7326/M14-2238
     
     

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    JENNY CRAIG FOR NEW MOMS

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


    New moms have a lot on their plates—and in addition to tending to your baby and your own health, you may also want to start losing some baby weight. Over the years, our consultants have fielded countless questions about when and how to start this particular kind of weight loss journey. The good news is that Jenny Craig can help you with your weight loss after the birth…as well as a few other things you might not even expect!
     
    When to join
    As a new mom, you are welcome to join or rejoin Jenny Craig once your baby is six weeks old. Nursing mothers typically follow an 1800 calorie or higher menu to meet increased calorie requirements and will be advised to limit weight loss to ½ to 1 pound per week. 
     
    Easy, tasty and healthy food
    The Jenny Craig program was designed to take the guesswork (and the hassle) out of weight loss. But as it turns out, many of our new-mom clients have discovered that our easy, nutritious and tasty menu is a life-saver during those sleep-deprived early months. Your consultant is there to help you arrange your day to ensure you get in all the foods you need to lose weight healthfully and have the energy you need as a new mom. The best way to take care of your new baby is to take care yourself and Jenny Craig makes that much easier. Take away the time with food prep and you gain the time to really enjoy this precious time in your life with your new baby.
     
    Get into the routine
    Many of our new-mom clients have noticed yet another benefit of joining Jenny Craig: The establishment of a routine. During the early months, the baby’s just beginning to establish a feeding and sleeping schedule and it takes a while for it to settle into a rhythm and while that is working itself out, you can rely on the Jenny Craig menu with its three regular meals and snacks to create an anchor in your day that can be easily adjusted to your newborn’s variable schedule. 
     
    Empowering YOU
    How can something so small change your life so completely? Believe us: It can. But by entrusting Jenny Craig with your weight loss journey, you’re taking control of your weight and your health, too. Not only will it feel great to get out of those maternity clothes, you should also feel good about giving your body the nutrition it needs to stay active and energetic—two words that will soon describe your bundle of joy.
     
     
     

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    5 WAYS TO BREAK BAD HABITS

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


    Leaving the dishes for days in the sink, interrupting others or even sleeping through the alarm. We all have some bad habits, sometimes they can just be small and a point of humor for family and friends, but others such as eating fast food all the time, not exercising or frequently working late can affect your health and your happiness. It’s always a good time to work on getting rid of pesky habits and work toward being the happiest and healthiest version of you. Here are some tips to get you started:
    Identify the root and acknowledge the issue
    Habits exist because there is a trigger or behavioral trend that you react to. It could be stress, boredom, depression or even laziness. By identifying why you fall back on this habit, you will be able to acknowledge the issue and devise a plan to change to a more positive reaction or trigger. For example; if you eat mindlessly when you are bored and watching TV, identify the impulse to reach for a snack and instead, do a few simple exercises like jumping jacks in front of the TV. You will establish a new routine and increase your fitness, not your waistline.
    Give yourself time
    Research shows that it can take three months to fully establish new habits and break old ones. While that may seem like a long haul, every day is one step closer to a new you and it will get easier with every passing day. You also don’t need to try to do it all at once. Start with one key change and work toward it. Once you feel more confident, add another one to the list.
    Create a plan and write it down
    The best laid plans are the ones that are indeed planned, so sit down and make a plan for the changes you want to make and devise steps on how to achieve them. You will feel more in-control and confident with a clear plan of attack and those bad habits won’t stand a chance.
    Treat yourself when you succeed
    We all know we are more likely to succeed if there is a tangible reward at the end, so when planning your changes set yourself a reward when you hit the one, two and three month marks. Things like a pedicure or getting your hair blown out can be fun non-food rewards.
    Allow for slips
    No one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes and slips off. By understanding there will be times you fall off the wagon, you can better prepare yourself to get right back on. One bad day does not equal failure, keep going and keep challenging yourself to do better.
     
     

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    5 Notoriously Common Salty Foods

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Eat Well,


     
    Sodium is an essential part of your nutrition, as it helps to transport nutrients, transmit nerve impulses and contract muscles like your heart. However, too much sodium, which is what makes up 40% of salt, can contribute to developing high blood pressure, especially if you are sodium-sensitive. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a limit of 2,300 mg of sodium per day, and your Jenny Craig Menu has been designed to align to this limit.
    However, the average American consumes nearly 50% more than that! Here are some notoriously common salty foods to avoid and our suggestions for what you can eat instead.
    Avoid These: Tacos/burritos
    Tacos and burritos are versatile enough to have at any meal, but did you know that taco seasoning has 411 mg. of sodium? You can easily ease the salt down by making your own seasoning with spices like cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and oregano.
    Enjoy These: Leave the cooking to us by having the Chicken Street Tacos or the Chicken Wrap with BBQ Sauce.

    Avoid These: Fast food sandwich or burger
    Not only are they unhealthy, fast food restaurants are notorious for adding extra salt into everything.
    Enjoy These: Enjoy the fun of fast food minus the fat and sodium, by pairing a side salad with your Jenny Craig Salad Dressing and Jenny Craig’s own Classic Cheeseburger or Turkey Burger.

     
    Avoid These: French fries/chips
    Potatoes love salt, and French fries and chips right out of the fryer generally have tons of salt sprinkled on! In fact, French fries at some of the biggest fast food restaurants, have a sodium range anywhere from 700-980 per serving!
    Enjoy These: Try roasting your own healthy version at home by running sliced sweet potato sprinkled with rosemary and a few drops of olive oil under the broiler. Even quicker: Enjoy our savory Cheese Curls or Ranch Snaps that are full of flavor, fiber and have a satisfying crunch.

    Avoid This: Pizza
    Salty toppings, like pepperoni, bacon or ham, can easily be mistaken as the culprit for high sodium. Cheese, too, has a lot of sodium, and the average slice of pizza may have up to 760 mg, which can add up quickly when you eat more.
    Enjoy These: Enjoy our savory Pepperoni Pizza or Margherita Pizza for one of your meals. You can even bake them in the oven to make it deliciously crispy. 

    Avoid This: Soup
    A bowl of soup is a great start to a meal or a complete meal in itself, but be careful: One cup of canned soup contains anywhere from 100 to 940 mg of sodium.
    Enjoy This: Keep an eye out for lower sodium options, like our Italian Style Wedding Soup that stays on the lower side of sodium and calories, but offers a great amount of protein and fiber.
    Jenny Craig offers over 100 items, from breakfast to dessert, and all are nutritiously balanced to your health. Find out more about the Jenny Craig program by visiting a center near you or calling 866-706-4042.
     
     
    [SOURCES]
    Jenny Craig Nutrition Guide (PDF)
    http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/most-tempting-salty-foods#3
    http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Nutrition/The-Salty-Six-Infographic_UCM_446591_SubHomePage.jsp
    http://www.eatthis.com/best-and-worst-fast-food-french-fries-ranked 
    http://www.jennycraig.com/site/learn/article/balanced-is-your-middle-name
     
     
     

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    5 Reasons Why The Gym is Fantastic

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Move More,


    A healthy lifestyle consists of making careful food and exercise choices. Jenny Craig can help you with your food options, as we have over 100 menu items to serve your breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and even dessert needs! For the latter, while walking outside on your lunch break or going on a weekend hike are great ways to get moving, there are many opportunities at your local gym that you may be missing out on! Here are 5 reasons you’ll love going to the gym:
    1.      Classes. Many workout facilities, like Curves, offer a variety of classes for all fitness levels. You can train with a fitness instructor in a group environment that will encourage you to work harder together!
    2.      Variety of machines. Based on your fitness goals, you can focus on cardio and/or strength training with all of the different machines and weights a gym provides. Variety is the spice of life, as the saying goes, so spice up your routine with different machines or variations on cardio (bike, treadmill or elliptical) every week!
    3.      Stress relief. Exercise pumps up your endorphins (your feel-good neurotransmitters). Focusing on yourself at the gym allows you to think less about external factors that may be causing you stress. Your exercise will be crafting a healthier you, which can lead to a happier you.
    4.      More energy during the day, better sleep at night. The gym helps you have more energy during the day to run errands, work or spend time with friends and family. If you’re going to the gym in the evening, a study published in Mental Health and Physical Activity journal notes that exercise is linked to more quality sleep.
    5.      Community. It’s great to be exercising with others as they work toward their health goals as well. Invite a friend who doesn’t have a membership to go with you as well. Plus, if you become a regular in a class, you can make new friends, too.
    Gym time can truly be you-time when you focus on creating a fun plan for yourself!
     
     
    [SOURCES]
    http://www.jennycraig.com/site/learn/article/10-reasons-to-invest-in-yourself
    http://elitedaily.com/life/6-reasons-go-gym-today-even-really-really-dont-feel-like/641931/
    https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-news/study-physical-activity-impacts-overall-quality-sleep
     

  • Kari - Jenny Craig

    Start your day with a parfait that's certain to sweeten up your morning! Sandwich your Chocolate Muffin between spoonfuls of nonfat vanilla yogurt. Garnish with fresh berries for seasonal goodness. 
     
    Ingredients: 
    Jenny Craig Chocolate Muffin 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt (vanilla or your favorite flavor)  1 cup mixed berries   
    Directions: 
    1. Cut Chocolate Muffin into 3 layers. 
    2. Place bottom later into a 4 oz canning jar. 
    3. Add 3 tsp of yogurt on top. 
    4. Place second layer of Chocolate Muffin and add remaining yogurt. Add top of Chocolate Muffin and garnish with mixed berries. 
     
    Submitted by Robin W. from Indianapolis, Indiana 
     

  • Kari - Jenny Craig

    The list of reasons for not losing weight can be a long one, such as being too busy to plan healthy meals, thinking the results won’t last or feeling too tired to work out. But just by reading this blog, you’re already taking a step toward reaching your weight loss goals!
    We know how important it is to find support during this transformative time, and our team of consultants is here to help. Over the past 30-plus years, Jenny Craig members have received one-on-one support from dedicated consultations who teach portion control and healthy eating habits.  So what’s stopping you from taking the next step in your weight loss journey with Jenny Craig?
    So, let’s bust some common myths you might have heard about Jenny Craig.
    Myth #1: “The food is unhealthy.”
    Fact: At Jenny Craig, we primarily rely on freezing and shelf-stable technologies to maintain both the freshness and convenience of our portion-controlled foods. Nutrition is our priority, so our team of nutritionists and food technologists work together to make sure that our food is developed with strict specifications for regarding the amount of fat, saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar as well as to emphasize the inclusion of vegetables, whole grain/fiber and heart healthy fats. We also encourage members to pair our meals with Fresh & Free Additions, such as non-starchy vegetables and fruits that are rich in fiber and water, so they help you stay satisfied while you’re on your plan.

    Myth #2: “The food is too sugary.”
    Fact: Each day of our menu contains less than 10% of calories from added sugar. When following the meal plan, we can include a delicious dessert (i.e. Cinnamon Rolls, Cinnamon French Toast, Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Lava Cake) into the day as they are calculated into this daily average. We also seek to emphasize healthy ingredients, such as whole grains and healthy fats wherever possible in our meals and snacks. And we encourage drinking water and other non-caloric beverages, like tea or coffee without sugar, to help you stay hydrated without additional sugar.
    Myth #3: “The food is high in sodium.”
    Fact: Jenny Craig menus have approximately 2300 mg of sodium per day, which reflects the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans. You can also work with your consultant to reduce your sodium through lower sodium choices in the grocery foods you add to your Jenny Craig Menu every day.
    Myth #4: “The plan and food is too expensive.”
    Fact: Going out to dinner or buying lunch every day adds up quickly! One meal alone can be about $15-$20, and just think about any additional snacks or your morning coffee run thrown into your budget. At Jenny Craig, we offer a variety of affordable plans to cater to your personal preferences. In fact, menu items start at $3.63 – a tremendous value when it comes to taste, balanced nutrition and support with weight loss.

    Myth #5: “Jenny Craig is not sustainable or long-lasting.”
    Fact: Jenny Craig works! In fact, a 2014 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine ranked Jenny Craig as one of the top programs for physician referral, based on its high rate of weight loss at one year compared to control groups.
    Members on the Jenny Craig program are provided a delicious food and a dedicated personal consultant to help them lose the weight. Members are taught healthy eating tactics and strategies for maintaining weight loss. We also provide recipes online to continue making fantastic, nutritious and delicious choices now that you have the tools to recognize portion sizes.
    These may be common myths, but one myth can be busted today: we can help you lose the weight if you put your mind (and body) to it! Discuss your weight loss options with a Jenny Craig consultant by finding a location near you or calling 866-706-4042 today.
     
     
     
    [SOURCES]
    http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm315393.htm
     
     
     

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    Simple Inspirations Recipe: Sunshine Omelet

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Inspiration,


    Submitted by Lydia D. from Las Vegas, Nevada 
    Create your own breakfast skillet with your Sunshine Sandwich and a sensational mix of sautéed spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes and zucchini.
    Ingredients
    Jenny Craig Sunshine Sandwich ¼ cup spinach ¼ cup tomatoes ¼ cup mushrooms ¼ cup zucchini Dash of garlic powder Directions
    Separate Sunshine Sandwich and defrost egg and ham. In a nonstick pan, sauté tomato, spinach, mushroom and zucchini Cut egg and ham into cubes and mix with sautéed veggies Add garlic powder to taste, and serve scramble with English muffin on the side. Per serving
    Sunshine Sandwich (2 Starch, 1 Protein, ½ Fat) + 1-2 Vegetables 1 Free Food  

  • Lisa Talamini - RD

    With so many different versions of butter and margarine on the market, it can be overwhelming to decide on the right product for you. Options run the gamut of stick, tub, liquid and spray formats. Ingredients can be animal or plant-based or a mix of the two. Plus, manufacturers may add a range of functional ingredients for health benefits. Here’s a rundown on the most common choices, their health impact and best uses.
    Guide to Sticks, Spreads and Sprays
     
    Product
    What’s In It?
    When to Use
    Butter
    Primarily solid (saturated) fat, can raise LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.
    Reserve for baking and making rich sauces where flavor and texture count. 
    Stick Margarine
    Primarily vegetable (unsaturated) oils which are heart protective, but also contains more trans-fat than butter. Elevates LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and decreases HDL (“good”) cholesterol.
    Reserve for baking and making rich sauces where flavor and texture count
    Soft/tub and liquid margarine
    Primarily vegetable (unsaturated) oils and minimal to zero grams of trans-fat.
     
     
     
    Use in place of butter/stick margarine for baking, grilling, frying, roasting, sautéing and baking with less saturated and trans-fat.
    Light butter Whipped butter
    Light margarine
     
     
     
    Half the calories, fat, saturated and/or trans-fat as some of the fat has been replaced with water. 
     
     
     
    ·         Choose light butter to get the flavor of butter while reducing calories and saturated fat.
    ·         Try light margarine to reduce calories, saturated/trans-fat.
    ·         Use both to stretch your portion size or make room for other healthy fats like avocado, nuts, olives, etc.
    ·         Use whipped butter for a fluffier texture, larger portion and less saturated fat.
    ·         Note: When baking, you can often substitute light margarine/butter for a full fat product without impacting quality.
    Hybrid butter and margarine
    Less saturated fat as some of the solid fat has been replaced with a liquid fat like canola, olive or flaxseed oil.  Also provides heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
    Pick this product if you want to increase your monounsaturated fats.
     
     
     
    Stanols and phytosterols
    Ingredients that, when eaten in adequate amounts, may help reduce cholesterol levels.  These naturally-occurring ingredients in certain fruits/vegetables, beans, grains, nuts and seeds can be added to margarine to help reduce cholesterol in individuals who have elevated levels.   
    Use in cooking or as soft spreads if cholesterol is your aim. 
     
     
     
    Liquid cooking spray
    A mix of soybean/olive oil and water. Provide zero calories and grams of fat/saturated fat with about 15 mg sodium per 5 sprays. 
    Use to top vegetables, side dishes and popcorn and to oil a cooking/grilling/baking pan.
     
    Simple Tips to Streamline Your Healthy Fat Choices
    ·       Read labels and avoid products that list “partially hydrogenated” oils as an ingredient, as these fats contain trans-fat.
    ·        Make vegetable oils and soft or tub margarines your primary sources of added fat. 
    ·       Regularly select products that have <2 g saturated fat and 0 grams of trans-fat per serving.
    ·       Remember the 80/20 Rule: Think moderation. It’s not necessary to make the healthiest choice 100% of the time, what matters is that you are making healthier choices most of the time.
     
     

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    Healthy Foods to Buy When Stocking Your Pantry

    By Kari - Jenny Craig, in Live Life,


    If you’re committed to living a healthier lifestyle, it’s important to stock your kitchen with items that are healthy for you. It’s even better if these foods have multiple purposes or cross cuisine taste profiles!
     
    Let’s look at a few healthy foods that every kitchen should have stocked—and how you can use them in various ways, too!
    Tomato sauce (with no salt added)
    Tomato sauce is versatile and very healthy containing Vitamin A, C, and lycopene. Take some inspiration and toss vegetables in a tomato sauce, then spoon it over chicken for a zesty meal. Make your tomato sauce cross different cuisines by cooking it with the following spices or herbs: 
    Italian - simmer tomato sauce with garlic, oregano and basil  Thai - cook the tomato sauce with lemongrass, ginger, Thai basil and lime Mexican -  cook with garlic, chipotle, cumin and cilantro Indian flavor - simmer with curry, garam masala and turmeric  Leafy greens
    Nutritious veggies such as kale, spinach and collard greens are immensely healthy and packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals and can help to reduce your chances of heart disease and diabetes. Create beautiful salads with other fresh, roasted vegetables or pile them on the plate. Top off your leafy greens with roasted chicken or broiled shrimp and a light dressing. If the flavors of the leafy greens are too strong, you can even cook them down in a pan with olive-oil and garlic. Enjoy by mixing into your Jenny Craig meal or eating as a side dish. If you end up buying large leaves, like collards, you can even use them as a wrap for Asian Style Chicken.
    Red/Yellow/Green Bell Peppers
    This is another vegetable that is filled with vitamins A and C, potassium, folic acid, and fiber. What we love about bell peppers is that they can be eaten fresh or cooked. You can cut the peppers into strips to pair with Jenny Craig hummus and crackers or salsa (a Fresh & Free Addition) or cook in a vegetable stir-fry with sauce. You can also stuff peppers with ground turkey or chicken, or create our Stuffed Peppers featuring our Jenny Craig Pasta Ole. 
    Fat-free Greek yogurt
    Greek yogurt is full of probiotics, high in protein and can help lower blood pressure. Another versatile ingredient, you can pair it with fruits, such as blueberries with a sprinkle of cinnamon to make it a part of your breakfast or a snack. For a savory flare, you can use it for sauce bases, as an alternative for sour cream or even mix it with avocado, tomatoes, diced red onion and lime for a healthier guacamole! 
    Herbs/Spices
    Step away from simply using salt and pepper, and discover what other seasonings can do to transform produce and meat! Create beautifully golden cauliflower with curry powder, sprinkle cinnamon on some butternut squash for a touch of sweetness, add dill to asparagus, or even sprinkle tarragon to some green beans. Other herbs to consider having on hand at all times are dried parsley, oregano, garlic powder and onion powder to enhance tomato sauces, or for a quick sprinkle on meats and vegetables before roasting or sautéing. 
     
    If you’re looking to lose weight or discover your love for cooking healthier options, these items will help begin your journey. Jenny Craig can help with the rest. The tomato sauce, leafy greens, bell peppers and herbs and spices are listed as Fresh & Free Additions that you can have an unlimited amount of, and that you can pair with your Jenny Craig meals throughout the week. For more information about our program call 866-706-4042 or find a location near you. We can’t wait to discuss healthy, fun options for your kitchen and lifestyle!
     

    [SOURCES]
    http://www.cookthink.com/reference/57/Tomato_paste_vs_tomato_purée_vs_tomato_sauce
    http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthy-kitchen-11/leafy-greens-rated
    http://www.webmd.com/diet/peppers-health-benefits#1
    http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/2014/05/05/the-health-benefits-of-greek-yogurt
     

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