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8 Winning Recipes from the 4th Annual Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest

Warning: your stomach might start growling after reading this post!   We asked Jenny Craig members to dream up ways to make their Jenny Craig meals even more delectable—and they answered! It wasn’t easy, but we’ve finalized our winners for the fourth annual Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest.   Eight dishes were selected from four different categories: breakfast, entrees, snack & desserts and Fresh and Free Additions. Feast your eyes on a sneak peek of select winning recipes in each of the categories. The full recipes will be available soon in our upcoming e-book that will be featured on our website! Breakfast Berry Delicious Breakfast Bowl Charis R. wasn’t joking around when she named this creation, ‘berry delicious.’ This recipe takes Jenny Craig’s Classic Waffles and turns them into a pastry-like liner in a small glass. Once microwaved and rolled out, they’re placed in the oven to be baked until toasted perfection. Topped with a smoothie made with banana, strawberries, and almond milk and then sprinkled with a finely chopped Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Anytime Bar and fresh berries, this breakfast bowl is one of the best ways to start your day! New York Sesame Bagel with Honey Bacon “Cream Cheese” and Grilled Peaches Dreamed up by Kelly D., this modern, fresh twist on a classic bagel is sure to delight your taste buds in the morning. The stars of this dish include our New York Sesame Bagel, cooked peaches, and Greek yogurt. If you’re not drooling already, the ‘cream cheese’ is flavored with a little honey and bacon bits (Yum!). Simple to make and even better to eat, you can whip up this breakfast in under 20 minutes. Entrees Summer Chicken Salad Sandwich We think this sandwich can be enjoyed any time of year! Suzi G.’s creation features our Grilled Chicken Sandwich, fresh apple slices, non-fat Greek yogurt, spices and lemon juice for extra flavor. After dicing the chicken and mixing the ingredients, the toasted sandwich bread is layered with two crisp Romaine lettuce leaves before being topped with the creamy chicken salad mix. Spiced Up Chicken Chili Amber R. from Wisconsin sure knows how to make a hearty and flavorful chili! Made with an assortment of veggies ranging from mushrooms to green onions, this chili features bold flavors from spices such as cumin, chili powder and paprika. For the base, this dish features Jenny Craig’s White Bean Chicken Chili. Once you’ve cooked all the veggies over medium heat, add the chili and mix for a delicious meal – perfect for a cold day! Fresh and Free Additions Pappy’s Crunch Salad No Jenny Craig meal needed for this dish! Larry N. took onions, carrots, red, yellow, green and orange bell peppers, cucumbers, celery and cherry tomatoes to make this crunchy and satisfying salad. But it’s the dressing that steals the show: Made with hot sauce, garlic wine vinegar, lime juice and pepper to taste, it’s one zingy mix that makes eating all your veggies – enjoyable! O’Veggie Grilled Kebab’s If you’re looking for a delicious way to sneak more veggies into your day, Mary S. created the perfect side dish for you! Zucchini, yellow squash, and Bella mushrooms are sliced and seasoned with lemon juice and dry Italian seasoning. Then they’re grilled to perfection…and voila! Mary enjoys her kebabs with a side of Jenny Craig Creamy Herb Dressing. Snacks & Desserts Mocha Cheesecake Froyo Nicolle M. invented this decadent dessert. Starring Jenny Craig’s Triple Chocolate Cheesecake, chocolate milk, instant coffee and fat-free yogurt, this creamy froyo is made by whisking up the ingredients and freezing for 2 hours. As a bonus topping, you can drizzle it with a berry compote—or if you don’t feel like froyo, skip the freezing step and make this into a cheesecake shake. Vanilla Cream Shake In a rush? Do you have 5 minutes? Perfect, then you can make this shake by Suzi G. Start with a Jenny Craig Vanilla Cream Shake and add fresh spinach, ½ frozen banana, 1oz. avocado, a little vanilla extract and a pinch of cinnamon to whip up this creamy and satisfying shake. Take it with you on the go or enjoy it at home, this shake is perfect as an afternoon treat or snack!   Congratulations to all the winners who entered this year’s contest. Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss out on all the recipes and cooking instructions when we release the full Simple Inspirations e-book later this year.   Not all recipe exchanges may fit in the Rapid Results program. Be sure to check with your consultant for any necessary modifications to stay on track.  
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New Fall Foods Are Here!

Check out our new fall foods; they're sure to delight your taste buds!  
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Tips for Showcasing Your Simple Inspirations Recipe Creation

If you’ve dreamed up a way to make your Jenny Craig meal even more delectable, we want you to share your creation! Read on for tips to submit your recipe for a chance to win $2,500* plus other Jenny Craig goodies and potentially have your dish shared in our Simple Inspirations Recipe Book!   We’re excited to announce the fourth anniversary of our Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where you can choose from more than a hundred Jenny Craig menu items and add some flare with Fresh & Free Additions or Limited Foods to craft a new recipe that falls within your meal plan.   Think you’re our next culinary master? Before you enter the contest, read these tips to get ahead of the game and submit your best piece of work. Bon Appétit! 1. Do a Creative Brainstorm. Do you have an idea to transform your  Turkey Burger with unique fixings? Talk to your consultant to confirm your recipe’s ingredients fit into your menu plan. For example, what kind of burger toppings are you including in your recipe? If you’re making veggies from our Fresh and Free Additions list—the more, the better! (Make sure they’re grilled or baked) And just ensure your added foods are Jenny Craig-friendly! 2. Choose Your Category. Is your dish best served in the morning or later in the day? There are four categories to choose from:   Breakfast Entrees Snacks and Desserts Fresh & Free Additions – (Jenny Craig Meal Not Required) You don’t need to include a Jenny Craig food in your recipe, but you do need to use foods from the list of Limited Free Foods and Fresh and Free Additions. 3. Photograph Your Food from its Best Side. Capture the quality—and appeal—of your recipe by taking advantage of natural light when snapping a pic. A few photos tips: Take multiple shots at different angles—the more, the better! Take shots from above and from the side. Use natural lighting as much as possible and avoid using a flash. Don’t worry too much about the background—your food is the star! Try to use clean and simple dishware to showcase your delicious creation.   4. Record Every Ingredient & Every Step. Start by listing out each ingredient used in your recipe (even your Jenny Craig menu item) along with the specific measurement. Then, outline your cooking instructions, including cook times. 5. Monitor your measurements. Measure all your ingredients with standardized cups and measuring spoons. Be exact, especially with seasonings—there’s a big difference between 1/8 teaspoon (a pinch) and ¼ teaspoon of cayenne powder! Also, note pinches, dashes and “to taste” notes for finishing the dish, such as for salt and pepper. 6. Be specific about the type of ingredients. Did you use a non-stick cooking spray or olive oil in your recipe? Did you use yellow mustard or Dijon?  The taste and calories of your dish depend on your specifications. 7. Note how ingredients are prepared – for instance, fresh, frozen or canned. Did you use fresh spinach leaves or frozen spinach, fresh tomatoes or a can of diced tomatoes? 8.  When documenting preparation steps, be clear on how you cut ingredients. With each ingredient, did you chop, slice or dice? Want the quick tour on each term? We love this simple guide to different cooking terms. 9. Outline your steps in order. Is there a method to your madness? Let us know each prep and cooking step in chronological order so we can follow along! Pro tip: be specific when in doubt. Record any and every step you take to ensure we can recreate your dish perfectly! 10. Have fun naming your creation! Make it as appealing and fun to say as it is to eat! Examples we love from our 2017 contest include: Very Berry Barscotti Parfait, Shake It Up S’More, Chicken “Zoodle” Soup.   Here’s an example recipe submission: Very Berry Barscotti Parfait Submitted by Jamie B. from Knoxville, Tennessee     Ingredients Jenny Craig Cranberry Almond Barscotti, crushed ½ cup frozen cherry berry fruit blend 6 oz. nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt Non-stick cooking spray   Directions Turn stove on medium-low heat and spray skillet with non-stick cooking spray. Cook frozen fruit over medium-low heat, until fruit softens and releases their juice, about 15 minutes— or to desired thickness. Remove skillet from heat and let cool. Layer crushed Barscotti bar in bottom of bowl, reserving 2 Tbsp of bar mixture for top of parfait. Spread vanilla yogurt evenly over Barscotti crumbs. Top yogurt with cooked fruit mixture and reserved Barscotti crumbs. Enjoy! When filling out your submission, remember to: 11. Add each ingredient in separate lines. List the ingredients in the same order as you name them in the preparation steps. If your recipe has more than seven steps, include further numbered steps in the “Additional Steps or Comments” field. 12. Include recipe prep time and cook time. Prep time is the period you spend cutting and preparing all the ingredients. Cook time is when everything is transferred to the oven, microwave, or stovetops. 13. Specify heat levels. Did you sauté, simmer, boil, bake at 350°, roast at 450° or broil at 500°? Name a prep time, plus a descriptor, for example: “Sauté onions for 10 minutes or until golden brown”.   Looking for inspiration? Check out one of last year’s winning recipes. We can’t wait to taste your creation — good luck!   *Open to legal residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec), 21 + who are members with a non-expired Jenny Craig program as of 7/9/18. Contest open 7:00 a.m. PT on 7/9/18 to 11:59 p.m. PT on 7/27/18. Void where prohibited. Prizes awarded on or before 10/31/18: 8 Winners receive $2,500 USD check or gift card, and Jenny Craig Goodies (ARV: $2,050 USD ea.) Sponsored by JC USA. See Official Rules (by which all entrants are bound) for online voting information and complete details at http://www.jennycraig.com/simpleinspirations or http://bit.ly/SimpleInspirationsContestRules
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New Spring Foods Are Here!

Stop by your local Jenny Craig center or give us a call to try our new Spring menu! With fresh flavors like our new Blueberry and Oats Bar to savory meals like our Grilled Chicken Teriyaki Bowl – you’ll enjoy every bite while achieving the results you want!   Scroll through to see each new dish we're introducing this Spring. Leave us a comment below - which food are you most excited to try?  
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Share Your Weight Loss Story and You Could Win Up to $10,000* in Prizes!

If you’ve achieved weight loss success with Jenny Craig, we want you to share your story to help inspire others and celebrate your accomplishment – you could even be our next star! Enter Jenny Craig’s Success Story Contest for a chance to appear in our National Advertising Campaign & win up to $10,000 in fabulous prizes*, including:   All-expense paid trip to LA Potential appearance in our TV commercial Photoshoot with a celebrity photographer $7,000 Cash † & more Here’s how to enter: 1. Visit: JennyCraig.com/MyStory 2. Follow the prompts and enter your basic information 3. Upload a before and after photo (read our tips below!) 4. Tell us your Jenny Craig Success Story 5. Include your program start weight and your current weight 6. Submit your information for your chance to win!* When telling us about your success, consider all the benefits you’ve gained since joining the Jenny Craig family – have you noticed you’ve been sleeping better at night? Do you have more energy than you did before starting the program? We hope you’re feeling amazing inside and out! Tips and Tricks for Taking a Before and After Photo Ready to show us how far you’ve come? Read these simple tips on how to take a stellar photo to show off your success!   Include a Full Body Shot. Make sure to capture your entire body in the shot – from head to toe! Whether you take the picture in front of a mirror or have a friend snap it – make sure to include an image that shows off all your success! Shoot Vertically. To ensure you capture your full body, we recommend taking your photo vertically on your phone or camera. If you’re photographing yourself, make sure to hold your camera at an angle that doesn’t block your face in the mirror.   Lighting is key! If someone else is taking your photo, try to shoot in natural light either outside or near a window, rather than using a flash. If you’re taking the shot in front of a mirror, make sure you have adequate lighting so the image isn’t too dark. Attire: Wear clothes that show off your results! Avoid wearing baggy clothing. Take a Few Different Shots. Don’t be afraid to take a few different shots to ensure you get the best one that shows off your weight loss. Remember, pictures can always be deleted afterwards, but it’s great to have options from different angles. Keep it simple. You’re the star of this photo – by keeping the background simple, your results will shine through!   Ready to become our next star?          Disclaimer *No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest open to legal residents of the US, Canada (excluding Quebec) age 21+. Essay and photo submission required to win. 8 Grand Prize Winners receive $7,000 cash + Jenny Craig food + gift pack + photo shoot and travel (ERV of $10,000). Entries accepted 4/16/2018-6/1/2018. Sponsored by JC USA. Contest is subject to official rules, visithttp://bit.ly/SuccessStoryContestRules  
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Circadian Rhythm Weight Loss - Does It Work?

We’re learning that when you eat is just as important as what you eat because of our body’s daily 24-hour circadian rhythm.  Find out what you need to know about your own body clock, and how it can help you reach your weight loss and health goals.     Jenny Craig has a strong foundation in science. Whether it’s working with Registered Dietitians to offer delicious versions of your favorite foods, to being the first commercial weight loss company to integrate Nobel Prize winning research on circadian rhythms into their program, Jenny Craig keeps up with the latest nutrition research and then puts it into practice to help their members reach their health and wellness goals while living everyday life.   While you already know that your food choices impact your weight, more and more research has demonstrated that when you eat is just as important as what you eat. This is based upon the science of circadian rhythms. What are circadian rhythms? The National Institute of General Medical Sciences defines circadian rhythms as one’s mental, behavioral and physical changes over a 24-hour cycle. The patterns are typically divided into two 12-hour periods, which are dictated by daytime and nighttime. During the day, you go about your errands, job, and family life, while in the evening, you typically wind down from the day’s activities and go to sleep, which allows the body to recover from everything you did throughout the day.       How do circadian rhythms work? In the same way that you are busy getting tasks done throughout the day, so are every one of your body’s cells. They all hard at work metabolizing, or managing, complex chemical processes throughout your body. This metabolism process has a predictable curve that follows a 24--hour cycle paralleling the 12-hour light-dark periods during the day. Your metabolism peaks toward mid-day and tapers off towards the early evening. 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#wistia_grid_34_front{display:none;height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;width:100%;} #wistia_grid_34_top_inside{position:absolute;left:0;top:0;width:100%;} #wistia_grid_34_top{width:100%;position:absolute;bottom:0;left:0;} #wistia_grid_34_bottom_inside{position:absolute;left:0;bottom:0;width:100%;} #wistia_grid_34_bottom{width:100%;position:absolute;top:0;left:0;} #wistia_grid_34_left_inside{height:100%;position:absolute;left:0;top:0;} #wistia_grid_34_left{height:100%;position:absolute;right:0;top:0;} #wistia_grid_34_right_inside{height:100%;right:0;position:absolute;top:0;} #wistia_grid_34_right{height:100%;left:0;position:absolute;top:0;} #wistia_grid_34_below{position:relative;} How circadian rhythms affect weight loss  Late-night eating has a reputation for leading to weight gain, and the research on circadian rhythm has now given us insight as to why. From morning until mid-afternoon, our metabolism is optimal and the body is most efficient at burning calories. That’s why eating large meals in the evening when the body is winding down and getting ready for bed works against you and can lead to weight gain.   Jenny Craig recently launched Rapid Results, an innovative science-based program that leverages the body clock’s natural circadian rhythm to help optimize metabolism and accelerate weight loss.1 Members on the Rapid Results program focus on eating more calories during the morning and afternoon to take advantage of when their metabolism is highest, and fewer calories in the evening when metabolism tapers.     Rapid Results divides the day into two segments, a 12-hour nourishment period and a 12-hour rejuvenation period. During the nourishment period, members eat six times and choose from chef-crafted and nutritionist-designed meals. There is no counting, cooking, or meal prep and the daily menu is based upon appropriate nutrition for healthy weight loss. So, if you begin your 12-hour nourishment period at 8 A.M., you would end it at 8 P.M., when the rejuvenation period would begin. This rejuvenation period, which includes sleep, is a 12-hour window for your body to focus on “cleaning house” for repairing and regenerating your cells for the next day.       Eating in sync with your natural circadian rhythm can not only help with weight loss, but there are several health benefits as well, ranging from improvements in immune function, alertness and mood, preservation of muscle mass, management of appetite and hunger, as well as decreased risk for dementia.1-4 A key benefit of the rejuvenation period is that body fat, especially belly fat, decreases while muscle mass is maintained. 5,6 This reduction in belly fat decreases risk for obesity as well as the risk of type 2 diabetes.7   This exciting circadian rhythm science is now a new tool you can use to help manage your weight and improve your health. By paying attention to your own body clock, you are better equipped to achieve your weight loss goals, help prevent disease, and enhance your energy, quality of life and overall wellness.   Are you interested in trying the new Rapid Results program? Book a free appointment to see how you can make your circadian rhythm work for you.         [SOURCES] 1 Longo, Valter D., and Satchidananda Panda. “Fasting, Circadian Rhythms, and Time-Restricted Feeding in Healthy Lifespan.” Cell Metabolism, vol. 23, no. 6, 14 June 2016, pp. 1048–1059., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2016.06.001.   1 Peterson, C. Pennington Biomedical Research Center. “Time-Restricted Feeding Increases Fat Oxidation and Reduces Swings in Appetite Levels in Humans.” Oral abstract presentation at: The Obesity Society Annual Meeting at ObesityWeekSM 2016; October 31 – November 4, 2016. www.obesityweek.com.  <br> <br>2 Moro, Tatiana, et al. “Effects of eight weeks of time-Restricted feeding (16/8) on basal metabolism, maximal strength, body composition, inflammation, and cardiovascular risk factors in resistance-Trained males.” Journal of Translational Medicine, vol. 14, no. 1, 2016, doi:10.1186/s12967-016-1044-0.  <br> <br>3 Vyazovskiy, Vladyslav. “Sleep, recovery, and metaregulation: explaining the benefits of sleep.” Nature and Science of Sleep, 17 Dec. 2015, p. 171-184., doi:10.2147/nss.s54036.  <br> <br>4 Cirelli, Chiara, and Giulio Tononi. “Is Sleep Essential?” PLoS Biology, vol. 6, no. 8, 2008, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060216.  <br> <br>5 Varady, K. A. “Intermittent versus daily calorie restriction: which diet regimen is more effective for weight loss?” Obesity Reviews, vol. 12, no. 7, 2011, pp. 593–601., doi:10.1111/j.1467-789x.2011.00873.x.  <br> <br>6 Mattson, Mark P., et al. “Meal frequency and timing in health and disease.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 111, no. 47, 17 Nov. 2014, pp. 16647–16653., doi:10.1073/pnas.1413965111.    7 Chaix, Amandine, et al. “Time-Restricted Feeding Is a Preventative and Therapeutic Intervention against Diverse Nutritional Challenges.” Cell Metabolism, vol. 20, no. 6, 2 Dec. 2014, pp. 991–1005., doi:10.1016/j.cmet.2014.11.001.
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