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:
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
Jenny Craig Cranberry Almond Barscotti, crushed
½ cup frozen cherry berry fruit blend
6 oz. nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt
Non-stick cooking spray
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.
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
Why choose Jenny Craig? Because the menus are delicious and nutritious! We emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, heart-healthy fats, and low-fat dairy products while minimizing added sugars (less than 10 percent), refined carbohydrates, non-nutritive sweeteners, sodium, and saturated fat (less than 10 percent). Jenny Craig is also convenient, with prepared, portion-controlled meals and snacks throughout your day. But the real secret to weight-loss success with Jenny Craig lies in the eight ways in which the foods and menu help you change your behaviors for the better.
1. Gain control of your eating <br>
Ever have one of those days when the afternoon arrives and you realize all you’ve consumed that day is a cup of coffee? A busy lifestyle can make for erratic eating. Having a planned menu and pre-portioned meals and snacks makes it easier to get into a healthy routine of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in-between to fuel your day all day long and keep you satisfied so you don’t succumb to the donuts in the office break room.
2. Maintain calorie consistency <br>
If your goal is to lose weight, it can be helpful to count and track calories, which can be a lot of work. For foods or recipes that provide calories per serving, the task might be as simple as measuring the proper portion and then writing the calories consumed in your food journal. Now, let’s say your meal is a chicken breast, with a side of vegetables sautéed in a little olive oil, a salad, and a whole wheat roll. You need to weigh, measure, find the calorie content for each food, and add it all together. If you are also paying attention to quantities of carbs, fiber, protein, fat, sugar, and sodium, you need to research nutrient contents of foods and do that addition as well. Jenny Craig serves up exactly what you need when you need it throughout the day every day for optimal weight loss.
3. Overcome overeating <br>
Are you a member of the clean-plate club? Someone who eats everything on the dish in front of you at every meal? That proclivity prevents waste but can put weight on your figure, if you regularly eat out at restaurants that serve over-sized meals. And then there are those foods that may be small in volume but big in calories. Nuts, for example, provide protein and healthy fats, and can be a nutritious snack or side, as long as you don’t eat too many. Just ¼ cup contains roughly 200 calories, so if you’re sitting next to a bowl of nuts while watching TV, you could easily consume 400, 800, or more calories by the time the credits roll. With the pre-portioned meals and snacks on the Jenny Craig menu, you won’t each too much or too little but just the right amount, and over time, as you follow the program, you will learn to eyeball healthy portions yourself. The start and stop signaling of a pre-portioned food is a very powerful part of the benefit.
4. Reduce stress <br>
Just deciding what to prepare for dinner every night of the week can be a burden, especially when you have a family and a job outside the hope. Then there’s breakfast and lunch and snacks and examining healthy food options and composing meals with those healthy options. It takes a lot of mental (and physical—think of all that grocery shopping) energy. The Jenny Craig menus make these decisions easier by removing the temptation of less healthy choices, and entrees and snacks are delivered to your door so you don’t have to spend hours at the supermarket. Simplifying these two tasks makes your life easier and lowers stress levels, and less stress helps you achieve weight-loss success.
5. Indulge smartly in your favorite foods <br>
Forbidding yourself from eating your favorite foods, whether pancakes, pasta, cookies, or cake can backfire if your cravings escalate uncontrolled. Jenny Craig doesn’t believe in deprivation. You’ll enjoy healthy and delicious versions of your favorite indulgences with built-in portion control. Chocolate walnut brownie anyone?
6. Retrain your palate <br>
Jenny Craig creates meals with less sodium by replacing salt in recipes with a variety of herbs and spices. Through the Jenny Craig menus, you’ll explore new flavors and food. You’ll add a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day and you’ll discover the pleasures of these foods for a lifetime of healthy eating.
7. Stay focused on healthy choices <br>
Throughout your week, temptation will call out to you: maybe the cookies your co-worker brought to the office, the billboard featuring a fat, juicy cheeseburger from the fast-food joint up the street, or the margaritas your friends are sipping at the neighborhood party. It can be a challenge at times to maintain your willpower. Having a pre-planned Jenny Craig menu to follow can keep your eyes focused on healthy foods and push lower- nutrient foods to the periphery.
8. Learn healthy eating habits for life <br>
By following the Jenny Craig menus, you’ll get to know what eating pattern is best for weight maintenance and health. You’ll discover what’s delicious about fresh vegetables and fruits and how to unmask their flavors by cutting back on salt and sugar in recipes. You’ll see and feel what a healthy portion is whether you’re enjoying a salad or a scrumptious dessert. Jenny Craig helps you build healthy habits one meal at a time for a lifetime of healthy, sustainable eating.
Drinking enough water during the day—about half your bodyweight, in ounces—is one of the easiest and best ways to control hunger during your weight loss journey. But if you’re not in the habit of drinking this much liquid, you might find yourself struggling to meet your daily agua intake goals. Not to worry. Here are six simple alternatives to plain old water, along with ideas for making every sip a little more flavorful.
1. Get some sparkle <br>
Whether you’re drinking mineral water, club soda or diet tonic water, bubbles make everything more fun! All three are sugar- and calorie-free, but club soda and diet tonic water both have sodium (50mg and 105mg, respectively), so it’s best not to make either of these a replacement for ALL of your daily fluids. Add a splash of fruit juice and pour your drink over ice, and it will feel more like a treat!
2. Drink your veggies <br>
One serving of low-sodium vegetable juice contains the equivalent of one cup of vegetables, including 80% of your recommended daily Vitamin C intake and 700mg of potassium! All good stuff, and at just 30 calories per serving, it’s a wonderful way to curb hunger between meals.
3. Take a coffee break <br>
Coffee certainly has its detractors, but as long as you’re staying out of frozen gourmet coffee territory, there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying the occasional cup of joe. These things should go without saying: if you like your coffee light and sweet, use a no-calorie sweetener and fat-free milk. And be aware that lack of sleep can disrupt your weight loss—so know when to choose decaf.
4. Take some tea <br>
With less caffeine than coffee and varieties to suit every palate, tea is already a great addition to your daily fluid intake. But many studies suggest that the unique antioxidant compounds present in most kinds of tea carry with them a wide array of potential health benefits, too—including lowering “bad” cholesterol and helping to prevent diabetes. Note: steep longer for more health benefits.
5. Enjoy these sparingly <br>
Craving a stronger burst of flavor? Try a diet soda, a sugar-free drink mix or one of the new “liquid water enhancer” products. Fair warning, though—many of these products contain sodium, and are sweetened with sucralose or similar artificial substances that can be up to 600 times sweeter than sugar. While they may not have calories, regular consumption can condition your taste buds to crave their concentrated sweetness… so over time, you might come to find other sweeteners less satisfying.
6. Hype up your H20 <br>
Who says your water has to be plain? Whether you’re drinking it still or sparkling, it’s easy to put a “mocktail” spin on your water. Fill a large pitcher with ice and water, toss in a few key ingredients, and let it steep in the fridge overnight for interesting sips throughout the next day. Here are just a few tasty ideas for you to try: cucumber and crushed mint, lemon and chopped basil, and slices of mixed citrus. Cheers!
It’s no secret that the Jenny Craig food is pretty amazing—with tons of delicious meals, snacks and extras to keep members satisfied, it’s one of the main reasons we get so many word-of-mouth referrals. But if you’ve ever tried to lose weight on your own (and most of us have), you know that sometimes the food alone just isn’t enough. That’s why Jenny Craig combines great food with the compassionate support of a personal consultant… and why our members lose 3x more weight than people dieting on their own.*
And did you know: you don’t even have to come into a center to reap the rewards of the member-consultant relationship? Thanks to Jenny Craig Anywhere, you can take your consultant’s helpful advice, cooking tips, weight loss expertise, coping strategies and all-around awesomeness anywhere you can take your phone. Here’s a quick overview of the program and all it offers.
Virtually yours <br>
As with a regular in-center program, you’ll be connected with a Jenny Craig consultant—a single point of contact who will be your personal guide throughout your weight loss journey. Many of our consultants are former Jenny Craig members who were so inspired by their own success with the program, they came to work with us! Whether you prefer a simple phone call or a video chat, you’ll connect virtually every week with somebody who really understands what you’re going through… and who is carefully trained to aid and inspire you every step of the way.
Flex your way to fabulous <br>
Once you’ve gotten acquainted with your consultant, you’ll agree upon a time for your weekly consultation. With extended hours seven days a week, it’s easy to find a time that works. During your first conversation, you’ll talk a little bit about your goals: what inspired your weight loss journey, and how much weight you’d like to lose. On average, Jenny Craig members lose 1–2 lbs. per week, so you’ll be able to get a rough idea of how long it might take you to reach your goal—and start setting some expectations around that.
A lifestyle you’ll love <br>
Jenny Craig isn’t just a diet -- it’s a lifestyle! So, in addition to helping you plan your menus for the following week, your Jenny Craig Anywhere consultant will help you develop healthier behaviors around eating and exercise. You’ll learn to eat LESS food MORE often, master the basics of portion control, develop strategies for dining out, and how to maximize your meals and snacks with what we call “free foods.”
Your menus, your way <br>
Jenny Craig menus are designed to be ultra-flexible—enabling you to lose weight gradually, and still enjoy the foods you love! Some members love the convenience of our pre-planned menus, while others want the freedom to hand-select every meal. All Jenny Craig meals are nutritionally balanced; your consultant can help you make sure you stay within your daily calorie limit. And with Jenny Craig Anywhere, you can pick up your food at a center near you, or have it delivered right to your doorstep!
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?