*Results not typical. Members following our program, on average, lose 1-2 lbs. per week.
Twin sisters and Jenny Craig members Christine & Keisha B. share their weight loss journey in PEOPLE’s 100 lb. Weight Loss feature.* “My doctor said I was morbidly obese,” Christine shares with PEOPLE in the May 29, 2017 issue. "I grew up with food as an expression of love, so I had to change the way I thought about eating."
After being inspired by her twin Keisha’s success on the program, Christine joined Jenny Craig and was paired with her own consultant. The pre-school teachers give each other support to stay on track and now have a different outlook on food. “You have to make a commitment to be good to yourself,” Keisha tells PEOPLE.
Read more about their journey here!
We’re delighted to announce the third anniversary of our Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where you can take one of the over 100 menu items provided by Jenny Craig and add some flare with Fresh & Free Additions to craft a new recipe that falls within your meal plan. So roll up your sleeves and remix your dish in a creative way.
Here are some tips to follow to help you effectively design a recipe to enter our Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where, if selected, you can win $3,000 and have your recipe included in our Simple Inspirations recipe book*
Before crafting your recipe, consider the following to help your success:
1. Do a Creative Brainstorm. Talk to your consultant to confirm your recipe’s ingredients fit into your menu plan.
2. Think about the category where your recipe would best fit. There are 5 categories to choose from:
Lunch and Dinner
Shakes and Sides
Desserts & Shakes
Fresh & Free Additions (If you’re entering the Fresh & Free category, you don’t need to include a Jenny Craig food in your recipe, but you do need food from the list of Limited Free Foods.) <br>
3. Shoot high quality images or have a good camera. Capture the quality—and appeal—of your recipe by taking advantage of natural light when shooting.
3. Document every ingredient and preparation step as you create the dish. This way, you’ll be listing everything in the right order and won’t forget anything.
4. Be creative with your recipe name. Make it as appealing and fun to say as it is to eat.
Now that you’re ready to document your recipe, make sure to:
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. <br>
6. Be specific about the type of ingredients.
Did you use a non-stick cooking spray or olive oil in your recipe – taste, calories and food groups will vary, depending on your choice.
7. Note how ingredients are prepared – for instance, fresh, frozen or canned. Did you use fresh spinach leaves or frozen chopped spinach, fresh tomatoes or a can of diced tomatoes?
8. When documenting preparation steps, be clear on how you cut ingredients. With each one, did you chop, slice or dice?
When filling out the forms, remember to:
9. 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 7 steps, include further numbered steps in the “Additional Steps or Comments” field.
10. 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.
11. 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 till golden brown”.
Additional prizes can include $1,500 toward a high-end digital camera, $1,000 of gourmet cookware, Jenny Craig swag and so much more!*
Looking for inspiration? Check out last year’s winning recipe, then get cooking. Good luck!
The Simple Inspirations Contest will be taking submission from July 17, 2017 – August 13, 2017. A voting period of the semi-finalists will be between August 28, 2017-September 10, 2017. A winner will be chosen in each category on October 23, 2017 and, if selected, will receive $3,000 and have their recipe included in our new Simple Inspirations recipe book, which will be available beginning in 2018!
*To be eligible for the Member Category, you must: (a) be a legal resident of the 50 United States, DC, Puerto Rico or Canada (excluding Quebec and Arizona) and (b) 21 years of age or older at time of entry and (c) have a non-expired Jenny Craig program; program renewal or purchase may be required to participate. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on 8/13/17. Void where prohibited. Prizes: (5) Member Prizes - a $3,000 USD check or gift card, and Jenny Craig Goodies (ARV: $3,050 USD ea.); (2) Employee Prizes - a $2,000 USD check or gift card and Jenny Craig Goodies (ARV: $2,050 USD ea.); (1) Bonus Prize - a $1,000 USD check or gift card, and gourmet cooking/baking goodie bag to include pans, pots, and other kitchen and baking utensils to be awarded as a gift card or actual items (ARV: $2,000 USD); (1) Bonus Prize - a $1,000 USD check or gift card, and $1,500 to purchase a high-end digital camera and lenses to be awarded as a gift card or actual items (ARV: $2,500 USD). 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.
When you’re striving to lose weight, a planned menu with Jenny Craig works in helping you reach that goal. Why? In addition to the support from your consultant, it comes down to portion control and eating the right foods.
On the Jenny Craig program, members meet with a personal consultant and get a menu starting from 1200 calories or more, depending on their current weight. The menu has delicious pre-selected foods, which can be paired with non-starchy vegetables and flavor enhancers from our Fresh & Free Additions list to create even more variety. Each day presents different meals, so you won’t be eating the same dish back-to-back or two days in a row.
Along with calorie reduction, there are many other surprising and helpful benefits:
1. Creates order in your eating style.
You start feeling in-control right away with your foods.
2. Reduces the stress of decision making.
Makes your healthy options even easier to enjoy.
3. Enables you to stay focused.
You can tune out distractions and tune into your goals.
4. Allows you to safely indulge in your favorites.
No need to eliminate any foods, all is possible with moderation!
Doug Battista, Jenny Craig’s Vice President of North American Operations, emphasizes that it comes back to energy balance, saying that, “When you burn more calories than you consume, you lose weight. Our Planned Menus are designed to yield a calorie deficit of approximately of 750 calories per day. This daily calorie deficit sets up a member for a 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week.”
Meeting your weight loss goals while still eating delicious food is possible. You may discover a whole new style of eating along the way! To find out more about our Jenny Craig Menu and how it can help you meet your weight loss goals, visit one of our 500 locations in local neighborhoods near you or contact us for your free appointment.
Jenny Craig offers over 100 delicious items for your Menu Plan, but have you ever wondered what some of our favorites are? We asked 6 Jenny Craig employees, including President and CEO of Jenny Craig, Monty Sharma, what foods they love and why.
Monty Sharma President and CEO of Jenny Craig
“One of my favorites is the Philly Cheesesteak. The steak, sourdough bread, delicious cheese, topped with peppers and onions creates an awesome taste, keeps me full and always has me coming back for more."
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<br>Doug Battista, President, North America Field Operations <br>
“I have an Anytime Bar every day for a mid-morning snack. I switch between the Cookie Dough and Peanut Butter Crunch Bars. The bars are delicious, satisfying and provide me with good nutrition.”
Norma Chaves, Weight Loss Consultant
“Who can resist the Triple Chocolate Cheesecake? Rich, creamy, it’s a pure slice of heaven. I’ve served it to guests without them ever being the wiser. It just goes to show you never have to sacrifice taste and still be healthy, too!”
Darcie Andersen, Senior Nutritionist
“The Turkey Burger is tasty—really tasty. My favorite way to eat this plump, juicy burger is to add golden and caramelized roasted mushrooms and onions. Then, I pile on several leaves of fresh spinach and Dijon mustard to taste—so good! Also, this savory sandwich is extremely convenient—it turns out this is very important to me as I am a busy and ‘get as much as I can out of my day’ type of woman. Lastly, but not the least important, Jenny Craig’s Turkey Burger is a nutritious choice that leaves me satisfied all afternoon.”
Amber Collins, Weight Loss Consultant
“Hands down, I love the Egg, Cheese and Turkey Sausage Burrito. Not only does it taste incredible, but it’s incredibly convenient to eat on the go. I feel like having that burrito is a real treat. I could eat one every day! But I also love the Chocolate Lava Cake—it’s incredibly comforting. You heat it up and it’s so gooey and hot. Add a dab of sugar-free whip cream, and it’s as though you put a little bit of ice cream on top to melt all over the cake.”
Amy Ferrel, Social Media Engagement Expert
“The Stuffed Pizza Bites are the perfect meal to heat up and take on the go. They’re better than a lot of the other pizza pockets I’ve tried, and they feel like a delicious indulgence.”
Did we mention your favorites? You can discuss these mouth-watering options with your Jenny Craig consultant, or feel free to tell us your favorites via our Community Forum.
Starting something new is exciting. Whether it’s a new job, hobby or skill you want to integrate into your life, you want to ease yourself into the new thing you are learning and try to prepare yourself for what’s ahead.
When embarking on a weight loss journey, you have to learn new habits that impact your lifestyle, which can be a huge change. Luckily, Jenny Craig makes sure you are well prepared for the journey ahead. Discover what you get, what you’ll do and how the Jenny Craig program works to help you with your weight loss goals.
What do you get?
When you join Jenny Craig, you’ll get a full week’s worth of delicious chef-crafted meals such as Roasted Turkey Medallions, Pepperoni Pizza and Chocolate Lava Cake. Our members love the food and we can’t blame them! We believe that weight loss shouldn’t be about cutting out certain foods. Your body needs a balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fat to receive the nutrients it needs to thrive and keep you energized throughout the day.
You’ll also get the support and guidance of a dedicated personal consultant who will help you on your journey and stay accountable to your weight loss goals.
In addition to your week of food and a personal consultant, you also receive a grocery list that highlights Fresh & Free Additions, which are vegetables that are low in starch but high in fiber and water content, which can help you stay fuller longer. This list also contains a section of limited foods, like low-sugar or sugar-free sweets, condiments and other Jenny Craig items that you can have up to 3 servings a day.
What do you do?
Once you become more acquainted with your consultant, they’ll help you establish your goals and what meal plan will work best for you. Afterwards, you’ll receive your Jenny Craig menu items. You’ll eat 6 times a day—breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks/dessert. Our meals include the perfect balance of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats so that you can feel satisfied while slimming down along with learning new eating habits. You can also add variety to and bulk up your meals with our suggested pairings, like a salad at lunch or nonfat Greek yogurt at breakfast, so you can feel fuller longer.
Following your menu plan allows you to control your cravings and have the support you need to stay on track. That being said, there may be an occasion where you have a lapse, encounter a situation where you may not have any menu items available or you’re already anticipating a family gathering where your favorite cake is always served. This is why we have you meet with your consultant once a week so you can check in, prepare and create a plan for these scenarios that will empower yourself to make healthy choices and stay focused on your goals.
Does it work?
The short answer is YES! Members following the program can expect to lose 1-2lbs per week. Our combination of dedicated support via a personal consultant and delicious food has earned us recognition by the Annals of Internal Medicine as being one of the most effective weight loss programs*. Just look at our members, who have shared their Success Stories with us and describe how our program has helped them achieve not only their weight loss goals, but a new mindset and lifestyle that helps them feel confident for anything coming their way.
*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