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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 more frequently throughout the day (up to six times per day), 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
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!
* The program is backed by hard science as demonstrated by a 2010 independent two-year clinical trial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that participants on the Jenny Craig program lost three times more weight than dieting on their own.
We love to hear about your experience with the Jenny Craig program. Here are a few bloggers who recently tried our program and not only lost weight, but also loved the experience*. Here’s what they had to say:
Tove from Mama in the Now
“I am blown away at the service I received and how incredibly awesome I feel I am so proud to have been a part of this. THANK YOU again— the lessons our kids learned were so powerful too. I was proud to teach them about Jenny Craig and why I chose to join the program.”
Jenn from From Comeback Momma
“Really enjoyed this program. Had no idea how successful the program would be for me. Thanks, Jenny Craig!!”
Kaysha from Style Weekender
“Loved the ease of getting meals. The staff, especially my consultant, were exceptionally supportive and that made my experience such a delight.”
Rachel from Rachel Teodoro
“I had so many great discussions about this program with friends and family. My first blog post even encouraged a friend of mine to join our local Jenny Craig. I didn't know it until I ran into her in the office for my last consult!”
*Bloggers received promotional consideration
*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!
Don’t miss your chance to enter in our Success Stories of the Year Contest!
We are looking for the stars of our 2018 national advertising campaign.
What’s new this year:
--Grand Prize Winners receive $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to LA, a photo shoot with a celebrity photographer, deluxe hotel accommodations and more.
--Consultants to the Grand Prize Winners can receive $2,000 and more
--This year’s contest is open to current and former members – anyone who has successfully lost weight with the Jenny Craig program and has kept the weight off
--Active consultants who have had success with the Jenny Craig program are welcome to enter
--Visit JennyCraig.com/SuccessContest to learn more and enter!
See Official Rules here.
<br style="color:#707070">No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Contest is open to legal residents of the US, Canada (excluding Quebec) and Puerto Rico, age 21+. Essay and photo submission required to win. 8 Grand Prize Winners receive $5,000 gift card + Jenny Craig food + gift pack + photo shoot and travel (ERV of $7,475). Up to 8 accompanying consultant finalists receive $2,000 gift card + gift pack +photo shoot and travel (ERV of $4,300). 15 semi-finalists and their consultants receive Jenny Craig food + gift pack (ARV of $50 for consultants and $225 for members). Entries accepted 5/16/2017-6/19/2017. Sponsored by JC USA. Contest is subject to official rules, visit jennycraig.com/successcontest.