Is Jenny Craig Healthy? 5 Little-Known Facts About Jenny Craig FoodBy Stephanie E - Jenny Craig Reviewed by Briana Rodriquez, R.D. Science-Backed
Jenny Craig is committed to helping its members lose weight healthily: Every member enjoys delicious, balanced meals and personalized support from a weight loss consultant. But what is Jenny Craig food actually like and what makes it so important for weight loss? We sat down with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Briana Rodriquez, to get the facts about Jenny Craig’s food.
Fact #1 — The food tastes amazing.
You might be wondering, “Is Jenny Craig food good?” Just see what these Jenny Craig members had to say:
“You eat things that taste good and make you feel good. The first time I tried the food, I was shocked. I thought, this is going to help me lose weight? Are you serious? I just ate a chocolate cake.” – Jessica B.
“The food was delicious. I was eating things that I never ate before. I was eating so much variety that it never got boring.” — Garth W.
Jenny Craig’s chef-crafted meals feature delicious, wholesome ingredients. Meals are quickly flash-frozen to lock in great flavor at peak freshness.
“Frozen foods usually get a bad rap,” says Rodriquez. “But frozen veggies and fruit can have just as many nutrients – sometimes even more – than their fresh counterparts!”
And when only 1 in 10 Americans eat the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables,1 frozen produce may be a more affordable, easier-to-access source for some. Jenny Craig members can enjoy everything from American comfort classics to Mexican- and Asian-inspired meals, as well as savory snacks and decadent desserts, all while moving closer to their health goals.
Fact #2 – Menus adhere to the HHS and USDA-approved Dietary Guidelines.*
“Your consultant will help you find the perfect menu based on your calorie needs and the nutrition team and I make sure you’re getting nutrients from every food group, and design the menus with all this in mind,” says Rodriquez.
Each Jenny Craig menu carefully follows the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), these guidelines provide detailed information about how people can improve their eating habits by following specific nutritional and dietary recommendations.2
Unlike frozen meals you may pick up at the grocery store, Jenny Craig meals adhere to these dietary guidelines to ensure members are getting the nutrients they need.
“There’s a misconception that all frozen foods are way too salty to be considered good for you,” Rodriquez explains, “but because we stick to the approved guidelines, the sodium content in Jenny Craig meals falls within a healthy range that won’t interfere with your weight loss or health goals.”
By following the menus, you’ll benefit from the dietary guidelines’ years of proven research on health and nutrition. And with its menus and easy-to-prepare meals, Jenny Craig takes the work out of weight loss – without calorie counting, complicated recipes or messy clean-up.
Fact #3 — There are no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners in any meals or snacks.
“Eating wholesome meals that include a variety of fresh ingredients gives you the opportunity to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to be at its best,” says Rodriquez.
Jenny Craig works hard to source the freshest, best-tasting ingredients to support your weight loss efforts and healthier lifestyle – without the extras you don’t need.
Fact #4 — No food group is off-limits.
Balance is key. You’ll enjoy meals, snacks, beverages and desserts, all appropriately portioned, so you’ll never need to worry about fussy food scales or time-consuming measurements. Jenny Craig’s menus cover all the major food groups to support your weight loss, including energy-packed lean proteins, healthy fats and satisfying carbohydrates, like fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
Try not to think of foods as being “good” or “bad,” Rodriquez suggests.
“No food groups should be off-limits,” she says. “Diets that avoid carbs completely are missing out on important nutrients that your body wants and needs. All carbohydrates aren’t ‘bad’: vegetables are carbs, too!”
Weight loss shouldn’t be about restriction – it should really be about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, enjoying balanced, nutritious meals and focusing on appropriate portions.
Fact #5 — Jenny Craig offers structure through planned menus that fit your lifestyle.
There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all weight loss program, so with Jenny Craig, you’ll choose the menu plan that’s the best fit for your needs.
“Everyone’s weight loss journey is different,” explains Rodriquez, “so it’s important to follow a weight loss program that takes your unique lifestyle, health and habits into account.”
Based on your dietary needs, you can choose from these menu plans:
- Women’s Plan
- Men’s Plan
- Jenny Craig for Type 2 Plan
- Low Sugar Plan
- Meatless Plan
Participants who followed Jenny Craig’s Type 2 program achieved greater weight loss and improved blood sugar control, according to a recent study.3
If your goal is to lose 16 lbs.** or more, the Rapid Results program is ideal. It was designed with Nobel Prize-winning research on your body’s natural circadian rhythm in mind, to help support healthy, efficient weight loss.
Whether you’re looking to lose five pounds or 50, eating healthy, balanced meals is one of the most important elements of weight loss. Jenny Craig pairs nutritionist and dietitian-approved menus with expertly crafted meals and personalized support to deliver well-rounded, scientifically-backed weight loss programs.
Ready for a taste of healthy weight loss with Jenny Craig? Get started today!
*Classic, Type 2 and Rapid Results 1200 & 1500 calorie menu plans.
**Avg. weight loss in studies was 11.6 lbs. for those who completed the program.
Stephanie Eng-Aponte is a copywriter for Jenny Craig and has written for the health and wellness, tech, and environmental industries. Stephanie graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies. They employ an “eat first, write later” approach to food blogging and enjoy the occasional Oxford comma. Outside of writing, you can find Stephanie photographing a muttley crew of rescue pups, brewing kombucha, or exploring San Diego.
Favorite healthy snack: Green apple slices with sunflower butter
Briana is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer for Jenny Craig, based in Carlsbad, California. She is passionate about utilizing food as functional and preventative medicine. Guided by a simplistic and optimistic approach, Briana’s philosophy is to help people improve their health and achieve their goals through the development of sustainable habits to live a healthy life. In her free time, you can find her strength training, indoor cycling, coffee tasting, and at local eateries with her husband and two dogs.
Favorite healthy snack: peanut butter with celery alongside a grapefruit-flavored sparkling water (so refreshing!)
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