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Estimating Portion Sizes With Your Hand: A Portion Control Guide

Need some help with portion control? We get it: Knowing how much to eat when you’re trying to lose weight can be challenging. The next time you're unsure of how much food will fill you up and keep you on track with your goals, use this simple hand portion size guide — all you need is the help of your hand! We've even included some of the best food choices for each measurement. 

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How to Eat Healthy at Home: 11 Tips from an R.D.

Do you find yourself snacking to pass the time? How about stress eating during the nightly news? Ordering takeout on the regular? If your healthy habits have fallen by the wayside, you’re not alone: 30% of Americans report that their diet has gotten worse since staying home, according to a recent Gallup Poll.1


But don’t fret: There are simple ways you can tune up your diet — from healthy home recipes to meal prep hacks. In fact, you’ll find that there are numerous benefits of eating at home. We sat down with Jenny Craig’s Registered Dietitian, Briana Rodriquez, to discuss her top tips to eat healthy (and stay healthy!) during this time.

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10 Fresh Herbs to Start Using Today

If you haven’t been one to experiment with fresh herbs in your cooking, now’s the perfect time to give them a try. Come springtime, you’re likely to see them in the produce section of your local supermarket or maybe even in your own garden. You can add these delicious, fragrant flavor enhancers to virtually any dish you whip up at home.


If you can’t find some of the fresh herbs mentioned here, no worries! You can still use dried herbs in their place — just keep in mind that you need much less of the dried version. A good rule of thumb is to substitute 1 teaspoon of dried herbs for 1 tablespoon of fresh.


Adding flavor isn’t the only reason to use fresh herbs: They are also good for you! Brimming with vitamins, antioxidants and other nutrients, these little beauties pack a nutritional punch — at very few calories, and with virtually zero sodium. What’s more, research suggests they may offer a host of health benefits, from fighting inflammation to lowering your blood pressure, and many more in between.


Read on for some of our favorite herbs, including ways to incorporate them in your cooking and potential health benefits they may offer you and your family.

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Gut Health and Weight Loss: What’s the Connection?

Bacteria. Fungi. Viruses. All things you want to avoid, right? Surprisingly, they’re all part of a healthy gut microbiome — and help your body digest food, regulate your immune system and fight off bacterial infections.1 Maintaining a healthy gut can do more than just keep digestive issues at bay. Research also indicates that your gut health might impact your weight loss efforts.


Read on as we uncover the importance of gut health, how your gut health and weight loss are connected, and natural ways to keep your gut happy.  



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The 4 Best Immune-Boosting Vitamins, According to an M.D.

Between battling its usual archenemies — like the germs that cause the common cold and free radicals that constantly barrage your cells — your body’s immune system gets a real workout. Keeping your immune system in fighting shape and ready for action is key to staying well. As your body’s first line of defense, the immune system can benefit from healthy foods that provide essential nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins that support optimal immune system health.


But what can you do to help keep your immune system in top condition? According to Dr. Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP, FACSM, chair of Jenny Craig’s Science Advisory Board, one of the essential elements of a strong immune system is a healthy diet.


“Whole foods filled with high-quality carbs, fats and proteins are key,” she says, adding that foods rich in immunity-boosting vitamins are particularly beneficial.

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7 Healthy Spring Foods to Boost Your Diet

With warm weather approaching and long evenings arriving, spring is a great time to refocus on your health and weight loss goals. A variety of fruits and vegetables are in season now, which can make healthy eating even more delicious. Fresh produce is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals to help support your weight loss journey, and it’s a simple way to add more volume and nutrition to every meal. 

If you have trouble finding these fruits and vegetables while they’re fresh, frozen produce is just as nutritious (and delicious)! You can even find healthy non-perishable varieties. Check out seven of our favorite springtime foods, plus tasty ways to incorporate them into breakfast, lunch or dinner.

If you are on the Jenny Craig program, check with your coach before making any swaps or changes to your plan to ensure you stay on track!

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