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The Winning Entrees from the Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest

We were impressed by all the entries for our third annual Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest, where Jenny Craig members created fun dishes to tantalize our taste buds and demonstrated what’s possible with a little inspiration, creativity and Fresh & Free Additions. Recipes were submitted for the following categories: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Snacks & Sides, Desserts & Shakes, and Fresh & Free Additions.   Here is a sneak peek at the winning recipes in each of the categories, as well as a few special categories we added on. The full recipes will be available soon in our upcoming e-book that will be featured on our website!   Breakfast This Very Berry Barscotti Parfait submitted by Jamie B. combines sweet cherries with a crunch using our Barscotti with Cranberries and Almonds. It’s smoothed out with nonfat Greek vanilla yogurt, which adds another sweet and protein-packed punch. Not only do you get a delicious texture from all the ingredients, but you also get a crumble from the bar and the bite from the cooked cherries. It’s also gorgeous to look at with its deep red syrup and layers of flavor.     Lunch & Dinner Cooking a Jenny Craig entrée into two different dishes was a clever way to go for our Lunch & Dinner category. Maria R. created a Chicken Zoodle Soup using our Chicken Pot Pie. She removed the crust and heated up the filling in combination with chicken broth and zucchini noodles to create a warm, hearty meal. She then took it a step further, using the crust for an Apple Tart! With a bit of apricot preserves, cinnamon and apples, she baked up the perfect ending to a delightful lunch or dinner, and showed anything is possible with one Jenny Craig entrée!     Snacks & Sides Nothing gets our mouth watering like crunchy snacks, and these Snappy Ranch Rings created by Robin W. had us savoring this snack down till the very last bite! These Snappy Ranch Rings replace your typical fried onion rings with Ranch Snaps for a crunchy, flavorful coating that works perfectly when baking these onion rings in the oven.     Desserts & Shakes Chocolate on its own is already a treat, but Cheryl B. created this Velvety Chocolate S'Mores Shake that had us feeling like we were indulging on a decadently delicious dessert. Not only does this shake combine our S’mores Bar and Vanilla Dream Shake, but it also has two surprising elements: A can of diet cream soda and frozen riced cauliflower. The cauliflower provides a velvety texture without as much sugar as a banana would!     Fresh & Free Additions This Tasty Mediterranean Veggie Tomato Soup recipe created by Shelley B. is a savory starter and takes only minutes to prep and cook, thanks to sautéing vegetables like yellow squash, peppers, mushrooms and zucchini and adding it to our Creamy Tomato Vegetable Soup.     Employees We had our very own Jenny Craig employees participate as well and found two recipes we couldn’t get enough of! Sherry S. took our Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Creamy Tomato Vegetable Soup to create a Cajun Style Gumbo (pictured below) bolstered with okra, peppers, onions and Cajun seasoning for a warm, spicy bowl of flavor. Olivia V. surprised us with her Breakfast Burrito Bowl, where she takes our Egg, Cheese & Turkey Sausage Burrito and, with the help of a tortilla pan, creates a shell that holds the filling along with some spinach and delicious salsa.     Photographer’s Choice A picture is worth a thousand words, and with food pictures being all the rage on social media, we wanted to award someone for appearance and making our mouths drool. Daphne L. submitted her recipe for a Salisbury S hepard Pie in our Lunch & Dinner category. We were drawn to all the colors of this dish that included Salisbury Steak, mixed vegetables, rosemary, and garlic, followed by a fluffy layer of mashed cauliflower and potato, and then sprinkled with crushed Cheddar Cheese Crisps to top it off!     No Thanks to Cake Choice This was a bonus winner, picked by one of our blogger’s No Thanks To Cake. Jessica H. submitted the Game Day Trio for the Lunch & Dinner category. Jessica took our Loaded Baked Potato and transformed it into bacon-cheddar potato balls and a stuffed potato with spinach and artichoke, plus baked some cauliflower with a red pepper hot sauce that she blended herself!     Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who entered! Keep an eye out for our Simple Inspirations Recipe book to be released later this year. In additional to including these delicious winning recipes, we’re also including all types of tasty ideas to inspire your Jenny Craig creations year round.    
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Employees Share Their Experiences Caring for Loved Ones With ALS

ALS is a cause that is near and dear to the Jenny Craig Family. We are partnering with Augie’s Quest to ‘CURE ALS this October 2017’ by funding ALS research to bring us closer to effective treatments and eventually a cure. YOU can make a difference. We're sharing two employees' experiences in caring for a loved one with ALS. To donate to ALS, please visit here.   By: Heidi R., Jenny Craig Director of North America Sales Center     My mom was diagnosed with ALS on March 15th, 2016.   I knew so little about this disease, only that it was a death sentence. The best advice I received early on was “become an expert on this and stay one step ahead of it." And so I did. I learned that most of the medical community knows very little about this disease because only about 6,500 people a year are diagnosed.   I found that society knew nothing of this disease except for a celebrity-endorsed ice bucket challenge. So many people all over social media dumped freezing cold water on themselves and donated money, but still didn't really know what it was.   ALS destroys the body's muscles and leaves the brain perfectly intact, fully functional. As her body slowly died, my mom told me she felt her nerves ‘popping’, her muscles ‘burning’ and it was very painful. Her neurologist told her that unfortunately, this was ALS running its course. This pain continued and worsened every day.   Within 3 months of diagnosis, she lost her voice and we only talked through texting after that. By month 6, she lost her ability to swallow any food and had a feeding tube surgically implanted into her stomach. Her hands became so weak that every day, I would grind up her medications and food and then feed her through a tube. I did this before work, when I ran home for lunch and every night for dinner. I helped her go to the bathroom, take a shower, everything. She was so embarrassed. According to the state, she wasn’t ‘bad enough yet’ so she didn’t qualify for any type of home care. (How bad did it have to get?!?!) I did this every day, every weekend, I rarely left my house. Meanwhile, I still had a family of my own to care for and provide for financially and emotionally. I came to work every day, no one really knowing I was running on fumes. Doing all of this was the most difficult thing I had ever done.   My mom never let ALS get her down, I never talked to her like she was dying. Together, we fought through red tape and ignorance to get her the support she needed.   In April 2017 her diaphragm started to fail and on April 9th, my mother lost her battle with ALS. She passed at home with me by her side, from beginning to end. I was her voice, her strength, her daughter.   She survived 13 months from diagnosis.   In all, I have learned that ALS isn’t an untreatable or even an incurable disease, it’s just an unknown one and therefore, an underfunded one. I will forever be a warrior fighting the front lines for a cure on behalf of my sweet mother, Linda and the 1,000’s of others fighting this fight.   The money we raise as a company, will fund research for ALS that will eventually lead to a treatment and possibly save someone’s mom, dad, husband, wife or child and I am all in for that.   To donate to ALS, please visit here.       By Alan Blake, Jenny Craig JDE Consultant:      In October 2012, we were sitting in the exam room at our neurologist's office as he finished the EMG (Electromyogram) test that measures how well the nerves conduct electrical signals. He was kind, but very straightforward, there was little doubt that my wife Patty had ALS. The words were chilling. He left us alone for awhile. We had been on this journey for about 18 months already as Patty had gone through test after test to try and figure out why she was tripping and falling and why her legs were getting weaker. Other diagnoses had been made and other therapies had been tried, but to no avail. In that exam room, we hugged and we cried and I think I said that somehow we will get through this together. What we did not say, but it was in both of our minds, was that we knew this was a death sentence.    Our road ahead was difficult both from her aspect as the person with ALS and from my role as caregiver. Patty passed away in May of 2016 but in those four years, we both changed as individuals.  After 38 years of marriage, we became closer than ever and we depended on each other more than ever.  A very important part of Patty's coping ability was her gift of writing.  She started writing a blog in early 2012 before diagnosis and continued up until about two weeks before she died. In August of 2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge took place and Patty wrote about her feelings in this blog entry: http://alsn.mda.org/blogs/buckets-hope   She finished the entry with this uplifting passage, “Today I feel drenched in buckets of hope. Hope that ALS will someday be just a chapter in history.”  <br>    
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What are the favorite entrees of these Jenny Craig Employees?

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."   <br> <br>Read More About Our Most Popular Jenny Craig Entrees You'll Adore <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.        
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Four Understated Benefits of the Jenny Craig Menu

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.      
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Tips to be Successful with the Simple Inspirations Recipe Contest

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: Breakfast 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. <br> 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.     
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Jenny Craig Anywhere: At Home & On Your Schedule

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 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.
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