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Simple Carbs vs. Complex Carbs: What’s the Difference?

If all the recent talk about low-carb diets has left you dazed and confused — or, worse, has got you considering a diet that limits your intake of this essential nutrient in an effort to lose weight — we’re here to set the story straight. Carbohydrates are not only an important part of a healthy diet, but when eaten in the right amounts and in the right form, they may actually help your weight loss efforts! 


Read on for our complete guide to carbohydrates, which includes information about why they’re important; a discussion of simple vs. complex carbs and which ones can support health and weight loss; and a list of healthy carbs to include in your daily diet (and ones you may want to avoid). 

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11 of the Best Foods for Men's Health

Convenience and healthy foods usually don’t go hand in hand (unless, of course, you’re following the Jenny Craig program!) Generally speaking, foods that are ready to eat right off the supermarket shelf — think greasy potato chips or a sugar-laden box of cookies — typically offer little or no protection from heart disease, diabetes, or obesity. To find healthy foods for men, you need to look beyond the boxes and bags. 


The foundation of your diet should be a mix of high-potency vegetables and fruits, healthy fats, and complete protein. With that in mind, we scoured the research to find foods that may not only boost men’s health, but also may support weight loss and muscle growth. So the next time you’re at the grocery store — you’ll want to load up on these 11 foods. If you’re following the Jenny Craig program, you’ll find most of these foods incorporated into your meals. 

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The Busy Mom's Guide to Meal Planning for the School Year

As any busy mom knows, getting kids out the door in the morning with a healthy school lunch in tow can take a bit of finesse, especially if you’ve become accustomed to the slower, gentler pace of summer. It also requires some planning and some strategizing — and, yes, some work on the front end — to keep the morning rush a bit less hectic and a touch more streamlined. But it can be done, especially if you’ve got the tools and ideas to create a medley of healthy back-to-school meals.


If you’re wondering how to meal plan now that school is back in session — we’re here to help. Our complete guide to meal planning for the school year will give you the tips you need to create a healthy back-to-school meal plan, including a host of healthy school-lunch ideas and tips for back-to-school meal prep. Read on for all the tips!


Simply Inspired Banana Ice Cream

Cool down with a sweet and creamy frozen treat: banana ice cream! We'll show you how to make chocolate banana ice cream, strawberry banana ice cream and a refreshing green tea banana ice cream. These recipes are dairy-free and have no added sugar, making them the perfect dessert or snack for a hot summer day. 

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Ask an R.D.: How Many Calories a Day Should I Eat To Lose Weight?

Stop us if you’re familiar with this scenario: You’ve tried dieting, but somehow ended up gaining weight instead. You’ve counted calories, but you don’t know how many calories you should be eating. So, how many calories do you really need to lose weight? That depends on several things, says Briana Rodriquez, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Jenny Craig. The calorie intake needed for weight loss has many variables.


The good news is, there are some guidelines you can follow. Read on to discover how many calories you should be eating for weight loss and why you don’t necessarily need to count calories to meet your goals.

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How Smart Snacking Can Boost Your Weight Loss, Plus 9 Healthy Snack Ideas

It’s a common scenario most of us face daily: It’s 3 p.m. — and your stomach starts to growl. The healthy lunch you enjoyed a few hours ago is but a distant memory. You’re ready for a snack. But what should you eat when you’re trying to lose weight? Which healthy snacks are beneficial for weight loss? 

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