4 Ways to Include Strawberries in your Jenny Craig Menu
By Staci Amend
March 30, 2015
Strawberries are a naturally low-calorie, fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free food—making them a great addition to your Jenny Craig weight loss program. But did you know that these tasty, heart-shaped berries are loaded with nutrition, too? High in healthy fiber, strawberries are among the top 20 fruits for antioxidant capacity. One serving (about eight berries) contains more Vitamin C than an orange.
Here are four easy ways to work strawberries into your weekly menu.
1. A la carte.
Something this good doesn’t really need much embellishment. When strawberries are in season (the best months will vary slightly based on where you live), they’re delicious straight from the carton—equal parts tart and sweet, with that wonderful tiny-seed texture and slightly spicy fragrance. During the months when they’re a bit tart, sprinkle them with stevia or drizzle with fat-free, sugar-free chocolate syrup. About 4–6 berries will give you the perfect snack; cutting them up can make them feel like an even bigger indulgence.
2. With breakfast.
Adding strawberries to your Jenny Craig breakfast can go a long way toward curbing hunger throughout the morning. In order to prevent hitting a plateau, we recommend pairing your berries with some of our lighter breakfast options—dice a couple and sprinkle over your Frosted Oats Cereal or Maple Almond Crunch Cereal, or enjoy a few whole berries alongside your Mixed Berry Bar or Cinnamon Swirl French Toast. They’re also delicious anytime with our Yogurt Dream Bar… add yogurt, and you have our delicious Strawberry Dream.
3. In your salad.
Our Jenny Craig-approved Strawberry and Spinach Salad is not only ultra-easy to make (just 10 minutes prep time!), it’s also a lean 115 calories per serving—the perfect side salad to enjoy with any Jenny Craig entrée. During the summer, throw a small chicken breast or on the grill and your side becomes an amazing main dish for your family. This salad “scales up” well, so it’s also a great option to bring to spring and summer gatherings.
4. With dessert.
Strawberries are pretty much the ideal fruit accompaniment—they play well with a variety of other fruits, and are especially great with chocolate. Add two sliced berries to your Jenny Craig Chocolate Cakes, Chocolate Walnut Brownie or Triple Chocolate Cheesecake to make dessert feel even more special. Our recipe library also has a handful of delicious desserts featuring your new favorite berry; try our Strawberry Apple Cobbler, Strawberry Angel Food Cake, or simple (and amazing) Chocolate Covered Strawberries.