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5 Ways to Include Pickles in Your Jenny Craig Menu

By Staci Amend
July 15, 2015

Tickled by pickles? Here’s some good news: a medium-sized pickled cucumber has under 20 calories, less than one gram of fat and TONS of flavor—all with a satisfying crunch that forces you to eat slowly. There are two caveats, though. Many pickles can be high in sodium, which is a mineral you want to avoid as much as possible during your weight loss journey; sweet pickles and some kinds of pickle relish can be high in sugar, as well. Choose low-salt and low-sugar varieties or make your own! Pickles can add a zesty punch to your Jenny Craig menu. Here are five ways to enjoy their distinctive flavors.

1. Spread it
If you relish the thought of pickles on a sandwich, why not start there? Pickle relish is a natural choice for adding an instant flavor boost to many of your Jenny Craig favorites—including our Beef & Cheese Slider, Chicken Sandwich and Turkey Burger.

2. Mix it
Whether you’re making your own or treating yourself to our convenient Tuna Salad Kit or Chicken Salad Kit, just a tablespoon of relish can make a real difference. We also love adding chopped celery to the tuna, and diced apples to the chicken. Get creative!

3. Snack ‘em
Sliced or whole, pickles are a wonderful snack all by themselves. If you’re prone to an afternoon slump, try pickles instead of coffee next time—the bright flavors and crisp crunch can be better than caffeine!

4. Toss ‘em
The next time you’re making a salad, look beyond the cucumber—there are so many different pickled veggies waiting to elevate your meal or side! Red peppers, beets, carrots, onions and jalapeños are all readily available, and each has a unique flavor that can transform simple greens to something divine.

5. Do it yourself
If you’re a true pickle lover who’s only ever had the store-bought kind, you’re in for a treat: DIY pickles are easy to make, and SO much better than anything you might find in the supermarket condiment aisle. The Internet is chock-full of low-sodium and sugar-free pickle recipes for you to try. Good luck, and have fun!

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