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Eat the Rainbow on St. Patrick's Day

By Ali Struhs

This St. Patrick’s Day, don’t just think green! Follow the rainbow to your pot of gold— a new, healthier lifestyle. Challenge yourself to eat each color of the rainbow from red to purple with your Jenny Craig menu on March 17. Here are several ideas to make your weight loss program more colorful.

Because dieting takes a little more than just luck, start your morning with Jenny Craig’s Cranberry Almond Cereal for breakfast. Top your cereal with nonfat milk and red berries, like raspberries and strawberries.

Try the Turkey Bacon & Egg White Sandwich if you’re on the go in the morning, but before you leave for your commute, stick a couple of slices of tomatoes inside the sandwich. Tomatoes contain carotenoids, like lutein and lycopene, and a high amount of potassium.

Add orange slices to one of Jenny Craig’s Asian-inspired dishes, like Sesame Chicken. The sweet and sour combination of the sesame sauce with a fresh orange will delight your tastebuds! Oranges hold a high amount of vitamin C, an essential nutrient for fighting off the common cold, as well as fiber.

If you’re running errands during lunch, take along the Chicken Cranberry Salad Kit, a complete meal with white meat chicken salad and crackers. Be sure to pack a sandwich bag of baby carrots, too. Full of beta-carotene, carrots have 200% of your daily value of vitamin A!

At just 210 calories, the Sunshine Sandwich, a wholesome fluffy scrambled egg, smoked ham and American cheese in between an English muffin, is another option for breakfast.

For a zestier option to include yellow to your diet, add yellow bell peppers or banana peppers to any of the spicy, Mexican meals, such as the Cheesy Chicken Enchilada or the Chicken Street Tacos.

Go beyond a bed of lettuce for a side salad and make a spinach and kale salad tossed with balsamic dressing to pair with an Italian dish, like Pepperoni Pizza or Cheese Ravioli. These leafy greens contain vitamins A and C, calcium, and folate.

To satisfy a sweet tooth, kiwis can add sweetness to the creamy and tart Key Lime Pie. Slice up a kiwi with your dessert for a day’s worth of vitamin C and a healthy helping of fiber, vitamin A and E.

At breakfast, dine on the Blueberry Pancakes and Sausage and cover your pancakes with some more blueberries, either fresh or frozen.

A cup of cooked eggplant contains just 35 calories and is loaded with nutrients. Eggplant can easily be grilled, making it the perfect summer side that is unique and fun for several Jenny Craig meals, including Mesquite Chicken or Chicken Carbonara.

Lastly, grab a handful of juicy blackberries and add them to Jenny Craig’s decadent Triple Chocolate Cheesecake to indulge at the end of your festive St. Patrick’s Day!

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