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Have Your Whole Grains and Lose Weight, Too!

By Lisa Talamini, RD

Looking to lose weight? Don’t shy away from whole grains! Not only will you enjoy new textures, flavors and extra nutritional benefits, but you’ll find the extra fiber will make your meal more satisfying. You can eat bread and still lose weight, but not just ANY bread – whole grain is the better choice! Here’s why whole grains are important in the Jenny Craig program.

According to the newly released 2015 Dietary Guidelines, Americans need to focus more on fruits, vegetables and whole grains because we are missing out on the right amount of fiber. Along with fiber, which reduces your risk for heart disease, cancer and diabetes, whole grains, in particular, offer a host of healthful vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, magnesium, iron and Vitamin E.

Many people exclude whole grains for successful weight loss, but that’s not the case with Jenny Craig! With our emphasis on fruits, vegetables and whole grains, Jenny Craig menus meet expert guidelines for fiber, and many meals and snacks include whole grains like whole wheat, brown rice, wild rice and corn:

1 Serving* of Whole Grains
Cranberry Almond Cereal

2 Servings* of Whole Grains
Blueberry Pancakes & Veggie Sausage
Spaghetti with Meatballs
Sesame Chicken
Italian Sausage Pasta Bake
Turkey, Bacon & Egg White Sandwich
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada
Southwest-Style Chicken Fajita Bowl
White Cheddar Popcorn
Kettle Corn

3 Servings* of Whole Grains
Multi-Grain Hoops Cereal
Turkey & Wild Rice
Mediterranean-Style Egg Sandwich
Lemon Garlic Shrimp
*1 whole serving contains at least 16 grams of whole grain.

Registered dietitians designed the Jenny Craig program alongside our Science Advisory Board. Our foods follow established nutritional guidelines and continue to prove their efficacy in research studies. Remember to make whole grains a regular part of your weight loss plan!

Learn more about the Jenny Craig program here.

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