New Spring Menu Ideas From Jenny Craig
By Ali Struhs
February 27, 2015
After a long winter of heavy comfort foods, you’re probably craving a fresh arrangement of new foods to help you on your weight loss journey. Along with new selections from the Jenny Craig menu and in-season fruits and vegetables that are brimming with nutrients and vitamins, springtime dishes are far from boring. Here are several menu ideas from Jenny Craig with fresh fruit and vegetable additions to get you through the day, from breakfast to dinner.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so make it count by starting your morning with a Jenny Craig Mediterranean Style Egg Sandwich or a Turkey Bacon and Egg White Sandwich. Both breakfast sandwiches are just 210 calories and packed with protein. Loaded with fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins, strawberries are at their peak in springtime, so grab a handful of strawberries to snack on with your sandwich.
For lunch, choose between Asian Style Chicken or a Southwest Style Chicken Fajita Bowl. The Asian Style Chicken with tender chicken, mushrooms, carrots, and water chestnuts contains only 220 calories and is perfect for a lettuce wrap, but you could put it on top of a fresh spring spinach salad. Spinach is full of heart-healthy nutrients, calcium, and B vitamins. The Southwest Style Chicken Fajita Bowl packs a kick for lunch with 15 grams of protein. For a little more flavor, add chopped radish, a spring root vegetable that contains 30 percent of your daily value of vitamin C.
By dinnertime, if you’re craving something richer, try Jenny Craig’s White Fish and Mushroom Risotto. At only 220 calories, this dish already has spring vegetable favorites, mushrooms and asparagus, in the risotto, but you could also add a side of freshly cooked peas. Green peas are jam-packed with vitamins, including nearly half of your recommended daily value of vitamin K, which helps prevent osteoporosis. In a 100-calorie serving, peas also have more protein than a tablespoon of peanut butter. Remember, peas are considered a starchy vegetable which means ½ cup cooked counts as 1 starch serving.
If you’re feeling spicy, heat up a Cheesy Chicken Enchilada. With 16 grams of protein and 7 grams of fiber, this zesty dinner will keep you feeling full. Add a spring salad of spinach, asparagus and radishes.
If sometime throughout the day you get the munchies, grab a Peanut Butter Chocolate Crunch Anytime Bar. This snack has 50% of your daily value of iron and 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C; plus, it will satisfy your sweet tooth until your next meal with 10 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. Additionally, have strawberries and blueberries washed and ready to eat, so you can snack on a handful of berries, too, instead of reaching for unhealthy snacks!