Grocery Foods

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At Jenny Craig, you’re learning about portion control, balance and variety in food choices.

Jenny Craig Menus feature a healthy balance between Jenny Craig menu items and your own grocery foods. Here is an overview to enable you to make the best choices for your grocery foods.

Vegetables and Fruit

Eat across the rainbow for health benefits – enjoy a variety of colours of fruits and vegetables to get a variety of nutrients. Non-starchy vegetables, which are low in kilojoules, are “free” – so you can eat all you like!

Meats

High fat meats (e.g. sausages) should be consumed in moderation because they are high in saturated fat. Lean meats are a great source of protein, which helps to keep you feeling full for longer. Fish, such as tuna, salmon and mackerel, can be a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which may protect us against heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Milk

Milk, yoghurt and cheese are good sources of calcium, which helps protect your bones and prevent osteoporosis — just make sure to buy low-fat or fat-free options!

Grains

To boost your fibre and satisfy your appetite look for grain products that list whole/sprouted wheat or another whole grain as the first ingredient and contain at least two grams of fibre per serving. High-fibre foods can help you feel full and prevent heart disease, certain cancers and digestive disorders.

Fats

Our bodies require some fat to run properly, as fat has many important roles including increased absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K, and helps with making essential hormones. For weight loss, it’s a good idea to moderate your intake of fat, because 1 gram of fat contains more than double the kilojoules of 1 gram of protein or carbohydrate. To reduce your risk for heart disease, it’s best to choose mostly unsaturated fats over saturated fats, and to limit your intake of trans fats.

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