Easy and healthy mason jar meals

Once mason jars were just used for canning, but now they’re more than that – they’ve become a trend. We see them everywhere as room decor, pen holders, gift packaging, hipster drink displays and one of the most convenient (and cute) uses: portable, portion-controlled meals.

If you’re looking for healthy meal options to take on the go, mason jars meals are the way. Try the following recipes, or get creative with your own, for something easy, delicious, effective and Insta-worthy.

Breakfast

You’ve heard it before, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, start it off right with these great, easy, recipes, that you can take on the go.

    • Parfait:
  1. Start by placing some of your favorite yogurt at the bottom of your jar.
  2. Next, sprinkle some granola on top
  3. Keep layering the yogurt and granola until your jar is filled
  4. Garnish with some fruit on top
    • Blueberry Pancakes:
  1. First, Add a few blueberries to the bottom of the jar
  2. Fill the jar about halfway with pancake batter
  3. Microwave for about one minute
    • Overnight oats:
  1. Scoop ½ cup oatmeal into your jar
  2. Add ½ cup of milk (of your choice), 1 tablespoon of chia seeds (optional), 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  3. Stir the contents, cover and refrigerate overnight

Salads

Salads are go-to healthy meals. Here are some fun and yummy recipes that are easy to make and easy to take on the go.

To build your own salad, start with dressing at the bottom of the jar, then layer some sort of grain, a hard veggie, followed by your proteins and lastly your leafy greens at the top.

    • Greek Salad: (layer from bottom to top)
  1. A few teaspoons of Lemon vinaigrette
  2. 2 tablespoons raw zucchini
  3. 1 tablespoon of olives
  4. 3 tablespoons chickpeas
  5. 1 tablespoon of chopped red onions
  6. 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  7. 8 sliced grape tomatoes
  8. ½ cup of romaine hearts and baby spinach
    • Cobb Salad
  1. A few teaspoons of your dressing of choice
  2. 2 tablespoons of chopped avocado
  3. 8 sliced grape tomatoes
  4. 1 tablespoon of chopped red onions
  5. 2 tablespoons of chopped cucumber
  6. a few handfuls of romaine lettuce and baby spinach
  7. 1 boiled egg, chopped
  8. 2 slices of turkey, chopped  

*Make you shake your jar to mix the dressing in before you eat it.

Get Creative

If you want to get a little more creative, here are some other meals that are easy to make and portable.

    • Deconstructed Sushi Jar:
  1. Scoop in ¾ cup of cooked short grain brown rice
  2. Cut 4 strips of dried seaweed and lay them over the brown rice
  3. Cut up carrots and cucumber, about ¼ cup of each, into small matchstick shapes
  4. Dice half an avocado and sprinkle some lime juice on it to prevent browning
  5. Add vegetables into mason jar by using a spoon and seal it  
    • Almost Instant Noodle Soup:
  1. Begin jar with 1-3 teaspoons of soup stock paste of your choice (miso paste, curry paste, etc.)
  2. Add ¼ to ½ cup of filler ingredients such as frozen carrots, frozen peas, cooked chicken, boiled egg or tofu
  3. Toss in ¾ to 1 cup of noodles such as cooked soba, cooked udon or cooked spaghetti
  4. Seal and refrigerate
  5. When ready to cook, simply pour hot water over the noodles and stir thoroughly
    • Burrito Bowl:
  1. Add 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt to the bottom of the mason jar
  2. Scoop in 3-4 tablespoons of brown rice
  3. Layer 1-2 tablespoons of cheese
  4. Add desired protein (chicken, beef, etc.)
  5. Toss in about 3 tablespoons of beans  
  6. Fill the rest of the space with lettuce and garnish with chopped cilantro

 

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