Make it in a Mason Jar


Here we are at the end of our week four challenge and on the eve of week five’s. Today we’re giving you some more ideas for our eat at home challenge and a little bit of foreshadowing to the challenge we’re taking on tomorrow!

Anyone else love mason jars the way that I do? They’re magical little things that have taken over life in the 21’st century! I think I love them so much because well, they’re super sweet, and also because you can use them for literally everything! They just give off this vibe that I want to be part of! When I first moved back to Seattle, I bought myself a set of 12 standard mason jars (with wide mouths) and I’ve used them over and over again for all sorts of things. I’ve used them for making cold brew, as vases for flowers, pantry storage, a holder for my cooking utensils, and the list goes on and on. (We’d love to hear some of your mason jar uses in the comments below!) Today we’re going to look at ways that they can be used for meal prepping and food storage.

Here are a few ideas of meals and snacks that you can make ahead of time and carry with you in a mason jar! And the best part is, they come in all shapes and sizes (we’ll link some options below.)

Breakfast Options

1. Overnight Oats
There are lots of fun and easy options here! We’ll list the basics below and then some ideas for changing it up!

-1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten free if needed)

-2/3 cup milk (I use Unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk)

-5 drops unsweetened stevia, or favorite sweetener (honey and agave are my faves)

OTHER ADD INS:

-Natural Peanut Butter

-Cocoa Powder

-Fresh Berries

-Coconut

-Chia Seeds

** In all of my reading, it’s recommended that when using the add in ingredients you also add a bit more milk and reserve a bit of the ingredients for top garnish when served.

2. Chia Pudding

3. Yogurt Parfaits
Pretty simple and straightforward here. Put some of your favorite yogurt (before I was dairy free I loved the Trader Joe’s Greek-Honey Yogurt) and keep some of your favorite toppings mixed in or set aside to toss on in the morning-- granola, berries, nuts, coconut, etc.
4. Omelettes
Just toss your eggs or egg whites into the jar along with whatever you’d like in your omelette (shredded cheese, chopped veggies, etc.) Store in the fridge and then your omelette is easy to whip up in the morning--you can cut out a bunch of steps!


Lunch Options

1. Salads
Again, super simple and straightforward. Toss in a layer of your favorite greens, and whatever you love on the top. Maybe some cheese, something crunchy, some veggies, etc. Keep a little container of dressing on the top so the lettuce doesn’t get soggy overnight.

**Many of the morning breakfast ideas can double as lunch options too!

2. Soup
As long as you are careful when reheating because the glass does get very hot, mason jars are a great way to take your leftover soup from the night before to work.

3. Create your own lunchable
You don't have to be a kid to enjoy a good lunchable, and with a mason jar you can just create your own. Whatever your ideal lunchable would be, stack it all in a jar and you are good to go! Crackers, pepperonis, lunch meat, cheese slices folded into fours, etc. 


Dinner Options

1. Soups
Again, great option for dinner as well!

2. Pasta
Boil up a bunch of pasta ahead of time and separate it into a few mason jars. Pour some of your favorite sauce (maybe a few variations) over top and perhaps some cheese, and then you can just heat it up in the evening. Maybe just add some meat or veggies and dinner is ready!
3. Stir Fry
Chop up your favorite veggie mix ahead of time and put it in a mason jar. Store in the fridge and dinner is ready to cook up real quick when you get home from work! Just add meat and your favorite sauce, but most of the hard work is done ahead of time and your more likely to take the time (since it’s less) to make and eat a healthy meal.


Snack Options

1. Trail Mix
-Nuts (cashews, almonds, pistachios, walnuts, macadamia nuts, etc.)
-Dried Fruit (raisins, apricots, tangerines, banana chips, etc.)
-Coconut Flakes
-Cocoa Nibs (I use the dark chocolate ones) 

**You can have fun and go crazy here--the combinations and possibilities are endless!

2. Veggie Sticks
-Your favorite veggies sliced into sticks (celery, carrots, jicama, etc.)
-hummus or guac or some sort of favorite dipping sauce on the bottom

3. Smoothies
-Frozen berries (or whatever fruit you choose)
-Banana chunks
-Almond Milk (I love unsweetened vanilla) OR some sort of juice base
-Natural Peanut Butter 

*Just toss everything in the jar so it’s ready to toss in the blender in the morning! The coolest part is that you can mix it up and drink it right out of the jar!


Links to Mason Jar Sets 


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