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Healthy Recipe Roundup: Mason Jar Meals

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

By , YMCA Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

Can you believe it’s already September? School is in full swing, and the lazy days of summer vacation are behind us (if they ever existed!).

When our schedules ramp up, our motivation for healthy living can slow down. We’re just trying to keep all our plates spinning, right?

Take two minutes out of that busy schedule and allow me to share a simple, nutrition-forward way people are packing food to-go.

Mason jar meals are a fantastic option especially for breakfast, lunch, or even your next road trip. They offer an easy, reusable solution for transporting nutritious and delicious dishes.

Let’s check out some recipes you can use throughout the day.

First things first: breakfast

Parfaits are a simple breakfast that can be tailored to your preferences. Use your favorite yogurts, fruits, add a grain such as quinoa or granola, and head out the door. Tip: make in advance for an even quicker grab-and-go.

    Another quick breakfast idea is overnight oats. Simply add equal parts oats and yogurt or milk to a mason jar and set it in the fridge overnight. The oats absorb the liquid and soften. Mix in your favorite toppings such as fruits, nuts and voila! Tip: serve hot or cold.

  • Strawberry Overnight Oats from The Speckled Palate
  • Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats from Quaker

Next up: lunch and dinner

When it comes to mason jar salads, there is a bit of a technique. It’s all about layering. Start with the dressing in the bottom. Next, add your choice of grains or beans (or both!). Then, layer in your vegetables. Lastly, add greens to the top. This way everything is together, but nothing is soggy. Tip: the layering method works well for other types of meals too! 

As we move into fall, you can even take a soup to go using the mason jar. Here's a good step-by-step guide. 

Last, but not least: dessert

Desserts are one of life's simple pleasures. Use mini mason jars to pack special treats without overloading on calories. Try this delicious, easy-as-pie (get it?) recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth in a jiffy!

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