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Left Overs From Easter? How about; Mason Jar Meal Ideas

When it comes to shopping, prep, and having quick meals on hand, everyone loves a good Mason Jar. You know the ones: clear glass, wide mouth, screw-on lid. They're great because they hold up well and can be used over and over again, compared to plastic storage containers. They also take up minimal space, and they're easy to stick in a bag and go.

When most people think of Mason Jars, they assume we're prepping a salad. That's how they got popular as a means of preparing a week's worth of salads. But these days, Mason Jars are being used for so much more. I see breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks filling these containers. If you're wondering how to jump on this bandwagon and enjoy more simplicity for easy food options, follow along. I am going to share some of my go-to Mason Jar ideas. If you've ever worked a nine to five or something similar, you know what it's like to be stuck at a desk all day long. Even if you love your job, those days can still be long and repetitive. If you're familiar with this environment, you're also undoubtedly familiar with the break room. There's something about sitting at a desk all day that creates a snack habit to break up the monotony of the day. Taking a trip to the break room or vending machine feels like an escape, allows you to be social, and gets you up and moving. These are all great things -- and today; I want to share with you some of my favorite and simple healthy snacks you can keep on hand for those much-needed snack runs.

For breakfast, recipes like chia pudding, overnight oats, yogurt parfaits, granola, easy scrambles and omelets, and even smoothies. All of the items are tossed into the jar and are either eaten immediately from the refrigerator, or they're quickly microwaved. For smoothies, throw everything into the blender and then dump it back into the jar to take on the go.

For lunch, traditional (leafy greens) and nontraditional (pasta, egg, chicken) salads, bone broths and soups, and power bowls. Mason Jars even make it easy to package up leftovers in an air-tight container to take to work with you the next day easily. With so many lunchtime favorites, it's hard to get bored.

For dinner, it's easy to layer in grains or gluten-free pasta with a sauce and protein. This makes it incredibly easy to cater to a variety of tastes. This formula can be customized to create Asian, Mexican, or Italian recipes. For example, hearty meals like chili topped with cornbread are easy to transport in Mason Jars, and you can even create good old comfort food recipes, like a healthy version of Shepherd's Pie

When it comes to snacks, my pick is a dip in the bottom and the item I'm dipping on top. So I may layer peanut butter, celery, and then a few pretzels on top. Or maybe dill dip, carrot sticks, and a few cubes of cheese. Even hummus, red peppers, and pita. But Mason Jars are also great for carrying other snacks like chips, trail mix, fruit, popcorn, granola, and more.

This meal prep method is amazing because the options truly are endless, so it never gets stale. You get to enjoy delicious meals that are pre-portioned and feel good about them being packaged free of the harmful chemicals that plastic can contain.

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