Once reserved exclusively for storing jams and pickles, mason jars have become the favorite containers for everything from salad, to overnight oats, to cookies, and even to entire meals!Mason jars have become the most popular lunchbox for adults.
Part of the reason is that round-walled mason jars are easier to clean than squarish lunchboxes, which have a knack for getting food trapped in its corners. They’re environmentally friendlier, and easy to store in bags and fridges. As an added bonus, rustic glass mason jars have the amazing ability to make even the simplest salad look like a sumptuous affair.
The Breakfast Smoothie
Do you have a habit of getting up late and end up having no time for breakfast? This breakfast smoothie is a 30-second meal that also gives you all the energy and nutrition needs of a proper breakfast. By making a week’s worth of it in mason jars, you can easily snag one on the way out the door and be on your way to work within 5 minutes of waking up!
- 5 strawberries
- 1 cup greek yoghurt
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup cooked oats
- ½ cup almonds
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
Blend the ingredients in a blender and store in a mason jar to produce 1 serving of smoothie, packed with vitamins, fruit sugar, fiber and protein!
Place beans or cooked whole grains at the bottom of the mason jar, along with some vinaigrette, olive oil fresh lemon juice.
For the next layer, we’ll use some fresh vegetables, such as carrots and fennel. Slice a whole avocado in for healthy fats and protein, then toss everything around with some lemon juice to prevent browning.
The last layer is leafy greens, followed by a garnish of nuts and seeds. By placing the fragile vegetables at the top, you prevent the leaves from going soggy.
Mason Jar Sushi
The exotic food lovers are going to love this:
- 3/4 cup cooked short grain brown rice
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar*
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1-2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1 sheet nori, cut into 1″ X 1/4″ pieces
- 1/4 cup shredded carrot
- 1/4 cup cucumber matchsticks
- 1/2 an avocado, diced
- lime juice
- pickled ginger, to taste
- wasabi paste, to taste
Add soy sauce and seasoned rice vinegar to your rice and toss to combine. Let cool to room temperature.
Slice the avocado and toss them in lime juice before adding them to the mason jar. Follow this with shredded carrot and cucumber.
Finish it with some ginger and wasabi on top. By using a mason jar, you can easily move the wasabi and ginger onto the lid during consumption.