MASON JARS & Meal Planning = Less Stress, Better Choices, and MORE TIME!

This post is for your entire family!  In order to eat more mindfully, save time, and reduce the chaos in the morning (or afternoon) it helps to plan ahead!  You can create your breakfast and lunch for the next 3-5 days in a matter of minutes.

Mason Jars are one of my favorite kitchen staples. I love them for meal prep because they are not plastic, they stack nicely,  look beautiful in your fridge, and you can  heat them in the microwave or stovetop without having to make a mess with dishes.

A recipe to get you started

I made a post about chia seeds and included this recipe a few weeks back.  It is so good and it saves so much time I’m sharing it again.

This morning I made 5 chia & oats breakfast jars and it took me less than 10 minutes.  The beauty of this is that when my husband leaves for work he can just grab it and go.  I’ll have one as soon as I finish my coffee and if my girls decide to have one in their lunch it is ready!   This recipe is just a base as you can add anything and everything to these.  The chia seeds and oats make the mix like pudding and if you like it hot you can warm it up in the microwave (or place mason jar in a sauce pan with boiling water if you want to avoid the microwave).   We usually add berries but I LOVE using Naked Peanut butter powder, almond slivers, and cocoa nibs in mine.

I’ll be posting mason jar recipes this month to help you get into an efficient, healthy, and delicious back to school/work routine.

Stay tuned for my Cauliflower Rice Mason Jar recipe coming at the end of this week.  It is a GREAT recipe you can prep ahead and enjoy all week long.  To be prepared this is what you’ll need from the store (or your garden):  cauliflower, broccoli, or rice, beans, meat (optional), cabbage, radish, fresh tomato, salsa verde, cilantro, feta cheese, paprika, cumin, & pepper.  Stay tuned as this is a winner- all 3 of my girls LOVE it!  🙂

Remember if you plan your meals ahead you will be prepared with the ingredients necessary, you can control your calories, and most importantly you can get proper nutrition.  Not to mention….  IT SAVES YOU SO MUCH TIME.


3 thoughts on “MASON JARS & Meal Planning = Less Stress, Better Choices, and MORE TIME!

  1. Diane

    Bruce and I have been having these for a month or so. Love them too. I take one in my work bag for my “dinner” around 1 am. Perfect.

  2. Sierra Lavelle (Mindful Carrot)

    So glad to hear this! For a dinner at 1 am this is perfect- best not to have to think much 🙂 What do you put in them? I just had an idea for you (I know you like coffee) Add a sprinkle of instant coffee for flavor with cocoa nibs and some natural sweetener. Might be worth a try 🙂

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