Ever since we started to discover that plastics may not be the best material for food storage, glass has become quite popular. That said, many fancy food storage containers can come with a hefty price tag, which has meant old-school jam and pickle jars have become an affordable alternative. With them has come a broad spectrum of healthy mason jar recipes that simply beg to be photographed and shared with everyone you know over social media.
There is something about certain healthy mason jar recipes that seems to come with bragging rights. Because the glass is transparent, it can reveal all the layers of colorful and nutritious ingredients.
There’s nowhere for diet-cheating ingredients to hide! It’s the food lover’s equivalent to a child looking through a toy store window.
That said, if you’re new to healthy mason jar recipes, you might be wondering where to start. Here are a few options to get you going. Don’t forget that two of the most important ingredients for each of these recipes will be your camera and social media account!
Oven-baked frittatas in a jar – Another great benefit to using mason jars is that they are oven safe. Go ahead and cook your meal right inside! Bring together the ingredients of your favorite frittata recipe such as eggs, potatoes, kale and even a sprinkling of cheese. Bake until they’re nearly done. They’ll finish cooking after you take the jar out of the oven. Pop the lids on and they’ll seal on their own. Just don’t forget to wait for them to cool before you pick them up with your hand to put them in your lunch bag!
No-cook overnight fridge oatmeal – Instead of standing over the stove and stirring oatmeal until the cows come home, there’s a better way to enjoy this highly nutritious breakfast that is known to be great for weight loss and healthy cholesterol levels. Mix equal parts oatmeal and almond milk with 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds and fill the jar the rest of the way with your favorite berries or juicy sweet fruits. Put it in the fridge overnight and the oatmeal and chia seeds will absorb the liquid. If it’s a bit too dry for your preference, just stir in a touch more almond milk if you’d like. Add crunch and more nutrients by topping it off with a couple of tablespoons of nuts such as almonds or walnuts (or both!).
Zucchini pasta salad – Time to get out your new spiralizer because you’ve got zucchini to make. Fill the jar halfway with spiralized zucchini and some chopped orange bell pepper as well as diced tomatoes. Top it off with a Greek yogurt avocado dressing and some toasted pine nuts. You’ll be lucky if there’s any left by the time you get your camera app open!