I can remember when mason jars were used pretty much strictly for canning. Now, most likely thanks to social media they are being used for so many things. They make portable, portion-control meals a cinch—some don’t even need a second of cooking! Who knew salads looked even more appetizing stacked? I also think that they last longer and taste better in the mason jars then in other containers.
This recipe calls for grilled peaches, though fresh work just as well in a time-crunch. Layered with nutty quinoa, creamy Greek yogurt, crunchy pecans, and soft blueberries and drizzled with maple syrup, it’s a symphony of textures so delicious we’d make it for dessert too.
Mason jar breakfasts aren’t all layered parfaits, oats, and chia seeds. Hearty combinations like this one work just as well, making eggs portable without putting them on an English muffin or bagel. Instead, toss in a jar with bacon, spinach, and cheese, and nuke in the microwave for a speedy, healthy meal.
Turtle chocolate lovers, this one’s for you. If you’re not familiar with the sweet, it’s a delightful combo of chocolate, caramel, and pecans mixed together. This a.m. meal keeps it healthy with medjool dates as a surprisingly perfect stand-in for caramel, plus cocoa powder, unsweetened almond milk, oats, and of course the pecans. Decadent and delish!
Gotta love a recipe that doesn’t require cooking. Oats and chia seeds soak up milk, vanilla, and cinnamon overnight to make a thick pudding-like treat. Alternated with Greek yogurt, berries, and chia seeds and topped with granola come morning, this nutritious meal takes just minutes to put together and is perfectly portable.
Who says frittatas have to be fancy? This recipe takes a little longer to make, but it’s worth it for the combination of eggs, kale, potatoes, sausage, and cheese in a cute mason jar. Kale is a superfood, too, so this one has some added nutritional bonuses.
Can’t go wrong with the classic: fruit, yogurt (try goat yogurt, which has less sugar than yogurt make from cow’s milk), granola (we recommend homemade to control the sugar), and bananas. Mix protein powder into the yogurt for extra flavor or if your trying to increase your protein intake, and switch up the other ingredients based on what’s in season and what you want!
With this basic recipe, you can wake up to a delicious breakfast with a good amount of protein in a different flavor every day!
Despite the slew of oat recipes out there, morning mason jar options for Paleo eaters do exist. This one takes an omelette of sausage, sweet peppers, cheddar cheese, and mushrooms scrambled with plain yogurt and bakes everything in the jars. Make a few and have breakfast set for the week.
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