The mason jar craze hit hard this season, so we wouldn’t be surprised if you went out and bought your own dozen (admit it, you’re thinking about it!). These adorable glass containers are a good substitute for plastic storage containers, which can expose you to some not-so-benign chemicals. To help you put these jars to good use, we’ve compiled 10 jar-friendly meals all under 400 calories per serving!
1. Banana Bread Overnight Oats | The Wheatless Kitchen
Oats are a healthy and filling breakfast food, but they can take time to cook. This banana bread overnight-oats recipe has you do the heavy lifting the night before, making breakfast a grab-and-go situation the next morning! Recipe makes 1 individual-sized serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 369; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 4mg; Sodium: 124mg; Carbohydrate: 57g; Dietary Fiber: 13g; Sugar: 19g; Protein: 12g
2. Mason Jar Quinoa Salad | Fit Foodie Finds
Take your salad on the go with this mason jar quinoa salad recipe. Shake up layers of fluffy quinoa, black beans, corn kernels, tomatoes and avocado so that each mouthful is well-coated in the lean Greek yogurt dressing. Twist open and enjoy, fork first!
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 393; Total Fat: 21g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 6g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Sodium: 244mg; Carbohydrate: 52g; Dietary Fiber: 14g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 14g
3. Make-Ahead Instant Oatmeal Jars | MyFitnessPal’s Original Recipes
Instant oatmeal packets are a godsend for busy mornings, but have you considered crafting your own instant oatmeal jars? By purchasing oatmeal, dried fruit and nuts in bulk, you can make your own version of instant oatmeal and save money at the same time. Use adorable mason jars to portion out your meal, or some light ziplock bags will also do the trick.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 229; Total Fat: 6g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 152mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 6g
4. Mason Jar Breakfast Frittata | My Living Nutrition
Here’s a savory, high-protein breakfast that the egg lover in you can take on the road. Combine sausage, veggies, egg and yogurt to bake up these fluffy frittatas. Nutrition information uses pork sausage and 2% plain yogurt. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 frittata jar each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 340; Total Fat: 24g; Saturated Fat: 9g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 260mg; Sodium: 745mg; Carbohydrate: 8g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 23g
5. Blueberry Almond Oatmeal Parfait | The Wheatless Kitchen
Wake up to an extravagantly simple breakfast parfait. The recipe features layers of oatmeal and yogurt crowned with crunchy almonds and refreshing blueberries. As a nutritional FYI, it’s also high in fiber and gluten-free. It’s so simple and delicious, you can put your own twist on it by substituting the almonds and blueberries with any other fruit or nut. Now you have no excuse to skip breakfast.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 296; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 6mg; Sodium: 69mg; Carbohydrate: 44g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 20g; Protein: 11g
6. Mason Jar Caprese Salad | The Chubby Vegetarian
If you love caprese salad, try out this mason jar recipe that allows you to take caprese salad on the go. FYI, the recipe calls for bocconcini, but don’t be intimidated because it basically means small mozzarella balls! Nutrition information uses 16 small mozzarella balls total. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 salad jar each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 193; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 843mg; Carbohydrate: 2g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 9g
7. Chicken & Black Bean Burrito Salad | Beach Body
Here’s a low-carb burrito idea you can take to the road with. Chicken and black bean burrito salad replaces the carbohydrate-rich wrap with a handy-dandy mason jar. You still get to feast on the satisfying burrito filling, including black beans, grilled chicken, tomatoes, radishes, onions and so much more. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 jar each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 273; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 32mg; Sodium: 545mg; Carbohydrate: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 13g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 20g
8. Mini Mason Jar Blueberry Pies | Hand Made Mood
These adorable mason jar blueberry pies are loaded with ooey-gooey blueberries that have been simmered in sugar, lemon zest and cinnamon. Bake up with a crunchy lattice crust, and you have a delicious dessert you can sink your teeth into. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 jar each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 376; Total Fat: 17g; Saturated Fat: 8g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 41mg; Sodium: 155mg; Carbohydrate: 55g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 35g; Protein: 4g
9. Zucchini Pasta Salad with Avocado Spinach Dressing | Sugar-Free Mom
This raw vegetable salad uses zucchini noodles, making it friendly for carb-conscious eaters. Celery, bell peppers and tomatoes give this salad crunch and fiber, while the avocado-spinach dressing gives a creamy kick. Feel free to toss this salad in a bowl or shake it up in a mason jar so you can take it to go. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 298; Total Fat: 23g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 14g; Cholesterol: 2mg; Sodium: 638mg; Carbohydrate: 21g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 12g
10. Low-Carb Cauliflower Mac & Cheese | Low Carb-ology
Mac and cheese gets another makeover by substituting cauliflower for carb-rich pasta. Want to make a batch for a freezer-friendly meal? Blanch the cauliflower before layering it with cheesy goodness. Nutrition information uses ¼ cup cheddar cheese. Recipe makes 1 serving.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 290; Total Fat: 24g; Saturated Fat: 15g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 89mg; Sodium: 544mg; Carbohydrate: 9g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 11g