Jar Food, Not Just For Babies!

Happy New Year! As we go back to school/work/the real world, time is at a premium, and we look for convenience foods. Mason jars exude cuteness, they are definitely all over social media and used as decorations in many restaurants. But they are also practical and enable you to take your breakfast on the go. Here are my favorite jar meals to take when I am busy or running late (usually because I overslept!)

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Chia Pudding

Chia seeds provide quite a punch of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. The dietary fiber in chia seeds will keep you full longer while the omega-3 is an important anti-inflammatory in our bodies and supports our brain health and immune systems.

The recipe (for 2 servings):

¼ cup chia seeds

1.5 cups lite coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Mix the above ingredients in a mason jar and let it sit overnight. In the morning top the pudding with cacao nibs, coconut flakes, and fruit of your choosing.

Check out my Instagram for a sweet maple syrup pour: @livefullycoach

Check out my Instagram for a sweet maple syrup pour: @livefullycoach

Pancakes

Adding fruit to the whole grain pancake mix will provide you with some additional fiber and antioxidants. I went with banana in this one, since I love the sweetness cooked banana lends to the pancake. Usually, I will quickly assemble this before running out the door, and microwave it at work, so it is nice and hot.

The Recipe (for 1 serving):

1/3 cup pancake mix (I use whole grain Kodiak Cakes)

1/3 cup milk of choice

½ mashed banana or ¼ cup berries

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients and microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.

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Overnight Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a whole grain, fiber rich food that keeps you feeling fuller longer. There is evidence that supports that oats can help with blood sugar regulation, so you are not hangry 1 hour after eating. This is my go-to meal for busy days. I think of it like a blank canvas for allll the toppings.

The Recipe (for 1 serving):

1/3 cup oatmeal

1/3 cup milk of choice

¼ cup yogurt (can be dairy free and any flavor)

1 TBS chia seeds

½ tsp cinnamon

Toppings of choice include: a fruit, a nut or seed butter, the options are endless I have even used sweet potato here

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar. Let sit overnight, and take with you in the morning. This picture shows my addition of apple, but in the morning I microwaved my oats for 30 seconds and topped it with almond butter.

Salima Mangalji