We all love the idea of eating healthy meals that are simple to make, but sometimes we need a little bit of inspiration. Because mason jars are having a moment, we thought it would be fun to find some delicious, plant-based meals you can make in a mason jar and take with you anywhere you need to the go: work, errands, the gym — wherever!
Whether you’re looking for breakfast options, lunch options, or a quick snack, there’s a recipe here for you. And the best part is that the majority of these mason jar meals are plant-based, so you can stay on a healthy track even when you’re on the go.
PB&J Overnight Oats
If you’re looking for a nutritious, fiber-filled breakfast that tastes like dessert and will keep you energized for hours, this overnight oat jar is for you. Rolled oats, chia seeds, flax meal and natural peanut butter add healthy fats, fiber and protein, while vanilla, maple syrup and fresh berries add vitamins and sweetness. Travel back in time to your favorite childhood meal with this recipe.
Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats
All the flavors of this favorite summer dessert, without any guilt! Chia seeds, almond milk and oats create a rich and creamy base (full of healthy Omega-3 and fiber), while greek yogurt and fresh strawberries add a healthy bit of decadence. Feel satisfied and energized all morning long with this super easy, simple simple breakfast.
Purple Sweet Potato Chia Pudding
Another great breakfast or snack idea, this chia pudding is full of fiber and beta-carotene thanks to purple sweet potatoes. Purple sweet potatoes have a lower sugar content than regular sweet potatoes, and have the added benefit of anthocyanins, a powerful anti-inflammatory pigment found in blueberries.
Coconut Mango Parfait in a Mason Jar
Sometimes we need something sweet, but giving in to that craving doesn’t always mean we have to reach for chocolate! This delicious parfait is full of vitamin C from luscious mango, and healthy fat from whipped coconut milk. Spend a few seconds chopping, throw everything in a mason jar, and take it with you for whenever an afternoon craving hits!
White Bean, Basil and Arugula Mason Jar Salad
If you’re looking for a quick grab-and-go salad, this vegan, gluten free recipe is perfect! With a base of wheat berries (or quinoa), homemade white bean salad, and even a homemade dressing, you can eat clean and simple without sacrificing taste.
Greek Salad In A Mason Jar
This robust salad is sure to keep you full all afternoon, thanks to a serving of pasta, beans, olive, tomatoes, and a homemade Dijon mustard dressing. The key to keeping things fresh? Putting the dressing on the bottom!
Butternut Squash and Quinoa Mason Jar Salad
Butternut squash is a perfect element in mason jar salads because it can soak up dressings without getting soggy (plus it’s got skin loving vitamin A). Quinoa is also great for soaking up dressings and flavors, so when you put them in a mason jar salad together, you get a flavor extravaganza! Pine nuts, a red onion, cherry tomatoes and arugula round things out, creating one of the tastiest vegan salads you’ve ever had.
Burrito Bowl Mason Jar
Trying to stay vegan and gluten free, but still want your burrito fix? This mason jar recipe has all the fixings, including a hearty black bean filling, homemade avocado dressing (which we could eat with a spoon…), sweet potato, quinoa and lettuce, all layered together for the perfect, non-soggy experience. Lunch upgrade!
Southwestern Quinoa Mason Jar Salads
Staying with the Southwestern theme, these quinoa salad mason jars are full of healthy protein and fiber (thanks to the quinoa and beans), and tons of fresh and cooked veggies. Transport them in a jar, and then dump them out into a salad bowl when you’re ready to eat. The true meaning of “no fuss, no muss!”
Instant Noodles In A Mason Jar
Even though many of us may have survived on them in college, packaged instant noodles aren’t the healthiest choice when it comes to a quick lunch. This fresh, vegan version of those noodles, however, is packed with vitamins, and can be transported to and from work in a mason jar. Fresh veggies, chili oil and sesame seed oil keep things spicy and flavorful, without inundating your palate with salt.