I’ll admit I have been totally skeptical about this whole meal-in-a-mason jar craze. It was just a little bit TOO hipster for me to take seriously.
What’s wrong with frantically digging through all your mismatched Tupperware containers and lids every morning before work/school, dumping whatever leftover mash you can find into it, and hoping that it doesn’t spill into your purse before you eat lunch?
All those Pinterest junkies make tidy, organized, adorable food preparation look TOO easy. And that is sooo not me.
As a person who is perpetually on the go, bouncing between school and two jobs without any suggestion of a fixed schedule or a time to sit down and eat a meal during the day, I tend to just toss a bag of carrots and a couple apples in my backpack before I leave my home in the morning and hope for the best.
This often means that I get super-hungry in the afternoon and make LESS-THAN nutritious snack choices that totally throw off any chance of healthy, balanced eating.
It’s a dangerous cycle that causes me to feel sluggish, and leaves me less productive, focused and friendly. It also usually means that I eat poorly for dinner as well — a general recipe for being unhappy with my diet. Plus, it totally drains my wallet.
But until now, I didn’t think of mason jars as a solution to my bad eating habits. I didn’t think that I could be one of THOSE people — the kind who has everything figured out, who is organized enough to pack lunches the night before, or who can make something look as cute/artistic as the examples that get posted online.
BOY WAS I WRONG!
Just doing some research for this article, I think my life is on the cusp of changing forever. Because packing a meal in a mason jar is SO easy, SO convenient, SO delicious, SO healthy and SO MUCH a time/money-saver, I would be an idiot to ignore all the incredible mason-jar recipes and suggestions that exist on the internet.
Below, I’m sharing seven of the recipes I found especially tantalizing, but there are SO MANY MORE. I can’t wait to hear what you think of these.