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30 Mason Jar Meals That Are Instagram Worthy

30 Mason Jar Meals That Are Instagram Worthy

Let’s not try to lie to ourselves, we have all scrolled through our news feed and have seen that photo. The type of photo of the perfectly proportioned meal, delicately placed in a mason jar, titled #foodporn. We know we have all thought “Who in the world has time for that?! ” Life is hard though, we all have jobs, classes, families and unless you’re like 5 (or a man child) we have responsibilities. Do not fear, dear reader, having your very own photo of your meal everyone is envious of is easy. Most people however, do not do this for just the likes.They too have busy lives. It is for convenience and it is a great option compared to eating fast food. Mason jar meals are easy to use because you can bake in them and they can handle either hot or cold contents. Most meals can be readily available for you to eat during your busy schedule. All you need is a mason jar…or five and these recipes to get you started on your own mason jar meals.

Rise and Shine

1. Quick Breakfast

You can’t go wrong starting off simple. Bacon, eggs, store bought hashbrowns and some cheese are all a perfect combination to satisfy your morning hunger.

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    2. Overnight fruit and oats

    Overnight oats combined with your favorite fruit is an excellent healthy choice for someone with a sweet tooth. There is nothing like the taste of nature’s version of desert.

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       3. Triple Berry Chai Pudding

      If you want to go that extra mile to start your day off with a hint of sweetness, this is a perfect choice for your meal preps.

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        4. Yogurt and Granola

        Yogurt and granola is a perfect start to the morning. Adding a bit of honey drizzled on top can be an excellent choice if your granola isn’t too sweet.

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          5. Monkey Bread

          This African coffee cake is a delicious combination with your morning cup of Joe, which was probably to go as well. A match made in heaven!

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            Kiss brown bag lunches goodbye!

            7.  Burrito Bowl Salad

            This is a perfect option for lunch and you don’t have to follow this recipe exactly. With this idea, you can add or subtract from this recipe to make it your own.

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              8. Asian Noodle Salad

              Looking for a little spice in your life? Try this option to give you a little kick.

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                9. Sushi in a Jar

                Sushi is great, but sometimes we do not have the time to stand in line or the bank account to fund it. This is a fun way to get that craving and lunch out of the way.

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                  10. Chicken Noodle Soup

                  It is perfect for a rainy day, or a day where you just feel…”meh”.

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                    11. Cobb Salad

                    Yes, this is possible to do. You’re welcome.

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                      12. Stromboli in a Jar

                      In the mood for some Italian, but don’t have time for a date or the wait? I don’t either and for that, we have Stromboli in a Jar

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                        13. Spaghetti O’s and Mini Meatballs

                        This is particularly for when you are being lazy at the end of your meal preps. It is easy and delicious.

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                          14. BLT Salad

                          You really can’t go wrong with bacon. I’m sure there has to be someone who agrees with me.

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                            15. Firehouse Potato Salad

                            If you are looking for a quick meal because your boss only gave you a fifteen minute break, try this. I can scarf it down in five.

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                              16. Chicken Salad

                              This is a perfect meal and can go with almost any type of roll as a side dish.

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                                17. Lasagna in a Jar

                                This can be paired with the garlic bread you stick in the toaster oven for five minutes and they will pair beautifully.

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                                  18. Shepherd’s Pie

                                  A meal with ground beef, peas, carrots layered underneath corn and mashed potatoes topped with gravy? Yes please.

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                                    19. Gluten Free Buffalo Chicken Ouinoa Casserole

                                    For those of us with a Gluten allergy or just want to avoid it all together. There is hope…that there is delicious food we can make ourselves!

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                                      20. Meatloaf Mini’s

                                      Meatloaf is amazing! I might add some mashed potatoes underneath this in my jar because the two go together like salt and pepper.

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                                        21.Chili and Cornbread

                                        The best thing about chili is that you can make it spicy, mild, or hell-flavored and it will still taste great paired with corn bread.

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                                          22. Gluten Free Quiche

                                          Another win for the Gluten free recipe seekers.

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                                            23. Chicken Pot Pie

                                            You are not alone in enjoying the flaky crust covered in a mouth watering sauce combined with chicken carrots and peas.

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                                              24. French Onion Soup

                                              Just in case you had the urge to go to France but have a full time job, online school and absolutely no time for yourself, this is for you. Close your eyes while you eat and pretend you are there.

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                                                Desserts to die for

                                                25. Banana Pudding

                                                One word: yum.

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                                                  26.Lemon Lover’s Lemon Meringue

                                                  This is a perfect dessert to enjoy on a nice summer evening by the pool.

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                                                    27. Banana Bread

                                                    You can eat this as is or if you are a fatty like me, add tons of mini chocolate chips!

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                                                      28. Jar O’ Fruit

                                                      Nothing is better for you or more refreshing than nature’s naturally made dessert.

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                                                        29. Cheesecake

                                                        Cheesecake is something you can add almost any topping too. Having it plain is always good if you aren’t sure what to put on top.

                                                        30. Butterfinger Pie

                                                        Leave this for your cheat day. Why? Because I have absolutely no idea how many calories are in here, nor do I want to know.

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                                                          Featured photo credit: Antique Blue Mason Jar Solar Light by CreativeCorksNMore via flickr.com

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                                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                          How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                          Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                                                          Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

                                                          I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                                                          You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                                          Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                                                          When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                                          I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                                          Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                                          Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                                          Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                                                          1. The Inner Critic

                                                          This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                                          • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                                                          • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                                                          • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                                                          • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                                          The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                                                          Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                                          2. The Worrier

                                                          This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                                                          The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

                                                          3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                                                          This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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                                                          This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                                          The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                                                          4. The Sleep Depriver

                                                          This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                                          The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                                          • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                                          • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                                          • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                                                          • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                                          How can you control these squatters?

                                                          How to Master Your Mind

                                                          You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                                          Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                                          There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                                          • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                                          • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                                          This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                                                          The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                                                          Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                                          For the Inner Critic

                                                          When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                                          You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                                          For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

                                                          You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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                                                          “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                                          If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                                          • They rile up the Worrier.
                                                          • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                                          • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                                          • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                                          • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                                          Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                                          Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                                          For the Worrier

                                                          Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                                          Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                                                          You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                                          • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                          • Muscles tense

                                                          Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                                          If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                                          Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                                          “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                                          Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                                          If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                                                          Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

                                                          Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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                                                          For example:

                                                          If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                                          “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                                          Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                                          “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                                          Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                                          For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                                          Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                                          The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                                                          • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                                                          • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                          • Muscles tension

                                                          I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                                          Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                                          Breathe in through your nose:

                                                          • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                                          • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                                          • Focus on your belly rising.

                                                          Breathe out through your nose:

                                                          • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                                          • Focus on your belly falling.
                                                          • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                                          Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                                                          Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

                                                          One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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                                                          Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                                          For the Sleep Depriver

                                                          (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                                          I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                                          Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                                          1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                                          2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                                          When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                                                          From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                                          For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                                          If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                                          You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                                          • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                                                          • Shut down your thinking.
                                                          • Calm your feelings.
                                                          • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                                                          The Bottom Line

                                                          Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                                                          You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                                          Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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