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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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                                      Delightful Dinners

                                      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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                                                          Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                          7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                          Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                                          Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                                          1. Exercise Daily

                                                          It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                                          If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                                          Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                                          If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                                          2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                                          Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                                          One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                                          This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                                          3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                                          Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                                          Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                                          Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                                          4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                                          Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                                          The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                                          • Eat unprocessed foods
                                                          • Eat more veggies
                                                          • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                                          • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                                          Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                                            5. Watch Out for Travel

                                                            Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                                            This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                                            If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                                            6. Start Slow

                                                            Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                                            If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                                            7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                                            Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                                            My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                                            If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                                            I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                                            Final Thoughts

                                                            Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                                            Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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