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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 December 9, 2019

                                                          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                                          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                                          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                                          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                                          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                                          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                                          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                                          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                                          The result: no more mental stress.

                                                          2. Unplug

                                                          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                                          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                                          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                                          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                                          3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                                          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                                          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                                          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                                          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                                          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                                          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                                          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                                          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                                          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                                          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                                          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                                          The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                                          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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