5 Nutritious And Healthy Mason Jar Lunches You Can Take To Work, Better Than UberEats!

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These days everyone is extremely busy, which makes packing a nutritious lunch that much more difficult. It is much easier to simply grab a bite on the go or to pack a frozen meal with very little nutritional value.

If you are looking for a way to make some healthy lunches ahead of time so that you can grab them in the morning and be ready to go, look no further than these fabulous mason jar lunches. Any type of wide mouthed jar will work, either pint or quart sized. Typically a quart sized jar is going to be the best option for a satisfying lunch.

The secret to these great mason jar lunches is the order that you put the ingredients in. The wet items should always go in first, such as the salad dressing or any wet fruits or vegetables such as tomatoes, avocados or berries. The proteins and grains should be added next. After the grains layer, add any seeds, nuts, and cheeses. Top off with a leafy green so that when you pour the salad out it has a nice bed for the ingredients underneath it.

Here are some great combinations to get you started:

 

1.  Protein Power

Start with a lemon vinaigrette in the bottom of the jar. Next, add layers of chickpeas, corn, peas, broccoli, toasted pumpkin seeds, cooked quinoa, and top with mixed greens.

 

2.  Tastes of the Summer

Start with balsamic vinaigrette at the bottom. Add in a layer of cubed pineapple and blueberries. Then add bean sprouts and cannellini. Finish off with a layer of kale.

 

3.  Simple Tuna Salad

Pour salsa in the bottom of the jar. You can choose how spicy you want it to be. Next add a layer of peas, corn, chopped carrots, walnuts, and finally tuna. Top it off with some baby spinach.

 

4.  Ready-Made Pizza

Pour salsa in the bottom of the jar. Add in layers of tomato, red peppers, black olives, green peppers, onion, mushrooms, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese. Top with baby spinach.

 

5.  Easy Chicken Salad

Pour ranch dressing in the bottom of the jar. Next add a layer of onions, then celery, diced grapes, walnuts, and cooked chicken. Top with baby spinach.

 

The great thing about these salads is that you can add as much or as little of an ingredient as you like. When you are ready to eat your lunch, simply pour it out into a bowl or eat it right out of the jar!

These salads will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to five days, so you can make them on Sunday (or your day off) and have a delicious lunch ready for every day of the work week. If you are using eggs, meat proteins, avocados, or other foods that may perish more quickly, simply add them in on the day that you are taking the salad.

There are so many great recipes and mixes of veggies and fruits that you can try that you will never have a boring lunch again.

 

Sources:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/carolynkylstra/mason-jar-salads
http://greatist.com/eat/mason-jar-recipes
http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1011311-13-healthy-mason-jar-meals-dont-leave-home-them/
https://www.pinterest.com/fillmorejars/meals-in-mason-jars/

 

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About Sara Ding

Sara Ding is the founder of Juicing-for-Health.com. She is a certified Wellness Health Coach, Nutritional Consultant and a Detox Specialist. She helps busy men and women identify their health issues at the root cause, in order to eliminate the problems for optimum physical/mental health and wellbeing.

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