3 Easy Breakfast In A Mason Jar Recipes

Easy to make Breakfast in a Mason Jar
Easy to make Breakfast in a Mason Jar

Breakfast in a mason jar is for those who do not have much time to prepare breakfast in the morning. This concept allows you to prepare the breakfast overnight and refrigerate it to be eaten the next day. Here are a few easy to make breakfast in a mason jar that you should try out and share your experience with us.

Bacon And Eggs In A Mason Jar

Ingredients

  • Eggs – 2
  • Fresh Spinach –  3 tbsp.
  • Shredded cheese – 2 tbsp.
  • Bacon – finely chopped, 3 tbsp.
  • Salt and pepper as per taste

Method

In a bowl, beat the eggs, salt, pepper and the chopped spinach

Pour this mixture into a microwave compatible mason jar

Cook for a couple of minutes, checking now and then.

The mixture will puff up during cooking. That’s nothing to worry about. You can deflate it once you take the jar out of the microwave.

Top with some cheese (optional) and bacon crumbles.

Make-Ahead Fruit & Yogurt Breakfast

Ingredients

  • Greek yogurt – 60 ounce
  • Uncooked oats – 1/3 cup
  • Chia seeds – 1 tsp
  • Milk (cow, soy, almond) – 2 tbsp.
  • Frozen fruits and berries – 1 cup

Method

In a mixing bowl combine milk, yogurt, oats and chia seeds.

Pour half the mixture into a mason jar/container

Then layer it with fruits and berries.

Pour the remaining yogurt mixture to make the third layer.

Add the remaining fruit/berries as the final layer.

This breakfast can be refrigerated up to three days.

Granola and fruits  in a mason Jar

Ingredients to make Granola

  • Rolled oats – 3 cups
  • Flax meal – 1/4 cup
  • Nuts and seeds – 2 cups, roughly chopped
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Honey – 1/2 cup
  • Cinnamon – 2 tsp
  • Vanilla – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp

Method

Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, all the ingredients. Spread granola evenly on a large parchment lined baking dish.

Bake for30-40 minutes, stirring once in15 minutes. The granola has to be golden brown. If not cook for another 10 more minutes. Cool the mixture and store in an airtight container.

Assembling the Breakfast Mason Jar

Ingredients

  • Fruits of your choice – 4 cups, chopped into bite- size
  • Honey – 1/4 cup
  • Prepared granola

The first add the yogurt, then honey, fruit and then granola. Repeat the same for one more layer.

How To Pack A Salad In A Mason Jar

 

Salad in jar - a week's supply
Salad in jar – a week’s supply

Salad in a jar is a great way to eat healthy. You can carry them to your workplace for lunch or as an evening snack. If you know how to layer them in a mason jar, you can make a week’s supply and refrigerate them. Always keep in mind that the bottom-most layer is the salad dressing followed by the veggies, dry nuts and the greens at the top. Everything stays separate and don’t come in contact with the dressing until you toss it into a salad serving  bowl.

Choosing your jar

Any kind of canning jar would do, but the best jar is the mason jar with a wide mouth. It makes packing and then shaking them out again easier. For individual size salads, a pint-sized jar would be fine. However, if you want them for lunch or dinner with lot of extra veggies and salad goodies then quart-sized mason jar would be required.

Greens should not get soggy

Generally, you need to pile the heaviest and the most non-absorbent salad ingredients as the first layer above the dressing. Then you work your way up by adding the salad goodies such as roasted nuts, and finally end up with salad greens.

How does everything get mixed

When you are ready to eat, open the bottle and shake its contents into a bowl. You need to shake a bit vigorously as the contents are packed tightly. Here the salad dressing is also mixed with the greens and the other ingredients. Use a fork to ensure that dressing is mixed well once it’s  tossed into the bowl.

How long is the lifespan of the salad in the fridge

If the lid of the salad is tightly sealed, then these salads will last for a week. However, if you plan to add perishable proteins such as hard-boiled eggs or cooked chicken, or soft ingredients such as tomatoes, and avocados, add them on the day you are planning to eat the salad.

Salad in a jar is very convenient way to carry your lunch to office or as your dinner on a day when you are too lazy to cook.  It can also double up as a side dish when you have an unexpected visitor for lunch or dinner.

Turmeric Is A Super Food

Sliced Turmeric
Sliced Turmeric

Turmeric or curcuma longa, is a spice that has been used in various ancient cultures across the globe. It’s one of the ingredient that is used in the Indian curries and makes the American mustard yellow. Turmeric belongs to the ginger family. In the recent years, it has been declared as one of the super foods. The reason is it’s a disease preventive agents mainly due to its anti-inflammatory action.

Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric

The cousin of ginger contains health nutrients such as calcium, copper, potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium. These nutrients make it one of the healthy spices that could be used in your daily diet.

Lowers the risk of certain cancer types

Multiple studies and research shows that the components in turmeric protects against radiation-induced tumors. The anti-oxidants in turmeric lowers the movement of free radicals and prevents certain cancer types such as leukemia, colon and breast cancer.

Anti-inflammatory properties

If those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis regularly add turmeric to their diet, its likely to bring about some relief by reducing the pain in the joints.

Reduces cholesterol level

Serum level cholesterol levels can be reduced even if you use turmeric as a seasoning. By maintaining a healthy cholesterol level means it will reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent

It is a natural disinfectant when you have a cut or a burn. It can even remove scars and aid in speeding up the healing process. It also repairs damaged skin. Apply turmeric in the acne affected areas.

Immunity booster

This root is also an immunity booster as it contains anti fungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties. A pinch of turmeric in a glass of warm milk will keep the cough and cold at the bay.

Prevents the onset of Alzheimer’s

It contains natural agents that prevent the formation of beta-amyloid, a plaque that gradually obstruct the cerebral functioning of the brain.

Health Resolutions For 2017

Health Filled New Year
Health Filled New Year

We all have a list of New Year Health resolutions that we hardly keep up with because usually its either attainable or overwhelming. However, if we take baby steps, then its actually in our power to change our life drastically. Consider a few health resolutions that can be followed if you have a measured approach.

 Do more exercise

It’s easier said than done. Instead of enrolling for a weight loss program or aggressive workout regime, try walking, or biking instead of driving, consider climbing the stairs instead of using the elevator. You should also try doing 5 to 10 minutes’ yoga workouts. Its available on YouTube. Short and focused workouts will not only help you to build confidence but also remove any anxiety of achieving the health goals.

Get ample sleep

This is important if your mind and body has to function. Its critical for preventing weight gain, anxiety, depression and maintaining alertness. Consider turning off all the screens, including television, smartphones and laptops at least a couple of hours before bedtime. Also, resist the urge to keep your cellphone close to your bed.

Snack on a bowl of salad instead of a doughnut

A bowl of salad is not only filling but also good for health. You can add your favorite nuts to add a crunch to it. Less sugar is good for health. You can always consider making salad in a jar and carrying it to your workplace as a full meal or evening snack.

Reduce Caloric intake

Cut down on the carbs and consider a diet rich in nuts, olive oil, fish and whole grains. Avoid processed foods. Instead increase the intake of lean cuts of chicken, turkey and fish. Consider protein  rich diet. Now you should drastically reduce your calories in one swoop. Do it gradually over a period of six months. It will help the body to get used to the fewer calories.

Drink plenty of water

To be in top shape you need to drink plenty of water. It keeps your body well hydrated and also cleanses the vital organs. There is no hard and fast rule as to how much glasses of water to drink. You can should consume as per the requirements of your body. However, while doing strenuous workouts, increase the intake of water.

Share your health resolutions with us in the comment section.