That’s right. It’s no longer in to eat out of a bowl, you need to eat out of a jar. Oh, and it’s glass jars, just to be sure that there’s none of those harmful plastic chemicals like BPA, leaching into your jar food creations.
I’m by no means crafty. I’m la lefty so I’m supposed to be dominant in the artsy side of the brain, but I’m not. I can’t decorate, sew (although I can knit), and I “see” color so poorly that it took me weeks to figure out the shades of white (yes, white!) to paint my cottage.
I wish I had more creative juices, especially when it comes to the presentation of what I’ve made. I believe that when you’re serving up healthy eats, it’s especially important to make it look appealing. For us foodies, the Internet is full of creative ways to prepare and present food. Jar food is one of the latest trends. In case you aren’t up on the trend, it’s making salads and other dishes that you layer into the old-school-chic Ball mason jars.
I’m not sure why jar food became so hot but I suspect it has something to do with the nostalgia of the Ball mason jars combined with the amazing way the layers of food look in the jars. They certainly make great photos. But just because something is really crafty and looks great doesn’t always mean it’s good for you. In fact, I’ve seen so many of the breakfast oatmeal and muesli jar recipes online that pack in well over 600 calories. That’s more like a dinner than breakfast!
I’ll discuss the pros and cons of jar salads in another post but today, I’ll focus on making calorie-controlled jar muesli.
One Minute to Make a Healthy Jar Breakfast
If you’re one of the 17% of adults who regularly skips breakfast, you’re not making it any easier to lose or maintain a healthy weight. In fact, you’re increasing your odds of being overweight.
For a quick and easy breakfast that takes just a minute (literally), try these jar muesli options. I make mine in the Make them in a small (16 oz) Ball preserving jar or use an emptied and clean peanut butter or jelly jar.
Berry Good Muesli
(Use a 16 ounce Bonne Maman jelly jar, peanut butter jar or a 16 oz Ball Mason jar)
- 3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek Yogurt (like those from Fage, Oikos or Chobani)
- 3/4 cup fresh or frozen berries (no added sugars)
- Add 1/3 cup raw rolled oats (not instant)
- Add 1 ½ maple syrup, honey or agave
Layer ingredients in order in small Ball jar, close and store in refrigerator overnight.
Nutrition Facts: 385 calories, 1.5 grams fat, 9 grams fiber, 33 grams protein, 65 grams carbohydrate
3/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/3 cup raw rolled oats
1 tbsp chopped nuts
Add 1 ½ tsp maple syrup, honey or agave
Cinnamon, if desired
Layer ingredients in small 16-oz jar. Close and store in refrigerator overnight.
Nutrition facts: 300 calories, 3 grams fat, 3 grams fiber, 25 grams protein, 40 grams carbohydrate
–Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD