If there’s one meal that’s difficult to make time for, it’s breakfast. Mornings are a whirlwind – even if you manage to feed everyone, you may end up forgetting about yourself! The best way to start your day off right is to plan ahead with grab-n-go meals that you can make the day before and devour on schedule.
These mason jar meals are packed with nutrients, and are so flexible with flavors that everyone in the family will have a favorite. Not only that, but the jars are easily stored and transported, so even if you’re up early for a road trip or hike, these little guys can make the trip.
Check out our favorite recipes for a healthy breakfast on the run:
Got a monkey in the family? This flavorful breakfast will be perfect for keeping them full until lunch.
- 1 tbsp. of chia seeds*
- ¼ cup of milk (coconut, soy)
- ½ banana, sliced
- ¼ cup of peanut butter
- ½ tbsp. of dark chocolate shavings
Directions: Mix the chia seeds and milk the night before. In the morning, top the jar with the sliced banana and chocolate shavings.
Chocolate Strawberry Surprise
If you’ve got a picky eater, let them give this recipe a try! Serve it for breakfast or pack it as a snack. The 8 oz. jar fits perfectly in all of our insulated lunch packs!
Your grocery list includes:
- ½ cup of rolled oats
- 1/8 cup of ground chia seeds
- 1/8 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 cup of milk (coconut, soy)
- ½ tsp. of cocoa
- ¼ cup of strawberries, chopped
- 2 tsp. of coconut shavings
- Splash of vanilla
Directions: Mix together all ingredients the night before, excluding the fruit and coconut shavings. If recipe requires, add a few splashes of milk in the morning. Top with strawberries and coconut shavings before serving.
Egg White Omelet Wonder
You don’t have to wait until the weekend to enjoy a gourmet breakfast. This is the year that you’ll love breakfast every day of the week!
Here’s what you need:
- ½ cup of egg whites
- ¼ cup of green pepper, chopped
- ¼ cup of spinach
- ¼ cup of mushrooms, chopped
- 1 tbsp.of salsa
- 2tsp. of olive oil
- A sprinkle of scallions, chopped
- ½ tbsp. of cheese, grated
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Splash of milk
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Sauté peppers, onions, spinach and mushroom with 2 tsp. of olive oil.
- In a bowl, mix eggs and milk, salt and pepper.
- Mix together the egg mixture and sautéed vegetables and pour into the mason jar.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until eggs have risen and are fluffy.
- Let cool and store in the refrigerator until morning.
- Heat in the microwave or serve cold.
- Top with salsa and scallions.
Note: The great thing about these recipes is that you can alter them to your liking. Feel free to switch up the vegetables if you have other preferences.
Fresh Fruit Barrel
Did someone say parfait? With this recipe, you can start skipping right past that food court because you’ve got breakfast covered this time!
You will need:
- ½ cup of fresh fruit (kiwi, pineapple)
- 1/8 cup of milk (soy, almond)
- 1 tsp. of ground chia seeds
- ¼ cup of Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp. of rolled oats
- Drizzle of honey
- Mix together milk, chia seeds, Greek yogurt and oats.
- Use this mixture to create a thin layer in the bottom of the mason jar, and then add a layer of fruit.
- Continue this pattern until the jar is full.
- Top with a drizzle of honey.
Looking to mix up the base of your mason jar meals? Try buckwheat! These protein rich seeds will supply you with iron, vitamin B-6 and important dietary fibers. Make sure to rinse and soak the buckwheat for at least two hours prior to preparing with the rest of your meal.
You will need:
- ½ cup of raw buckwheat groats, rinsed and soaked
- 1 tsp. of ground chia seeds
- ½ cup of milk (almond, soy)
- 1 tsp. of vanilla
- ½ tbsp. of maple syrup
- ½ cup of fresh or frozen fruit (mangoes, peaches)
Directions: Mix all of the ingredients together, excluding the fruit. Let the mixture sit in the mason jar overnight. In the morning, blend in the fruit and top with extra pieces.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be hard. It’s as simple as putting aside 20 minutes each night to ensure your body gets what it needs to help you power through your day. To save time, line up a handful of jars and complete these mason jar meals at once so everyone is taken care of! Good morning sunshine!
*1/2 cup (100g) of chia seeds provides 17g of protein, 34g of dietary fiber and 407mg of potassium. You’ll also be getting a healthy dose of calcium, iron and magnesium, so give those chia seeds some love! Want to know more? Check out this article, which looks at the superhero chia seeds a little closer.
Note: We used 8 oz. jars for our creations because the portions were reasonable for breakfast. If you’ve got bigger mouths to feed then feel free to move up to a 12 oz. or half pint jar. If you don’t have any mason jars lying around, feel free to clean out a used jam or peanut butter jar!