All you have to do is decide what you would like to put in the jar--breakfast foods, lunch or dinner. There are so many different foods to choose from--Beans, lentils, greens, tomatoes, carrots, onions, avocados, rice, quinoa, oatmeal, fruits, soy yogurts...the list is endless!! If you would like to make a salad, always put your dressing on the bottom, beans next or more "dense" vegetables like cucumbers or zucchini so the dressing isn't absorbed, and then a whole grain like brown rice or quinoa, more vegetable like tomatoes, etc., and end with the greens on top. So easy!
For our 30 Day Challenge, we will be eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. We will be mixing and matching with lots of raw vegetables as well as cooked, some sort of whole grain and or potatoes, so there is some prep work. The more prep work you can get done on the weekend, (or whenever your schedule allows), the easier it will be for your weekday meals. You will have to do the prep work in order to have meals on the table in 15-20 minutes--it doesn't get any easier than that.
You will be eating HEALTHY, DELICIOUS meals, and because of your food choices, you will be building an extremely strong immune system, lowering cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, and BEST of all, the side effect from eating this way, you drop WEIGHT! No weighing food, counting calories, or measuring anything--eat the foods on this plan when you are hungry, eat until satisfied, and watch the MAGIC happen!!
I've listed below a few easy recipes to make in mason jars--these are only suggestions--you can layer any foods you like as long as you are choosing from our 4 Food Groups: Vegetables, Fruits, Whole Grains and Legumes. Remember, we will not be using any DAIRY or other ANIMAL PRODUCTS for 30 days. Do not panic! If you think you need some sort of milk for oatmeal or cold cereal, (I will allow PLAIN shredded wheat, no frosting!), there are plenty of plant based milks to choose from such as Almond, Cashew, or Soy to name a few. Most people prefer Almond, but if you are trying it for the first time, don't think it will taste like Cow's milk, it won't--it's a plant based milk. However, once people give it a try, (sometimes it takes a few tries), they come back to tell me they prefer it!
Now, there is a food in the above picture that is not allowed on this plan--can you spot it? If so, email me at: email@example.com and tell me. Also, if you try a Mason Jar Meal, please let me know your layers and how you liked it!
MASON JAR MEALS
1 cup steelcut oats (or rolled oats)
Layer ingredients in mason jar in order given. Mix with 1 cup of hot water, add chopped nuts on top and eat!
Dry potatoes (Yes, the dehydrated potatoes in a box)
Layer ingredients in mason jar in order given. Add 1 cup of hot water when ready to eat, and mix well. Add salasa and scallions on top and eat!
Yogurt (So Delicious)
Museli (Bob's Red Mill)
Layer ingredients in a mason jar in order given. Mix well