Healthy Meal prepping in Mason jars are the biggest health fad since the organic or gluten free craze. (maybe not that big of a fad, but to us they’re an awesome lifehack!)  Once reserved exclusively for storing your favorite favorite pickled dishes or jams, you can now find the trusty glassware at nearly every hipster cafe and countryside wedding. Thanks to social media these these adult lunchbox’s are a meal preppers favorite containers for salads, oatmeal mixes, soups, and even mac and cheese. (cheat meal?)

Key Benefits of using mason jars for meal prepping;

  • Portion control
  • Easy to clean glassware
  • Better for the environment
  • Air tight and easy to store in both your bag and your office fridge

If you aren’t already sold on these healthy meal prep mason jar recipes madness, these 12 super easy, make-ahead lunch ideas are sure to get you totally hooked.

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1 ALMOND MILK AND HONEY PORRIDGE MASON JAR RECIPE

This healthy meal prep mason jar recipe dish is great for mixing up your breakfast routine and has all of the taste and convenience serious meal preppers like us need: It’s sweet, satisfying and easy to prepare. Quinoa is one of just a few grains to qualify as a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the nine essential amino acids, or “building blocks,” of protein. Our bodies can’t produce these amino acids on its own, so quinoa is an especially smart choice for vegetarians. It also contains vitamin E, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, potassium and fiber. A pinch of nutmeg, pure vanilla and honey pairs well with quinoa’s naturally nutty flavor. Almond butter adds richness and omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent heart disease and stroke. You can make this porridge at night and store in Mason jars. Then simply reheat your meal prep with a spoonful or two of almond milk right in the jar the next morning. For the simple ease of making this dish the Almond Milk and honey Porridge earns out top spot. CALORIES: 215

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2 CHICKEN CURRY SALAD WITH GREENS MASON JAR RECIPE

This healthy chicken salad meal mason jar recipe is creamy, flavorful and packed with protein and healthy add-ins like carrots, raisins and almonds. While most chicken salads use high-fat mayonnaise as a base, this salad uses a creamy combination of mayonnaise and low-fat, plain Greek yogurt to reduce fat and calories. For a dairy-free version, try replacing the yogurt with unsweetened coconut yogurt. Curry powder gets its rich yellow color from turmeric, which has long been used for treating a variety of ailments. Turmeric contains the antioxidant curcumin, which may reduce inflammation and digestive challenges and even help prevent the growth of cancer. Roasting chicken with the skin on and bone in (remove before serving) locks in flavor and moistness. Roast a week’s worth of chicken ahead of time so you can it all week long. After layering the chicken salad and greens in the Mason jar, just shake and eat! CALORIES: 266


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3 HEARTY CHICKEN, VEGETABLE AND BEAN SOUP MASON JAR RECIPE

This delish healthy meal prep mason jar recipe dish is a cross between a light stew and a flavorful soup and perfect for a Mason jar. It’s full of protein from lean roasted chicken, carbohydrates from white beans, carrots, spinach and tomatoes and good-for-you fat from extra-virgin olive oil. The combination of protein, carbohydrates and fat will help to keep your blood sugar stable and prevent an after-lunch energy crash. Try roasting your chicken with the breastbone in and skin on — that will make the chicken more flavorful and tender. To save time, chop your vegetables while the chicken is roasting in the oven. And if you’re really pressed for time, skip the roasting and buy a rotisserie chicken. This meal prep recipe makes a big batch, so you’ll have plenty on hand for quick grab-and-go meals all week long. CALORIES: 294

4 FRUIT SOUP WITH TOASTED NUTS MASON JAR RECIPE

Looking for a lean and easy healthy meal prep mason jar recipe? This fruit soup is loaded with creamy, protein-rich Greek yogurt, colorful, fiber-rich berries and topped with crunchy nuts. While a medley of berries like strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries will give you a variety of vitamins and antioxidants, you can also customize the fruit soup by choosing your favorite berries. This version is topped with pistachios, which are high in the unsaturated “good fats” and can be found already shelled in the bulk section of your local market. The delicious meal prep recipe is a combination of protein, carbs and fat will help you to burn fat, boost your metabolism and feel energized all day long. Just pour into a Mason jar and serve with a spoon! CALORIES: 277


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5 CREAMY CHICKEN, APPLE AND CASHEW SALAD MASON JAR RECIPE

Did you know that a lunch balanced in protein, carbohydrates and fat can help you ward off an afternoon energy slump and sugar cravings? This salad healthy meal prep mason jar recipe has an ideal balance of lean, muscle-building protein, all-natural carbohydrates and fat to keep you focused and help you to power through your busy day. Try making roasted chicken in bulk for the week for portable, protein-packed meals like this one. Chopped green apples and dried cranberries add bite, sweetness and fiber, while peppery arugula delivers vitamins A, C and K and fiber. A handful of cashews adds iron and manganese, which helps to support a healthy metabolism. This meal prep mason jar recipe doesn’t need any re-heating, perfect for the grab and go working professional! CALORIES: 319

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Healthy mason jar

6 STEAK BURRITO “MINUS THE TORTILLA” JAR MASON JAR RECIPE

Traditional burritos include a large flour tortilla stuffed with nutritionally void white rice, a high-calorie meat and a ton of sour cream and cheese. In fact, most burritos have upwards of 1,200 calories and 60 or more grams of fat! This healthy meal prep mason jar recipe skips the tortilla and when serving it in a Mason jar, this saves 300 calories or more. Using a lean flat-iron steak adds protein, and swapping out white rice for brown rice boosts the fiber content. A salsa made of vitamin C- and potassium-rich tomatoes, garlic and fresh cilantro adds tons of powerful flavor with very few calories. Romaine lettuce is high in potassium, vitamin C and fiber and adds color and crunch. Customize it by adding healthy toppings like cheddar cheese, Greek yogurt instead of sour cream, cilantro and chopped avocado. Marinate the steak the night before for ease of meal prep the next day. CALORIES: 403

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TURKEY BASIL MEATBALLS MASON JAR RECIPE

Typically, meatballs and sauce means too much fat and calories. Include a plate of pasta and the carbohydrates start to add up too. This healthy meal prep mason jar recipe swaps regular ground beef with 93-percent-lean ground turkey you save 10 grams of fat per serving. Sweet basil, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and a touch of all-natural tomato paste add flavor and moisture to these delectable meatballs. Look for a tomato sauce with real tomatoes (not tomato paste) as the first ingredient. And skip nutritionally void white pasta for whole-wheat pasta, “zoodles” (zucchini noodles), roasted vegetables or even brown rice to boost the fiber content. Eating it from a mason jar helps control the portion size, perfect for health conscious meal preppers. CALORIES: 222

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8 UPSIDE-DOWN CEREAL AND PROTEIN MILK MASON JAR RECIPE

Busy morning? Don’t sweat it! This healthy meal prep mason jar recipe is loaded with metabolism-boosting protein and healthy carbohydrates to fuel your busy morning and get you through your day. The “milk” is made of creamy Greek yogurt (which has 20 grams of protein per cup), a shot of vanilla-flavored whey protein powder and calcium-rich almond milk. A breakfast high in protein helps to kick-start your metabolism and prevents sugar cravings later in the day. This recipe used Nature’s Path Gluten-Free Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla Cereal. You can substitute your favorite cereal — just aim for at least three grams of fiber per serving. This is the perfect grab and go for meal preppers! CALORIES: 316

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PORTABELLA MUSHROOM, SPINACH AND CARAMELIZED ONION OMELET MASON JAR RECIPE

No matter the time of day, eggs are an easy and impressive source of protein. One egg has roughly seven grams of protein as well as disease-fighting lutein, which may help prevent macular degeneration of the eyes, and choline, which aids in healthy brain development and memory. To reduce the fat while increasing the protein, simply enjoy one or two egg whites for every whole egg. Adding a handful of fresh, sautéed vegetables boosts the vitamin and fiber content and flavor. To go dairy-free, simply skip the cheese. This healthy meal prep mason jar recipe is portable and versatile, they also pair well with your favorite toast or fresh fruit for breakfast, a salad for lunch on the go or dinner. This meal prep recipe is great for a quick grab and reheat meal for busy individuals.  CALORIES: 138

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10 SHEPHERD’S PIE IN A JAR MASON JAR RECIPE

What do you get when you layer lean, deliciously seasoned beef with sautéed vegetables like leeks and carrots and top it with a cloud of creamy pureed parsnips and parmesan cheese? Shepherd’s Pie in a jar! This is a healthy mason jar meal prep recipe comfort food done light and made portable for easy eating. Lean ground beef adds muscle-building protein. Leeks, carrots, peas and sweet corn boost the fiber and add all-natural, healthy carbohydrates. Swapping fat-laden mashed potatoes for pureed parsnips saves calories and helps to increase your vitamins A, C and K intake along with potassium and folate. When ready to eat simply heat your healthy mason jar meal prep and enjoy! CALORIES: 420

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Healthy mason jar

11 SHRIMP AND VEGETABLE SALAD WITH COCONUT PEANUT SAUCE MASON JAR RECIPE

Layering colorful, antioxidant-rich vegetables and lean protein in a jar is an exciting and nutritious way to enjoy a salad. This healthy mason jar meal prep recipe salad is not only full of vitamins and fiber, it also has an ideal balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat to help your body naturally release stored fat and boost your metabolism. Shrimp is a source of lean protein and helps to balance the natural carbohydrates in the dish. A creamy, all natural sauce made of heart-healthy peanut butter, coconut milk, garlic and a touch of soy sauce and honey ties all of the ingredients together. This healthy meal prep mason jar recipe can be stored in your fridge and enjoyed at your convenience! CALORIES: 365