Food + Such

Building a Mason Jar Salad

MASON JAR SALADS!

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This is the best invention EVER for those trying to eat well while keeping up with a busy schedule! Typically, they stay fresh for about a week, just know — angry greens + any types of beans will smell a bit rank after a short few days, but don’t be afraid!

They are still edible + nutrient dense!

 

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The best way to avoid your lettuce + other soft veggies getting soggy is to put the hard/wet things at the bottom, i.e. dressing, broccoli, cabbage, chickpeas, etc, so you end up stacking leaves/peas/peppers/fruit at the top of the jar. 

A 44 oz Mason jar is enough for a full lunch amount, but I typically end up adding extra leaves/greens once I dump it into a bowl because I literally can never get enough!


As far as dressings go, I like to change mine up. I don’t eat any/all oils, but Whole Foods has a few bottled dressings with no oil + they are DELISH!

The sesame ginger + pomegranate balsamic are my two favorites. Often times I’ll just mix in an avocado + drizzle lemon juice with a dash of pepper.

Once you develop your palette further + further, you will discover the amazing + unbelievable layers of flavor in vegetables + fruits! I’m sure I sound like a dork,

BUT I DON’T CARE!

THAT is how awesome plants are.


 

I’ve covered a few ingredients, but below is a full list of things to make sure you are getting a full rainbow of nutrients each day. And, the best part is, you can play around with different styles + flavors! Plants provide endless options!

Get creative!


 

And just look how pretty they can make your fridge look… Ugh. I just love ‘em.

 

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GREENS:

 

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage (purple/green)
  • Green onion
  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Spinach
  • Spring mix
  • Peas
  • Lima beans
  • Edamame  
  • Celery
  • Brussel sprouts

 

BEANS:

 

  • Chickpeas (garbanzos)
  • Kidney
  • Black
  • Cannellini
  • Navy
  • Black eyed peas
  • Pinto

 

GRAINS:

 

  • Quinoa (color blend)
  • Barley
  • Farro
  • Rice
  • Buckwheat
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Ground chia

 

VEGGIES/FRUIT/MISC:

 

  • Bell peppers (all colors)
  • Corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Mango
  • Apple
  • Red onion
  • Bokchoy

 

NUTS:

 

  • Walnuts
  • Almonds
  • Pine
  • Pecans
  • Peanuts

 

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The food is amazing, yes, but the best part about it is having friends to enjoy it with you.

Culture + community have more to do with diet than I realized, + WOW! Jill Hawkins was the one to inspire me to make this transition, + has been the one who’s encouraged + (patiently) helped me get to where I am now!  

Find someone in your life who urges you on to greatness in all areas…you never know where you could end up! God has big plans for YOU!

Enjoy the ride, friends! 

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