Mason Jar Salads

Have any of our fans made a Mason Jar Salad?  

It's helpful to know what to put down first so contents don't get soggy.

It's helpful to know what to put down first so contents don't get soggy.

If you have never heard of a Mason Jar Salad, you are missing out on an easy, delicious way to create healthful meals on the go.  I am a clinical nutritionist, and I work with clients with numerous health issues, as well as clients that are seeing me for weight loss or weight management.  My consistent advice (in particular to my weight loss and weight management clients) is to pack your own food and be prepared for when you get hungry. In other words- have a plan for what you are going to eat, and bring foods with you that will enable you to execute that eating plan.  There is nothing worse than being at work or out running errands, becoming hungry and not having any food with you.  I think we all know what happens- you become what I like to call "hangry" (irritable because you are so hungry).  When we become so hungry and our blood sugar drops, we often reach for whatever is available or convenient for us.  This often means a vending machine, or drive through, only to feel regret after consuming the food.  Let's face it- when you are feeling extremely hungry, we often don't reach for carrot or celery sticks. 

Some beautiful images of mason jar salads

Some beautiful images of mason jar salads

One way to plan ahead and execute a healthy eating plan is to pack a Mason Jar Salad.  I have a good friend, Dr. Derek Van Benthuysen, who is a chiropractor and a senior sales coordinator for the Juice Plus company who frequently has "Salad in a Jar Parties." Juice Plus, (if you are unfamiliar with what it is)  are capsules or yummy chews that are made from fruits and vegetables that have been juiced with the water removed, ultimately giving you the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients of the produce.  One of their goals is to promote and inspire healthy living around the world.  Dr. Van Benthuysen does this by hosting "Salad in a Jar Parties" where guests bring an empty mason jar (or several), as well as different (previously discussed) additions to the salad.  One guest may bring grilled chicken, while another may slice up avocado, and someone else provides the greens as examples.  When all guests arrive, their contributions to the salad are placed on a central table, which allows guests to add the various components of the salad to their mason jar(s).  Simply add what you like, and don't add what you don't like.  The end result is a healthful, beautiful layered salad that is sealed and fresh for the week ahead.  One simply has to go in their fridge and pull out one of of the jars, put the contents in a bowl, add dressing, and enjoy.  Dr. Derek usually does the party on a Sunday so guests can eat their salads all week.  I personally have attended them (bringing my Trixie's dressing of course!) and have found this to be a super easy way to have my healthy food prepared ahead of time when I know I have a busy week.  (Ready?  here comes the Trixie's plug)  One way to enjoy your delicious Mason Jar Salad is to bring along any variety of our "minis."  These are 2 ounce bottles of our dressing (usually good for one or two salads depending on how much dressing you like), and are perfect to throw in your purse or lunch bag.  I personally take a salad to work just about every day, and don't get bored because I vary the contents and the dressings.  

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Question for discussion below:

What do you like to do to stay on track for healthy eating? If you have any helpful tips, please share!

 

Margaret ChapmanComment