January rings in the New Year with dreams of healthiness dancing in our heads. Plenty of us make resolutions to live a better life, whether it’s exercising more, eating better, saving more money, etc. There are simple tricks that you can adopt to ensure you have a higher success rate in adopting a healthy lifestyle, no matter how you define it. With this post, we’ll take a look at one way you can save both money and calories by pre-prepping some healthy workday snacks and meals.
Prepping your food for the workweek on Sunday will save you both on the scale and in your bank account by providing healthier food options and keeping you from eating out for lunch. It’s simple: pack breakfast and lunch (or snacks) in pint jars! Here are a couple options.
It is important to use either rolled oats or steel cut oats. In a pint size mason jar, pack the following:
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup milk (skim, unsweetened coconut or almond milk are great choices)
- 1 tablespoon sweetener (real maple syrup, brown sugar or honey)
- Splash of vanilla
Then you can add any fruit fresh or dried, nuts, chia or spices. This is where you can get creative. Cap the pint jar and place it in the refrigerator. The oats will be soft and delicious in the morning. You can heat them up or eat them cold. I personally like my oats cold in the summer and warm on a cold winter morning.
Pint Jar Salads
The pint-jar approach can work for the midday meal as well. Salads can be prepped for the week using the same approach. Just remember to keep the greens as far away from the dressing as possible.
- Put your salad dressing of choice in the bottom of the jar.
- Put anything that you want to marinate in the dressing as the next layer. Examples include cucumbers, carrots or tofu. I try to keep the salad jars about half and half: half toppings and half greens.
- Place your greens in last, at the top of the jar, away from the liquid of the salad dressing.
Be creative in building your salad, and don’t worry too much about freshness as the week progresses. I have had these jars in my refrigerator for a week and they’ve remained good. Just keep them more to the front of the refrigerator so they don’t freeze.
Remember to pack your breakfast, lunch and even a snack for the week. You will eat out less and be healthier.
Do you have other ideas for creative ways to bring your meals to work? Share in the comments below.