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Auntie Eli’s Tuesday Treat: Meals in a Jar!

By Eleni Louca

Breakfast, lunch & dinner in a jar for under 1000 calories!

I’m sure you’ve seen these around! They seem to be the new craze. If you’re anything like me, and you put on a few pounds these past few months, this “food in a jar” idea is a fabulous way of getting those jeans back to buttoning up so that you can join the world again! Let me tell you, the struggle is real.

Juggling a full time job, mommy-ing, wifing and all the rest of it, leaves little, to no time for this mama (I’m sure the same goes for many of you out there) which is why I started taking a couple of hours, every few days, to prep my jars. I reconstructed some of my fave foods and their calories, and let me just say, these have been a life changer for me! 

Here are three of my absolute favorite creations. Breakfast lunch and dinner in a jar for less than 1000 calories! 

That’s what I call a win-win!

Breakfast

Strawberry Overnight Oats: 300 calories

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats 
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or other low calorie milk)
  • 1 tbsp fat free yogurt
  • Cinnamon
  • 4 strawberries
  • 10 blueberries
  • 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. granola chunks

Method

Add the oats, milk, yogurt and cinnamon in the jar. Give it a little stir then top with the rest of the ingredients. Refrigerate overnight. Wake up, stretch, grab a spoon and dive in!

 

Lunch

Taco salad: 350 calories

 

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. cooked black or white beans
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 3 tbsp. Pico de gallo
  • 3 tbsp. cooked minced turkey with taco seasoning
  • 1 tbsp. guacamole (mix in a few drops of rice vinegar to keep from browning)
  • 1 tbsp. light cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tbsp. light sour cream
  • 10 tortilla chips (as a side)

Method

Start by adding the beans in the jar, continue with the rest of the ingredients in order of preference, leaving the tortilla chips out until ready for action! 

 

Dinner 

California Roll: 300 calories

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp. sushi rice
  • 2 tbsp. cucumber chunks
  • 2 tbsp. avocado chunks
  • 4 tbsp. crab meat or shrimp
  • Sushi ginger (optional)
  • 6-10 Nori seaweed sheets (as a side)

Method

Start by adding half the rice in the jar, continue with half of each of the other ingredients in order to allow for a second layer of each. Top with the sushi ginger. When ready for dinner, enjoy with 6-10 sheets of nori seaweed.

Enjoy, and be sure to tag @givemeastoria and @aunteelis so we can see your final product! See you next Tuesday, for what’s sure to be another delicious treat!

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