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!
Strawberry Overnight Oats: 300 calories
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or other low calorie milk)
- 1 tbsp fat free yogurt
- 4 strawberries
- 10 blueberries
- 1 tsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp. granola chunks
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!
Taco salad: 350 calories
- 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)
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!
California Roll: 300 calories
- 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)
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!