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Mason Jar Redux: Create fun & healthy salads for the entire week!

Tips for Healthy Salads Poster from Learning ZoneXpressWhen it comes to figuring out what to do for your weekday lunch, many people are faced with the challenge "What's it going to be today?" Busy lives make it difficult to  get a good night's sleep, let alone be alert enough in the morning to make a well balanced meal.  To all of you readers that find this challenge all too familiar, here is an increasingly popular way to make lunches that are both fun and healthy. All you need to get started is to gather up some mason jars, make a trip to the supermarket, and dedicate about an hour of your time to this project. After this, you'll be well on your way to an entire week's worth of delicious lunches!

Mason jar salads are a great way to get all the foods that your body needs. You can fill you jar with all components of MyPlate: vegetables, fruit, protein, whole grains, and dairy. The possibilities are endless with these salads. There are a many reasons why mason jars work so well. The most important reason being that these jars will keep your salad fresh. You can make a week's worth of these salads with the proper layering techniques and not have to worry about your salad spoiling. They are also BPA free, reusable, and dishwasher and microwavable safe. Not only that, but they're the perfect size for a salad.

A few simple rules to remember when making these salads:

Dressing First, Greens Last: When you start making your salad, you want to make sure that the first thing that goes in the jar is your dressing and that the lettuce is the last thing you put in. That way your lettuce will not get soggy from the dressing.

Think Hearty: After you put your dressing in, be sure to put a “hearty” vegetable in next. Think pea pods, cucumbers, carrots, etc.). You just need something that will withstand the acidity of the dressing.

Layer Away:  The most important rule of these mason jar salads is to be creative! The variety of salads you can try are endless. There are a ton of websites and blogs out there such as the Mason Jar Salad Club  and Neatpins that have salad in a jar recipes waiting to inspire you!

So, say goodbye to the hassle of making up lunches every morning. With these salads, all you need to do is grab one and you're on your way!

 

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