Back away from the corn chips. It’s time to transform your unhealthy snacks with these handy, throw-them-in-your-bag options made simply with a mason jar and a used (and cleaned) applesauce or diced fruit container.
Each healthy snack in this gallery features a delectable duo, such as classic combinations like extra-sharp cheddar cheese and sweet-tart apples, and unique, festive pairings including pistachios and seasonal kumquats.
With this smart set-up, you can sate your 3pm hunger with nutrient-dense choices (rather than raid your secret chocolate stash). Prep these adorable, mason-jar snacks every Sunday for the week to make healthy noshing a cinch.
Before you start assembling your snacks, gather the necessary tools (which you likely already own).
1 wide-mouthed 16-ounce mason jar
1 matching lid and band
1 4-ounce applesauce or diced fruit cup
When building your snack pack, fill the applesauce container with sauce, dip or nuts, and place the larger items in the jar; attached the small container to the mason jar with the included lid and band. (NOTE: You can either place the applesauce container facing out or tucked inside the mason jar, depending on how full the jar is. You'll see both versions in these examples.) Tightly twist to secure the two containers together.
Crisp, cool celery sticks pair well with creamy, protein-dense almond butter. If desired, add sprinkle raisins atop the nut butter for a traditional ants-on-a-log option.
Cucumbers and salsa. Sure, it sounds weird, but when you swap salty, fatty tortilla chips with fresh cucumber slices, you can enjoy nutrient-dense salsa without the guilt.
Mash one hard-boiled egg with salt, pepper, and a tablespoon of Greek yogurt or mayo; fill the applesauce container with this mixture. Eat with seeded, gluten-free crackers. When you get to work or school, be sure to place this combo in the refrigerator until ready to eat.
Almond milk contains ample vitamin E, calcium and vitamin D, and tastes delicious with low-sugar granola. And no need to worry about spills—this setup shouldn't leak if your apple sauce container fits correctly.
This salty, good-fat combo has cool Latin-American flair. Bright yellow plantain chips and guacamole are a divine combination. For a fruity, festive twist, add pomegranate seeds to the guacamole—it's surprisingly delicious!
The classic combo of apples and cheese is revived with this unique combination: applesauce and cheese crackers (in this case, Annie's Cheddar Bunnies).
There's little more harmonious than extra sharp cheddar and tart apples. Before assembling the snack, squeeze lemon juice over the apple slices to prevent them from browning.
Even when you're not on the trail, beef jerky and mixed nuts are a savory option that are packed with protein and healthy fats, making them super satiating. When choosing beef jerky, look for grass-fed, nitrate-free products.
This simple snack pairing is a cheap, delicious snack option that's a cinch to prepare. Just slice red peppers and carrots lengthwise and add to the mason jar. Place 2-3 tablespoons of hummus in the small container and tightly seal. We love choosing USDA Organic hummus to support sustainable farming practices.
Shake up your snack curriculum with a fresh, bright fruit that is in-season during the colder months: kumquats! This citrus is particularly unique because you can eat the entire fruit—skin, seeds and all. Pistachios are packed with B vitamins, minerals like phosphorus and even magnesium.
Reserve this salty combination for an after-workout snack. For a lower-sodium option, rinse the olives before assembling this snack pack.
Ultra-thick Greek yogurt is delicious when paired with fresh cut fruit—plus, it's relatively low in calories, particularly if you choose non-fat yogurt. Drizzle a little honey over the yogurt to add sweetness, if desired, or stir in a teaspoon of fruit jam.
Greek yogurt. Dried fruit. Pumpkin seeds. Cashews. Need we say more?
13 fun, portable mason jar snack packs from @deliciousliving #healthysnacks #masonjarsnacks
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