For The Girl On-The-Go: 6 Mason Jar Snacks
We all know how hard it can be to live a busy lifestyle where you’re almost always on the go. Adding to the difficulty of being in college, living in a way that you may not normally be used to can make it even more stressful. Like most freshman, the easy choice is to grab a slice of pizza or a bag of chips + be on your way.
But, what many college students don’t realize is that it’s not any more difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle during your time at school. You do not need complex ingredients or a big fancy kitchen, just a little time + you’re good to go!
One of the hardest parts is knowing where to get started — so here are a few creative ideas to give you a little help with staying #inCHAARG + healthy!
#1] CHIPOTLE CHICKPEAS
+2 cups canned Chickpeas
+2 tbsp chipotle Hot Sauce
+1 tsp cracked Black Pepper
First thing’s first, preheat the oven to 325°F. It is helpful to do this before prepping all your ingredients so that when you’re snack is ready to go, you can just pop it in! In a medium bowl, add the chickpeas, hot sauce + mix with a spoon until the chickpeas are entirely coated. Add the mixture to a greased cookie sheet + sprinkle with cracked black pepper. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes [check after 10 minutes or so] and then let cool!
#2] FRUIT + YOGURT PARFAIT
+1 cup vanilla nonfat Greek Yogurt
+1/4 cup whole grain Granola
+1/4 cup Strawberries [sliced]
+1/4 cup Blueberries
+1/4 cup Blackberries
This snack could not be any easier! All you need to do is layer your ingredients in a mason jar [or other portable container] + you’re on your way! It is perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or a light afternoon snack.
#3] SWEET TOASTED ALMONDS
+2 cups raw Almonds
+2 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
+1/2 + *1/4 tsp Cinnamon
+1/4 tsp Nutmeg
Preheat your oven to 325°F. Pour the raw almonds into a medium bowl + add the balsamic vinegar. Stir to fully cover all the almonds. Add the ½ tsp of cinnamon + ¼ tsp of nutmeg + stir gently. Pour the almond mixture onto a greased cookie sheet + bake for about 20 minutes [check occasionally]. Remove from oven + sprinkle on the additional ¼ tsp cinnamon. These are great warm or cold!
#4] HOT + SPICY KALE CHIPS
+2 cups raw Kale
+2 tbsp virgin Olive Oil
+1/2 tsp cracked Black Pepper
+1/4 tsp crushed Red Pepper Flakes
+1/2 tsp Lemon Juice
First, preheat your oven to 350°F. Put the kale into a medium size bowl + add the olive oil. Toss the kale in the olive oil until it is fully coated. Place kale onto an ungreased cookie sheet + sprinkle on black pepper, crushed red pepper, + lemon juice. Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until crisp.
#5] FROZEN FRUIT + YOGURT BITES
+3/4 cup Strawberries
+3/4 cup Blackberries
+1/2 cup Vanilla Nonfat Greek Yogurt
+1 tsp Almond Milk
+1/4 tsp Vanilla
In a small dish, combine the yogurt, almond milk + vanilla and stir until it is evenly mixed. Carefully dip the berries [holding at the top] into the yogurt about ¾ of the way. Place onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper and let freeze overnight [or until completely frozen].
#6] APPLE FRIES WITH CINNAMON YOGURT DIP
+1 large Apple [macintosh or granny smith]
+1 cup Vanilla Nonfat Greek yogurt
+1 tsp Cinnamon
Slice the apple into thin fry-like pieces. In a small bowl, combine the yogurt + cinnamon and stir gently until mixed. Place the cinnamon yogurt mixture carefully [presentation is everything ; )] at the bottom of a mason jar + add the apple sticks on top.
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+ Raechel [life_inchaarg], VirtCHAARG girl from NY