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Who Knew Glass Jars Could Be Good for Your Health?


“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”
~Jim Davis (Good Reads)


I’ve been saving glass jars for months now, & now I know why!  I got an email today about Clean Eating Spinach Salad in Jars & it clicked why I need all those jars.  (Actually I have used some for various purposes, fyi.)  I’ve seen the idea before, but at the time I didn’t have jars & by the time I had jars I forgot about it.   I also have some ideas for overnight oatmeal in jars pinned, which I’m going to try out now that I have half a pantry shelf full of empty jars.

For your own ideas, here are a couple of links to inspire you:

How to Pack the Perfect Salad in a Jar
19 Ridiculously Easy Mugs of Overnight Oats

Given the tangent I went on behind this jump, I almost retitled this Trying to Eat Healthy When You’re Broke & Hate to Cook.

I’ve been trying to get more fruits & veggies into our diet, as well as protein.  Low-carb eating is recommended for PCOS, & I saw a study recently saying low-carb, high-protein eating is good for Bipolar Disorder but can’t find it now.  (Honestly, I’m beginning to feel like I imagined it.)

The food budget is limited, so it’s been a lot of ramen, rice, & toast.  (We live near a bread store, so I can get a giant loaf of bread for $1!  Plus, I mastered making toast in the oven which is so much better than from the toaster.)  Thankfully I also enjoy eggs & beans, which are cheap protein sources.  It does get boring though. Peanut butter is good too because it’s very versatile, fairly cheap, & shelf stable.  Peanut butter, honey, & banana sandwiches on wheat bread!  Flourless pb cookies! Peanut noodles!  I tend to go frozen for veggies; cheaper & easier than fresh, & better for your body than canned (plus less mushy).

Typically the only meat I care to cook with is boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  I hate food with bones in it.  I have branched out though.  I cooked drumsticks for the first time last night.  OMG bones & skin & muscle & tendons & blood.  It was fresh when I usually get frozen, & it was bloody. >_<  I know, dead animals are bloody.  My formative cooking years were college when lived with vegetarians, & even was one for a year (a bad one), so I didn’t have much exposure to cooking meat.  However, I took advantage of the nearest grocery store’s Pick 5 for $19.99 meat dept special.  Chicken-wise my options were drumsticks or thighs.  When given my options for eating chicken with bones I always go for the legs.

I have also discovered the crockpot which has made cooking a lot more appealing because I don’t have to worry over the stove or something in the oven.  I am forgetful, impatient, & easily distracted, all terrible qualities in a cook.  If you hate to cook, or don’t have the ability to cook for some reason, & don’t want to live off fast food & convenience foods, I highly recommend getting one.  You can get one for under $20.  If you don’t have a kitchen, they don’t typically get too hot (some older models might) so you can have it on a table or desk.  I recommend putting a towel under it, just in case, & to catch anything that might splash or drip when you are adding & removing foods or taking off the lid.

If anyone is interested, here is what I cooked last night:

Slow Cooker Greek-Style Chicken & Potatoes
Creamed Spinach With Parmesan Cheese

And what am I making right now?  This was my birthday cake & I wanted to try it again with a few changes.  (I add mandarin orange slices, so it’s like health food.)

Orange Cream Poke Cake


Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

2 thoughts on “Who Knew Glass Jars Could Be Good for Your Health?

  1. for oatmeal, my preference is to make steel cut, rather than rolled. I like the toothiness/nuttiness of the texture much more. Stirring in a spoonful of peanut butter is a great way to get more protein into it, as well as adding mixed nuts. I also like to sprinkle on craisins when it’s done cooking and sweeten with some brown sugar and honey. Stirring in some trail mix that has lots of different seeds and nuts is cool too. I save most of the add-ins for after it’s cooked. I also only use veg milk. Coconut is good if you want more creaminess, but almond is good too. I’ve gone dairy free, lately and I think I’m feeling better without it. I found tofutti icecream bars and tried a mint choc chip one last night, it was pretty damn good, but why are they so damn small???

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