Wellness for the Family: Holiday Mason Jar Kits
Plenty of good food during the holidays — it’s a given.
But if you’re trying to avoid gaining those extra pounds this season, Michelle Dunaway and Grace Derocha, a registered dietitian with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, are sharing a few recipes to try out.
From sweet to savory, these Mason jar kits even make great, inexpensive gifts!
Matcha Energy Bites Mix
- ½ cup raw cashews
- ½ cup raw pistachios, shelled
- 12 dates, pitted
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup white chocolate chips
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- Place coconut oil into snack bag. Place all ingredients layered into mason jar with coconut oil on top.
- Include the follow instructions:
- Place all the ingredients in the food processor.
- Process for one minute or until well blended and fully combined
- Roll into about 14 balls.
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Cranberry Dark Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
- 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
Wet Ingredients – to be added by gift receiver
- 1/3 cup butter, softened
- 1/3 cup applesauce
- 1 egg
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a 1-qt. glass container, layer flour mixture, brown sugar, ½ dark chocolate chips, cranberries, walnuts, oats and remaining chips. Cover and store in a cool, dry place up to 6 months. Yield: 1 batch (about 4 cups total).
To prepare cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, beat butter, applesauce, egg and vanilla until blended. Add cookie mix and mix well.
- Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks. (Makes about 2 ½ dozen cookies)
5 Bean Soup Mix
- ¼ cup red lentils
- ¼ cup great northern beans
- ¼ cup red kidney beans
- ¼ cup black beans
- ¼ cup split green peas
- ¼ cup green lentils
- 1 Tbsp dried basil
- 1 Tbsp dried parsley
- 1 Tbsp dehydrated onion
- ½ tbsp garlic powder
- 2 cubes of bouillon of choice
- 1 bay leaf
- Layer beans and lentils in Mason jar.
- Put spices, bouillon cubes and bay leaf in a small baggie. Place on top of beans.
- Make label/tag with instructions to attach toMmason jar, that state:
- Rinse and strain beans.
- Add 6 cups of water to beans and boil.
- Turn off heat and let stand for 1 hour. Rinse and drain.
- Add 7 cups water and 1 (14oz) can of diced tomatoes and seasoning package.
- Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for an hour.
Grace Derocha is a registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and certified health coach with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
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