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20 Mason Jar Meals

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Dude, it’s a hard knock life (cue Jay-z). I’ve been running around like a mad woman, and I’m sure you have too. Sometimes it’s difficult to fit in a meal, let alone a healthy one. It’s hard to believe but a girl cannot sustain herself on martinis alone. Trust me, I tried… But that’s a story for another day. Let’s talk about mason jar meals instead.

Get your jars ready!

Mason jar meals are adorable, but they could also save your life. I’m talking about subsistence here, but you could probably defend yourself with one since they are made of glass –depending on how you roll. No judgments here.

The best part of using jars is that it’s easy to layer your food. So you can make a salad with the greens on top and the dressing at the bottom, without the greens getting wilted. Just shake and eat! You can also get all your meals ready on Sunday, line up your jars in the fridge, instagram your jar line-up (yeah, I’m that girl), and grab and go.

I scoured the internet (wipes brow) for the best, most delicious and prettiest mason jar meals the online world has to offer. I got your 3 squares covered, and even threw in dessert because I’m not going down alone I love you.

Breakfast Mason Jar Recipes

  1. Steel Cut Oatmeal with Fruit and nuts
  2. Toasted Oat and Coconut Muesli
  3. Blueberry Chia Jam, granola and yogurt parfait
  4. Breakfast Baked Eggs in Half Pint Jars
  5. Spiced Greek Yogurt Muffin Jars

Lunch / Dinner Mason Jar Recipes

  1. Wheat Berry Apple Salad
  2. Quinoa, spinach, mushroom and tomato salad
  3. Salads Galore: Caprese , Cobb, Chunky Mediterranean and Taco
  4. Pasta Salads: Greek Pasta , Caprese Pasta Salad + Chickpea Salad
  5. Whole Foods Inspired Layered Salad with Orange Ginger Dressing
  6. Garden Gazpacho Recipe in a Jar
  7. Mason Jar Lasagna
  8. Deconstructed Vegetarian Sushi
  9. Irish Shepherd’s Pie
  10. Chili and Cornbread in a Jar

Dessert Mason Jar Recipes

  1. Maple Oat n’ Apple Dessert
  2. S’mores Cake
  3. Homemade Blueberry Cobbler
  4. Cheesecakes in Jars
  5. Blackberry Vanilla Cupcakes

Images from accompanying blog post from left to right: Steel Cut Oatmeal | Toasted Oat and Coconut Muesli | Whole Foods Inspired Layered Salad | Wheat Berry Apple Salad | Homemade Blueberry Cobbler | Cheesecakes in Jars

Any of these these mason jar meals strike your fancy? Do you have a favorite on-the-go meal option? Let us know in the comments.

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Co-founder | Trinidad Pena
Trinidad Pena is a blogger, foodie, and design superhero bent on helping others kick-ass online, world domination and convincing the world that wine belongs in the fruit food group since it’s made from grapes.

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ELF Mascara Review

ELF Mascara Review.

Mascara for only one dollar??? I know right, it seems too good to be true.

ELF cosmetics is a steal!

If you are familiar with E.L.F. (Eyes Lip Face) cosmetics, you know that it’s a pretty stand up brand at a really good price – most of their products are $1. Some can set you back a whopping $3! ELF mascara is un dinero! Score!

The mascara has two sides, Waterproof & Regular, so you’re basically getting 2 mascaras in one…and what Budget Socialite doesn’t like that deal?

But, is it any good?

First, I tried the waterproof side. I like to think of myself an expert in mascara handling, however, I had a hard time with this wand. The rule of thumb is, how the wand looks is how it’s supposed to make your lashes look. I prefer the spikey wands because I like my lashes to be separated. I also like to get as close to the lash line as possible. I was a bit clumsy with this wand and got mascara on my eyelids. It really is waterproof, because only makeup remover got this stuff off. I also worked out with it on and can tell you that it’s also sweat proof.

mascara-002Second side is regular mascara. I had the same issue with the wand, perhaps I need more practice??? But, I liked the way my lashes looks. Soft and fluffy.

elf mascara with and withoutConclusion

It’s a decent mascara and at only $1, you really can’t complain. I’m usually a bit skeptical of cosmetics for dirt cheap, but ELF has a good reputation and you can’t go wrong. You can’t compare it to say Lancome’s Oscillating mascara or the like, it just wouldn’t be fair. Overall, if I were in a pinch and needed mascara, sparing a buck for this would be the perfect solution.

So that’s it! My ELF Mascara Review. What do you think? Will you be trying this one dollar wonder? Let us know in the comments

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Co-founder | Scarlett Rocourt
Scarlett creator of  Wonder Curl is a Marketing Maven, DIY Diva & Glamour Girl! Her affinity for style, organization & discount designer shopping makes her a true Budget Socialite. Her flare for creativity allowed her to translate that into a career in marketing.

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Why I drink Green Juice + a Recipe

Why I drink Green Juice + a Recipe | www.thebudgetsocialite.com

I could wax poetic about the nutrients of greens or tell you about the dangers of processed food, but I’m not going to.  That gets boring quick doesn’t it? Want to know a secret? I drink green juice because every now and then, I think eating baked brie and an entire baguette for dinner is a good idea. I drink green juice because sometimes my co-worker brings in brownies and I find myself in the break room every half hour until all the brownies are gone. I drink green juice because occasionally, I get a little too happy at happy hour. I also drink green juice because it makes my skin glow.  And I drink green juice because it gives me a ton of energy. I drink it pretty much because it’s awesome.

Green Juice is like restarting your computer, except your computer is your body. You know that restart sound?  It’s the sound of sweet relief. It’s your body saying “OMG, it’s not another krispy kreme. Its nutrients! Now we are so happy we do the dance of joy!”

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To juice or to blend?

The recipe below is for juice. You could easily add ½ a cup of coconut water, throw it in the blender and make it a smoothie. Pretty much the difference between juicing or blending is fiber. Juicing is great because it gives your body a break from digestion. You get all the nutrients already broken down so your body can use them quickly, but you don’t get any fiber.

With a smoothie your body does have to do some digesting, so you don’t use the nutrients right away. But it has fiber, which keeps you full longer + your body needs fiber.  It helps you do things. You know what things. Don’t make me say it.

You could have a juice WITH your breakfast, while you could have a smoothie AS your breakfast. It really just depends on how you wanna roll.  I mix and match, depending on my mood, the amount of time I have, and if I feel like cleaning my juicer that day. On to the recipe!

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The Goods

  • 3 Celery ribs
  • ½  a Cucumber
  • 1 handful of Kale (Can also use spinach, collards, or dandelion greens)*
  • 1 handful of parsley (Can also use mint or cilantro)
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 inch of cut ginger
  • ½ a lemon
  • Optional -1 tablespoon of Trader Joe’s Super Green Powder (or powder green of choice)

Let’s get cracking

  1. Juice the Greens, herbs and ginger first**
  2. Then juice the celery, cucumber and apple
  3. Squeeze the lemon into your juice
  4. Add a scoop of Trader Joe’s Mean Green and stir
  5. Add vodka Resist the urge to add vodka
  6. Enjoy

*Feel free to experiment but be careful with mustard greens. Those bad boys are spicy!

**The greens don’t yield a lot of juice, but if you juice them first, the other juices have to go through the pulp of the greens and catch more of the nutrients on the way down.

If you are blending, just throw it all in the blender. It’s that easy. Bottoms up!

So what do you think… Are you a green juice fan? Where do you stand on the smoothie vs juice debate?  Do you have a to-die-for recipe? Let us know in the comments.

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Co-founder | Trinidad Pena
Trinidad Pena is a blogger, foodie, and design superhero bent on helping others kick-ass online, world domination and convincing the world that wine belongs in the fruit food group since it’s made from grapes.

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