Snacks & Treats
8 Nutritious Mason Jar Snack Cup Ideas
BY JEN KOSSOWAN, MAMA.PAPA.BUBBA.
Sep 14, 2016
A new school year means back to packing nutritious snacks and lunches for my daughter, and if there’s one thing I love, it’s a clever kitchen hack that makes healthful eating more fun. With that in mind, I was beyond excited when I came across the new ‘masonables’ hack that seems to be sweeping across the internet currently. It’s such a smart and easy way to package snacks! Not only does it repurpose empty fruit sauce containers, but it also allows you to package multiple foods all in one neat parcel while ensuring that nothing gets crushed in transit. Perfect, right?
Let's talk about the two items required to make your own mason jar snack cups at home, shall we?
- WIDE MOUTH MASON JARS. I personally like the 250 ml (half pint) jars. They seem to be the perfect size for our snacking needs.
- PLASTIC CUPS. Cleaned out apple sauce and fruit cups work great. One thing I should mention is that different brands of cups seem to vary in size ever so slightly, making some a better fit than others. A cup with a larger lip around the edge tend to fit more securely in a mason jar ring. Just something to keep in mind!
Now before I share some of our favourite mason jar snack cup combos, here’s another fun thing about this hack — plastic cup can be inverted and placed on top of the mason jar, or it can be placed straight into the jar right side up. While the first option allows you to pack a significantly larger snack, it also means that you need to be more careful about what goes into the inverted cup. Dry goods are obviously fine, as are thick dips and sauces, but things like salad dressing and thin sauces are a no go. With option number two, leakage really isn’t an issue, but it does make for a smaller snack. That being said, I do find that it’s often enough for my daughter (and she’s a hungry little thing)! I also find that option number two is less tricky for kiddos to open and is pretty much fool-proof, even if your plastic cups aren’t a perfect fit.
Alright, now onto some of our favourite combinations!
crackers and cheese | berries and whipped cream
carrot sticks and hummus | pretzels and peanut butter (or alternative)
toasted bagel bites with maple cinnamon cream cheese | cucumber slices and veggie dip
apple slices and almond butter | crunchy breadsticks and Imperial cheese
Yummy and easy, aren’t they? Now keep in mind that if your little one has nut allergies or attends a nut-free school, you can easily swap out the nut butters for a seed butter or something like Wowbutter. Some other fun combinations to try?
- Yogurt and granola
- Guacamole and tortilla chips
- Tuna salad and pita bread
- Cottage cheese and pineapple chunks
The options are truly endless!