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Thursday
May152014

Guest blog: Power Jars for Grab-and-Go Lunches

Please welcome guest blogger and new graduate Callene Maria Ryan, who just earned her master's degree in nutrition. I hope you'll enjoy her creativity and enthusiasm as she describes testing the lunch menus with her family.  In the picture below, Callene shows her practicum project notebook to Meredith College faculty member Dr. Beth Gankofskie. Soon I'll be able to show you the menus, recipes, and video clips from the wellness classes we taught for Meredith faculty and staff.

Callene Maria Ryan shows her Meredith College practicum folder to nutrition faculty member Dr. Beth Gankofskie

Power Jars for Grab-and-Go Lunches: a project for Worksite Wellness at Meredith College
by Callene Maria Ryan, M.S.N.

Planning meals to be eaten during the week has become increasingly difficult and most families don’t have a lot of time to spend sitting down and eating together. Have you ever thought about creating meals that could be eaten on the go?

In March, my family helped me with the preparation of Wildly Affordable Organic On-the-Go Meals. As a mother it is my responsibility to make sure that my family eats nutritious meals.

Power Jars!

Power Jar meals have become a new and fun way to accomplish this. During this process my kids learned that the mason jars contained recipes which had the nutrients such as protein and calcium to build a strong, healthy body. Preparing these meals in mason jars has revealed my family's enthusiasm, creativity, and varying ideas. My kids enjoyed decorating the mason jars with artwork and patterns utilizing various resources such as puff balls and pipe cleaners.

Callene Maria Ryan shows her Meredith College Practicum folder to Dr. Beth Gankofskie

The various recipes are easy to prepare, very affordable, and the kids love them. As a result, the kids have had many of their friends at school ask to see their jars and taste the food within them. The jars are appealing and the sight, smell, and taste of the food has been remarkable.

My husband currently takes a layered jar to work. Many of his coworkers have approached him for the jar ideas and recipes. As a result, my husband has come home with varying opinions and comments.

These meals are simple enough that the kids can help prepare them. This allows them to feel that they have made a contribution to the family meal.

Power Jars for lunch decorated with pompoms and handprints

Family time is one of the most important things in life. This new food routine has provided me the opportunity to not only spend time with my family but to bring my family close together. Planning meals in the family is very important.

How do you keep your meals interesting and to have a variety of foods each day?

Reader Comments (3)

You've got a great idea here!

May 22, 2014 | Registered Commenterdrjacobs

Thanks, Dr. Jacobs!

May 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Watson

Thank you Dr. Jacobs. I look forward to seeing where things go from here. This project will continue on and help many people in their quest for developing a well-balanced diet.

Callene Ryan, M.S.N.

May 23, 2014 | Registered CommenterCallene Maria Ryan
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