How many jars of jam do you buy each year? Jars of pasta sauce? Pickles? How many jars do you dispose of each year? According to Recycle Across America, more than 28 billion glass bottles and jars end up in landfills every year. Just one of these glass bottles takes about 4,000 years to decompose, and longer if placed in the landfill. So why not put these jars to good use?

Here are nutritious and delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, and dessert recipes layered into a reusable jar–perfect for a no-mess lunch at the office or at the park!

Breakfast-in-a-Jar: Greek Yogurt Peach Parfait

(null) Fill your reusable jar with protein-packed Greek Yogurt, rolled oats and almonds, and throw in your favorite fruits to kick off your morning!

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Meal-in-a-Jar: Hearty Grains & Veggies

IMG_0032Choose two of your favorite grains and veggies, flavored to satisfy your taste buds. Prepare it at night for a ready-to-go high-protein lunch.

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Pie-in-a-Jar: Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

IMG_0086We all know pies are delicious but a hassle to make. This strawberry rhubarb pie-in-a-jar is sure to satisfy all sweet-tooth cravings, with half the work of baking a pie. Save the time and hassle without losing vital vitamins and minerals!

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