What’s not to love about a breakfast packed with protein that’s ready to grab and go when you’re in a rush? These breakfast protein jars are simple to make and provide a healthy dose of probiotics and omega-3 fatty acids. Probiotics feed your microbiome for a healthy gut. Among their many benefits, omega-3 fatty acids help deliver more blood flow to the brain, which helps prevent cognitive decline. My morning motto — eat smart and stay sharp.

Think Better Breakfast Protein Jars

Servings: 4


  • 1 8oz Mason jar sterilized
  • 1 cheesecloth or tea towel
  • 1 Small Wooden Spoon or paddle do not use metal — it reacts and weakens the probiotic
  • 1 16oz Mason jar if making yogurt from scratch, sterilized


  • 2 cup coconut or other dairy-free yogurt store bought or homemade (see below for homemade recipe)
  • 1/2 cup quinoa dry
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste
  • Option 1: Cherry Pistachio Chip (single jar ingredients) 1/2 cup pitted cherries (fresh or frozen, no sugar added), 2 tbsp pistachios, 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut, 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • Option 2: Gut & Brain Protein Jar (single jar ingredients) 1/2 cup wild blueberries, 1/2 cup kale, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp ground flax seeds, 1 tbsp hemp seeds
  • Option 3: Nut Butter & Banana Sandwich (single jar ingredients) 1 tbsp nut butter of choice, 1/2 cup sliced banana, 1/2 cup raspberries or strawberries, 2 tbsp crushed hazelnuts (or other nut of choice)


  • The Yogurt (Prep Time: 5 min)
    Open cans of coconut milk and separate the coconut fat from the water. Scoop out the fat and put it into your mason jar.
  • Add the powder of 4 probiotic tablets. Mix in with a wooden spoon until all the powder is incorporated into the coconut fat.
  • Cover with a cheesecloth or tea towel and secure with kitchen twine or a rubber band. Let the jar sit at room temperature for 48 hours. Once it is activated, cover with a lid and refrigerate.
  • The Jars
    Rinse and strain quinoa. Add quinoa and water to a small pot. Add salt to taste and bring to a boil, then reduce to a low simmer until all the water is absorbed (about 10-18 minutes). Remove quinoa from the stove and cover for 3 minutes.  Fluff with a fork and let cool to room temperature.
  • Layering your jar, always beginning with wet ingredients and finishing with dry. Any delicate ingredients should also be towards the top of the jar.  
    Cherry Pistachio Chip
    Add yogurt to the bottom of the jar. Next, layer on the quinoa. Add cherries, pistachios, shredded coconut and cacao nibs.
    Gut & Brain Protein Jar
    Add yogurt to the bottom of the jar. Next, layer on the quinoa. Add kale, wild. blueberries, chia seeds, ground flax seed and hemp seeds.
    Nut Butter & Banana Sandwich
    Add yogurt to the bottom of the jar. Next, layer on the quinoa. Add sliced banana, raspberries or strawberries, nut butter of choice and top with crushed nuts of choice.
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Think Better Breakfast Protein Jars


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