Hi guys! Monique here, founder of the food and wellness blog, Ambitious Kitchen. As a full-time food blogger I find that being busy is a blessing. Whenever I’m the busiest I know I’m doing a mix of all of the things I love — developing delicious recipes, creating inspiring content, connecting with like-minded people in the wellness community and always fitting in my morning workout.

Something else I never skimp on is a lean and clean, protein-packed lunch (and sometimes dinner) on-the-go. Meal prepping is the perfect way to avoid both 2 p.m. danger HANGER and leftover refrigerator pizza.

Mason jar salads are the best form of meal prep because you can literally throw ingredients in the jar, keep it in the fridge, then just grab-and-go once you’re ready. They’re also inexpensive to purchase and allow you to make your meal very customizable — which means you have room to get creative and add your favorite ingredients.

Fresh, seasonal summer fruits and vegetables are a great place to start, and Just BARE chicken is an excellent protein to round out a clean, healthy meal. Just layer upon layer of flavors and colors.

I prefer to keep my ingredients lean and organic, which is why I grill up Just BARE Organic Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts for a boost of clean protein in my salads. It’s important to provide your muscles with protein for rebuilding, especially if you’re active or you want to refuel after a workout.

My favorite part of cooking with Just BARE chicken is the fact that it is USDA Organic certified and the chickens are raised on veggies and grains (just like these salads!). Zero antibiotics or weird stuff, just chicken. And a bonus — the chicken actually stays juicy after you grill or bake it.

If you find yourself constantly rushing, consider putting together a fun salad jar to take to work or wherever you’re headed. It’s a great way to live a lean and clean lifestyle, avoid processed food and also save money. I usually make a few in the beginning of the week and take them out whenever I’m in need of an easy, quick meal. Sometimes I even pack them in my backpack and head out for a bike ride, then find a quiet sunny spot on the beach to nosh on my salad with some good music in my ears.

I hope you love these four nourishing salads. Remember, place the ingredients in the order they’re written to ensure that everything stays fresh and crisp! The real question: Which will you make first?

Find the recipes here:

Southwest Chicken Salad

Greek Salad

Chicken Quinoa Berry Salad

Thai Peanut Chicken Quinoa Salad