24 September 2020

4 Zero Waste Snacks to Try

Living a zero-waste lifestyle is challenging, but it’s not impossible. If it’s something you’re looking into, it’s important to start slow. Don’t try to get every part of your life on board at once - it’s too overwhelming.

An easy thing to start with is zero waste snacks! Whether it’s packing a lunch for the office or sending your kids to school, snacks are prevalent in many of our lives. Try these zero waste snacks ideas for both you and your kids.

2 Zero Waste Snack Ideas For Kids

Roasted Chickpeas. This is a simple snack that many overlook. You may think your kids won’t be into chickpeas, but if you make them right, they might just become addicted!

To make the chickpeas:

  • Soak for 5-6 hours before cooking.
  • Combine spices and olive oil, pour mixture over chickpeas and toss.
  • Roast at 400ºF for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. They’re done when they are golden brown.
  • They are best served immediately but can keep up to a week.

The great thing about these is that you can experiment with spice combinations until you find one your kids love.

Next, try stovetop popcorn. Kids love popcorn, and this is so easy to do. All you must do is combine popcorn kernels, salt, and coconut oil in a saucepan and cook until sufficiently popped.

This is great for a movie night or a packed in a school lunch!

2 Zero Waste Office Snacks

Fruit and nut butter. Not only does this create no waste, but it’s healthy. It’ll provide you with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein, depending on the exact fruits and nuts you select.

These zero waste office snacks are great too because there are many options. A popular choice is apples and peanut butter, but almond or cashew butter would be just as tasty. Or, if you tire of apples, try bananas! Mix it up and you’ll find your favorite combination in no time.

If you want to be even more sustainable, go the extra mile and make your own nut butter! With a good food processor, it’s easy. If you buy the nuts in bulk, it’s pretty cost-effective, too.

Last, try some homemade chips. Packaged chips are an easy snack to take on-the-go, but they usually use plastic and aren’t healthy.

There are a few options here. You can cook thinly sliced potatoes, kale, vegetable peels, or even thinly slice apples. Make a huge batch on Sunday night and you’ve got great zero waste office snacks every day for the entire week.

Give these sustainable and healthy zero waste snacks a try to jumpstart your journey toward a less wasteful lifestyle.

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