low-waste snack ideas
One of the main reasons people buy food in packaging is for convenience. Right? That’s why I used to. Individual servings of chips, applesauce, granola bars etc. make it easy to pack lunches for yourself or your kids. Therefore, when you “give up” these individual packaged snack foods (which I would obviously recommend you do!), it can feel a bit daunting to have to come up with other snacks.
As a first step, you can always try just buying the food you like in the larger size…not zero waste but less packaging. But if you want to take it a step further and try to eliminate the packaging altogether, fear not: there are still tons of snacks available!
Easy “finger” foods:
Pasta (maybe tossed with some pesto)
chickpeas or lima beans (make your own from bulk or buy in cans)
Foods that come in their own “packaging:”
lychees (find at Asian markets)
Foods that come in bulk*:
dried fruits (mango is usually a hit!)
peanut butter pretzels
dark chocolate pieces or chips
chocolate-covered fruit or nuts
“real fruit” gummy bears (these are basically fruit snacks)
My favorite recipes for snack foods:
Most of these are freezable either after they’re baked or in their pre-cooked form. Keep a stash of any or all in the freezer for your snacking needs!
Flax and Oat Breakfast Power Muffins (also works with sweet potato or pumpkin in place of banana)
Snacks/recipes I want to try: