Om nom nom nom who doesn’t like snacks?! Unfortunately for us, snacks are RARELY (I yelled that because it is just that rare) in package-less format or even recyclable packaging. Most snack foods come in foil or plastic wrapping that cannot be recycled. Yes, they come in cardboard boxes (small victory), but once you open that it’s an individually-wrapped nightmare! #makesmemad
This makes it difficult for a wannabe-zero-waster like me who loves to snack in between meals. Snacks are awesome.
Snacks do not have to be complicated! You do not need to bake every day or even every week (unless you want to – by all means!); you can simplify the process. So here are some package-free snacks you can make or not make…
- Granola bars/bites/balls: I found this awesome list by Attainable Sustainable that has over 100 recipes. I have tried three of them and they are easy to make and delicious. Bonus – you know what ingredients are going into them! Where I live, you can get all of the ingredients in bulk at Bulk Barn or Nutter’s (bring your own container, weigh, fill, pay).
- Roasted chickpeas: sweet or spicy, or many other variations you can find on Pinterest.
- Dried fruit/nuts: you can make your own mix, or just buy your favourites. Locally, I can get these at Bulk Barn or Nutter’s (bring your own container, weigh, fill, pay). Find a container, and mix!
- Muffins/breakfast cookies: Again, there are hundreds of variations of these. I have made ones using my leftover coconut pulp from making mylk.
- Fruits/veggies: You can prep these and keep them in a container in the fridge if you really need that convenience, so you can grab them and go. Cucumbers, carrots, pineapples, apples, oranges, etc., are easily sliced and packed.
- Overnight oats: There are endless variations of these! My favourite: oats (obvi), chia seed, peanut butter, maple syrup/honey, and cocoa powder. Pour water (or milk or mylk) over top, put lid on your glass jar, shake, and chill overnight. Breakfast-to-go.
- Popcorn: Is easy enough to pop the night before and store in an airtight container. Kernels can be obtained locally in bulk at Bulk Barn or Save on Foods.
What are some of your favourite go-to (package-free) snacks? Please share! What have you not been able to find an alternative for yet?