Healthy & Easy to make Zero Waste Snacks

The following zero waste snacks are ideal for anybody, from your kids at home, to visiting friends. 

These plastic-free snacks will make sure you are adequately providing some lovely treats while still being Zero Waste conscious. 

Our selection below intends to provide you with healthier alternatives. 

Fruits Dipped In Chocolate

One of the Zero Waste snacks that are appreciated by both kids and adults! 

  • Buy chocolate chips in bulk, preferably dark chocolate. 
  • Cut thin quarters of apple and pears
  • Melt the chocolate chips in a pan (on low heat) with a bit of double cream (the ratio being 1/5 of cream)
  • Once melted, dip each quarter in melted chocolate(not entirely, only about a third of each piece)
  • Put the fruits on a plate 
  • Optional: spread grilled hazelnuts on the chocolate
  • Leave in a fridge for an hour 
  • Enjoy!

(Dried) Fruits

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Dried Fruits

Take some time to buy seasonal fresh fruits at your supermarket, and if possible, directly from your local farmer. 

There are a few creative ways for you to increase your chances of success with your children, for example:

  • Take 15 skewers, preferably made of organic bamboo, as they are biodegradable
  • Cut pieces of similar size: half of a Mellon, a quarter of a watermelon and 20 strawberries
  • Put them on one by one on the skewer, alternating the three types
  • Bon appetit!

Another simple solution when it comes to snacks is dried fruits, as you can conserve them for months without alteration to the nutrients. 

You can easily buy them in bulk in organic stores (bring your glass jar!). Our preference goes to mangos, apricots, and figs.

Infused Fruit Water

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Infused Fruit Water

Water infused with fruits or herbs makes it easier for you to avoid drinking regular soda

For those of you who want to drink homemade healthy beverages, try some of the suggestions below.  

There are almost no calories, and you can easily alternate the recipes depending on what is in your fruit basket. 

Instructions for 1 L of Infused Water

  • Our preferred choice is filtered water with activated charcoal, to avoid any waste (most conventional filtration systems contain plastic). 
  • For the fizzy-addicts, feel free to use sparkling water instead (it is possible to find natural sparkling waters in glass bottles).
  • Only organic fruits and herbs, to avoid chemicals contaminating your water
  • Wash each item with lukewarm water before preparation, to remove dust, remaining soil, etc
  • When pouring a glass, add a spoon and one of two pieces of fruit in each (it looks fancier, but also encourages eating them directly!)
  • Optional: two tablespoons of honey or maple syrup. Stir gently right before serving.

Our favorite: Citrus Fruits and Mint

  • Cut one lemon, one lime and half of an orange in quarters
  • Squeeze them in a glass jar
  • Do not throw the fruits away, leave them in the jar
  • Add water and Mint (5 or 6 leaves)
  • Leave in the fridge for two to three hours
  • Start drinking!

Berry lovers: Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry

Same logic as above (without the squeezing!): cut the strawberries and raspberries in two. 

For this option, we recommend at least 12 hours in the fridge to fully taste the fruity touch. Optional: dried lavender flowers.

Melon and Cucumber

Cut small pieces of cucumbers and melon. We recommend half of a cucumber and a third of melon. 

Add water and leave in the fridge for 12 hours before drinking. You will appreciate this option if you want to start with a lighter taste in your water. 

Cinnamon & Apple

If you love these two in desserts, do not hesitate to give it a try! Cut one and a half apple in cubes, add between one and two tablespoons of cinnamon depending on your preference. 

Add water, leave in the fridge for 4 to 6 hours and enjoy!

Ginger & Pineapple

Cut half of the pineapple in small cubes. Add the water and the equivalent of a tablespoon of freshly grated ginger. Enjoy this drink after 4 to 6 hours in the fridge.

Vanilla & Pear

Cut an entire pear in small pieces. Split a vanilla pod in two and scrape the seeds with a knife. Add both the seeds and the pod in the water. Leave 12 hours in the fridge and enjoy!

Yogurt

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Yogurt

This option is delicious with a teaspoon of honey and grilled almonds on top; we recommend unsweetened, organic plain yogurt as it will fill you up for a longer period than its skimmed version. 

It will also allow you to control your sugar intake (a reasonable amount of honey only). One of our preferred Zero Waste snacks, whether as a dessert or as part of breakfast.

Nuts

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Nuts

Just like dried fruits, nuts are another Zero Waste snack idea that we strongly recommend. Nothing to cut or prepare, you can carry them to work or school in a small glass jar. 

Even though they are highly caloric, they are a bomb of fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. Research has shown that nuts may be helpful in reducing appetite. 

We, therefore, recommend eating a small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios, or pecans once in a while. 

For example, when cooking dinner, and you want to avoid eating unhealthy alternatives, this is a great option to calm the stomach while you prepare your meal.

Crackers

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Crackers

If you cannot go a weekend without chips then do not worry, try rice crackers. However, be careful; they are not as healthy as we think. 

Even though our first thoughts might be, “oh great, there is no fat or calories,” bear in mind that they are often made with refined white rice and thus come with limited vitamins, proteins, and minerals. 

Experts also highlight that rice crackers have a high GI, therefore raising your blood sugar quickly. 

What can you do to eat healthier rice crackers?

  • Avoid white-colored rice and go with crackers made of darker-colored varieties, ideally with seeds and whole grains
  • Be wary of salt levels. Many crackers are high in sodium; the tip is maximum 120mg of sodium per 100 grams of crackers
  • Combine rice crackers with healthy ingredients such as avocado, hummus, or the combo of yogurt with fruits & nuts 
  • Avoid preservatives and artificial flavors

Hummus

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Hummus

A few carrots sticks to dip in hummus are one of our personal favorites when it comes to combining vegetables with other healthy ingredients. 

Humus is very popular in the Middle East and is easy to make: blend chickpeas with tahini (sesame seeds), lemon, garlic, and olive oil, and there you go with your delicious dip! 

We like this option as the ingredients can be found ‘as is’ or in bulk, and can be matched with pretty much any vegetables. It is also perfect with toasted whole wheat bread.

Among the few reasons why hummus is considered healthy you can find the following: highly nutritious, full of plant-based proteins, and it is a source of fiber while bearing a low glycemic index. 

Homemade Granola Bar

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Granola Bar

We are big fans of this simple vegan recipe with only five ingredients. Once prepared, you can keep them as such in the freezer. And no need for baking! Here is the list of ingredients:

  • one cup of pecan nuts
  • one cup of oats
  • Four dates (do not forget to remove the pits!) or half a cup of dried cranberries, depending on your preference
  • two tablespoons of nut butter: either the traditional peanut butter or its almond cousin
  • two tablespoons of maple syrup (agave syrup works too) 

Instructions

  • Chop the pecans and add the oats
  • Blend the dates or cranberries
  • Warm up the nut butter and syrup 
  • Gently stir all ingredients
  • Take a glass or stainless dish; spread the texture equally then press on it (the result should be: one-inch thickness max)
  • Put it in the freezer. Once you want to eat it, cut it in smaller equal pieces
  • Yummy!

Final Thoughts

Whether you want to swap conventional snacks for healthy ingredients that are readily available in bulk, or, you want to prepare them yourself, we hope you will join us in making Zero Waste snacks as part of your daily routine.

Remember these will help you in applying your Zero Waste Principles(which we talk about here).  Feel free to reach out to us with any comments.

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