Last Updated on July 9, 2020
It’s day seven of the zero waste challenge!
The beginning of the challenge focuses on simple changes you can make, and today we’re going to be tackling what can be a pretty wasteful part of the kitchen… today we’re talking about snacks.
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Some of my most beloved snacks growing up were served in single-use packages everything from Sun Chips to Dunkaroos.
Most of these processed foods gracing the lunch room table weren’t only wrapped in plastic, they were individually wrapped in single sized portions. Insult meet injury.
As tempting as all those goodies may be, it’s much better for you (and the planet) to ditch them.
Today, I challenge you to make your own snacks.
I find snacks to be some of the worst offenders when it comes to both added sugar and packaging.
Lots of snacks sold in single use bags are also loaded with unhealthy additives and unhealthy ingredients.
Just look at the ingredients label for your favorite conventional chips the next time you’re in a store.
By making your own snacks, you’ll be making healthier choices and helping out the planet. What could be better than that?
Try your hand at making your own snacks and avoid the pre-packaged ones.
I know that making your snacks might sound pretty intimidating if you’ve gotten used to the convenience of hitting up the vending machine or packing those individual portions in your lunch bag, but I promise it’s not as hard as it sounds.
I’ve compiled a list of easy zero waste snacks that you can make! Some require more effort than others, but it’s all worth it in the end.
You won’t be eating any overly processed foods so your body will thank you.
Personally, I recommend grabbing an apple, orange or banana if you’re strapped for time and still want a zero waste snack.
They come in nature’s perfect packaging!
Save your apple cores and fruit skins to be composted, and we’ll talk more about composting later in the challenge.
Here are some zero waste snack ideas that consist of produce:
Slices of bell peppers
These snacks are super healthy and totally tasty.
You can get them at the farmers market and/or the grocery store using your reusable bags like we talked about in day five.
Always do your best to use seasonal produce whenever you can. This has the best flavor, nutritional value, and can be found relatively package free – plus, it’s a lot cheaper!
I like to store my fresh produce snacks sliced, ready to grab, in a glass jar in the fridge.
I can also put a lid on the jar and throw it in my bag as I’m heading out.
Sometimes, I’ll portion my snacks in small 8oz or 4oz jars* so I have the single serving convenience without the trash.
If you have a co-op or health food store near you, you might be able to find some of these tasty snacks in the bulk bins:
Nuts and seeds
Chocolate covered things
These snacks can be purchased at your local bulk food store using your own containers to cut back on waste.
Check out my ultimate guide to zero waste grocery shopping for more tips.
If you’re the sort of person who loves to make their own meals from scratch, you can also make your own snacks ahead of time too.
Here are some snacks that will require a little bit of prep time but no more than 30 minutes:
Some of these snacks call for several ingredients.
I can find all of them at my local health food store in the bulk bins, but if you can’t check out my guide for zero waste shopping without bulk bins.
When all else fails, and you can’t make your own snacks, be sure to purchase organic, sustainably packaged snacks in paper or cardboard.
It’s much easier to recycle (or compost) paper and cardboard than it is plastic.
Want more snack ideas? Here are 5 super easy snacks you can make that don’t require any packaging.
take the challenge!
Over the next 24 days, your challenge is to remember to make your own zero waste snacks.
Some snacks require minimal effort (like cutting up produce and storing it in reusable containers) while others need to be planned ahead a little more (like homemade granola).
You can buy a lot of zero waste snacks in bulk at your local bulk food store (like seeds, nuts and dried fruits), as well as ingredients to help make more complex homemade snacks.
Will you be taking the challenge?
Just starting out? Have 1,000 burning questions!? Get access to my private Facebook group, where I’ll be hosting weekly lives throughout the challenge and I answer all of your most pressing questions.
You don’t want to miss it.
PLUS! I’ll be sending out a brand new e-book at the end of the challenge called the Game On Handbook which is all about individual ways to fight climate change.
miss a day?
- Day 1: Buy Less
- Day 2: Say No to Straws
- Day 3: Bring Your Own Reusable Water Bottle
- Day 4: Zero Waste Coffee
- Day 5: How to Actually Remember to Bring Your Bags to the Grocery Store
- Day 6: Use Real Stuff
- Day 7: Zero Waste Snacks
- Day 8: Declutter Your Life the Zero Waste Way
- Day 9: The Ultimate Guide to Zero Waste Cleaning
- Day 10: How to Compost
- Day 11: Conserve Natural Resources
- Day 12: Pick Up Litter
- Day 13: Zero Waste Grocery Shopping
- Day 14: Fight Food Waste
- Day 15: Meal Prep
- Day 16: Repair Something
- Day 17: Pack a Zero Waste Lunch
- Day 18: Use Cloth Napkins
- Day 19: Bring Home Leftovers
- Day 20: Zero Waste Dishwashing
- Day 21: Recycle the RIGHT Way!
- Day 22: Zero Waste Toilet Paper
- Day 23: Reduce Waste in Your Beauty Routine
- Day 24: Vote with Your Dollars
- Day 25: Be Prepared
- Day 26: Stop Junk Mail
- Day 27: Shop Secondhand
- Day 28: Shop Local
- Day 29: Start a Local Zero Waste Group
- Day 30: Get Involved in Local Government
- Day 31: Do a Trash Audit