As a rule, I’m not a big snacker. For me, meals are usually enough. However, my partner and many of the people around me are big snackers, and this is usually their downfall when it comes to reducing waste. Snacks can often lead to convenience foods that are heavily packaged and packed with nasty ingredients, but these three quick and easy recipes will help you reduce your waste, plus they will save you money – and they are relatively healthy too!
- Popcorn –
No, I’m not talking about the 30 cent bags of microwave popcorn. I’m talking about bulk bought popcorn kernels (bulk from a bulk store where possible, or simply in large quantities) that you cook in a saucepan at home with some olive oil, coconut oil or any other oil that takes your fancy. This takes less than 10 minutes, and it is such a versatile snack. Once cooked, you could put any herb, spice or flavor on it that you want.
- Kale Chips –
I know, I sound like a crazy hippy, but really, kale chips are similar to popcorn in that they taste only like whatever flavor you put on them. I’ve tried Taco Seasoning, Vegetable stock, or simply just salt! They have never not been delicious. They are simple to make – you get a bunch of kale, put about a tablespoon of olive oil – just enough so the kale is covered so that the flavor will stick. Then simply put on a small amount of your choice of flavor, and put onto a baking tray, spread out enough so all of the Kale Can dry and cook for roughly 10-15 minutes. Then serve – yum!
- Fruit and Veg –
Recently, I have rediscovered my love of fresh fruit and vegetables. These take no cooking time at all – you can eat them straight away! I know it might sound boring, but if you find those few fruit and vegetables that you can really get excited about, why not just eat those?
Those are the three go to snacks that I serve to my friends and family! They are quick and easy, and they fit into my busy life. I would love to hear if you have any Zero Waste snacks that save your waste and your wallet? Comment Below or tag is on Instagram @minimizethewaste!