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Zero-waste snacks for kids

 Kids waste free snacks

One of the biggest waste issues for our family is kids snacks! It is all too easy to grab a packet of something and shove it in their lunch box when you are busy trying to work, live and manage a household. 

As we tumble further down into our waste-free journey we are really trying to minimise (and eventually cut out) our kids snack waste. 

Here are some snacks that are making their way into our kids lunchboxes:

Fruit & Veggies  

Seriously so simply! They taste delicious. They are healthy. They grow in their own packaging. Currently, my kids are having a variety of rockmelon, watermelon, apple, oranges or peaches (I compost any skin etc). On the veggie side of things, they are loving cherry tomatoes (are they a veggie?), cucumber and carrot sticks.  

Roasted Chickpeas

These are a great go-to for the kids to grab themselves. We keep them in a jar in the cupboard and I pop them in containers for their lunch boxes. 

Here is the recipe I use - https://zerowastechef.com/2017/10/11/roasted-chickpeas/

Popcorn

Another easy waste-free snack. Simply put 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels, two tablespoons of olive oil and one teaspoon of salt in a medium-size saucepan. Pop the lid on, place the pan on the stove and turn on to a high heat. Shake the pan continuously. Once the kernels begin to pop, they will pop in about a minute. 

Homemade biscuits,  muffins, cupcakes 

This is where you can get some variety happening. I simply google what the kids ask for, e.g. Apple muffins, shortbread biscuits, choc-chip cupcakes. I also like to get the kids involved in the baking of the goodies as I think it makes a difference to them actually eating it!

Bulk store snacks

Seriously I could go crazy buying bulk store snacks. There is so much to choose from and it is all so delicious. We go to The Source Bulk Foods. Some things we get are banana chips, different dried fruit, pretzels, soya crisps and the occasional sneaky choc coated mango. 

Do you have any waste-free kids snacks to share? 

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