While being perfectly zero waste is often an unattainable goal, taking the time to cut down the plastic waste that you produce can greatly reduce your environmental footprint. Here are 5 healthy, easy, and inexpensive snack ideas that you can make yourself instead of buying packaged from the store.
Hummus and veggies
My roommates and I have a serious hummus addiction. At the start of the school year we were going through two tubs of hummus a week! We quickly realized that this was not a sustainable habit, as our cupboards were starting to overflow with empty hummus containers which we simply could not bring ourselves to throw out. We decided that the solution to this problem was to make our own! Making your own hummus is a surprisingly easy way to save money and the planet at the same time! To make hummus without creating waste, you can buy tahini and dried chickpeas at Bulk Barn and store them in a glass jar. Hummus tastes great when paired with veggies such as carrots, cucumbers, and bell peppers.
1 cup dried chickpeas
⅓ cup tahini
Half of a squeezed lemon (or more!)
A pinch Sea salt
1/2 tbsp cumin
1/2 tbsp paprika
2 cloves fresh garlic (peeled)
1 tbsp olive oil
Add 1 cup dried chickpeas in a bowl of water, cover, and let sit overnight
Add the chickpeas to a pot of water and bring to a boil for 5 minutes.
Let the chickpeas sit in the hot water for another hour.
After the chickpeas have softened and cooled, you can use a strainer to drain the water.
Blend and all the ingredients, except the chickpeas, in the blender until mixed.
Add the chickpeas and blend on low until the desired consistency is reached. You can also add a dash of water if it is too thick.
Serve or store in a reusable container.
Ants on a Log
Nothing brings me back to my childhood like good ol’ ants on a log. While celery topped with peanut butter and raisins sounds like an unlikely combination, it tastes amazing. Making your own nut butter is even easier than making your own hummus. Again Bulk Barn comes in clutch for buying roasted nuts without plastic! You can also try pairing your homemade nut butter with apples or dates - if you have never tried dates and nut butter, you are seriously missing out!
2 cups unsalted roasted peanuts (or any nut of your choice)
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1-2 tbsp honey or any other sweetener (optional)
1 tbsp sunflower seed oil (optional)
Pulse nuts for 1 minute until grounded down.
Blend, stopping when needed to scrape down the sides.
Add in the rest of the ingredients.
Continue to blend until the desired consistency has been reached.
Serve or store in a reusable container.
4. Homemade granola bars
We all love granola bars. It's a quick and easy snack that's perfect for taking on the go. Sadly, pretty much every granola bar you can buy from the store is individually wrapped, making it a super unsustainable snack option. Luckily for you, they aren't too hard to make yourself and you can get everything you need from Bulk Barn without creating any waste!
1 cup pitted dates (approx 15 - 18)
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup almonds (or any nuts of your choice)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 - 3/4 tbsp kosher salt
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup nut butter
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup dried coconut shreds
¼ cup chocolate chips
Coconut oil for greasing
Add dates to the blender and blend until combined in a ball like form.
Chop up your nuts and combine them with the other dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Add the date mixture to the bowl and use a fork to break up the clumps, mixing the ingredients together until well combined.
Add maple syrup and nut butter mixture to the bowl and mix.
Grease a rectangular baking dish (approx 8” x 6” x 2”) with coconut oil.
Add in the mixture and press flat using a spatula or large spoon until the mixture is densely and evenly packed together
Refrigerate for 2 hours or freeze for 30 minutes.
Cut in the pan to desired length and serve! You can store these in a reusable container in the fridge.
Stove-top popcorn is not only much healthier than microwave popcorn, but can also be a waste-free snack if you buy your kernels from Bulk Barn. This snack is super tasty, easy, and cheap! You can also mix up the flavour of your popcorn by adding any toppings of your choice. Some of my favourites are cinnamon and sugar, sea salt and coconut oil, or garlic powder and parmesan. \
5. Trail mix
Looking for something zero waste and zero effort? Trail mix is an amazing go-to snack that really hits the spot. The best part is you can assemble it with pretty much any ingredients you like! I would highly recommend taking a trip to Bulk Barn and stocking up on some roasted nuts and dried fruit, or whatever else your heart desires, to mix up some trail mix. I love mixing roasted pecans, roasted cashews, roasted almonds, dried cranberries, dried coconut flakes, and dark chocolate chips to make my trail mix.