Zero Waste Snacks

Zero Waste Snacks – Healthy Options

Are you wondering what kind of snacks can be eaten after heading to the zero waste lifestyle? To your surprise, there are more options and the cool fact is that you no need to sacrifice your food cravings.

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Zero Waste Snacks:

Let’s start with some healthy zero waste snacks. I’ve shared the zero waste junk food options over here.

Fruits and vegetables:

I eat more fruits when compared to vegetables and don’t ask me why because I don’t know. But I still try to include raw vegetables like carrot and beetroot. But I do eat cooked vegetables with my lunch on a daily basis.

So, here are the fruits you can try

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Dates
  • Grapes
  • Berries
  • Pomegranate
  • Peaches
  • Plum
  • Apricots
  • Banana
  • Kiwifruit
  • Avocado

In order to make your kids as well as to make people like me eat vegetables, you can pair the vegetable with delicious homemade hummus. Check out this hummus recipe and try at your home.

Pulses:

Next to fruits, I like pulses a lot. I’ve chickpeas, green peas, green grams, kidney beans, and groundnut. I take each kind on a daily basis. Boil them with salt and you are good to go. Try to stick with a routine, like for Mondays, go for chickpeas, for Tuesdays take the kidney beans with you and so on.

Dry fruits and nuts:

Most dry fruits are rich in minerals, proteins, fibre and vitamins. In addition to that, they are tasty and delicious! I personally like them. Dry fruits are an excellent and healthy substitute for daily snacks. Consumption of dry fruits enhances energy and stamina; also as they are rich in fibre which means better digestion and overall health. Nuts are a great source of protein and iron especially if you are a vegetarian. Dry Fruits are also a rich source of Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Protein, Riboflavin, Vitamin A-C-E-K-B6 and Zinc. This means healthy bones, muscles, nerves, teeth and skin. This also means protection from anaemia, heart diseases, high cholesterol, strengthening of the immune system and much more. (Source)

You can try these nuts

  • Almonds
  • Apricots
  • Cashewnuts
  • Dry dates
  • Figs
  • Pistachio (Pista)
  • Raisins
  • Walnuts

Pumpkin seeds:

Do you like the roasted pumpkin seeds? It can be done within 10 minutes.

  • Boil the pumpkin seeds for 5 minutes by adding salt to it. This adds a good flavour to it.
  • Now clean the seeds thoroughly by removing the leftover pumpkin flesh on them. (Boiling will remove most of the flesh)
  • Dry them and take a pan, sprinkle some oil on it and roast the pumpkin seeds with some salt as required.

Store this in an airtight container.

Popcorn:

Popcorn on the Saturday movie night is the best. Don’t you agree? They are healthy as it’s high in fibre content.

  • Heat 3 tablespoons of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a cooker (medium flame)

Note: If you don’t like to add butter, just make the oil into 4 tablespoons.

  • Just add 2 to 3 popcorn kernels in the oil to see whether the oil reaches the required temperature or not.
  • When they are popped you can add the rest of the popcorn kernels (1/2 cup) to the oil.
  • Now close the cooker with the lid upside down with a little opening on the other side so that it won’t pop on your side.
  • Once the popping sound stops, transfer the popcorn to your favourite bowl for the movie night with your loved ones!
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Granola bars:

Granola bars are healthy as it contains nuts, raisins and seeds. They are rich in fibre and protein. They are great during working hours. I just grab a few granola bars to my work and have them at the break. You can find the homemade granola bar recipe here.

Zero Waste Junk food:

Sorry, this is not a healthy option. But who’s craving for junk food right now? Is that possible to have junk food while leading a zero waste lifestyle? Yes, it’s possible! Wondering how? Click here to get my zero waste junk food options.

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