Quick and Easy Plant-Based Snacks
A lot of typical snacks come in an excess of plastic or disposable packaging, so I like to have a few quick and easy recipes on hand to reduce that. Most of these snacks you can pack and take with you throughout the day, so are great in preventing you from needing to buy energy bars etc on the go. These are all plant-based recipes which are healthy and contain slow-release energy, so will keep you going for a long time.
I get a lot of my ingredients from my local zero-waste store, and I’d recommend you do the same to reduce the amount of packaging you have to use. If you do have to use packaged products for any of these, try and only use ones that come in recyclable or compostable packaging to make sure you get the full benefit of making these zero-waste snacks.
1. Strawberry Jam and Banana on Toast
There’s nothing better than fresh bread, which is why I love making this tasty snack using the bread I get from my local zero-waste shop. I like buying my strawberry jam from a local farm shop, but if those aren’t accessible to you then you can always use store-bought. Bananas add slow-release energy which is why I love topping my toast with them. This is the only snack I’ve included on this list which you can’t take on the go in its original form, although you could absolutely turn it into a sandwich and take it like that instead.
2. Apple and Cinnamon Bakes
I love making these apple and cinnamon bakes, they’re great for taking on the go and provide lots of slow-release energy. I blend a cup and a half of oats, one banana, a splash of oat milk and some maple syrup for the mixture and then stir in one chopped apple and two teaspoons of cinnamon, baking them for 20 minutes on a low heat. To make sure they keep their shape, I bake them in a muffin tray and put about 2 tablespoons of mixture in each portion. These are really simple to make and don’t take long to do so I definitely recommend trying them.
3. Houmous and Carrot Sticks
Typically houmous comes in plastic packaging, which is why I love making my own. I blend chickpeas with olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt and a bit of water until it’s smooth and then voila! This is a great snack and is easy to batch make and put in smaller containers to take on-the-go with you. Chop up some carrot or cucumber sticks to dip in the houmous and you have an awesome healthy snack all ready to go. As a side note, I made roasted chickpeas with my leftover chickpeas, which are another great, healthy snack.
4. Vegetable Skin Crisps
Vegetable skin crisps are a great healthy alternative to typical crisps and require no pre-packaged products. Instead of throwing away your vegetable peelings, toss them in a little bit of olive oil, salt and paprika and bake them in the oven until crispy. These provide a great snack and means you are also reducing your waste! Again, you can eat these straight away or put them in a container to take on-the-go, meaning your crisp cravings are satisfied throughout the day!
5. Salted Popcorn
Popcorn is surprisingly good for you as it contains slow-release carbs, perfect for snacking. I love bulk buying popping corn and then popping it myself at home with some oil in a pan. Once done, stir through some salt to add a bit of flavour. You can separate this into smaller portions so that you can take it on the go with you, and is a great fulfilling snack for when you get peckish!
Which of these snacks are you going to make? Let me know down below!
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