“In Their Expert Opinion” features three bloggers who bring special expertise on living a natural lifestyle to The Clear Conscience Blog. Each month, we’ll share tips and advice on how to live a little greener from a few of our favorite experts.
By Micaela Preston, Mindful Momma
Photo Credit: Alison Maclvor on Flickr (Creative Commons)
Last weekend it was our turn to bring post-game snacks for our two boys’ soccer teams. Instead of grabbing individually wrapped, marginally healthy snacks from the grocery store, we decided to make our own granola bars. The treats were a huge hit and I’m not sure if people were more surprised that they were homemade or that my husband was the one who did the cooking!
Sadly, it is all too easy to grab processed, overly packaged snacks for lunchboxes, team treats or anytime you need nourishment on-the-go. Things like granola bars, mini bags of crackers and individual tubs of applesauce are available at almost every food store and pretty much accepted as the normal way to buy food. But think of all that packaging that ends up in the landfill?
All it takes is a little mindfulness and a change of habit to create portable snacks without the wasteful packaging. Try these easy tips to make snack-time more sustainable – both for your family’s health and for the planet:
- Instead of buying individually packaged bags of cookies or crackers, get a large box and split it up yourself.
- Skip the plastic baggies and carry snacks in reusable containers or snack bags.
- Buy nuts, seeds and dried fruits in bulk and make your own trail mix. (I usually add some chocolate or carob chips in too!)
- Don’t forget about fresh fruit – bring whole apples on a road-trip or a bowl of cut up orange slices for the team snack.
- Instead of individual juice boxes, mix up a large container of 100% juice or ice-cold water to bring to the park.
What are your sustainable snack ideas?
Disclosure: The bloggers featured in the Clear Conscience Blog “In Their Expert Opinion” series have received product samples and compensation from Watkins, Inc.