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My Favorite Zero Waste Snacks

This summer has been a whirlwind of travel and activity for Josh and me. Along the way, I quickly realized just how much snacking I do on a day-to-day basis. At home, it’s pretty easy to come up with an easy, zero waste snack in a pinch. On the road? That’s a different story.

I’ll admit, convenience can pretty easily go out the window when you start pursuing zero waste, unless you have strategies in place to keep things simple.

As such, I’ve mostly listed options that are just as convenient as reaching for a bag of chips. These are my favorite zero waste snacks for a reason!

Every one of these snacks has a few things in common:

  1. Convenience – Nothing complicated here!
  2. Substance – These are real, unprocessed foods.
  3. Trash-Free – You may recycle, but you won’t toss a thing. 

My Favorite Zero Waste Snacks

Choose these zero waste snack options when you’re craving something healthy, balanced, and capable of getting you to your next meal.


I am a big believer that seasonal fruits and veggies are the best snacks in any situation. Pair these with some nut butter or a bit of nut cheese or hummus and you’ll be well on your way to a full tummy!

Looking for added convenience? Pre-cut fruit ahead of time and stash in the fridge.

Some ideas to get you started;

  • Apples and pears
  • Bananas
  • Citrus fruit
  • Carrots sticks or broccoli
  • Slices of bell pepper
  • Melon cubes
  • Berries of all sorts
  • Snap peas
  • Stone fruit

Bulk Purchases

Many health food stores offer snack goodies that you can purchase in bulk and keep on hand.

Here are a few ideas to look for (we’ve found all of these where we shop):

  • Trail mix
  • Roasted nuts and seeds
  • Chocolate chips
  • Dried fruit
  • Rice crackers
  • Wasabi peas
  • Nut butters

Read More: How to Put Together a Bulk Shopping Kit

Make Ahead

Batch snacks like these come in really handy when you need a “quick grab” food. These ideas are portable, filling, and won’t spoil as quickly as produce.

Recipes are linked below!

Rather replicate your favorite packaged snack? Look for copycat recipes online – there are lots of dupes to choose from. And remember to use a Ziploc alternative to store them in!

What are some of your favorite zero waste snacks? Got a favorite?

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