Kids Snacks in Sustainable Packaging
The idea for this blog post came to me when I was out for coffee with a mate after a Sunday morning walk. I was observing the action on table across from ours which sat two kids aged between 3 and 5ish and one dad. When I first saw them come in and sit down together I was genuinely impress. What a great way to spend a Sunday morning out being social on a beautiful Sunday morning. They then proceeded to order drinks; coffee for dad, chocolate milk for one and strawberry milkshake for the other. So cute. Which reminded me of the last time I had strawberry milk – you know that really really sweet kind that’s so bubblegum pink it matches your gumboots. I digress….
While the milkshakes were being silently consumed I noticed Dad unzip a Dora-The-Explora backpack, reaching in and surfacing some ‘child appropriate’ snacks. I was really impressed with his level or organisation, but, I was shocked to see how much packaging came along with it. There was fruit puree in plastic squeezy-packs that have a twist top like a drink bottle, dried fruit roll-up things that came in individual plastic wrappers out of a cardboard box and most shocking was cheese that came in a heat sealed plastic envelope that didn’t need to be refrigerated… ever.
While I don’t have children of my own, it did get me thinking about what would I do in a similar situation. You ‘ve got kids, you’re out for a few hours and you want to bring snacks that are easy to pack, are good for them and more importantly something they’ll actually eat.
I’ve been pondering over this one for weeks and come up with a few suggestions that I hope you’ll like and forward on to other parents you know that may benefit from this too.
Firstly invest in some good quality re-usable plastic containers (but I’m suspecting that if you do have kids you’ve probably got this covered!)
Peanut (or other nut) butter and chopped up apple wedges. Ideally pre-chop the apple in the segments then squeeze lemon juice over the flesh to stop it going brown (oxidising). Put it into a portable container with a few tablespoons of paste.
Real cheese! Hard cheese will be OK to travel out of the fridge for a few hours (unless its an extremely hot day) cut off a few chunks and wrap in baking paper (plastic wrap will make it sweaty and slimy) or pack in re-usable plastic containers.
Pre-make a batch of muffins or nutty slice – wrap individually in brown paper, store in Tupperware in the freezer and just take out one or two units when needed * Recipe to follow this weekend
Yoghurt – and excellent snack. But avoid the small individually packed options and buy in bulk. Put a few tablespoons in a container; add a small scoop of chia seeds, sprinkle with cinnamon and coconut flakes and mix. I find that the chia seeds help to absorb the excess whey that often separates from yoghurt. By adding the seeds it keeps the yoghurt in a good, thick consistency and helps it leaking throughout your bag too.
Nuts, seeds, popcorn and coconut shavings. Add a few buttons of raw/dark chocolate to your nut and seed mix to keep it interesting for them and adults.
And the obvious fresh fruit, veggies such as cucumber, carrot, celery. Generally things that is easy to eat raw.
Remember this is just quick snack food. Things that you can throw together in less than 5 minutes. It also keeps the nagging at bay when they see the sugared-up slices and muffins when you are out.
The aim of this post is to help you re think how you purchase your food and can their be better way to help reduce excessive waste due to excessive packaging. This follows on from my post last week around ‘Love Food Hate Waste’ movement. And I know it’s much much easier to just buy a pack of this or sachets of that, but it all adds up. While I personally hate cleaning out my containers that have had yoghurt in them, I think of the excess packaging I’ve saved by NOT buying that 6 pack of yoghurt tubs that click off.
This may not be a suitable option for every outing but maybe just start with the lazy Sunday coffee stop and grow from there?
About elissakerpenHI all. I have a Bachelor Degree in Health Science specialising in Nutritional Medicine so Im a qualified Nutritionist and Food Coach. I am also a qualified Fitness Therapist and Masseuse. I have worked in the wellness and health industry for over 13 years - and I love it. But what gets me really excited in talking food - the healthy kind - and sometimes the treats. But now I work as a Food Coach helping people banish their own food myths and ideas around various diets and how they came to be where they are with their health. Im here to help anyone wanting more information on wholefoods and their truth! Hope you'll enjoy my posts. Please share it if you think someone else might benefit Elissa x
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