Zero Waste

The Ultimate List of Zero Waste Snacks for Kids

When you have kids, you know that snacks are life. Your kid may fight you tooth and nail to eat a meal, but will willingly snack all day long if they were allowed.

But being part of this modern culture, what do you think of when you think of snacks for kids? Goldfish, applesauce pouches, animal crackers, string cheese, single serve chips, juice boxes, among many other things.

We started our Zero Waste journey right as my daughter was reaching snacking age and I felt stumped.

How in the world was I supposed to feed her Zero Waste snacks, when all the snacks that I’m familiar with were not only prepackaged, but separated further into a bunch of single serve packages?

I slowly gathered ideas and each week added new things, until eventually I had this fantastic list of Zero Waste snacks for kids!

To help your snacks be even more Zero Waste friendly when you’re out and about, consider using these easy tools to help pack your snacks!

  • Mason or Tupperware for wet foods
  • Reusable snack bags for dry foods
  • A reusable water bottle (we LOVE our Klean Kanteens!)
  • A reusable bag to throw it all in


These are all snacks that you could easily throw in your reusable snack bags or containers and just go! Check out your local bulk store to find even more options! Often they will have all sorts of fun snack foods that are easy to grab and go (like flavored roasted chick peas, or nuts). To find a bulk store near you, check out this awesomebulk store locator!

  • Veggies
    • Snap peas
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Baby cucumbers
    • Avocado
  • Fruit
    • Apples
    • Mandarin oranges
    • Tangerines
    • Bananas
    • Oranges
    • Berries
    • Peaches
    • Nectarines
    • Pears
    • Grapes
    • Cherries
    • Apricots
    • Plums
  • Dried fruit
    • Raisins*
    • Craisins*
    • Mangos*
    • Bananas*
    • Dates*
    • Prunes*
    • Apricots*
    • Apples*
    • Cherries*
  • Nuts
    • Peanuts*
    • Cashews*
    • Walnuts*
    • Almonds*
    • Pistachios*
    • Pecans*
    • Seasoned nuts*
  • Seeds
    • Sunflower*
    • Pumpkin*
  • Peanut butter with…
    • Bread
    • Carrot sticks
    • Apple slices
    • Celery
    • Banana
  • Plantain chips*
  • Trail mix*
  • Cereal*
  • Granola*
  • Lunch meat (buy from the deli and bring your own container)
  • Tortilla chips and salsa (try buying the chips from a tortilleria or a local Mexican restaurant)
The Ultimate List of Zero Waste Snacks for Kids


These are all great snacks if you have a few minutes to make them, whether to eat at home or to take with you. Some only require cutting up, while others are a little more involved.

  • Veggies
    • Carrot sticks
    • Celery
    • Cucumbers
    • Broccoli
    • Bell peppers
    • Salad
    • Cauliflower
  • Fruit
    • Mango
    • Pineapple
    • Watermelon
    • Honeydew melon
    • Cantaloupe
    • Kiwi
    • Pomegranate
  • Popcorn* (Pop it on the stove or in an air popper. Add some seasons to make it more fun!)
  • Deviled eggs
  • Boiled eggs
  • Smoothie
  • “Nice” cream
  • Cheese chunks (buy from the deli and bring your own container)
  • Guacamole with…
    • Sliced carrots
    • Plantain chips*
    • Tortilla chips
    • Toast
    • Cucumbers
    • Celery
    • Other bulk chip options


These delicious options are great to prepare ahead of time for the week, and then make good “throw and go” snacks for the week!

*find these as bulk options

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