Do your kids snack a lot?
That’s my kids. They eat constantly! And I try to be a good mom and make sure that those snacks aren’t too terribly unhealthy. But I had an awakening recently, as I was scooping up the discarded, individually-wrapped-for-convenience combos bags up off the floor after my toddlers’ snack time. (What? Your kids don’t just throw the wrappers on the floor? Please tell me our secret!) We were NOT making very sustainable choices when it comes to snacks. In fact, it wasn’t been something I had thought about much. Oops. So, I went on a hunt to round up some sustainable snack ideas for kids that would meet our needs. My toddler-age girls really only have one criterion; it has to be tasty. I want a snack that is convenient, affordable, relatively mess-free, and resembling nutritious (or at least not totally unhealthy). If these criterion are resonating for you, read on, my friend! We’ve got a basic list of general sustainable snacking ideas, our favorite (no affiliate!) sustainable snack products, and a list of low-waste snack recipes.
General Sustainable Snack Ideas for Kids
Sustainable Snack Products That We Love
For parents and caregivers, it can be a big ask to make every single snack (In my house that’s like 5 or more in one day!) homemade or waste-free. So, while I really have been making an effort to move away from all the individually pre-packaged snack options, I know that I still need to have convenience items on-hand. Luckily, my kids already love some snacks from eco-friendly brands. And better yet, these products have been regularly available at our local grocery stores.
Stonyfield YoBaby Yogurt (And other Stonyfield Products)
My girls have been eating this yogurt since they were 6 months old and they still love it and ask for “baby yogurt.” They seem to really like the mild taste and I like that it’s lower in sugar. They are also at that age where they are obsessed with babies (even though I still think they’re babies!) so the image of the baby on the packaging is a win with them.
While my girls like YoBaby yogurt best, Stonyfield makes other delicious products so you can find an option that works best for your littles. As a company, Stonyfield has placed sustainability at the heart of their mission since their beginning. They use organic products, offset their greenhouse emissions, utilize waste water, send excess yogurt whey to farmers for feed, and package their yogurt multi-packs in plant-based plastic– just to name a few ways that this company walks the talk!
Stretch Island Fruit Leather
I stumbled upon this gem by accident one day and we all love it. Yes, I sneak them for myself sometimes because they’re so delicious. They’re made from real, organic fruit and are an excellent vegan option. Vegan and plant-based options contribute less greenhouse gas emissions and organic produce keeps toxic pesticides out of the ground and our food!
annie’s Bunny Graham’s (And Other Annie’s Products)
I love that Annie’s has put an organic and aesthetic twist on some of our favorite products. The girls love the Bunny Grahams best, but they enjoy the Cheddar Bunnies, too!
In addition to offering organic products, Annie’s utilizes regenerative agriculture, has developed a cereal liner from 35% post consumer recycled plastic, educates and partners with others, and strives toward reducing their waste with a goal of diverting 90% of waste from the landfills.
Harvest Snaps: Green Pea Snack Crisps
This salty snack offers a crowd-pleasing crunch to my little snackers. And I love that they’re made with peas!
These crunchy munchies are also non-GMO and organic, which is good for the kids and the environment. They also have a terracycling program so you can save up the packages and print a free label to send them off to be recycled. I love a company that pays attention to their packaging!
Clif Kid Zbar
I think this snack tastes a little “healthy,” but my two-year-old liked her first bar so much she refused to share a bite and my three-year-old hesitated before generosity won out. This snack provides a sweet organic treat for my littles without the guilt!
Clif has a long, impressive history of sustainable efforts including sustainably sourcing their chocolate, offsetting their carbon footprint, educating and inspiring their employees, using and supporting alternative energy, and much more!
The important thing to remember is that sustainable snack ideas for kids in your home may look a little different than mine. Would it be great if we could all cut out the individual packaged snacks and only offer zero-waste, healthy options? Sure! But is that real life? Not in my house. It’s more important to find options that are “better” than “perfect” because it’s much more likely that you’ll be able to adopt the change for the long haul!