Quarantine for me and my household has been an intense time of contemplation and self-improvement. One thing both me and my boyfriend have noticed is how much food we have been taking for granted. Before the virus broke out, we cooked a “real dinner” for ourselves at least twice a week – and we were ecstatic about it. That’s much more than other people our age, and we were pretty proud of it (All steps no matter how small, represents progress towards healthier living). Now that it’s quarantine and we have to shop less, we’ve noticed something upsetting – we’re producing a large amount of waste from all of our snacking. That’s another big problem coming from being quarantined – all the boredom snacks, coupled with not having the energy to cook leads to lots and lots of waste; not only food waste, but also plastic and trash waste! This is an issue that cooking every night would help solve…
Listen, I get it. If you want a snack cake, that’s the only thing that can satiate that craving. But the Earth we live on is in critical condition, so we’ve been given a job: to save it. If that means resisting the snack cakes for some fruit – then that’s doable. It’s just going to take a little bit of self-control. This won’t only help save the Earth, but it will help your personal health – mental and physical!
So I’ve compiled a list of my favorite quarantine snacks, that are great for reducing waste in the home, if you just don’t feel like cooking that night. Because let’s be honest, it happens to the best of us, and we’ve gotta fight those cravings.
Fruits and Veggies
Before this all started I tried to have a fruit and a vegetable once a day (adding the vegetables was the hardest thing I ever tried to do). Now that I’m vegetating (ha) around the house every day, I’ve physically felt the need to cleanse my body with fruits and vegetables. This time period is giving me a little glimpse into what it would feel like to be without fruits and vegetables consistently, and it’s a world I do not want to live in. Not only do they make you feel better, but they also produce almost zero waste! Throw your apple core in a composter, and that’s it! You could even just throw it outside for an animal to eat, they’re awesome.
Filling. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think about trail mix. It really is, and it’s a lot of stuff, in one bag. It’s an all around awesome snack to have, because you eat a few almonds and BOOM – you’re full. Then you have multiple weeks worth of snack potential in that one bag, less waste, more days worth of snacks. (not too expensive either)
Salad (with dressing of course)
I’m not going to lie and pretend I’m a healthy influencer, I cannot stand to eat straight up lettuce and vegetables as a snack. I need some dressing on it to be able to love it. Not only does salad help you feel nice a healthy and clean, but you can purchase it with very little single use plastic. It’s filling, simple to make, and helps keep me from going into a food coma. Plus, it can last multiple days in the fridge if you don’t want to make a fresh salad every day.
Leftovers (from that one night you felt like cooking)
If you only feel like cooking once a week, try to make it a BIG meal. That way, you can have leftovers for the rest of the week! Not only is that less trash produced, but you’re not using the stove-top, and the sink, and the toaster, and the oven every night – less electricity used! It’s also pretty simple not eat leftovers, not a lot of effort is involved. If you’re like me, sometimes, that’s an extremely important quality for my food to have.
In summation, to make a difference, you have to start somewhere. The easiest way to help save our planet is by taking baby-steps in our everyday lives. This not only makes our home healthier for the children of the future, but also our own! This is just one of the many ways I try to save the planet at home – even during quarantine. For more resources, and more simple actions you can do to help at home, here’s some more resources, to help you make a difference.
- 50 Ways to Help
- Protecting Our Planet Starts with You
- 25 Easy Ways to Help Save the Planet
- 10 Things You Can Do to Help Save the Earth
- 50 easy ways to save the planet