Delicious Zero Waste Snacks to Pack for Your Next Flight

Everyone knows the struggle that is airplane food. It’s expensive, tastes strange and usually comes wrapped beyond belief in plastic and tinfoil. Not good if you’re aiming for zero waste!

Fortunately, with a little bit of advanced planning you can avoid all the disappointment (both gastric and environmental), and save a lot of money in the process. Here are some of our favorite make-ahead airplane snacks that also happen to be totally zero waste. Enjoy!

Crispy roasted chickpeas

How to make them:

  • Drain and rinse a can of chickpeas, recycle the can
  • Toss in a generous amount of olive oil and sea salt
  • Lay out in a single layer on a baking sheet
  • Roast for 30 minutes at 450 degrees until crispy

How to store them for your flight:

  • Store in an airtight container
  • Bring a hankie for oily fingers!

Cinnamon baked apple chips

How to make them:

  • Thinly slice two apples of your choice
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment
  • Place apples in a single layer and sprinkle with cinnamon
  • Bake for an hour at 200 degrees, flip and bake another hour
  • Remove from the oven, recycle the parchment paper

How to store them for your flight:

  • Store loosely in a TSA-approved quart silicon baggie
  • Place on top of other items to avoid crushing them

Garlic hummus with veggies

How to make them:

  • Mix 1 can chickpeas, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup tahini, 2T olive oil
  • Recycle the can
  • Blend in food processor until smooth, scraping the sides
  • Cream further with 2-3T of water
  • Season to taste with minced garlic, cumin and paprika
  • Slice veggies of choice and dip to your heart’s content!

How to store it for your flight:

  • Store hummus in a TSA-approved quart silicone baggie
  • Keep veggies in an airtight reusable container

Caprese sticks

How to make them:

  • Arrange cherry tomatoes, basil leaves and vegan cheese on wood skewers
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil

How to store them for your flight:

  • Store in an airtight container
  • Bring a reusable hankie for messy fingers

Sesame pepper popcorn

How to make them:

  • Pop 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels on the stove
  • Toss in 2T melted unsalted butter (or olive oil, if vegan)
  • Dust with 2T toasted sesame seeds, 1t sea salt and 1/2t pepper

How to store it for your flight:

  • Store in a rigid airtight container
  • Keep in a cool, dry place

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