In honor of Earth Day, we’re sharing recipes you can make at home instead of buying packaged, store-bought alternatives. Yay for reducing plastic! And though it might not be feasible to make everything from scratch in today’s world, by choosing just one or two things, you can make a difference! Swap the pre-made granola, bread, tortillas, canned beans and more for homemade. Bonus? Homemade usually tastes better!
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THE BEST Vegan Gluten-Free Waffles made with 10 ingredients in 30 minutes. Fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside, perfectly sweet and delicious! Top with maple syrup and fruit for the ultimate cozy breakfast.
Produce – Think about whether your produce really needs a plastic bag for transporting. Bell peppers — probably not! Sweet potatoes — nah! Apples — nope. Bananas — definitely not! And for those that do, reach for paper bags or reusable!
Buy in bulk – Bring reusable jars to the grocery store and fill up in the bulk section. Most bulk sections have nuts, seeds, grains, beans, dried fruits, spices, and more. Bonus? It’s usually a lot cheaper! If you forget jars, reach for paper bags whenever possible.
Straws – If you like using straws, try reusable metal or glass straws.
Water – Carry a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. You’ll save money, reduce single-use plastic consumption, and maybe even drink more water! Yay, health (yours and the planet’s)!
Thermos – When traveling or running errands we always bring a reusable coffee/tea thermos just in case a craving for coffee or a matcha latte strikes!
Leftovers – We recently started bringing a reusable metal container with us whenever eating out so we can bring leftovers home without consuming more plastic. Also great for toting snacks around on busy days or when traveling. Find more eco-friendly containers here.
If you give any of these recipes a try or find these tips helpful, let us know! Leave a comment, or take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!