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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Accepting That Trying is Better than Nothing. Healthy Snack Recipe.

Some people might look in my shopping trolley judgmentally, me with my reusable grocery bags, and see items in there that are not zero waste.
I don't live by myself though, I buy items for Katie and Derek too.
I think it's important not to drive them crazy with my ideals. 

Shopping is not perfect zero waste yet

We get the yoghurt sachets (which are better than plastic tubs) and cereals that come in plastic bags inside their packets, but at least I reuse both of these things to freeze the meat we get from the butcher that comes wrapped in paper. 
My trolley also has plastic bags with the veges and fruit, but they are ones that I take back time after time and refill, that is, when I'm not getting to the farmer's market. 
I made another step of progress this week though - got the supermarket to paper wrap a bulk order of sausages for me - the nice, low fat ones that I can't get from the butchers.
It's better than not trying at all.

Lunch at the Beach
My friend Di came out for a visit this week - we used to live just a street apart and both miss that easy drop-in availability.
She knows I'm a bit of a greenie and tells me that she now uses her own bags at the supermarket. We went for a walk on the beach, picking up the fishing lines and plastic out of the loads of washed up seaweed as we went. It's nice to have friends join in, who weren't particularly bothered before, just by seeing what I do.
a recent beach pick up - I was amazed by how much nylon fishing line there was.

After that it was a stop for lunch in a beautiful spot with a glass of my home made cider (link to recipe here) which is getting better and better every week. Di was impressed.

No Bake Energy Bites
 I found this recipe in Mother Earth News magazine.
Katie made it up last night and they are yum - maybe just a little sweet for me, and I think they would also be nice with dried cranberries replacing the chocolate chips.
No Bake Energy Bites

Combine in a bowl:
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup nut butter
1/3 cup of honey
1 cup of coconut flakes
1/2 cup of ground flaxseed
1/2 cup mini choc chips
1 tsp of vanilla

Chill 30 minutes then roll into balls.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

How easy is that?! Especially when someone else makes them hehe.


  1. I made them without the honey and with unsweetened coconut and they were perfect for me. Thanks for the recipe. I think I'll make them next time with half chips/half dried cranberries and roll them in the flax so they are less sticky.
    It's nice that you have influenced your friend to use reusable bags, and I'm sure your family is watching and it's rubbing off on them, too. If everyone just used half the plastic they do now, we'd be on our way to a much better world!

    1. Indeed we would Cynthia. Glad you liked the recipe - it seems to be one that can cope with all sorts of tweeking for personal preference.

  2. Hmmm. I thought I'd commented already! Sounds like you are doing better than just 'trying'. What a great job of reducing waste!

    1. Thanks Linda, it never feels like enough, but it is a work in progress. Thanks for your comment.


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