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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Kids Trail Mixes

Kids Trail Mix Recipes 

Keep these few steps in mind when making trail mix, and you can create different versions over and over.  Better yet the kids can create their own variety and pack them for snacks and lunches!

Simply pick one or two items from each category below and mix it together. Store in air tight containers or baggies and you have a simple snack to take on the go.

Something Salty 

The salty sweet combination is usually what has people eating trail mix. 
  • Peanuts
  • Almonds
  • Roasted nut variety
  • Sesame sticks
  • Pistachios
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Pretzels
  • Chex mix- gluten and nut free option *
  • Popcorn - gluten and nut free option *
  • Cheerios - gluten and nut free option *

Something Sweet

This doesn't have to be M&M's or candy you can think dried fruit or chocolate chips of some variety. Here are some ideas for sweet additions:
  • Dried cranberries
  • Raisins
  • Dried peaches, apples or apricots cut in bite size pieces 
  • Shredded coconut
  • Banana chips
  • Cereal
  • Freeze dried berries

Favorite Additions

I know my kids and (mine too!) favorite addition to the trail mix is plain M&M's. While it is true that the kids might just pick out their favorites and leave the rest of the trail mix behind, most kids will eat some of the mix along with it.

It is worth a try, if you find it becomes a problem don't include the extra goodies next time.
  • M&M's 
  • Skittles
  • White or milk chocolate chips
  • Marshmallows
  • Goldfish or small crackers
  • Teddy bear or animal shaped crackers
  •  

Something New

Sneak in a new healthy addition to your trail mix the kids perhaps haven't tried yet.
  • Roasted chickpeas
  • Pepitas
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame sticks 
  • Goji berries
  • Butterscotch chips

Here are 5 Favorite Trail Mix Recipes:

Nut Trail Mix

Add your favorite nut and other combinations in this combo.

Cereal  Snack Mix

Use some of your favorite cereal combinations in a trail mix recipe. 

Trail Mix in a Jar

Mix in a Jar - Create a trail mix as a gift.

Taco Flavor Mix

Taco Trail Mix Snack - This recipe takes it a step further.  Starting with a trail mix, add spices and bake it.


Candy Corn Snack Mix

1 Cup Rice cracker mix
1 Cup mixed nuts
1 Cup candy corn or other favorite candy, if not in season
Mix all together and store in a container.



More Snack Ideas

Kids Healthy Snacks
List of snacks- print off and add to your fridge for a quick reference
Preschool snacks
Snacks with 6 or less ingredients
More snack recipes and ideas blog posts


Easy Kids Snacks kindle or paperback


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