Does it count as a recipe if all you do is mix whatever ingredients you like in a bowl and eat?
Oh well, I’m still going to share this because your kids will love it!
Not necessarily because I have the magic list of ingredients- I could never pretend to understand the way all toddler’s minds work. I mean suddenly my son doesn’t like cheese. CHEESE, FOR GOD’S SAKE. But because this is a fun and easy snack to make together and I’ll venture to guess that, like my son, most kids are more excited to eat a healthy snack if they made it themselves.
Now remember, trail mix isn’t meant to be low in calorie. Trail mix, whether homemade or store bought, will be high in fat and sugar. The difference here is that your homemade trail mix will have healthy sources of fat, sugar, whole grains and none of those additives that companies sneak in to make it taste sweeter/saltier and last longer.
Your kids are going to snack, that’s a fact. So if they are, why not know what is in their food. Trail mix, in moderation, will provide them with a good source of energy and a healthy source of that “dreaded” fat and sugar. As for the chocolate and “fun stuff”? Well, its all about balance, right? 🙂
I keep talking about kids but you can, of course, make this for your very own adult self. I know I am snacking on this as we speak.
I will tell you exactly how we made our trail mix, but you can really use whatever you have on hand and whatever you like.
The basic components of trail mix? Nuts, Dried Fruit, Seeds, and “Other” (aka the fun stuff).
When picking out your trail mix ingredients…
- Choose you and your family’s favorite nuts, dried fruit, seeds along with a couple fun ingredients.
- Trail mix is usually the perfect mix of salt and sweet, so keep that in mind.
- Think of any good sources of healthy fat and sugar.
- Think of any healthy ingredients your children (or picky significant other) might not love to eat on it’s own, but are easily hidden amongst other, more favored ingredients. I love getting sneaky with nutrient-dense foods.
- When choosing the “other” stuff, think of those healthier snacks you would exchange for say those Cheetos your kids are begging for. Popcorn, chocolate and pretzels are my favorite choices.
What we used:
- Pretzel Bits
- Banana Chips
- Dried Pineapple
- Dried Cherries
- Plain Cheerios
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Mini Chocolate Chips
- Dried Edamame
- Optional Seasoning: Pinch of salt, cinnamon, and chia seeds
- Pour all ingredients into a bowl. I am not including measurements because, really, who is going to measure it out? Use however much you want or have on hand. Let your child choose what they want more of. It’s no biggie.
- Add pinch of salt, cinnamon and chia seeds if you so choose (we ran out of our chia).
- Mix it up! Then store in an air tight container for snacking whenever!
Be sure to keep in an easily accessible place (if your kid can handle the responsibility) for easy snacking! 😉
Comment below with your favorite, healthier snacks that your kids (and you!) love. If you have any recipes, be sure to share so we can all try!