Trail Mix: Building a Kid-Friendly, Healthy Snack

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Happy National Trail Mix Day! While many prepackaged trail mixes are fairly calorie dense per serving, you can easily make your own healthier version by combining ingredients that you already have in your pantry. Kid-friendly trail mix can be packed as a snack for during the school day, after the bus ride home, or before evening sports or activities. As today is also the final day of Kids Eat Right Month, make after school plans to create your own batch of trail mix with your children, and portion into small containers or sealable plastic bags to be placed in your lunchboxes for the rest of the week. Extra trail mix can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Are you ready to get creative? Pick one or more ingredients from each category below, and gently stir together to create a nutritious, homemade snack for your family.

Whole Grains Fruit Unsalted Nuts and Seeds Fun Indulgences
Cheerios Raisins Peanuts Mini dark chocolate chips
Rice Chex Dates Sunflower seeds Dried unsweetened coconut flakes
Whole wheat mini pretzels Freeze-dried apple pieces Almonds Wasabi peas
Air-popped popcorn Dried pineapple tidbits Pumpkin seeds Dry roasted edamame or chickpeas
Shredded wheat cereal Dried cranberries Walnuts Chocolate-covered coffee beans, raisins, or nuts
Whole grain graham cracker bunnies Diced prunes Soy nuts Yogurt-covered raisins or nuts
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