How to Make a Healthy Trail Mix for Kids

Though the love for trail mix is not age bound, it is usually the parent’s job to make trail mixes for the child. Trail mixes are fun; filling, crunchy and tasty. The mix of different ingredients in it forms a wonderful blend of taste that children love. However, most store-bought trail mixes are loaded with calories and fats. They are an unhealthy option to load your child with. Parents concerned with the health and diet of their children will want to make the effort for putting together healthy trail mixes themselves. It is very easy to assemble as long as you have a healthy collection of edibles to make a good mix. You have to choose the ingredients wisely, considering their calorie and fat content. In return you are going to make children not just something fun and tasty to eat but a mix rich in vitamins and nutrients. Our step by step guide helps you make wise decisions while making a trail mix.

Things Required:

– Granola bars
– Raw nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts)
– Dried fruit (cherries, pineapple, dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries, and apricots, peaches, apples and bananas)

Instructions

  • 1

    Granola bars are going to make the base of your trail mix. However, you have to be very careful while selecting them. Not all granola bars are healthy. Choose the ones which are not coated with sugar. Choose bars that are low in sugar and calorie count. Bars with high healthy fat content are most welcome. You can also use peanuts as the base.

  • 2

    The next option is to choose the nuts. Nuts are a great source of proteins. Choose nut varieties that are your child’s favorite. However, one thing that you have to take care of is that the nuts should be raw. Do not used canned which are fried and salted and high on sugar. The less processed food you use, the healthier it is.

  • 3

    The next ingredient you have to assemble are dried fruits. The most commonly used fruits are listed above. Dried forms of almost all forms are available. Choose the fruits according to your child’s preference. Some fruits like bananas and pineapple have more calories than the rest.

  • 4

    Now you have to mix all the ingredients in the right ratio. Whatever quantity of trail mix you are making, the ratio you have to follow for base: nuts: fruits in order is 1.5:1:1. Pour everything in a large bowl, shake everything together and then divide into sachets and zip bags for portability.

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