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8 Fun and Tasty Ways to Enjoy Trail Mix

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Trail mix is one of the easiest ways to get toddlers and other young kids excited about a healthy snack. Filled with a variety of nuts and seeds, they pack a good dose of healthy fats and protein with each bite — and you can delight in that fact! However, there are lots of ways you can go beyond the basic mix of raisins and peanuts.

Get creative, and make snack time more delicious for the whole family. Whether you create a themed trail mix variety like Caribbean or Sweet & Spicy, serve it over a big bowl of yogurt, or even bake it into cookies — the possibilities are endless when it comes to mixing up your trail mix.

Here are eight fun and tasty ways to enjoy trail mix!

  • Mixin’ up your trail mix! 1 of 9
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    Click through for fun ideas on how to make trail mix more fun for the whole family!

  • Bake it into cookies (no, seriously!) 2 of 9
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    You can't go wrong with a cookie, right? Use this clever trail mix cookie recipe as a base, and add your own fun twists. Sub in things like pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and other nutritional powerhouse to give this a healthy boost.

     

    Photo from BettyCrocker.com

  • Sprinkle on top of a bowl of yogurt 3 of 9
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    Yogurt is a great way to add protein and healthy fat to your little one's diet, and sprinkling trail mix on top is a great way to get your toddler excited about snack time. Let them take over and create their own! Set out individual bowls of nuts, dried fruit, and other mix-ins and let everyone create his or her own perfect bowl.  

  • Add chocolate chips 4 of 9
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    When in doubt, add chocolate. You don't have to add a ton, but those sweet bites balance the salty nuts so well, and they are part of what makes trail mix so addicting. Take it up a notch and find some fun holiday-themed chocolate candies to add, depending on the time of year!

  • Put it into a fun container 5 of 9
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    It's all about the packaging. I have found that my toddler will eat (and reject!) things based almost entirely on presentation rather than taste. Try a fun snack container like this Caterpillar stack. Little fingers have fun digging out the pieces, and the whole thing can be a fun toy to play with at the end.

     

    Photo from Booninc.com

  • Add coconut flakes 6 of 9
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    Coconut makes for a delicious addition to any trail mix, and this ingredient is fun for toddlers because of its unique taste and texture. Pair with dried mango, yogurt chips, and macadamia nuts for a fun Caribbean twist on trail mix!

  • Stir it into applesauce 7 of 9
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    My son loves applesauce, and on a picky day it's one of the few things I can always count on him to eat.  Try stirring trail mix into applesauce for a healthy, crunchy twist!

     

    Bonus: Stirring trail mix into something that's a little bit sticky and gooey like this will help it hold together well and (hopefully) stay on the spoon!

  • Mix in crystallized ginger 8 of 9
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    This is one of those things where a little goes a long way. These little bursts of big flavor add a big boost to an otherwise ordinary trail mix. Tangy, sweet, and just a little bit spicy — these are unexpected and fun for kids and adults alike!

  • Get creative with dried fruit 9 of 9
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    Dried fruit is a pretty standard part of trail mix, but there are so many ways to go beyond basic raisins. Try adding things that are fun and different from the norm: dried bananas, mangos, papayas, pineapple, and more!

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