Trail mix is a perfect kids snack, no matter what time of year. Just a slight change up with healthy ingredients turns common trail mix, into Christmas Trail mix!
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How Do You Make a Healthy Christmas Trail Mix?
Holidays are usually filled with lots of sweets, decadent treats, sugar and more sugar! Kids seem to get treats from school, friends, parties and family. Our trail mix has a good balance of sweet, salty and crunchy but with whole foods that provide a concentrated source of nutrients for kids so that their sweet tooth can be satisfied while also eating foods that are good for them. For the red white and green Christmas colors in our Christmas trail mix, we love these ideas:
Red: Dried cranberries, dried or freeze dried strawberries and raspberries, or dried plums.
Green: Pumpkin seeds, pistachios, dried kiwi
White: Yogurt covered raisins, coconut, banana chips, dried apples
We love to use dried fruit in our trail mix recipes. Dried fruit is great for kids who won’t stop playing long enough to eat something substantial. Dried fruit is a concentrated source of vitamins and fiber. This makes it a convenient choice for hiking, all-day holiday shopping, or playing in the snow!
Healthy Holiday Snacking
Once school ends for the holiday break, kids are home all day and snacks are back just like over summer break! We think it is a great idea to involve your kids in making some healthy snacks to have on hand. If the weather doesn’t allow them to play outside, then cooking in the kitchen is a great indoor activity! Kids love crafts and food crafts are a great way to combine an activity and a snack! Check out our 25 Christmas Snacks post for some great ideas your kids can help make.
More Healthy Holiday Snack Ideas
Christmas Trail Mix
- 1 cup Cheerios
- 1 cup mixed nuts, no salt added
- 1 cup cranberries, dried
- 1 cup pumpkin seed kernels
- 1 cup yogurt covered raisins
- Mix ingredients together or layer in a holiday container by colors.
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