Nut Free, Lunch Box Ready, Trail Mix
Many schools across the country are going “Nut Free” to protect the students with nut allergies. For many parents it presents a bit more thoughtfulness in packing school lunch. One thing my kids like to take to school (whether they eat it at lunch, or during breaks) is trail mix. They like the mix of salty and sweet. I like the mix of healthy fats, carbs, and proteins! But to make sure all the kids at school are safe, it’s easy to substitute seeds for our nuts, and I promise, it tastes just as good!
Health Benefits of Seeds!
Seeds, such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp, all contain beneficial nutrients for our kids. Seeds contain:
- Healthy fats- Which is vital to building cell membranes, lubricating joints, and healing skin!
- Protein- Vital for building muscle
- Carbohydrates- SO important for our kids to feed their brains.
- Fiber- Keeps them regular! You know seeds are a good source of fiber the first time you eat too many of them.. lol
- Vitamins and minerals- While all the macronutrients are great, getting our vitamins and minerals from whole food sources like seeds is the best way to get maximum absorption.
Our go-to, nut free trail mix we make the most includes:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Dried cranberries (sweetened in juice- we find this in the bulk section at our health food store)
- Shredded coconut
- and Freeze dried berries
So, don’t let your kids get out of the door without a bag of trail mix to keep their bodies moving through a long day at school!
Nut Free, Lunch Box Ready, Trail Mix
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seed kernels
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup cranberries, dried
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup raspberries, freeze dried
- Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
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My daughter is allergic to nuts, so this is perfect, thank you! Also, please be careful if you are buying sunflower seeds that are not raw. Some say that they have been roasted in peanut oil. I buy raw sunflower seeds and roast them myself with a pinch of sea salt and voilah! 🙂
You can also add a little grapeseed oil and put it in the food processor and you have natural homemade “sun butter” 🙂
Thanks again! 🙂
I made up a batch this weekend for the kids to take to lunch. I used raisins, dried cranberries, bananas, pepitos, and of all things, grape nuts (they like the crunch!). I would love to add the freeze dried fruit but I don’t know where to find them. I saw something that looked like dried strawberries but they looked kind of candied and I don’t want the added sugar. Any suggestions?
Michelle! Definitely avoid any dried fruit that they’ve added sugar to. That’s why I love the freeze dried. It’s rare that they will add sugar to freeze dried. If you can’t find it, just replace it with regular dried, while of course, watching the ingredients so that it is ONLY the fruit!
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Loving all your posts and grateful for the awareness you are helping build around nut allergies. It’s so helpful for those of us trying to keep our kids safe and eating healthy. Thank you!
Trader’s Joe has freeze dried fruits, i often buy the strawberries, my kids love them!
I see that your recipe makes 2 1/2 cups. In terms of daily nutritional needs, what is the amount you would be packing into a lunch box? Thanks.
I would only send 1/4 cup in a lunch. @anna
Great, thanks for sharing idea, I must try this…..