As a kid, I always enjoyed a couple of handfuls of trail mix as I headed to skating practice. That was many decades ago when peanuts were welcome at school along with almonds and walnuts. At that time, even M&Ms seemed to be an acceptable addition. However, times have changed–peanuts are banned, nuts are close behind and M&M are under scrutiny because of dyes that may be implicated in problematic behavior in children .Out with the old and in with the new…Trail Mix 2.0!
This is a simple after school snack that gives a boost of energy along with blood-sugar balancing nutrition—perfect for the car before you head off to lessons or practice but just as great when your children get home from school irritably demanding their after school snack.
The perfect Trail Mix 2.0 needs a few key super ingredients for your discerning child.
- Seeds: The best kind to buy are sprouted which make all the nutrients more available as well as more easily digested. I love Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds or Sprouted Sunflower Seeds. I have even seed Sprouted Watermelon Seeds which would be a neat seasonal snack for summer.
- Dried Fruit: There are numerous choices here. You can choose raisins, cranberries, currants, blueberries, unsulfured apricots, mangos, pineapple, Medjool dates or figs. Make sure you take the pits out and cut into small pieces if they are large. In my current mix I’ve also included dried pomegranate seeds which pack a huge antioxidant one-two punch.
- Chocolate: I love dark mini chocolates but you can also buy dark chocolate chunks or even your favorite 70% or more dark chocolate bar and break it up into small pieces. I’ve included cacao nibs for a less sweet version.
- Coconut: You’ve got a few choices here. You can buy unsweetened shredded coconut, flaked or even toasted. To toast the coconut, put a tablespoon of coconut oil in a skillet on medium and let the flakes toast for 5-6 minutes. You can just as easily buy toasted coconut but you’ll be missing out on the amazing tropical smell.
One more suggestion for the busy mom: have your kids build their own Trail Mix 2.0. They might be that much more likely to choose their project over other high carbohydrate sugary snack that a friend might be eating.
If you or your children are lacking energy in the morning, download my FREE e-book, 7 Energizing Gluten-Free Breakfasts for Busy Moms. I also have a 28 Quick and Delicious After School Snacks Recipe e-book for $10.00 when you’re fresh out of ideas on what to feed your children on the way to lessons or practices.