Easy Trail Mix Recipe + Tips on Making School Lunches Healthy and Fun For Kids

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Hey Moms and Dads, I have been coming up with creative ways to make kids lunch healthy, fun and delicious and came across this easy trail mix recipe.

Hey Moms and Dads, I have been coming up with creative ways to make kids lunch healthy, fun and delicious and came across this easy trail mix recipe.Easy Trail Mix + Healthy Fun School Lunches

It’s a great addition to any lunchbox like my Bento Box Turkey Club Roll-ups, which is also great in keeping each food group organized and separated.

If you’re a parent like me you’re probably busy buying lunchboxes and backpacks to get the kids ready for school. My toddler is starting preschool this September, where did the summer go !

This is my first sponsored post, but a topic I can really relate to. With a toddler about to start preschool I couldn’t pass this up. When cooking for kids, my focus is always on healthy rather than skinny.

My teen is now in college, so I have plenty of experience packing lunch as I spent a little over 12 years doing it. My teen was as picky as they come, so I had to get creative with her. My strategy is to get the kids involved, make it fun and I bet they’ll eat it! Here are a few ideas that worked for me…

Take The Kids Shopping With You

When you involve your kids in the lunch-making process, chances are pretty good they will eat what they find in their lunchbox.

Hey Moms and Dads, I have been coming up with creative ways to make kids lunch healthy, fun and delicious and came across this easy trail mix recipe.

My toddler loves the supermarket and I enjoy bringing her along. She helps me pick out the fruits and vegetables she likes and I make it a positive experience for both of us. Pictured above she is helping me pick out the nuts and dried fruit to use in our trail mix recipe (recipe below).

Get the Kids Involved in the Kitchen !

If they make it, they will eat it – let them help!

I’m obsessed with sandwich cutters, aren’t they fun? They come in all sorts of fun shapes such as butterflies, hearts, dinosaurs, dolphins and more but you can even use cookie cutters and get the kids to help.

Hey Moms and Dads, I have been coming up with creative ways to make kids lunch healthy, fun and delicious and came across this easy trail mix recipe.

Hey Moms and Dads, I have been coming up with creative ways to make kids lunch healthy, fun and delicious and came across this easy trail mix recipe.

Pack Lots of Healthy Snacks

Snacks are by far my kids’ favorite part about lunch, they love variety so I pack lots of stuff. Every child is different so pack the foods your kids enjoy, here are some ideas:

Hey Moms and Dads, I have been coming up with creative ways to make kids lunch healthy, fun and delicious and came across this easy trail mix recipe.

  • Fruit and veggies cut-out in fun shapes
  • Grape tomatoes with little toothpicks
  • Baby carrots
  • Pretzels and hummus
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Baked tortilla chips and salsa
  • Mini homemade muffins
  • Homemade granola bars
  • Trail mix (recipe below)

Hey Moms and Dads, I have been coming up with creative ways to make kids lunch healthy, fun and delicious and came across this easy trail mix recipe.

And finally a recipe even the kids can make! Instead of packing chips, make some trail mix. It’s a great snack for kids or adults which can be modified to suit anyone’s taste. Use whatever combination of dried fruit and nuts your kids enjoy and you can even add some granola, yogurt raisins, pretzels, cereal or chocolate to the mix.

Thank you GLAD for bringing us this post. Learn how to make your kids’ summer daze into school days by clicking here to find Mom Made recipes and tips from GLAD.

I would love to hear your tips, how do you make school lunch healthy and fun?

Hey Moms and Dads, I have been coming up with creative ways to make kids lunch healthy, fun and delicious and came across this easy trail mix recipe.
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Easy Trail Mix

146 Cals 2.9 Protein 21 Carbs 6.8 Fats
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Yield: 10 servings
COURSE: Snack
CUISINE: American
Hey Moms and Dads, I have been coming up with creative ways to make kids lunch healthy, fun and delicious and came across this easy trail mix recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup diced dried fruit, such as mango or apples
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/3 cups dried blueberries
  • 1/2 cup unsalted almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsalted pistachios
  • 1/2 cup chocolate covered raisins

Instructions

  • Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Notes

Makes 2 1/2 cups.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 cup, Calories: 146kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 2.9g, Fat: 6.8g, Saturated Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 42mg, Fiber: 2.4g, Sugar: 12.7g
WW Points Plus: 4
Keywords: easy trail mix, fun lunches for kids, fun school lunch ideas, healthy lunchboxes for kids, healthy school lunches for kids

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91 comments

  1. Ideas are great, looking for myself. But the Freestyle points are too high for lunch.

  2. Lot's of schools are nut free. Substitute pumpkin and sunflower seeds for the almonds and pistachios….my kids love them!

  3. Cute, pretty, innovative and very very tasty 😀

  4. Like it very very nice thank you so much ^_^
    Those shapes look co cute 🙂

  5. Where did u get the sandwich cutters from..please let me know
    thanks
    felicialetran@yahoo.com

  6. Love all the school lunch ideas and comments by the followers!!! My daughter goes to a nut-free school. Any ideas for a trail-mix without any nuts?!

  7. Hi Gina These are all delicious recipes like always. With my son he is allergic to eggs, nuts and peanuts–even worchestershire sauce for legume(tamarind) related to peanuts. If you have ideas for breakfast and lunch please pass on. Thanks!