It seems the standard practice in feeding our toddlers and kids snacks these days is to reach for processed foods. I never realize just how prevalent it is until I go to a park or to a play date and see other moms, armed with snacks for their little ones. What I see most often is goldfish crackers, cereals, or “fruit” snacks (and I don’t mean fresh fruit, I mean those little gummy things the marketers try to pass off as fruit).
I’m a mom and I know that convenience is important. I know I don’t always have the time and energy to have freshly baked crackers on hand. Sometimes Meghan wants something different than a piece of fruit for a snack. But I do know that I can find ways to feed her real foods for her snacks without totally exhausting myself in the process.
For me, it is totally worth it. I want Meghan’s diet to be made up of primarily whole, real food. Processed foods, like goldfish crackers, have shady ingredients that can be harmful. One example? Autolyzed yeast. Sounds innocent enough, right? Actually, that’s another way of stating: “MSG is in this product”. We all know that MSG has a list of negative effects and should be avoided. That’s why they use a different name in their label. (Check out this page for more information.)
Okay, I’m going to step off my soap box now and get to the recipe. This is a super easy trail mix that you can make and keep on hand for when you need a quick snack. Now that the weather is (finally!) warm, we’ve been on the go a lot and this type of snack comes in handy.
This recipe is totally customizable. If you don’t have a certain ingredient, sub it for what you do have. Make it your own!Print
Toddler Trail Mix
A toddler friendly homemade trail mix
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 4 cups 1x
- Category: Snacks
- Cuisine: American
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds–look for unsalted)
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup dried cherries
- Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight container.
*Use your discretion as to what foods your toddler is ready for.
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup
- Calories: 150
- Sugar: 11.5g
- Sodium: 3.3mg
- Fat: 9g
- Carbohydrates: 16g
- Protein: 3.9g
Keywords: healthy snack
I love this mix. Only adding chocolate chips would make it better. 😉
I want you all to know that while I would never buy goldfish crackers or similar snacks for Meghan, I do know that having a few will not harm her. We were at a dear friend’s house this weekend and Meghan was offered some goldfish crackers. She ate them and I didn’t say a word. I choose not to be “that mom” who lectures other moms on their food choices. It’s just not my style. Whenever I can, I bring food for Meghan when we go to other people’s houses, but when I don’t, she eats what she’s offered and I know she’ll be okay. 🙂