The other day my baby wanted a snack and I decided to give him some yogurt-covered cranberries that we had on hand that nobody seemed to be eating. Well, he LOVED them, so then I decided to try some leftover dried blueberries that again, nobody seemed to be eating. He loved them too. I added some pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds) to the mix, and he also loved those. The last thing I added was sesame stick bits. I got everything from Nuts.com; we order stuff from them often. Baking supplies, snacks, nuts, dried fruit, etc. We regularly get pepitas, shelled pistachios, sesame sticks, chocolate covered sunflower seeds, almond flour, etc. I've gotten specialty items like pistachio paste for a special brownie recipe, and they have pectin for jam making too. (I haven't tried it yet, though.)
This mixture is a lot more filling and healthy than traditional toddler snack foods (goldfish crackers, etc.) I'm not saying he never has the other stuff, because he does sometimes, but he definitely prefers this mix or something similar. He's actually not a huge fan of the goldfish. Anyway, I keep this mix in a portable container and keep it in the car for when we're out and about or out to lunch or something. I'll give links for each ingredient below, in the recipe. You can probably find similar items at a store with bulk foods. I like that there's no trans-fats in the Nuts.com ones, though. Whole Foods would be good. You can add anything you want to Toddler Trail Mix! Just make sure it's something your toddler likes, is safe (not a chocking hazard), will keep a while, and is won't crumble when combined with other other ingredients. I left out dry cereal for this reason.
Toddler Trail Mix
by What a Dish!
Note: Measurements are approximate
1/2 cup small sesame stick bits
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/2 cup yogurt-covered cranberries
1/2 cup pepitas (we use roasted & salted)
1. Combine ingredients in an airtight container. (Try different cominations of your toddler's favorite things! Or introduce new foods this way.)
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