Make a Healthful Batch of Trail Mix for Your Kids

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If you’re looking for a healthy snack that can provide your kids with plenty of energy for the school day, trail mix is a great option. Full of nutrients and vitamins, trail mix is easy to pack, store and make. You can whip up your own batch to celebrate National Trail Mix Day on Aug. 31 with our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts, along with these simple guidelines. The benefits of trail mix Trail mix is packed with variety of vitamins, a good amount of protein and a bit of fat. Each of these nutrients will break down differently in your body. Some forms of carbohydrates, such as dried fruit, are absorbed quickly, giving your kids an instant burst of energy. Granola and pretzels are examples of carbohydrates that break down more slowly, resulting in longer-lasting energy. Protein, found in seeds and nuts, keeps your kids full, while the sweeter notes, such as chocolate chips or dried coconut, can be added for extra flavor. By creating the proper balance, trial mix can be a delicious treat that gets you going and staying alert. Make your own One of the best things about trail mix is that it’s super easy to make and can be catered …
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After School Snack Ideas

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With school just around the corner again, it’s time to start planning for some energizing after school snack recipes for your kids. The perfect treat should be able to hold your hungry students over until dinnertime. For a light meal that’s sure to please your little ones, whip up one of these delicious post-school snack recipes! Grilled Cheese Bites For a fun twist on the classic cheese sandwich, try making these miniature grilled cheeses. Start by cutting up large slices delicious cheese, such as our Smoked Gouda, Farmhouse Cheddar, or Parmesan Herb Blend. Then, in a shallow dish, crush up a handful of our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers and mix the cracker crumbs with Italian seasoning and pepper. In a second bowl, use a whisk to beat an egg until fluffy. Next, coat your cheese in the egg mixture before rolling the slices in the cracker crumbs. Then, place the cheese slices on a grill pan and cook until slightly melted and gooey. For extra flavor, serve with warm marinara for dipping. Cracker Sandwiches For a tiny bite that packs in a ton of flavor, make a cracker club sandwich. Start by slicing our HoneyGold Ham and our Smoked Cheddar Blend into small pieces. Then, simply layer …
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Put a New Spin on Brown Bag Lunches

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Your kids might not be ready to close the door on summer and head back to school this fall, so Hickory Farms has compiled a list of some interesting lunchtime options you can use to spruce up their traditional brown bag fare. Check out our suggestions below. On hot days, a refreshing Pasta Salad with Sausage & Mozzarella is a healthy selection for school lunches. Just toss cooked pasta, spinach leaves, halved grape tomatoes and some Hickory Farms Summer Sausage together with olive oil and vinegar. Try a Turkey, Apple & Swiss Melt made with sliced turkey, cheese, thinly sliced red or green apple between hearty wheat bread. Give it some pizzazz with a light spread of our gourmet mustard and a touch of honey. Your kids won’t be trading this lunch with their schoolmates! This mayonnaise-free Chicken Salad with Apple & Basil covers all the bases — it’s nutritious, delicious and a great lunch option. Lime juice, white vinegar and brown sugar take the place of mayonnaise, while chopped apples and your choice of nuts with fresh sliced basil and mint leaves add texture. When the temperature drops, kids will warm right up with this hearty Bean & Sausage Stew that’s perfect for a chilly autumn day. Simmer our Turkey Summer Sausage, a can of beans, …
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