Make a Healthful Batch of Trail Mix for Your Kids

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.

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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.

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Make your own

One of the best things about trail mix is that it’s super easy to make and can be catered to your unique tastes. Start by picking out some nuts — our almonds and pistachios are delicious and crunchy! Then, throw in your favorite dried fruits, like our apricots, peaches, or mangoes.

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Once you’ve established a healthy base of nuts and fruits, you can get creative. Try adding some of your favorite cereals or crackers. Then, mix in a little candy and some of our Berry Nut Bounty mix. Making trail mix is a great opportunity to create your perfect blend of sweet and savory flavors.

By whipping up a batch of your own unique trail mix full of our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts, you and your kids can enjoy a delicious treat that will keep your energized all day long.

After School Snack Ideas

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!

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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.

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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 the ham and cheese onto our crackers along with a dab of our Sweet Hot Mustard.

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Cheese and Fruit Stacks

Cheese and fruit are a perfect pairing your kids will be sure to enjoy. For a fun DIY snack, cut up an assortment of cheeses along with a selection of fresh fruits, such as Red Bartlett Pears, Fuji Apples, Yellow Nectarines, and White Peaches. Finish this healthy platter off with a heaping helping of our crackers.

After you’re done preparing, you can show your kids how they can make their own snacks by topping their crackers with a variety of cheese and fruit. Your kids will have a blast discovering their favorite combinations.

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By preparing one of these three fun and healthy recipes, your kids will love coming home for their afternoon snack. With Hickory Farms’ gourmet fruits and nuts, you can transform a normal after school snack into something truly delicious.

Healthy No-Cook Camping Snacks

Hiking, swimming, sleeping under the stars and, of course, enjoying fantastic foods in the wilderness are just a handful of things that make camping trips one of the best experiences you can have during the summer. So, make sure you pack a couple tasty snacks that can enhance your camping excursion by gathering some gourmet fruits and nuts for these great recipe ideas.

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Trail Mix Bar

Perhaps the best known camping snack, trail mix is simple to make, easy to store and packed with protein. For easier portability, form your trail mix into bars. Simply mix together rolled oats, peanut butter, brown sugar, a bit of salt and a handful of our Berry Bounty Nut Mix. Then, form the bars in a pan and refrigerate. Before leaving for your trip, slice the bars and wrap them in individual baggies.

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Stuffed Apples

Apples and peanut butter are a classic combination. But, you can enjoy a fun twist by stuffing the peanut butter into the fruit. Starting with our Fuji apples, remove the core and seeds from the center. Then, add a heaping spoonful of peanut butter. Finally, finish your snack off with a sprinkle of chocolate chips and nuts from Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin.

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Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Kabobs are a simple way to transport an assortment of fruits and cheeses. Make this super simple snack ahead of time by cutting our Farmhouse Cheddar and Smoked Cheddar Blend into pieces. Then, thread the cheese on the kabobs along with slices of our Comice pears and other fruits from our Dried Fruit Collection.

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Freezer Bag Ice Cream

Just because you don’t have a freezer doesn’t mean you can’t have ice cream. Start a new camping tradition by packing freezer bags filled with equal parts sugar and vanilla. When you’re ready to make the ice cream, place your sealed bags in larger bags with ice and rock salt. Then, shake until solid. You can top your icy treat with chopped nuts from our Colossal Cashews Gift Tin.

With these fun camping recipes featuring ingredients from our Hickory Farms gourmet fruits and nuts collection, you can enjoy healthy and homemade treats even while in the great outdoors.