My kids are old enough to make most of their own lunches. They can reheat leftovers for their Thermos and usually make their own sandwiches. For snacks, we keep a big bowl of treats that they can choose to go along with whatever fruit or veggies they pack. The bowl has a mix of prepackaged treats like granola bars and krispie treats but we also have homemade goodies too. These homemade treats might be healthy muffins, nut-free granola or my son's homemade cereal mix. The one I'm sharing today has pumpkin seeds, cereal, dehydrated raspberries, dried cranberries and mini Hersey kisses. My 8-year old loves putting everything into a big mixing bowl, swirling it around and placing scoops of the mix into snack size bags.
Anything could go into your version of the mix. Other ideas my kids have come up with include:
- hemp seeds
- bran buds
- sunflower seeds
- nuts (unless you have a nut free school)
- dried apricots
- your favorite cereal
This really doesn't need a recipe but here are the proportions we used for our School Snack Mix.
4 cups cereal (we used Chex)
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 mini Hershey Kisses (or other chip)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dehydrated raspberries (ours are from Trader Joe's)
Place everything in a big bowl and gently mix.
Scoop into reusable containers or resealable snack bags.
How many portions you get will depend on size of scoops. Ours made 8 snack sized bags.