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Create Your Own Snack Mix

Create Your Own Snack Mix

 

          Homemade snack mixes can be an inexpensive and healthful option for children and adults. With kid-friendly ingredients grab-and-go snacks can be served between summer activities or take them along on family vacations.

          Invite children into the kitchen to help you assemble the snack mixes and place them in single-serving zip-top plastic snack bags. Be sure to make snack mixes in a quantity you will use within a few weeks and store in a cool, dry place

          Homemade snack mixes are usually lower in calories, sodium and sugar. Cereal-based snack mixes provide a variety of nutrients. Dried fruits and bite-size crackers are healthier options than many popular snacks such as chips, cookies and candy. To even more fiber and nutrients, choose the “whole grain” option when selecting cereal products.

           Create your own mixes by blending your favorite ingredients in a large bowl. The following formulation, with all ingredients, will make about 25 (¼-cup) snacks. Experiment with your favorite healthful snack ingredients.

✴ 4 cups cereal of various shapes- Examples: Whole grain or multigrain squares or rings

✴ 1 cup bite-sized crackers– Examples: Goldfish, Animal Crackers, cheese crackers

✴ ½ cup dried fruit -– Examples: raisins, dried cranberries, apples, blueberries

✴ ½ cup nuts (optional) – Examples: peanuts, almonds, mixed nuts

✴ ¼ cup “treat” (optional) – Examples: chocolate chips, butterscotch chips

 

          The following recipes were portioned to be 100 calories or less.

         

No-bake Snack Mix

4 c. cereal squares (such as corn or wheat Chex or Crispix)

1¼ c. whole-grain cracker (such as Wheat Thins)

1¼ c. bite-size cheddar cheese crackers (such as Goldfish)

1½ Tbsp. vegetable oil

½ (1-oz.) envelope ranch salad dressing mix

          Combine cereal and crackers in large bowl. Drizzle with oil and stir gently.

Sprinkle with dressing mix and stir gently. Place in an air-tight container.

          Makes 26 (¼-cup) servings. Each serving has 60 calories, 2 g fat, 1 g protein, 8 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber and 140 mg sodium.

 

Peanutty Cereal Snack Mix

5 c. wheat squares (such as Mini-Wheats)

1½ c. cereal squares (such as corn or wheat Chex or Crispix)

½ c. toasted oat rings cereal (such as Cheerios)

1 c. raisins

2 Tbsp. margarine

2 Tbsp. light corn syrup

½ c. smooth peanut butter

          Mix cereals and raisins together in a large bowl; set aside. Melt margarine on low heat; add corn syrup and peanut butter. Cook until the mixture comes to slight boil, stirring often. Pour over the dry mixture and mix well. Spread the snack mix on wax paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.

          Makes 32 (¼-cup) servings. Each serving has 90 calories, 3 g fat, 2 g protein, 15 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber and 40 mg sodium.

 

Chocolate Cereal and Fruit Snack Mix

¼ c. butter or margarine

1½ tsp. sugar

1½ tsp. unsweetened cocoa (optional)

¼ tsp. cinnamon

1½ c. bite-sized crisp rice squares cereal

1½ c. bite-sized crisp wheat squares cereal

1 c. toasted oat rings cereal (such as Cheerios)

½ c. small graham crackers (such as Teddy Grahams)

¾ c. dried fruit bits (such as dried cranberries)

½ c. chocolate chips

          In 4-quart microwave-safe bowl, place butter or margarine. Microwave on high for one minute or until melted. Stir in sugar, cocoa and cinnamon. Add cereals and graham crackers. Stir until evenly coated. Microwave on high three minutes, stirring each minute. Stir in dried fruit. Microwave on high three minutes, stirring each minute. Cool completely. Stir in chocolate chips. Store in tightly covered container in cool, dry place. Makes about 11 cups mix.

          Makes 22 (¼-cup) servings. Each serving has 100 calories, 4 g fat, 1 g protein, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber and 30 mg sodium

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