Well, if I wasn’t already prepared for the first week of school, I am now because I am armed with snacks! Does anyone else have kids who get off the bus hungry or who need a little extra something in their backpack just in case hunger (from the latest growth spurt) suddenly strikes? I know others can relate so, while trail mix is nothing new, I’m excited to share some creative combinations we came up with as well as a great resource for the supplies in today’s new sponsored post.
Where I got all this good stuff
Of course, my grocery store sells items for trail mix and even offers them bulk-bin style, but there are only so many options that are dry roasted or lightly salted (for the nuts) and no sugar added (for the dried fruit). So I honestly felt like a little kid in a candy store when I first perused our sponsor’s website, Nuts.com, and saw all the different choices I can’t normally find!
This is what I got excited about:
- Dry Roasted Pepitas: AKA shelled pumpkin seeds
- Dried Cranberries WITHOUT Added Sugar: Soooo hard to find!
- Whole-Wheat Pretzels: Another rarity that we love
- Diced Dried Apricots and Figs: That’s right, diced so they are the perfect size for trail mix
- Marcona Almonds: Why are these so good compared to regular almonds? Yum!
- Roasted Cashews with 50% Less Salt: Some store bought nuts are so salty they literally hurt my tongue
- Mushroom Popcorn Kernels: A different shape is fun for something different
So I set up all this stuff on the counter, and my girls and I got to sampling. My 6th grader said, “You should buy stuff from this company more often!” It’s funny what excites you after years of the same homemade cashew and raisin trail mix combo. Sometimes it’s the little things in life. :)
The Trail Mix Recipes
Here are some of our favorite combos using what we ordered…
3 Creative Trail Mixes
Popcorn and Peanuts
- 1/3 cup popcorn kernels - popped and tossed with a little melted butter and salt, or other
- 1/2 cup peanuts - dry roasted, and salted
- 1/2 cup figs - dried, diced
Almonds and Apricots
Cashews and Cranberries
- 1 cup cashews - roasted
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds - dry roasted
- 1/3 cup cranberries - dried, preferably with no added sugar
Toss together each combination in a separate bowl and divide among air-tight snack bags or containers.
1. Dairy free if a substitute is used for the butter on the popcorn.
2. Gluten free if gluten-free pretzels are substituted.
3. We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
More About Nuts.com
Nuts.com is a family-owned company that’s been around since the 1920s! Obviously, they didn’t start out on the internet, haha. They now have more than 3,000 products (which goes back to all those fun and creative options you just don’t see elsewhere) including artisan and hard-to-find products as well as hundreds of gluten-free and organic items. Even though a lot has obviously changed over time, Nuts.com still does things the old fashioned way – roasting nuts fresh for every order and buying directly from growers to source the best products.
Speaking of trail mixes, take a look at their new “make your own trail mix” function that might help get your creative juices flowing. Oh, and I almost forgot – Nuts.com is offering four free gifts with your order of $25 or more so be sure to check it out soon. You can see all of the great options here! What’s your favorite trail mix combo?