Snack Idea: 3 Creative Trail Mixes

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.

Snack Idea - 3 Creative Trail Mixes on 100 Days of Real Food

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. :)

Snack Idea - 3 Creative Trail Mixes using Nuts.com on 100 Days of Real Food

The Trail Mix Recipes

Here are some of our favorite combos using what we ordered…

Snack Idea - 3 Creative Trail Mixes on 100 Days of Real Food

3 Creative Trail Mixes

Created using products from Nuts.com
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins
Print Recipe
Servings: 4 snack bags for each mix

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • Toss together each combination in a separate bowl and divide among air-tight snack bags or containers.

Notes

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.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
3 Creative Trail Mixes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 571 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Sodium 51mg2%
Potassium 728mg21%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 375IU8%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 5.3mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Snack Idea - 3 Creative Trail Mixes on 100 Days of Real Food

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?

Snack Idea - 3 Creative Trail Mixes on 100 Days of Real Food

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15 thoughts on “Snack Idea: 3 Creative Trail Mixes”

  1. Lynette W Strickland

    I have been ordering from nuts.com for several years now…so happy with their products! I get what’s referred to as ” pine nut mouth” and it’s awful. It made me scared to try pine nuts because even the ones at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have been known to cause it. Inly pine nits from certain places in the world cause this and only in a select population of people. It makes you have a terrible taste in your mouththat even toothbrushing and mouthwash can’t get rid of…lasts several days. Nuts.com guarantees their pinenuts to be from reputable areas…Italy, etc… Never a problem with their pinenuts bothering me at all…I can enjoy homemade pesto again!

  2. 4 stars
    I have been using Nuts.com for a while now. I just love the selection! I have been ordering the custom trail mix recently and trying different things. Great company and I love the cute peanut guys on the packaging.

  3. I’ve been on the hunt for a cranberry without added sugars. It’s not clear to me which of the options on Nuts.com is the “no added sugar”. I see the one that is “juice infused”, but I’d rather not have juice either. The others don’t note that they have sugar added and I can’t locate an ingredients label. Can you clarify? Thanks!

  4. I have been looking for 100% whole wheat pretzels for a LONG time. I sometimes buy the honey whole wheat ones from trader joes, but they contain white flour too. I’m very excited to try these, thank you! I think I’ll try the cranberries too, I tend to go through a lot of those making granola.

    1. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

      Hi there. If you click on the nuts.com link provided above you can peruse all their options among which are organic, raw, etc.

  5. My son has to bring a snack to keep at school for the week, like bars, crackers etc. that he can keep in the snack bin with his name on it. He doesn’t like a lot of the snack crackers out there and picky about granola bars. Do you have any ideas? He doesn’t want to be too different than the other kids and there is not a refrigerator in the class room.

  6. Suzanne VanDusen

    Lisa,
    I got your list last week with all sugar additives. With Nut.com it seems they have a lot of added sugars in their foods. Your thoughts?

    1. As with anywhere you shop – you still have to read the ingredients labels! Of course I avoided the items with added sugar and stuck with the ones listed above. There were others that fit the bill (outside of this list in my trail mix recipes) that I did get this time, but might try for next time.

    2. Hi Lisa
      Thanks for responding to quickly. What snack bars and other snacks would you recommend from Nut.com. I still give my daughter the Z Cliff bars but I am trying to find an alternative. Otherwise I will be in the kitchen baking forever. Lol. Thanks for sharing last week too.

      1. Try LaraBars. My daughter (who is picky) likes those. Even the ones with chocolate in them have better ingredients than most of the other bars out there.

    3. A lot of their items have sugar. :( I just recently did a bulk order at Made in Nature since dried cranberries are so hard to find. I really like their products a lot. My local Costco sells some of their items, but I wish they sold more! :)

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