My daughter is one of the pickiest eaters around! She’s terrified of cheese and also hates sauce. She used to get so bored of her snacks, too. It’s challenging to get her to eat enough food throughout the day, so while switching up her snacks helps, it can also be a painful process to buy, store, and swap out snacks time and again. Here’s what I’m doing about it—homemade trail mix!
Snacks for Picky Eaters
I’ve found plenty of healthy (and a few not-as-healthy) snack options ranging from pretzels and Goldfish crackers to edamame, raisins, Craisins, Cheerios, and other assorted tidbits. I’ve also found that filling my daughter’s snack cup with just one kind of snack often results in a lot of wasted snack that goes stale before it’s eaten.
I’ve found that Natalie really enjoys options, in a sense that she likes to pick and choose items from a larger selection. Homemade trail mix is perfect for this! She likes choosing her own colors from the crayons, picking out her own lollypop, M&Ms, or sticker rewards when she goes potty, and so forth.
I’ve taken this approach with her snack habits as well. Homemade toddler trail mix seems to be the solution at times. In fact, when I made three different trail mix recipes for this article, and I asked her which she wanted, she decided to keep them all and eat them at once. Not my intention, but I certainly wasn’t going to deny her when I’m grasping at straws trying to get her to eat enough!
Toddler trail mix is a simple and successful way to keep picky kids interested in food, so here’s what I do.
Homemade Trail Mix Recipe for Kids
These homemade trail mix recipes for kids should do the trick in offering a creative snack little ones can customize to their heart’s content. Gather some of your child’s favorite snacks, or at least ones you’d like him or her to try. Things that are small, already in tidbit form, are perfect for making your own toddler trail mix.
Here are some of my favorite trail mix ingredients:
- Yellow Raisins
- Yogurt Covered Raisins
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitos)
- Freeze-dried Peas
- Mini Marshmallows
- Tiny Graham Crackers
- Goldfish Crackers
- Pretzel Goldfish
- Mini Pretzels
- Chocolate Chips
- White Chocolate Chips
When making trail mix, homemade can be just as good if not better than store bought. The best thing is there is no real recipe here. You just throw a few pinches of each ingredient you want to include into your child’s snack cup or a bowl, or a plastic Ziploc baggie if you will be supervising, for example, at church.
Cheerios Trail Mix
Cheerios cereal is just about as perfect as it gets for homemade trail mix! Kids and adults love it and it’s a healthy choice. Cheerios also pair well with other tidbits, making it a versatile ingredient for your toddler’s easy snack.
Cheerios Trail Mix
- 1/4 cup Cheerios
- 1/4 cup Yogurt Raisins
- 1 /8 cup Craisins
- In a small bowl, add 2 tbsp Cheerios.
- Add yogurt raisins and Craisins (dried cranberries). Mix well and serve!
When making up a Cheerios trail mix for your kids, keep in mind that you can make it yourself or let them create their own homemade trail mix. Here are some fun combinations to consider matching up with Cheerios.
- Cheerios, Yogurt Raisins, White Chocolate Chips
- Craisins, Cheerios, Mini Pretzels
- Cheerios, Chocolate Chips, Raisins
Homemade trail mix with cereal offers a healthy snack at home or on the go. It’s perfect for a car ride, a hike, or just playing outside in the backyard. Rainy days have got nothing on your kid’s homemade trail mix. Let your little one guide you in coming up with other fun Cheerios trail mix combinations!
Homemade Toddler Trail Mix Tips
I have a few tips to help you keep your sanity and to make this a successful snacking option for everyone involved.
- For really little ones, avoid chocolate and other messy ingredients. That way you won’t have to worry as much about messy hands and what they can do to your home, car, or possessions.
- Mix and match the ingredients as often as you like. Try to avoid making the exact same combination throughout the week – variety is the spice of life, especially for a toddler!
- Make a few different homemade trail mix recipes and store them. Use airtight containers so you can easily take these snack mixes with you or serve them up on a whim.
- Use a snack cup with a screw-top lid (like our favorite, the Munchie Mug) for best results. With all the little pieces you’ll find in trail mix for kids, you really don’t want to be hunting for them in your car or all over your kitchen floor.
If you have other trail mix ideas for kids, please share your suggestions in our comments below!