Monday, March 20, 2006

St. Patrick's Day Parade Snack Mix


Today, more than ever, parents want to provide healthy snacks for their children. This March 17th, take along a mix of nuts, fruits, and grains, plus bottled water, instead of cookies and colas as you watch the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

There are many ways to assemble a snack mix. You first need to decide whether you want it salty, sweet or fruity. All of these recipes call for easy to find ingredients. Just remember, when buying ingredients, look for fruit that isn’t sugar coated and nuts and grains free of sulfites or other preservatives.

Note: Peanuts and other small nuts are choking hazards to small children. Make sure your children are quiet and attentive when enjoying their snack.

St. Pat’s Sweet Mix
1 ½ cups -sugar-free green jelly beans
1 ½ cups -yogurt peanuts
1 ½ cups -carob covered raisings
2 cups -Teddy Graham Crackers @
1 cup -golden raisins

St. Pat’s Salty Mix
2 cups -mini-pretzels
2 cups -cheese crackers
2 cups -sunflower seeds
1 cup -honey roasted peanuts
1 cup -roasted Cashews

St. Pat’s Fruity Mix
2 cups -banana chips
2 cups -apricot bits
2 cups - pineapple chunks
2 cups - dried Dates
1 cup -dried apple slices

Place ingredients for each mix recipe in a zip lock bag, then shake to blend. Each recipe will make approximately seven to eight cups of snack mix, depending on the size of your pretzels, dried fruit pieces, etc.. Make individual portions in small sandwich size zip lock bags.Of course you can always put your own twist on each mix. It's as easy as packing up the kids, a couple of bags of snack mix and enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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