August 30 is National Trail Mix Day. This is a perfect day to make — and EAT! — trail mix with your grandchildren.
It is so easy to make. You don’t need any special recipe. Just gather munchie type foods, dump them in a big bowl, and stir them. Voila! You’ve got trail mix.
Here’s a list of fun things to put in your mix:
your favorite kind of nuts — peanuts, almonds, cashews, macadamia, walnuts, pecans
sunflower seeds or yogurt-covered peanuts
dried fruit — apricots, bananas, Craisins, pineapple, apricots, blueberries, cherries, apples
white chocolate, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, butterscotch, or peanut butter chips
raisins (Eewww! I can’t believe I put those on the list. I think raisins are nasty! Well, golden raisins are not as bad . . . )
Those listed above are the usual suspects found in trail mix. But why not go out on a limb and put in different things? Like Cheerios — especially Honey Nut or Apple Cinnamon — or puffed rice cereal, Chex cereal, granola cereal, or Frosted Mini Wheats. Or goldfish crackers, Teddy Grahams, mini pretzels or pretzel sticks, animal crackers, Golden Grahams, or pumpkin seeds.
A little bit of popcorn can be fun for kids. And for whose who have mature taste buds, you can throw in a smattering of wasabi peas or Triscuit crackers.
Instead of having M&M candy that melts, put in gummy worms or gummy bears. Or Swedish fish. Or Dots candy or Nibs or Mentos. Good and Plenty Licorice would be yummy, too.
You get the idea. Simply mix together stuff that you and your grandkids like to eat.
After you mix all of your ingredients in a large bow, fill sealable plastic bags with your trail mix.
Then, set out on a hike with your grandkids. It could just be out to a shady spot in your back yard, around the block, or up in the hills. Oh. And if you leave home, be sure to take water. Some of these mixes could make you VERY thirsty!
I hope you have a happy Trail Mix Day!