My Favorite Trail Mix

I love snacks that are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. I came across this trail mix recipe when I was teaching 3rd grade. Every year my class would learn about the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska. One of the activities that my students loved most was to make a batch of trail mix similar to what the mushers (sled dog racers) eat to keep up their energy while racing.

Fun Fact to Share with your Kids: It is vitally important for mushers to snack along the trail every couple of hours to keep up their energy. Trail snacks have to be small pieces that can be easily eaten while frozen while at the same time flavorful and tempting to eat. Bags of trail mix are the perfect snack because in addition to being yummy and having bite size ingredients, the nuts provide protein and fat, the pretzels and cereal are carbohydrates, and the chocolate gives the mushers a quick boost of energy. 

 I have continued to make this recipe with my kids as a summer snack. It is great to take on a day hike, to the playground or enjoy as a mid-afternoon snack.  I dare you to only have a handful!

Trail Mix Recipe

  • 4 cups of Crispix
  • 2 cups of pretzel sticks
  • 1½ cups banana chips
  • 1½ cups dried cranberries
  • 1 cup unsalted dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Mix all the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

I’m not a big fan of raisins, so I personally love that this particular recipe includes dried cranberries instead of raisins. You can customize it to fit your family’s taste by substituting different dried fruits, cereals, or using m&m’s in place of chocolate chips. What is your favorite trail mix ingredient?

Fun Family Activity: Snow Day in July

As summer progresses we are bound to have a couple HOT days when we just want to stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning. One idea is to have a SNOW DAY in July. Spend the day reading and watching movies about Alaskan sled dogs while snacking on a big batch of trail mix that you make together. After the movie is over have everyone roll up the white socks in their drawer for a family snowball fight.

Here are a couple of my favorite books and movies about the Iditarod and Alaskan sled dogs to enjoy on your snow day.  I have linked reviews to the the images below so that you can check out the summaries, reading levels, and ratings.

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step into Reading)
Snow Dogs

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