A Timeless Snack That Creates Memories | We’re Talking Trail Mix!

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Trail mix is one of the best snacks. Whether it’s the coldest day of the winter or the hottest day of the summer, this customizable snack proves satisfying for any age – especially kiddos! Healthy, yet fun – trail mix is packed with a punch of nutrition and few tidbits of sugar that will have even the pickiest eater gladly consuming what you provide. And better yet, when you create trail mix together, you’re making memories that last a lifetime.


As the top ‘child care near me,’ Wollaston Child Care Center knows a thing or two about picky eaters, allergies, and dietary restrictions. With this in mind and National Trail Mix day around the corner, we’re taking the time to provide you with a few ideas to create the ultimate mix that your family will enjoy!


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Creating a Healthy Treat

Let us start by talking about an all too long misconception around trail mix – it’s bad for you. The answer here lies with the trail mix you eat! Sure, store bought mixes can be loaded with sugars and other additives. However, when you make your own trail mix, the health factor is in your hands! Making the right choices means a quick snack loaded with healthy fats, proteins, and fruit (this is where your sugar comes in). You need to remember that your body needs all of these elements to thrive! Health versus unhealthy comes into play by the choices you make to obtain the elements.


Good Fats and Sugars

Yes, there is such a thing as ‘good’ when it comes to fat and sugar. Below are a few choices to keep your trail mix on track in both departments, the healthy way!



  • Walnuts, Pistachios, Almonds, Peanuts, etc.

Any type of nut works well when it comes to trail mix. However, when making your selection, choose a nut that is uncoated and raw. If you like them roasted, try this yourself at home to keep things healthy. If there is a nut allergy, or your school is nut-free, seeds provide a high level of protein as well! 



  • Cranberries, Apricots, Raisins, Blueberries, Bananas, Mango, etc.

Like nuts, when choosing dried fruit opt for the uncoated. Fruits are naturally high in sugar, so adding other ingredients will bump this ingredient to the ‘unhealthy’ category in no time.


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  • Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame, Chai, etc.

As mentioned, seeds offer high levels of protein as well as iron, vitamins and minerals. Of course, depending on the age of your child you may want to bypass this option due to the size and choking hazard. If this is the case, adding avocado oil to your mix provides protein as well.


Don’t Forget the Fun Stuff 

What’s a trail mix without a little fun? Whether you opt for nutritious granola or a few marshmallows or pieces of dark chocolate, this is one element that you don’t want to miss – especially with children. 


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August 31st is National Trail Mix day! Take advantage of this time to create a memory with your child, and a yummy snack at the same time!


Still searching for a ‘child care near me?’

Save yourself the time and give our family at Wollaston Child Care Center a call! With various programs for all ages, you will feel welcomed the moment you walk through the door. We are open 7am until 6pm Monday through Friday. Contact our team today by calling 617-773-7217.