Snack Time! Try This Healthy, Whole Wheat Recipe

Filed under: Nutrition: Health, Mealtime

It doesn't matter what time of day it is or where you are. You could be travelling from one event to another, sitting at a hockey game or even at home on your couch. Sometimes, a toddler just needs a snack. Thankfully, this is one snack recipe that the whole family will find hard to resist.

Compared to a traditional snack food of deep-fried potato chips or fat-laden crackers with bleached flour, this is a perfect, healthy alternative that you can actually feel good about serving to your tot. Not only do the nuts provide healthy monounsaturated fat, but this counts for almost 25 percent of your child's daily fibre in just one serving. And even better -- you can personalize the recipe to meet the needs or taste buds of each of your family members. Add raisins, dried cranberries or even dark, mini chocolate chips for a touch of sweetness.

Snappy Snack Mix
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves 9 (about one cup per serving)

Get the full recipe, after the jump...
3 cups corn cereal (like Corn Bran)
3 cups whole grain cereal (like Shreddies)
1 cup short stick pretzels (look for a low-sodium version)
1/2 cup pine nuts (or sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup almonds, unsalted
1/2 cup cashews, unsalted
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp sea salt
Optional: 1/2 tsp chili powder

  • Preheat oven 350F.
  • In a large bowl, mix all cereal, pretzels and nuts together.
  • In a small bowl, place olive oil, garlic powder, mustard and sea salt. Mix well.
  • Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spread the cereal and nut/seed mixture evenly over the sheet.
  • Pour the seasoning mixture over top and toss well.
  • Bake in the oven until the cereal starts to slightly brown (around 15 minutes).
  • Serve and enjoy!
Note: Rice cereals can make great substitutions in the place of corn or wheat cereals. Soy nuts, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds can be great additions, too. Use your imagination!

Nutrition Information:
One serving = 318 Calories, 20g Fat, 7g Protein, 32g Carbohydrates, 6.7g Sugar, 5.7g Fibre, 5.5mg Iron, 391mg Sodium

Karla Heintz, B.Sc., is a nutrition educator and author of Picky? Not Me, Mom! A Parents' Guide to Children's Nutrition. If you have a question you would like answered please leave it in the comment section below. Thanks!

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.