Monday, August 19, 2013

Dried Fruit and Nut Healthy Trail Mix (GIVEAWAY CLOSED)

A super healthy on-the-go snack for your kids (or you too!) of homemade dried fruit and mixed nut trail mix!

Dried Fruit and Nut Healthy Trail Mix | Carla's Confections #healthy #trailmix #recipe

Today, some lovely blogging ladies and I have a special treat for you!

Partnership for a Healthier America, All Clad and a group of bloggers have gotten together to raise awareness of childhood obesity and to bring you some healthy Back to School breakfasts, snacks, lunches and dinners to keep those kiddos of yours healthy and ready for school!

Aaaaaaaaaand we are giving away some special treats for you! See at the bottom what that is!

Childhood obesity is a growing problem across America and has doubled in the past 30 years in children and more than tripled in adolescents in the last 30 years. 1 in 3 children are considered either overweight or obese. Let's change these statistics!

Dried Fruit and Nut Healthy Trail Mix | Carla's Confections #healthy #trailmix #recipe

When I was growing up, we didnt have video games. If we wanted to play, we went outside and rode our bikes, ran around the yard or kicked a soccer ball around. 

And when it came to eating, we ate what my mom put on the table or we didnt eat at all. She packed our lunches everyday, and every once in a while, we would get the treat of "hot lunch". My parents made us eat healthy and stay active. And we did just that. I am so thankful for that today, and I want to pass those same values onto my children.

One of those values will be eating healthy and having healthy snacks to eat throughout the day. Despite the fact that I am a desserts-mostly food blog, I make sure that my husband and I stay healthy and limit the amount of sweets in our diet to a minimum. I will be doing the same with our children one day.

I dont know about you, but I also like to snack. And when I was a kid, I would get home from school around 3:00pm and the first thing I would do is go straight to the pantry and dig for something to snack on.

Mind you, I walked home from school, so I earned that snack in my book ;)

I want to make sure when my kids get home from school and look for those snacks, all they will find is healthy snacks to munch on. Sweets as treats every now and then, but certainly not everyday.


Dried Fruit and Nut Healthy Trail Mix | Carla's Confections #healthy #trailmix #recipe

One of my favorite things to snack on, even to this day, is trail mix. I decided to make a homemade version using only the healthiest trail mix ingredients.

I dried the fruit out myself in the oven, low and slow. You could really do any fruit you would like, but I chose to do apples, peaches, bananas and blueberries instead of raisins. Then I just added peanuts (I used unsalted roasted peanuts, but you can choose whatever ones you would like), raw almonds and pistachios (save yourself the man power, and get them with the shells already off).

This would be perfect to stick in your children's "cold lunch" for a great on-the-go snack, or for when they get home from school with those afternoon munchies!!

So join me, the other lovely bloggers, Partnership for a Healthier America and All Clad with raising awareness, starting with you and your kiddos!

Here is what the other gals are cooking up for you today:

    And here are some other healthy snacks from Carla's Confections:
     To get to the giveaway, scroll past recipe :)

    Dried Fruit and Nut Healthy Trail Mix | Carla's Confections #healthy #trailmix #recipe
    Dried Fruit and Nut Healthy Trail Mix | Printable Recipe



    makes roughly 5 cups trail mix

    ingredients:
    • 1 apple
    • 1 peach
    • 1 banana
    • 2-3 cups blueberries, to preference (try to choose smallest blueberries)
    • 1 1/2 cup peanuts, unsalted if possible
    • 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
    • 3/4 cup pistachios, shells removed (you can buy this way)
    directions:
    1. Preheat oven to 170°F/76°C and line 3-4 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
    2. Thinly slice fruit into no larger slices than 1/8" thick. Leave blueberries unsliced.
    3. Lay out sliced fruit and blueberries on trays, leaving room around fruit slices to circulate air.
    4. Place in preheated oven 3-4 hours, until fully dried (between chewy and crunchy stage). Some fruit may take longer, depending on the size of the slice. The thinner the better. Turn fruit over every hour to make sure entire slice is drying out.
    5. You may have to do the fruit in batches and some fruit may take longer. Check on fruit often
    6. Once all fruit is dried and cooled, add all fruit into a large ziplock bag, followed by almonds, peanuts and pistachios.
    7. Seal bag, shake and store in refrigerator to keep fresh. Will last at least a week in fridge.
    NOTES: Feel free to use any fruit you desire, but some fruit may take longer to dry out. Choose smallest blueberries possible. You can add any nuts you choose, and any other healthy ingredients you prefer.

    © Carla's Confections 2013

    Giveaway Details: CLOSED



    You have the chance to win EITHER the Grand Prize of an All Clad 7-piece cooking set OR an 11" All Clad cooking pan!

    To enter, use the Rafflecopter giveaway widget below, and in order to be eligable, you MUST leave a comment on this blog post. This will enter you to win either the grand prize OR the 11" All Clad pan.

    The giveaway is open from NOW until Monday, August 24th at 12:00pm NOON EST. Winner for both the grand prize and the 11" pan will be drawn after that, contacted and will have 48hours to respond before another winner is chosen.

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    Disclosure:  This giveaway is sponsored by Partnership for a Healthier America and All Clad. I did not receive any compensation for this post.



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    40 comments :

    1. I grew up with those same values and always headed straight outside after I did my homework. For my younger sister (10 years younger) things were a little different. She was raised in more of the 'computer' savvy age and went straight to the computer or hand held gaming device after homework. It's amazing what 10 years difference will do. Now, that I have my own child, I'm hoping to lead by example and show him how fun it is to play and exercise outside after homework! :) P.S. This trail mix looks great! Perfect for a fall hike!

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    2. Sadly, I can't send nuts into school with my kids. But I bet they'd gobble this up as an after school snack!

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    3. What a great "cold lunch" treat! The perfect lunch box addition. :)

      And good for you for not going overboard with the sweets. You know that I have a problem with that but I'm working on it. ;)

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    4. I love homemade trail mix...and a healthy one makes it even better!

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    5. ok this recipe is life changing - why have I never tried drying my own fruit?!?!?

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    6. What a great idea for a healthy snack! Love how you can change it up and add whatever you like to it too!

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    7. This is so simple yet so healthy and convenient. I love this as a snack!!

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    8. Great recipe, I'll add this one to my healthy snack recipes and forward it to my daughter so she can make it for her boys.

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    9. I sometimes think I live on "trail mix". And I buy dried fruit and make it myself but I never thought of drying on own fruit!! DUH!! Definitely trying it on my next go around!

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    10. Love these as a snack at work. I like adding seasonal fruits or drying them in order to taste them all year round, that is what I did with strawberries!

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    11. This trail mix is so good!! I could eat it all day! This year I want to try and remain consistent with eating healthy snacks like this... time to throw away the crap in the cupboard.

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    12. Love the healthy eating idea, for me as well as for my upcoming grandchildren. Need to put that into practice more often in my own life and this will be a good addition towards better choices.

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    13. I am a trail mix fiend, I seriously always have some in my desk at work! I love this so much Carla!

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    14. I can't wait to make this! I always need snack! haha! Plus- I always try to make sure my students see my healthy snacks! What a good cause!

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    15. i plan to stick to my meatless monday's and too quit buying potato chips!!

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    16. I've been substituting avocado and applesauce for lots of the recipes I make that call for butter and other, less healthier fats. It's made a huge difference!

      GREAT giveaway, Carla... and your trail mix looks really good!

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    17. This year, we're trying to change our diet to gluten-free. Already I feel so much better!

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    18. I'm going to be cutting down on desserts.

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    19. Lots and lots more fruits and vegetables.

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    20. Love this healthy trail mix...pinned!

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    21. looks like a yummy snack for on-the-go! which most people are these days. especially my more than busy husband, who loves quick things to grab out of the cupboard just like this :)

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    22. I am going to buy tons of fresh fruit and really make it a bigger part of our diet.

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    23. love this, Carla!! i just went to whole foods and bought some trail mix...hangs head in shame...should've just made your awesome looking version :) :)

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    24. My son loves lunchables, but I'm going to try to make my own healthier nitrite-free versions!

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    25. Mmm! This looks and sounds amazing, Carla! I love homemade snacks!

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    26. I want to start making healthier lunches!

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    27. Well well I have gotten rid of all sugar in the house and chips, I am not telling them they cannot have them just at home we will leave them out. This snack mix looks great, something healthy to keep in the car to snack on.

      April
      April824@comcast.net

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    28. I'm going to aim for more healthier lunches. *must resist thing pre-packed!*

      -tc
      counting_shipwrecks at yahoo dot com

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    29. we're going to have healthier after school snacks!

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    30. More fruits and vegetables with lunch!

      -Shannon

      shannonc at jhu dot edu

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    31. I'm going to try to make healthier side dishes with dinner!

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    32. I love that you dried the fruit yourself! This trail mix needs to come with us on our next road trip!

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    33. Love this healthy snack idea, Carla! Looks so delicious and easy. Thanks for the giveaway, too!

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    34. I'm preparing healthy make ahead snacks for my grandkids so when they come home there is a healthy snack waiting for them.

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    35. I'll going to try to keep healthy lunch choices in the house so I don't have to say, "I'm sorry, you're going to have to buy today."

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    36. I make a wonderful granola with oatmeal and nuts, but I haven't tried it with dried fruits -- what a great idea! And thanks for this giveaway opportunity, too.

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    37. More fresh ingredients and local products.

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    38. I definitely need to find a creative way to introduce more whole grains into lunches. My kids do not like sandwiches.

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    39. My wife always looking for these kind of healthy blogs because she is dietician with profession. She care about her physique and also suggest other women in her clinic daily. I hope she like this dried fruit and nut meal mix, by sharing this blog i also get some appreciation from her side. Grateful to you for sharing this post at right time.

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    40. Wonderful post, I Love dry fruits. My mom used to dry apple, berries, and apricot. However, most of the time I brought dried fruits from an online store. Here is the link of the store http://www.chocholik.com/shop/nuts/dried-fruits/ which I prefer the best for dealing dried fruits.

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