In the kitchen with Kelley: Trail Mix

Every weekend, I fix a batch of trail mix for the kids and me. I dump a bunch of ingredients into a large bowl, toss and then fill sandwich bags about halfway for a healthy, grab-and-go snack.

The great thing about trail mix is its versatility. If you’re on a budget, you can choose inexpensive ingredients. If you’re allergic to certain foods, don’t include them. Use ingredients that best suit your family’s nutritional needs and taste preferences. Just use your imagination. It’s simple.

Trail Mix


  • Nuts: almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, peanuts, etc.
  • Seeds: sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, flax, etc.
  • Dried fruit: mango, apples, raising, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, apricots, strawberries, banana chips, pineapple chunks, dates, etc.
  • Grains: whole-grain cereal, toasted oats, etc.
  • Sweets: dark chocolate chips, yogurt-covered raisins, etc.
  • Savory extras: sesame sticks, coconut flakes, wasabi peas, etc.


  1. Put as much or as little of any combination of ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Spoon mix into zippered bags and seal.




Kelley Martin

By Kelley Martin

Kelley Martin is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the news for more than 20 years. She cooks for her family, and she shares recipes with the readers of Easy Health Options™.