Autumn Snack Mix For Happy Snacking

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In preparation for back-to-school I decided to come up with some new after school snack ideas. I wanted to make something that we could easily bring with us to afternoon sports and activities. Since Lucas loves Goldfish® crackers so much I wanted to incorporate them into a snack mix and, with fall around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make a fall harvest themed one.

I used two varieties of Goldfish crackers- the Mix (which includes Xtra Cheddar and Pretzel Goldfish crackers) and the Original Cheddar flavor.

Along with Goldfish crackers I included a handful of other items that reminded me of fall. Since apple picking is a favorite Autumn activity I added some dried apples into the mix, along with raisins and dried cranberries. For a sweet touch, I also added in orange, yellow, red and brown chocolate candies and a bit of sprinkles in little leaf shapes. To add an extra crunch I included some plain popcorn in the mix.

To make the snack mix just add each ingredient to your bowl and then stir it together!

Lucas loved the mix I had created and I love that I found a fun snack that he and Jacob can enjoy all year long. There is nothing better than seeing my kids smile with joy over something I’ve created for them!

Another simple snack the kids enjoy is Goldfish crackers paired with fresh fruit. Their favorites are grapes and strawberries and personally I like to pair mine with apple slices. It’s such a simple snack the whole family can enjoy.

Bulk boxes of Goldfish crackers are on rollback now for $5.98 at Walmart! I love that I can buy them in bulk because they are a staple in our house! You can also save $1.00 on any ONE (1) Bolthouse Farms® 10 oz. Baby Carrots or Bolthouse Farms(® 11 oz. juice when you buy any ONE (1) Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers 30 oz. or larger.

Which Goldfish crackers variety is your favorite?

An After-School Snack Kids And Moms Can Share

(Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Arla Dofino. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.)

This has been a busy season so far, with football taking up four to five days a week. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night the boys come home from school, we do a bit of homework, Jacob changes into his practice gear, we grab water and snacks, and then we are out of the house within the hour. Those days are hectic and we don’t get a chance to eat dinner before we leave so we pack snacks to enjoy once we get to the field.

I try to pack healthier options but it’s not always easy do do when we are running out the door. Recently I figured out that if I packed snack ahead of time it was really easy to bring something with so I wasn’t tempted to grab something unhealthy. What’s great about the most recent snack platter we brought to football practice was that it’s portable, easy to put together, and the kids can help!

I headed to my local grocery store, Jewel, and bought a divided plastic container, two varieties of Arla Dofino cheeses, wheat crackers and a pack of mini-peppers. I also bought some bottled water since I’m trying to kick my iced coffee and soda habit.

I cut the peppers and the cheese. The boys helped me take the seeds out of the peppers and then put the cheese and peppers into the container to keep in the fridge. Right before leaving for practice we put the crackers into the container and grabbed a few bottles of water.

While sitting waiting for practice to start we enjoyed eating the snack and chatted about the school day. The boys loved the snack and so did I. I thought it was filling and would get them through practice until we could have dinner at home. No more unhealthy snacks for football practice!

I discovered Havarti cheese a couple months back and it quickly became my favorite variety of cheese. I hadn’t had Gouda cheese in a while but I realized that I liked that as well. I enjoyed the Havarti with the crackers and paired the Gouda with the red peppers. Looking for Arla Dofino cheese near you? Here’s the store locator.

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