Tell the children it’s time to be important explorers who need some healthy snacks to bring with them on the trek. This is a great way to use up all those half-empty packages in your pantry. Dehydrated foods are healthy and easy for small hands to pick up and eat. Get adventurous–look around and buy different kinds of dried fruit for this. Just tomatoes, etc! makes excellent dehydrated fruits and vegetables; try flavors like carrots, bell peppers, and com. Mix with fruits like apricot, persimmons, or blackberries. Portion out small amounts into reusable containers and store for a grab-and-go snack.
Yield: Makes 3½ cups
¼ cup large-flake coconut
½ cup dried kiwi, diced
½ cup dried pineapple
½ cup dried cherries
½ cup dried raspberries
½ cup dried blueberries
¼ cup cashew pieces or pine nuts (see Notes)
½ cup leftover cereal
Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container or snack-size bags for up to 2 weeks. Use a permanent marker to write an expiration date on each bag. Keep one in the car for hunger emergencies.
1. Pine nuts are small, soft, and easy to chew for little mouths.