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The best kind of snacks to pack

When packing healthy snacks it’s important to think balance. A balanced snack ideally includes items from at least 2 of Canada’s Food Guide groups. It’s also important that snacks and lunches be fun, appetizing and creative to keep kids interested and practicing healthy habits. Here are some combo ideas to get you started:


Makes 5 cups
Preparation time: 5 minutes


 • 2 cups dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, chopped apricots, gogi berries, dried banana slices)
• 1/3 cup unsalted, shelled sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds
• 1/2 cup unsalted whole almonds
• 1/2 cup unsalted walnut halves
• 2 cups whole-grain cereal (Cheerios or Chex)


1. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients.
2. Portion into 1/3 cup servings and store in airtight container.

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