This Wild Birds Trail Mix  for your kiddo has it all – pretzels, dried cranberries, yogurt covered pretzels, cashews, sunflower seeds and best of all chocolate sunflower seeds! It’s the perfect mixture of salty, sweet, fruity and crunchy, and is a winning combination for any back to school lunch!

A container of kid-friendly tail mix.
It’s back-to-school time and since you know me, you know I am already getting a bit crazy about the whole thing – this is my first time at this dog and pony show after all. Grammy and I took Ellie shopping where she picked out a new backpack, new lunch containers, a new outfit and of course some new shoes! Okay, you are right, I picked out the lunch containers, Ellie could care less about those!

She’s only going to 3 year old preschool and I know that it isn’t that big of a deal, but it feels like a huuuuugggggge deal to me!


I simultaneously want to high-five everyone around because I am pumped for the extra free time and I also want to cry on strangers shoulders because my baby is going to be at school all day. As S-Day approaches, I find my emotional pendulum is swinging back and forth way too fast!

So I did what I normally do when I start getting all crazy about things – I went to the kitchen.

First up – a fun trail mix!

This trail mix is inspired by a mix my friend Hilary made for her son’s Rio Movie themed birthday party (hence where the name comes from) and I knew it would be a fun thing to have on hand for her school lunches next week. Plus trail mixes take like 5 minutes to mix together and 5 minutes to ‘taste test’. 10 minutes total and then you are done! Fist pump! Mission accomplished!

The thing is that I didn’t read the parent handbook for Ellie’s new preschool – let’s call it a rookie mistake!! I looked at it and read the part about how parents need to treat each other with respect, chuckled to myself and tossed it onto the black-hole section of my kitchen counter – where stuff goes and never sees the light of day again.

And because I didn’t read the parent handbook, I didn’t realize that Ellie is going to a nut free school (hand slap forehead). So as I am typing this I am picking through this mix and eating all the cashews and advoiding most of the chocolate covered sunflower seeds, most of them.

So, lesson learned. When you make this, if you go to a nut free school, leave out the cashews. Otherwise this trail mix is where it is at!

Big pieces
Small pieces

Up next on my back-to-school prep session – sunflower seed butter that doesn’t taste like tahini!

Cooking with kids

You can get your kids to help you to make this trail mix.

  • They can pick out and measure the ingredients.
  • They can help to mix everything together.

A container of kid-friendly tail mix.

Get the recipe: Wild Birds Trail Mix

5 stars (1 rating)
An easy and tasty trail mix. The perfect snack!


  • 1/2 cup dry roasted unsalted cashews
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup yogurt covered pretzels
  • 1/4 cup pretzels
  • 1/4 cup chocolate covered sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted and salted sunflower seeds


  • You can play with the amount of ingredients you use, but I liked this ratio. I did double the recipe so I could have plenty on hand for the next couple of weeks.
  • Place all ingredients into a big bowl and gently mix together.
  • Store in an air-tight container.


Storage – 2 weeks in air-tight container.
Calories: 601kcal, Carbohydrates: 70g, Protein: 14g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Sodium: 318mg, Potassium: 330mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 33g, Calcium: 49mg, Iron: 5mg

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