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Healthy Toss Up Snack for Kids

Close up of hands scooping out dried bananas, alongside glass bowls of other healthy snacks like raisins, to make a toss up snack bag. Play Video

Snack prep that the whole family can participate in? Yes, please! Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program assistant Natema Drummond explains how to make a kid-friendly, healthy snack that incorporates fruits, dairy, whole grains and protein. This snack recipe is quick, easy and perfect for getting the kids involved in the kitchen.

No cooking is necessary to assemble the Toss Up Snack. A mix of dried fruits, whole-grain cereal and nuts provides a nourishing fiber and vitamins in a fun-to-eat format. Simply measure each ingredient and combine in a mixing bowl. Once all ingredients are mixed together, measure out age-appropriate portion sizes into snack bags. Healthy snacking doesn’t get much simpler!


Toss Up Snack


4 servings


15 min


  • 1 cup whole wheat square cereal
  • 1/4 cup banana chips
  • 1/4 cup yogurt covered raisins (can substitute your favorite cheese cubes)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup nuts (optional)


  1. Add the square cereal to a bowl.
  2. Add all the other ingredients.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together and measure portions into snack bags.
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More easy, healthful recipes are available from the North Carolina Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program.

This segment of Homegrown In the Kitchen was filmed in the Dinah E. Gore Teaching and Research Kitchens at NC State University. This state-of-the-art kitchen complex was designed to enhance and extend our work in teaching, research and Extension.

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