As I mentioned in my list of pool bag essentials, we can't head to our neighborhood pool without bringing a snack. It never fails that Stella and Hazel will get hungry within minutes of being in the water! This swimming pool snack mix has become a must-have. It all started when I didn't have any food in the pantry other than the tail end of a box of cereal and some crackers...so I decided to throw them together into a makeshift trail mix!
There isn't anything particularly special about this recipe - in fact, you can put in whatever you have in your pantry. But I promise if you use some version of these ingredients below you are going to have a winning combination that will taste so darn good after swimming!
Cereal - any cereal you have on hand. Cheerios, Life, and Kix are all good candidates!
Small Crackers - anything from Teddy Grahams to small pretzels if you want to add a salty element.
Marshmallows - these are always the first to be eaten! They add sweetness and a fun texture.
Nuts - any kind of nuts or seeds your kids like for a little protein and crunch. We had pumpkin seeds on hand to add to this mix.
Dried Fruit - raisins or dried cranberries work well and make it seem a little healthier. Banana chips would be yummy too!
Coconut - a nice addition if you happen to have some in the pantry. Just sprinkle some in.
Chocolate Chips - I am a chocolate lover so always add these, but they will melt quickly at the pool! I keep them in an insulated cooler until we eat them. You could try adding M&Ms instead.
Actually making it couldn't be any easier (a great thing for the littlest kiddos to help with!). Pour each ingredient in a ziploc bag...
Pack it in your pool bag with a few plastic cups to serve it in. This stuff will hit the spot when you've worked up an appetite swimming!
Check out how I made this colorful pool bag from a reusable shopping bag and duct tape!