MAR
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Cranberry-Orange Multi-Grain Snack Mix & Giveaway

Giveaway, Kid Friendly Recipes | 67 comments

So it’s almost April. I’m guessing that back in January many of us made goals to eat healthier this year. Are you still working towards that goal? Or has your resolve dwindled? Eating healthy isn’t just for those who are watching their weight, it’s also an important factor for maintaining a low cholesterol. Don’t let the fact that January has come and gone be a deciding factor in your nutrition. It’s never too late to change your eating habits. Need an excuse to start over? March is National Nutrition Month.

For my family, I have found that the easiest road to maintaining a healthy diet it to simply not buy unhealthy foods. That might sound obvious and easier said than done, but I found that if it’s not in the house then I’m not tempted to eat (or over eat) it. Not only do I want to eat healthy, I don’t want to spend our money on foods that have no benefit to my body. Instead of “junk food,” we rely on healthier snacks in between our meals. Foods like granola, yogurt, string cheese, fresh fruit, and snacks made from nuts or whole grains are popular choices in our home. Many of these choices are packed with soluble fiber, which is proven to help lower cholesterol levels.

This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy the occasional sweet treat or dessert. It’s obvious from my blog that I’ve enjoyed my fair share of cookies and cakes, but the key is in moderation. Rather than filling my body up with ineffective fuel, I fill up on what’s good for me before I eat something that I’d consider a treat.

Need a sweet treat, but want to fill your body with the right kind of fuel? Try this healthy and tasty snack mix. Packed with whole grains and polyunsaturated fatty acids, this snack is a great way to manage your hunger and reduce binge eating at meals.

Cranberry-Orange Multi-Grain Snack Mix

  • 2 c Multi-Bran or Wheat Chex Cereal
  • 1 1/2 c Multi-Grain Cheerios
  • 1 c almonds
  • 2 Tbs butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 Tbs orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 c Multi-Grain Cheerios
  • 2/3 c dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c yogurt covered raisins

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Combine the butter through ginger, set aside. Combine the Chex, 1 1/2 c Cheerios, and almonds in a bowl. Pour butter mixture on top of cereal and stir until well coated. Spread mixture on a cookie sheet and bake for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool completely. After mixture has completely cooled, stir in the remaining 1/2 c Cheerios, cranberries, and raisins. Store in an airtight container.

Want to help raise awareness of women’s heart health? Now through January 31, 2010, for every code (inside specially marked boxes) entered at Cheerios Helping Hearts, Cheerios will donate $1, up to $200,000, to raise awareness for heart disease and provide free cholesterol screenings for women in need, through its partnership with WomenHeart. In addition, as a reminder to keep our hearts healthy, Cheerios is offering 3 goodLife {eats} readers a freshwater pearl bracelet with a heart charm.

The Rules:
-Leave a comment ON THIS POST telling me why you want to win. Anonymous comments must be signed with your first name and last initial so I can contact you if you win.
-You have until MIDNIGHT PST on March 27th to enter this giveaway.
-Three randomly chosen winners will be announced by midnight PST on March 28st.

Extra Entries:
Additional entries can be earned by doing any of the following, giving you up to 5 total entries. Leave a separate comment for each of these items.

  1. Follow goodLife {eats} blog. How do I follow? OR Subscribe to goodLife {eats} with one of the subscription options (see right side bar).
  2. Follow me on Twitter @goodLifeEats. Leave a comment with your twitter name and let me know you’re a follower. (only new followers eligible)
  3. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave the link to your Twitter post in a comment.
  4. Post about this giveaway in your blog. Leave the link to your post in a comment.

Open to US and Canadian residents!

Katie

About the Author:

Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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    Maria - March 23, 2009 @ 4:21 pm

    I agree with you. If you don’t want to eat crap, don’t buy it:) We don’t buy processed foods, pre-packaged snacks, etc. Of course we have to buy some thing, but I make sure they are healthy. For example, whole grain cereals, crackers, etc. We try to stock up on fresh produce, fat free dairy, whole grains, etc. Sorry I am rambling, the snack mix looks great:)And what a fun giveaway! I would love to win the pearls because they are so pretty!

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    Anonymous - March 23, 2009 @ 4:33 pm

    Sounds like a GREAT recipe and a fun giveaway, also!Blessings, moo!

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    cathy - March 23, 2009 @ 5:49 pm

    I enjoy having the kids try new and exiting snacks… love as i get to snack too! Wheat chex a a favorite part of my “regular” chex mix. The addition of the orange juice on this one has me intrigued!I would love to have a chance on the give away also!cathyellie at comcast dot com

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    cathy - March 23, 2009 @ 5:51 pm
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    Karin - March 23, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

    I want to win cuz I like pretty things!

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    Toystory - March 23, 2009 @ 7:11 pm

    I want to win because I need a new bracelet – and pearls seems to be one of those “never go out of fashion” jewerly items. I have allergies which limit my food choices, so I too look for healthy items without all that “junk” packed into them.

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    Foodie McBody - March 23, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

    This is the most yummalicious post. ALSO, I loooove freshwater pearls. I got married in them. And I love following you on Twitter. – I’m foodiemcbody over there.

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    MookieJ - March 23, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

    I’d love to win becasue this is just a beautiful bracelet! I’d actually love to give it to my mom if I won :)

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    judybrittle - March 23, 2009 @ 8:09 pm

    I would love to win because the bracelet is beautiful. Plus I’m a huge fan of Cheerios. Thank you!

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    Anne - March 23, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

    I’d like to win because the bracelet is pretty, and it represents a good cause. Too often people overlook heart health, and it’s really important.

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    Anne - March 23, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

    I’m subscribed to goodlife {eats} with my google reader.

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    thelittlefluffycat - March 23, 2009 @ 11:26 pm

    What a beautiful bracelet, and a great recipe!

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    Anonymous - March 24, 2009 @ 12:47 am

    I struggle with my health on a daily basis. That bracelet is a great reminder to make good choices. hunebe!

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    bettycd - March 24, 2009 @ 2:00 am

    It’s all about choices and the one who stocks the shelves has the opportunity to offer healthy choices. cheerios has done a lot to boost awareness of hearthealthy choices.

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    Berek - March 24, 2009 @ 2:04 am

    I do most of our grocery shopping. Having dropped 30 pounds in the last year and more importantly, keeping it off, I’ve become far more careful about what I buy, particularly for munchies. We’re eating far more fruit these days and it shows. I’d love to win one of the bracelets as a surprise Mother’s Day gift for my wife.

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    Penny People Designs - March 24, 2009 @ 2:12 am

    Oh my goodness, what a wonderful giveaway, and yippee for it being also for us Canadians! I would love to win, as not only is the bracelet beautiful, I would likely give it to my Mom – as they get older, I try to make sure that us Stephenson women should eat healthy together. I’m going to tweet about it now!Thank you for a wonderful acknoledgement of a great cause, and not to mention a beautiful bracelet. Lindsay @PennyPeople.com

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    Anonymous - March 24, 2009 @ 2:20 am

    very cute!!! allie demma

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    JonnyD9685 - March 24, 2009 @ 3:59 am

    Likes nice… I would like to win so I can give it to me girlfriend ;) Jon D.

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    Andi - March 24, 2009 @ 2:06 pm

    The bracelet is so beautiful! It would be a great addition to any woman’s jewelry box! Cheerios has always been a staple in our home and they are always so generous!

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    Andi - March 24, 2009 @ 2:08 pm

    I subscribed via email! Thanks!

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    Ashley604 - March 24, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

    I would love to win because I don’t own any “real” jewelry excepy my wedding ring. It would be nice to be able to wear something beautiful that pretty much goes with anything!!

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    Stef - March 24, 2009 @ 2:14 pm

    Very cute! I often forget that there are simple and nutritious snacks like Cheerios available. I’d love to have this bracelet as a reminder of good eating habits when I’m out grocery shopping. :)

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    Sarah - March 24, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    i ♥ anything cranberry orange. i♥ your blog too!!!

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    Tricia - March 24, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

    the mix sounds like a great alternative to the sos (same old snacks!) for the kiddos and I am sure I would love it also. The bracelet would be a great way to keep me on track with my desire to make healthier choices. Thanks for the chance to win! Your blog rocks!

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    Ashley - March 24, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

    That’s a very pretty bracelet!

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    Leslie - March 24, 2009 @ 4:53 pm

    I am a vegetarian and I have been for 20 years! I think it is very important to nourish your body mind and spirit! It really is true YOU ARE what you eat!!! Your Body is a reflection of what you eat. If you eat right you will glow. This bracelet is a Gem!! I love it!Great Giveaway and I would wear it with PRIDE!LeslieLeslieVeg@msn.comhttp://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

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    Leslie - March 24, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

    LeslieVeg Left a Tweethttp://tinyurl.com/ctxwo5LeslieLeslieVeg@msn.comhttp://leslielovesveggies.blogspot.com/

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    janetfaye - March 24, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

    I want to win because the freshwater pearl bracelet with a heart charm is so pretty and I would love to wear it.Thank You!janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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    janetfaye - March 24, 2009 @ 7:46 pm
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    Tamara B. - March 24, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

    Thank-you for the recipe my children just love the crazy chocolate covered oranges the sell around the holidays. I would really love to win one of these bracelets to put away for my daughter when she graduates. I want her have something from me she can wear knowing how much I love her and how proud of her I am.tamben7996(at)aol(dot)com

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    Seattle Coffee Girl - March 24, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

    This gorgeous piece would complement my spring wardrobe so nicely! I’m following you on twitter, where I am brookekingston.

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    Charlene Wehrle - March 24, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

    I need a “pick me up”. It has been cold and windy in Maine and the fact that it is Spring does not help. Some daffodils and that bracelet would really help.charwehrle@yahoo.com

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    carma - March 25, 2009 @ 12:30 am

    I would love to win since I enjoy the classic elegance of pearls. they can make any outfit a touch classier :-)

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    Lindsay N - March 25, 2009 @ 12:35 am

    I’m now following you on twitter! lcnewton84

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    Kaley - March 25, 2009 @ 1:51 am

    Wow! Looks so good. I love your blog by the way. I should really be more creative with my cooking, but I am always so tired. :) You do a great job, though; I would love to win this.

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    Anonymous - March 25, 2009 @ 3:54 am

    Cherrios is a great way to lower your cholesterol and it really works! high cholesterol runs in my family and I have kept mine down by eating this yummy cereal and so does my little guy.:) Helps keep a single mom on her toes and heart going strong. What a great reminder to keep our hearts going strong and it’s pretty too.:) Jennifer R. Pharm tech

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    Spamgirl - March 25, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

    realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*comI’d like to win because my daughter wants to wear pearls to my wedding and this is perfect for her :) Thank you!

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    Spamgirl - March 25, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

    realitybbq*AT*gmail*DOT*comTweeted! :) http://twitter.com/antispamgirl/status/1388493093Thank you!

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    Anne-the-Cat - March 25, 2009 @ 4:01 pm

    I’d like to win because I absolutely love pearls!!Anne M.anne [at] allanne.com

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    Anne-the-Cat - March 25, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

    I’m following you on Twitter now…username is bonswah.

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    Anne-the-Cat - March 25, 2009 @ 4:03 pm
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    Danielle - March 25, 2009 @ 4:55 pm

    I’d love to win the bracelet. I have always loved pearls but I do not have any pearl bracelets and this one would be lovely and go with so many outfits.drellis500(At)gmail.com

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    Judie - March 25, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

    I’d love to win this bracelet. Pearls are my oldest daughter’s bearth stone. The bracelet would be for her. Judie

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    Judie - March 25, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

    I’m ‘m following you on Twitter—Judie

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    Kristen - March 25, 2009 @ 9:01 pm

    What a tasty and flavorful looking snack mix! Great giveaway too – I love Cheerios :)

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    Retro Housewife - March 25, 2009 @ 9:50 pm

    How fun! The trail mix looks delicious! I would like to win because we try and eat healthy and keep a vegan household because heart disease runs rampant in both families. We try our best to eat well to help prevent us from getting it and give the kids a head start on learning how to eat well. Good luck Katie!

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    Susieqtpie - March 26, 2009 @ 1:41 pm

    Cheerios Helping Hearts is giving a great opportunity to raise awareness for heart disease! I would love the bracelet so others will know about this. Thanks, Susan Barteachersusan at gmail dot com

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    Susieqtpie - March 26, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    I’m following your goodLife {eats} blog via email. Thanks! susieqtpie

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    Susieqtpie - March 26, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

    BTW the Cranberry-Orange Multi-Grain Snack Mix looks awesome!!!! I’m going to make that! Thanks for sharing!

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    dolls123 - March 26, 2009 @ 3:12 pm

    DD would love this braceletluckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

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    Tim - March 27, 2009 @ 12:17 am

    Tim AI would love to win this for my wife. I think she would like this. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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    exotic1 - March 27, 2009 @ 12:32 am

    I lost a dear friend due to heart disease and I would like to wear it in remembrance to her. I miss her. Heart disease took her way to early in life~!

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    exotic1 - March 27, 2009 @ 12:36 am

    I’m a subscriber.Thanks for the review and having this wonderful giveaway:)

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    exotic1 - March 27, 2009 @ 12:46 am

    I’m now following you on twitter. exotic1

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    exotic1 - March 27, 2009 @ 12:54 am

    I tweeted at twitter about this review & giveawayhttp://twitter.com/exotic1/status/1397978215Url was to long to write anything but the word enter but figured inquiring minds would check it out just because of that one word. Hope they do~!exotic1

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    Marie R. - March 27, 2009 @ 6:14 pm

    I always try to eat healthy. The bracelet will be a reminder to me not to eat junk and plus it looks cute.mccataquet@comcast.net

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    Jenny - March 27, 2009 @ 9:10 pm

    Fun giveaway!! I am constantly trying to get my family, esp kiddos to eat more healthy. Some time I win and sometimes I lose, but I keep trying! I’d love to win, because the bracelet is beautiful!!

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    Jenny - March 27, 2009 @ 9:11 pm

    Just tweeted too!

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    Gina H. - March 28, 2009 @ 1:32 am

    I would give the pearls to my daughter as a surprise Easter present. And, I’m a new follower. Nice to tweet you (via foodiemcbody)twitter.com/ginahyamsCheers,Gina

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    Foodie McBody - March 28, 2009 @ 1:39 am

    Oh please? please please please please?? I follow you on Twitter, you’re on my Bloglines and I am just about to add you to my Blogroll on my blogroll. I will follow you A-NY-WHERE! ;-)

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    Foodie McBody - March 28, 2009 @ 1:40 am

    Oh, and LOOK! I even brought you a new follower! (see Gina, above)

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    Julie - March 28, 2009 @ 3:29 am

    I tweeted it, but I have no idea how to link to tweets. Bummer. @preciouspers

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    Anonymous - March 28, 2009 @ 3:37 am

    I love freshwater pearls – simple and natural – like cheerios!Thanks Elizabeth H.@babycapes

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    emeraldjayne62 - March 30, 2009 @ 10:17 pm

    I like to eat healthy and the pearls are nice am new and I tweet and blog will be adding you to my tweeter and my bloggers

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    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom - March 05, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

    I linked to this recipe in my March Real Food Monthly Meal Plan. It sound so good I’m afraid to make it. I’m pretty sure I’ll eat it all. Instead of dinner.

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