Much to the delight of those who are tired of cold, gray winter days, Spring arrives in March. With the arrival of spring, people find themselves spending more time engaged in outdoor activities. Even though March is National Nutrition month, cooking is probably not high on the list of things you want to do in spring. Fortunately, fruits and nuts can easily be incorporated into spring time menus to increase their nutritional value. Dried fruit and nuts are excellent spring time snack items.

New growth is a symbol of spring. Based on the overall economic situation, your wallet or budget may not be growing as rapidly as the flowers and grass. Buying dried fruit and nuts online is an economical way to prepare trail mixes that contain family favorites. Stay-cations are expected to be quite popular this spring. Whether it's a family activity day spent enjoying backyard games, a backyard camping adventure, or a day spent hiking at a local nature trail, trail mixes are a healthy snack for the day. If traveling is on your spring time agenda, snack cups on the go are ideal traveling companions for adults and children.

As the weather gets warmer, it's always nice to have healthy meal plans that involve little or no cooking time. A breakfast of cereal or oatmeal becomes more nutritious with the addition of dried fruit. A healthy green salad for lunch might include several varieties of nuts and the addition of dried cranberries, dried cherries, or some other type of dried fruit. Add a garnish of cashews or almonds to your grilled chicken or pork for dinner.

As the weather gets warmer, it's time to enjoy outdoor parties and events with family and friends. You can prepare an appealing spring time party tray with a colorful assortment of dried fruit and a variety of nuts. Ice cream is a favorite warm weather dessert. Adding some gummies, yogurt drops or dark chocolate covered nuts as a garnish will transform an ordinary bowl of ice cream into a fun or decadent dessert.

People are often inspired to go on a diet in spring. Sugar free chocolate covered fruit, nuts and clusters allow those watching their weight to still enjoy the luxury of chocolate. Pre-packaged 100 calorie snacks are convenient for car trips, spring time nature walks, and numerous other occasions.