There are three core ingredients that make a delicious trail mix: nuts, dried fruit, seeds, leaving you with some space to customize your trail mix just the way you like it. When you make your trail mix, source nuts and seeds that are unprocessed and not loaded with artificial flavourings and added sugar. Use nuts and seeds that are raw, dry roasted and for a bit of taste, try the ‘lightly salted’ variation. This list of ingredients provides a list of reasons why you should always have a container of trail mix on hand. Follow the simple recipe below to get your snack game on with homemade trail mix.
Reasons why Trail Mix is the Ultimate Healthy Snack
1 Nuts are full of protein and fiber
A great source of protein and fibre from the nuts and seeds which are essential to a healthy balanced diet. Making trail mix as your staple snack will help you to replace the other junk foods like donuts, candy, chips, cookies and many others that do not come close to providing the same level of nutrition you can get from trail mix.
2 You feel fuller faster and longer.
Nuts and seeds satisfy hunger and reduce appetite. This snack is a must if you are looking to cut down on your larger food portions and looking for a healthy alternative without feeling like you are starving yourself.
3 Meet your daily fruit intake requirements
Sweeten up your trail mix with some dried fruits. Dried fruit retains the majority of the nutrients from fresh fruit. Dried bananas, pawpaw, cranberries, raisins, peaches and mangoes are a few of the best dried fruits that add a pop of charm to your trail mix.
Great source of healthy fats
Sometimes we get caught up in the wrong mindset about fat. Fat from plant-based ingredients is called unsaturated fat is actually good for you! Unsaturated fat in the form of nuts like cashews provide an energy boost and nutrients our bodies require from the food we consume.
TRAIL MIX RECIPE
3/4 cup almonds (lightly salted)
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 part cashews (unsalted)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dark chocolate (or colourful chocolate pieces of your choice)
Measure all of the ingredients into a large bowl.
Stir gently to combine.
Store in an airtight container and portion out in sandwich bags as an easy snack for work, school or trip.