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6 Trail Mixes to Keep You Energized Throughout the Day

October 25, 2013

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If there is one thing I love, it’s a good snack – a little pick-me-up to satisfy my hunger and my taste buds, as well as my nutritional needs. For me, the ultimate snack is trail mix.

Traditionally found in the backpacks of hikers on epic adventures, trail mix is always stashed in my purse, desk drawer, and kitchen cabinets. Why? Because this easy and versatile snack offers the perfect blend of energy and nutrients to get me through the day!

Although there are no rules when it comes to trail mix, a good mix usually begins with nuts and seeds which provide healthy fats and protein. You can then add ingredients such as dried fruits, superfoods, granola, and sometimes even a little chocolate to deliver additional antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients.

These days there are tons of tempting trail mixes on the market, but I’ve found that it’s actually more fun and cost-efficient to create my own. Check out a few of my favorite mixes that cover all dietary needs and personal preferences.

Classic minded? Almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, dried dates, dried apple, and raisins.  

Gluten-free? Almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, and dried cranberries.

Sweet tooth? Unsweetened banana chips, unsalted peanuts, almonds, dried cherries, and dark chocolate chips.

Nut-free? Granola, a few handfuls of your favorite cereal (I love shredded wheat), coconut flakes, dried blueberries, and dried figs.

Kid-friendly? Popcorn, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, dried apricots.

Tropical lover? Unsalted peanuts, cashews, almonds, dried cherries, dried pineapple, and dried papaya.

You may be thinking that this “healthy” snack is too good to be true, and you are kind of right. As I am sure many of my fellow trail mix junkies can tell you, these tasty and nutritious combinations can rack up a serious amount of calories. For this reasoning, I suggest measuring out an appropriate serving size, usually about 1/2 cup, so that you don’t consume several portions in one sitting. Additionally, it is best to use organic, unsalted, and unsweetened ingredients in order to create the healthiest mix possible.

The takeaway? Next time you’re heading out for a hike, preparing for a busy day at the office, or even just going shopping with friends, remember to pack a healthy mix to keep you energized throughout the day!

What’s your favorite trail mix combination?