Did you know August 31 is National Trail Mix Day?
You may be wondering why trail mix is worthy of its own day. I think it’s because trail mix is an ideal snack to take on the go!
It’s lightweight, easy to store, provides an energy boost and can be bursting with nutrition if it’s prepared the right way.
The key is avoiding trail mixes that are loaded with processed ingredients like candy and sesame sticks, salt, added sugar and oil (especially hydrogenated oil AKA “trans fat”).
The best way to make sure your trail mix is clean and healthy is to make it yourself. No worries, it’s super easy and totally customizable.
I have all the details for you below!
There are 5 main categories of ingredients to choose from for creating your favorite healthy trail mixes:
- Pumpkin Seeds (AKA “pepitas”)
- Sunflower Seeds
- Brazil Nuts
FRUIT THAT HAS BEEN FREEZE DRIED OR SUN DRIED
- Coconut Flakes (to add a coconut flare)
- Raw Cacao Nibs (to add a chocolate flare)
NOTE: For all of the categories above, the only ingredient involved should be the seed, nut or fruit itself – no added sugar, oil, salt, etc.
SPICES / SEASONING
- If you want to add a little extra sweetness, throw in some raw coconut sugar.
- If you want to add a spicy kick, sprinkle in some cayenne pepper.
- If you want to add a salty flare, dash in some Himalayan pink salt.
CREATING YOUR OWN SIGNATURE TRAIL MIX
One of the great things about trail mix is that you can customize it to fit your specific tastes and needs.
If you’re allergic to tree nuts, for example, leave them out.
If you’re not a fan of sweets or are looking to reduce your sugar intake, skip the fruit category and simply make a savory trail mix with your favorite nuts, seeds and spices.
If you love the flavor combination of chocolate and coconut and you also love chocolate-covered strawberries, then you can go crazy by including raw cacao nibs, coconut flakes and freeze-dried strawberries to make it all happen in one mix!
Get creative and experiment with different combinations. It’s fun and super delicious!
MY GO-TO RECIPE
I’m a creature of habit and tend to have the same staples in my kitchen pantry most of the time. That’s how my “go-to” trail mix recipe came to be:
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Cheers to enjoying a customized trail mix that’s clean, healthy and delicious!
With love and gratitude,
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