Make Your Own Trail Mix This Fall!
Trial mix is an assortment of nuts and other edibles that was often eaten by hunters or travelers in the past, who needed something nutritious but convenient when away from home. Today you can purchase trail mix of any variety but many store-bought brands are full of sugar and unhealthy elements and may not provide the nutrition you want. Making your own trail mix gives you the chance to create a snack or quick breakfast that is to your taste and which is wholesome and nutritious as well.
Most trail mix contains nuts, coconut flakes, raisins, and perhaps chocolate candies like M&M’s for sweetness. Salted peanuts are high in protein but also calories, and there is no nutritional value to M&M’s, which is why store-bought trail mix is not always the best. To make your own, start with a more nutritious type of nut that has fewer calories than peanuts, such as walnuts or almonds. Raisins are still a good choice to add because they add sweetness but not as many calories. Shredded coconut is also good because it too adds a bit of sweetness, but add only a small amount as this too is high in calories.
Create Your Own Mix
If this mixture on its own is not sweet enough for you, consider other dried fruits you might add like dried cranberries or dried plums. Dried fruit has fewer calories than chocolate candies and it has more nutritional value.
Since it’s your own trail mix, you can also add seeds that are tasty such as pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds. Seeds are very high in nutritional value and low in calories. They fill you up and are very tasty.
For those who aren’t worried about calories and who want a trail mix that’s tasty and sweet, you might use cashews instead of peanuts as these are typically considered the tastiest of all nuts. They’re also one of the oiliest so they have the most calories! You can also choose a specialty nut you enjoy such as Brazilian nuts or honey roasted peanuts. Toss in some raisins, dried cranberries and coconut flakes and then the chocolate candies of your choice. If M&M’s are too ‘everyday’, try something like a dark chocolate bar broken into pieces. You can also take caramel squares and chop them up and add those if you prefer.
Create trail mix that works for you and try a few different combinations. This mix is a great choice for breakfast when you need to get out the door in a hurry and is also perfect for athletes and runners who need something quick and nutritious on the go. Making your own allows you to control your calories and protein intake and the overall flavor.