How healthy is a trail mix?
You can buy trail mixes everywhere nowadays. There are all varieties of ingredients from fruit based, nut based, seed based and in between. So which one should you choose?
Well, it really is a personal choice. Look at the ingredients and decide which you like, which ingredients you’ve never tried before but are willing to try and what needs you have for eating it.
Whichever way you look at it, it’s the perfect food for traveling as it requires no refrigeration.
Best yet, rather than buy a pre-made mix, make your own.
Protein Rich Loaded Trail Mix
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw dehydrated/activated almonds with skin
1/2 cup black sesame seeds (white is fine if you can’t get black)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dried goji berries
1/2 cup inca berries/golden berries
Optional: 1/4 cup macadamia nuts and or 1/4 cup tiger nuts
Place all ingredients into a bowl and stir to combine.
Store in an airtight container.
Seeds generally have less calories than nuts do, though still keep an eye on portion sizes. If you are doing lots of activities, it is less of a concern.
If you find yourself getting the mid afternoon sleepiness or exhaustion, keeping some trail mix on hand is a much better option than chocolates, coffee or other sugary or stimulant food like substances. Keep your adrenals happy and strong with extra goji berries. These little nutritional powerhouses feed and nourish the adrenals. They help build up the adrenals so they don’t have to pump out so much adrenaline in order to keep you awake and functioning in the afternoons. Gojis are the best pick me ups, apart from some rosella tea.
You may wish to look for other healthy ingredients such as raw cashews, white mulberries, activated buckwheat, sultanas or raisins, coconut shreds, pistachios, dried sour cherries, walnuts, pecans, dried strawberries or dried apples just to name a few.