During the school year, I’m in a million places at once. Between school, work, coaching, an internship, daily workouts and social activities, I definitely need snacks ready to go. This energy mix is ideal because it’s easy to make, can be made in large quantities, is filling, and tasty.
Have you ever purchased a pre-made trail mix? Essentially, trail mix is a bunch of tasty bits tossed together. Don’t assume what you see is what you get though, check out the ingredients of the mix. Is there added sodium? Preservatives? Oils? Are there candies mixed in? Sugar? There’s not need for all that extra hoop-la, just simple nuts, dried fruits, and dark chocolate chips (yes, these are a must) does the job!
By simply adding one nut ingredient, in this case 1 cup of pistachio meats, that is roasted and salted, you get just the right amount of saltines. Nuts are an excellent source of healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients support brain function and promote satiety. The addition of raisins contributes quick, fruit derived sugars for an energy boost. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants (see my last post) and are delicious of course.
Enjoy this simple recipe for a tasty trail mix treat!
– Ingredients –
2 cups raw almonds
2 cups raw cashew pieces
2 cups walnut pieces
1 cup pepitas
1 cup roasted, salted pistachio meats
1 cup mixed raisins
1 cup dark chocolate chips
– Recipe –
- Dump everything in a bowl and mix it up.
- Pour into a pretty jar and enjoy on the run!