Make Your Own Trail Mix and Save!

Trail mix is a great snack to take backpacking, but you don’t need to strap on hiking boots to eat it; carry some in your gym bag or purse to give you a boost of energy when you need it. Trail mix is a healthy and tasty snack that travels well in any climate as it gives you a fast protein kick.

In fact, the only real downside to trail mixes is the fact that they can get pretty expensive if you buy them at the store. Fortunately, this is one treat that even the biggest kitchen-haters can whip up with a minimum of effort. Here’s how to do it:

The Nuts

Trail mix usually involves at least two ingredients, one of which is typically nuts. Nuts are packed with fiber, protein and unsaturated fats to leave you full, fit and ready to tackle life. Opt for unsalted nuts whenever possible to keep your sodium intake low.

The Grains

If you want the extra energy punch that comes from complex carbohydrates, then you need to grab some grains. Choose whole grain versions of pretzels, cereals or granola to keep things crunchy and interesting. Check the label to make sure you’re not adding a lot of extra sugars.

The Fruits

A bag of trail mix.

What’s trail mix without a little dried fruit? Just a sack full of nuts and cereal, that’s what. Look for low-sugar varieties to keep calories in check or dry your fruit at home if you like a little challenge. Apples, banana chips and goji berries are great choices, but almost any fruit can be used.

The Seeds

If you don’t want nuts, or if you just want a little variety in your mix, seeds are a great choice. Many of them are filled with the same omega-3 fatty acids as nuts and are lower in calories. Almost everyone likes sunflower seeds, but adventurous types may prefer to try hemp seeds for a nutritional boost.

The Sugars

Got a sweet tooth? Then this is the category you don’t want to miss. And the best part of all is that you don’t need to add a lot of sweetness to get the most out of your trail mix. Just a little bit of chocolate chips, M&M candies, or miniature marshmallows go a long way toward sweetening up plain old trail mix.

Who needs to spend a fortune on trail mix when you can make it yourself at home in a matter of minutes? They’re easy to make, extremely portable, tasty and make great gifts. Just arrange them prettily in a mason jar for any holiday.

If you’d like to learn more about the importance of healthy eating, contact your chiropractic team. They’re full of good information on wellness and would love to work with you on a health plan that will improve your whole life.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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