Monday, June 20, 2011

Healthy Trail Mix


With summer here and the kids out of school, I find myself snacking a lot. Unfortunately that means grabbing whatever is convenient which never ends up being healthy. To solve this problem I create a jar of trail mix which includes nothing but healthy foods. 

I use a variety of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. To add some sweetness to it I have added some chocolate, but it is 85% pure chocolate. I have a thing for super dark chocolate and it goes well with dried fruit. If you do not like that dark of chocolate, then you can mix in what you want but be careful how much you add. 

In the picture to the right you can see what I put in my trail mix. Going from the top left hand corner, the green stuff is pumpkin seeds. Continuing clockwise we have sunflower seeds, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, dried papaya, dried apple, dried blueberries, craisins, and dried pineapple. In the center there is chocolate and under that is dried cherries, and the two of those go really well together.

A lot of diets say nuts are bad, but the truth is they just have more calories than other foods their size. Personally I find nuts very filling, so I can eat a small handful of nuts and be filled. The dried fruit adds a bit of sweetness to the mix. In my trail mix, I have measured and calculated that a small handful (or 25 grams to be exact) is about 150 calories. I find this very satisfying when I get a case of the munchies and it is much healthier than opening a low calorie cookie pack.
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