Here’s a simple idea for a yummy, healthy snack anyone can make. No culinary skills required!
Trail mix, unlike a baked good or homemade candy, is so simple that there really is no way to screw it up. And there’s also no right or wrong when it comes to ingredients — use any combination of nuts and dried fruit that you like. You can also add in some chocolate or small candy for sweetness if desired, such as chocolate chips, M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces.
For this batch, I included one package of each: raisins, roasted almonds, roasted peanuts and roasted pumpkin seeds; and one 4 oz. box of Reese’s Pieces.
Except for the candy, I got the ingredients from Trader Joe’s. They have a big selection, great prices and also offer several nuts in a “50% less salt” or unsalted version, which I prefer. I also like Trader Joe’s because their nuts don’t contain MSG.
Place ingredients in a large mixing bowl or bag, and use a big spoon or your hands to combine.
Then, I like to divide them up into individual 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup portions and place into ziploc baggies. This helps me avoid overeating this delicious trail mix. While nuts and seeds are healthy, they are also high in calories and fat when consumed in larger portions.
Trail mix travels great. It’s perfect to stick in your purse for a snack on the go, or to take hiking or on a road trip.
Enjoy this simple, natural treat!
Nutrition facts: My Fall trail mix of raisins, almonds, peanuts and pumpkin seeds (without candy), per 1/3 cup portion, is: 230 calories, 9 g protein, 15 g carbohydrates, 18 g fat.
©Michelle Rogers, Inc.
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