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Recipe: Summertime Trail Mix for Travel

Summary: During the summer months, healthy portable snacks are in high demand, called into service to provide energy for all kinds of outdoor activities. When you’re away from home, particularly with kids in tow, you need something that travels well without breaking, getting soggy or spoiling in the heat. Trail mix is compact, keeps well, and is a great source of fiber and protein (from the grains, nuts and seeds) and complex carbohydrates (from the grains and dried fruit). Trail mixes strike an ideal balance of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats, particularly if you make them yourself; kids will love to help choose ingredients, then shake it all together in a bag or mix it all up in a bowl. Trail mix provides a perfect balance of energy for high-output activities such as hiking, swimming, boating and biking.

Trail mix is about as adaptable as it gets; peruse the bulk section of the grocery store (bring the kids, but resist their choice of all jellybeans) for inspiration, and try adding dry grainy cereals your kids love at breakfast time. When combining your trail mix ingredients, go heavy on the dried fruits, nuts and seeds, with less starches and even less sweet (such as chocolate chips, sweet cereal or mini marshmallows) to keep the mix more nutritionally balanced.

Ingredients

  • Do-it-Yourself Trail Mix
  • Choose somewhere between 3 and 8 items to go into your trail mix – store it in a big jar on the kitchen counter for snacking, or divide between small containers or zip-lock bags to grab and go.
  • Fruits, Nuts & Seeds:
  • Roasted peanuts
  • Toasted almonds
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pecans
  • Walnut halves or pieces
  • Soy nuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Pistachios
  • Roasted fava beans
  • Sesame seeds
  • Corn nuts
  • Dried wasabi peas
  • Raisins
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried cherries
  • Dried blueberries
  • Dried dates
  • Dried figs
  • Sliced dried apricots
  • Dried pears
  • Dried apples
  • Dried mango
  • Dried papaya
  • Flaked coconut
  • Starches:
  • Multigrain pretzel sticks
  • Mini multigrain crackers
  • Sesame sticks
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Granola
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzel nuggets
  • Rice crackers
  • Whole wheat bagel chips
  • Mini goldfish crackers
  • Sweets:
  • Animal crackers
  • Candied ginger
  • Caramel corn
  • Chopped chocolate or chocolate chips (the darker the better)
  • Chocolate covered peanuts
  • Chocolate covered raisins
  • Honey roasted peanuts
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Crumbled graham crackers or mini cookies
  • Sesame cashews
  • Sweet cereals

Instructions

  1. Mix and store in an airtight container or divide into individual zip-lock baggies to keep on hand to grab & go.

Recipe courtesy of: babble.com
Photo courtesy of : thestir.cafemom