Best Trail Mix Ever from Borne Appétit
I have fun creating my own trail mixes. The pre-made versions are overly sweet for me and usually contain peanuts, which I do not eat on my Paleo Diet. Often I will season and roast my dried fruit and nuts but I hit upon a recipe that requires none of that. It is as simple as tearing open a few bags of ingredientsand pouring them into a zip lock freezer bag.
A useful tip is to store your trail mix in individual snack size zip lock bags so that you can control your portion sizes. Although nuts are packed with heart-healthy fats and lots of fiber, they're also high in calories. I don't count calories, but a handful of trail mix can at times reach 500 calories! If weight loss is your goal then trail mix may not be the best snack option for you. Trail mix is a better suited snack for people with an active lifestyle or do physically demanding work and require more calories to fuel their bodies. Trail mix also can be a good choice if, like me, you are having trouble eating enough food to reach your calorie goals. Its a favorite snack to take on my hikes because I don't want to weigh myself down with too much food.
Another benefit of trail mix is that it keeps blood sugar levels constant. So unlike most sweet treats, dried fruit and nuts do not cause a drop in blood sugar that triggers hunger.
Best Trail Mix Ever from Borne Appétingredients
I purchased all of the listed ingredients from Trader Joe's.
1 bag of each of the following:
16oz raw almonds
5oz moderately spicy lightly sweetened sweet & spicy pecans
8oz unsweetened unsulferated dried bing cherries
8oz dried wild blueberries
6oz lightly sweetened coconut strips
8oz uncrystallized candied ginger sweet & smooth
Throw everything into a one-gallon freezer bag. Zip it closed. Then knead to mix the ingredients. There's no need to roast or season the ingredients. They are the perfect blend of fruit and nuts with just the right amount of sweetness and a hint of spiciness.
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