I first signed up for Graze on a whim, back when I was at University and I wanted to try new snacks, with ingredients I never even heard of. I was sick of taking the same old apple and almonds into the library and I really needed some variety.
These days I’m no longer signed up to Graze, but I still pick up a box every now and again from my local Sainsburys – I can’t resist their salted fudge and peanut cookie snack box. I’ve recently started to make my own trail mixes at home and they’re dead easy to make. You simply need to combine any of your favourite nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and sometimes even something a little sweet – and voila!
Now, trail mixes often get a bad rep, and true, their often high in far and sugar – but our bodies actually need both these things to function. I think a good quality trail mix, in moderation, should be part of a healthy diet. They come in handy if you’re sacrificing your lunch break for the gym and need a boost of energy, fast.
My basic recipe consists of..
- 1 cup nuts
- 1/2 cup seeds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened fruit
- some ‘fun stuff’ – 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, 1/2 cup popped popcorn.
This usually yields between 4-5 cups, and I recommend a serving size of 1/4 cup.
There are no rules for trail mix, just combine whatever sounds good! But here are a few of my go-to mixes:
A firm favourite – almonds, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, goji berries, dark chocolate
Basic – almonds, raisins, dark chocolate chips
Energy boosting – walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dates
Simple – hazlenuts, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips
Tropical – cashews, brazil nuts, dried mango, banana chips, coconut flakes.