The last few weeks I've become dependent on one thing, and no, it's not coffee. I now rely on nuts. Specifically, a trail mix I threw together for my afternoon snacks about two weeks ago. I just wanted to test out some flavors and see if I could learn to love nuts. Well, good news. It worked! Since I now love this trail mix so much, I thought I would share it with you all. Here it is:
- 1/4 cup Honey Roasted Peanuts
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Roasted Almonds
- 1/4 cup Dried Cherries
Now I know that those quantities can seem like a little much in terms of calories, but it works for me. I have an afternoon snack around 3:30 or 4:00, and then I head to the gym about 5:30 or 6:00, so I need a snack that will keep me satisfied through the end of the work day and then also carry me through my long workout. This trail mix actually manages to do all of that. That's why I don't personally have a big problem with the calories in it. However, if you want to make the mix with fewer calories then you can simply cut the amounts in half, or cut down on the almonds and cherries. You get the same tasty combo.
I've even substituted the dried cherries for dried blueberries to shake things up, and it's equally delicious. You can also try dried strawberries or raisins if either of those sound good to you. I actually enjoy swapping the cocoa roasted almonds for cocoa roasted peanuts and honey roasted peanuts for unsalted macadamia nuts too. I have to keep things changing around here!
Honestly, coming up with your own version of trail mix is so easy. Just choose three items that sound complementary in taste and you're set. Not to mention, creating your own trail mix cuts down on calories, sugar, and salt intake, and you can make it organic (whoop, whoop). It's also cheaper in the long run. Basically, you win at every angle.
What about you? What's your favorite homemade trail mix creation? Sound off in the comments!