Monday, March 12, 2012

Homemade Energy Trail Mix

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Sometimes it's nice to have a good quality snack around in case the munchies strike.  Nuts are a great source of fiber and protein. You can simply eat a 1/4 cup of nuts and call it a day, but I find it lacking. I need something sweet to balance out the nuts. Dried fruit is a great energy source and it provides a nice sweetness.  Okay... so why are there M&Ms?  Well, you have to put something fun in the bag to make it interesting for the kids (me too!). Buying prepacked trail mix is pretty costly so why not make your own homemade trail mix and save pennies on the dollar.  Plus they always have one ingredient you don't care for and you have pick your way through the bag to avoid it. If you customize your own special blend it's as simple as gathering your ingredients (buy it in bulk) and making your trail mix once a week for a bunch of healthy snacks that are ready to go when you are instead of grabbing a bag of chips or candy bar.


 Ingredients:
Nuts:  Dry roasted peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans etc...
Dried fruit:  dried cranberries, raisins, dried apricots, figs, dates etc..
Dry Cereal:  Chex mix, Cheerios, etc..
Snack favorites:  small pretzels, sunflower/pumpkin seeds (shelled), popcorn
Chocolate:  M&Ms, chocolate chips, white chocolate chips,

Directions:
Mix the ratio of 2 parts nuts to 1 part each of extras.  Use a 1/4 measuring cup and measure out the correct serving size into a snack size ziploc bags.  Enjoy.

My Mix:
4 cups dry roasted peanuts
1 cup M&M
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup almond slivers (I know it's a nut, but I treated it like an extra because it was expensive )




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26 comments:

  1. Great idea,I like everything on that mixed,and is very colouful :)
    Ridwan

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  2. hat is a fabulous thinking....awesome

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  3. that is great idea, something easy to do, but mostly never crossed in mind. will do the mix soon, and thanks for share this fabulous idea!

    cheers

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  4. Great snack! And perfect for daylight savings day sluggishness :D! And have I mentioned... your pictures have been looking mighty awesome lately! :D

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  5. wow..awesome recipe

    Aarthi
    http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/

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  6. I remember the days of eating this nonstop. I don't know why I quit though. I'll bet I can come up with a combination that Dudette would like from all the options you've given. Thanks for sharing and jogging my ailing memory!

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  7. This is a great snack idea! I can easily adapt this to gluten free. Nice post. Love it!

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  8. What a perfect mix between sweet salty healthy :D
    Looks awesome and must I really be hiking to make this? ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  9. Mmm, looks fantastic! :) And much easier and cheaper than a store-bought version!

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  10. Love making my own little snack mixes! This looks like a great mix!

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  11. Good one! feel like grabbing some from the picture :)It always feel great when we make these things at home. We have complete satisfaction!

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  12. Not gonna lie, the M&M's are my favorite part of this trail mix! ;)

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  13. Trail mix is one of my favorite snacks. I always have it around. I need to learn to keep it a snack though. Sometimes my snacking becomes a trail mix meal.

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  14. Mmmmmm....I'd be picking out all the dried cranberries to eat first...and trying not to start in on the M&M's. What an excellent trail mix :)

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  15. Trail Mix is a perfect snack, I can go through a bag in minutes!

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  16. And having pre-packaged little snacks like these help keep me from grabbing the not so good for me snacks from the cubbard!

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  17. Yummy and healthy way to snack. Love the colours of this mix and the combo of salt and sweet!

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  18. nice, but much prefer for chocolates hahhaha :)
    chocolate cravings :x

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  19. Ha! I'm sitting here reading your post as I eat a bag of the store bought mix, picking out the candies and picking around the sunflower seeds. I love your mix in ideas! I think dried figs would be great. Great pictures too!

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  20. The possibilities are endless! I've started making my own granola also, it's the best way to avoid all the preservatives. I could go for a bag, or two, of your mix right now.

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  21. I love making my own trail mix, it's the best! It's like you said, the ones from the store always have something you don't like so it's way better just making your own. I love your mix, the M&M's are soooo good :)

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  22. This is so easy isnt it?....I love snacking on Trail mix :-) its the perfect combination! Loved urs, looks exactly like a store bought pack! :-)

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  23. Your energy mix, is quite simply, FULL OF FUN! The M&Ms are a great way of working in some chocolate while keeping the bulk of the ingredients healthy.

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