Trail Mix is perfect for on-the-go snacking. It is lightweight, full of energy producing nutrients, and simple to make. Whether you are planning a weekend hike, training for a race, or just completing a crosstown commute, a DIY trail mix might be exactly the snack you need to keep your energy levels up.
Trail mixes can pack quite the caloric punch. Making your own allows you to tailor the mix for your needs. Use more of the higher calorie ingredients, like nuts, when taking your trail mix on strenuous hikes where you will burn lots of calories. Opt for lower calorie trail mixes with shredded coconut and high-fiber cereals when you need a midday work week snack. In general, make sure there are more nuts and seeds than chocolate and dried fruit proportionally or you are in danger of a major sugar rush.
Making your own trail mix will also save you a buck or two. Pre-packaged foods in the grocery store can come at a premium. You can make enough trail mix for the week for the price of one packaged serving of trail mix.
If you have leftover trail mix from the week, why not turn that healthy snack into another delicious treat with these recipes for healthy snacks. If you are in need of inspiration for your next healthy treat, check out these trail-mix recipes that will keep you full and healthy throughout all your day-to-day activities.
Banana Raisin Trail Mix
Pack this light-weight snack on your next hike or camp out. The banana and raisins are the perfect sweet balance to the salty peanuts. Add more seeds, like sunflower or pepitas, for even more hunger-fighting nutrients.
Coconut Curry Trail Mix
This coconut curry trail mix is a nice change from the usual. Shredded coconut, cinnamon pecan cereal, and a hint of curry powder give this trail mix its delightfully sweet and savory flavor.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.