8 Healthy Snacks You Can Make Using Trail Mix
Scroggin, gorp, or trail mix — regardless of what name it goes by and how you make it, this healthy snack is a favorite for many of us. It's easy to make (just mix up a few ingredients and you're done), it's delicious (the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors), and it's good for you (trail mix can pack tons of protein and good fats to help you feel fuller longer). We'll go one step further and say that, as great as trail mix is on its own, it also makes a tasty addition to a number of other snacks.
Trail mix offers a combination of flavors and textures, which makes it easy to blend this stand-alone snack into a number of other foods. Whether you want to add some subtle sweetness to your favorite salty snack or a little bit of crunch to an otherwise smooth and creamy treat, it could be the ingredient you’re looking for.
The key to making your snack healthy is choosing a well-balanced trail mix and keeping portions in check. As a general rule, look for a trail mix that is primarily nuts and seeds (too much chocolate or dried fruit and your trail mix can quickly become a sugar bomb) — this will give your body the protein and heart-healthy fats it needs to feel full and fueled. Control portions by thinking about trail mix in terms of handfuls; depending on what’s in your trail mix (and the size of your hands), a handful can pack anywhere from 100 to 200 calories, so snack accordingly.
Looking for a few fun and creative ways to turn that handful of trail mix into a delicious and satisfying snack? Here are eight things you should try.
All you have to do to make delicious sweet and salty chocolate bark is melt chocolate (keep it healthy by using dark chocolate with 70 percent cacao or higher), pour it out onto a piece of waxed paper, and then sprinkle it with trail mix. When the chocolate sets, break the bark into smaller pieces.
Whoever said cookies couldn’t be healthy didn’t know about these soft and chewy treats. Make them even healthier by using whole-wheat flour and dark chocolate chips.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.