Mix Master: How to Make Nutritious, Delicious Trail Mix

Originally posted here, at TheActiveTimes.com

Trail mix is the hiker’s food of choice, and a go-to for many people trying to fit healthy fueling into a busy schedule, and for good reasons. It conveniently fits into a backpack or purse, is easy to make (just throw some simple ingredients together) and can provide you with quick energy you need to finish a difficult trail or make it through a late afternoon sweat session. But not all trail mixes are created equal; some are just sugary snacks disguised in misleading packaging. Come on, there’s no way a candy-packed, fatty granola mix is good for you. So instead of relying on grocery store shelves, why not make your own, healthy recipe?

The first step is to get a solid base of unprocessed ingredients like raw nuts, raisins or unsweetened dry fruits. If you need that bit of extra decadence, a little dark chocolate won’t hurt—just don’t overdo it. Then you want to make sure you have a large bowl or container, so you can make enough to last you a while. Just pour the ingredients together, then mix by hand. Next time you go hiking, boating, etc., just put a handful or two into a sealable bag, and you’re good to go.

But if you’re not the type to create your own recipes, here’s three that will keep you coming back for more:

Savory Raw Vegan Trail Mix
• 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
• 1 1/4 cups hulled pumpkin seeds
• 1 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds
• 4 tablespoons organic tamari or Bragg liquid aminos
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 3 teaspoon onion power
• 1/4–1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Cajun Trail Mix
• 1/2 cup raw almonds
• 1/2 cup pecan halves
• 1/2 cup walnut halves
• 1/4 cup unsalted shelled sunflower seeds
• 1/4 cup unsalted shelled pumpkin seeds
• 2 tablespoons canola oil
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
• 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
• 2 pinches cayenne pepper

Pumpkin Seed Dried Cherry Trail Mix
• 2 cups baby pumpkin seeds
• 1 cup silvered almonds
• 3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
• 6 tablespoons pure Grade B maple syrup
• Coarse salt
• 1 cup dried cherries or cranberries


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