G.O.R.P. Trail Mix. Nuts and Bolts.
Whatever you want to call it, this mix of goodies in a bag is a real staple on the trail.
But lately I have found myself struggling to find a mix that works. I need a concoction that keeps me energized on the trail (or at my desk) and one that I won’t get tired of eating. So, I’m on a quest to find the best healthy trail mix ingredients out there. Got some ideas?
My current trail mix consists of the usual nutty suspects, as well as Brazil nuts, dried cranberries, dark chocolate covered coconut, dried mango, and dark chocolate covered puffed quinoa (I know, you’re probably wondering what’s wrong with that mix?). But in order to keep life adventurous, I’m still on the look out for new ingredients to add.
I threw a shout-out on Twitter for the best trail mix ingredients and heard back pretty instantly from Rebecca (@RebeccasTrails), Sarah (@cdnrockiesgirl) and @CampfireChic (thanks, ladies!). Rebecca suggested pumpkin seeds. Sarah suggested Reese’s Pieces candy, peanut M&M’s, dried apricots, figs, dried apple, macadamia nuts, and almonds. CampfireChic responded with a link to her blog post, Trail Mix: 10 ingredients, 5 tasty variations. Off to a good start.
So, what are your favourite trail mix ingredients? Please comment below with your ideas!
Health Benefits of Trail Mix Ingredients
Remember how I mentioned I was looking for a healthy trail mix? Below I’ve taken some of the ingredients listed above and provided you some of the health benefits of each one (please keep in mind I’m not a nutritionist). Hopefully this will help you make some smart choices when it comes to making your own recipe.
Pumpkin Seeds – are rich in zinc, which is essential to the proper functioning of cellular metabolism and helps support the immune system (source).
Dried Figs – are high in fibre (great for digestion and keeping you regular!) and calcium, and are a good source of potassium and iron (source).
Dried Apple – can help you control blood sugar levels in a healthy way, and contain protein, calcium and potassium (source).
Dried Mango – is a good source of Vitamin A-20 (unfortunately, Vitamin C is lost in the drying process), has small amounts of iron, and tastes pretty darn good (source).
Dried Cranberries – are a good source of dietary fiber, protein and carbohydrates (make sure you get a variety without added sugar) (source).
Macadamia Nuts – are high in heart-healthy fats, and are a a source of Vitamin A, iron and protein (source).
Brazil Nuts – among many vitamins and minerals they contain, these provide a good dose of heart-healthy fats, are high in Vitamin E, and are an excellent source of B-complex Vitamins, such as thiamin (source).
Almonds – are high in manganese, Vitamin E and magnesium, and are good source of energy (source).
Dark Chocolate – is rich in antioxidants, can reduce blood pressure and is pretty much God’s gift to humanity (source).
The Best Trail Mix Ever
The team over at tuja wellness thinks they’ve got it nailed. Check out their trail mix recipe below for some inspiration: