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GORP: The Classic Snack Packs a Nutritional Punch

GORPMuch debate surrounds the actual origins of the acronym GORP. It is most widely believed to mean “good old raisins and peanuts,” but some persist it actually stands for “granola, oats, raisins, peanuts.” Either way, it is a delicious, healthy lunchbox snack that has stood the test of time. GORP is most commonly a mix of peanuts, raisins and chocolate candies. These three flavors are mixed in a bag or bowl to create an ideal salty/sweet flavor popular with adults and children the world over. In addition to great taste, it also packs a nutritional punch. The dried fruit and granola provide a quick carbohydrate boost while the unsaturated fats in the nuts provide protein to sustain energy. The chocolate provides nice flavor and just a touch of sugar. There is no real formula for GORP, the idea being that trail mix can be a mix of almost any dried fruit, grain and nut. Here are some of my favorite ingredients:

Select one or two of your favorite ingredients in each category to make some great GORP for you child’s lunchbox:

Dried Fruit: Raisins, craisin, dried cherries, dried apricots, dried pineapple cut into small squares

Nuts: Almonds, pecan pieces, walnuts, shelled pistachios

Legumes: Peanuts

Seeds: Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cashews

Chocolate: M&M’s, chocolate chips, carob chips or sundrops

Grains: Granola, oat cereal

Other: Shredded coconut, crystallized ginger

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