Good to Go: Summertime Trail MixJulieVR
During the summer months, healthy portable snacks are in high demand, called into service to provide energy for all kinds of outdoor activities. When you’re away from home, particularly with kids in tow, you need something that travels well without breaking, getting soggy or spoiling in the heat. Trail mix is compact, keeps well, and is a great source of fiber and protein (from the grains, nuts and seeds) and complex carbohydrates (from the grains and dried fruit). Trail mixes strike an ideal balance of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats, particularly if you make them yourself; kids will love to help choose ingredients, then shake it all together in a bag or mix it all up in a bowl. Trail mix provides a perfect balance of energy for high-output activities such as hiking, swimming, boating and biking.
Trail mix is about as adaptable as it gets; peruse the bulk section of the grocery store (bring the kids, but resist their choice of all jellybeans) for inspiration, and try adding dry grainy cereals your kids love at breakfast time. When combining your trail mix ingredients, go heavy on the dried fruits, nuts and seeds, with less starches and even less sweet (such as chocolate chips, sweet cereal or mini marshmallows) to keep the mix more nutritionally balanced.
Do-it-Yourself Trail Mix
Choose somewhere between 3 and 8 items to go into your trail mix – store it in a big jar on the kitchen counter for snacking, or divide between small containers or zip-lock bags to grab and go.
Fruits, Nuts & Seeds:
Walnut halves or pieces
Roasted fava beans
Dried wasabi peas
Sliced dried apricots
Multigrain pretzel sticks
Mini multigrain crackers
Whole grain cereal
Whole wheat bagel chips
Mini goldfish crackers
Chopped chocolate or chocolate chips (the darker the better)
Chocolate covered peanuts
Chocolate covered raisins
Honey roasted peanuts
Crumbled graham crackers or mini cookies
Mix and store in an airtight container or divide into individual zip-lock baggies to keep on hand to grab & go.