Sure, it’s temptingly easy to grab a bag of pre-made trail mix –colorful, effortless, and with such fun names to boot! But have you ever stopped to glance at the nutrition facts of that bag of seemingly healthy options? More specifically, check out the sugar content. Some commercial brands of trail mix have as much sugar as a 16 oz bottle of soda! The main culprit is sweetened dried fruit, and some brands add candy as well. If that delicious mouthful of sweet and salty is your tastebuds’ desire, don’t despair. There are plenty of ways to make a delicious AND nutritious trail mix, all with ingredients from your grocery store bulk bin!
Here are a few things to consider when making your Bulk Bin Trail Mix…
- Vary the texture — the best trail mix has crunchy, crispy, and chewy all in one bite.
- Vary the flavor — sweet, salty, savory, or even spicy if that’s your jam.
- Keep portion size in check! I like to make Mr. Hatch Health a giant container of trail mix, and then he can scoop out a serving as he goes or pack it in his work bag as a snack. 1/4‑cup of trail mix is a serving — measure it out once or twice so you can see what that looks like and you’ll be more conscious moving forward.
To make your trail mix, choose from the following fruits, grains, and nuts, or make the ultimate mix with a few from each category!
Fruit: unsweetened dried cherries, blueberries, apples, goji berries, raisins, dates or cranberries
Grains: pretzels, plantain chips, puffed quinoa, air-popped popcorn, granola chunks
Nuts/Seeds: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, cashews, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts
Extra Zing (think of these as an accent, not the star of the show): cacao nibs, dark chocolate chips, banana chips, chocolate-covered coffee beans, peanut butter chips, coconut flakes, dried ginger, wasabi peas, spices (cinnamon, curry, ginger, cayenne pepper, sea salt)
The possibilities are endless! Share your favorite combination with a photo on Instagram (be sure to tag @lydiahatchhealth!) and one lucky winner will receive a Hatch Health and Happiness swag bag!