Healthy Trail Mix
When my 5 year old started kindergarten, I was struggling on the snack scene. Now that I am little more organized I try to make something that we can grab and go for snacks as needed and of course I always have lots of fresh fruit in the house. This snack is super easy to make and is high in healthy fat, protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
I use raw nuts and seeds for optimal nutrition. Using sprouted nuts and seeds would be next level! If you want to use roasted nuts and seeds feel free to do so. It will have a more roasted and richer flavor, however the polyunsaturated fats may be slightly oxidized due to the nature of roasting. In addition, when cooked at high temperatures, they can develop acrylamides which have been shown to be cancer causing in high doses. Some people find they cannot digest raw nuts. In this case try sprouted nuts and seeds. The sprouting process removes the enzyme inhibitors and makes them more easily digestible. Another option is to buy roasted nuts and seeds or roast them yourself at a very low temp (225F).
This recipe is easily customizable to what you have on hand. You can substitute anything with what you prefer or have on hand.
Makes 5 cups. Prep 5 minutes.
1 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup goji berries
1/2 cup raisins (or use dried cranberries)
1/2 cup dark chocolate, i.e. enjoy life chocolate chips, dark chocolate covered raisins (I used dark chocolate covered cherries)
2 oz or 1 cup chopped dried mango
pinch of fine sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir thoroughly.
Store in an airtight container on the counter or fridge. It should keep for a long time but I would recommend 2 weeks on the counter or 4 weeks in the fridge.