Making a Healthy Trail Mix at Home

by Gabriella Patel on June 9, 2015

Are you planning on heading out for a hike or a bike trip? That tempting store trail mix usually has added unhealthy ingredients like sugar and unhealthy fats. What you want in a good trail mix is a snack that is non-perishable, easy to carry, high in calories to give you energy, low in carbohydrates, and if you have a sweet tooth, just enough sweetness to make it great tasting! Plus, when you make your own trail mix, you can make sure you like every food you put in it!

Trail MixTrail mixes are a concentrated energy source, convenient when you want to carry something to eat that is relatively light for the calories it provides. They are great when you are out on a backpacking trip, but if your activity level is going to be relatively modest, or if you just want to have an emergency snack in your purse, a little goes a long way.

Here are a few, simple ideas how to build your favorite trail mix:

Step 1: Pick a dried fruit. Look at the ingredients list. If it says sugar or syrup, then don’t use it. You don’t need added sugar. Dried fruit is naturally sweet, as it has vitamins and fiber. Measure 1 cup of dried fruit. Pour it in the bowl.

Step 2: Add some nuts. Any type of plain nut works great. Nuts add fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and are good for your heart. Measure 1 cup of nuts, and add it to your bowl.

Step 3: Mix in some seeds. Seeds can add tasty crunch to your trail mix. Sunflower seeds are full of vitamins and minerals that protect your heart. Make sure they are out of the shell. Another great choice is pumpkin seeds. Pour 1 cup of seeds in your bowl.

Step 4: Scoop out a ½ cup of trail mix, and put it in a snack-size re-sealable plastic bag. That’s the perfect amount for one serving. Store your trail mix bags in the pantry. Take out one bag out when you want a snack.

Some optional ingredients to put a simple twist on your trail mix:

  • Mini pretzel twists or pretzel sticks add a great crunch to trail mix. Choose whole wheat or whole-grain pretzels. Whole-grain pretzels are high in fiber. It’ll make you feel full longer so you won’t be hungry until dinner. Measure 1 cup of pretzels, and put them in your bowl.
  • Find your favorite low-sugar cereal. Look at the nutrition label, and pick a cereal with 8 grams or less sugar. To keep your trail mix from getting crumbly, pick a cereal that is square, O-shaped, or clusters. Dump 1 cup of cereal into your mixing bowl.
  • Something sweet! Try mini chocolate chips instead of full-size chips. Because they are tinier, mini chips will spread out all through your trail mix. You’ll get some in every bite. Dark chocolate is better for you than milk chocolate. Add ½ cup to your mix.
Gabriella Patel

Gabriella Patel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I grew up in a family who has a long history in natural supplements. I've always found such a greater level of health and well being because of the choices I've made to seek natural and organic products. I've taken a lot of my knowledge now to be able to help others make the right decisions to achieve a higher level of wellness. From what I've seen most of where the problems come from is what we put in our bodies, and what we're not. I hope to shed some light on many issues we all face. Subscribe to my work Gabriella's favorite product is Detox Diet 1234
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