Trail Mix Updated–An Uber Superfood
I’m a big fan of trail mix as it’s called on the west coast a.k.a gorp on the east coast. Growing up it was a great snack to have in the back seat of the car. Loaded with raisins, nuts and M&Ms trail mix, as we all know it, had just the right combination of sweet, salty, crunchy and creamy. Raising kids it’s been a great between-meal energy boost and mood stabilizer for my boys on- or off-road, up and down the trails. And just this past weekend, it was a super in-flight supplement to tide us over during cross-country travel which offered no snacks and only one round of fluids in 5 hours! But don’t get me started. A pineapple coconut water (see previous posting) would have been oh so nice.
Trail mix has always been nutritious. Nuts: 1/3 cup of nuts a day is a healthy dose recommended as part of a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fat. Rich in energy, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids, nuts may lower LDL (bad cholesterol), blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. Raisins are high in fiber, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients containing antioxidants. They help prevent oxygen-based cell damage, macular degeneration and bone loss. Chocolate, especially 65% cacao or above, is rich in many essential minerals and antioxidants. It is thought to reduce blood pressure, strokes, and heart attacks. With its own antidepressant, phenylethylamine, and its serotonin-boosting effect, chocolate just makes you feel good.
Here, I’ve updated the snack to launch it to into superfood status by adding gooseberries–a superfruit with chart-busting antioxidant levels, candied ginger–an antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory, 70% dark chocolate, cacao nibs–crunchy, nutty and 100% cacao, and Himalayan salt–a healthy additive loaded with minerals and amino acids:
Uber Trail Mix
In a ziplock bag or canister, mix 1/2 cup each of roasted almonds whole or sliced, pistachio nuts, peanuts, raisins, gooseberries, candied ginger, cacao nibs, and dark chocolate chips or chunks (70% available at Whole Foods and other specialty stores). If the nuts are unsalted, add to taste Himalayan salt. Shake. Hike. And cheers to your good health!