It’s National Trail Mix Day today (no, I am not making this thing up!) so I went into my pantry to see what kind of goodies I could find to make a couple batches of mix. I opened my pantry and was rewarded with a buffet of fruits, nuts, seeds and cereal options. I’m thinking I may have brought these items separately to add to my lunch box as an afternoon snack but totally forgot about them all.
Usually around 3 pm I start getting that work day crash, where either I need to grab a tea/coffee, go walk around the block on a break or have a snack to get me back on track. On most days caffeine wins with a short walk coming in at second place. I will share that this doesn’t always work but that could have more to do with how much sleep I had the night before.
I started out planning 2 recipes but ended up with 5 in total because I kept thinking of different combos of items!
I had to tear myself away from the kitchen because as I was cleaning up, I thought of another recipe. LOL
I love all of the ingredients and sampled all of the combos and I am super pleased with the results. Based on taste I did end up adding items to a batch if it needed more sweet or salty. Creating concoctions are sooo much fun! Most of the recipes started out equal portions of each but as I sampled them I revised the mix based on my personal preference.
I am now armed with weapons to fight that 3pm crash and I cant wait to see which ones give me the best boost of energy!
Here are my Fab 5 Trail Mix Recipes…
Sweet Treat Trail Mix – Pistachios, dried mangos, dried strawberries, granola, dried blueberries, chia seeds.
Energy/Protein Trail Mix – Flax Seeds, dried cranberries, mini candy M&Ms, pepitas, whole almonds, pistachios.
Granola Trail Mix – Granola, dried cranberries, pistachios, whole almonds.
Dark Chocolate Trail Mix – Dried apricots, mini dark chocolate chips, whole almonds.
Cereal Trail Mix – Cheerios, pepitas, dried cranberries and mini dark chocolate chips.