by Guest Blogger Kelsey Bradshaw
Whether you’re stuck on campus for your long day of back-to-back classes, or just hungry and need a snack, trail mix is a simple treat that is tasty, quick to prepare, and packed with nutrients. Nuts are high in protein and antioxidants, seeds provide several minerals such as magnesium and zinc, and both of them are loaded with the healthy fat that keeps your skin and hair healthy.
Trail mix can be made by mixing any of the following together:
-Nuts: This includes peanuts, almonds, cashews or walnuts.
-Granola: You can buy straight granola in the bulk section of the grocery store, or look in the cereal section for granola with dried fruit and other sweeteners.
-Dried fruit: This can be as simple as raisins or be expanded to dried apples, cranberries, or my favorite, mango.
-Seeds: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds can add both taste and nutritional value to your trail mix.
-Other not-so-nutritious stuff that make trail mix taste reallyreally good but isn’t necessarily good for you: M&M’s, anyone? If you need something sweet in your mix, dark chocolate chips provide more of those healthy fats while still satisfying your sugar cravings. In moderation, you can also add crackers, pretzels, popcorn, yogurt-covered fruit or white chocolate chips.
Any combination of these items is delicious and nutritious!
Have fun snacking!