The combination of nuts, seeds and dried fruit as a trail snack dates back to the 1910’s, when Horace Kephart recommended it in his popular camping guide. Still a favorite snack of hikers and other people on-the-go, trail mixes offer a lot of nutritional value in a handful. Nuts and seeds form the base of trail mixes for a reason: they provide a great balance of protein, fat and fiber. Adding dried fruit to mixes adds vitamins and taste appeal in the form of a savory/sweet contrast. Some people like a small bit of chocolate candy too, so dark chocolate is always a good option since it has nutrients that help protect the heart.
Trail mix is considered an ideal snack food post workout since it’s lightweight, easy to store, and nutritious, providing a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruit and sustained energy from fats in the nuts. It’s common knowledge these days that nuts are good for you. They have healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated, two types we don’t tend to eat much of as Americans). Another great thing about trail mix is that it keeps your blood sugar levels constant. This helps you to avoid the “roller coaster effect.”
Nuts and seeds are the protein foundation for trail mix and some of the most popular choices include peanuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Some people like extra sugar in addition to dried fruit, but be careful of empty calories that don’t offer much in nutritional benefits. Consider some products like crystallized ginger or shredded coconut to add some extra sweetness with healthier nutrients.
Truly Good Foods has many different variations of trail mixes depending on your flavor preferences.