Wednesday morning took me onsite to one of the local Discovery offices to promote healthy snacking (among many other things), and called for a little bit of creativity. Sure, people know fruits & veggies are healthy. We could chop a few things up and the samples would be gone quickly. But let’s branch out. Let’s make-your-own something!
Trail mix is easily portable, and almost a treat in disguise. A random Trader Joe’s-inspired mix pleased all palates, and shocked a few new-comers. Yep, healthy (fats, lean protein and fruit) tastes great:
Pepita Coconut Trail Mix
Pepitas, roasted & salted
Dried Banana Chips
Roasted Coconut Chips
Proportions are up to you – just dump & mix!
The biggest surprise here, with most taste-testers, was the blueberries. Since most people expect dried cranberries or raisins, they commented on the tartness of the blueberries in contrast with the salty pepitas, nutty crunch and sweet bananas. Blueberries are also higher in antioxidants (even when dried)!
The coconut chips add a lighter crunch and mild flavor, along with their plant-based saturated fat.
Pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds) are a good source of protein! I add this powerhouse (usually unsalted) to salads and soups all the time, but their unique soft crunch and flavor are also trail-mix friendly.
I added in the banana chips for sweetness, fiber, potassium (much less than the fresh version, though) and bulk. (Yes, these guys are high in sugar, so shake them in lightly.)
If you’re a dark-chocolate lover like myself, you could certainly add in a few shavings/pieces of uber-dark chocolate for a bitter balance and another dose of antioxidants and yum.
What’s your favorite nut-fruit-seed combination?
Any other DIY-mixers out there?