It’s the time of year in Oregon where people just need a little sunshine. The slog through January and February is long with gray days full of clouds, fog, rain, hail, sleet, and snow. March can be fairly rainy, but the temperatures get warmer and a few rays of sunshine start to poke their way through the clouds. Since we’re still hanging out in the winter months, you need every advantage to feel good and stay healthy. Snacking is where it’s easy to fall off the bandwagon. Hunger strikes and it’s easy to grab whatever food is around. With just a little planning you can have healthy snacks to munch on at a moment’s notice.
For Healthy Trail Mix you can use raw or toasted nuts and seeds. If you prefer toasted nuts and seeds, buy raw ones and toast your own. Once roasted, nuts and seeds turn rancid quicker, so starting with raw and toasting your own will give you a fresher trail mix. To toast your own, separate them into different small pans or make small foil boats to set on a large cookie sheet. Bake at 350 and start checking them after 5 minutes. The smaller nuts and seeds will toast the fastest while the larger ones take longer.
Sunflower and Pepita Seeds – 5-7 minutes
Almonds – 10 minutes
Walnuts and Pecans – 10-15 minutes
Cashews – 20 minutes
If you want to take your Healthy Trail Mix to the next level, find a high quality dark chocolate bar and break it into small pieces and add it to the trail mix.
Next time you have a snack craving, leave the chips, crackers, and candy bars behind and grab a handful of Healthy Trail Mix instead.