Guest Post from our Staff: ErinJoy Nash, Retail Store
For me, the trick to not eating junk food is not have it lying around my house. Trail mix can be a great healthy alternative to chips and candy and I try to keep it in my cupboards, car and purse for quick and easy snacking. Everyone has their own idea of what tastes good so I wanted to give you some ideas on how to make trail mix your own!
Start off by choosing your favorite Erin Baker's Granola, this will be your base. There are nine flavors to choose from, all of which will bring whole grain nutrients and flavor to your mix. Whole Grains are a great source of soluble fiber which helps keep your heart healthy! They also have valuable antioxidants, B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium and iron.
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Add dried fruits. You want to get as many colors into your mix as possible to ensure that you have a good variety of nutrients! Dried fruits are also a great way to bring natural sweetness to your mix. Some ideas for dried fruit include: plums, apricots, cranberries, blueberries, coconut, raisins and apples.
Add nuts, seeds and other grains like puffed quinoa, flax seed, pretzels, popcorn, sunflower seeds, walnuts, peanuts, almonds or cashews! Unsalted nuts and seeds not only add great flavor and keep you feeling full longer but can also add essential omega-3's to your diet.
Divide trail mix into handful portions and store in small containers or bags for snacking wherever you are. Store any remaining trail mix in a cool, dry place. Now you have a delicious and healthy snack for at home or on the go!
If you're lucky enough to live in Bellingham stop by our Bakery's Retail Store to browse our selection of bulk ingredients that I use in my own mixes! Some of my personal favorites are premium walnuts, sliced almonds, puffed quinoa, chia, dried cranberries and dried apples.
What other healthy ingredients do you use to make your trail mix?
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