Remember last week when I made you tomato soup that had just a few ingredients? And how I told you that most canned soup is full of junk your body doesn’t love? The same goes for a lot of granolas and snack mixes. I see so many with added sugar and weird ingredients that sound like they belong in a science lab. My body doesn’t want that. Your body doesn’t either.So I made us a snack mix that requires so little time and effort that I can’t even call this a recipe. All you have to do is go get some nuts, dried fruit, and seeds and mix them together. I suggest you go to Trader Joe’s or to the bins at Whole Foods where they are much cheaper in bulk. You can also find raw nuts there. (Side note: raw nuts > roasted nuts because none of their nutrients have been zapped.)
Once you have all your ingredients, mix them all up in a bowl and store in a sealed container or bag. You can eat this by the handful between meals, as a pick me up before the gym, or a late night snack. Eat this as is or on top of oats, yogurt, or cottage cheese. You can even put them in individual baggies or mini tupperware containers to eat on the go. Ration them in 1-1.5 oz portions.
Here’s my mix:
- 4 oz. raw almonds
- 4 oz. raw walnut pieces
- 2 oz. raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 oz. dried cranberries
- 2 oz. raisins
- 2 oz. old fashioned oats
You can use whatever you’d like! Chocoholics should throw in some dark chocolate nibs. Sweet and salty lovers could throw in peanut butter morsels. The options are endless. I like my mixes to have more nuts/seeds than fruit so I know I’m getting a good dose of protein and healthy fats and a reasonable amount of sugar.
What’s in your perfect snack mix? Let’s give each other ideas! I’ll blog my favorite reader submission next week. XO!
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