Are you looking for a snack that you can make ahead and store in your purse, desk drawer or glove compartment? One that is bursting with superfoods and protein to keep you going? Something that you can whip up once every few weeks and have ready to go anytime, anywhere?
This amazing snack is a Superfood Trail Mix, and it’s bursting with nuts, seeds and other foods with health benefits. Most store bought trail mixes contain hydrogenated fats, salt and sugar, all bad news ingredients in the nutrition department! Making your own trail mix means that you can control the ingredients.
It’s a good idea to add at least one ounce of tree nuts (or seeds) to your diet each day. Nuts improve satiety (make you feel full), are a good source of fibre and anti-inflammatory omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids cannot be made by our bodies and therefore must be obtained through our diets.
This trail mix is protein packed. One serving, which is one handful, contains roughly the same amount of protein as a hardboiled egg. If you’ve been reading my blog regularly, you know that I stress the importance of adding protein to your snacks to keep you feeling more energized and your tummy full for longer.
Health Benefits + Recipe
I put ½ cup of each of these superfoods into a jar. If you don’t have any of these ingredients on hand, many health food stores will have them in bulk and you can buy just what you need.
- Pumpkin seeds: one tablespoon of pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas) will give you almost one gram of protein and one gram of fat with lots of bonus antioxidants. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of zinc, one of the body’s antioxidant nutrients that can help to fight off colds and flus.
- Sunflower seeds: a good source of calming magnesium and detoxifying and antioxidant selenium. One tablespoon contains around one gram of protein and one and a half grams of good fats.
- Walnuts: a rich source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. One tablespoon contains around two grams of protein and four grams of good fats.
- Goji berries: have been used in Asia for thousands of years for longevity. I’ve written about goji berries here. One tablespoon provides around one gram of protein.
- Cacao nibs: Oh cacao nibs, how do I love thee? Read a little more about cacao nibs here. Although a little bitter, these unroasted chocolate beans are totally raw and full of antioxidants. One tablespoon contains over two grams of protein.
- Dulse: a type of seaweed found off the Atlantic coast of Canada, dulse is known for its high protein and iodine content. Iodine is a critical nutrient for our thyroids to function properly. If you can’t find dulse, nori works just great!
Optional add-ins: dried coconut flakes, hemp seeds, Brazil nuts, dried mulberries or dried unsulfured apricots.
Enjoy with an apple or a few cut up veggies. This jarred amazingness is also a wonderful hostess gift.
Wishing you happy snacking! xo Andrea