Mark’s trail mix

My husband works long hours and doesn’t even have time for a lunch break most days.  He tries to stay healthy by eating low carb and especially low sugar but needs snacks to keep him going during his day.  Besides his salad that he has most days, (that will be another post),  he brings a small container of trail mix that I make weekly.

I use a mixture of nuts, seeds, unsweetened coconut chips and  dried fruits.  In this recipe, I call for raw nuts, but I like to use soaked and dehydrated ones.  Nuts and seeds have something that is called phytic acid which is actually an anti-nutrient.  (you can check out this article to learn more.)  In order to reduce this phytic acid, you can soak the nuts overnight in warm water with sea salt and then dehydrate in a dehydrator.  Or, you can buy them already done at Wilderness Family Naturals. They also sell all of the coconut products that I buy.

Use whatever you have on hand.  Don’t like walnuts?  Don’t use them!  I use whatever nuts I have in my pantry and whatever fruit is there too.  Be creative!

Here is the recipe that will make about 4 cups.  I like to store it in a mason jar, partly because I love mason jars, but also because then we can see what’s in it!

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Mark's trail mix

So easy and so healthy!  

Ingredients
  • 1/2-1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2-1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2-1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2-1 cup raw macadamia nuts
  • 1/2-1 cup brazil nuts
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut chips (or large coconut flakes)
  • 1/3 cup raisins or other small dried fruits
OR any combination of nuts that you like, equaling about 3-3 1/2 cups
Instructions
  1. Mix together in a bowl and add to mason jar or other container.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes
  • Brazil nuts are a great source of selenium, a trace mineral needed by our body to help with immune function.  4-5 a day is what the doctor ordered!
  • If you would like, you can also toast the coconut by placing it in a pan on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.  Just don't let them burn!

 

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