You know, coming up with a name for this recipe was hard. I almost called it “Berry Chocolate Trail Mix,” and I was so excited about that name because it’s catchy and it’s a pun… But then I realized that there aren’t really any berries in this trail mix. Womp womp. 🙁 So, I’ve landed on the decidedly less interesting “Simple Antioxidant Trail Mix.”
I first threw this trail mix together whenever I needed some no-cook snack-type foods to take with me on a day trip. My boyfriend drove me to a local wildlife safari, because it’s one of the nearby homes to a few giraffes. (P.S. I love giraffes!) So, I whipped together a quick batch of tuna salad (using this brand of tuna and this brand of mayo, of course–my favorites!), filled a sandwich baggie with plantain chips, tossed together this trail mix, and voila! I had a quick no-cook meal for the road.
And you know what? I had to force myself to stop eating it!
I loved it! Which is dangerous, you know. I’m a big fan of chocolate, and with this trail mix favoring high calorie snacking, simply because of its ingredients… I definitely had to put the brakes on myself. But, I’ve made it several times since then, including for our housewarming party! People loved it there, too, as I expected. 😉
It’s easy to get pulled into mindless eating, and while calorie counting is not encouraged in the Paleo community, it’s important to be mindful of how much you’re consuming, especially in relation to your level of physical activity. This trail mix is super easy to throw together and has a lot of wonderful antioxidant properties, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t turn “bad” for you in larger quantities. So, my advice is to keep your consumption to a couple of handfuls to soothe that chocolate craving of yours. (Don’t act like you don’t have one!)
Be sure to comment and let me know what you think of my simple antioxidant trail mix!
This trail mix is the perfect snack to cure your sweet tooth while providing essential nutrients. Remember to enjoy in small portions, as it is high in calories.
- Almonds, dry-roasted and salted
- Cashews, dry-roasted and salted
- Pumpkin seeds
- Dried cranberries
- Dried tart cherries
- Enjoy Life chocolate chips
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl according to your preferred proportions.
- Store in a mason jar or other airtight container.
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