I never used to be a big fan of trail mix.
The stuff you by in the store is loaded with salt, unnecessary added fat, and crummy quality chocolate. My version of trail mix uses raw nuts and seeds, and good quality dark chocolate chips.
Sounds like it would be expensive, right? Not so. For 24 servings I paid just 42 cents per serving for a healthy trail mix that will stick with you for a few hours and give you a big nutrition boost.
Each serving is 1/4 cup, but I usually just have a few tablespoons a day. Be careful with these kinds of snacks, because while they are a healthy snack choice, they are also high in fat and calories.
The good things is you really don’t need much to feel satisfied. The combination of crunch, and sweet chocolate goes a long way.
Serves 24 ea 1/4 cup servings
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds, raw ($2.30)
- 1 cup almonds, raw ($1.64)
- 1 cup sunflower seeds, raw ($0.70)
- 1 cup walnuts, raw ($1.14)
- 1 cup dried cranberries ($1.17)
- 1 cup chocolate chips, dark ($3.25)
- Combine ingredients and seal in an airtight container.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and protein. Not only that, they provide 50% of the manganese you need in a day, as well as magnesium, phosphorus, tryptophan, iron, copper, vitamin K and zinc.
Walnuts are very high in omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, copper and tryptophan. Omega 3 fatty acids contribute to a healthy heart. They are known to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels, and raise good HDL cholesterol levels. They also improve and control high blood pressure.
Dark chocolate of at least 70% cocoa provides The flavonoids with antioxidant effects, helping protect against heard disease. Flavonoids also help with blood pressure.
Total Fat: 13.46g
Total Carbs: 12.52g
Dietary Fiber: 2.88g
Old Weight Watchers Points 4
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com I am not a licensed nutritionist, nor a medical professional, and do not mean this information as medical or nutrition advice. See your medical professional if you have questions regarding your nutritional needs.