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SUNSHINEGB Posts: 36,196
8/23/13 9:33 A

Thank you too Heather! I 'might' put in small morsels of dark chocolate for the sweetness and I'll be mindful to be careful with portions in the snack bags and limit even those bags!
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DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (57,374)
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8/23/13 9:30 A

Trail mix is calorie-dense ,but that's the point. :) A small handful will hold you for a while!

I prefer to add the large, juicy multi-colored raisins to mine, and use dark chocolate M&Ms for my sweet boost. :) It's practically health food! YOu just have to be careful. It's perfectly healthy, but mindless snacking on it can result in major overeating fast. Pre-measure your portions and don't just dip in the bowl!

SUNSHINEGB Posts: 36,196
8/23/13 9:30 A

Great input from you all and thank you so much!

I do believe I'll make my own, being careful about the sugar ones. The idea of freezing the snack packs is great and I'll do that.

I'll use mainly nuts like almonds & walnuts and dried fruits such as cherries and cranberries with some raisins too.

Thank you again, I'm heading out to a bulk food store so I can choose these ingredients and get making my own, healthy Trail mix!
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LGREGG07 SparkPoints: (26,147)
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8/23/13 8:54 A

I used to make my own trail mix all the time! One thing to look out for is the added sugar in the dried fruit.I liked to add dried bing cherries, golden raisins, and dried apricots,to unsalted cashews, almonds, and pistachios.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
8/23/13 8:32 A

I, too, make my own mixes, because they then don't have anything I am unaware of (or that I don't wish to eat).

I'd definitely steer clear of the ones with a lot of added candy/chocolate.
I usually limit the amount of dried fruit I put in mine, too.

A good plan is to divide in portions in those little snack bags and store the rest in the freezer

CERTHIA SparkPoints: (21,734)
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8/23/13 8:16 A

I enjoy trail mixes, but in small portions. I prefer just mixing roasted nuts with raisins. Very calorie dense! Great for long hikes in the woods. The raisins will give a little fast acting energy boost, and the nuts will offer satiety. Not something I would eat on days where I am not active, but certainly not unhealthy.

NIRERIN Posts: 12,023
8/23/13 8:12 A

if you're only putting in things that meet your definition of healthy foods, then you should be good. just keep in mind that that your portions will be small.

SUNSHINEGB Posts: 36,196
8/23/13 8:03 A

I found recipes for home made Trail mixes and wondered if these are really healthy for us as a snack? They contained mainly nuts but also had dried fruits and coconut in the majority of them.

I like to make my own snacks, I generally have almonds which I put in small snack bags but I also love trail mixes I just don't want to buy those in prepackages because I don't know exactly what's in them or if they are really healthy.

Input about Trail mixes in general would be appreciated. Thank you.

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