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MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,100)
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7/26/13 9:31 A

Trail mix and granola were designed for and by hikers for the purpose of dense, highly caloric sustenance. If a person is extremely active and has limited access to food or is trying to gain weight, I can see where the two items could be useful.
To lose, I consider veggies and fruits to be two of the best options, and the easiest to access.

JUDY1260 Posts: 1,567
7/25/13 5:26 P

I love trail mix with a little bit of chocolate in it (nothing wrong with a treat IMO). I used to buy Great Value (Walmart brand) Mountain trail mix, which has almonds, raisins, peanuts and chocolate candies in it. I would divide it into snack size bags and keep it in my desk drawer at work for a quick snack. It's 160 calories per 1/4 cup so I haven't had it in awhile because of the higher calories. I can get 3x the protein and 15% calcium from a container of Chobani pineapple greek yogurt for the same amount of calories as the trail mix (and it's more filling).

DAWNERTH101 SparkPoints: (1,706)
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7/25/13 4:38 P


Thanks to everyone who replied to my post. I really appreciate it!! Many provided ideas I hadn't considered.

I'll definitely create my own variety of trail mix with dark chocolate.



SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,216
7/25/13 1:57 P

I don't touch granola bars as many are loaded with sugar as another has already would be better off eating 20 almonds as a snack as they are low in saturated fat and reduce blood sugar levels not spike them. 20 almonds... about 140 calories Walnuts too as they are good for a healthy heart.

Even Pumpkin Seeds..., D, E, and K and most of the B vitamins They are a good source of Calcium, Fiber and Zinc, manganese, magnesium

Another good choice would be Pistachio's as they contain Vitamin A, B complex, folate and phosphorous

Trail mix can be loaded with sugar and sodium...I'd rather grab an apple or an orange.

LGREGG07 SparkPoints: (44,505)
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7/25/13 10:13 A

I made my own trail mix when I was in college and ALWAYS had a bag of it in my purse/backpack/etc. I was really picky about what was in it, so picky that my mom would send me the ingredients for my trail mix a care packages! (can I just say my mom is the best?? because she is!) One thing to note about trail mix, or even granola bars, is to watch for the amount of sugar that is in it. The dried fruit that they use often has sugar added to them, which I find to be completely unnecessary. (Also, watch out for banana chips because sometimes they are cooked in oil (not the good kind) to get the crunchy texture.)
My Trail Mix Recipe:
1 bag unsalted roasted mixed nuts
1 bag unsalted roasted nuts (either pistachios or cashews or almonds...whatever is your absolute favorite!)
1 bag unsweetened dried bing cherries
1 bag unsweetened dried apricots
1 bag dried untweetened golden raisins
(you can also add a bag of dark chocolate chips if you really want chocolate, but I would sub it for one of the dried fruits)
I measure out 1/4 cup servings and put them into snack bags. I'm not sure exactly how many bags you'll get out of it but i thinks its about 12

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/25/13 8:35 A

good advice from others.

Making your own means you control the balance/selection of ingredients, and can bag it in portions for ease of "grab and go". You can even keep the extra in your fridge or freezer for freshness.

Some people add dried fruit; others do not.
Make sure you're staying well hydrated.

If you can, an apple or some other "hard" fruit is good to bring as well.

How about something like beef jerky? That can also be made at home.
Careful of too much sodium content, but it's fine occasionally.

Even small tins/pkg of something like tuna is a good, portable option.

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7/25/13 3:47 A

Granola vs trail mix would vary in terms of each nutrition profile. Trail mix would often be higher in calories and you should measure out for proper portion control. If you pair either with a yogurt it would keep you satisfied longer.
What about some whole grain cereal in your trail mix? Or an apple and some almonds instead? Or for a chocolate fix chocolate chips in yogurt

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,271)
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7/25/13 1:42 A

Swap out those M&Ms for dark chocolate M&Ms, and you get a tiny bit of antioxidants in your mix. ;) I also like the jumbo mixed raisins... juicier, and tastier. Look neater, too.

Make sure you get the low/no salt versions, or you can overdose on sodium without meaning to!

7/25/13 1:34 A

Either can be good for you, and either can be made at home. Of course, the reverse is also true--either can be bad for you, depending on what's in them.

If you want granola bars, try to find ones that have quite a bit of fiber and protein in them, because those will keep you full longer and are more likely to be more nutritious than the others. Just be careful because granola bars can be loaded with sugar, which is why making them at home may be a good idea if you plan to eat them often; and I understand if you do, being a college student myself. emoticon Sometimes convenience really can make or break your diet when classes are in session.

As for trail mix, even when making it at home, just keep your portions in check. Trail mix is delicious and filling, and it's made with mostly calorie-dense ingredients like nuts. I'd probably weigh an ounce or so (or if you want more, at least put each ounce into individual baggies to keep track of how much you're eating) as a serving, maybe more just depending on what you put in it. Some suggestions for ingredients would be nuts, dried fruit (and it doesn't have to be raisins! peaches, cranberries, cherries, apples, bananas, strawberries, etc.), and chocolate (of course!).

Whole foods are better, of course, but in the end, we have to do what works for us. I always try to have some convenience foods on hand for those hectic days, and to keep in my backpack; what I bring tends to be way better than the vending machine options on campus. Fruit is also a good snack that's fairly easy to carry around, depending on what it is. Cheese sticks are another, and whole wheat crackers are good too.

Edited by: HEALTHYFOREVER4 at: 7/25/2013 (01:37)
NYXWOLFWALKER SparkPoints: (167,853)
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7/24/13 11:40 P

making your own trail mix with out the junk added to it would be the best option, as in staying away from the candy side of things if you need that coco fix add in a few dark chocolate chips or add in coconut if you like it (or can have it for that matter) stay away from processed items is always a good thing and keeping it as close to natural goes a long way to keeping the sodium count down.

DAWNERTH101 SparkPoints: (1,706)
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7/24/13 10:53 P


I'm a newbie here and am addicted to this website! I go to school full time and like having snacks in my book bag. For awhile I was carrying around granola bars but I don't know if that was good for me.

This week, I took some trail mix which I picked up from Target and I really liked it. It had peanuts, almonds, raisins and most importantly, m&ms in it. Thank goodness for the chocolate fix emoticon

I'd like to ask first of all, which is better for me (granola bars or trail mix).

If the trail mix is better, then I'd like to make my own and ask for suggestions on what I could put in it.

Also, how much should I keep with me? 1/4 cup? more?

I look forward to your insights!



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