Make a Healthy Trail Mix of Seeds, Dried Fruits and Nuts
Denny's Trail Mix
My Husband's Snack Recipe for Mixing Seeds, Nuts and Dried Berries
After reading about the health benefits of pumpkin seeds and some other berries and seeds, my husband tried making a snack mix of his own.
He wanted something healthy to nibble on while golfing to keep his energy level up. Here's what he came up with. It contains the kernels of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, peanuts and almonds, and raisins and dried cranberries.
I've tried it and found it quite tasty, so now I take some with me while golfing too. Here's the recipe for the Allain family Healthy Trail Mix.
I keep a small canister of it on the table, so we can have it for an easy snack while watching TV or working at our computers. Another way we use it, is to sprinkle some in our morning yogurt. Adds some crunch and a nutty flavor.
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Add Pepitas - the Kernel of Pumpkin Seeds
to the healthy trail mix
Here's what they look like. Pepitas are pumpkin seeds that have the outer part of the seed removed. Check in the supermarket section where nuts are sold.
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Nutrition Information on Pepitas (Pumpkin Seed Kernels)
to your trail mix
We try to get the unsalted peanuts for our healthy trail mix.
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Add Sunflower Seed Kernals
This recipe is printable.
No Cooking Involved
Prep Time: just minutes
Trail Mix Ingredients
- 1 cup whole almonds
- 1 cup peanuts (unsalted)
- 2 cups raisins (light or dark)
- 2 cups craisins (dried cranberries)
- 18 ounces sunflower kernals
- 20 ounces pumpkin seed kernals
- 1 cup shelled pistachio nuts
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup pine nuts
- Measure each ingredient into a single large storage container. Put the lid on, then shake it thoroughly to mix the seeds, nuts and berries together.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
Research shows that pumpkin seeds help with prostate health, provide zinc and have other benefits.
Be Creative - Mix and Match the Ingredients.
As pine nuts increased in price, I switched to using English walnuts and pecans in the trail mix. Since these nuts are larger, I break them up before putting them in.
Almonds - So Good for You!
Almonds Taste Great, Are High Fiber & Improve Cholesterol
1/4 cup of almonds has 170 calories and equals 6% of your daily potassium needs and 12% of your protein needs. They contain no cholesterol. (information from the package)
More to Come
I'll be adding the health info on each of the seeds and berries.
Why Sunflower Seeds Are Good For You
Pumpkin Seeds and Pepitas - Available from Amazon
Most Fruits and Berries Are Available in Dried Form
Add Your Favorite Dried Berry to the Trail Mix.
Dried strawberries, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried blueberries
Make a Seeds and Dried Cherry Mix - A similar recipe
The seeds are coated with maple syrup before baking for 20 minutes on flat cookie sheets. Add dried cherries.
A YouTube Recipe for Trail Mix
Want to Know Why These Nuts & Seeds Are Good for You?
- The Nutritional And Health Benefits Of Pine Nuts
Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees that are not only tasty but very healthy. Learn about the amazing nutritional benefits and the many health benefits of pine nuts and pine oil by reading on...
- Walnuts; The Tree Nut for the Healthy Eater
Walnuts are the healthiest of all tree nuts, but they are overlooked. Packed full of vitamins and nutrients, they can fight cancer, heart disease, encourage better skin and boost the immune system.
- Pumpkin Seeds Benefits, Calories and Nutrition
Easy ways to prepare pumpkin seeds for healthy snacks. Nutrition and health benefits of pumpkin seeds and how to make toasted pumpkin seeds in the oven or in a skillet. Tips for seasoning pumpkin seeds and ways to add them to your diet.
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