You often hear me talk about how ‘incremental healthy habit forming’ is one of the keys to improving your health in a lasting way. Consider this – imagine if eating a raw kale salad was as easy for you to do as brushing your teeth. Well, it can be! As webster puts it, a habit is ““. I think saying you could eat a raw kale salad ‘involuntarily’ is pushing it a bit…but imagine if it was simply the norm. Imagine if it felt unusual to not have that raw salad everyday.
For me, one habit in particular that I’ve found to be especially important is – snacking. It sounds like no big deal, but if I don’t snack in-between meals, it typically ends in a downward spiral – overeating when I get home, increase in sugar cravings, low energy and I just generally get into a pissy a$$ grumpy mood 😉 Just ask my husband. I turn h’angry real quick when I get hungry.
As you can imagine, quick and easy snack foods are a must for me, especially with my busy lifestyle. One of my quickest and easiest go-to snack foods is…trail mix! No cooking or dirtying of dishes needed, takes minutes to prepare, you can use what you have on hand and you can customize it exactly to your liking.
Super Fast Superfood Trail Mix
Follow these 7 easy steps to make a trail mix of your own. Note I’ve marked my favorites with an asterisk (*).
Step #1 – Get out large jar, mason jar or tupperware container. I prefer 32oz wide mouth mason jars.
Step #2 – Fill your jar 1/3 of the way up with a mix of your favorite nuts. Use raw, sprouted and organic when possible.
- Almonds (*)
- Walnuts (*)
- Brazil Nuts (*) (I throw a few in for a hit of a hard to find mineral called selenium – good for prostate health)
- Peanuts (Technically a legume, not a nut. Be sure to go with organic since they retain a very high level of pesticides)
Step #3 – Add a mix of your favorite seeds until the jar is filled 1/2 way. Use raw, sprouted and organic when possible.
- Pumpkin (*)
- Sunflower (*)
- Sesame or hemp seeds (kind of annoying to eat in trail mix because they’re so small but I like to add them in for an extra boost of nutrients)
Step #4 – Add a mix of your favorite dried fruit until the jar is almost full. Look at your labels and try to avoid added sugar and sulfur.
- Raisins (*)
- Goji Berries (*)
- Golden Berries (sour and weird and awesome)
- Banana chips
- Apples (*)
- Mango (*)
- DIY dried fruit if you have a dehydrator
Step #5 – Add in anything else that calls to you.
- Dark Chocolate chips or chunks (*) (more than 70% cacao)
- Coconut Flakes
- Season with herbs/spices – sea salt (*), curry, chili powder, cinnamon, vanilla powder
Step #6 – Place cover on jar and shake to mix.
Step #7 – Make a couple small servings to grab and go (approximately 4oz containers). These are my favorite containers to use. To save yourself some time and dish washing, just refill the same containers after you’ve used them.
Note: The moisture in the dried fruit can make the nuts/seeds go rancid over time. I try to use up my batch within about 2-4 weeks.
- No cleaning of dishes
- Makes 10 snack servings
- Customize for your mood that week or for your family members
- Always have something to grab as you are running out of the door
- Avoid getting h’angry