Everyone is looking for healthy snack ideas and we have one that is perfect for fall!
Now... what comes to mind when you see the words "trail mix." I'll tell you what I see... some dry peanuts and dusty M&M's that I wouldn't touch unless I was in the midst of a famine. But it's time to remix the trail mix!
Trail mix is like old-faithful. It's often mentioned as a great snack because it is an easy way to hit those salty-crunchy-sweet cravings, while still getting adequate protein, fiber, and nutrients. *insert yelling emoji* BUT IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE BORING! I got so caught up on the traditional version of trail mix that I forgot I could simply make my own.
Don't worry, I soon remembered how boss I am... and then proceeded to make my own.
So... what's in the Not Your Average (Fall) Trail Mix?
Apple Slices - forget all the raisins. Fall is the perfect time to enjoy apples while they're in season. Don't sleep on the dried apple rings!
Dark Chocolate Shavings - Cocoa beans, the base for most chocolate, are rich in flavanols that can help your body fight against heart disease. Dark chocolate has a higher cocoa content than milk chocolate, which means more heart-healthy flavanols. (I tend to pick chocolate with at least 70% cocoa)
Pumpkin Seeds - It might be time to throw out the carved pumpkins, but I hope you kept those seeds! Pepitas (widely known as pumpkin seeds) are high in protein, magnesium, and zinc. Just roast them in a bit of olive oil and sea salt for a good munch.
Cinnamon Roasted Pecans - C'mon. What more can I say?
Crispy Chipotle Chickpeas - You can't have a trail mix without a crunch! Chickpeas are a good source of plant-based protein and fiber, but the crispy chipotle version takes them to a new level.