Welcome to Gr(AteFull) Eats; today I present a Superfood Trail mix!
Spring and summer are such beautiful times of the year. We tend to travel more during these seasons which makes it harder to eat clean on the go. So today I am sharing with you a recipe for a superfood trail mix that is easy to make and easy to travel with!
I took this with me camping over the weekend and I swear it, along with the fresh fruit I packed, helped keep me alive . My cooler was stocked with a bunch of bananas (literally a bundle, not a bunch), 4 avocados, fresh blueberries, fresh grape tomatoes, apples, one watermelon and this superfood trail mix!
Based on my experience and history of all the camping trips I’ve had… the trail mix and fresh food is enough fuel to keep you healthy and active for a whole weekend 🙂 It is recommended to always try to and get a full meal when out in the woods but hey, a full meal can be composed of fruits, veggies, carbs and protein put together in unlikely fashions.
My favorite place to go camping is Suwannee Music Park, in Live Oak, Florida. I enjoy going to some of their weekend festivals each year.
Suwannee Music Park has:
- food vendors (tasty and can be healthy but usually fairly pricey);
- nick nack, clothing and art vendors;
- live bands, DJs and visual artists;
- real bathrooms with running water;
- real showers with running hot water (as long as there are not too many people showering before you… at the big festivals forget it unless you shower at 3 am);
- and a river to swim and bathe in!
It’s a slice of heaven in Florida. I always meet new amazing people and learn new things when I go there.
The Superfood Goodness Inside
A traditional trail mix seems to have a combination of crunchy, soft, sweet and savory. I wanted to give the same components, flavors and textures we love from trail mix with all the superfood benefits.
This superfood trail mix has protein, carbs, fiber, antioxidants, iron, manganese, calcium, vitamins A and E, and more! It is crunchy, soft, sweet, and savory.
Here’s the breakdown of the nutritional profile of each component to the superfood trail mix.
Almonds: Protein, Fiber, Carbs, Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids; antioxidants (ellagic acid and gallic acid); Vitamin E; B group vitamins- Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Thiamine, Pantothenic acid and pyridoxine; Minerals- copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc.
Pecans: Protein, Fiber, Carbs, Omega 6 and 9 Fatty Acids, High monounsaturated fat (increases HDL [good] cholesterol and lowers LDL [bad] cholesterol); Antioxidants (ellagic acid); Vitamin E; B Group Vitamins- Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Thiamine, Pantothenic acid and pyridoxine; Minerals- copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, zinc and a little selenium.
Pumpkin Seeds: Vitamin E; Minerals: copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folates, selenium; anti-inflammatory properties; phytosteral to efficiently reduce high cholesterol levels.
Rasins: Fiber (prevents constipation); improves energy levels due to quick sugar absorption; anti-inflammatory; improved oral health (oleanolic acid- prevents growth of harmful bacteria that causes gum disease and cavities); calcium and phosphorus (good bone health); Minerals- magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, copper; vitamin C, K, E; B group vitamins- B1, B2, B6; antioxidants (polyphenols- great impact on eye health and immune system).
Goji Berries: Rich in antioxidants (lutein and zeaxanthin contribute to good eye health); beta-carotene (promote tanning, efficient against cataract and skin cancer); Iron (more than steak!); polysaccharides (type of carb that provide potent anti-cancer protection)
Cacao Nibs: 1 ounce has 17g carbohydrates, 11g dietary fiber, 4g (8%) protein, and 4% RDI of Iron. Minerals- Magnesium, Sulfur. Antioxidants- nearly four times the antioxidant content of regular processed dark chocolate, 20 times more than blueberries, and 119 times more than bananas. Mood Improver and balances serotonin. Thins blood to prevent blood clots. MAO inhibitors to shrink appetite. Improved skin protection and general appearance. Fight tooth decay by hardening enamel. Cacao info from here.
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What kinds of treats do you like to put in your trail mixes?? Comment and let me know below.
I hope you all eat yummy and healthy food this week!
Until next time… stay SUPER!