Happy National Trail Mix Day!
I realized recently that nearly every day is a different food holiday, and I couldn’t be more excited! To me, that’s just genius. I mean, who doesn’t want to celebrate food every day?!?
When I discovered that National Trail Mix day was today, I simply had to pay homage.
It’s funny–there have been a few different occasions when I’ve explained to people that I eat mostly vegan/vegetarian and they’ve responded, “So do you eat trail mix all the time?” The truth is, no, I actually don’t. In fact, it’s been years since I’ve eaten trail mix. But, I must say, when I made a gigantic batch of trail mix in honor of today, I realized that I have been seriously missing out!!
I’m definitely a salty/sweet girl. If I eat anything overly salty, then I have to balance it out with something sweet, and vice versa. As you can probably tell, it’s a vicious cycle that typically ends with a full and aching belly. When I was growing up, Peanut M&Ms were my all-time favorite because each bite was a satisfying blend of both flavors. So, when it came time to make some homemade trail mix, my first objective was to include the salty/sweet element that I love so much!
Yesterday, after tossing all of my favorite ingredients together, I snapped a few quick pictures, poured some trail mix into a bag, and headed out the door to go to class. Thursdays can get a bit hectic for me and lunch is often difficult, but this trail mix really hit the spot!
Trail mix is quite possibly the easiest snack in the world to create. Choose any ingredients you love and simply toss them together! Just to give you an idea, I’ve included a recipe for the trail mix I made (and inhaled) yesterday…
Sweet & Salty Trail Mix (vegan and gluten-free):
- 1 cup mixed nuts (I used almonds and walnuts that had been soaked and dehydrated–you can read about the importance of soaking here)*
- 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used a mix of coconut flakes, cranberries, and goji berries)
- 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (I used Chatfield’s All Natural Carob Chips)
- A couple Tbs. of buckwheat groats (again, I used soaked and dehydrated)*
- A couple Tbs. of seeds (I used sunflower seeds, soaked and dehydrated)*
Instructions: toss everything together in a large bowl or sealed bag. Enjoy!
*Even though it sounds like I did a lot of soaking and dehydrating, I had all of the ingredients ready in my fridge because I had done the soaking/dehydrating previously and in large batches. Don’t worry, if you don’t want to do this extra step, you don’t have to! I just do it because it helps with digestion, but it’s certainly not necessary.
Although I love traditional trail mix (like the one listed above), I also had to include my other favorite trail mix recipe: last week, I shared my Easy Oat Cookies (AKA Trail Mix Cookies). These cookies are so addictive that I made three batches last week and ate two entire batches all by myself. I’ll be the first to admit, I’m horrible when it comes to sharing food.
Aside from noshing on trail mix all day, I plan on making these delicious cookies again tonight to celebrate. I just love holidays