Trail Mix Recipe

trail-mix-3This Trail Mix was my life savior during the Ladakh Roadtrip. Trail mixes are nutrients and energy packed mix of nuts, seeds and anything healthy you like, originally made to carry on during hikes, but now is widely used as a snack in all rights, perfect munching partner on your work desk or travel or any scenario you can think of. 

Posting it today as this was the first thing that came to my mind when i thought of Navratre recipes coming out of my kitchen, as nuts and seeds are also a great source of plant-based protein, vitamins and minerals,  essential for people following vegetarian diets. In earlier days we would limit to almonds, makhane and peanuts, but this will take munching to another level, and will get you addictive even post navratre. 

Coming back to when i created it in bulk, I was very strictly keeping a check on what i eat, and road trips are the best place to screw up, and i couldn’t afford it.Anyhow, I’m nuts about nuts – and seeds. I eat them everyday…raw, roasted, or salted. They’re a staple in my grocery list and an important part of my diet. So like the past few months, i made a BIG, yes i mean to should batch of mix to take along, it was precisely 2.6 kgs of it, and how helpful was it.  

Why Trail Mixes?
Researches show there are numerous benefits of eating nuts regularly, including a lower risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and obesity. They’re a wonderful source of dietary fat, particularly monounsaturated and essential polyunsaturated fats like omega 3. They helped me greatly to regulate appetite. Nuts and seeds are also a great source of plant-based protein, vitamins and minerals,  essential for people following vegetarian diets.

Such mixes are packed with fibre, which promotes a good digestive function.  The secret to the perfect trail mix comes down to a few basic components like choosing the right nut and seed for your health and taste. So its good to understand the benefits and design one based on your needs.

Makhane

Makhane, with health benefits more than almonds and likes are the most underrated source of protien and fibre in our pantry. They are had during fasts when clean eating and sattvic eating was adviced. IAm not too fond of them in my mix so i just add a few if i have them handy. 

Nuts : Almonds | Cashews | Pistachios | Walnuts 

Almonds are a great source of vitamin E, folic acid, potassium, magnesium and calcium. Perfect for bone health, immune function and healthy skin.”Several handfuls of cashews provide 1,000-2,000 milligrams of tryptophan, which will work as well as prescription antidepressants”**, they are high in tryptophan thats converted to serotonin –a major contributor to feelings of sexual desire, good mood, and healthy sleep. 

Pistachios are my favorite of all nuts, a perfect source of arginine, an amino acid involved in hormone production and healthy blood vessel function. Pistachios are also high in reversatrol, a phytonutrient with antioxidant, anti-cancer, immune supporting and cardio-protective properties.

 

Walnuts are a delicious source of omega 3 EFA’s (essential fatty acids), and a rich source of tryptophan which are critical for good health. 

Seeds : Sunflower seed | Pumpkin seeds | Sesame seeds | Flax Seeds | Chia Seeds

A mix of these seeds are a rich source of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant linked to healthy cardiovascular function. They also provide a decent dose of magnesium and zinc, vital minerals involved in metabolism, nutrient utilisation, mood, sleep and digestive health. 

Flax Seeds are a good source of fibre, aid in digestion, prevent constipation and help in suppressing hunger. 

Chia Seeds are the new super food, the best source of protien for vegeterians and so addictive. 

Fruit & Fragrance

I love adding dried fruits like cranberries, and Figs (anjeer) in my trail mix, it gives it a moist and wonderful dimension to the mix. I am personlly a little inclined towards figs, but believe me they are the best. Frangrance from dark chocolate or vanilla or cinnamon keeps your mix smell fresh always.

Sharing with you my go to Trail Mix Recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup  almonds
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 1/2 cup Cashew
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup seed mix
  • handful cranberries roughly chopped
  • 5-10 figs roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds

Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients, roasted or raw, however you like, and store in an airtight container.
  2. Divide into pocket size portions and enjoy as a quick meal or healthy munchy.


Notes

  • Serve with greek yogurt, or hung curd or oats for a delicious breakfast.
  • Add more chia seeds and soak in almond milk or simply milk  for a delicious chia pudding.

Disclaimer : Please note that the health and nutrition facts stated here are things we’ve come across while researching for the post and/or what we eat at home. Do not equate this with medical advice. Please consult your doctor/nutritionist if you are seeking help for dietary issues.

** Health Benefits Source : Mens Journal  

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