I am a BIG fan of snack mixes! The problem is that many ready made snack mixes are not that healthy at all. I prefer to make them myself. I can control the freshness of the food, the variety and the portion. I’ve made quite a few varieties of snack mixes over the years and have a great time getting creative.
Not that you need any ideas of WHEN you could eat a pre-portioned snack mix, but I’ll go ahead and offer some. 🙂
♦ On a trip. I always make a snack mix for our long travels. Cuts down on excessive convenience store spending and is healthier!
♦ After a workout. Great to have something to hold you over until you are ready to have a full meal.
♦ As a gift! As you’ll see in this post here, I made little packages for my Pilates students. Who doesn’t want a healthy snack mix?!
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
These can get addictive. Be sure to portion them out before-hand. If you are just dipping your hand in a large bowl, you will eat more than you think. I assure you!!
Here is a good guideline for making your own snack mix: (taken from Eat This, Not That)
♦ Choose a nut (almonds, pistachios, peanuts etc)
♦ Choose a seed (sunflower, pumpkin etc)
♦ Choose an extra crunch (pretzels, soy nuts, sesame sticks etc)
♦ Choose a sweetener (raisins, dark choc.chips, dried blueberries etc)
Here’s a snack mix I just made!
The Trail Blazer (taken from Eat This, Not That)
1½ cups raisins
1 cup almonds
1 cup pretzel sticks
½ cup peanuts
½ cup dark chocolate chips
My son and I made these decorative tags for my Pilates students! They are in the midst of exams and studying so I figure a little snack wouldn’t hurt!
(I got a little carried away on the verse reference. It’s only verse 7 listed!)