A trail mix is more than just a satisfying snack. The right mix of ingredients can boost your mind and body.
I found these recipes on Dr. Oz magazine and thought I would share them with you.
I love a good trail mix but was not aware that a certain mix of ingredients would be more supportive for certain activities or time of the day like the gym or getting sleepy at night.
If you like your nuts or seeds a little more crispy spread them on baking sheet and and put it in the oven at 375 Fahrenheit and stir once in a while till golden brown.
Will take about 3 minutes. Tip:Pumpkin seeds should be done in a skillet instead of the oven.
Here are the 4 health boosting trail mixes
In a hurry trail mix
- 1/2 cup chopped Brazil nuts toasted
- 1/2 cup shelled sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup Walnuts toasted
- 1/2 cup Kale chips
- Beef jerky
About 146 calories per serving.
This mix contains meat and vegetables like in a meal. Protein packed from the meat and the veggies. Try to find the jerky from grass fed beef. Great mix for if you get busy. Improves your alertness.
Boost your brain trail mix
- 3/4 cup roasted almond
- 3/4 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate
- 1 tsp coarse salt
About 181 calories per serving
After work out trail mix
- 3/4 cup of peanuts
- 3/4 cup pecans
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp course salt
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Aboout 211 calories per serving.
This mix contains a lot of anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric and ginger. The triple nuts in this mix will help you recover from a work out faster and will probably help fight muscle soreness.
Trail mix for better sleep
- 1/2 cup air popped popcorn
- 1/2 cup dries tart cherries
- 1/4 cup coarse salt
about 54 calories per serving.
Best snack before bed time. Ingredients are linked to compounds that help you regulate your sleep better.
My two cents about trail mixes
Like I mentioned I like trail mixes and I eat at least a small handful dry roasted peanuts with sea salt almost every day.
Coarse sea salt is one of the salts that does not get a lot of processing. Sea salt comes with 82 traces of nutrients and although it is said that the percentage are very low I believe that every little bit will help us.
The benefits of nuts are well known. Did you know that nuts are considered a fruit. The contain unsaturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids, fibers and many vitamins.
The anti-oxidants in nuts are a powerhouse and help control free radicals.
Give a well mixes and prepared trial mix a try next time you have a busy day or need to recover from a work-out. Even before bedtime with the ingredients pointing to melatonin and circadian rhythm that will help you to get a better night sleep and wake up more rested in the morning.
One of the companies I buy my nuts and seeds from is called NOW-foods and they sell their organic products online. You can read all about them here on this link the NOW-food store on Amazon.
Dr Oz the good life April “07