Smarter, Healthier, Delicious Snack!
OK, so your day's a bit off. You had a light breakfast, ate lunch a little early, it's 3PM, and found out you're not eating dinner for another 4 hours. You think to yourself, "I'm not gonna make it!"
Well, first off, you are going to make it. While not a great scenario to get yourself into, if you eat nothing for the next 4 hours, you probably won't die of starvation. It'll more likely that you were arrested because your blood sugar got so low causing you to go ape on your coworkers--HANGRY!
Well, let's avoid any brushes with the law and hold you over the right way.
Simple, easy, and oh, so good. The options are endless when putting together a snack mix, giving you variety you'll virtually never get sick of.
Here, we put together our favorite salty 'n' sweet mix of nuts and seeds to get us through the day when we need a quick snack--a combination that is nutrient-packed with minerals, vitamins, and healthy fats.
You should note, while it's a healthier option than most snacks, it is still calorie-dense, so take it slow. Grab a small handful and put the container/bag away. Eat slowly, savoring the deliciousness, and you'll find you won't need a lot to satisfy those hangry feelings!
There's no magic recipe to this. Go to the market and grab a variety of nuts, seeds, and something for a pop of sweet (like dark chocolate chips or dried cranberries).
If possible, choose to buy the nuts and seeds that come raw. That way, you're able to roast them on your own to, not only avoid added cooking oils, but they also taste a lot fresher. Better yet, leave them raw if you dig the taste. And if you buy them raw, that'll also give you the chance to soak and then dehydrate them if you wish (See Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds).
Experiment with every batch you make. Maybe you do a batch half roasted, half raw. Try different nuts that you've never had before. Add in some coconut flakes for an added twist of flavor. Try adding in some fun seasonings like chili powder!
Here's our favorite mix:
1/2 cup raw, unsalted almonds
1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashew
1/2 cup raw, unsalted walnuts
1/4 cup raw, unsalted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raw, unsalted pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (use the darkest you can find)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
If roasting: Place single ingredient on a baking sheet in a 325F oven, watching carefully for over toasting! We prefer to do each ingredient separately as some roast faster than others.
Let all ingredients cool completely.
Mix everything together in large bowl.
Store in an air tight container.