Snack Attack Healthy Homemade Trail Mix
I mostly sit at a computer all day at work and there are days when I have snack attacks. Well, there is a bucket of candy that I keep on my desk for my students and for other staff members who swing by. As a rule, I try to buy candy for the bucket that I do not like, which helps minimize the risk of me digging around in there for a sweet treat. On days when I have a massive snack attack I unfortunately sometimes eat sweets from the bucket that I know I don’t even enjoy.
To help combat the possibility of boredom snacking, I make my own healthy trail mix. I prepare the trail mix in batches and then portion it out in snack bags that I then take with me everywhere. I always bring a few to work, have one in my carry-all bag, and when I know I’ll be on the road for a bit, I toss one in the car with me.
The thing I really like about the trail mix is that there are a lot of small but nutritious nuts and seeds that keep me busy. Most of the time one of these little bags keeps my munchies occupied for an hour or so. With only approximately 200 calories per bag, this is a nice way for me to stay full longer without reaching for something that isn’t so good for me.
1/3 cup of almonds (lightly sea salted)
1/3 cup of sunflower seeds
1/3 cup of pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup of dried cranberries
1/3 cup of yogurt covered raisins
1/3 cup of sesame sticks
In a bowl or container add all of the ingredients together and mix well. You can really add whatever you like to this mix. I enjoy the balance between the nuts and seeds and the sweet dried cranberries and of course having the treat of yogurt covered raisins! Mixed all together, this has all the “snack” qualities of being sweet, salty, and crunchy!
Portion out 1/3 cup of the trail mix and put in a seal-able snack bag or other small portion size airtight container.
Enjoy snacking! Makes about 6 individual portions.