I’ve been reading about trail mix for a really long time now and out of curiosity I picked up a packet of a non spicy trail mix because I was keen to see what are the ingredients that are a part of the trail mix. It was all a mix of nutritious nuts and dried fruits that is healthy and nutritious.
What was in the Trail Mix?
Almonds: Almonds is a staple in every household. Eating a few almonds soaked overnight in water is not just just healthy but also nutritious. Click to read more about the health benefits almonds have.
Cashews: Cashews are good for the heart, help prevent cancer, promote good hair and heath, make your bones stronger, promotes weight loss, prevents gallstones and is good for the nerves.
Raisins: Did you know that a handful of raisins can pump up the energy levels? Regular consumption of raisins have known to aid in digestion and reduce the acidity levels. It also protects your eyes and is a good snack if you are looking at reducing weight.
Dried Figs: Anjeer or dried figs is one of my very favourite dry fruits. I don’t quite like this as a ripe fruit but prefer it in the dried form. Anjeer promotes good health, makes your hair healthy, keeps the cholesterol in check, protect against cancer, give your skin a natural beauty and help in building the red cells that carry oxygen throughout the body. Click here to read more.
Dried Apricots: The dried apricots are an excellent solution to keep constipation at bay. Eating one or two pieces of dried apricots before a meal aids in easy digestion of the meal. This is also used extensively in skin care regime and you’ll find many a apricot base scrub that exfoliates your skin well. It helps in the production of haemoglobin because it contains minerals like iron and copper.
Walnuts: Walnuts contain very high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that is good for the heart. Regular consumption of walnuts are known to increase the immunity levels and it also helps to fight against various disease. Walnuts have melatonin that reduce the stress levels and help you sleep better. Pregnant women are advised to snack on walnuts because it is high in Vitamin B that is good for the foetus.
Peanuts: Peanuts are rich in mono-unsaturated fats that promote a healthy heart. It is also rich in anti oxidants and it helps combat against gallstones and also protects against Alzheimers. It is packed with energy and helps in proper growth and development of the body. It is said that regular consumption of peanuts also helps to regulate blood sugar levels.
Dried Gooseberry: Dried Indian Gooseberry is also known as Amla and it has been one of the important ingredients in Ayurvedic medicine. It promotes healthy skin and hair and also helps combat insomnia. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C that makes it the right choice to combat cough and cold. Amla juice when consumed regularly can help you detox too!
When you have something that is packed with such a lot of goodness and health benefits, you should give it a try. You can buy this trail mix here and here. Priced at INR 270, this 150 gms pouch is good for you and your health. I don’t have a problem when the boys snack on this, because I know all that the body is receiving is nutrients!
Healthy Trail Mix Recipe
I have always found it cost effective to make my own trail mixes ever since I know what are the ingredients that goes into it. Most of the ingredients are always at home, so I just need to chop the figs and apricots as required. If I do not have dried amlas, I substitute it with amla candy. As a variation I add dried cranberries and some prunes and dates to it. I saw a post where a blogger had substituted peanuts with M&M and it gave a vibrant colour to the trail mix! I totally loved it, but I restrict the intake of candies, so I won’t be succumbing to that variation at least!
As I write the post, I am struck with the brainwave of making a powder of the trail in small quantities and adding it to the milk in which they have cereals or the atta halwa that is one of favourite dishes of the boys. Pin the image or save it! You have the healthy trail mix recipe ready to view at any given time.
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