Eating the right food while you’re out walking is important, ensuring you maintain high levels of energy to see you through the day. Trail mix is a blend of nuts, seeds, fruit and even chocolate which has been traditionally used to fuel walkers, hikers and climbers out on expeditions. Any good trail mix will contain levels of fibre, protein and fat, which all work to boost energy and fight muscle fatigue, keeping you going on even the toughest uphill trail.
Pre made trail mix is a popular product in shops, but can often be packed with sugar and preservatives, not to mention the energy-consuming manufacturing process. If you’re ready to hit the trail, try making your own, homemade trail mix, guaranteed to be better for your own health as well as for the environment!
Follow this recipe for the perfect energy boosting trail mix:
1 cup of roasted peanuts (unsalted)
1 cup of raw almonds (unsalted)
¾ cup of M&Ms, chocolate chips or another favourite chocolate
½ cup of your favourite breakfast cereal- oats, cornflakes, puffed rice, Weetos etc
Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and keep in an airtight container to take on your walk. The mix should provide about 3 and a half cups, so plenty to share with a walking partner.
You can vary the proportions of this recipe based on your own preferences and even get creative with additional ingredients to make your homemade trail mix work best for you and provide the energy that you need. Just make sure to maintain a similar ratio of fibre to chocolate to ensure you get useful, long lasting energy and not just a short-lived sugar rush!
Other ingredients to try
The above recipe makes a great homemade trail mix. Try adding additional ingredients for some variety and to find out what works best for you.
Sunflower or pumpkin seeds- a source of protein and fats which produce long, sustained energy.
Granola- this fibre-filled ingredient doesn’t have to be limited to breakfast time. Add to your trail mix to stave off hunger for longer and leave you feeling energized and focused.
Banana chips- a delicious alternative to raisins and a great way of adding natural sweetness to the mix.
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