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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Trail Mix: A Balanced Combination of Ingredients

Trail Mix: A Balanced Combination of Ingredients
I like making trail mix using an assortment of ingredients. If you make trail mix, remember to select a balanced combination of fat, protein, and carbohydrates.
50% of unsalted nuts. Since many of us consume more salt that needed, select unsalted nuts. Good choices include: peanuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pistachios.
30% dried fruit. Look for dried fruits that do not have added sugar as fruits contain natural sugars. Since we have access to dried tart cherries grown in Northeast Wisconsin, this is usually my fruit of choice. Other dried fruit options include raisins, cranberries or apples (chopped into smaller pieces.)
15% seeds. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds have lots of nutritional value. They contain fiver, assortment of minerals and healthy fats.
5% extras such as cereal, pretzels, and dark chocolate chips. If using cereal, look for whole grain varieties with minimal amounts of sugar.

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