Lighter, Fluffier Trail Mix

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Low Calorie Trail Mix

Trail mix is for taking on your hike. Anyone been on a hike lately? No? Me, neither.

If you have been on a hike recently please don't share - Snack Girl lives next to a hiking trail which she has used ONCE in the last year - don't get me started.

So, since we aren't hiking, trail mix becomes a nutritious and dangerously high calorie way to pack a snack. Yes, peanuts, raisins, dark chocolate and almonds are good for you in small quantities (unless you are climbing Everest).

What to do?

How about bulking it up with some lighter stuff to help keep the portion size reasonable? I used popcorn in the trail mix above, but you could use Wheat Puffs, Cheerios, or anything else that is light and adds volume without too many calories.

One problem is that the lighter stuff will float to the top of the mix. I solved it by putting into baggies so that when I reach in - I get a big handful of popcorn AND trail mix.

(the bag also makes it harder to just pick out all the chocolate chips)

And, it is nutritious! You get fiber, protein, fat, and some sugar to keep you going. When you pack your own, you save money, too.

My popcorn did get a little stale after a couple of days in the sandwich bag. It was still pretty good, though.

If you don't have an air popper try my microwave method or get one of these groovy popcorn bowls below (also for the microwave).

I have saved a ton of money using my popcorn bowl instead of buying prepackaged popcorn for the microwave. I like it because I don't have to add anything to the popcorn (such as oil) to make it pop.

What do you add to your trail mix?

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Lighter Trail Mix Recipe

(makes 6 - 1 cup servings)

1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
4 1/2 cups air popped popcorn
ziplock sandwich bags

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and measure out one cup portions into baggies. Store for 2 weeks.

One cup = 175 calories, 9.0 g fat, 22.9 g carbohydrates, 5.0 g protein, 2.4 g fiber, 4 mg sodium, 5 Points+

Points+ values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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11 Comments:

Homemade trail mix is great for taking to the movies! A really great substitute to their $6 tubs of butter!

on June 30, 2011

Sounds good! I think I'll use cashews instead of the peanuts.

on June 30, 2011

I use some combination of roasted almonds, dried cranberries, dark chocolate chips, and cheerios, wheat chex or bite size shredded wheat. This is also a great snack to take to sporting events to avoid having to hit the overpriced and nutrient-free concession stands.

on June 30, 2011

you could probably put a slice of a cut apple in the bag to keep the popcorn from going stale. that always works for me with cookies, so it'd probably work w/ popcorn, too!

on June 30, 2011

dried apples are a very low calorie dried fruit, i've found. i buy bags of those and cut them up small so they mix in with the other dried fruits easily. they're great to keep in the car when you want a snack handy that won't spoil in the car. fruity cheerios are a favorite of both me and my kids and are a nice fruity sweetness to add to anything. i mix with plain cheerios to tone it down some. great post and great ideas, sg!

on June 30, 2011

BRAN BUDS are my newest find! They add a healthy crunch to everything! They would be great in a trail mix....thanks for the idea!

on June 30, 2011

You could keep it in an airtight tub and portion out as you go. Thanks for the recipe.

on June 30, 2011

I like to mix trail mix with popcorn and high fiber cereals like all bran, plus some chocolate frosted mini wheats or chocolate cheerios for extra chocolate flavor without adding more fat. If you want some savory sweet & saltiness, add a few pretzels... :-)

on June 30, 2011

Sounds yummy and a great munch for the movies (the bags make it easy to smuggle in)

on June 30, 2011

Can't wait to get some of my own mix going. I'm thinking of getting a "buffet" set up of stuff and letting my boys each assemble their own mixes before we go on vacation to the lake next week.

on July 1, 2011

Great idea for trail mix!

on July 7, 2011


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