Tropical Trail Mix

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I’ll admit that I have jumped on board with the latest craze that has you wandering around town catching “things” and “hatching” other things. Since the app encourages people to get moving (in fact it only really works when you are on the “go”) it’s been a great surprise on how much time DH and I have spent wandering around this fine city of ours. The biggest downfall seems to be it always has us ending for ice cream.

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When the people over at asked if I wanted to participate in a contest from Eating Bird Food that revolves around National Trail Mix Day on August 31st and requires me to create my own custom mix I thought “wow this is so much better for me than ice cream.” Trail mix is perfect for hobbies like this.  It’s a healthy, nutritious and delicious snack that is easily portable and 100 percent  up to you with ingredients. Want more fruit than nuts? Go ahead. Some chocolate or candy? Throw it in! No recipe is needed. Just a glorious mixture of what you enjoy the most.

What does The Tasty Gardener’s mix look like?

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Even though my wonderful Canadian city is seeing a heat wave like never before and is posting temperatures higher than cities in India and Egypt I still enjoy the tropical flavours dried papaya and pineapple bring to my taste buds. Sharp and sweet it’s amazing how there is no added sugar.

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I’m really new to goji berries despite the influx of positive media surrounding them. High in antioxidants, they have a mild, sweet flavour and a chewy texture. And their colour is just gorgeous isn’t it?

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You can never go wrong with roasted almonds.  A favorite on their own they add a wonderful crunch alongside these hardier and deeper flavoured pepitas which give my mix a boost of protein.

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And can we get more tropical than Macadamia nuts? You can chop these up if you want however I like them whole. Isn’t it the best feeling when you get a whole bite of your number one ingredient in a recipe? Like a piece of garlic in a caesar salad or a whole chocolate chip in a cookie? That’s how I feel about these nuts.

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So this is what my trail mix looks like? Look at those vibrant colours, it’s just bursting with taste. And packaged individually for days out exploring I know that sweet, nutty and salty blend will be just what I need.

What does your Trail Mix look like?

Trail Mix

The great thing about making your own trail mix is being able to constantly change the combination of ingredients you use.

Trail Mix

Recipe Type: Appetiser
Author: The Tasty Gardener
Serves: 14
You can make your own trail mix using any combinations of cereal, nuts, dried fruit and chocolate candies.
  • 1/2 cup banana chips
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup plain M&Ms
  • 1 cup dried apricots halved
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  1. Mix all ingredients together and place in snack size bags.
Serving size: per 1/4 cup Calories: 173 Fat: 10 Saturated fat: 4 Carbohydrates: 21 Sugar: 12 Sodium: 7 Fiber: 3 Protein: 3 Cholesterol: 1<img class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-13501″ title=”Spiced Nuts (6)” src=”” alt=”” data-mce-src=””>