The trail mix ingredients below are for vegetarians, vegans and meat eaters alike. These berries, chocolates, and seeds will give you a multitude of snack options. They can also be used as additions to your meals. You can get much of your necessary vitamins, antioxidants, protein, healthy carbs, fats, and fiber by adding these foods to a bowl of sliced fruit, a cup of low fat ice cream, or even cereal.
WARNING: Be prepared for several tasty treats that will give you tons of energy!
Trail Mix Options – Mix and Match
1) Organic Dried Goldenberries:
Citrus-like flavor, high in antioxidants and Vitamin A
2) Organic Incan Berries:
Very tart taste, super chewy, Vitamin A rich, 16% protein
3) Organic Goji Berries:
Vitamins B and E. Unlike most foods, they contain all 8 essential amino acids
4) Organic Dried Mulberries:
Natural, sweet taste, high in iron, Vitamin C, calcium and protein
5) Organic Barberries:
Tangy taste, high in antioxidants and Vitamin C
6) Cacao Nibs:
Tiny pieces of a natural source of trace minerals, like manganese, zinc and copper
7) Cacao Beans:
Very bitter, magnesium rich (#1 magnesium source of all foods!), Omega 6 fatty acids, Tryptophan and Serotonin, higher in antioxidants than any other food
8) Dairy-free chocolate chips:
Adds some fun and hormonal craving balance to the mix
9) Organic Raw Cashews:
Magnesium, manganese, selenium and zinc for reproductive and immune health
10) Organic Raw Sliced Almonds:
High in Vitamin E, magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorous and fiber
11) Organic Shredded Dried Coconut:
Sweet taste, antifungal properties
Assists the body in handling stress and anxiety, building immunity
13) Chia Seeds:
High in calcium, fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids
Personally, I like to make a mix of at least 5 of these items since I get bored easily. If your mix includes only nuts, it will become too high in calories and fat for a nicely balanced snack that will help you maintain or lose weight. Each item has unique characteristics, so mix it up!
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