Noshing at the Park

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May 14, 2012 by RaesOfSunshine

As promised yesterday, I’m expanding on having a Beautiful Mother’s Day at the Park.

As much as I have grown to love nature and photography,

There is no hiding the fact that I am a foodie.

Therefore,

Let’s get to the park snacks.

You know we were not just reading outside for hours without noshing!

Bright raesofsunshine shining on our:

Pick-Me-Up Trail Mix

I was not making trail mix on Mother’s Day.

I made this batch a few days ago, storing them in the pantry for a quick and nutritious snack.

The following recipe is for a large batch. It makes approximately 25, 1/2c servings.

The trail mix keeps well in sealed snack bags.

 The pre-packaged artificial snacks may not look as appetizing when next to a colorful bag of sweet and salty trail mix ;)

The 6.2g of protein and 5.1g of fiber will keep you full while the sugar from the dried fruit will give you a quick pick-me-up.

Ingredients:

Nuts

  • 2 c. raw sliced almonds
  • 2 c. raw halved walnuts
  • 2 c. raw pecans

Fruit

  • 1 c. chopped dates (I used sunmaid- already comes chopped)
  • 1 c. dried blueberries
  • 1 c. dried tart cherries
  • 1 c. golden raisins
  • 1 c. dried cranberries ( the organic whole died cranberries from TJ truely taste better than craisins because you really bite into them – their whole cranberries!)

Mix-Ins

  • 12 oz dark chocolate chips or chunks (I use 1 bag of TJ’s semisweet chocolate chips)
  • 1 c organic unsweetened flaked coconut ( I get the 3 and a 1/2 cup bag at whole foods for $1.99)
  • Dash of salt (to desired taste)

Most of the ingredients!Add the fruit first.

Mix and sprinkle desired salt onto dried fruit so that it sticks and does not just end up on the bottom of the bowl!

Add in the nuts.

The best part.

Of course, I need a photo highlighting the addition of the dark chocolate.

Lookin’ Good!

Close-up. Nature’s gift.

Used a 1/2c to scoop into 25 snack bags.

Let out the air and close them up.

Grab & Go Snacks are all ready for whatever life brings!

Nutrition facts and all.

Turning your kitchen into a healthy convenience store?

I’m so proud.

It’s all about adding the products you enjoy together to create a quick, delicious snack. For tips on cutting costs and other products to add, refer to my post on healthy snacking on the go.

Any snacks that you can not live without?

With a week full of raesofsunshine, snack away!

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Calories 304
Total Fat 21.1g
Saturated Fat 4.4g
TransFat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 6mg
Total Carbohydrates 30.3g
Dietary Fiber 5.1g
Sugars 21.8g
Protein 6.2g
Vitamin A 2%Calcium 4%Vitamin C 3%Iron 10%

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