To make a great trail mix, start with a healthy cereal, like R.A.W. Honey Nut Granola.
You want something that has big chunks, making this cereal pretty ideal, to avoid making snacking a big mess. Look for a cereal that has whole grains as the first ingredient and doesn't have a crazy amount of sugar.
Another great option is Kashi Go Lean Crunch - but that one has a lot of fiber, so make sure you pick up a drink after you pass the TSA checkpoint!
Next up, you'll want to add some nuts. This is where the healthy fats and minerals come into the mix - and nuts are just absolutely delicious!
Any nuts that you like are great, you don't need to stick to just almonds and walnuts. Other nuts have benefits, too!
Cashews are rich in copper, keeping your hair and skin looking great! Pistachios (shell them first!) are a rich source of vitamin B6, an important vitamin for the nervous system. And pecans have more antioxidants than any other tree nut!
Oh, I am so using that one to justify seconds on pecan pie next Thanksgiving.
Whatever nuts you choose (or if you decide to go with seeds) just make sure that the ones you choose aren't roasted in hydrogenated oils or coated in too much salt. That way, you keep your trail mix super healthy!
Next up are dried fruits - vitamins, fiber, and sweet chewiness!
The last step is to add something fun and random - whether it's chocolate chips, M&Ms, Reese's Pieces, or even Skittles, it will make your trail mix uniquely yours.
And it's important to remember that health is about the balance - not everything needs to provide dense nutritional value to make it worth eating. Some are just fun!
What is your fun trail mix add-in?