Monday, February 11, 2013

Responsible Snacking: Trail Mix ~ My Way

Hi! How was your weekend?! Mine turned out great even though it started out with a 'snow day' on Friday. We had our first winter storm in two years and it was quite the winter wonderland when we woke up on Friday morning. I had the day off, so I didn't have to venture off to work and since I wasn't able to get anywhere, I ended up getting some long overdue chores done at home.

I planned to get to the gym and do an early morning workout,  but my cardio sesh was cancelled due to the fact that I couldn't get out of the driveway. Instead, I went outside and burnt some calories by shovelling snow....twice.
Improvisation, baby!!!

As you know, I've been following a 'clean' diet since the beginning of January and 90% of the time, I've been doing great. The only time I struggle with my new food plan is in the evening. I crave sweets EVERY SINGLE NIGHT and it wasn't until I started eating clean that these cravings started to rear their ugly head. I tried to have a tea, but found that I was waking up in the middle of the night with a full bladder and that just wasn't working for me.

I've been doing alot of my weekly meal prep on Sunday afternoons and I've just recently added a trail mix to my prepping time. It's super easy, really it can barely be called a recipe, and you can add whatever nuts, seeds and dried fruit you fancy. I've been loving a handful of this when the snack monster attacks. This is also a great pre-workout snack. I grab a handful on the way to the gym and it gives me the extra fuel I need.  

Andrea's Healthy Trail Mix

1 c raw almonds
1/2 c dried cherries
1/4 c white chocolate chips
1/2 c raw cashews
1/2 c raw sunflower seeds
1/2 c reduced sugar banana chips

All you do is throw all of the ingredients into a large ziploc bag and shake 'er up!

Grab a handful when a craving strikes and enjoy! The sweet cherries, banana chips and white chocolate are sure to control any desire for sweets and the nuts will fuel ya up!

Clearly, I'm not the only one in my house that's looking for a little treat!

What's your favourite sweet treat?

Have a great day!



  1. I love homemade trail mix--you make it however you like it best. I need to find reduced sugar banana chips! I didn't know they even existed!

    1. Believe it or not, I actually found them at the local Dollar Store!

  2. I hear ya-- I can always eat healthy ALL day long, with no problem really...and then after about 7:30 pm, my cravings for something sweet kick in BIG time! This trail mix seems like a great healthy alternative!

    1. It's those chocolate chips I think --- getting 2 or 3 in your handful tricks you into thinking you're getting a sweet treat!

  3. I love trail mix! It's so easy and so versatile! Thanks for the idea for a new mixture!