I hope everyone had a great weekend. It was beautiful out here this weekend and we did a few projects outside (check for posts this week!) which felt amazing. Fall is officially in full swing. I’m excited to finally burn my cinnamon spice candle. They don’t last long in my house, I always have fall scents burning once it gets a little cooler out.
Today instead of being glued to the TV for football I whipped up some homemade trail mix. It’s a great mix of protein and fiber which will give you long lasting energy and help to keep you full throughout the day. It’s full of healthy ingredients like walnuts and almonds which have heart healthy nutrients like unsaturated fats, omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.
Superfood Trail Mix:
2 c. quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbs chia or flax seed
1/4 c. honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1/2 c. golden raisins
1/4 c. walnuts
1/2 c. almonds
Preheat the oven to 275. In a bowl, combine oats, cinnamon, chia seed, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix until throughly combined. I rolled some of the oat mixture into clusters that were a little smaller than a bouncy ball. This makes it a little easier to eat if you eat the trail mix alone. Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake at 275 for about 5-8 minutes.
Once the mixture is cooled, mix with the remaining ingredients. I immediately package mine in zip loc bags to control my portions and make it easy to pack for a work day snack. Dark chocolate chips would be a good addition to the mix but I like to mix mine with yogurt and prefer not to have the chocolate in there. Eating the trail mix with yogurt makes it a little more like granola but I’m ok with that.
Packing snacks on Sunday like this trail mix or these protein bars, is one of the easiest ways to prep for the week. The best way for me to stick with healthy eating is to have a plan. If my snacks are already packed in the morning it keeps me from grabbing a bag of chips while at the office. Plus healthy snacks taste better and help keep you feeling fuller longer, too. The trick to eating right is to have a healthy snack readily available. It’s so much easier to avoid temptation when you have a better option at your desk.
What are your favorite healthy snacks? I love expanding my collection of recipes for stuff like this so I don’t get sick of eating the same thing over and over again. Have a great week!