Sometimes you just want something to munch on, you may or may not be hungry. And before you know, you’ve eaten an entire packet of useless calories. Don’t worry, we are not here to tell you how you can control your cravings. We just want to say – if you gotta do it, then do it right. Make these easy and healthy trail mixes at home and you will never go back to those salty chips again.
Things you’ll need
1. Your favourite nuts. They supply the much needed healthy fats to keep you full.
2. Dry fruits. These will add a natural sweetness to your mix. But make sure you buy the sun-dried variety that is not coated in sugar. It’s a little expensive but totally worth it.
3. Seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower seeds. They pack in a lot of minerals and vitamins in every bite.
4. Cereals such as puffed rice, oats, bran flakes for an instant energy boost.
5. Fun stuff like chocolate, popcorns, candies, wasabi peas, coconut flakes because too healthy is too boring.
6. Seasonings including cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, salt.
1. Savoury and Sweet
Put a pan on the stove and add a tablespoon of butter when the pan’s on high heat. Now throw in some oats, almonds and walnuts. Sautee and add salt. Turn off the flame and drizzle honey on top. Toss the ingredients to mix the honey thoroughly. When the mixture cools down, serve with raisins.
2. Energy Shot
Get your 5 pm energy boost with walnuts, pumpkin seeds, dried apricots and cranberries. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt to balance the flavours.
3. Beach, Please
If this doesn’t tingle your taste buds, then we don’t know what will. Chillis with pineapples is a delectable combination. Take 3 tablespoons of dried pineapples and finely chopped peanuts. Break a green chilli pod and tap out its seeds. Sprinkle as many chilli seeds as you can handle. Add rock salt to bring out the flavours even more.
4. Movie Time
Swap your popcorns with this delicious mix. Chop a chocolate bar and transfer into a bowl. Now add peanuts and dried cranberries. Microwave your favourite pack of popcorns. Place them in the bowl as soon as they are ready. Their heat will melt the chocolate and the result will be mouthwatering.
5. Coffee Break
Craving a coffee but feeling too lazy to make it at home? Just keep a coffee flavoured trail mix handy for an instant pick me up. You’ll need chocolate covered roasted coffee beans. Mix them with hazelnuts, almonds, raisins and your mix is ready. Add gems if you still feel the bitter taste of the coffee beans.
6. Tropical Delight
A hot and humid weather calls for some cool and punchy flavours. Take any tropical dried fruits such as mango or pineapple. Mix them with coconut flakes, banana chips and cashew nuts. Toss with rock salt and sprinkle lemon juice for an extra punch. A dash of chilli is sure to transport you to a tropical heaven.
7. For the Love of Cereals
This is for the strict diet watchers. Take all your favourite cereals (non-sugar) such as bran flakes, roasted wheat, puffed rice and granola. Add lots of dried blueberries and your healthy snacks are sorted.
8. Mix and Match
Toss in a bowl some peanuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, granola and gems. Add savouriness with wasabi peas. Season well with sea salt and curry powder.
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