One of the earliest written records of trail mix was in camping guides written by outdoorsman and American travel writer Horace Kephart circa 1910. His recipe included nuts, raisins, and chocolate. The intention of this first trail mix — a combination of nuts and raisins — was for it to be eaten while being active outdoors.
Today you can find trail mixes everywhere from small speciality healthy stores to big box stores. A good option on the go, but you can skip the preservatives and packages and seize the opportunity to get yourself or your kids involved in making (and eating) a custom-made snack! From sweet to savoury, crunchy to chewy there are thousands of combinations to appeal to any age and palate! Kids and parents alike will get a fun surprise in every bite.
Trail mix is lightweight, portable, and full of energy-dense ingredients that cover all the macros —- fat, carbs, protein. This is important for all ages, as having snacks with all the macros helps stabilize moods and energy levels. Preparation is easy; simply combine any dry ingredients and stash the mix in an airtight container then you’re good to go — on the trail or out and about in town! A staple in my car, picnic basket, diaper bag, gym bag, in-flight bag, road trip cooler all contain jars of ever-rotating trail mix ingredients!
Sally Powis-Campbell, a local Registered Psychologist, Yoga Teacher, Meditation Guide, Author and Public Speaker who is passionate about helping people infuse mindfulness into their everyday lives.
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