Have you stopped eating trail mix because it’s not healthy for you? This healthy homemade trail mix will have you returning back to your more adventurous root!
Homemade trail mix can be a great in-between meals snack or part of a wholesome breakfast. However, most store-bought brands of trail mix are high in sugar, unhealthy fats and preservatives. Even those that claim that they are heart-healthy are not worth buying because of the price.
Making your own healthy homemade trail mix is easy, quick and puts you in control of what’s going into your food. Not only that, it’s cost effective.
The average bag of “healthy” trail mix costs up to $8 for 12 ounces (that’s about $0.67 per ounce/serving). This recipe only costs you $5.03 to make ($0.42 per ounce/serving). If you’re someone who eats this everyday (like my husband who eats it on his Greek yogurt for breakfast), your saving about $7.50 a month (that’s like getting a whole bag of the regular stuff for FREE each month!).
By the way, I calculated the cost of this recipe by using this AWESOME recipe calculator by Kacie at Sense To Save. Check it out here!
This healthy homemade trail mix is also excellent for your health. The rolled oats are full of cholesterol lowering fiber (due to the beta-glucan) and good-for-you vitamins and minerals such as folate, iron and magnesium. Try to buy your rolled oats in the bulk section of your grocery store or buy the grocery store’s own brand. This will save you more money. Make sure it doesn’t say “instant” or “quick cooking.”
I chose canola oil because it is almost tasteless and it has a great omega-6 to omega-3 ratio (2:1). Hemp seed (3:1) or walnut oil (5:1) work as well, but I find that they are more expensive.
The nuts and seeds help make this trail mix perfect for taking on hiking and other outdoor adventures. Nuts and seeds are considered nutritionally dense foods, meaning they contains tons of body benefits in a very small package. This is perfect when exercising, because you want energy without feeling to full.
When compared to store bought trail mix, 1/4 of a cup (one servings) of this recipe has:
- About 30 less calories
- 4 grams of total fat less
- 1.3 grams of saturated fat less
- 28 mg more potassium
- Same amount of carbohydrates
- 6 grams less of sugar
- Same amount of protein
- More iron and more vitamin C
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