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Have a Plant: Fruits & Veggies for Better Health

Your Best Mix
The way we see it, there are two types of trail mixers in this world. Those who are content with their peanuts, raisins, and M&Ms, and those who take it next level. Clearly, we fall into the latter category 😆. For us, trail mixes are meant to come in a variety of colors, textures, and flavors, to fit our every mood and activity. In other words, our relaxing “beach day” combo will look different from our “epic hiking adventure” pack. If you follow that, this post was made for YOU!

Not Your Average Trail Mix
Not sure where to start? Think outside the box and build your mix using one (or more!) options from each of these four categories: Crunchy, Chewy, Sweet, and Savory.

Crunchy
Pretzels, popcorn, and cereal are classic standbys but have you tried fruits and vegetables? Freeze-dried and dehydrated, that is! These dried fruits and veggies make the perfect fuel because they’re flavorful, shelf-stable, and contain fiber and important nutrients to help fuel your activity! Crunchy strawberries, blueberries, peaches and carrots add sweetness, and green beans and beets provide that savory touch.

Chewy
Raisins are trail mix no-brainers but don’t forget other chewy cousins like prunes, dates, cherries, and mango! Another fun and kid-friendly option is homemade fruit leather! Like savory? Sun-dried tomatoes and mushroom or coconut “jerky” fit the bill!

Sweet
Let’s state the obvious: where chocolate goes, we follow! Milk, dark, or white, you can’t go wrong! That said, toasted coconut, dried pineapple, and banana chips also lend natural sweetness, plus fiber, vitamins and minerals!

Savory
A savory component makes a good trail mix a great one. Think of plain Chex cereal versus Chex Party mix – umami heaven! Roasted green peas, crunchy chickpeas, baked kale chips, jerky, dried mushrooms, nori (seaweed), and pre-seasoned popcorn, chips, or crackers can lend a savory note.

Want to find out the best mix for YOU? Take our quiz below 👇 and get your perfect mix!

Build Your Mix!
Now that you’ve got your results, start mixing!

“Beachy” Trail Mix
Fun, sweet, and full of tropical flavor, this simple mix is perfect for days at the beach!

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup toasted coconut chips
  • 1/2 cup dried pineapple or mango
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • 1 1/2 cups dehydrated carrot sticks

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss well to mix. Enjoy!
Close-up shot of the Rugged Trail Mix

“Rugged” Trail Mix
A hearty trail mix to keep up with your outdoor adventures. This savory, full-bodied combo is built to last!

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups beet chips
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1/3 cup yellow raisins
  • 1/4 cup crunchy roasted green peas* can sub with crunchy chickpeas or sunflower seeds

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl and toss to combine. Enjoy!

Notes

*Crunchy Roasted Green Pea recipe can be found here.
Close-up shot of carefree trail mix

“Carefree” Trail Mix
Sweet, salty, and full of fun, this is the perfect anytime mix!

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Chex or Cheerios cereal
  • 1 cup freeze-dried bananas
  • 1/3 cup peanuts
  • 1/3 cup chocolate-covered raisins or espresso beans

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss well to mix. Enjoy!

 

Close-up shot of classic trail mix

“Classic” Trail Mix
Popcorn, chocolate, fruit, and nuts make this a forever favorite!

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 cups lightly salted popcorn
  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1/3 cup favorite chocolate pieces and for chocolate drizzle
  • 4-6 dates or prunes

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss well to mix. If desired, melt 1/2 of chocolcate in microwave in 15 second intervals until smooth. Drizzle over popcorn. Enjoy!

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