Easy Trail Mix Combinations for Hiking, Biking, and Beyond

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Making your own trail mix is easy and flexible enough to allow for all sorts of combinations. A standard base of nuts and dried fruit will give you a good combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fats in a grab and go snack that will keep hunger at bay.

All you need to do is combine equal parts of nuts, dried fruit, and a little something for extra crunch. You can feel free to add extra ingredients for more sweetness or staying power.  Make a big batch ahead of time – trail mix will store in a Tupperware container for up to a month.

Start off with your nuts base. Nuts are excellent sources of fiber and healthy fats – two things that are great for staving off hunger. Choose raw or dry-roasted and unsalted nuts to avoid the extra sodium. Good choices are walnuts, almonds, and pecans.

Next, add dried fruit for carbohydrates and natural sweetness. They are loaded with vitamin C, iron, and lots of fiber. Dried apricots, dried cranberries, dates, mango, or pineapple are great choices.

The last ingredients are added for that great “crunch” factor.  Whole grain cereal, mini pretzels, or air-popped popcorn are excellent choices.

If you want to add any bonus ingredients for some extra sweetness, saltiness, or extra nutrition, some great recommendations include seeds (pumpkin or sunflower), chocolate chips, or granola chunks.

Some winning trail mix combinations:

  • Almonds, raisins, and chocolate chips
  • Macadamia nuts, pineapple, and coconut flakes
  • Banana chips, walnuts, and popcorn
  • Cashews, dried cherries, chocolate chips
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Sara Hefny is a recent transplant to Washington, D.C. from Seattle (the other Washington!). Her future dream job is to travel the world and write about her cultural and culinary experiences. Sara graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Washington with a degree in Near Eastern Studies. She speaks Arabic, English, French, and Italian, which mostly makes her an expert at ordering off restaurant menus. You can read her musings about food, fitness, and travel on her blog.

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