With tons of different nuts to choose from, it is really up to your specific taste preference. We suggest almonds because of their lower calorie content, coming in at 160 per ounce, or approximately 23 pieces. Cashews and pistachios are other great options as well. To cut calories and sodium intake make sure to get the unsalted, raw version. With all the other delicious flavors in your trail mix, you won’t even notice a difference!
Instead of milk chocolate chips, go with their dark chocolate cousin. Higher in antioxidants, it is a better alternative to all types of milk chocolate. If you are feeling adventurous, try Cacao Nibs. Coming straight from the inside of cacao beans, Cacao Nibs are the original and most natural form of chocolate chip. These tasty chips are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and are definitely the healthiest sweet addition to your trail mix.
A great way to add some Omega-3 fatty acids to your daily diet is through flax seeds. Since these seeds are so small they will mix right into your trail mix and add a little extra sustenance. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are also a perfect addition of healthy fat and protein.
Dried fruit is a delicious part of trail mix but be weary of the sugar content. Dried fruit has more sugar than fresh fruit and can be very high in calories. Stay away from sugar-coated and additionally sweetened brands and stick to natural dried fruits. If you want to try something new, try Goji Berries. With three times the antioxidants of pomegranates they contain the highest level of antioxidants of any food! They also contain 18 amino acids per serving.
If you want to add a little extra crunch, toss in a few whole wheat oats like Cheerios!
Because the ingredients in trail mix are full of energy, be weary of serving size and stick to 1/4 a cup to keep calories around 175. Try dividing the trail mix into separately portioned bags to stay true to serving size and make it easy to grab on the go!