For the past several years, I've been watching my calorie intake and have managed, until retirement, to lose several dozen pounds. One problem when dieting, even when it's a permanent lifestyle change, is what to do when you are hungry but limited in food intake.
I began using Mountain Trail Mix as my go-to snack for such occasions and found, at least for me, that my weight changed very little due to this incredible snack mix. One day I thought that the mix could use more cashews and started adding them to the pre-packaged mix, then some craisins, and finally decided I might as well make my own trail mix from scratch. I don't think it's any cheaper this way, but I get exactly what I want in the mix. I'll include costs so you can judge for yourself.
Here's what to purchase:
These represent the brands and sizes I normally purchase for one batch of Huberville Trail Mix, and there will be leftovers from the craisins, raisins and M&M's to use in future batches. I find that store brands work fine for the nuts and raisins but the name brands are worth springing for on the other ingredients. Feel free to use whichever brands you like.
I start by gathering my largest mixing bowl, a 2-cup measuring cup and a 1-gallon re-closable plastic storage container. I have found that the mix will last longer in a hard plastic container than in a zip-lock bag. Here is the process:
Wash your hands
My best guess on calories would be approximately 300 per 6 tablespoons, or about a third of a cup of trail mix. That's about how much I eat in a single sitting. Because of the sweet, salty, chocolaty and fruity aspects of the mix, I find it easily tides me over until my next regular meal. I even keep a small container in my headboard for a late night snack.
The total cost of this 18-cup mixture is around $28.00, or about $1.50 per cup, a very affordable goodie, and one that just may save you from devouring many more calories between meals.
One last thought- I will sometimes add different ingredients to change things up, such as dried bananas or fruit, semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips, chocolate-powdered or flavored almonds, and so on. I only do that on occasion... and I always come back to this recipe, unmodified. Enjoy!
Jack Huber is a novelist with 7 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.