This trail mix has just 3 ingredients: ¼ C Raw Almonds, ¼ C raisins (or dried fruit of your choice; just make sure there’s no added sugar), and 1 Tbsp shredded, unsweetened coconut. Mix them together, throw them in a baggie and you’re good to go!
We could stop there, but I know you’re wondering ‘what makes this such a healthy snack?’ I’m glad you asked!
Almonds: The monosaturated fat in almonds has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and help lower cholesterol. They also have the powerful antioxidant vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium. Sufficient magnesium levels improve blood flow to increase the distribution of nutrients and oxygen to cells. Potassium is an electrolyte that is essential to nerve transmission and muscle contractions, which include the heart. Not only that, they have a healthy dose of protein and will help you feel full and satisfied.
Raisins: These sweet little gems have a unique phenol profile. Phenols have been shown to reduce free radicals in the body and therefore reduce oxidative damage to cells. Also, raisins seem to retain more phenols (specifically flavanols) during the drying process than other fruits. Raisins contain a trace mineral, boron, which is essential for the conversion of vitamin D to its most active form.
Coconut: With its unusual flavor and texture, coconut can really add a satisfying kick to your trail mix. Throw in that it contains iron and zinc, both important for healthy blood and immune system, and you’ve got an excellent addition to your mix. We keep the amount low because it is high in fat, but research has shown that the medium-chain triglycerides found in coconut can actually improve heart health. And with coconut’s intense flavor, a little goes a long way!
This trail mix is high in fiber which will leave you feeling satisfied until it’s time for your next meal. And the mix of flavors will keep your mouth and brain feeling happy and energized! So take a few minutes to prepare your Quick Fix Trail Mix, and you’ll reap the healthy rewards!