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With the Intrepid Nutrition Challenge fast approaching, it’s wise to start purging your pantries and cupboards. Believe me if there’s junk food in your house it will get eaten, despite what you think right now. Although snacking isn’t encouraged or even necessary following Whole 9‘s nutrition advice, it doesn’t hurt to have a fall back should the urge or need present itself. Just a few weeks ago I experimented with some ingredients that we just happened to have laying around and I was really surprised by how good it turned out. Once Ruth agreed I knew it wasn’t a fluke so I thought I’d share it with you today. The four basic ingredients are
- Coconut Chips or Flakes-a healthy source of fat and flavor. I use the coconut as the base for the trail mix just as oats or granola is used in traditional trail mix.
- Macadamia Nuts-Following Whole 9’s advice on nuts, the macadamia nut is one of the lowest in omega-6 fatty acids and least likely to disrupt your omega-3/omega-6 ratio. That being said, only a small amount is needed to get the extra crunch and saltiness. I buy the dry roasted, salted macadamia nuts from the bulk section at Whole Foods.
- Dried or Freeze Dried Pineapple-Ruth and I have been on a pineapple kick lately so we included a small amount of the pineapple to give the mix a sweet flavor which helps offset the saltiness of the macadamia nuts. I also like the pineapple because there aren’t any added preservatives or sweeteners that are often found in other dried fruits. Always read the ingredient list.
- Cocao Nibs-Another healthy source of fat that has an extra boost of anti-oxidants. I only add a sprinkle of the cocao nibs because they have a somewhat bitter flavor, but they add another layer to the flavor of the trail mix that I enjoy.
Note that this trail mix is not a meal substitute, but merely something to help you steer clear of poor alternatives. Use my idea or make it your own, but don’t make it a staple of your nutrition challenge. Use Marcus’ recent post and the Whole 9 Meal Planning Template to help build your meal plan to ensure you’re on the right track.
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